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Authentic, Hippie made, retro roach clip... Resurrected from the ashes of legal ambiguity … Trusty the Perfect Roach Clip™ .. is available again.
 
The original Berkeley street artist/merchant, Larry the Klip is making Trusty the Perfect Roach Clip™ again.  Straight from Berkeley to Hawaii and now in Thailand, these vintage 1970’s phenomenal butt smoking tools have not been available for 40 years! But due to recent legal actions by progressive governments around the world, the original maker of this hip clip is once again serving the people, and making Trusty available again; the only really perfect roach clip ever made.
 
Attention all…
Hipsters, Millenials, Baby Boomers, Hippies, Musicians, Sick people with prescriptions, Recreational users of all kinds, hand rolled cigarette smokers, party goers, concert freaks, and drive in movie goers..Trusty the Perfect Roach Clip™ is now available for immediate FREE shipping to anywhere.  You can get your very own clip, or buy several to give as gifts or to replace the “one that got away”. Shipping from Thailand, but made by an authentic American Hippie, I am offering various pricing options:
   
You can be sure that you and your friends will love this roach clip.  If you hand roll your own, this is the perfect tool to get the most out of your expensive, precious smoking mixture. (Leaves only a tiny scrap of paper in the clip). You will be the envy of all your friends and they will all want one.  So don’t be afraid to take advantage of the substantial savings from buying more than one at a time. They are perfect ‘stocking stuffers’, birthday presents, and just loving unbirthday gifts. It’s a very Hip gift that will be loved, and used for years to come.  I have one from 45 years ago that works and looks great.
 
 
 
 

E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn

Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
Public health experts are sharply divided about e cigarettes Credit: ALAMY

Vaping is no safer than smoking, scientists have warned after finding that e-cigarette vapour damages DNA in ways that could lead to cancer.
Researchers at the University of California created an extract from the ‘smoke’ of e-cigarettes and used it to treat human cells in a lab.

The exposed cells developed DNA damage and died far sooner than those left untreated. Nicotine free e-cigarettes caused 50 per cent more DNA strand breaks, while for those containing nicotine the damage rose three fold over eight weeks.

"Based on the evidence to date I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes"
Prof Jessica Wang-Rodriquez, University of California

"There haven't been many good lab studies on the effects of these products on actual human cells," said Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriquez, professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego, and one of the lead researchers on the new study.

"Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public.
"We were able to identify that e-cigarettes on the whole have something to do with increased cell death. We hope to identify the individual components that are contributing to the effect.
"Based on the evidence to date I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes."

Scientists and health officials are divided over whether they are safe. Earlier this year Public Health England urged smokers to switch to vaping, saying e-cigarettes were far safer than traditional tobacco.
But the World Health Organisation and scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool remain concerned about their safety.
In the new experiment the team used normal epithelial cells, which line organs, glands, and cavities throughout the body, including the mouth and lungs.

The cells exposed to the e-cigarette vapour showed several forms of damage, including DNA strand breaks. The double helix that makes up DNA has two long strands of molecules that intertwine. When one or both of these strands break apart and the cellular repair process doesn't work right, it raises the risk of cancer.
The affected cells were also more likely to launch into apoptosis and necrosis, which lead to cell death.

The scientists tested two types of each e-cigarette: a nicotine and nicotine-free version. Nicotine is what makes smoking addictive. There is also some evidence it can damage cells. The San Diego team found that the nicotine versions caused worse damage, but even the nicotine-free vapor was enough to alter cells. Nicotine free e-cigarettes caused 50 per cent more DNA breaks, while for those containing nicotine the damage rose three fold.
 
 
Evidence differs on whether e-cigarettes are safe, health experts say Credit:  ALAMY
"There have been many studies showing that nicotine can damage cells," added Prof Wang-Rodriguez, a specialist in head and neck cancers.
"But we found that other variables can do damage as well. It's not that the nicotine is completely innocent in the mix, but it looks like the amount of nicotine that the cells are exposed to by e-cigarettes is not sufficient by itself to cause these changes.

“There must be other components in the e-cigarettes that are doing this damage. So we may be identifying other carcinogenic components that are previously undescribed."
Scientists already know of some troubling chemicals in the products. One is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Another possible culprit is diacetyl, a flavoring agent that has been linked to lung disease, notably a deadly condition called ‘popcorn lung’ which affects factory workers.
There are nearly 500 brands of e-cigarettes on the market, in more than 7,000 flavours.

Prof Wang-Rodriguez said it was uncertain if the results would hold up outside of the lab, but said the effects mimicked the amount inhaled by a ‘chain-vaper.’
"In this particular study, it was similar to someone smoking continuously for hours on end, so it's a higher amount than would normally be delivered," she says. She plans to do further studies to see if the effects remain at lower doses.

Charities have also voiced their concerns about e-cigarettes.
“Concerns do remain as to the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes and while there is no evidence to suggest that they pose anywhere near the same dangers as smoking, we must continue to monitor this area carefully,” said Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation.

“In the meantime, we do advise that anyone using e-cigarettes to quit smoking should do so with a view to eventually quitting them too."
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity ASH said it was clear the e-cigarettes were not 'risk free.'

“What this research doesn’t do is compare the impact of electronic cigarette vapour with that of tobacco smoke, which we know is far more toxic to cells than vapour." she said.
"Electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative source of nicotine for smokers than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they are risk free and we would discourage anyone who’s not a smoker from using them.”

Public Health England said it would be studying the new research.
Prof Kevin Fenton, National Director Health & Wellbeing at PHE said: “Public Health England has always been clear that e-cigarettes are not 100 per cent safe and we will carefully consider this new study and continue to be vigilant. But our major world leading review, published recently, found that e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoking.

"This is because the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke, including carcinogens, are either absent in e-cigarette vapour or, if present, are mostly at levels 100th to 1000th found in tobacco smoke.
“The best thing a smoker can do is quit completely now and forever. The best way to succeed is to get help from your local stop smoking service. Smokers who have struggled to quit in the past could try vaping, and vapers should stop smoking. Last year, two out of three smokers who combined e-cigarettes with expert support from a local service quit successfully."

The research was published in the Journal of Oncology.
 
Klip’s Take on Vapes
 
I am in a country where, for now at least, smoking weed is not legal.  So I have never even used a Vape.  I hear very good things about them and that lots of people are using them.  I see online that they are also quite expensive.  Some for dry pot vapes going for in excess of $100. Probably not something you want to share at concert or night club.  Is it true, as one friend told me, that to make the oil to vape you lose a lot of quantity and come out with a lot less to smoke?  And I’ve heard that like making brownies or cookies the high is not as intense, though I surely like brownies, I would still be smoking joints after I ate one or two or three trying to get stoned.  
 
I would probably have a vape if I lived in California now, but I probably would not use it very much. I hear that you don’t get as stoned with an equal amount of buds that are smoked in a joint.  Is that true?  But if I was growing my own as I have in the past, I would certainly be rolling all that great shake into joints and not stuffing it into a ‘vape’.  There are now Hemp papers too.  That makes smoking joints a reasonably safe option.  The argument that vapes are healthier is really a minute point that hardly matters in the long run.  Marijuana smoking is healthy…. And the effect of ‘smoke’ being unhealthy is probably less dangerous than breathing the air full of gasoline emissions in most modern cities…. it is a moot point.
 
Anyway with so many millions of smokers now able to smoke in public I think there is a need for a return of Trusty the Perfect Roach Clip … for the millions of smokers who still choose to smoke joints from time to time … and especially for the ones who smoke joints all the time. With a Trusty clip you will waste none of your precious herb and your roaches will taste better and be easy to share with your party friends.
 
So over all I think vapes are cool … but for hand rolled joints there is nothing better than
 
                  Trusty the Perfect Roach Clip™