Category Archives: E-Cigarettes

Dr. Maria Cuomo Gets Put on Check by Forbes

Margaret Cuomo Gets Blasted By Forbes For LiesLast Week, Huffington Post published a video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo spewing out some major untruths about vapor smoking, however it did not go unnoticed by Forbes, who had a serious bone to pick with the misinformation being tossed out by Cuomo, medical professional. (If you haven’t read it, the Forbes article is so worth a read!) As a doctor in the spotlight, with a great amount of attention focused on her, it would be especially useful of her unique and significant voice to inform people of their options, of facts, of medical breakthroughs based on scientific research and findings… not her own biased, misunderstood, false opinions.

As the vapor industry is not keen on anyone attempting to pass off inconsistencies and flat out lies, we could not be more pleased that professor of public health at Boston University, Dr. Michael Siegel challenged the misinformation of Dr. Cuomo’s statement that vapor smoking increases the risk of lung and liver cancers by stating: “there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.” Furthermore, after Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller questioned Dr. Cuomo’s other claims of vapor aerosol being known to contain fractions of tin as well as other harmful compounds not found even in tobacco cigarette smoke, using Dr. Siegel’s take on the matter as backing, her statements were then retracted from the Huffington Post piece. Obviously, if her tirade were true, they would have had no reason to edit, would they?

Sadly, even doctors cannot be trusted 100% of the time. That a doctor of such esteemed and notable status as Dr. Cuomo would attempt to voice her opinions as truth, without factual basis, is harmful to the community at large. The vaping industry has been victim since its earliest days of such slander, and it is unfortunate that there exists medical professionals who refuse to remain objective in light of science-based evidence. On a positive note, however, it is quite fortunate that doctors such as Dr. Siegel exist, and are happy to challenge the bad advice of those such as Dr. Cuomo. We are exceptionally grateful.

Think Environmental: Vape

Vaping for the Environment Of all the reasons to turn to electronic cigarettes, one of the very best besides your health, is the environment. Did you know that cigarette butt pollution is the world’s largest source of ground pollution? In addition to that, growing tobacco is an extremely toxic process, due to the amount of chemicals and radioactive fertilizer that are used.

Switching to electronic cigarettes on the half of the environment is one of the best things you can do as a smoker. Cigarette butts end up everywhere. For some reason, smokers can be rather careless about where they toss them, after smoking simply flicking them to the ground seems convenient. This is such an unfortunate occurrence, though it is a global reality. However this seemingly small action has a long-term, lasting, and toxic effect, because cigarette butts are not designed to disintegrate easily.

Butts are comprised of a vast array of non-biodegradable materials (including fiberglass), they’re loaded with chemicals, and they can take many decades to break down. As they decompose, they leach these chemicals into the environment, creating an ongoing trail of toxins, polluting bodies of water and the earth as it occurs.

All the while, they are a threat to wildlife because they resemble items of food. In turn, they end up in the digestive systems of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and marine animals, often killing them, because they can be a choking hazard, or an indigestible item, creating a blockage.

As an alternative, electronic cigarettes offer a practical ecological option because they are a reusable item, and one that does not produce a constant, endless stream of trash. When disposed, they are not easily tossed to the ground and forgotten, they can be recycled, and they are made to last a long while. If using standard e-cigarettes, a helpful comparison to keep in mind that a single cartomizer is equivalent to approximately 40 traditional cigarettes! That cuts back on quite a significant amount of waste!

Surely, there is a great sense of responsibility in either choice, whether you are a smoker or a vaper, regarding how you go about your commitment to disposing of your trash, however simply choosing electronic over analog can help choose the environmental option by halting the treadmill production of trash.

E-Cigarettes & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Vaping When Pregnant: NOElectronic cigarette smoking and pregnancy is a really touchy subject, like basically anything that goes against the grain regarding one’s health while pregnant. While smoking used to be pretty commonplace while women were carrying, those rules have changed in the past 50 years, and it’s absolutely advised not to smoke while pregnant. Over the past 25 years the rate of prenatal cigarette usage has dropped incredibly, from approximately 18% to 12%, and this amazing statistic is a testament to the effectiveness of education, awareness, and stricter laws.

However, for smokers who are wondering whether they can switch to electronic if they’re pregnant, the answer is no.

For non-smokers, e-cigarettes offer a wide array of great benefits ranging from convenience, to having more control of one’s lifestyle, to saving money. For pregnant women, however, nicotine is a substance that should be completely abstained from, regardless of the method of intake.

Pregnant women typically have no options other than cold turkey when quitting upon finding out they’re pregnant. Nicotine is so vastly cautioned against that any kind of nicotine replacement therapy is not advised.

Nicotine constricts blood vessels, and for pregnant women this can directly cause harm to the placenta, which will in turn affect the level of oxygen being delivered to the fetus. While tobacco cigarettes may seem like a much more dangerous method, due to the 4000 toxic chemicals they contain, nicotine is still blacklisted due to it’s ability to cause birth defects.

But what about zero nicotine e-liquid? That is still up for debate. Due to the relative newness of the vapor industry, and there being no FDA governance over e-liquids and vapor products, the American Vaping Association recommends women to avoid e-cigarette use entirely during pregnancy. So basically, e-cigs, like tobacco cigs, are off limits if you’re preggo.

If you are pregnant, and are searching for options, we totally understand the position you’re in. While going cold turkey from cigarettes or e-cigs may seem beyond annoying and not the most comfortable path to walk, just remember it’s all about protecting that lil bundle of joy right now!

The New Flight Rules for E-Cigs

FDOT Bans E-Cigarettes on AirplanesSince the inception of electronic cigarettes, and their widespread use, there has been confusion and misinformation regarding their usage on airplanes and during flights. The general rule was that they were not allowed, and as all smoking devices were prohibited, and so electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and any such related items were classified the same way since they hit the market.

However, as the rules were not hardlined regarding electronic cigarettes on airplanes, considering that when the rules were put into place, they did not exist, this left some room for question. How could e-cigarettes be held to this regulation when they were not in fact, cigarettes, cigars, or items that actually produced smoke? There is no tobacco, and there is no smell.

However, in light of this source of vagueness, the Federal Department of Transportation has now made it officially clear: electronic cigarettes, and all similarly related products, including personal vaporizers, vape pens, electronic cigars, MODS, as well as those that are designed to resemble other items not related to smoking, are prohibited from use on aircraft. Also, along with these regulations are new rules that prohibit passengers from packing electronic cigarette devices in their checked luggage, in an effort to prevent accidental fire, however passengers are allowed to keep them in their carry on luggage with no issue. No vaping devices may be charged on the aircraft, during flights or otherwise.

So, if you were not aware previously, or were hoping something might change to allow vapers to vape on flight, it’s now official: during air travel electronic cigarettes and similar items are not allowed, it is now a law, and now you’re in the know! Despite the official stance of this new regulation, when it comes to traveling, e-cigarettes are certainly the more convenient option for use, especially in regards to how inconvenient traditional cigarettes are when you’re on the move.

Vaping for Beginners

How to Start VapingWondering what you need to know before starting to vape? Well, we’ve got all the info, right here! Starting may be a little daunting, but we promise, the hardest part is getting out of your comfort zone and making the leap to change. Once you get past that hurdle, and adjust your mindset accordingly, it’s all good, clean, delicious vapor on the way up! Here’s the basics of getting into vaping.

Vaping 101: What You Need

First things first: you will need gear. The simplest and best thing to start with will be a starter kit; hence the name. You can go after a super basic setup, or go after one with a lot of accessories. Our suggestion is to go for a kit somewhere in the middle; this way you can have some versatility with accessories, without getting overwhelmed by how many products you’ve got. A good e-cig starter kit will contain at least one battery/ e-cig, one charger, and some cartridges.


You can opt for cartridges you refill yourself, or you can go for prefilled. When just starting out, prefilled cartridges are the best to use because they are simpler. Simple pop one in, use it, and then discard it when it’s done.

Things to Keep in Mind

Don’t expect the switch to happen easily, overnight. Be patient as you transition, as there will be some adjusting to a new format if you’re trying to stop using tobacco cigarettes. Drink a lot of water to both process the chemicals from the cigarettes and tobacco out of your system, and to keep yourself hydrated. If you are not satisfied with the hit of your vapor, you may want to change flavors, or try a different nicotine level.

So, that sums up the basics on how to get started vaping. Pretty simple, right? It’s really not terribly difficult, and it can offer a whole of benefits to your daily life. Just remember to give yourself time to adjust, and if you have any questions, feel free to check out our Knowledge Center, loaded with info that could prove helpful and informative if you’re wanting to learn more. Most of all, we wish absolute success on your smoke-free journey!

Switching to Vapor Can Add Some Spice to Your Sex Life

Smoking & Your Sex LifePretty bold statement, there, right? Think we’re just trying to get your attention by mentioning that switching to e-cigs can benefit your game in the bedroom? Think again! Here are some very thought-provoking facts to consider about smoking, and how it can impact your performance (where it matters most).

Smoke & Your Heart: Smoking is awful for your cardiovascular health in so many ways. Can’t run a solid mile? Get winded when you try to jog around the block? A flight of stairs get you panting (and not in a good way)? If so, then it’s possible that tobacco is having a negative effect on your heart, and you most likely won’t be putting in overtime in the sack. Being able to handle moderate cardio is essential for your heart’s intended functions throughout life, and if it can’t handle simple tasks, and those that should bring the most fun, you may want to reconsider your options.

Smoke & Your Lungs: In conjunction with good heart health, having properly functioning lungs is also necessary to your sex life. Your respiratory system takes care of your ability to breathe; if you can’t breathe well, you’re not going to be able to do much of anything that requires physical effort for long. Feeling like you’re going to pass out in the middle of a good time is never hot.

Libido: Smoking has the potential to decrease the libido; talk about a turnoff! And, if smoking has caused you to get out of shape, you probably don’t feel particularly sexy… which can put a hamper on any sultry escapades you would have been having otherwise.

Erections: Yeah, we’re going there. If the heart, blood vessels, and blood flow get affected by something, your ability to have potent erections probably will too. Smoking messes with practically every system in the body, and research suggests that men who smoke are twice as likely to develop ED as nonsmokers.

So, are you convinced that tobacco is not sexy at all yet? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there is no better time than right now to be thinking about all things love and lust related! Simply: if you want to improve your sex life, vapor is the way to go. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great selection of e-cigarette starter kits that can make it easy and sexy to make the switch; what are you waiting for?

Researcher of Anti-E-Cig Report Forced to Correct Her Findings

Scientist in False E-Cig Study Forced to Provide TruthLately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.

One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.

The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!

Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.

When Vapers Have Had Enough: Tacoma-Pierce Country Vapers Fighting Regulations

Vapers in Tacoma-Pierce WA. fight regulationsVapers in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington have had enough with nonsensical, overbearing, unfair, discriminatory regulations. Instead of sitting back and taking the heat, they’re taking the county to court.

That’s right. A non-profit comprised of vapers, known as the Pink Lung Brigade filed a lawsuit last Monday in Tacoma-Pierce county on grounds that these new e-cigarette restrictions have no foundation based in science. From their perspective, these regulations, which have no serious evidence backing them, have the potential to force businesses to close. They are not requesting damages in the lawsuit, but they do want the judge to overturn these rules before small businesses have to shut down as a result.

Recently, Tacoma-Pierce County passed a string of restrictions that are not sitting well with the vaping community, who feel they are unfairly being targeted, and their business have the potential of suffering as a result.

“This new rule can be abused to force a retail shop into bankruptcy,” read the statement released by the nonprofit. It was signed by Marc Jarrett, one of the directors of the Pink Lung Brigade, who also happens to be one of the owners of Banzai Vapors, a nearby shop.

These new regulations will now prohibit vapers from using vapor devices in public places, places/ sites of work, and will even limit the extent to which people can sample the products and liquids in vapor shops. Owners of vapor shops now have to purchase designated licenses to operate their businesses. And, the most absurd of these regulations states that shop owners are going to be required to purchase elaborate ventilation systems, which can cost in excess of $80,000 just to own and operate.

Regarding the industry as a whole, we are proud to see businesses standing up for what they believe is right. As regulations begin to emerge throughout the country, it’s so important for the vaping community to make it known that being treated unfairly, without proper cause or reason will not be tolerated. We wish the Pink Lung Brigade all the best in their noble efforts for justice!

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated As Medicine in the UK

E-Cigs To Be Regulated as Medicine in UKIn a monumental move, the UK has announced that electronic cigarette devices and products will be regulated as medicinal products, soon to be regulated as cessation devices.

This groundbreaking news came yesterday, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK announced that electronic cigarettes will be considered medicinal products, enabling them to be recommended and suggested for use by general practitioners.

Previously, this was not allowed, because according to regulation that deemed particular language be used, due to their lack of studies and research, e-cigarettes could not be recommended by physicians for use. Now, the game has entirely changed.

This ruling has come on the heels of a groundbreaking report done by Public Health England several months ago, where it was determined that electronic cigarettes are 95% healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes, and they have the potential to save millions of lives. This independent research boldly proclaimed the great benefit electronic cigarettes have the potential of offering, and denounced the idea of regulations that would ban them.

While the US continues to shuffle its feet regarding the regulations of e-cigarettes in America, and the ridiculous amount of political wrangling that seems to be holding up the formation of common sense regulations to allow users to use these products as they wish, we cannot be more in awe and supportive of the UK for doing the right thing by their population.

Public Health England made it clear, that with 20% of the British population smoking, legitimate alternatives to tobacco are an absolute necessity, and e-cigarettes present an exceptional option. They are focusing on the benefit electronic cigarettes present as a method smokers can use to halt their usage of tobacco, and they see the potential in regards to the greater whole of their public health.

We are fully in support and have much admiration for these groundbreaking and monumental regulations that are surely going to positively impact the UK population.

What to Expect When Switching to E-Cigs

switch to vapor So, you’ve decided to make 2016 the year of all years to be done with traditional cigarettes once and for all. You’ve got that brand new, handy e-cigarette starter kit, some delicious cartridges in assorted flavors, and a whole lot of motivation on your side. Last pack of tobacco cigs has been smoked and the empty package is disposed. This is it – you’re ready to switch to e-cigs!

So, now what?

Well, it’s going to be different, and we’re here to tell you that you’re going to do great. It most likely will not be a quick snap of the fingers and your tenure with tobacco will be a thing of the past. Perhaps you will never again touch another traditional cigarette, however, expect to need some time to transition thoroughly.

One of the benefits to switching your method of smoking, (to vapor cigs) as opposed to outright quitting, is that you get the freedom of creating so much of the same experience. You still get to enjoy the feeling of actually smoking, being able to puff on the e-cigarette and feel the hit of vapor in your throat, and tasting it. You will still get that familiar feeling of nicotine, if you decide to use cartridges at a similar level of nicotine you are used to. It’s really quite similar, and it’s a process that can be tailored to your needs.

The first week is typically the hardest because the change will most likely hit you most dramatically. THe cravings for what you’re used to will probably hit. Your habit of lighting and smoking the cig will probably irk you. Your body will most likely yearn for the chemicals it no longer is being fed. This is all very normal. Stick with it though, it’s only a matter of time before this passes.

Having the ability to customize your vaping is another benefit you have when switching to e-cigs. There are so many options, you have the ability to go with more or less nicotine, choose your flavor, choose the style and size of your device, choose amongst a wide array of different devices, which accessories to incorporate into your usage; there are just so many ways to make vaping a part of your lifestyle, and tailor it into your way of life; unlike tobacco, which required you to adapt to its conformity. If 2016 is your year to get smoke free, stay on track; you’ll be so proud of yourself once you make it through!