Why Do Ex-Smokers Prefer E-Cigarettes to Other Nicotine Replacement Options?

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Rather than quitting cold turkey, many smokers turn to nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help them manage their withdrawal symptoms. However, although traditional options such as the nicotine patch, gum, and lozenges are still readily available on the market, an increasing number of smokers are opting for e-cigs to quit smoking. While all options deliver nicotine without any smoke, e-cigs are more appealing to smokers for a plethora of reasons.

Conventional NRTs help smokers cope with the physical withdrawal symptoms of quitting, which can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Ex-smokers can experience feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability, and restlessness and may notice increased sweating, problems falling or staying asleep, as well as nausea. To satisfy their body’s craving for nicotine, NRTs deliver the nicotine to their system in a safer way; gums and lozenges do so orally while the patch transdermally.

While e-cigs also provide the user with the nicotine their bodies have become accustomed to in a considerably less harmful way, through vapor rather than smoke, they also satisfy the psychological and social withdrawal symptoms, which, for some, can be an even more difficult hurdle to overcome.

Smokers are not only addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes; over the years, they learn to cherish and find comfort in the entire experience. They relish the smell of tobacco or menthol, the simple act of holding the cigarette, the way it feels to place it on their lips, the gratifying feeling of inhaling and exhaling, and the daily rituals they’ve developed. Many smokers start their day with a morning smoke, for instance, or look forward to spending time with their coworkers during their smoke-break.

Since e-cigs look and feel like traditional cigarettes, they create minimal disruptions in ex-smokers’ routines. E-cigs mimic the act of smoking as users can enjoy the same hand-to-mouth action as with cigarettes. They can savor taking an inhale, holding the vapor in, and exhaling, just as they would with regular cigarettes. They can continue to partake in their habits and social rituals as e-cigarettes are just as portable as cigarettes. What’s more? E-cigarettes come in a multitude of tastes, including tobacco and menthol flavors, which can help smokers continue to enjoy the aromas they’ve become used to.

Have you used e-cigs to quit smoking? Tell us why you prefer this NRT to others in the comments section below.

How to Save Money on E-Juice and Vaping Gear

How to Save Money on E-Juice and Vaping Gear

How to Save Money on E-Juice and Vaping Gear

If you’re a new vaper who has recently transitioned from combustible cigarettes to e-cigs, you may be wondering how to save money on e-juice and vaping gear. Here are five wallet-friendly tips.

Buy Online

Unfortunately, many newbies get their first starter kits and cartridges or vapor juices from a local vape shop, only to subsequently realize that the best deals are online!

If you’re apprehensive about buying before you’ve had a chance to touch and feel the product, you can rest easy knowing that most online vape shops have excellent return policies on hardware; at PrimeVapor, we offer a 30 day no hassle return policy for vaping equipment. And if you want to test out a few flavors before committing to a five-pack or full bottle of the same flavor, you can conveniently buy sample packs of various options and read unbiased customer reviews online to help you find the right one for you without feeling pressured by sales representatives.

Use Coupon Codes

Many online vape shops provide their customers with an incentive to purchase, such as a coupon code that’s valid for a limited time. Before completing your purchase, make sure to scan the website for a discount code. At PrimeVapor, for instance, you can use the code READY to save 10% on your entire order during the winter. Over time, these savings can add up considerably.

Sign Up for Newsletters

Newsletters are an excellent way to find out about other exclusive offers, new flavors and vaping gear, and updates. Make sure that you’ve subscribed to receive emails so that you always have the latest deals right in your inbox.

Take Advantage of Quantity Discounts

Once you find a flavor that you like, instead of buying it in small quantities, save money by placing larger orders. Many PrimeVapor flavor cartridges are available at a 10% discount when you purchase a minimum of ten and buying five or more of our vapor juice bottles can save you the same percentage.

Save on Shipping

Everyone loves to save on shipping. Find out how you can pay less for delivery or even get free shipping. With PrimeVapor, you can enjoy free shipping when you place an order of $75 or more.

Do you have any other tips on how to save money on e-juice and hardware? Tell us in the comments section below.


Identifying and Dealing with Your Smoking Triggers


Those who have resolved to stop smoking can attest that quitting is difficult. Hurdles or stepbacks are extremely common during the process, and at some point or another, many people experience a slip or a relapse. Being able to identify your triggers and deal with them effectively can help you succeed in remaining smoke-free. Here are four common triggers and strategies you can use to combat the urge to light up.


Many smokers turn to cigarettes when they feel stressed. Over the years, they’ve subconsciously learned to take relief in the act of smoking. If periods of stress make you more prone to a slip, there are many ways to resist the urge to smoke.

Taking slow, deep breaths can have an incredibly calming effect on your nerves. Although it takes a bit of practice, once you master the proper breathing technique, you can use it in stressful situations to relieve stress. Talking a trusted friend or family member, and letting them know how you’re feeling can also be helpful as you open up and vocalize your issues. Another excellent way to reduce stress is to exercise, be it a relaxing walk in nature or intense physical activity.

Social Situations

When you give up smoking, you may find yourself missing the social aspects of smoking such as taking a smoke break with your co-workers or lighting one up after a night out. What can you do to fight the urge in those situations?

Tell your friends, family, and coworkers that you’re committed to quitting and that you’d appreciate their help in sticking to your goals. If that is not realistic in your social circle, e-cigarettes can allow you to continue to partake in social activities without resorting to using a cigarette. Available in both nicotine-containing and nicotine-free options, e-cigarettes look and feel a lot like their combustible counterparts.

Physical Cravings

When you’ve been smoking for a while, your body becomes used to a regular dose of nicotine, and when you quit, you experience physical withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to severe. These intense cravings can manifest themselves in many ways, including sweating, nausea, intestinal cramping, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and even insomnia.

Nicotine replacement options such as the patch or the gum can help alleviate your cravings since they provide you with the nicotine that you’ve become dependent on. E-cigarettes, which are available in varying levels of nicotine, can also help assuage those withdrawal symptoms by delivering the substance without the thousands of toxic chemicals present in smoke. Using tobacco and menthol flavors can further make the switch feel a lot like cigarettes, reducing the temptation to smoke.


Many smokers relish the feeling of smoking a cigarette with their first cup of coffee in the morning or indulging in one after a meal. These habits are sometimes so ingrained that they can even rival physical withdrawal symptoms. The good news is that with willpower, you can develop new habits that are less harmful to your health.

Find another activity to replace smoking. Depending on your personality, it could be treating yourself to a latte to start your day or enjoying a cup of tea instead after dinner. Some people even take up new hobbies, such as knitting or DIY projects to keep busy.

How do you combat the urge to smoke? Tell us in the comments section below.



Cancer Research UK: Pilot Program to Raise Awareness of the Relative Safety of E-Cigs


According to Cancer Research UK, tobacco causes over 100,000 deaths in the UK per year, making it the biggest preventable cause of death in the country. In addition to researching new treatments for cancer and optimizing current ones, the organization focuses on prevention and early diagnosis of the disease. In January 2018, in line with their cancer prevention objectives, Cancer Research UK launched its first pilot program aimed at raising awareness of the relative safety of electronic cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes in an effort to encourage smokers to make the switch.

While evidence to-date demonstrates that e-cigs are far less harmful than their combustible counterparts, Cancer Research UK believes that the public’s perceptions of the risks of e-cigarette use are not only inaccurate but even worsening. A 2017 survey conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) showed that shockingly, only 13% of adults thought that e-cigs were a lot less damaging than smoking; in 2013, that number was 21%. Also, the percentage of smokers who believed they were more, or equally as, harmful as smoking went from 7% to 26% between 2013 and 2016. Therefore, Cancer Research UK’s pilot addressed misconceptions surrounding the devices by highlighting their relative safety when compared to traditional cigarettes, which they hope will, in turn, help smokers make informed choices.

Citing high smoking prevalence and deprivation levels as one of the main reasons to run the pilot in the Greater Manchester area, Cancer Research UK’s intent was to reach lower socio-economic groups smokers between the ages of 25 and 55 who wanted to quit but had never used an e-cigarette. The campaign featured ads that ran from January 15 to February 18 and focused heavily on outdoor advertising such as posters in buses, phone booths, and washrooms, as well as prominently-displayed billboards.

Now that the campaign has concluded, the organization is in the process of measuring the impact of its efforts on awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and reported behavior using a combination of surveys and interviews.

What do you think of Cancer Research UK’s e-cigarette campaign? Do you envision something similar in the US in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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5 E-Cigarette Flavors for Ex-Smokers Switching to Vaping

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An increasing number of smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. With the myriad of e-cigarette flavors that are available on the market, choosing the one that most closely mimics the taste of tobacco can help ensure that the change is as smooth as possible so that you are more likely to remain on track with your goals. Here are five phenomenal vape juice flavors for ex-smokers to consider.

Rawhide Red

If you enjoy the rich taste of tobacco, you will love the robust flavor that Rawhide Red delivers. Replicating both the strong taste and satisfying throat hit of a traditional cigarette, it is ideal for those who used to be heavy smokers or those who had been smoking for a long time.

Morning Blend

Do you find yourself craving that first morning smoke? Well, you’re in for a real treat with this smooth and creamy blend of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco flavors, topped with just a hint of honey for a tinge of sweetness. You will enjoy not only the delicious taste but also the aromas that will surround you as you vape on this intensely satisfying blend.

Triple Nickel

If you used to be a light smoker and are looking for a more delicate tobacco flavor, this is an excellent choice to use. Replicating the iconic taste of the famous 555 brand of cigarettes, with its rich nutty undertones, Triple Nickel is full of flavor that you will love to savor all day.

Cherry Tobacco

We’ve created a sumptuous, full-flavored blend, combining the heavenly flavors of tobacco, cherry, and vanilla to render a profoundly fulfilling vaping experience that you will love to luxuriate in. Offering the perfect balance of these three flavors, Cherry Tobacco can even be used as an alternative to dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Caramel Macchiato

This sweet and smooth blend is a latte lover’s dream come true. If you used to cherish the act of having a smoke while enjoying a gourmet coffee beverage, you will relish the sweet and smooth Caramel Macchiato flavor. We’ve combined the rich espresso, sweet caramel, and delightful chocolate flavors to reproduce your gourmet drink of choice, just like your local barista would make it! You’ll even be able to taste a dollop of whipped cream and touch of vanilla.

Tobacco Sampler

If you want some variety and can’t settle on one selection, the Tobacco Sampler is a fantastic choice, allowing you to try out all of our tobacco flavors!

Which of these five vape juice flavors for ex-smokers do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section below!


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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Vapers

valentine's day gift ideas for vapers

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and predictably so, store displays are saturated with teddy bears, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and roses, lots of roses! While we admit those are nice gifts, if your sweetheart is a vaping enthusiast, we have an inkling that they may prefer something a little more suited to their passion rather than the traditional presents. Here are four thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas for vapers.

Vapor Juice Starter Kit

Most new vapers begin their vaping experience with starter kits that use cartridges because of their unbeatable simplicity and practicality. If that is the case with your significant other, allow them to transition to the more advanced world of tanks and juice by surprising them with a Vapor Juice Starter Kit. Not only will they be amazed at the more pronounced flavors that the tank delivers, but they will also love the thick, dense vapors it produces.


Trust us when we say that you can never go wrong with giving a vaper e-juice. Whether your partner prefers to use cartridges or vapor juice, there are a multitude of choices of flavors that will make their day. While gifting them their favorite is always a great idea, you can also choose flavors that evoke romance to stay with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, such as succulent cherries and decadent chocolate.


Other than running out of e-juice, there is nothing more frustrating for a fellow vaper than to realize that their battery is dead, which is why we always recommend carrying an extra fully-charged battery on you. We’ve got a variety of batteries to choose from, including the powerful iStick 30W E-Cigarette Battery that is designed for use with both flavor cartridges and tanks.


There is a plethora of accessories to choose from, from the E-Cigarette 12VDC Mini Cigarette Lighter Adapter to ensure that your partner can always charge their batteries even when on the move, to the handy Prime E-Cigarette Case that can store all the essentials. Choose a few of the e-cigarette accessories that you think they will like best and wrap them in a beautiful Valentine’s Day-themed gift box.

We hope you found out Valentine’s Day gift ideas for vapers helpful! Tell us what you plan on gifting the vaping aficionado in your life in the comments section below.


Congressionally-Mandated Report Confirms E-Cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Combustible Cigarettes

Congressionally-Mandated Report Confirms E-Cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Combustible Cigarettes

Congressionally-Mandated Report Confirms E-Cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Combustible Cigarettes

The long-awaited, congressionally-mandated National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s comprehensive health review of an excess of 800 peer-reviewed scientific studies on the human health effects of e-cigarettes recently released its findings. Among its 47 conclusions, the report suggests that although the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not yet apparent due to the lack of sufficient data available, there is evidence that they are likely to be much less harmful than combustible cigarettes.

The study found conclusive evidence to support that completely replacing the use of traditional cigarettes with their electronic counterparts reduces exposure to numerous toxic substances, including carcinogens, present in regular cigarettes. In addition to a reduced number of toxicants, the report found substantial evidence supporting that a lower level of toxic substances are present in e-cigarettes when compared to combustible cigarettes.

Additionally, the report concluded that completely switching to e-cigarettes is highly likely to result in reduced short-term adverse outcomes in multiple organ systems. On the other hand, for dual users, those who use both combustible and e-cigarettes concurrently, there was insufficient evidence to suggest any changes in negative short-term health impacts in those same organs.

The report also found that, despite the limited evidence available, e-cigarettes “may be effective aids to promote smoking cessation” and that “more frequent use of e-cigarettes is associated with increased likelihood of cessation.”

The data also suggests, however, that e-cigarette use can result in symptoms of dependence. This conclusion is hardly surprising given that nicotine, although delivered through a significantly safer mechanism with e-cigarettes, remains an addictive substance.

While the use of e-cigarettes was deemed less harmful, the report did point out that exposure to e-liquids, such as eye contact with the product, or worse, drinking or injecting it, can have severe health impacts, which emphasizes the importance of using the electronic products as they are meant to rather than tinkering with them.

Although the report found that among youth and young adults, the use of e-cigarettes increases the risk of ever using combustible cigarettes, “under the assumption that e-cigarette use increases the rate at which adults quit conventional smoking, modeling projects that use of e-cigarettes will generate a net public health benefit, at least in the short run.”

What do you think of the conclusions provided by this report? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Must-Watch Vaping Documentaries

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As vaping increases in popularity around the world, documentary makers are taking an interest in the contentious, highly-debated topic. So, we recommend that you take a much-needed break from your Netflix marathons and check out these three must-see vaping documentaries that are as eye-opening as they are educational.

Trust Me I’m a Doctor – Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

If you are looking to transition from combustible cigarettes to e-cigs or are new to vaping, Trust Me I’m a Doctor – Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe? is an excellent vaping documentary to start with. Although some of the e-cig regulations-related information has evolved since its release, the documentary is jam-packed with information that answers many of the questions new vapers have.

In less than six minutes, Medical Journalist, Michael Mosley, articulately explains how e-cigarettes function and the difference between a traditional cigarette and its electronic counterpart. He zones in on nicotine and explores the benefits and drawbacks of electronic delivery of the substance. In this short BBC documentary, in addition to conducting his own small-scale research comparing the saliva, urine, and breath of smokers and vapers, Dr. Mosley also interviews Professor Peter Hyatt, Director of the Tobacco Research Unit at the Queen Mary University of London.

Thank You for Vaping

Here’s another fantastic documentary about e-cigs. Unbiased, Thank You for Vaping offers a look at both sides of the debate, presenting the views of vapers, as well as the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries, who have traditionally opposed the movement from combustible to electronic for various reasons. Again, some of the information is dated since the world of vaping is never constant. Nevertheless, it is one the vaping documentaries that aficionados are sure to love watching since it even delves into the culture of vaping, exploring why we do it, beyond the health benefits.

A Billion Lives

We’ve saved the best for last. Released in 2016, A Billion Lives is a compelling and infuriating documentary film that examines the history of smoking and highlights the dangers of the deadly habit. Its bold message, “A billion people projected to die. You’ll be surprised who’s keeping it that way” justly and unforgivingly points the finger at corrupt governments, health officials, and pharmaceutical companies for their role in banning safer nicotine delivery options despite the fact that the projected number of people who will die prematurely this century due to smoking is appalling. A definite must-watch for vapers.

What other must-see vaping documentaries do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tips for Traveling with Your E-Cigarette

Tips for Traveling with Your E-Cigarette

Tips for Traveling with Your E-Cigarette

While switching to e-cigs has numerous advantages, traveling with them involves a little more research than flying with combustible cigarettes, which is why we’ve done some of the legwork for you. Here is what you need to know when it comes to traveling with e-cigs.

Check the destination country’s e-cigarette rules and regulations

When flying internationally, before you start packing your e-cig or personal vaporizer to take with you, always make sure to check the rules and regulations regarding e-cigarettes in the country you will be visiting. Don’t assume that the rules will be similar to your home country. For instance, while vaping is not only allowed but promoted as a smoking cessation system in the UK, their possession and use are completely banned in Thailand.

Pack appropriately-stored devices and lithium batteries in your carry-on luggage

The good news is that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are permitted on planes. However, since the Federal Aviation Administration has deemed that lithium batteries can be a fire hazard, it is prohibited to transport them in your checked luggage. Store them, along with your powered-off electronic device, in a sturdy e-cigarette case, and pack them in your carry-on luggage.

Our compact and portable Prime E-Cigarette Case is an excellent choice, enabling you to store all of your components in convenient elastic-banded ripstop nylon pockets and hold downs. Its semi-hard shell provides a smooth fit and plenty of protection at the same time while the heavy-duty zipper allows you to open and close the case smoothly.

You are also permitted to have your e-cigarette and batteries on your person, but you are not allowed to use or charge ENDS on the aircraft.

If your e-cigarette doesn’t use a lithium battery, you have the choice of packing it in your checked luggage or your carry-on.

Pack flavor cartridges and vapor juice in a clear plastic bag

When it comes to your e-liquid, whether you use flavor cartridges or vapor juice, you can bring them through security as long as you comply with the TSA’s 3-1-1 policy that applies to all liquids. 3.4 oz containers or less are permitted as long as they fit in a quart-size, clear plastic bag with a zip top. You can bring one bag per person, and you will have to place them in the screening bin when passing through security.

Rules and regulations change frequently, so always check with the airlines if you have any questions before you begin to pack your luggage.

Have you traveled with your e-cig before? Tell us about your experience getting through security in the comments section below.

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Flavor Cartridges and Vape Juice: How to Choose the Correct Nicotine Strength

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An increasing number of smokers are switching from the combustible cigarette to its electronic counterpart. With e-cigs, instead of inhaling smoke, which contains a gamut of noxious chemicals such as carbon monoxide and tar, you inhale nicotine through a vapor. To successfully transition, however, you have to ensure that you vape a nicotine level that will help you manage your cravings effectively. Choosing a flavor cartridge or vapor juice with a lower nicotine content than your body is used to will not assuage your physical withdrawal symptoms, causing you to vape more, or more often, than you need to. With a lower concentration, you also run the risk of reverting to traditional cigarettes to compensate for the nicotine that your body craves. Here are some tips on how to choose the correct nicotine strength for you.

36mg Nicotine Strength (Max – 3.6%)

If you are a heavy smoker who consumes about 15 to 25 cigarettes (or more) per day, you will need the highest nicotine strength available, 36mg, to start your transition since your body has become accustomed to a high amount of nicotine.

We recommend our Rawhide Red, which delivers the strength you need as well as the aroma you’re accustomed to. If you used to smoke menthols, you will love Freeport, our signature menthol flavor. Both are available in convenient flavor cartridges, perfect for new vapers.

Here is what some of our customers had to say about these flavors:

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 David W.

“I’ve been vaping for several years. Rawhide Red has been my choice vape all along. As a former tobacco smoker, this product helped me quit tobacco for good. To be honest, I’ve had no ill effects (health wise). Prime Vapor is a quality company with a quality product.”

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 Sharon D W.

“For menthol smokers, Freeport is a definite go to…….so far the best menthol out there! Nice and smooth, no bite! Just enough to satisfy.”

24mg Nicotine Strength (Med – 2.4%)

If you smoke around seven to 15 cigarettes per day, your body doesn’t require as high levels of nicotine as the 36mg, so it’s best to refrain from starting with such a strong concentration. The 24mg will provide you with an adequate level of the substance to keep your cravings at bay.  

While you can still vape tobacco and menthol flavors to keep change to a minimum, you can experiment with other flavors such as the delectable Cherry Tobacco or Morning Blend, which still provide you with that familiar tobacco flavor, but with something extra that adds to the experience. Be sure to check out our range of tasty flavors in medium strength to find your favorite.

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 Pete Echevarria

“Superb product. Cherry tobacco e-cigarette is my type of vaping. Very smooth and satisfying. Favorable comments reference its aroma.”

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 By Lauri H.

“My favorite! Morning Blend is very smooth, great flavor and always consistent. I get them in medium strength.”

12mg Nicotine Strength (Min – 1.2%)

If you are a light smoker, using about one to seven cigarettes a day, the 12mg option will be sufficient for you. Anything higher than this may result in lightheadedness or discomfort, which may compromise your efforts to switch.

You don’t have to limit yourself to tobacco and menthol flavors. Give one of our other delicious flavors a try. Who know, maybe Caramel Macchiato will be your new favorite!

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 By Barry B.

“I love these. To me has perfect balance of nuttiness and raspberryish dark chocolate with just hint of sweetness and a silky mouth feel. My favorite offering by far. This is coming from a former American Spirit Yellow smoker. Awesome.”

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 By CHERYL S.
“My favorite flavor yet. Smooth coffee, caramel and an undertone of vanilla. I will order this flavor again.”

0mg (Zero Nicotine)

This level is only recommended once you have gradually reduced, then eliminated, your need for nicotine. With 0mg, you can continue to partake in the social and psychological rituals of “smoking” without any of the nicotine or smoke.

Feel free to experiment with the whole range of flavors, such as the fruitilicious Melon Merry, available in flavor cartridges and vapor juice options to add variety to your vaping experience. You’ll love it so much, it’ll have you requesting more fruity flavors!

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 By Leeann C.

“This one is GREAT!! My husband and I both love this flavor. We get it in Zero nicotine. Can we get more fruity flavors in Zero nicotine please??”

how to choose the correct nicotine strength2 Josie Moore

“I love this flavor and will purchase it again. I also love the fact that it comes in zero nicotine. It is truly excellent and will be one of my favorites.”

Are you a smoker who has successfully switched to vaping? How did you figure out how to choose the correct nicotine strength for you when you first started? Tell us in the comments below!