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What You Need to Know about Vaping and Pet Safety

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Many of us who vape do so partly because using e-cigs is considerably less harmful to our health when compared to smoking combustible cigarettes. But what about the impact of vaping on our furry companions? How can we keep them safe while we transition to e-cigarettes?

What makes e-cigarettes dangerous to pets?

We all know that pets are incredibly curious creatures. Since they love to follow their scent, e-liquids can be especially alluring to them. Unfortunately, even the lowest concentration of nicotine, 1.2% or 12mg can pose serious health risks to a cat or a dog if ingested, and higher doses can be lethal. The toxic dose for animals vary according to their weight, but for a dog, it is estimated to be 9.2 mg/kg, so if a larger dog swallows nicotine-containing e-juice, it may show signs of nicotine poisoning while a smaller dog risks losing its life.

How to detect pet nicotine poisoning?

Since our beloved pets cannot vocally communicate their symptoms to us, it is crucial to recognize the signs of nicotine poisoning. Other than the telltale chewed cartridges or broken-into e-juice bottles, watch for vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, accelerated breathing, agitation, weakness, lethargy, and seizures. If you notice your pets exhibiting any of these symptoms, you need to take action immediately since nicotine poisoning manifests itself within 15 to 60 minutes of ingestion, and its effects can result in the rapid deterioration of your pet’s health.

Other health concerns

Oral Injuries: While it’s the nicotine in the e-juice that makes e-cigarettes dangerous to animals, they can also injure themselves while chewing on the cartridges and bottles and can even risk choking.

PG Sensitivity: Since cats are especially sensitive to PG, exposure to the chemical may result in allergic reactions. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed it unsafe for use in or on cat food.

What can you do to protect your pets?

Keep your e-juice and vaping equipment out of their reach: Get into the habit of storing all your vaping gear in a safe place your pets cannot access. While the e-juice cartridges and bottles are the most dangerous, you also don’t want your pets licking any remnants of the liquid off your devices. When vaping, be cognizant of your pet’s presence, and make sure to keep any cartridges or open bottles on you, rather than on a table where they can sneakily reach them.

Use VG only e-juice for extra precaution around your cat: If you’re especially concerned about PG sensitivity, exercise caution when vaping e-juice that contains the substance around your cat. If you want to take it a step further, opt for our specialty, VG-only e-juices.

Don’t blow vapor in your pet’s face: Ensure that the room you’re vaping in is properly ventilated, and refrain from blowing vapor in your pet’s face. In general, it’s good practice to vape away from your furry companions.

How do you keep your pets safe when vaping? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Tips for a Smoother Transition from Combustible Cigarettes to E-Cigs

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If you are currently a smoker considering switching to e-cigs, let us wish you a warm welcome to the world of vaping! In addition to delivering the nicotine that your body needs without many of the toxicants present in smoke, e-cigarettes can also enable you to continue to partake in your daily rituals, ensuring that there are no disruptions that may tempt you to light up again. For a successful and smooth transition, here are a few helpful tips to consider.

Choose a device that looks and feels like a traditional cigarette.

The cool videos of vapers using impressive mods to create awe-inspiring clouds of vapor may make purchasing one of those devices awfully tempting. However, remember that the needs of a smoker switching to e-cigs are different than those of professional or celebrity cloud-chasers.

When transitioning, it is best to opt for a device that looks and feels similar to a combustible cigarette. A cigalike e-cig such as our Deluxe E-Cigarette Starter Kit is an excellent choice, for it provides ex-smokers with the ability to hold it between their fingers and use the familiar and comforting hand-to-mouth motion they are accustomed to. Besides, its portability makes it easy to carry, not to mention that it requires minimal setup: simply twist the flavor cartridge onto the e-cig battery, and puff away.

Use a flavor that reminds you of smoking.

While smokers continue to use combustible cigarettes primarily because of their physical dependence on nicotine, many also do so because they’ve gotten attached to the entire experience it provides, including the tobacco flavor and aromas.

When making the switch, initially choosing a flavor that delivers a comparable taste may reduce your likelihood of experiencing a slip or relapse. PrimeVapor’s Rawhide Red, for example, is designed to replicate the robust flavor of the iconic cigarette brand sold in the red and white box, and it even reproduces the same throat hit. If you prefer menthols, the Freeport, for instance, is the ideal choice for someone switching to e-cigs.

Use the correct nicotine strength.

Most heavy smokers start out with the highest nicotine concentration available (3.6%), but if you are an occasional or social smoker, a medium strength (2.4%) may be more suitable for you. There is no magic formula to figure out your ideal nicotine strength, and the best way is to experiment.

The ideal nicotine level should satisfy your nicotine withdrawal symptoms without bringing on any additional negative effects. If you start with the maximum level and feel nauseous or a headache after vaping, it may be your body signaling that the concentration is too high. In that case, you may want to step down one level and see how you feel.

Do you have any additional advice for smokers switching to e-cigs? Share your tips in the comments section below.

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Vaping Vs. Smoking: How is Vaping Different from Smoking?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking rates been declining for the past several decades. In 2005, 20.9 percent of adults in the U.S. smoked while in 2016, that percentage dipped to 15.5. If you are a smoker who is contemplating quitting combustibles by using e-cigarettes to facilitate your journey towards a smoke-free life, here are two important vaping vs. smoking differences to consider.

Vaping is less harmful than smoking.

Although “smoking among U.S. adults has been reduced by more than half since 1964,” it remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country. The combustion process involved in the use of traditional cigarettes produces smoke containing an abundance of noxious chemicals that negatively impact the health of both smokers and non-smokers. Some examples of these harmful toxins present in smoke are hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia, so while there is no denying that nicotine is an addictive substance, it is the delivery method – smoke particles – that make smoking tobacco more dangerous than other alternatives.

Instead of burning tobacco to release nicotine, e-cigarettes heat a liquid to produce vapor, which, according to multiple studies conducted, is considerably safer than smoking. Therefore, even if both smoke and vapor are similar in appearance and feel comparable when taking a puff, vaping is much less harmful than smoking, prompting even health organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS) to adopt policies that encourages clinicians to support attempts to quit combustibles by switching exclusively to e-cigarettes.

You can vape nicotine-free.

Smokers will attest that quitting smoking isn’t only about quitting nicotine, although, for many, the physical withdrawal symptoms are incredibly challenging to overcome. If, however, you are more attached to the psychological and habitual aspects of smoking, meaning that you miss the act of smoking more than the nicotine itself, you have the option to vape without any of the substance.

Since e-cigarettes look and feel like regular cigarettes, in the sense that you can hold one between your fingers, place it on your lips, take a satisfying inhale and exhale a vaporous substance, you can continue to relish in the daily rituals that you find comforting. They allow you to continue to take that gratifying puff with your morning coffee or join your coworkers for a “smoke-break,” and you can even taste and smell the tobacco flavors and aromas that you are accustomed to!

Are you a smoker considering switching to vaping? Tell us whether you plan on smoking with or without nicotine and why in the comments section below.

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What to Look Forward to When You Switch to Vaping

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Are you currently a smoker but are thinking about switching to vaping? As you prepare yourself to make the transition, consider the several benefits that you can look forward to when you start using e-cigs instead of combustible cigarettes.

No Unpleasant Smell

Get ready to say goodbye to the repulsive smell that permeates everything around a smoker. Not only will you enjoy having clean smelling hair and clothing for a change, but everyone around you will also appreciate your home and car no longer smelling like an ashtray. Although e-cigarettes emit a temporary aroma when in use, the scent is rather pleasant, and unlike cigarette smoke that can linger for up to twenty minutes, vapor lasts less than thirty seconds before dissipating.

Stain-Free Fingernails and Teeth

People often associate yellow teeth and stained fingernails with poor hygiene. Since vapor doesn’t contain any tar, when switching to vaping, your nails and teeth will no longer be plagued by unsightly tobacco stains, which can go a long way in increasing your confidence around people.

Improved Health

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “nicotine – while highly addictive – is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes.” Since e-cigarettes produce vapor, which is considerably less harmful than smoke, when switching to vaping, you will notice significant improvements in your health, including increased lung capacity and reduced risk of lung cancer and coronary heart disease.

Adjustable Nicotine Levels

With combustible cigarettes, your choices are usually twofold: light or regular. With e-cigarettes, however, you can choose from a variety of nicotine levels. If you are a heavy smoker, you may start with a high concentration (36mg – 3.6%), but over time, you can reduce it to a medium (24mg – 2.4%) or low (12mg – 1.2%) level when you feel that your body is ready. And finally, if your goal is to reduce your dependence on nicotine completely, you can even switch to zero (0mg – 0.0%) nicotine vaping, which still allows you to enjoy the comparable social and psychological aspects of your old habits.

An Assortment of Delicious Flavors

While most smokers love the classic tobacco and menthol flavors, reminiscent of smoking, when switching to vaping, they also enjoy discovering the vast array of gourmet flavors that are available to them when using e-cigarettes. The variety keeps vaping new and exciting, which can make it easier to remain on track with your smoking cessation goals.

Are you thinking about switching to vaping? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to in the comments section below.

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If You Used to Smoke Menthols, You Will Love Prime Vapor’s Menthol E-Cig Flavors

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If you are an ex-smoker who used to have an affinity for menthol cigarettes, you may find yourself missing those refreshingly minty flavors as you transition to e-cigarettes. The good news is that not only are there a multitude of menthol e-juice varieties to choose from, each one more delicious than the other, but many options are also available in high (36mg – 3.6%), medium (24mg – 2.4%), low (12mg – 1.2%), and even zero (0mg – 0.0%) nicotine levels, so you are sure to find an option that is right for you!

Freeport

Our signature menthol e-juice is an excellent choice for those who used to smoke menthols regularly. It perfectly replicates both the flavor and throat hit of your favorite combustible cigarettes, delivering the perfect balance of earthy tobacco and menthol flavors in each puff. Regular menthol smokers will love savoring their go-to flavor, guilt-free since our e-cigs deliver the refreshing taste they crave without the numerous toxins present in cigarette smoke.

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Triple Mint

If you’re looking for a robust, full-flavored menthol e-juice but prefer a milder tobacco flavor, get ready for this delectable concoction of menthol crystals, combined with peppermint and spearmint essences. This menthol e-cigarette is perfect for those seeking that explosion of mint flavors without the overpowering taste of tobacco. What are you waiting for? Try this minty trifecta today, and say goodbye to one-dimensional flavors.

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SuperCool

For those who seek a refreshing blend of crisp menthol and subtle tobacco, we recommend SuperCool, a menthol e-juice combination that is both smooth and satisfying. Ideal for light menthol smokers, this formulation beautifully combines our most complex tobacco flavor, Triple Nickel Lights, and our award-winning menthol flavors to create a unique blend that ex-menthol smokers will revel in.

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Are you an ex-menthol smoker who has transitioned to e-cigs? Tell us which flavor helped you stay on track in the comments section below.

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.

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Identifying and Dealing with Your Smoking Triggers

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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.

Stress

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.

Habits

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.

 

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

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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!