Vape Juice Bases: PG vs. VG

Vape Juice Bases: PG vs. VG

Vape Juice Bases: PG vs. VG

Electronic cigarettes function by heating a liquid, commonly known as e-liquid, e-juice, or vape juice to produce a vapor that is then inhaled by the user. In addition to nicotine, e-juice usually contains the following ingredients: PG (propylene glycol) or VG (vegetable glycerin), or a combination of both, and flavoring. Although both propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin serve as a base in many vape juices, since the latter is far superior to the former, at Prime Vapor, we use VG exclusively in all our formulations.

Vegetable glycerin is an all-natural substance

Vegetable glycerin is an all-natural substance made from plant oils, such as soy, coconut, and palm. Perfectly safe for human consumption, the highly-viscous liquid has a wide array of applications, including cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals. The substance is clear and odorless, with just a hint of sweetness. Similar to VG, propylene glycol is a clear, odorless liquid, with a milder sweet flavor; however, since PG is a synthetically produced cracked hydrocarbon that is a close relative to anti-freeze, we do not use it in any of our e-juices.

VG-based formulas produce thick, dense vapor

The high level of viscosity makes VG an ideal base for vapers seeking thicker and denser cloud production. With a VG base, vapers can enjoy the rich flavors longer while simultaneously experiencing a milder throat hit, which makes it perfect for vapers with asthma or respiratory issues. VG bases are also popular among vapers with an allergy to PG.

Prime Vapor vape juices deliver a solid a throat hit

Due to the way we have created the flavors in our formulations, Prime Vapor vape juice users experience a throat hit that is as intense, if not more, than PG based formulas. Vapers, especially ex-smokers who have transitioned to vaping, can still enjoy a pronounced throat hit with 100% VG vape juice.

When it comes to PG vs. VG, what is your preference? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Gift Ideas for the Vaping Enthusiast in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the Vaping Enthusiast in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the Vaping Enthusiast in Your Life

The holiday season is an opportunity to spend quality time with family, but we often find ourselves stressing out about what gift to give our loved ones or worse, panicking about last-minute presents. To make your task easier, we’ve compiled this practical list of vape gift ideas sure to please the vaping enthusiast in your life.

Vapor Juice Starter Kit

Most vapers, especially ex-smokers transitioning from combustible cigarettes to e-cigs, often start out with the practical and portable tobacco or menthol starter kits. Surprise your favorite vaper with our Vape Juice Starter Kit, which equips them with everything they need to break into the more advanced and exciting world of tanks and vape juices. Not only will they enjoy more vapor and stronger flavors, but they will also be able to see precisely how much vape juice they have left, in addition to being able to experiment with different flavors.

High-Performance Vapor Juice Kit

If the vaping aficionado you’re shopping for is already using vapor juice, elevate their vaping game to the next level with this mighty, high-performance beast, featuring the powerful 2200mAh iStick 30W Battery, whose revolutionary voltage and wattage control system lets the vaper set the power to drive their vaping experience. The High-Performance Vapor Juice Kit even comes equipped with a high-visibility LED display which indicates battery charge levels and current vape duration. Pretty impressive!

Vapor Juice

Although both the Vapor Juice Starter Kit and the High-Performance Vapor Juice Kit come with one 18ml bottle of our premium vape juice in the flavor of your choice, one can never have enough varieties of e-liquid. So, bring a smile to your loved one’s face by getting them a few different flavors for them to experiment with. With options such as Cherry Tobacco, Melon Berry, Triple Mint, and Caramel Macchiato, you’re sure to find their next favorite flavor.

Vaping Accessories

If you have a tight budget or are looking for stocking stuffers rather than a main gift, there is a plethora of vaping accessories you can choose from, ranging from durable, yet stylish e-cigarette cases to extra batteries to practical car charger adapters. For more information, make sure to check out our blog post on the must-have vaping accessories!

We hope these vape gift ideas come in handy this holiday season and that you can focus on spending Christmas stress-free with your family and friends.

What gifts are you planning on giving to the vaper in your life?

Must-Have Vaping Accessories

Must-Have Vaping Accessories

Must-Have Vaping Accessories

The holiday season is fast approaching, heralded by peppermint-flavored beverages, vibrant poinsettias, and joyful Christmas music. While many of us look forward to spending quality time with family, holiday gift-giving can provoke anxiety in even the most experienced and proactive of shoppers. If you’re wondering what present to give the vaping enthusiast in your life, here are five must-have vaping accessories and gear that they are sure to love.

Prime E-Cigarette Case

What better way to carry your e-cigarette around than in this fantastic and practical e-cigarette case? Featuring ripstop nylon pockets and straps to keep your vaping gear neatly organized, this indispensable vaping accessory is ideal for holding both flavor cartridges and vapor juice. Incredibly durable, with a heavy-duty zipper, it’s a gift that your loved ones will get plenty of use out of. What’s more? The e-cig case comes in seven fabulous colors and designs, including tiger stripe, iridescent pink, and woodgrain.

Extra Batteries

We have all experienced that moment when you’re about to take a hit of your e-cigarette when you realize that it is out of battery! To avoid these unpleasant situations, it’s always a great idea to have extra batteries handy, especially if you’re an ex-smoker who has transitioned to vaping. At Prime Vapor, we have several outstanding batteries to choose from, from the inconspicuous Classic E-Cigarette Battery to the versatile iStick 30W E-Cigarette Battery to the powerful EVOD 510 Twist E-Cigarette Battery.

Mini 12VDC USB Car Charger Adapter

For those who are always on the go and don’t have the time to charge their e-cigarette batteries at home, this mini e-cigarette lighter adapter is the perfect gadget. The convenient Mini 12VDC USB Car Charger Adapter, which plugs into any cigarette lighter port, allows you to charge your e-cigarette in your car.

Blank KR808D Flavor Cartridge 5-Pack

If you’re buying a gift for an experienced vaper who’s starting to experiment with their own flavors, these Blank KR808D Flavor Cartridges, which come in a pack of 5, are an outstanding choice. Not only do they offer an economical way of vaping, but they are also a fun way to explore different e-juices.

Were you inspired by our vaping accessories and gear suggestions? Share your gift ideas for vapers in the comments section below.

British Psychological Society Report: E-Cigarettes Should Be Promoted as a Smoking Cessation Method

British Psychological Society Report: E-Cigarettes Should Be Promoted as a Smoking Cessation Method

The British Psychological Society recently published a report outlining several key recommendations that impact the vaping industry, the most significant one being that they support the promotion of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation method.

Dr. Lynne Dawkins, who co-authored the report, noted that “for smokers trying to quit, e-cigarettes are more attractive than traditional smoking cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement therapy, and at least as effective.” She iterated that there is mounting evidence showing that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco smoking.

The report titled ‘Changing behaviour: Electronic cigarettes’ also noted that there is a need to improve education regarding the relative harm caused by nicotine, smoking, and vaping. Earlier this year, the FDA expressed similar sentiments. In a press release issued in July, the agency stated that “a key piece of the FDA’s approach is demonstrating a greater awareness that 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.” In other words, while both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes deliver nicotine, the combustion process that generates smoke is significantly more harmful than the heating process which produces vapor.

Furthermore, the report recommended that the National Health Service’s popular and widely-utilized Stop Smoking Services (SSS) offer electronic cigarettes and technical support as part of their services. The rationale behind this recommendation is that endorsing the most popular quitting tool, the e-cigarette, will only help to further boost the popularity of the SSS and increase success rates. Dr. Dawkins emphasized that “as a consumer product, although most Stop Smoking Services are not currently able to supply these, we recommend that they endorse them and support their use by smokers trying to quit.

While the report included raising the cost of smoking using policy interventions and fiscal measures such as increased taxes on traditional cigarettes and strict smoke-free regulations, it also recommended taking steps to decrease the cost of e-cigarettes, stating that the reduced risk product should be regulated less heavily. For instance, the report suggests avoiding taxation and vape-free regulations.

Regulations, the report posits, should be aimed at promoting product development, yet again another parallel with the FDA’s new approach of being “committed to encouraging innovations that have the potential to make a notable public health difference and inform policies and efforts that will best protect kids and help smokers quit cigarettes.

Lastly, the report recommends investing in research to explore how e-cigarettes impact smoking cessation and how to make the transition easier for smokers.

What are your thoughts on these recommendations? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

The Great American Smokeout: How E-Cigarettes Can Help You Quit

The Great American Smokeout: How E-Cigarettes Can Help You Quit

The Great American Smokeout: How E-Cigarettes Can Help You Quit

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is a yearly event that challenges smokers to make a plan to quit or to give up the deadly habit on that day, which falls on November 16 this year.

Benefits of Quitting

Quitting smoking is no easy feat; it is a long and challenging process, and it often takes more than one attempt to be successful. However, smokers have a lot to look forward to when they quit. In addition to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, smokers can avoid a myriad of respiratory illnesses.

Not long after they quit smoking, their sense of smell and taste returns to normal, their breath, hair, and clothes stop stinking of smoke, and their teeth and fingernails stop yellowing. They can even partake in more strenuous physical activity without feeling out of breath. However, despite the multitude of advantages that quitting offers, about 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes Relieve Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

Since smokers are addicted to nicotine, it can create a physical dependence that is difficult to overcome when attempting to quit cold turkey. It manifests itself through unpleasant withdrawals symptoms, including the inability to concentrate, sweating, nausea, intestinal cramping, and headaches, just to name a few.

Nicotine replacement therapies such as the nicotine patch, gum, and electronic cigarettes can help assuage these symptoms since they deliver nicotine without many of the harmful chemicals present in cigarette smoke. One of the main benefits of e-cigs is that they release nicotine by heating vape juice or e-liquid rather than burning tobacco. The heating, as opposed to combustion, process does not create the thousands of toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke.

E-Cigarettes Enable Ex-Smokers to Maintain Their Routine

With e-cigs, not only can ex-smokers adjust the nicotine level they require by purchasing vape juice with zero, minimum, medium, or maximum nicotine strengths, but they can even find the same flavors that they are used to, for instance, menthol and tobacco. While other nicotine replacement therapies help with the physical withdrawal symptoms, e-cigs help with the other aspects of smoking that are hard for smokers to give up, one of them being the smell of their favorite cigarette.

The other aspects are the psychological and habitual ones; after years of smoking, smokers are accustomed to the sensation of holding a cigarette and inhaling it as they place it between their lips. With e-cigs, they don’t have to give that up. Benefits of e-cigs include giving smokers the ability to maintain their habits, such as their morning smoke, since e-cigarettes resemble combustible cigarettes and involve the same hand-to-mouth action cherished by smokers.

Endorsement of E-Cigs by Stoptober

Given all the benefits of e-cigs and the ways that they can help smokers quit, it is not surprising that the British smoking cessation program, Stoptober, backed by the UK government, endorsed these efficient smoking cessation devices this year. While the American Cancer Society has yet to take a similar step, it does include information on e-cigarettes on its website, which, we think, is a promising sign.

Do you plan on participating in The Great American Smokeout this year? Tell us what you plan on doing to quit smoking in the comments section below.

FDA Announces Ban on Free Samples of E-Cigarettes

FDA Announces Ban on Free Samples of E-Cigarettes

FDA Announces Ban on Free Samples of E-Cigarettes

In October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance that expanded its ban on the distribution of free tobacco products samples to include electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and vaping products. The original ban, announced in March 2010, previously applied to combustible cigarettes only. However, it was just a matter of time before the FDA included e-cigarettes in the ban, noting reports of “e-cigarettes being distributed at venues likely to attract large audiences and at youth oriented events, such as music festivals and motorsports events.”

Although e-cigarettes don’t burn any tobacco to release nicotine, since May 2016, they, along with e-liquids, are deemed to be tobacco products. The “deeming provisions,” which became effective on August 8, 2016, have since impacted the marketing, labeling, and manufacturing of ENDS and e-liquids.

Under the new regulations, e-cigarette manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can distribute “free” tobacco products to consumers only when there has been a tobacco sale transaction since the FDA views free samples without any monetary exchange as a risk-free and cost-free way for youth to acquire tobacco products. Therefore, providing a free e-cigarette sample in exchange for a customer signing up to a vendor’s mailing list, for example, is not permitted because of the absence of a tobacco purchase transaction.

Similarly, e-cigarette businesses are still permitted to sell their products at a discount and can continue to accept coupons that provide a reduction in price to the consumer. What’s important, though, is that customers receive their “free” tobacco sample at the time that a monetary sale transaction has occurred. “Promotions that offer consumers a free tobacco product in a separate transaction that is not a tobacco product sales transaction are prohibited where they would allow consumers to obtain a free tobacco product sample and also evade the minimum age and ID requirements“.

The same goes for memberships and rewards programs. Free samples are permitted as long as they are not distributed outside of a monetary tobacco sales transaction where the minimum age and ID requirements are also met. While vaping businesses can still offer a tobacco product as a prize in contest, they are bound by the monetary payment, minimum age, and ID requirements, too. Therefore, if business is offering a prize, the winner can redeem their “free” tobacco product at the time of another tobacco product sale transaction.

What’s your opinion on the inclusion of e-cigarettes into the free sample ban? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Vaping Etiquette

Vaping Etiquette

Vaping Etiquette

In 2016, 3.2% of adults in the U.S. used e-cigarettes, and as an increasing number of smokers turn to vaping for health reasons or as people take up vaping as a hobby, enjoying the abundance of flavors available to them, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

However, even though vapor contains substantially fewer toxic substances than smoke from combustible cigarettes and is airborne for a significantly shorter period of time, it is easy and common for non-vapers to mistake the two. It comes as no surprise, then, that vaping in public can incite a range of emotions, from indifference to indignation to confrontation. Since there are no set rules as to what is and what isn’t acceptable when vaping, vaping etiquette is somewhat of a gray zone.

What to Do

Not only do vaping laws and regulations vary by country, but they also differ by city and state. In California, for instance, e-cigarettes are included in the sunshine state’s smoke-free laws, meaning that vapers cannot use e-cigs in workplaces, including restaurants and bars. On the other hand, vapers in Virginia can vape freely indoors as long as the establishment permits it. Since vaping restrictions will affect you as a vaper, do research the laws in your city and state, keeping in mind that they are constantly changing.

Many businesses such as restaurants and bars will have a clear policy on vaping, so when in doubt, rather than take the risk and vape anyway, ask one of the employees. They will appreciate it, and you will avoid any unnecessary stares and unpleasant interactions with management or other patrons.

Vapers who are passionate about vaping love to talk about it, and if someone, especially a smoker, is curious about these miraculous electronic devices, do share the reasons you vape. They may be interested in making the switch to e-cigs and want a vaper’s opinion.

What to Avoid

While it is a great idea to educate non-vapers who are inquisitive, nobody appreciates unsolicited advice. Touting the benefits of e-cigarettes over combustible cigarettes to a smoker can come across as patronizing, so use common sense in situations like these.

Also, even if e-cig vapor isn’t as dangerous as smoke and even if it doesn’t leave a lasting smell, due to the uncontrolled nature of secondhand exposure, avoid smoking in confined spaces or if you’re in close proximity to other people. That includes vaping in lineups and shared spaces such as buses, trains, elevators, etc. It goes without saying that using e-cigarettes on airplanes is not permitted.

While some of the dos and don’ts are up for discussion, something that everyone agrees on is that it’s rude to blow vapor at people’s faces. No matter how impressive your cloud chasing skills are, bystanders will not be amused by your demonstration.

Do you agree with our dos and don’ts of vaping? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

While vapers in the US and the UK are breathing a much-needed sigh of relief as their governments take a more positive stance on e-cigarette regulation, it is easy to assume that other countries are following suit. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and traveling with your e-cigarette or vape juice can get you into a lot of trouble, ranging from confiscation of your devices and e-juice to fines, and even prison.

Asia

Recently, a number of British newspapers reported on the Thai vaping ban since the majority of travelers were unaware of its existence despite it having been in effect since 2014. Anyone caught with an e-cigarette while visiting the Land of Smiles, known for its friendly locals, stunning beaches, and delicious food, risks having their device confiscated, a fine, or up to ten years in prison.

If that sounds harsh, consider that the Hong Kong government currently classifies nicotine-laced e-juice as a Type 1 poison and as pharmaceutical product. If caught with an unregistered pharmaceutical product, in our case, an e-cigarette containing nicotine, travelers risk up to two years in prison and a hefty fine of HK$100,000, which is about $12,500! You can, however, use zero-nicotine e-cigarettes, although the nation’s Food and Health Bureau is currently in the process of crafting legislation to make the sale and possession of e-cigarettes illegal.

Australia

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but the nation of barbies, laid-back surfer dudes, and the Crocodile Dundee also classifies liquid nicotine as a poison. While it is legal to buy non-nicotine vaping devices, it is against the law to sell, possess, or use nicotine e-cigarettes. According to the Huffington Post, “a group of 70 Australian health researchers and clinicians signed a letter urging the NHMRC to commission an open the review, arguing the latest evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking and could lead to substantial improvement in public health.” While it is unclear if the petition to the National Health and Medical Research Council will bring about any change in legislation, it is a good sign for vaping enthusiasts.

Middle East

Most travelers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are aware of the restrictions on the consumption of alcohol and pork in the Arabian Peninsula nation. However, many don’t know that the UAE prohibits the use and sale of e-cigarettes, confiscating all vaping devices at the airport.

South America

Known for its remarkable natural beauty and vibrant culture, Brazil is another favorite with tourists. A lesser known fact about the tourist destination, though, is that it prohibits the manufacturing, sale, importation, and advertising of e-cigarettes. Other South American countries that have a total ban on vaping and e-cigarettes are Argentina and Uruguay, so vapers are advised to leave their electronic devices at home.

Central America

Panama has banned the importation, distribution, and sale of e-cigarettes since June 2009 as a result of a flawed study. Unfortunately for vaping enthusiasts with Panama on their bucket lists, there is no foreseeable change in legislation on the horizon.

North America

While visiting our neighbors to the south, keep in mind that while you may see many people using e-cigarettes in Mexico, there are stringent restrictions regarding the sale and promotion of vaping products.

Europe

If, while reading this blog post, you’ve been wondering where you actually can vape on vacation, the answer is Europe! Most European countries either allow the sale of nicotine-containing and nicotine-free cartridges or the sale of nicotine-free and nicotine-containing cartridges below certain level.

When traveling to foreign destinations, we advise exercising caution above all and researching the laws and regulations right before you leave since vaping legislation is constantly evolving.

What has been your experience traveling with a vaping device? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lancaster Man Credits E-Cigs for Marathon Success

Lancaster Man Credits E-Cigs for Marathon Success

Lancaster Man Credits E-Cigs for Marathon Success

Stoptober, the government-backed campaign to encourage smokers in the UK to quit, is, for the first time since its launch, endorsing electronic cigarettes as an effective tool to wean smokers off combustible cigarettes. The campaign is going as far as to feature electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in TV and radio ads, treating them like other nicotine replacement therapies on the market such as patches, gums, prescription tablets, and inhalers that help ex-smokers keep their nicotine cravings at bay.

Given the UK government’s previously hostile, or at best lukewarm, approach to ENDS, what prompted this change in attitude? Evidence. Research shows that e-cigarettes are almost exclusively being used by ex-smokers to quit the deadly habit. Also, data confirms that fears that the devices re-normalize smoking or that they entice users, especially teenagers, to start smoking are unfounded. Furthermore, the College of Physicians deemed that vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

Many of the ex-smokers, now turned vaping proponents, are advocating for responsible regulation by sharing their stories. One such example is 63-year-old Chris Baxton from Lancaster, who recently completed a marathon this year. Not only does he credit his success to vaping, he even goes as far as to say that the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs saved his life.

Like many smokers, Chris started smoking in his teens. While he started out as a social smoker, he gradually became a heavy smoker. After nine years of smoking, he tried to stop at the age of 25 using patches, gums, and sprays, but he relapsed as a result of severe withdrawal symptoms. Fast forward another 25 years and Chris was still smoking, and his health was deteriorating because of it. He suffered from a persistent cough and exercising became increasingly difficult, if not impossible. He experienced dizziness that made him unable to even climb stairs.

He had almost given up on quitting when he discovered e-cigarettes and with his wife, Carol, also a smoker at the time, decided to give them a try. That was five years ago, and today, the healthy sexagenarian proudly shares his success story in the hopes to inspire others to transition to e-cigarettes.

Did Chris Baxter’s story inspire you to make the switch to e-cigarettes? Do you or someone you know have a similar story? Tell us in the comments below!

UK Study: No Evidence of Vaping Acting as a Gateway to Smoking for Teens

UK Study: No Evidence of Vaping Acting as a Gateway to Smoking for Teens

UK Study: No Evidence of Vaping Acting as a Gateway to Smoking for Teens

It’s ‘Stoptober’ in the UK, and for the first time since its launch, the government-backed anti-smoking campaign, which aims to persuade smokers to give up the deadly habit, is endorsing vaping as an effective smoking cessation tool. While the long-term effects of electronic cigarettes are still being examined, multiple large-scale studies have concluded that vaping is a safer nicotine delivery system than combustible cigarettes and that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking. A recent study by Public Health England, focused on the use of e-cigarettes among teens, has revealed that there is no evidence that experimentation with e-cigarettes leads to smoking.

According to the data, only three percent of the 60,000 teens surveyed used e-cigarettes at least once a week, and most them already smoked combustible cigarettes. The study revealed that among teenagers who have never smoked traditional cigarettes, regular e-cig use is as low as 0.1 percent.

Statistics such as these have helped transform the legislative climate surrounding vaping, providing governments the incentive to embrace e-cigarettes to help smokers of all ages transition to a safer nicotine delivery option.

According to Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE, “e-cigarettes are now the most popular way to quit in the country with half of all those taking part in Stoptober last year using an e-cigarette. The evidence is clear – vaping is much less harmful than smoking, a fraction of the risk.”

Unlike cigarettes, which burn tobacco to release nicotine, e-cigs heat the nicotine-laced e-juice to generate vapor, which is less harmful than smoke. Not only does vaping allow ex-smokers to get the nicotine they need to keep their cravings at bay, but it also provides them with tobacco-flavored vape juice to provide them with a similar experience that they’re used to. Once vapers feel that they are ready for a lower dose, they can adjust their nicotine strength accordingly, and they can even vape nicotine-free when they are ready.

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