Manhattan Lawmaker introducing legislation banning flavored e-cigs in New York State

A Manhattan lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York State.

This New York e-cigarette ban comes after a new state study found the percentage of high school students in New York who use e-cigarettes to have nearly doubled, from 10.5% in 2014 to 20.6% in 2016.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, said that flavored e-cigarettes are a “gateway drug” that may lead teens to traditional cigarettes.

“Kids are attracted to the numerous flavors that the cigarette companies are selling, such as fruit punch, gummy bear, cotton candy,” he said.

But the American Vaping Association argue that: “flavor variability is critically important to the success of adults seeking to get off cigarettes,” a statement we at Prime Vapor tend to agree with.

“The hypocrisy of attacking these products while the State of New York continues to collect huge taxes from the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored alcohol is exactly something you’d expect from an out of touch Manhattan politician desperate to protect that revenue,” they added in a statement.

At Prime Vapor, we would also like to add that we strictly prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18, instead targeting our flavors towards adults who are former smokers or who want to experiment with vaping.

Our flavors are made from FDA approved extracts and all-natural vegetable glycerin and come in a range of nicotine strengths, including zero-nicotine versions. To check out our most popular flavors, read this blog post.

What is your take on the New York e-cigarette ban? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or tweet us @PrimeVapor

UL Announces Certification for Electronic Cigarettes

Leading global safety science organization, UL will now be able to test and certify the electrical and battery systems of electronic cigarettes, evaluating the safety of the electrical, heating, battery and charging systems.

The decision was made after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported an increased number of incidents involving fire resulting in injury requiring medical treatment.

“UL has been evaluating, testing and certifying portable battery powered devices, including battery cells, modules, packs, chargers and power supplies for many years,” said Ghislain Devouge, Vice President and General Manager for UL’s Consumer Technology division.

“Our expert science, research and engineering teams have now developed the appropriate requirements and methodology to confidently evaluate and test e-cigarettes for electrical and fire hazards. As recent news has shown us, there is a strong need for this type of service. Today, we are pleased to offer our testing and certification services to manufacturers and distributors.”

At Prime Vapor, we recognize that although millions of vapers continue to use e-cigarettes safely, safety precautions do need to be taken, as with any product, to avoid the highly unlikely event of an e-cigarette explosion. For more information on how to use your e-cig safely, check out this blog post.

Have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on e-cig safety or contact us with any further queries.

Will Trump’s Choice Of FDA Commissioner Finally Shine E-Cigarettes In A Positive Light?

As many of you know, e-cigarettes fall under federal regulation, requiring the companies that sell them to register with the FDA and provide a detailed account of their products’ ingredients and manufacturing processes.

Due to many e-cigarette myths, these devices are being lumped into the same category as traditional cigarettes, with many people disregarding the obvious dangers tobacco causes smokers, and instead focusing on the impact of nicotine, which incidentally, not all e-liquids contain, (you can check out our Zero Nicotine range here).

President Donald Trump recently chose Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a conservative health policy expert, to be the next commissioner of the FDA.

Gottlieb is said to be someone who wants to move the market away from combustible cigarettes and towards safer alternatives like e-cigarettes. This is great news for e-cigarette companies, with the hopes that the FDA’s regulations may soon come to an end, and that the obvious health benefits of e-cigarettes will be brought to the attention of the public.

You can read more about Gottlieb’s views on e-cigarettes in this Forbes article.

Can You Overdose From Nicotine In E-Juice? Your Questions, Answered

There is no denying that e-cigs deliver nicotine to users, nor that nicotine is highly poisonous. But can you overdose from nicotine contained in e-juice? This is one of the biggest concerns of people switching from smoking to vaping, so this blog post will answer some of the main questions we come across when it comes to vaping nicotine overdoses.

How do I know if I’ve had too much nicotine?

The most obvious sign you’ve had too much nicotine is when you start to feel nauseous. This is essentially your body’s way of telling you to take a break from vaping for a while. If you start to feel a headache coming on, this is another obvious sign.  

What are the symptoms of nicotine poisoning I should look out for?

Although vaping is unlikely to cause nicotine poisoning, symptoms include things like increased salivation, stomach cramps, diarrhea and confusion or agitation. In some rare cases, seizures are also a warning sign, as is a slowed heart rate.

Can I get nicotine poisoning just from vaping?

The minimum toxic dose of nicotine is around 500mg. Most of our e-juices are 18 mg/ml, meaning you’d have to vape almost 28 ml of e-juice in a couple of hours to even have a chance of overdosing. Of course, if you don’t use your vaporizer as intended, it is possible to overdose, for example, through drinking e-liquid.

If I have consumed a dangerous amount of nicotine, what should you do?

In rare and unfortunate circumstances, children and pets have consumed a dangerous amount of e-juice by drinking it without knowing its contents. Some people have also attempted suicide by drinking e-juice, although there are very few cases where those people have been successful. Since some of the earliest nicotine poisoning symptoms are nausea and vomiting, the dose is effectively reduced pretty quickly. It is also worth knowing that children and pets are far more sensitive to e-juice and the toxic dose is far smaller than for an adult. For this reason, ensure you store your e-juice safely out of reach at all times.

Feel free to share any more vape overdose questions with us in the comments below or via Twitter @PrimeVapor and we will do our best to answer!

 

What Trump’s Presidency Means For the Vaping World

If you’re up to date with vaping news, you’ll know that when Barack Obama was in power, the FDA placed a number of regulations upon the e-cig industry, which many believe will push out smaller e-cig retailers to make way for Big Tobacco companies. Now any manufacturer of e-cigs or juices must “undertake a package of research” if the e-cig models or liquids weren’t on the market before 2007, something which is extremely costly.

Now that President Donald Trump is in power, there is hope that things will start looking up for the vaping industry. Although we don’t really know Trump’s stance on vaping, he has made a promise to slash government regulation, stating during his campaign that around 70% of Federal regulations could go under his Presidency. It also helps that Trump’s allies in Congress include the likes of Duncan Hunter, the second Congressman to endorse Trump for President and also a huge advocate for vaping.

Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist is also a huge supporter of vaping, and is in talks with Trump administration officials to make sure the FDA’s rules are delayed at least two years. This would allow Congress time to pass bills nullifying the Obama-era regulations.

“There’s close to a 100 percent chance that the [FDA’s] rules are delayed,” Norquist said.  “I have complete confidence in Price and Trump’s worldview.”

“Vaping is a real coalition. I’ve seen it at the state and local level,” he added. “Unlike tobacco, beer, or wine, where people don’t feel comfortable saying ‘Don’t tax it,’ [people who vape] feel virtuous about their life choices,” and aren’t afraid to fight back, Norquist said.

What do you think Trump’s presidency means for the vaping industry? Share your thoughts with us below or tweet us @PrimeVapor

 

Make Your Pot of Gold Go Further With Our St Patrick’s Day E-Cigarette Sale

Get your shamrocks at the ready and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Prime Vapor, as we take 17% off all products on our website.

Now might be the perfect time to invest in your first starter kit, a new flavor you’ve been wanting to try, or maybe a product from our zero nicotine range if you’re looking to kick the habit completely.

Simply enter the promo code STPAT17 at the checkout to activate your savings and enjoy our e-cigarette sale.

This sale is effective until Sunday, March 19. Quantities are limited and only available while supplies last, so shop quickly if you want to snare the best deals!

Happy St Patrick’s Day from all of us at Prime Vapor!

The A-Z of Vaping

Who knew there were so many terms for vaping? We’ve made a list of some of the most common terms used by vapers which may also come in handy to those people new to the vaping world. We’ve also thrown in a few of our own!

A:

Atomizer: The electronic component inside your Flavor Cartridge or Tank that turns the e-liquid into vapor when heated.

B:

Battery: Built-in your e-cig and charged with a USB cable or is removable and rechargeable. You can check out our range of batteries here.

C:

Cartomizer: Another name for Flavor Cartridge. Pre-filled with e-liquid, this disposable cartridge is the easiest way to enjoy vaping.

D:

Diacetyl: A harmful compound which has been found in some e-juices, although generally far below levels found in regular cigarette smoke. PrimeVapor does not use Diacetyl in any of its formulas.

E:

E-liquid: A liquid solution which usually contains nicotine (some do not), propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. PrimeVapor only uses pure vegetable glycerin in all its formulas.

F

Flavor cartridges: Another name for cartomizers. PrimeVapor offers vapors a variety of unique and delicious tastes. Our flavor packs include cherry, morning blend, caramel macchiato and apple crumble.

G

Gift: Treat yourself to something and save 10% on your entire order with our coupon code EXCITE, for limited time only!

H

High Performance 808 Kit: One of our best-selling starter kits, the High Performance 808 Kit is a performance upgrade for Flavor Cartridge users. Our EVOD 808 battery not only lasts longer, but fires hotter than our classic battery, giving you more vapor and more flavor.

I

IBVTA: Independent British Vaping Trade Association, a trade association set up to support the independent vape industry.

J

Joules: A measure of energy. Can be described as the work required to produce one watt of power for one second.

K

Kanthal wire: Trademarked name for a family of alloy used in resistance wires.

L

LED: The light at the end of the cigarette which lights up when the user inhales. Can also indicate battery level on some models.

M

Morning Blend: One of our most popular flavors, Morning Blend is a heavenly mix of coffee, chocolate and tobacco-flavoring. While it was designed to be the perfect morning vape, we think you’ll enjoy it all day long.

N

Nickel Wire: A type of wire used to build coils with temperature controlled devices.

O

Ohms: A measure of electronic resistance used to measure the resistance of heating coils in atomisers.

P

Propylene Glycol: A colorless liquid that forms the majority of the solution in e-cigs.PrimeVapor does not use this close relative of antifreeze in any of its products.

R

Resistance: Refers to the resistance of the coil in the atomizer (measured in Ohms). A lower resistance produces more heat and vapor.

S

Starter kit: Starter kits give you all the right tools you need in order to start your vaping journey. You can check out our starter kits here.

T

Tanks: E-cig tanks are essentials to a great vaping experience. They are the primary part of vaping, and are where the e-liquid is stored. You can check out our range of tanks here.

U

Unregulated: A term usually attributed to mechanical mods because there is no circuit board in them to regulate the current.

V

Vape: To inhale vapor from an e-cig.

W

Wick: A small piece of fabric or cotton which is found in the cartridge. The wick absorbs the e-liquid and holds it until is vaped.

Z

Zero Nicotine: E-Liquid or cartridges that contain no nicotine. You can check out our zero nicotine range here.

Did we miss any key vaping terms? Feel free to comment below or tweet us @PrimeVapor

 

5 tips to stick to vaping if you’re having trouble quitting

Switching from the simplicity of smoking to the complex world of e-cigs can be daunting, but switching from a long-term habit, especially when it’s as addictive as smoking, is tough. To help those people that are struggling to make the switch, we’ve put together a list of top tips, and here they are.

Remember, slow and steady wins the race

Whether you’re going from smoking a pack a day or once a week, quitting isn’t easy. For this reason, many vapers choose not to give up smoking completely when they start vaping. Of course, it’s important to cut down on the amount you’re smoking as each day goes on, but don’t beat yourself up for slipping up once in a while. 

Commit to the new habit and let yourself get used to it

As with everything, vaping takes time to get used to, particularly if you’re a smoker or former smoker. It’s important to give vaping enough of a chance before throwing in the towel completely, and for this you need willpower, and lots of it. Try to avoid situations in which you typically smoke, for example with other smokers, and if you know anyone that’s vaping, ask them for tips on how to stick with it.

Discover a world of new flavors

Although when you first start vaping, tobacco or menthol-flavored e-liquid seems like the way to go, once you’re a fully-fledged vapor, the sweet and fruity flavors become more appealing and your craving for tobacco will go away, (as difficult as that sounds right now). While smoking only offers one flavor, vaping offers endless possibilities. You can check out our most popular flavors in this blog post.

Choose the right amount of nicotine

One reason e-cigs are such a popular device for quitting smoking is because many of them contain nicotine. When choosing which e-cig to buy, bear in mind that when you first quit smoking, too little nicotine is unlikely to satisfy your cravings. Although cutting out nicotine right away works for some people, others may be tempted to smoke. Equally, too much nicotine can feel too harsh on your throat, again making you more likely to smoke. Experiment with different nicotine strengths and see what works for you. 

Remind yourself of the benefits of vaping

If you’re really struggling to quit smoking and start vaping, the easiest way to find the willpower is to simply remind yourself of the benefits of vaping and the risk of smoking. Although some people question the effects of vaping, several studies show that vaping is far healthier than smoking, so remember this when questioning whether to revert back to smoking.

Did you use e-cigs to help you quit smoking? We’d love to hear your results. Comment below or tweet us @PrimeVapor

Why do our customers love us?

PrimeVapor strives to offer the alternative smoker the highest quality equipment with the ultimate flavor and vapor experience. We sell an exclusive line of premium e-cigarette flavors made in the USA, all of which use all natural vegetable glycerin and are FDA approved. Our flavors come in a variety of nicotine strengths, including our zero-nicotine versions.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love us…

“Super easy to set up and get started. I can’t wait to try more flavors. The latte flavor is tasty. Shipping was quick. I’ve already recommended to friends. I have nothing negative to say.” – Tracy P

“This is an amazing vape flavor!! Everyone I am standing by says I smell coffee and caramel and it smells so good even none coffee drinkers. It’s has an amazing throat hit and a great coffee taste. It is my go to vape flavor! Prime Vapor’s Caramel Macchiato rocks!” – Kim M

“I didn’t think I would like a fruit flavor but wow was I wrong, this is a nice switch from my Carmel Mach, nice throat hit along with a taste of berries on exhale. Thank you Prime Vapor no real cigs since 2015.” – John K

“I’ve used Prime Vapor for years. I love the nutty flavor of the Triple Nickel Lights. It’s smooth and it doesn’t have that fake or artificial taste.” – Bridget H

“I can now buy juice and batteries pretty much anywhere. But I still prefer Prime Vapor because juice is wonderful plus have great customer service.” – Sonja W

“I have smoked for 35+ years and have been using the starter kit since Monday, July 6, 2015. Haven’t picked up a cigarette yet! Full flavor and good smoke pull. Hopefully on the road to quitting for good.” – Ann L

We want to hear from you! Comment below or tweet us @PrimeVapor, to tell us what flavors and accessories you want to see

 

How to charge your e-cig battery safely

Just like any other electronic device, electronic cigarettes need appropriate caring. The better you care for your batteries, the longer they will last. To ensure you charge your e-cig batteries safely, make sure you follow these simple tips:

  • Only use the original charging equipment provided with the e-cigarette
  • Avoid over tightening when attaching your battery to your clearomizer
  • Don’t use damaged batteries
  • Charge batteries on a hard-surface
  • Do not expose your battery to extreme temperatures
  • Turn your battery off when you’re not using it and do not charge overnight
  • Clean battery with a dry tissue or cotton swabs when dirty
  • Avoid water at all costs

If you’re new to e-cigs and wondering what vaping is all about, find out what you need to get started or contact us for more info