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Vaping and Healthcare

The vaping industry is exploding, just as tobacco usage among adults and teens has hit an all-time low. Fans of vaporizing eliquids claim that it's a good alternative to smoking and the fun of trying out flavored liquids is appealing to a whole population of smokers who are looking to cut down or enhance their experience. E-cigarettes produce satisfyingly large clouds of vapor in flavors that include cheesecake torte and Belgian waffle. Better yet, the vapor doesn't stick to clothes or hang on breath, and there's no litter from butts. However, even with all of the benefits to vaping over cigarettes, the FDA came down hard on e-cigarettes with strict new regulations in May of last year.

So how does your love of vaping affect your insurance policy?

First, we must understand that not all vaping is as "safe" or "healthy" as some claim. FDA testing from 2009 found cancer-causing chemicals in leading e-cigarette brands, plus formaldehyde in high-voltage e-cigarettes. It's these reports that have insurance companies, and even the government-run Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care) scrapping policies for vape users.

To breakdown what insurance companies consider a smoker, we look to Michael Siegel, MD., a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. "Someone who is a dual user is still a smoker, but someone who completely switches to e-cigarettes is essentially a quitter," says Siegel. "That's smoking cessation...and I don't see how a person could continue to classify them as smokers." Siegel is a prominent anti-smoking physician expert. He advocates for vaping over smoking, and while most vape users agree with the good doctor, most insurance companies don't.

You see, insurers don't see a reason to differentiate between vaping and smoking. Why? Smokers pay more for insurance coverage and receive less coverage overall. But if vaporizing is so different than smoking-no combustion, for one-then how do they get away with clumping both acts together. That way, they can charge higher premiums to the entire group of smokers and vapers and benefit financially, or they may choose not to insure the individual at all. They also don't think of vaporizing as a smoking cessation aid. They consider everything under the vape umbrella to be a tobacco product.

The details change from policy to policy, but vapers usually pay as much as smokers. According to a 2015 poll, one in 10 Americans now vapes meaning the clash with insurance affects about 10% of the population. That's a huge segment of the population who could lose important insurance coverage just for the fact that they vape. Is this fair? Is there a better way? We think so, and we're inviting you to join the ongoing conversation here. Does your vaping affect your insurance premiums and how?


Vaping is for Valentines

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Sure, Valentines Day 2017 falls on a work day—and not one in the later half of the week—but there's still something to be said about looking obstacles like forced separation due to different workplaces as a challenge to your abilities to break through those barriers and get your message of St. Valentine-inspired love to the one who melts your heart. If vaping is the thing that you two like to do, then we've got a few suggestions for you. There's still plenty of time to place an order and have it delivered to you before the second week of February.

Vape your way into bae's heart

Haven't quite mastered those vape cloud hearts, yet? Keep practicing but you know your honey wants nothing but some quality time with you. And if you both like to vape throughout your day then you can always find a few moments to connect in a unique way.

We imagined a day where a few strategically-placed vape sessions can make the day a whole lot sweeter for fans of e-liquids. It doesn't have to take a lot of planning to make these moment happen but when you mix some gift-giving with serendipity, you come off looking like the hero of all Valentines.

Vaping the sweet stuff with your Valentine

Start the day off with fresh, at-home brewed coffee along with an early morning vape of our Belgian Waffle e-liquid. Subtle cinnamon notes play off of warm maple flavors for something that resembles your favorite breakfast made by mom.

Thankfully, mom has been replaced with a significant other and you two can now linger a little longer in bed and make plans for later. Little do they know you've already had a package of Coffee Cake e-liquid delivered to their office so they have something to vape on a coffee break. Brown sugar, butter crumble topping, and real whipped cream—how sweet!

And when you finally meet up after a long day at work, maybe you go out for dinner and maybe you cook something at home but may we recommend skipping dessert and catching it on the flip-side when you share a Chocolate e-liquid post-coitus vape between the sheets.

By about the third time that just the right e-liquid happens to pop up at just the right time, bae will appreciate the attention to detail you put into making the day just right. We're here to help any way we can and if that means supplying the most surprising flavors of e-liquid that you can pair in unique ways with your lifestyle then so be it. We love helping customers live a more satisfying and flavorful life.


Warming Up Less With a Vape

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The United States is warming up fast-researchers suggest that we will reach dangerous levels 20 years sooner than the rest of the planet. The study, compiled by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was released as the US prepared to inaugurate President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, on his first full day in office, Trump had all references to global warming, and climate change dropped from the official White House website. Not surprising since it was he who has dismissed global warming as a hoax created by China "in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive".

The researchers created computer models of the Earth and simulated the pattern of increased warming in different parts of the world. We will warm up by two degrees Celsius of warming when the average for the rest of the world is a half a degree cooler. And the Northeastern states is where the effects are already the most noticeable; they are experiencing an increase in temperature by about 3C while the rest of the world averages a 2C rise.

The study infers that the 48 states of the contiguous US will reach 2C by about 2050. That 2C is a magic number because that's the point at which scientists believe dangerous weather events will start to take place, and the United States will be among the first to experience those events.

From their report: "The differential warming of land and ocean leads to many continental regions in the Northern Hemisphere warming at rates higher than the global mean temperature. Adaptation and conservation efforts will, therefore, benefit from understanding regional consequences of limiting the global mean temperature increase to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels. The regional warming rates differ considerably across the contiguous US, but all regions are projected to reach 2C about 10-20 years before the global mean temperature."

The answer to this isn't vaping, but we've discovered some ways that it can help.

1. 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked annually; roughly 3.28 trillion cigarette butts are thrown out or tossed onto the ground. By vaping, we keep a lot of that harmful waste out of landfills where harmful chemicals leach from cigarette butts into the ground. The butts that end up on city streets have a chance of affecting water runoff that becomes drinking water.

2. According to preventcigarettelitter.org, 32% of all coastline litter is cigarette butts. Because they are not biodegradable, cigarettes take up to 12 years to fully decompose. By vaping, your keeping fish and other wildlife safe from harmful chemicals.

3. Cigarette smoke releases 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Vaping does not!

4. Tobacco farming accounts for 40% of its annual deforestation in South Korea and Uruguay. Deforestation robs the Earth it's only way to turn carbon dioxide into clean air, so emissions go up and account for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions every year.

5. Finally, vaping creates none of the harmful leftovers that animals have a tendency to eat or absorb through their food when cigarette butts get strewn throughout their environment.

So help save the planet, and vape today!


What To Expect at the Inauguration

Most people don't really know what a presidential inauguration really involves, and it's true; There's a lot of fanfare for an event that very few regular people get to see in person. Here is an introduction to the inauguration that will answer all your questions about the event:

What Happens at the Presidential Inauguration?

Most people have at least a vague idea of what the event entails, but as historic as it is, it can be a bit dry.

In summation, the President elect, amidst much fanfare, is sworn into their new office. While the public event is on Monday, January 21st of the first year of their term, the new President officially takes the oath of office the day before.

Is there Music at the Ceremony?

Yes, although a long list of musical acts told President-elect Trump that they were electing to pass on the invitation to play his inauguration. The headliners at his inauguration week ceremonies will be 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith and others.

President Barack Obama has famously had Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen perform during his inauguration week events.

What Are Some of the Most Notable Inauguration Addresses?

Part of the event's festivities involve speeches being made by the new President as they are honored on the U.S. Capitol Speaker's Balcony. Over the years, there have been some extremely memorable speeches by Presidents, both new to the office and beginning their second term. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy: Both of these inaugural addresses are notable because of the legendary quotes that were made by these men when they took the oath of office. FDR famously said "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself", while Kennedy coined the phrase, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

William Henry Harrison (1841): Notable for it's sheer length, Harrison took near two hours to make his inaugural speech, one that counted at near 8000 words.

Barack Obama (2009): When Barack Obama took his first oath of office, it was a historical moment for many reasons, not the least of which being the inauguration of the country's first African American president. This was notable and ushered in a new era of political access for minorities across the country.

Will You Be Able to Vape at the Inauguration?

Unfortunately, the verdict is still out. The White House published a list of all the things that you can't bring to the ceremony, and while many things are banned, cigarettes are not on the list, suggesting that vapes are allowed.

If you're headed to the inauguration and you want to buy some special e-juice for the occasion, or you simply need to restock with the highest quality, American-made vape products, Highbrow Vapor is the place for you!


Highlights of 2016

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The year 2016 was loaded with surprises. You almost didn't know what was going to happen next. From the presidential election to people passing away, it was definitely an eventful time that many won't soon forget. Check out some of the top highlights from 2016.

Flint Water Crisis

Even if you don't live in Flint, MI, you have probably heard about the water crisis that affected the entire city. Lead contamination from corroded pipes entered the city's drinking water and caused a state of emergency to be declared by federal and state governments in January.

Governor Snyder ended up mobilizing the Michigan National Guard to distribute water filters, bottled water and testing kits to residents who were scared to use the tap water. They had good reason to avoid it too. At one point along the way, 5 percent of all the children under age five had elevated lead exposure based on information from the Center for Disease Control.

President Obama ended up coming to the city in May to demonstrate how reliable the new water filters were by drinking out of a tap with one of these filters on it. The problem continues today, but residents are hoping for an answer soon.

Peyton Manning Retires

Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2016. While he only threw for 141 yards and never made a touchdown, they ended up winning the game 24-10 to give Manning his 200th career victory and set an NFL record. This was his second Super Bowl title, which helped secure his place among the greats. His mom wanted him to go out on a high note after winning the big game, which is exactly what he ended up doing. While it wasn't an immediate decision, it was one that many will remember for quite some time.

Kobe Leaves a Champion

In April 2016, Kobe Bryant ended up playing the last game of his 20-year career with the Lakers. He ended a basketball era with an impressive record encompassing five championships and 18 All-Star appearances. His 1,556th game and last score left him with 60 points and a victory of 101-96 over the Utah Jazz. The crowd didn't seem to care about the score. They only cared that Bryant was on his way out. Every time he scored the crowd cheered with a piercing volume that was unlike anything you could ever imagine.

Vaping Laws Changed

Just about everywhere you looked, you heard about the changing vaping laws making it more difficult than ever for vape store owners to continue operating. The outlandish taxes and fees are making it virtually impossible for many to survive the ordeal, leaving many having to shut down their businesses that they worked so hard for.

Things are changing and vape store owners are fighting back to make sure the government doesn't take advantage of them along the way. Even though things might be changing, there is no time like the present to pick up your favorite e-liquid and experience the difference a new juice can make in your life.

While these are only a few of the things that transpired in 2016, there are countless others out there as well. Who knows what 2017 will bring to the table?

 


Predictions for 2017

2016 was, depending on your point of view, kind of a rough year: politics got downright uncivil, many actors and musicians that America held near and dear passed away and terrorism rocked the sense of safety felt by civilians worldwide. 2017, on the other hand, promises a much brighter outlook.

Here are 4 predictions that we have for the coming year:

1. Politics Will Return to Normal

2016 wasn't the first time the political freight train seemed to go off the rails, and it won't be the last, but one thing is certain: Compared to its predecessor, 2017 will likely be a lot more tame. In fact, we think that the country may even forget about the somewhat embarrassing events of November 2016 (or at least we hope).

2. It Will Be Banner Year in Hollywood

While there were some highlights of movies released in the past few years- films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant -most theater-goers agree that there haven't been as many blockbusters released in the past two years.

2017 is starting out strong with the New Year's wraparound Star Wars hit Rogue One, and seems likely to continue strong with a number of sequels to huge franchises, including several hit superhero movies expected to grip audiences.

3. Your Sports Teams Will be Better in 2017

We just have a feeling. Honesty time: there's really no way to know if this will be true, since our readers come from all over the globe and root for so many different teams in all sports, but "there's always next year," right guys? (Looking at you, Browns fans).

4. Vapes and E-liquid Will Continue to Be One of the Fastest Growing Markets in 2017

You may have noticed 2016 coming with a massive uptick in vape use, and that's no coincidence. With new flavors flying off of our shelves and manufacturers constantly gaining insight into what you, the vape enthusiast want out of your experience, the market is becoming more and more experienced and able to satisfy their existing consumers while attracting new ones.

Keeping to the trend, Highbrow Vapor is one of the best sources for one hundred percent American made e-liquid that is made when you order it to ensure freshness, and available in so many flavors you'll spend an entire afternoon looking through our catalog.

When it comes to vaping, you know your stuff. The market for vapes and e-liquids wants to encourage growth in the products that satisfy our customers and make us one of the leading e-liquid distributors around.

Only time will tell if our predictions hold true over the course of the next year. Until then, have a happy New Year!

 


Scents of the Season

Vaping is associated with sweet smells that come from the e-liquids. The smell depends on the flavor of the E-liquids. The sweet smells are partly there because no combustion takes place during vaping. The lovely smells will make you want more, mostly when you come across a product that has the exact scent as your favorite flavor. For example, if your best flavor is chocolate, you are likely to get the vaping memory when you come across any chocolate flavored product. The Christmas season is here and as people celebrate there are a lot of aromas coming with it. Here are some unforgettable vaping scents that are associated with the festive season:

Vanilla - During this season, the vanilla lovers are all over the shopping areas getting themselves some vanilla products to make their celebrations complete. Others are using wax melts that are vanilla flavored to make their houses smell great. As you walk by, you can not fail to notice the scent since it is your favorite. Some e- liquids are vanilla flavored, and when vaping, you experience a vanilla scent that you would want to bask in forever. To experience this scent get the Buttered Rum which is an E-juice blended with vanilla, beans, and butter and have an experience like no other.

Blackberry - It is very hard to pass by more than ten people without getting someone taking a strawberry product, mostly when it comes to ice cream which is highly valued during vacations. There are also berry-scented candles lit all over. Most people are taking the Christmas vacation, and the smell is getting popular, and this makes you want to vape. Get the Blackberry Limoncello to enjoy the scent.

Coffee - Go to the cafeteria, and you will find friends trying to make up for the long time they have spent away from each other and just met again during the festive season. The coffee scent gives you a soothing feeling when vaping and you can enjoy the feeling again by getting a Coffee-dark roast which is coffee flavored.

Chocolate - It is the season of cake baking. Many people love chocolate cakes which make it the product of the season. As you walk by you will experience the smell that will take you back to the vaping memory where the chocolate scent made you feel so good. One e-juice to satisfy the craving is Chocolate vape juice.

Cinnamon - A blend of cinnamon and orange is commonly used by people to make their houses smell good. It is also used in cooking, and the smell is so cultivating and relaxing. That's the feeling you must have experienced as you were inhaling your cinnamon flavored vape. To experience the feeling, you may want to try out Chai Tea.

This is a great season and vaping is one way to celebrate and make memories. Get yourself a vape juice flavor that brings great memories as you create new ones this festive season.