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The Environment Prefers the E-Cig

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When one thinks about the environmental effects of cigarettes versus the E-Cig, it is not hard to envision the "gifts" that the cigarettes give. The butts are strewn along the sidewalks, floating down the streams behind fisherman and riding the best of waves along the coast. The ashes are discarded in just the same manner - but what do they matter?  The Earth eats them up in moments, the water cascades through them and melts away their very existence. All this happens within moments, or does it? Have you ever sat transfixed on a thought and just studied the results beyond the realm of the very sight of its mere existence?

The filters have been found in the stomachs of our wildlife who often think that the cigarettes are the food that they have searched for. Animals that ingest nicotine into their stomachs can die from malnutrition and starvation. The filters are not biodegradable and, therefore, and can remain in our waters and on our lands for vast period of time. While this may seem trivial to the average smoker, it is in fact a large scale problem when you look at the picture as a whole. There are trillions and trillions of filters discarded every year. Every one of these filters end up back into our environment where they never were before.

If one never thought about the effects of one filter on wildlife, take the tour. The filter is ingested by a turtle that is now forever full because its small stomach cannot digest the filter. He dies of starvation. As his body begins decaying, a vulture comes along and takes in the filter believing it to be food. The cycle starts again because as with the turtle, the filter becomes lodged. This process is repeated over and over for 10 years with the first prey leaching all 4,800 cancer causing chemicals back into our environment to pollute whatever area and species that may come in contact with that. The initial damage is not enough in the human form; it needs to replicate itself for the next 10-15 years before the filter will finally decay.

The filters that enter into the Earth through the dirt, will also affect our ecosystem by contaminating our soils, plants, the groundwater and the wells that produce clean drinking water for our children, elderly, pregnant women etc. They are especially damaging to those who are less than a year old, the "pick up and try anything" stage. According the KCET in California, cigarette butts are the number one discarded item in that state, with the San Francisco Bay Area being the Country's highest collection area with approximately 845,000 tons. Cigarette butts produce the most damaging effects on the environment. One cigarette butt (filter) continues its killing spree for 10-15 years before succumbing to its own natural death.

In contrast, the E-Cigarette does none of this. It does not enter the environment.


Ringing in the New Year with a Good Vape

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As the New Year beckons, it’s time to swap your old, tattered monthly calendar for a fresh, crisp and glossy one. This is a time for change; hopefully, for the better. But this is also a time when traditions, customs and quirky superstitions take center stage in the yearly festive preparations. On New Year’s Eve, old and new interact and blend to change the antiquated notion that New Years’ Eve is spent by the fireplace, at the warmth of a crackling fire. Nowadays, we greet the New Year with the fumes of a velvety vape, but we can still appreciate the intoxicating aromas of mulled wine and the richness of a party pud. Hence, e-juices with a festive touch are very popular this time of year.

Setting the Scene

The festivities may begin as soon you bring out your e-juice collection and get your vape on. Not only will your celebration be 100% smoke-free, but you’ll also be diffusing the most delightful fragrances into the room. Wash down the sweet taste of cinnamon and the pungency of a clover e-juice with a sip of sparkling wine, and your stage is set.

The Final Countdown

You may have run out of eggnog, but fear not. Your taste buds will not go without the sweet holiday treat for long because eggnog e-juice is here to tend to your vaping cravings. And of course, you could always titillate your palate by alternating between the eggnog and the orange de sangre e-juice. This sweet and sour blend is just what you need to relish in before you settle down to watch the countdown.

The Clock Strikes Midnight

As the Ball Drop in Times Square ushers in the New Year, you may be hoping for a kiss from your better half. If so, a menthol e-juice should do just the trick. Vanilla is also said to chase away the spirit of Christmas breath past, so don’t shy away from relying heavily on the enticing perfume of a vanilla e-juice. With hugs and kisses galore shared between friends and family, a toast is due. Because bubbly goes best with something sweet, treat your taste buds and best buds with the scrumptious scent of chocolate vapes. Its aroma will open up your appetite in a flash, and you’ll need all the help you can get to gobble down those tasty treats. But as much as you love the fragrance, don’t forget to open the back door to let the old year leave, and to welcome the New Year, as per tradition.

Fireworks

When you gaze and wonder at the fabulous spectacle of fireworks welcoming the New Year, you may want to keep winter’s cold clutches at bay. As soon as you start puffing away at the buttered rum and-then-some e-juice, you’ll feel it warm you up from within, just like your hopes for the New Year.

New Year Resolutions

Speaking of hopes, no doubt you’re working out your New Years’ resolutions list. If not giving into your culinary cravings this festive season ranks high among your resolutions, no doubt a tiramisu, heavenly macaroon, chocolate cake, or crème brûlée vape will see you through your greatest moments of temptation.

Gift Giving

Most importantly, the festive season is a time for sharing, so indulge into the many aromas of Highbrow vapor juices, but also share with your nearest and dearest, because these e-liquids are gifts worth giving.


3 Myths About E-Juice Debunked

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As a 3.5 billion dollar industry, electronic cigarettes can’t exactly be considered the new kid on the block, anymore. It is still a relatively new industry, though, and just as with anything new, there has been as much misinformation floating around as there is truth.

Some of this erroneous information is simply people parroting something they heard, while some of it is deliberate propaganda being spread by the Behavior Nazis of the world.

Luckily for you, we here at Highbrow Vapor believe that “The truth shall set you free.” So here you go, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

E-liquid Myth #1

E-liquid is just as dangerous as Tobacco, both contain nicotine.

True, some, but not all e-juice contains nicotine. It is not the nicotine in cigarettes that make them so dangerous though.

Tobacco

When a cigarette is ignited it releases 4000+ other chemicals besides nicotine. Tar is the one that everyone hears about, but the list also contains 100+ known carcinogens, as well as chemical compounds that have been associated with disorders ranging from Asthma to Alzheimer’s.

E-Juice

Provided you buy your e-liquid from a reputable dealer, it will be composed of 5 basic ingredients; all of which have been extensively studied and found safe, by regulatory agencies in the US, UK, and EU.

They are:

  • Water
  • Nicotine
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Propylene Glycol

E-liquid Myth #2

E-liquids contain antifreeze.

This oft repeated myth stems from the fact that Propylene Glycol is the common name of one of the main ingredients used to make e-juice and engine coolant. They are not the same chemical though.

E-liquid

The compound used in e-liquid is actually α-propylene glycol a form of Propylene Glycol that has been in use, as a preservative and filler, for over 50 years in products ranging from soft drinks and cosmetics, to cookies and Children’s Tylenol. It is completely benign and about as dangerous as tap water.

Engine Coolant

Engine coolant (Antifreeze) is manufactured from β-propylene glycol a very different and highly toxic compound also found in adhesives, solvents and laminates.

The two are related, just as oxygen and ozone are brothers, and just like them, one gives life and the other will take it away.

E-liquid Myth #3

Vaping with e-liquid is expensive.

This myth, has probably kept more people from transitioning to electronic cigarettes than any other, but only because they haven’t taken the time to crunch the numbers.

Tobacco

Depending on where you are located in the United States a pack of cigarettes will cost, on average, anywhere from 5.00 to 15.00 dollars, the difference being made up mostly of, your locals, tobacco taxes.

The AHA (American Heart Association) tells us an average smoker, smokes a pack a day. Taking the middle ground, we can safely say the average US smoker spends $10.00 a day on tobacco cigarettes or approximately $300.00 a month.

E-Liquids

To start using e-juice, you will first need an open chamber electronic cigarette. A middle ground, refillable Mod will run you around $75.00

To replace a pack a day you will probably use 1, 30mL bottle of e-liquid a week, depending on its strength. This will run you about $15 a bottle from Highbrow Vapor.  So we have $75+ ($15×4) = $135.

The average US smoker will save $165 their first month and $240 every month after that. It makes that electronic cigarette seem much cheaper, doesn’t it?


Seven Things About Vaping Your Boss Wants to Know

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There is a lot of talk about e-cigs these days and with good reason. E-cigarettes offer a smokeless way to enjoy the taste of cigarettes with bothering others around you, or putting out harmful smoke which can put others at risk. This makes them more desirable in general than traditional cigarettes and cigars and many have chosen this option in  order to enjoy  nicotine without the issues involved with regular cigarette use. 

APPLICATIONS TO THE WORKPLACE


 

Many employers welcome this alternative, as it allows their employees to have a smoke break without worries about second-hand smoke among  other workers.  If your boss is considering allowing e-cigarettes in the workplace but isn't sure what to do, here are 7 facts about vaping they might want to know:

  1. Smokeless e-cigarettes are less intrusive. Unlike regular cigarettes, e-cigs are not tobacco products. They contain no tobacco, so they do not require having to be smoked to use them. Users simply inhale the liquid nicotine housed inside a cartridge and exhale the vapor from them. It gives them the feeling of smoking and the nicotine they want without the problems involved with  normal cigarettes in the workplace.
  2. It lowers the risk to others.  Since they are not a tobacco product, you don't have to worry about putting employees at risk or about second-hand smoke to others. This is a growing concern in the workplace for employers who have smokers and non-smoking employees. In the past it has become necessary to ask smokers to smoke outside. But e-cigs offer an alternative so that they can "smoke" in the building without these concerns.
  3. E-cigs are actually not cigarettes. They are vaporizers. The vapor process that occurs with this smokeless alternative eliminates the need for workers to smoke cigarettes from normal methods and still enables you to have a "smoke-free workplace."
  4. There is no output of carbon monixide. One of the dangers of regular cigarette-smoking is the output of carbon monoxide to others and the environment. With smokeless e-cigs, this doesn't happen. There is no smoke, so there is no carbon monoxide output.
  5. They are odorless. Again, since e-cigs lack the smoke and output of chemicals into the air that cigarettes have, there is no odor to leave behind, leaving the air as fresh as before they inhaled an e-cig.
  6. They leave no mess behind or ashes. There is no clean-up necessary when employees smoke an e-cig. It is simply an individual experience and they leave no mess behind that normal tobacco products do. So there's  no need for ashtrays or cleaning up afterwards.
  7. They are not yet regulated by the federal government. The FDA has not yet made an official statement on the dangers of e-cigs, nor have they regulated them at this time. The use of e-cigs is still too new to make a valid assumption on their safety or benefits, but this is expected to happen in the near future.

A GOOD SOLUTION

E-cigs offer a valid alternative to traditional cigarettes in the workplace, and allow the smoker to have a truly individual nicotine experience without putting out harmful chemicals or annoying second-hand smoke to others. It keeps the workplace clean and doesn't violate the rights of others. And while the jury is still out regarding their overall safety, right now it is a great alternative for the workplace for employees who smoke.


No "Butts" About It!

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It is a chilly autumn evening, and you're making your way across a designated no-smoking area. Out of the corner of your eye, you notice a woman leaning against a wall with what, at first glance, appears to be a cigarette wedged between her fingers. "Did she not see all of the 'Smoke-Free Zone' signs? Does she just not care?" you wonder. As you get closer to her, you notice the distinct lack of tobacco smell. It turns out, the woman is actually using her e-cig that she replaced her cigarettes with months ago.

More and more smokers are trading in their cigarettes in favor of e-cigs, which begs the question: What is it about the e-cigarette trend that allows it to attract so many followers?

More Money in Your Pocket

It is no secret that smoking cigarettes is one of the most expensive habits one can have, but are e-cigarettes the answer to the crippling cost of smoking? It turns out they are, and in more than one way. The obvious area where e-cigs save you money is in the cost of cigarettes themselves. While a pack of traditional cigarettes costs an average of $7 to $19, you can expect to pay around $3 for an e-cig cartridge, which is about the equivalent of a cigarette pack. Just think about the long-term saving potential when you are saving as much as $16 per pack.

Another major area where e-cigs save you money is the cost of insurance. Medical insurance companies charge smokers higher premiums than they charge non-smokers. Since e-cigs do not contain tobacco, you are no longer a smoker in the eyes of your insurance company when you switch to e-cigs. Imagine all of the new things you can afford with lower monthly insurance payments.

Reclaim Your Personal Freedom

More and more indoor and outdoor businesses are switching to smoke-free zones, which greatly limits the number of places you can travel with a cigarette in your hand. While many college campuses, bars, and restaurants require you to refrain from smoking tobacco, most of these places do not have the same ban on e-cigs. Switching to e-cigs means you no longer have to choose between smoking and your freedom to go wherever you want.

Lose Your Reputation as the Smelly One

Ever walk into a room and have to pretend you don't hear the disapproving voices uttering things like, "Gross! Who smells like an ashtray?" No matter what efforts you make to mask the smell, as long as you smoke cigarettes, your house, your clothes, your hair, and even your pets will reek of tobacco. E-cigs, on the other hand have little to no scent. The slight smell they emit is a pleasant aroma reminiscent of cotton candy, so you can stop offending noses everywhere.

Given the many profound benefits of e-cigs over tobacco cigarettes, it is really no wonder that they have achieved such a large fan base. Who doesn't want to be richer and liberated while smelling nice?

 

 

 


De-Stress With Your Favorite Vape and eJuice

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Many of us smoked tobacco for years because we believed it helped us to relax. The ritual of lighting up, the taste of the first drag, the feel of the nicotine in our systems was unforgettable. Vaping provides an alternative to cigarettes that offers many of the same relaxing rituals.  

 

 

Create a Mindset for Relaxation

One of the quickest ways to beat stress with the aide of a vape is to re-create that smoking ritual you enjoy with cigarettes.  Make your vaping just as deliberate an act as smoking a cigarette. Try carrying your vape in a small decorative case. When you remove it from the case, do so mindful of your actions. Think ahead to the delicious flavor you will soon be enjoying.

Place it into your mouth and enjoy the feel of the vapor as you inhale. Perhaps you wish to roll it around your mouth to savor the flavor a bit more. Feel it hit your throat just right. Pull it into your lungs and finally, exhale slowly. Now that is pleasure and relaxation in your pocket!

Taste the Flavor

With a vape, you are in complete control of the flavors in your machine. Many people will turn to sweet flavors such as chocolate, peach or cherry when stressed. A vape provides all of the flavor and relaxation with none of the calories or sugar.

The Nicotine Rush

Most of us enjoy nicotine in our vape brews. For those of us who enjoy nicotine, it can be one of the high points of vaping. So select your favorite nicotine strength at the end of a long hard day to help unwind. There is no tobacco tar or smell that may offend those around you. Just sit back in your favorite place and indulge yourself in a nicotine haze.

A Place For Your Hands

Stress can make you want to do something active. But there are times when you just cannot move about as you'd like to. Holding and manipulating your vape while enjoying a session can go far in relieving your physical and emotional tensions. 

De-Stress Nearly Anywhere

A vape is much more socially acceptable then tobacco products. Most people will not bat an eye at a small device and its modest vapor cloud in most public places. You should always ask before vaping if you are in an enclosed public space. That said, few things are as relaxing and enjoyable as vaping as you go about the business of your day.

Have a Lazy Day

You can vape in the creature comforts of your own home as you indulge in a little bit of sloth. Pair up a custom vape flavor to your favorite junk food and just sprawl out and enjoy a movie marathon or cheer your favorite team on. Few things beat the stress of the workday week like a day spent unwinding and enjoying the fruits of your labor.


Diet Shmiet

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american made e juiceWe talked in a recent post about the (not so) surprisingly harmful affects soda and other sugary drinks have on your body. Now, at a time of year when the word "diet" hovers in the air like ice crystals, we want to take it a step further, dispelling the myth that diet soda is somehow better, and challenging the cultural mentality of dieting, altogether.
If you think you're doing yourself, or your body, any favors by opting for diet drinks, think again. A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center that followed 475 adults over a 10-year period found that the diet soda drinkers in the group experienced a 70% increase to their waistlines. Part of this, the researchers found, can be attributed to the artificial sweetener aspartame--used widely in diet soft drinks--which raises blood glucose level and causes the liver to create more fat cells.
Of course, at Highbrow Vapor, we are patently against anything artificial. We use 100% all-natural flavorings in our US-made E Juices, for a vibrant, luscious and true-to-life vaping experience every time. We're also against senseless self-denial, believing that, as adults, our customers are perfectly capable of enjoying nicotine in a responsible, gratifying way. That's why we balk at a culture that encourages artificial, empty filler in place of satisfying sensory experience, all in the name of "dieting."
How many people do you know who list weight loss or weight management as a primary reason for continuing to smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes? And at what cost? Think of all the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, none of which are present in Highbrow Vapor E Liquid.
What's more, all this obsession with weightloss--at any cost--may actually work against us. According to Helen Kollias, biologist and writer for precisionnutrition.com, "for people struggling with their weight, how they see their body is just as important as--if not more important than--the biology of their body." So viewing yourself as some unworthy specimen who would do better to inhale empty calories and artificial, chemical flavors, rather than a happy, whole human being who deserves pleasurable, natural nourishment and can enjoy nicotine responsibly, will only serve to further the cycle of self-deprivation and shame.
We say: diet shmiet; eat a piece of cake! Better yet, try our new Caramel Cake E Liquid, a rich, indulgent flavor with bold vanilla bean and warm, subtle caramel flavors. Decadent, but never overly sweet, this E Liquid is smooth enough to vape all day, instead of counting calories.