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A Quick Vaping Tip: Recycling

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A Quick Vaping Tip: Recycling

Now that you've ditched the analog cigarettes for vape products, you have much to feel proud about. However, it's still important to be a responsible vaper. When it comes to hardware, recycling is crucial. Most of the materials from which these types of products are made from can be recycled so that they may be reused. 


You may think that your products don't make a huge difference when it comes to saving the environment. However, consider how many coils and juice bottles you go through in one month alone. Over time, your discarded products add up. That's why it's important to recycle your vape products when you're no longer using them. 

Recycling Your Vape Products:

 

Used Bottles

 

Your empty e-liquid bottles are made from either plastic or glass, two materials that should always be recycled. To properly recycle your old juice bottles, make sure to rinse them out with hot water. Don't forget to recycle the bottle caps as well.

An alternative to recycling your old juice bottles is repurposing them for yourself. These bottles can be collected and used for future DIY juice-making ventures. Even if you don't plan on becoming a DIY vaper in the near future, small, empty bottles do come in handy. 

Batteries

 

It's crucial that you recycle your old batteries. In fact, many states require by law that all batteries are properly recycled. Because they can leak toxic chemicals if carelessly discarded, it's very unwise to simply toss them into the garbage. 

If your vape batteries are still functional, you may consider selling them instead of discarding them. Many online vaping communities allow you to sell your old batteries if they still work properly. 

Coils

 

Sure, coils are small, but they really do add up. Because coils are made from stainless-steel, they're recyclable. Give them a good rinse and toss them into the recycling bin rather than the garbage can. 

Tanks

Your tanks can be recycled because they are made from stainless-steel and glass/poly-carbonate. Both materials can be turned into other products. Give your old vape tank a thorough rinse under warm water and throw it into your recycling can. 

Just Recycle It

 

By making a point to recycle these vape products, you will become a responsible vaper who is doing their part to take care of the environment.

 


Vaper's Cough - It's Not as Bad as You Might Think

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Vaper's Cough - It's Not as Bad as You Might Think

Vaper's cough is a common side effect of when vaping with your electronic device; be it an e-cigarette all the way up to a mod. It tends to occur most among newbie vapers who are still in the process of adapting to the vapor and the proper methods used when using their device.

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What to do Instead of Chew

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For a long time, chewing nicotine gum in a professional setting (at the office, in a museum, or in school, for example) was considered bad etiquette. Even today, there are many situations in which chewing gum would be seen as rude or disrespectful--during a job interview, an important meeting, or a test. Yet research is constantly suggesting more and more beneficial reasons to chomp away, including a study at St. Lawrence University that found gum-chewing participants to outperform their empty-mouthed counterparts in five out of six cognitive ability tests.
Perhaps the most famous gum and lifestyle connection is that between gum chewing and weight loss. According to WebMD.com, University of Rhode Island researchers demonstrated that people who regularly chew gum consume on average 68 fewer calories at lunchtime, without compensating by eating more later. Gum chewing was found to help subjects satisfy cravings and resists fattening treats, and gum chewers burned about 5% more calories than non-chewers.
However, as mentioned before, gum isn't always the greatest choice. It can easily be viewed as unprofessional and adolescent. What's more, Israeli scientists at Meir Medical Centre found a strong correlation between chewing gum and migraine headaches. Ouch!
So...how to skirt the benefits -v- drawbacks issue entirely? With Highbrow Vapor, of course! You can do this with Highbrow Vapor's delicious E Liquids. Reach for your flavorful E Juice instead.
Highbrowbacco Menthol: this classic, minty option offers a warm inhale contrasted with a crisp and cool exhale, giving your mouth plenty to busy itself with, instead of snacking. You can even dial the menthol strength up or down, to better suit your preferentce, whether it be slightly minty or cold as ice.
Cinnamon: for a warmer experience, this essential flavor captures real cinnamon taste with subtle sweet, spicy and woody notes. And for an even spicier, candy-coated experience, you can request "Cinnamon Red Hot" in the "customize this flavor" text box at checkout.
Limoncello: prefer to chew on fruit-flavored sticks? This zesty citrus E Juice is tangy, sweet and refreshing. A great, gum-free pick me up.
So no matter how you chew it, "chews" Highbrow Vapor, any time, anywhere.


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. 


Can E-Cigarettes Really Help You Quit?

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e cig juiceThere are many reasons to try e cigarettes. You might simply want to try something new and see what all the buzz is about. Maybe you want a more fun, flavorful nicotine experience.Or maybe you're intrigued by the advantages of smokeless nicotine, such as being able to vape where smoking is banned--bars, clubs, even your own home! Maybe you want to lose weight and are using our delicious, all-natural e liquids as a sort of calorie-free treat between meals.
Or maybe you're trying to quit smoking, and see e cigs as a step along the route to going nicotine free. You wouldn't be the only one! But does it really work? The internet is constantly being updated with yet another article questioning the viability of vaping as a means to smoking cessation. However, much like similar articles challenging e cigarette legality, environmental impact and safety, it seems there are legitimate arguments being made in either direction.
However, some concrete research is starting to surface. According to NationalGeographic.com, a study published in renowned medical journal The Lancet concluded that e-cigarettes were on par with nicotine patches, in terms of their ability to help smokers quit over a six-month period.
And with Highbrow Vapor's personal, customized approach to e liquids, you can easily dial down the nicotine content of your favorite vapor flavor from as high as 36 milligrams, down to 24, 18, 12, 6, and even zero. That's right--you can absolutely enjoy that little dose of "me time" that comes with your e cigarette break, minus the nicotine.
However, if you choose to pursue that nicotine buzz, e cigarettes will still make a huge difference in your pleasure to toxin ratio (i.e. more pleasure, fewer toxins). Stanton Glantz, director of the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, put it succinctly when he said, "There is no question that e-cigarettes deliver less toxins than conventional cigarettes." He estimates that  e cigs to have as little as one tenth the toxins of traditional smoking tobacco.
What's more, here at Highbrow, we make premium e liquids as part of a small, family business. So every delicious liquid we sell guarantees a top quality, all-natural, uncomparable nicotine (or nicotine-free!) vaping experience. And isn't that more appealing than stale, stinky, Big Tobacco toxic smoke? Whatever your reasons are for turning towards e cigarettes, and while the latest debates rage on, e liquids are simply a better option, in terms of flavor, usability, and content control.
So whether you're trying to quit, or trying to get more out of your nicotine hit, Highbrow Vapor can help you out.


Feelin' Groovy

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Recently we talked about the medical community's increasing recognition of nicotine as a potentially beneficial brain chemical, when removed from the toxins and carcinogens characteristic of smoking. Now, smokers and vapers alike can attest to the relaxation of their daily nicotine ritual, but have you ever stopped to wonder HOW and WHY nicotine makes you feel good? What's behind the nicotine "buzz"?
Researchers and clinicians have long since noted that at least 50 percent of smokers have mental health problems, ranging from mild anxiety or depression to severe schizophrenia. In fact, depressed people are twice as likely as non-depressed people to be smokers, and an estimated 75% of schizophrenic patients regularly smoke. While some of this can be attributed to a classic drive towards self-medication, as Dr. Ed Levin of Duke University points out, there are real and substantial ways in which nicotine really does make you feel good.
Duke researchers have identified a direct link between nicotine intake and an increased release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These two chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, are responsible for feelings of well-being and joy. People suffering from depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia are often found to have imbalances or deficiencies in their levels of serotonin and dopamine. By increasing production and release of these chemicals in the brain, nicotine literallymakes you feel good. More than just a nicotine buzz, it's a rewiring of your brain chemistry.
And while some skeptics have tried to attribute this result to a pattern of addiction--nicotine users become dependent, thereby creating neurotransmitter deficiencies which are of course aided by consuming more nicotine--the research holds for non-smokers, as well. The Duke research clearly showed improvement in symptoms of depression among those who did not regularly use nicotine.
However, the hazards of smoking still remain. "I certainly recommend that people don't smoke," Dr. Levin cautioned.
We couldn't agree more! But why not experiment with nicotine the Highbrow way, using all-natural, American-made e cigarette liquids as a pick-me-up. With fantastic flavors like roasty toasty RY4, or sultry, smooth Cappuccino Diablo, it's a lot more fun that testing in a lab, and a lot more flavorful. And don't forget, we're always on hand to advise on flavor combinations, customizations and PG/VG levels. We just want you to be feeling groovy.


Benefits of Nicotine

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You read that right. After years of aggressive anti-cigarette campaigning, it's become so ingrained in our psyches that anything even remotely nicotine related must surely be harmful and hazardous. Yet many of the dangers we associate with nicotine are actually correlated to smoking and tobacco. Of course, as a small business offering smoke-free, tobacco-free e cigarette liquids, the distinction between cigarettes and nicotine is very important to us.
Over the past decade or so, new research has revealed more clearly how nicotine affects our brains and bodies, and much of it is good news! Here are some of the many ways in which nicotine has proven beneficial:
Alzheimer's: Research indicates a decreased incidence of Alzheimer's disease associated with nicotine intake. In one study, a group of Alzheimer's patients who were given nicotine patches to wear maintained their cognitive abilities longer, and some even recovered previously lost cognitive function. Those not given the patches experienced no such changes. Furthermore, these effects are thought to extend to non-Alzheimer's mental decline typically associated with aging.
Diabetes: a 2000 study at Stanford University revealed that, contrary to popularly held beliefs, nicotine actually boosts the growth of new blood vessels. This discovery has since sparked research into new treatments for diabetes and other diseases that involve poor circulation.
Depression: In 2006, scientists at Duke University observed that patients with depression reported a decrease in negative feelings after nicotine patch treatments. Now, this may seem as simple as the all-familiar nicotine "buzz," but actually, Duke researchers found a direct link between nicotine intake and an increased release of dopamine and seratonin, the "feel-good" chemicals in your brain.
Schizophrenia: The same nicotine-related dopamine regulation that helps out the depressed seems to work for those who are more seriously mentally troubled. Currently, pharmaceutical companies are testing drugs for potential use in treating schizophrenic patients.
In fact, we've really just touched the tip of the iceberg. While nicotine-derived drugs are not currently available for commercial use, many are in development and testing phases, aiming to treat everything from anxiety and depression to Tourette Syndrom, ADHD, or Parkinson's disease (as well as the ailments listed above).
Of course, you likely already know the almost magical healing powers of your daily vape-break. Now, you have research to support and justify your e cigarette enjoyment. And a myriad of delicious flavors to enhance this therapeutic pleasure. With Highbrow, it's nothing but benefits. So say goodbye to smokes and hello to Highbrow.