Jan 28, 2014

What's in E-Cigarettes?

"We don't know what's in e-cigarettes."

If I could get a dime every time I heard that, I'd be a rich woman sunning myself on a beach in the Caribbean.

We DO know what's in e-cigarettes. But plenty of people would rather push the fear button than to do a little research.

The main ingredient in e-cigarettes is the same stuff that's in asthma inhalers.
The fact is that over 60 studies have been done on e-cigarettes, and the most comprehensive one, by Drexel University, studied over 9,000 e-cigarette uses. Their conclusion? "It's about as harmless as you can get."

We’ve all heard the rumor that e-cigarettes contain a deadly antifreeze chemical in them. That rumor came after the FDA found a trace (1%) element of diethylene glycol (DG) in one brand of e-cigarettes four years ago. DG is certainly not in the any e-cigarettes these days. Isn't it about time that rumor died?

Then there was the rumor that e-cigarettes had toxic levels of nanoparticles in them. That sounded pretty suspicious to me, so I did a little investigation, and found a research article that read a little like a science-fiction movie.

These researchers dissected used cartomizers, took out the elements and put them in a centrifuge. Then, they spun them around at 14,000 cycles per minute to see what would happen.

Researchers put cartomizer elements into a centrifuge and spun them at 14,000 cycles per minute.
Now that’s a ride I think I'll skip! It was a little like “Will it blend?” performed on e-cigarettes.

After spinning the crap out of these cartomizers, they concluded that they could see trace elements of metals after looking at them under an electron microscope.

Turns out the research they did has “no clinical significance,” because even when you forgive the bizarre methods they used to examine e-cigarette safety, these small particles are not present in vapor. Also, because only the teensiest particles can actually get absorbed into your lungs, this “dust” is also not an issue.

Then I learned that there are 880 times less particles in e-cigarettes than in real cigarettes. I already knew there was only four main ingredients, compared to 4,000 chemicals and 57 known carcinogens in traditional cigarettes. The main ingredient, propylene glycol, is the same stuff that's in asthma inhalers, nebulizers, fog machines, drinks and even cake mixes.


Heck, they even give it to cows that are depressed and anorexic. Would I kid you about a thing like that?

So next time you hear someone say, "we don't know what's in e-cigarettes," please, do me a favor. Tell them we DO know what's in them. But they have to take their heads out of the sand long enough to listen.


Jan 20, 2014

An Open Letter About E-Cigarette Bans

Open Letter to Employers & Legislators About Banning E-Cigarettes 

As the mother of a daughter who quit smoking using the e-cigarette, the owner of the e-cigarette business Vaping Vamps and a P.R. counselor to several small business owners, I feel I’m in the position to offer advice on proposed e-cigarette bans.

First of all, I have to believe that anyone who proposes a ban on e-cigarettes truly means well. We ALL want to eradicate smoking in this country.

Cigarette smoking should be banned from inside buildings. But an e-cigarette is a totally
different animal. Studies show there's nothing harmful in e-cig vapor, which dissipates immediately. 
Nevertheless, 20 percent of Americans remain addicted to smoking, and that number has not changed in years. Nor have the long-term success rates for quitting smoking, which is well under 7 percent (some estimates are as low as 2 to 3 percent).

The e-cigarette is finally moving the needle on those numbers. Two studies conducted in the last several months and reported in JAMA and Addictive Behaviors found that the e-cigarette is effective in helping people quit smoking and reduce their cigarette consumption.

The latest longitudinal (year-long) study of 367 e-cigarette users clearly concludes, "E-cigarettes may contribute to relapse prevention in former smokers and smoking cessation in current smokers."

The Royal College of Physicians and a growing number of physicians now back e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking.

The E-Cigarette is the ANTI-Cigarette

The whole idea behind smoking bans (which I support 100 percent) is to protect people from harmful secondhand smoke. But the e-cigarette is an entirely different animal.

Studies on e-cigarettes, such as the most recent one by Drexel University which reviewed all the available data on 9,000 uses of e-cigarettes, clearly state there is NO risk to either the e-cigarette user or to bystanders:

"Current data do not indicate that exposures to vapors from contaminants in electronic cigarettes warrant a concern." In other words, Drexel's Dr. Burstyn says: "It's about as harmless as you can get. I wouldn't worry at all if someone was using one of these by my kids," he said.

As comprehensive as this study was, it is by far not the only study done on e-cigarettes. Research has also been conducted by Dr. Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr Maciej L. Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Laugesen of Health New Zealand and Dr. Farsalinos of Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center.

Ironically, even the FDA's own testing failed to find harmful levels of carcinogens or toxic levels of any chemical in e-cigarette vapor.

In short, banning the use of a smoke-free product is based on fears and not on the undisputed facts:

  • There is no such thing as secondhand smoke, since the e-cigarette user is blowing vapor, which is harmless to bystanders.
  • Nicotine, while addictive, is not a carcinogen. 
  • E-cigarette companies such as Vaping Vamps do not sell to minors. 
  • E-cigarettes are not only safer than cigarettes, they’re also cheaper. The argument that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking has no basis in fact and makes no sense. 
  • The FDA’s own study on e-cigarettes, conducted in 2007, failed to find any substance of harmful levels to humans. Diethylene glycol is not found in e-cigarettes. The main ingredient is food-grade propylene glycol, found in nebulizers, inhalers and foods. 
  • The nicotine amount in e-cigarettes is more measurable and predictable than in cigarettes, which has increased by an average of 1.6 percent a year, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Some restaurants such as McDonald's are setting the trend and allowing their employees and customers to vape inside. Vaping is also allowed inside many bars and restaurants, as it leaves no lingering odor and is harmless to anyone nearby. When employers do their research, they'll find more and more information that clearly supports the fact that vaping an e-cigarette is far safer than smoking, while posing no harm to anyone nearby.

I truly believe that if you propose and pass a ban on e-cigarettes, you will actually make it MORE difficult for people to quit smoking. Smoking-related illnesses and premature death cause employers to lose $92 billion in productivity every year.

E-cigarettes also have a potential huge upside for your community, as e-cigarette stores are continuing to pop up all over, adding new jobs and contributing their fair share of taxes. Bars and restaurants can now increase their revenues as they lure back smokers-turned-vapers who left after indoor smoking bans passed.

I would be happy to discuss your concerns and help you make a decision that is truly in the best interest of your employees, customers and constituents.

Maria Verven
Owner
Vaping Vamps

Jan 15, 2014

Where to Buy E-Cigarettes? Where You're Most Comfortable

Women Would Buy E-Cigarettes in Stores Where They Already Shop

E-cigarettes are all the rage in 2014 for good reason: for people who have a hard time quitting smoking, they offer a far healthier alternative.

In fact, the Royal College of Physicians in London now backs e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. A recent report in JAMA also concluded that e-cigarettes were better than nicotine patches in helping people quit smoking or at least reduce how much they smoked.

E-cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking and have proven to be
better than the nicotine patch in helping people cut down or quit smoking.
E-cigarettes are a great alternative for the 20 percent of Americans who smoke. That 20 percent represents a broad cross-section of people -- men and women, young and old. Some have been smoking for years, while others are only social smokers -- only smoking when drinking (the two tend to go hand in hand).

Because there's such a wide variety in the types of people who smoke, it only stands to reason that there should be a wide variety in the types of places where you can buy e-cigarettes.

Of course, the most convenient way to buy e-cigarettes is online. And there's a huge array of online e-cigarette stores to choose from.

E-cigarette prices are still all over the map, but at Vaping Vamps, we've worked hard to keep our prices as low as possible, not just on e-cigarette starter kits but on refill cartomizers and e-cigarette cases, which are selling like hotcakes to people all over the world, because they're nice and compact and a perfect fit for our standard 510 e-cigarette batteries.

E-Cigarettes Are a Bargain. So Don't Fall for "Free E-Cig" Scams

If you're looking for an even better bargain on e-cigarettes, and are hoping to even score a free e-cig starter kit: BEWARE. We fell for that trap, and we're here to warn you against it at all costs. You'll end up paying way more than if you simply bought a single battery kit outright.

You can score a high quality single battery e-cig starter kit for less than $20 (with our e-cigarette coupon). When you get suckered into getting this exact same kit for "free," you'll be unpleasantly surprised to find your credit card was charged $120 two weeks later if you don't hurry up and return it by the end of the trial period. After all, don't you want to keep and use your e-cigarette? Then just get the best deal you can on it, and don't fall for one of those "free" schemes.

A lot of people start with disposable e-cigarettes, such as an NJOY. It's a great way to sample to see if you like the e-cigarette, but it doesn't last very long (that's why it's called a disposable -- duh!). My recommendation is to spend the extra $10 (most disposables cost around $10) on a Vaping Vamps "Try Me" kit -- and you'll have your battery around for a year or even more. Believe me, the expression "you get what you pay for" is alive and well in the e-cigarette industry.

Places to Buy E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette starter kits are popping up in retail stores all over the place -- from gas stations to convenience stores. You can buy disposable e-cigarettes there, and you can also buy Blu, which is a brand owned by the tobacco company Lorillard.

E-cigarette stores are also dotting the landscape all over the U.S. and are becoming as prevalent as coffee shops in some cities.

Women would rather buy e-cigarettes from stores where they already like to shop.
Eventually, Vaping Vamps will also be popping up in retail stores, but since our target audience are women who want to switch to vaping, we're more interested in partnering with stores where women are most comfortable shopping. And we've found many women are not that comfortable in e-cigarette stores.

In fact, we just held a focus group of young women smokers and they told us several key factors that would help them make the switch to the safer, sexier alternative. First, women who are lighter smokers tend to like the style, look and feel of the e-cigarettes we sell at Vaping Vamps.

While many women want to try e-cigarettes, there are two key barriers to buying them in e-cigarette stores. First, they have to go out of their way to find an e-cigarette store. Second, these stores tend to cater to more serious vapers with a product line that features bigger, heavy e-cigarettes with tanks and e-liquids. Many women don't want to "putz" with the e-liquids and prefer the convenience of pre-filled cartomizers.

They've told us they would be far more likely to buy e-cigarettes from stores they like to frequent such as a boutique or gift store. Who knows? Perhaps someday soon, you'll be able to buy Vaping Vamps e-cigarettes and a cute new outfit or purse to go with it at your favorite boutique!



Jan 7, 2014

Vapor Couture vs. Vaping Vamps: E-Cigarettes for Women

Curious to Know Which E-Cigarette for Women is the Best?

Vaping Vamps consistently rates higher than Vapor Couture overall in offering the best e-cigarettes for women.  Plus, Vaping Vamps offers far better prices on e-cigarette starter kits, cartomizers and e-cigarette cases.

Reviewers who compare Vapor Couture and Vaping Vamps give Vaping Vamps higher ratings.
Vaping Vamps vs. Vapor Couture: Key Differences 

What are the key differences between Vaping Vamps and Vapor Couture? Here’s a quick summary:

Price

Vaping Vamps offers far better prices on e-cigarette starter kits, cartomizers and e-cigarette cases:

Flavors

Vapor Couture offers six flavors vs. Vaping Vamps’ five flavors. However, Vaping Vamps’ flavors come out on top according to reviewers.

"The flavor profile of Vaping Vamps completely obliterates Vapor Couture." ECigarette Reviewed

Battery Colors

Vapor Couture offers its batteries in four colors: deep purple, rose gold, platinum and white logo. Vaping Vamps currently only offers one color: a sleek black battery with its VV logo.

Ownership

Vapor Couture is part of V2Cigs and owned by VMR Brands.

Vaping Vamps is a small woman-owned business.

Apparently, Vapor Couture hasn’t ever heard of Vaping Vamps. Their website says they’re the “only electronic cigarette brand created exclusively for women.” Vaping Vamps' website accurately states that it's the only e-cigarette brand created by women, for women.

Donation

As far as we know, neither Vapor Couture nor VMR Brands donates to non-profits. Vaping Vamps donates 5 percent of its profits to charities that help women in need.

What Reviewers Say About Vaping Vamps 

Vaping Vamps comes out on top. 

“Vaping Vamps just comes out on top. If Vapor Couture had better flavors, it would be a more viable contender, but at the moment it’s difficult to use at any length for that reason. Vaping Vamps, despite being a much smaller manufacturer, has more to offer the female vaper.” 

Read more at E-Cigarette Reviewed

Overall, we would recommend Vaping Vamps in a heartbeat! 

“From the very first pull I took from the e-cigarette, I knew I was in love with Vaping Vamps. The vapor was thick, but still refreshing and most importantly although the flavors are superb, it didn't overwhelm me like some electronic cigarettes do. There was not a single flavor that we did not go "Wow!" over. 

“We were also highly impressed with the Vaping Vamps different package levels and prices. We highly recommend Vaping Vamps to anyone who wants a sleek, sexy e-cigarette that exceeds the standard in quality and flavor!” 

Read more at Vapor-electronic-cigarettes.com

Vaping Vamps could give Vapor Couture a run for their money. 

“Rather than flashiness, Vaping Vamps focuses on two far more important areas – function and flavor. Vaping Vamps developed its product line with a lot of care and planning. They held female focus groups to determine the e-cig model and flavors that most women would prefer. The end product was an all-black 510 style e-cig and five delicious flavors. 

"A common question among first-time e-cig buyers is “Which nicotine level should I choose?” Vaping Vamps is the first company we’ve found that really addresses this problem. They offer a version of their starter kit, called the Tri-Level Starter Kit, which includes two high, two medium and one low nicotine strength cartomizers."

Read more at Cocktail Nerd E-Cigarette Reviews

Vaping Vamps is great. . . far better than Vapor Couture 

“What makes Vaping Vamps so different from Vapor Couture is not its design but its performance and flavor. Unlike VC, Vamping Vamps uses the traditional 510 battery which is quite notorious for bigger, better and stronger vapor and flavor. It is this why the brand tastes and feels so good when you vape on it. 

"The flavors offered by Vaping Vamps are not only unique in taste, but they are also very great alternations of some of your favorite flavors like menthol and traditional smoke. So ladies, if you love hard hitting smoke, this brand is far better than Vapor Couture.” 

Read more at E-Cigarette Reviews by Cal’s

Even More Reviews. . .  

“Vaping Vamps did a lot of planning and research when developing their products. While they are still stylish, Vaping Vamps ecigs are more subtle in their design than Vapor Couture. The batteries and cartomizers are black with purple accents. The battery tips glow blue when in use. 

“When developing their flavors, Vaping Vamps held focus groups to find out what women really enjoyed. The winning flavors were Caroline – classic tobacco with a hint of mint, Mint Julie – menthol, Caramella – silky rich caramel, Tia Berry – teaberry and wintergreen, and Mango Lola – fresh mango.” 

Read more at http://puffeasy.net/vaping-vamps-deluxe-starter-kit-review/

“I love the look of this e-cig. To me it gives it that sleek 'I'm not your typical women who smokes' look." 

Read more at http://www.ohmygoodiesfreebies.com/2013/04/review-vampstick-try-me-kit-by-vaping.html

"I am absolutely in love with this! I can’t even begin to express how impressed I was with these. I chose the Caramel flavor and the Mango flavor and I loved both of them!!" 

Read more at http://mamacssecrets2savings.com/2013/06/10/vaping-vamps-reviewgiveaway-611-625/

“I loved the Caramella because it tasted like candy. I was a little iffy on the Mango Lola because I normally don’t like fruity anything but this tasted amazing!” 

Read more at http://manicmamaof2.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/vaping-vamps-review/

"I love that this e-cigarette is lightweight and very easy to use. I have tried a lot of flavors and I found these ones to be very flavorful without being overpowering. They also offer beautiful girly cases which I love! This e-cigarette is nothing like the ones you can buy at the gas station; it blows those away!” 

Read more at http://momsrbomb.com/vaping-vamps-review/

“The more I use the Vampstick the more I like it and I think from now on my social smoking habit will be more like a social vaping habit!” 

Read more at http://shoppingwives.com/vampstick/

"A great brand for women who want to vape in style.” 

Read more at http://bestelectroniccigaretteblog.com/vaping-vamps-deluxe-starter-kit-review/

“I’ll never go back to regular cigarettes after trying Vaping Vamps. There are so many advantages to this product. You can smoke it anywhere, without having to worry about second hand smoke, and best of all, no cigarette smell (the mango smelled amazing!)!!” 

Read more at http://www.lifeofamadtyper.com/2013/04/vaping-vamps-review.html?m=1

“Vaping Vamps is not your average run of the mill e-cig. It is targeted to the classy woman who may or may not be trying to quit, but just have a healthier smoking addiction. Vaping Vamps e-cigs come in a variety of amazingly tasty flavors. The design: so sleek and definitely appealing to your average woman. I love the creative emblem with the V's made out of e-cigarettes." 

Read more at http://www.beautiful-incentives.com/2013/03/vaping-vamps-review.html

“I've tried other e-cigarettes. What first attracted me to Vaping Vamps was that it was for women made by women. It looks more feminine and is sleeker then other e-cigs. I also loved the choice of flavors.” 

Read more at http://www.jennsreviewblog.com/2013/02/vaping-vamps-review.html

Jan 3, 2014

Concerned About Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking? There IS a Solution.

Most Women Worry About Gaining Weight After They Quit Smoking

If you’re like most women, your body image is pretty darn important.

So important in fact, that you may be very concerned about gaining weight after you quit smoking. It could even be the main roadblock getting in the way of extinguishing your last cigarette.

It’s true that people tend to gain weight (researchers estimate about 10 pounds) after they quit smoking. Some women report gaining as much as 30 pounds. That’s scary for anyone. I get it. Ten pounds and you’re not fitting into your jeans anymore. More than that, and none of your pants or skirts will fit any longer.

Weight gain after quitting smoking may prevent some women from quitting
It is possible to quit smoking without gaining weight. Try vaping instead of eating!
When we make New Year’s resolutions, it’s usually to make the changes we feel are going to help us be healthier and happier. No woman is happy gaining weight, even if she knows that quitting smoking is vital for her health in the long run.

We’re not always thinking about the long run. We’re thinking about what we’re going to look like in that dress we just bought and whether we can fit into our jeans.

Quit Cigarettes, Not Nicotine

The reason that weight gain is associated with quitting smoking is the fact that nicotine is a stimulant as well as an appetite suppressant.

But what if you quit smoking without quitting nicotine?

Remember, while nicotine is highly addictive, it is NOT a carcinogen. It’s a stimulant, like caffeine, and while it gets a bad rap (because it’s so addictive), it’s not the worst thing in the world to be hooked on. (Please note: I highly advise pregnant women or anyone under 18 to avoid nicotine in any form.)

The reason cigarettes are so harmful is because of all the chemicals that are added to cigarettes (including around 60 known carcinogens) to speed the delivery of nicotine and increase its impact on your brain and nervous system.

E-cigarettes contain only four main ingredients, including food-grade PG or propylene glycol, which is in inhalers, nebulizers, fog machines and even foods such as cake mixes to help the ingredients blend together.

Also included is food-grade vegetable glycerin, a simple sweetening and thickening agent used in many foods and drugs, and flavoring such as vanilla. Oh, and nicotine, although you can vape an e-cigarette with no nicotine if you want, just for the fun of it (that’s what I do). 

The beauty of the e-cigarette is that it satisfies the habit and the oral cravings that drive many women to the refrigerator. When you quit smoking, your lungs will immediately start to heal, as will your taste buds. So it’s a one-two punch: women replace cigarettes with food, which now tastes better. 

While many smokers who quit gain weight -- an average of 2.5 pounds after one month, increasing to as much as 10 pounds or more after a year -- these are not cold, hard numbers. In fact, a study reported in the BMJ on weight gain after quitting smoking found a lot of variation in the amount of weight people gained.

Some people even lost weight. A full 25 percent of ex-smokers gained less than two pounds or even lost weight after they quit. Study author Henri-Jean Aubin, professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at Hôpital Paul Brousse in France said, “The good news is that after the first three months, weight gain decelerates substantially. Nearly 20 percent of the smokers actually lost weight after one year of continuous abstinence.”

Last year, Vaping Vamps ran a photo contest on Facebook, asking women why they had switched to e-cigarettes. We got some amazing stories from women who told us they had quit not just for themselves but for the health of their children and loved ones who had been exposed to their secondhand smoke. 

Several women told us “vaping saved my life,” and that they lost weight using e-cigarettes. It simply stands to reason that e-cigarettes work, because they are a satisfying replacement for cigarettes. Many women start vaping tobacco flavors, but when their taste buds come alive, they will often switch to different flavors.

Vaping Vamps offers five flavors, including tobacco, mint, mango, caramel and teaberry, but eventually we hope to offer many other flavors (as long as they rate highly on our yucky-to-yummy scale!).

The long and short of it is that weight gain and smoking do not need to go together. Whenever you feel the need to reach for a snack, reach for an e-cigarette instead. Then join Vaping Vamps on Facebook and send us a photo of you in your sexy new jeans.