Monthly Archives: February 2015

International Vapor Group Covers All Ground in the Market

ivg logoWhen it comes to electronic cigarettes, the market is flooded with variety. One area that is lacking however, is quality. If you are looking for a brand to represent, and carry in your location, look no further than the offerings of International Vapor Group. Having a wide variety of products, brands, and offerings, and with a great image, we make products that stand out and stand the test of time. Here is a look at what we offer, and why our brands make the best electronic cigarette items to carry in your location.

-Quality: Our premise is to always have unsurpassed quality. This is something we don’t compromise on, and we know it shows in our customers’ satisfaction. It is one of the best ways to get ahead, and build a solid reputation. Customers trust us for it, and retailers expect it of us.

-Diversity: Millions of smokers mean millions of individual tastes, so we aim to offer a lot of different products in hopes of pleasing everyone. It’s a lofty goal, but we’re determined to do it.

-Experience in the Electronic Cigarette Industry: We’ve been around a while, and we’ve seen a lot of others come and go in this market. We owe our success to a variety of factors such as quality, customer service, options, and just all around great products.

-User-Friendly: Things should not be so complex our users have to stress out over them. With the exception of the most advanced products designed to please the most advanced vape geeks who build, the majority of our products offer simplicity and ease of use. There is great satisfaction in instant gratification.

-Designed for Every User: expert to beginner. We aim to please… everyone! We offer so many different products across our different e-cigarette brands. South Beach Smoke is for the beginner to moderately experienced user, who aims for more trendy products. EverSmoke was created for the mature beginner who doesn’t have the time for lesser quality items. VaporFi for the beginner to expert user, looking for the most versatility, advanced items, and endless options.

-Price: People work hard for their money, and we know that in order to be competitive in today’s market, you need to keep your prices fair. So with that, we are pleased to offer some of the best prices around, on the best devices.

-Innovative: This is another aspect of the core of our business. It’s gotta be innovative; users expect technology, and we rely on it to create the most edgy, up to the minute products.

So, that is the IVG difference. We offer the best, and we only aim to get better. Whether it’s for our customers or retail partners, offering quality and innovation is what we do!

US Appoints New Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Vivek Murthy E-CigarettesThis past December, the US appointed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the 19th Surgeon General. As his advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the subject of public health and scientific issues impacts all Americans, here is a look at his background and what his advisement may mean for the electronic cigarette industry and those who are involved in it.

Dr. Vivek Murthy was born in England in 1977 to Indian immigrants, relocated to Miami, Fl when he was three. He graduated as valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 1994, and then attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences. In 2003, he received an MD from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA in Healthcare Management.

Upon graduation, Dr. Murthy worked both as an internal medicine physician, as well as led and managed various medical care teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than a decade. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated excellence in leadership, having started a variety of nonprofit management organizations, including Doctors for America, which includes 15,000 physicians and medical students advocating for health care reform.

In 2011, Dr. Murthy was appointed by President Obama to serve the nation as an advisor on public health within the US Department of Health and Human Services, in the sector of the US Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

In 2013, he was nominated by President Obama for the position of Surgeon General, with approval and backing from two former surgeons general, and over 100 medical and public health groups in the US, including the likes of the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer  Society, and the American Diabetes Association. On December 15, 2014 his appointment was officially approved, in a 51-43 vote, and is the youngest surgeon general in history.

While Dr. Murthy has been criticized for his progressive views, including opposition from the National Rifle Association (NRA) because of his stance on gun control, he has stated that this will not be a focus of his position as Surgeon General.

As far as the e-cigarette industry is concerned, it is refreshing to have a voice of reason within the public health community who has been willing to take an unbiased stand. He has stated that electronic cigarettes hold the potential for many positives, especially in regards to public health, and that lawmakers are “in desperate need of clarity” on e-cigarettes to further guide public health policies. He is also known for his open perspective in regards to medical marijuana.

As the issue of electronic cigarettes continues to weigh on the public, and the need for reasonable regulating grows, it is great to see our new surgeon general understanding this. What this means for the e-cigarette industry is hopefully a continued unbiased outlook towards the great potential that lies in electronic cigarettes.

How and Why E-Cigarettes Work

south_beach_smoke_batteriesElectronic cigarettes are considered a very modern option for smokers who want alternatives to the tradition version of smoking. So how and why are they replacing the conventional method? Here’s a look at how they work, and why they’re working so well traditional tobacco is getting overlooked in favor of vapor.

E-cigarettes are electronic devices. Powered by batteries, and rather simple in construction. Batteries come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and power levels, but one way or another, vaping cannot be done without a battery for power. They also contain an atomizer, which is the component responsible for heating up the liquid that holds the nicotine, and vaporizing it into the hit the user takes by puffing on the device. So, there is the device, a component that holds liquid (either a disposable cartridge that comes pre-filled, or a tank that the user fills), an atomizer, and a battery. That’s it, and all it takes for a traditional cigarette to be totally, utterly, replaced by technology without tobacco.

Why they work is simple; the design of this amazingly innovative technology has been perfected over time. Now, having been on the international market for over 10 years, e-cigarettes have seen many incarnations. So many styles and types exist, yet they all basically reel in the same result: nicotine-happy, satisfied vape-smokers.

E-cigarettes recreate the experience of smoking in every way. They satisfy the feeling of heavy smoke in the mouth. The repetitive motion of inhaling, exhaling, and having the hand-to-mouth desire satiated. There is flavor (and lots of it!), and the ability to have the habit in moments of boredom. Vaping is, simply, smoking redefined, reinvented, and revised for the modern smoker.

And with so many different smokers out there, there are now endless varieties to please nearly everyone. As makers of a variety of top brands in the market, we know firsthand. For a look at all of our different brands, check out our e-cigarette brand lineup here!

VaporFi Expands into DC!

VaporFi DCVaporFi does it again! A new city and a new location, ready to take the DC vaping scene by storm! We are so pleased to be bringing the goods to yet another new store, in a totally new place.

Having become a household name in the state of Florida, with locations all over the South Florida area, and beyond, it really was only a matter of time before VaporFi expanded throughout the country. Last year saw the opening of VaporFi’s first locations outside of the state, both throughout the US; setting up shop in Virginia  and Ohio, and internationally with our first store in Panama. The rise of VaporFi Express locations also began to grow, making it clear, this is one brand that is getting hotter than ever.

Our newest expansions are certainly noteworthy, and have us most obviously excited! We could not be more enthralled to bring the VaporFi name, products, and atmosphere to our nation’s capitol, Washington DC with the opening of our Georgetown store! As a very hip, hot, historic and happening neighborhood, it’s a huge deal to put our name to these streets. For both locals and the large influx of tourists, representing American vaping culture is quite an honor.

Other recent openings have included the opening of numerous VaporFi Express store-within-a-store concepts in North Carolina, Wyoming, South Dakota, Illinois, South Carolina, as well as new international locations in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago!

VaporFi is taking over the world when it comes to vaping, one location at a time! VaporFi has become the premier electronic cigarette and advanced vaporizer brand. Specializing in top of the line, top quality innovations, this brand is always at the cutting edge of the market, unveiling new technology and debuting new models. And as one of the only brands that features leading products and their own retail locations, to say this brand is always doing something exciting would be an understatement.

If you happen to be in the DC/ Georgetown area, pay us a visit! We’d love to meet ya!

Teens and E-Liquids: On the Subject of Flavors

E-Cigs Are Not a GatewayYou’ve probably heard discussion on the effectiveness and responsibility of the e-cigarette industry regarding teen usage. It has long been argued that electronic cigarettes are problematic, and attempting to market to underage users with the promise of sweet and candy flavored liquids. How true is this, though, in the grand scheme of reality?

Tobacco lobbyists have been touting that e-liquid flavors are a danger to teens because they make smoking more appealing. They have attempted to use this argument for years now, claiming that by having access to “fun” flavors, teens will be more likely to start using electronic cigarettes. However, it’s really important to take a look at teen usage of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and understand what is really encouraging youth to get into nicotine.

A study recently published by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research looked further into this subject, and the findings were certainly interesting. They cast a much-needed light on the subject, and examined teen smoking from a variety of angles. What was essentially concluded is that teens are not getting into smoking, with either traditional cigarettes or electronic, due to the enticement of flavors. Most get into smoking cigarettes out of curiosity, rebellion, and to match their peers’ perceived edginess. So even though the multitude of flavors appeals to adults looking to switch to electronic smoking, they view the products as the alternative to the conventional. On the other hand, teens are not swayed by the flavors, and most who turn to vaping are doing so in an attempt to stop smoking traditional cigarettes.

Yes, it is true that young people like fancy and sweet flavors. So do adults. And in that light, it must be taken into account that most teens who begin smoking, are not being lured into the tobacco trap with candy-flavored cigarettes. They are using traditional tobacco and menthol cigarettes, both of which are acquired tastes. So what is the problem with electronic cigarettes? Considering they appeal more to adults, and those who are not exactly interested in starting up the habit, it is simply a falsehood to say they are being marketed to impressionable youth.

California’s Current Take on E-Cigs

State of California Anti-VapingElectronic cigarettes are making the news quite often these days. As the whole industry gains more and more notice, both for the positive attributes and negative speculation, the attention really shines a light on how popular these products have become. With millions of people using them, billions of dollars being raked in, and the tobacco industry keeping a close eye on the progress, it is a given that news is going to circulate due to the hype. Along these same lines, there is a great amount of misinformation abound, and it is rather unfortunate that such speculation, and not hard facts, can lead to a major health agency urging the community not to use products as a result.

So, with this in mind, the big news of the industry at the moment is the state of California. In specific, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that residents of California should not use electronic cigarette products, citing that their many “toxins,” “chemicals,” and nicotine make them a health hazard. Dr. Ron Chapman, the head of the CDPH and who is responsible for this campaign, makes these statements on the behalf of the public, yet at the same time, makes declarations based on speculation (claiming that nicotine from e-cigarettes is as addictive as the nicotine from traditional cigarettes, for instance).

The problem with this is that it unfairly targets e-cigarettes as dangerous, when there is no definitive evidence to prove this. Yes, we understand the necessity for moderate and reasonable regulations, however to make a declaration that all residents avoid usage of these products that contain no tobacco, produce no smoke, tar or combustion, and very few ingredients is boldly biased.

Electronic cigarette devices are not undoing the progress the anti-smoking coalition has achieved in the past several decades, and it is a shame that the concept of tobacco-free devices continue to draw comparisons. E-cigarettes do not serve as a gateway, and nor are they really able to be compared to traditional cigarettes on the basis of what they consist of.

It is a given that anytime something becomes very popular and the trend transitions into a solidified movement that there will be negative press, however the state of California should embrace a more open view, and understand exactly how electronic cigarettes are being used.