Category Archives: Electronic Cigarette Customers

Why IVG Brands Have Stood the Test of Time

IVG Brands International Vapor Group has long been committed to excellence in our products. We have been a part of this market since its inception, and will continue to change, grow, and evolve with it as time progresses. So, what has enabled IVG vapor product brands to exist through the continuous changes in this market? Here’s a look.

Dedication to Innovation

We are interested in technology, and what is possible for the continuous evolution of vapor products, including e-cigarettes, mods, vaporizers, e-liquids, and all accompanying accessories. While creating things that are currently enjoyable, useful, and fulfilling, we want to go further. We have been dedicated to creating cutting edge products since the beginning, and it’s what we aim to do for the long term.

Understanding Our Clients

Understanding what our customers’ needs are has enabled us to create products that stand the test of time, while satisfying their needs. Quality, variety, and products they can trust are the tenets we never compromise because they are what our customers rely on IVG brands for.

Predicting the Future

No, we aren’t into metaphysics or anything like that; we study market trends, and what our customers are doing now, to understand what they’re going to want in the future. While we want satisfaction for our users in the present-day, we think several steps ahead, and are fully concerned with what they’re going to want down the road.

Quality Above All

Quality, as mentioned before, is not a factor we take lightly or sacrifice under any circumstances. Vapor products make life better, and we understand this. Creating items that perform as needed and do not falter when you need them most is what customers want, above all. This has allowed us to sell million of products over the years, and continuously create items that fit our customers’ needs. People want quality, especially when vaping since so much of the industry is loaded with bad quality. Knowing IVG brands such as VaporFi and DIRECTVAPOR put this aspect above any others, customers are more inclined to repeat their business.

So, why has IVG managed to last in an industry where the competition has been cut-throat? Because we understand the market, our customers, and have a passion for creating products that make life more enjoyable.

New York’s State of Vape

New York VapingNew York has always been known as The City That Never Sleeps. But one might imagine how Frank Sinatra would have spread the news if it were declared The City That Never Smokes.

According to a recent, and first of its kind study conducted by NYC’s Health Department, more than a half million city adults say they use electronic cigarettes. The findings, published by the New York Post, indicate a significant shift in the amount of younger people who prefer “vaping” over old fashioned tobacco smokes. The report also signals an already rapidly increasing trend as to just how much sales are far better for e-cigarettes and far worse when it comes to traditional cigarette today as opposed to yesteryear.

The Details   

According to the newly annual Community Health survey, around 14% of New Yorkers ages 18 to 24 acknowledge having used e-cigarettes or nicotine-infused vapor mods within the past year. Those who identified within the ages 25 to 44 made up roughly 11%, while the total number of adults surveyed found that 8% say they have vaped over the past 12 months.

The study also reveals Staten Island leading all boroughs with 12% going the way of the vape, and when broken down even further, Staten Island’s North Shore and the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst led all New York City areas – topping over 14%. Such results clearly indicate millennials and generation X-ers take a particular liking to e-cigs over tobacco and that the trend has unlimited potential within older age groups seeking an alternative to smoking.  

So without further delay, it is fair to say that vaping is here to stay. And though hurdles still remain, large, progressive cities such as New York continue to have a profound influence on both the social acceptance and financial persistence fueling its ever-growing market popularity and profitability, well into the foreseeable future.

Commitment to Quality of Life

International Vapor Group Mission StatementAt International Vapor Group, we are sincerely committed to improving the quality of life for our customers. We are absolutely staunch about maintaining a high level of passion that we see as having a direct benefit for our customers. Yes, making innovative products that push limits and change the world is definitely part of our grand scheme, however the purpose behind this is to truly make an impact for the better on the lives of those who use the products. Simply, it’s not just about the awesome products; it’s about the people who use them, who drive the underlying purpose of the company, who derive pleasure and function from vaping, whose lives have become better in the long and short terms from switching.

Our customers are our reason for everything. This industry has gotten massive, but that hasn’t changed our commitment to making products that put our people first, nor has it changed our commitment to ensuring the happiness of our customers in our products.

Quality of life is about upping the daily positivity, and we are certain our products do that, above all. Vaping allows smokers to replace a nasty habit with a cleaner, more versatile product that they can rely on, with minimal hassle.

Vaping offers them the ability to have what makes them happy, in a convenient format, while saving money and adding options. Our many customers have raved over the years that our products have changed their lives for the better, while enabling them to fully grasp control over their smoking.

With all of IVG’s different brands: South Beach Smoke, VaporFi, Motley Brew, and DIRECTVAPOR, the aim has always been to bring useful, enjoyable, quality products to the market to serve those who are searching for the best vaping devices. With a full commitment to quality design in an effort to maximize both form and function, we have managed to please our customers and up their quality of life since our inception. And for this reason alone, our purpose in continuing to drive innovation will continue. Our customers are our reason, our mission.

IVG is at World Vapor Expo This Weekend!

IVG at World Vapor Expo! Right now, the World Vapor Expo is going on in Miami Beach, and if you happen to be local or in the South Florida area, there is no better place to be this weekend!

As far as vape conventions go, few are as exciting, well-executed, and as thoroughly done as this event, making it the perfect vaping con to hit and mingle with the industry at large. IVG brands VaporFi and DIRECTVAPOR will be there all weekend long, so be sure to visit and say hi, as well as check out what we’re up to; find us in Hall D. DIRECTVAPOR will be set up at Booth VIP 19A, and VaporFi will be at Booth VIP 19B. There have been rumors of schwag being given away, so be sure to come blow some clouds!

World Vapor Expo is an event of epic proportions, featuring over 100 different retailers, companies, distributors, and wholesalers repping the vape culture and industry, along with consumers who are eager to hit the event to explore the industry in person.

The event kicked off yesterday, however the day was reserved strictly for B2B/ business-professionals exclusively. So for those of you who actually are in the biz, be it as a vendor or some variety of an industry professional, it was a great day to network and communicate with others in the industry in person. The remainder of the weekend, however, will be open to all who are interested and intrigued; business folk and vaping enthusiasts welcome.

For all others involved in the vape industry, the event will be hosting the general public throughout the rest of the weekend. There will be three different industry speakers, so if you’re interested in hearing what they’ve got to say, by all means check it out!

Miami Beach + vaping conventions make for an insane weekend, so definitely make World Vapor Expo, and hanging with IVG your top priorities!

VaporFi is Fighting For Your Right to Vape!

Team VaporFi MMA Fight For Your Right to VapeVaporFi is a brand that is all about the vape community, and one of their most interesting endeavors has been in sponsoring select MMA fighters who represent what this culture, and this brand do best: exist with total passion and determination. As this brand has made it their mission to make vaping as easy, enjoyable, stylish and as exciting as possible, teaming up with the best fighters has enabled them to make an even stronger impact. VaporFi-sponsored MMA athletes exemplify the brand’s mission, and partnering in such a way has been an incredible way to expand their reach, further captivate their customer base, and support another growing industry in the process.

Some of the highly skilled and immensely driven MMA athletes VaporFi has sponsored during previous events have included Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Zak “Crash” Bucia, Kelvin “The Mama’s Boy” Tiller, Jake “The Librarian” Lindsey, Brian “The Foster Boy” Foster, Brandon Girtz, Lena Ovchynnikova, Andy “Stunner” Uhrich, Vinny Magalhaes, Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley, Doug “The Rhino” Marshall, and Joshua Dean Appelt. In the near future, expect to see names like Douglas Lima, and Maki Maleko-Pitolo, and many others as #TeamVaporFi continues to fight for your right to vape!

With their latest campaign, FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHT TO VAPE, VaporFi has made it clear, that their customers come first. So why sponsor MMA fighters? Because this brand is on a quest to lead this industry, and partnering with fighters who have been deemed worthy, matching their level of determination and drive has helped them to push the message that much further. Not just any MMA athlete can get the chance to wear VaporFi colors. This brand is extremely discerning when it comes to those representing them, and they make a concerted effort to work with those who demonstrate an infinite desire for success in their field, unquestionable character, and total commitment; just as VaporFi does when it comes to ensuring you have the freedom to vape as you please.

Smoking VS Vaping

 

Vaping VS SmokingWith the Tobacco Deeming Regulations’ announcement last week, it has come to light that many people, especially those who are not entirely familiar with vaping, may not know exactly what the difference between the two methods may be. Here is a run down detailing the distinctions, offering a perspective on how especially contrasting the two products are from one another. If you are wondering how vaping differs from smoking, these are the main things you need to know.

Smoke & Vapor: What’s the Difference

Smoke is smoke, the byproduct of burning matter, such as tobacco leaves, or wood, or paper, or any other substance that can be burned.

Vapor is vapor, it is condensation, evaporation in action. The vapor from e-cigarettes is the product of e-liquid, which typically is comprised of just a few ingredients, such as Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, water, nicotine (which is optional) and flavorings. Nothing is burned, there is no smoke produced, and vapor dissipates to basically nothing in minutes after exhalation.

Analog VS Digital

Analog cigarettes are traditional cigarettes. They are tubes of paper filled with chemical-laden, dried tobacco leaves. Pretty basic. Digital cigarettes, AKA electronic cigarettes, are the modern, digitized version in which technology has recreated the original method, replaced the tobacco with clean e-liquid, and allows the user to control every aspect of the device.

Smelly VS Not Smelly

Tobacco has an awful, putrid odor to it. Vapor does not. Sometimes light, aromatic scents waft through the air as a result of e-liquids, but even these fragrant scents dissipate quickly.

On the Subject of Chemicals

Tobacco cigarettes (in addition to the foul substances contained within the tobacco itself, and that come as a result of the burning, such as the lingering tar) are full of thousands of toxic chemicals. These end up inside the body when smoked.

Vapor cigarettes, which use e-liquids, are a different story altogether. Sure, there are some shady liquids out there, but that does not constitute the whole industry on any level. Many e-liquid brands, including all IVG brands for example, are stringent on self-regulating, and maintaining the highest standards in e-juices possible. You can read about it HERE, if you’d like, but to put it simply, chemicals are not part of the product whatsoever.

So, these are just some of the basic differences between smoking and vaping. The FDA’s stance on regulating the two items as the same is clearly an irresponsible move, because simply, they are not at all alike. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to write to your legislators in favor of HR 2058, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 201. We also encourage you to sign the Petition asking the White House to have more consideration towards the many millions of people who will be negatively affected by this biased and unfair legislation. And last, but not least, it would not hurt to send a message to your state’s Attorney General urging them for support. Clearly tobacco and vapor cigs are very different products, and we must, as an industry make this evident to those who construct such legislation.

FDA Announces E-Cigarette Regulations

FDA E-Cig RegulationsThe tobacco deeming regulations were announced this week by the federal government, after years of speculation as to how they would impact the electronic cigarettes industry. As the industry has long been unregulated, it was a continuous discussion that everyone knew wasn’t about if; it was about when. Well, that when is now, and if Congress doesn’t act to overturn these rules, there is the potential for the industry to be quite negatively as a result.

The most confounding aspect of these regulations is that the FDA is categorizing an entire industry’s worth of products that contain no tobacco, as tobacco products. This is done simply to adhere to the February 2007 “grandfather date” and does not account for the thousands of products that simply did not exist at that time. For companies that manufacture vapor products, being able to keep their products on the market will require lengthy paperwork for every product sold, with application costs that can reach as high as $1 million per application. Not many companies, outside of the massive few, and those owned by cigarette companies will be able to front this. And simply, this type of regulation, which targets a growing market is blatantly wrong.

These initial regulations are still being examined, and some rules are less concrete than others, at the moment. Some of the regulations that will go into effect 90 days from now include:

  • No free samples of vapor products can be distributed
  • No sales via vending machines
  • Age verification will be required for purchase, as no sales will be permitted to those under 18, whether online or in retail locations

However, other areas of the nearly 500 page text detailing the deeming regulations are less set in stone, and subject to Congress overturning them. It certainly goes without say, the entire vapor products industry as well as all the researchers involved in examining the benefits of e-cigarettes have been up in arms. There is an overwhelming amount of support for these products, and many feel the positives they possess far outweigh the few negatives.

Currently there is a lot going on as the vape Industry prepares to fight for our rights of equality and by no means is this the end. We have long been ready for these regulations, and we are urging our customers to sign this petition to make it clear to the White House, and to Congress how beneficial vapor products are, and how destructive this type of legislation can be.

To all of our customers, we are here to support you throughout it all, and we look forward to continuing to serve you with the finest in vapor for years to come.

Study on Indoor Vaping: Unlikely to Pose a Risk

Indoor Vaping StudyAccording to the latest research, indoor vaping is unlikely to be a health threat to those within the vicinity. The ongoing debate regarding vaping indoors has recently been tested by a study that examines indoor air quality before and after usage, conducted by three educational research institutions from Europe, ETH Zurich the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, and the EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

The findings have been remarkable, and they offer an exceptional range of data that has never before been available on the subject. The study was recently presented at a conference focused on research dedicated to indoor air quality in Barcelona Spain, and it is groundbreaking because this type of data was nonexistent prior.

The research specifically tested air quality risk to bystanders and non-vapors when exposed to vapor that has just been exhaled. The most groundbreaking aspect of the study found that the particulates of the e-liquid vapor dissipated in mere seconds after exhalation, which results in an extraordinarily low level of risk to those who are exposed to the vapor once it has been exhaled. Additionally this research throws a major monkey wrench into the argument of comparing e-cigarette vapor and tobacco smoke, likening the two as the same byproduct. For vapers, this is a major win because it adds evidence to the equation, where there was nothing more than educated speculation before.

Different scenarios were tested, involving rooms with and without ventilation systems, to see if the effect of the vapor’s dissipation was varying between them, however the researchers discovered the same results from both environments.

Tobacco smoke, is obviously the results of burnt plant matter, tobacco. It is laced with thousands of chemicals, and leaves behind a toxic tar. These particulates are extremely dangerous, and they accumulate over time once exhaled, lingering in the air. In contrast to vapor, in which the aerosol particles exist only for a few seconds afterwards, renders any such comparison between vapor and smoke, especially in regards to the secondhand affect, are completely void.

So, another positive study on the effects of vaping in the books. We are elated that such research is coming to light, and further adding to the credibility of this exciting, emerging industry!

Amendment Passed to Save Vaping!

Good News  for Vaping: Amendment Passed to Protect the Industry!For many months now, the vapor products industry has been anticipating the announcement of the revised FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations. This has been a continuously looming threat to the industry, and if it were to stand in accordance with how these regulations were initially drawn up, the entire industry would be facing major setbacks. Thankfully, this week the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the agriculture bill that was designed to protect the majority of electronic cigarette businesses. While the amendment still has to get passed by the House, the action taken thus far is a major step in the right direction.

The big deal over the Tobacco Deeming Regulations has been that if the original date was to remain the same, all electronic cigarette products that have entered the market since 2007 would be forced to go through a rigorous and costly application process. Known as the Premarket Tobacco Application, all products that have emerged since 2007 would have to apply, and the cost would have been millions of dollars per product. Definitely not a financial figure most small businesses could front, this uphill battle would obviously force most of them into termination. The industry as a whole is highly relieved as a result, because it is evident of positive action in the right direction being taken.

The amendment was proposed by GOP Rep. Tom Cole and Democrat Rep. Sanford Bishop, passing with 31 – 19 votes. Among the amendment’s greatest opposers was Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has voiced her opposition to electronic cigarettes openly.

However, despite the fact that the bill will have still have to get passed to officially become a law, the impending regulations are looking quite positive. This is exactly the kind of action the vapor industry has been hoping for, and we are entirely relieved that politicians are standing on the side of reason, and protecting what has evolved into a major asset for those looking for alternatives to tobacco.

The vapor products industry is a multi-billion dollar industry now, and it has been majorly influential in offering smokers a variety of options for handling their smoking with lifestyle choices. We are exceedingly pleased that we are headed towards regulations that make sense for all involved.

Call to Action: Contact Your Senator to Prevent Vapor Devices From Being Banned on Planes!

Oppose SA 3547Vaping is being attacked, yet again. This time, the powers that be (more specifically, anti-vape Senator Blumenthal D-CT) are attempting to ban vapor devices/ products from being carried on aircraft. His proposed amendment aims to expand the present list of hazardous items to include vapor products, which will thereby ban them from being brought onto all flights. Such legislation is not only aggressive and without reasoning, it is a blatant attack on the rights of those who seek alternatives to tobacco.

If you own a vapor products-related business, are a vape consumer, or support the vape industry in any manner, it is imperative that you email or make a phone call to your Senator to voice your outrage over the proposed amendment SA 3547, to the FAA reauthorization bill. As early as next week, there is a possibility it will be debated on the Senate Floor, and if it goes into effect, it has the potential to be catastrophic for anyone who intends on vaping while traveling, or simply just plans on bringing their devices with them.

Considering that vapor devices are already banned from use on flights, and restricted to being carried exclusively in carry-on luggage (checked luggage is prohibited) it is excessively oppressing to those who vape to be forced into such circumstances. This type of regulation impacts vapers in the worst possible way, as the majority of them use these alternatives as an option away from tobacco. To give them no option when traveling could potentially force them back to using tobacco, against their preferences, all for a pointless regulation that does not have any justification.

More than 9 million people use vapor products as an alternative method of smoking, and to restrict these devices in such a way is a forceful attack on the freedoms of those who vape. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are not even regulated in such a way. Cell phones, which contain similar lithium ion batteries as those contained in vapor devices, are not regulated like this, so to thwart such bans on vapers is simply wrong.

Therefore, it is so important to everyone involved in this industry to make it clear to your Senators that support for opposing SA 3547 is the right thing to do. You can find your Senator’s contact info HERE!