Category Archives: Electronic Cigarette Retail

E-Cig Explodes, Parents Blame Device for Underage Son’s Injuries

E-Cigarette Explosions: Think About Your Safety FirstA teen in Alberta, Canada is recovering from second degree burns that came as a result of an electronic cigarette device exploding as he used it. Currently, media reports are painting it as a situation of a rogue device randomly turning explosive, however they are failing to take into account that the product he was using was much more complex than a basic electronic cigarette. The explosion was most likely the result of improper usage, and perhaps using the wrong variety of battery to power the device. It is possible he did not understand the complexities of working with a mech mod, however, let it be known that despite what the media reports, this situation probably could have been avoided.

There are several things wrong with this story. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. The device this child was using was a mechanical mod. Not a beginner’s device. Not an intermediate device. Rather a device for legit experts, who know exactly what they are doing when it comes to handling serious lithium batteries and building electrical panels yourself.
  2. His parents allowed him to use this thing; at such a tender, experimental age under 18, his parents should have had a better handle of what he was up to and they should have been paying more attention. Now they’re opting to blame the vapor device; real smart to avert the attention away, guys.
  3. Someone actually sold a child this product due to there being no age regulation in this area of Canada? This is stupidity on all levels.
  4. When using mech mods, you have to do a substantial amount of research to understand how they need to be built. Beyond building, people need to be aware that mech mods are inherently DIY devices and there is a definite level of risk in using them. Most companies selling them will make this very, very clear in an effort to educate e-cigarette consumers

So, the real story should be on awareness, not a vague headline designed to scare and distort the reality of e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Safety first, it should be the primary goal of everyone who opts to use a vapor device. If you are going to venture into advanced territory, and attempt to work with devices such as mech mods, please, by all means, know what you’re doing.  

Selling E-Liquids? Why You Should Carry Only the Best

Selling Quality E-LiquidsIf you are a vape shop owner, or are the owner of a website selling e-liquids, one aspect of great importance to consider is carrying only the highest quality products. Here is a look at the top reasons we feel this is greatly imperative to all businesses in the vape industry, both on an individual level, as well as for the overall industry.

Legitimacy for the Industry

First and foremost, with all of the public’s attention these days focused on “what’s in those e-cigarettes,” carrying brands that do a great deal of independent research and testing is really important for credibility. When an industry is constantly being attacked by “scientists” who produce erroneous, biased, and misinformed studies based on bad data findings, it is really important to be able to refute these claims head-on. A perfect way of doing this is by carrying brands such as VaporFi and Motley Brew whose e-liquid formulas hold some of the highest standards in the US, in addition to being made exclusively in the USA, containing no diacetyl or acetyl propionyl, are manufactured in labs registered with the FDA for total disclosure, are made with the purest ingredients, going even beyond “food grade” standards as they are made for inhalation, and have been labeled as having cGMP standards of operation. (IVG brands do not take the easy way out!)

Gaining Trust

Considering that the vast majority of vapers are very hands-on, research-ready, and know their products inside and out, getting crap quality past them will not work. You’re more likely to insult their intelligence. However, as a retailer, one way of gaining trust is to offer top quality products, focusing on the purity of ingredients, safe manufacturing standards, and the fact that you do “know what’s in them.”

More Income

Better products, greater customer satisfaction, repeat business. It’s a solid, time-tested business model, and one we’re rather familiar with!

So, when it comes to e-liquids, don’t skimp quality and go for cheap. Your customers will know the difference, and you’ll be giving them prime reason to shop with your competitors.

Vapor Product Trends Outlook for 2016

2016 Vaping TrendsWith a new year right upon us, we are looking forward to what’s to come. Every year, we watch the vapor products industry evolve in new directions, unveil all sorts of new innovations, and experience the technology in action.

In 2015, the availability and options in regards to the most high-tech box mods, sub ohm devices, and exceptionally high quality e-liquids became extremely mainstream. What used to be reserved for only the most eager of DIY vape enthusiasts became accessible to any and everyone who wanted to experience the power of taking the control of a box mod into their own hands. In a few short months, the industry changed entirely. Trailing on this trend, we expect 2016 to offer even greater offerings in terms of technology, and making very advanced products available to those who want them, without having to construct them on their own, if they do not want to.

As for regulations, we are awaiting them because it seems rather imminent in the US. One way or another, (and hopefully they will be created with fairness and common sense in mind), it is only a matter of time before they are here. While we do not know what to expect exactly, we do hope that all regulations instituted are fair and not oppressing to the industry and its users.

It has been predicted that the overall sales of electronic cigarette products sales for 2015 would be somewhere in the vicinity of $3.5 billion; quite a legitimate market when you weigh all angles. In fact, current models show that by 2018, the vapor products industry is expected to reach the $10 billion range. The growth is imminent, and despite the impending regulations that are clearly an obstacle the vapor products market is contending with, this industry is way greater than a single trend; it’s a thriving niche.

So, 2016 is almost here and we are most definitely looking to the future with promise and optimism. We expect growth, innovation, and continuing to evolve with this ever-changing industry. From everyone here at IVG, we wish you a super, happy New Year!

Why More Users are Transitioning to E-Liquids

Best Quality E-LiquidsWhen the industry first started out, there was a major market for cartridges that came pre-filled with liquids, enabling the user to just pop one onto their e-cigs and go. When it was used all the way through, they simply swapped the old for a new one and went vaping along on their merry way. When people started transitioning to more advanced products, such as personal vaporizers and realized their options in filling their tanks and cartridges themselves, along with the ability to save some money over the cost of cartridges, the market for liquids exploded and more and more users began demanding e-liquids of higher quality.

Understanding the traction of this trend, International Vapor Group has established two of the best options in the market with VaporFi E-Liquids and Motley Brew E-Liquids. Both carry juices designed to please the serious vapers in the industry, and have aimed to maintain the highest level of standards in existence anywhere in the world for e-liquid production.

VaporFi, which has redefined what the e-liquid industry can do, set the bar really high for brands looking to tap into this market, offering exceptional quality and a wildly unlimited range of flavor possibilities. The result has been a brand that has achieved international success, and customers who are beyond satisfied knowing they can get exactly what they want in an e-liquid without having to create it themselves. Also of note, VaporFi’s range of liquid offerings has expanded into two additional lines of specialty product, with an even greater emphasis on exclusivity and quality.

Motley Brew, a newcomer to the industry, set forth a new direction, offering a select level of flavors, made in small batches, of the most supreme quality around. These liquids have garnered a cult following very fast, and were even awarded top honors as “Best in Show” at the 2015 Vape Summit.

Currently, users are increasingly gravitating to using top-caliber e-liquids made by the best brands in the industry because they have realized the potential for ultimate performance, experiences, and they understand that the better made liquids are, the better their own results will be. We could not be more pleased to be raising the standard, and keeping the crowd happy with the best liquids out there!

Cyber Monday: IVG Brands Are Hot!

IVG Cyber MondayIt’s Cyber Monday and across the internet, brands are putting their best feet forward, offering the very lowest prices of the year. Black Friday is one thing, however Cyber Monday is a whole other animal, and you bet IVG brands have gotten in on the action. Here’s a look at what our top brands are offering, and if you’re looking for the best vape deals of Cyber Monday, this is where it’s at!

VaporFi: The whole VaporFi site is currently 30% off, along with free shipping. As one of the hottest brands in the industry, offering superb quality, intelligent design, and some of the best liquids made, getting prices this low is something to celebrate, for real! Everyone knows VaporFi as a force to be reckoned with; everything they make is solid, and the quality is way beyond the competition. A sale this huge is a total must; any vaper would be crazy not to take advantage of savings like these. And, if you’re giving the gift of vape gear, it doesn’t get better than VF products!

South Beach Smoke: Known for having the best products in the industry, South Beach Smoke is going all out on Cyber Monday with a site-wide 30% off sale. This is about as hot as it gets; carrying all the latest innovations in e-cigarettes and vaporizers, plus the biggest selection of top quality e-liquids on the web, scoring prices like these is major!

EverSmoke: EverSmoke is rockin’ it with a site-wide 30% off everything sale, giving anyone looking for a great e-cig starter kit prime reason to be shopping with them! Known for their quality, and exceptionally well made e-cigarettes, these kits make awesome gifts for those looking to switch to vapor from tobacco.

So, you know when it comes to throwing it down, IVG brands do not disappoint. Cyber Monday 2015 is hotter than ever, so if you’re looking for the best gear at the best prices, make no mistake; VaporFi, South Beach Smoke, and EverSmoke are the best you’re gonna see!

Congrats to All the VaporFi Sponsored Fighters: It was a BIG Weekend!

#TeamVaporFi Sponsors MMA Events! We would like to take a moment, on behalf of our always badass brand VaporFi, to say congrats to Brian Foster and Luis Palomino on their stunning wins as they repped VaporFi in the MMA World Series of Fighting, as well as to Brandon Girtz for his stunning knockout during the Bellator MMA event on the very same night. It was a big night for all of us! We are super proud of these warriors, and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor them during this exciting time.

VaporFi has become one of the hottest names in the vapor products industry and lifestyle because they represent not only the pinnacle of products and quality, but also they have made a name for being exceptionally dynamic and offering customers more and more reasons to be a part of their unique #VapeFam. Being involved in the community, both locally where VaporFi shops are located, as well as being nationally represented by providing sponsorships on the world stage, has allowed this incredible brand to extend its reach, and make a great name for themselves. Representing the cutting edge population of this industry, we are incredibly proud of what VaporFi is doing.

One of the most exciting things VaporFi has been up to as of late, in their many exciting exploits, is sponsorship of a variety of the top fighters on the professional MMA/ fighting circuit, and this past weekend, on Friday, November 20, Brandon Girtz, Brian Foster, and Luis “The Baboon” Palomino, three of the best fighters on the scene right now and all represented by VaporFi, put out all the stops to come out on top in their respective matches.

#TeamVaporFi is hotter than ever. These guys really outdid themselves. We are beyond stoked to be representing them!

DC Goes Extreme on 67% Excise Taxing on E-Cigarettes

DC Excise E-Cig TaxThe latest news on e-cigs is that vape shops in DC need to watch out! And so it begins… massive taxes have finally hit the e-cigarette world, at least in the nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Vapers have long been dreading this, though many have expected it for quite some time. 

On October 1st, 2015, DC implemented a new 67% excise tax on all products related to electronic smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and e-liquids. As part of the 2016 budget proposal, which encompasses the Vapor Product Amendment of 2015, officially halts the classifying of e-cigarettes into the same grouping as traditional cigarettes in regards to sales tax. The increase is monumental; when regarded as tobacco products, e-cigarette products were subject to a 5.75%  sales tax; a far cry from the crippling 67% consumers are now faced with. Though it does not extend to online shopping, the law is aimed at the many vape shops that have opened up throughout the DC area.

While this is not a nationwide law, those in the DC area are going to see a lot of big changes in how e-cigarettes are sold locally. This regulation was enacted as an effort to raise money, in which the mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser anticipates an increase of $400,000 to be gained, and used towards local efforts.

This new amendment officially declassified electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, and goes in for the kill by giving them their own category; allowing municipalities to take the taxation to the extreme.

We have long advocated the implementation of regulations within reason, and laws that are made on behalf of the people who use the products, and above all, done in the name of common sense; not exploitation in an effort to raise money.

What may seem like such a small move has the potential to be catastrophic. Because it directly targets brick and mortar shops, along with gas stations and convenience stores, it is expected that stores in the area will be closing, customers will be driven away due to high cost, and people will most likely lose jobs. Doesn’t sound very economically stable, or growth-inducing, does it, considering this law was enacted to stimulate the local DC economy?

VaporFi Sponsors Vinny Magalhaes in the WSOF!

VaporFi Sponsors Vinny MagalhaesThis coming Saturday, October 17, International Vapor Group’s very own VaporFi will be proudly sponsoring Light Heavyweight MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes in his fight in the decagon cage against Matt “the Hammer” Hamill during the World Series of Fighting. This should prove to be a most exciting event, as Vinny is aiming to score his third consecutive victory. Live from the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT, it’s going to be one action-packed MMA evening. The fight will be broadcast on NBC Sports, at 8 pm EST, so we highly encourage you to tune in as one of the most dynamic fighters currently fighting reps VaporFi.

Also known as “Pezao,” Vinny Magalhaes is one the world’s best MMA fighters. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vinny holds a vast collection of prestigious and exclusive titles to his name. Many consider him to be the best grappler in the world. He holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and is a national champion in his native Brazil for the sport. Other major titles he has acquired include winning the Ultimate Fighter TV Show (season 8), M-1 MMA champion, which is the biggest promotion in Russia, and presently, Vinny is the champion of Titan Fighting Championships. He was also among the exclusive list of invitees during the last ADCC, which is a private event owned and hosted by a sheikh, and it features only the very finest fighters in the world across a multitude of modalities, including wrestling, MMA, judo, sambo, jiu jitsu, among others. To say that Vinny is a seriously in demand fighter would be somewhat of an understatement.

So, this Saturday night, tune in to NBC Sports to catch all of the excitement! IVG is super excited to be a part of the action as Vinny Magalhaes fights for the championship, representing the VaporFi vape life!

ECC Expo Is Happening This Weekend!

ECC Expo 2015In the electronic cigarette industry, few events are as big and profound as ECC Expo. This major convention, regarding everything vape-related will be happening this week, from August 13 -16, in Pomona, CA at the Fairplex. It is the largest event of its kind, drawing in thousands of vape geeks, industry pros, and just about any- and everybody who has anything to do with the industry. If you are part of this community, whether as a vaper or an industry professional, this is an excellent event to be a part of, so if you’re local or in the area, we invite you to check it out!

The first two days of the event are open exclusively to those in the trade sector, while the following consecutive weekend days are for the public, 18+. The 13th and 14th are strictly for vape industry B2B professionals, making it the ideal time for businesses to connect with other businesses. Being able to view the industry as a whole in this manner, being able to meet others working within in it, and being able to meet and mingle among those who also live, breathe, eat, sleep vapor is an amazing opportunity. Hundreds of the industry’s top names will be present, making it an absolute must for any pros in this industry.

As a niche market founded on the premise of technology, this event, which is a meeting of the minds, a gathering of the community, and a viewing of what’s to come is of great significance. It allows everyone who is immersed in it to get a feel for where things are headed, as well as to simply experience all the amazingness that is occurring. For anyone in this culture, being able to be neck deep at an expo of this scale offers immense opportunities to meet, mingle, chat, and share in the awesomeness of it all! VaporFi will most definitely be present, so come check us out and say hi!

Taxing Electronic Cigarettes

E-Cigs and TaxationBy 2017, it is expected that the electronic cigarette industry will be raking in around $10 billion yearly. Presently lingering around $2 billion, a 5 times increase is not a trend to be balked at. What these numbers also spark discussion of is taxes, because like any product industry that gets hot, it’s going to get taxed.

The ongoing debate on how electronic cigarettes are classified in regards to being considered “tobacco” products is a direct indicator of how they may or may not be taxed in the near future. Especially relevant to the discussion of “special taxes,” it is rather apparent that e-cigarettes should not be considered tobacco products, because simply, they do not contain tobacco.

The “special taxes” in question are what are known as “excise” taxes, and they have been implemented in recent years, particularly by interests of the anti-e-cigarette movement, who see the income potential of these products, particularly because so many smokers have switched to using them instead of traditional cigarettes.

While currently the only state taxing e-cigarettes in the same methods as traditional cigarettes is Minnesota, there are several more considering taking the same action, including Indiana, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington. In the past, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Utah attempted the similar measures of e-cigarette taxation, however their efforts were not successful.

In Minnesota, their Department of Revenue has estimated that their taxation of e-cigarettes is slated to be bringing in somewhere in the proximity of $1.16 billion due to the combined taxation of e-cigarettes and tobacco products in the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year. Not a figure to be taken lightly, and it is certainly setting an example for other states to compare notes on.

And though the money looks great, there is the moral side of the story to consider. And the fact that vapers will not go down without a fight. And that there are many thousands of small businesses that will be majorly impacted by such taxation. So, as attractive as taxing e-cigarettes may appear, for cities and states that implement such measures, it will not be a clear-cut or easy road ahead.