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Team DIRECTVAPOR MMA Wins Big!

DIRECTVAPOR MMATeam DIRECTVAPOR is fighting for your right to vape, and this team of sponsored MMA athletes is proving to be clearly unstoppable. With a nice round of victories, we want to send a huge shoutout to Freddy Assuncao, Andrew Whitney, and Sabah Homasi for their well-deserved and respected wins.

Team DIRECTVAPOR MMA has really been loading up on wins as of late, and we are so proud of all of our sponsored MMA athletes! This past Friday, during Titan FC 40, our three sponsored fighters made a killing, with all three coming out of the cage as winners at the event which went down at the BANKUNITED Center in Coral Gables, Fl. We are especially proud of the ferociously talented Freddy Assuncao, who not only defeated his opponent, Gesias Cavalcante during their match, with a technical submission via a guillotine choke, but also took home the lightweight title as a result. Go Freddy!

Other notable moments of the evening came when DIRECTVAPOR MMA-sponsored Andrew Whitney put down an upset victory against Anderson Dos Santos to come out on top, and securing himself a spot during the finals set for next month. Laying down weighty punches, in the second round at the 3:28 point, the ref put an end to the match, signaling a victory for Whitney. Aiming for the Bantamweight/ 135 lb championship, Whitney proved he has the courage, determination, and skill to fight his way to the top of this sport.

We are also very impressed by the fighting skills displayed by Sabah Homasi, DIRECTVAPOR’s third sponsored fighter of the event who dueled his way to victory. Defeating Jorge Patino with a killer TKO by punches in the second round, it took the “The Punisher” a mere 1:18 into this round to claim himself another win for his MMA resume.

So, congrats to all who’ve fought for the vape fam. We are full of gratitude and awe for these guys who go out there with absolute determination, and manage to come out on top after fighting equally skilled opponents. Go TEAM DIRECTVAPOR!

International Vapor Group: Who We Are

Who is International Vapor Group?International Vapor Group has risen to the top of the electronic cigarettes industry over the years. What started when the products were first emerging, has now blossomed into a massive, billion-dollar, thriving market, and like the market itself, this company has evolved right along with it, with every intention of serving the need. So, what makes this company unique, amidst a sea of vapor companies? Everything. Here is a little more about what we do, what our brands stand for, and why we are leading this industry, one cloud of vapor at a time.

Passion for the Product

The possibilities that lie in the technology and innovation of e-cigarettes amaze us, truly. This industry fills us with passion, because we live and breathe the ability to change people’s lives for the better. E-cigs are not merely recreational to us; oh no, quite the contrary. They offer the potential to have a major impact on lives of those who use them, for the better, offering greater convenience, exceptional options for controlling usage, and being extremely versatile. They are game changers in every way.

Tenure

IVG been rooted to this industry from the start, and we have been a part of the innovation as it has occurred. We know this industry, and we know our customers. We don’t just aim for pleasing; we aim to set the bar and then raise it, because when it comes to innovative tech products, such as our many different e-cigs, you need to be ahead of the curve.

Exercising All Possibilities

As the industry is so new and growing at such a rapid rate, as well as changing every minute, the present time is crucial to the development of the future. We are more than ready to handle the changes ahead, as well as ready to evolve where necessary to continue to assist in the long-term growth of it.

What IVG brands stand for is innovation in a new way, as it pertains to this industry. We ultimately believe fully in our product lines, and what they can do for the positive benefit of our customers. We look forward to forging ahead into the future, into new possibilities, and continuing to advance this sector in every way we can, and for the better.

The Near Future of Vaping: Where We’re At, Where We’re Heading

Vape IndustryThe vapor industry is a really exciting place to be at the moment. It is a movement thriving on the brilliance of its consumers, and the limits are constantly getting pushed passed preconceived notions. Right now, we are at a major crossroads for the industry, as the technology is getting seriously into overdrive, while government regulation is looming ahead in many places across the world. As the industry has grown from a seldom seen occurrence into a serious mainstream niche market, it shows how impressive and forward-moving these products have been.

However, at the same time, with progressing and success comes the necessity of rules needing to be rewritten, and in regards to the vapor industry, the game has changed so much, rules are being rewritten everywhere. With millions across the US and Europe having ditched tobacco cigarettes for high tech mods and powerful vaporizers, it has become quite accepted that vapor offers a tremendous experience, with no regulation.

As was noticed quite prominently at Vape Jam, which just occurred in the UK last weekend, the vibe was both excitingly progressive, as well as cautious in regards to the impending discussion of regulations we know will be started this year. The industry has become so technical on its own, as a movement by vapers, for vapers, one of the most impressive trending aspects currently is how dedicated to safety, and self-regulating the industry is. While many vapers are after the showy mods that boast incredible features and the largest capacities for power, behind the scenes is extremely technical and innovation-focused. All of the major companies in this industry are interested in creating the safest, most efficient, and the cleanest devices. It’s about pushing further into the unknown, and developing products consumers can trust are safe.

And in terms of regulations, the vape industry knows they are coming, and will begin to be implemented in May 2016 in Europe, and TBA in America, for better or worse. While many do not see regulations as a completely negative scenario, as they can work to the favor of the industry by offering standards and safety, it is within the hope of all vapers that they are of the more common sense variety.

Why MODS Are the Latest Bang in the Vape Industry

VaporFIModsMods, vape mods, vaping mods, vapor mods, vaporizer mods, high-tech mods, e-cig mods; whatever you call them, they’re really big right now. They have overtaken the market of the vapor products industry, becoming even more popular than the original model e-cigs, the immensely sought-after personal vaporizers, and have converted millions of vapers into hardcore vapor-chasing, flavor-craving power-fiends.

So, why are mods so coveted, and why has the market turned so sharply towards these box-shaped performance magnets? Here is a look why, and where this trend is headed!

Power: This is the kicker. As more people vape for longer periods, the desire for greater power increases. Mods take care of this in a way that is not possible with vaporizers and e-cigs.

Versatility: Along with that intense load of power come a slew of different operating features that work with it to deliver a range of features. Temperature control, variable wattage in excess of 200W, intricate electrical controls that enable users to tweak their devices to get exactly the type of performance they’re aiming for, having the ability to choose between devices that work with one or two batteries… there are a lot of options here, and vapers are totally into it!

Modern Styling: Vape is a tech industry, above all. It is an industry built on the meeting point of technology and modernizing the experience of smoking. It fulfills a need, removes an obstacle (tobacco), and does it all with fun to use, interesting technology that translates perfectly in today’s gear-happy culture.

Fun Factor: Mods also happen to be fun. Those who use them are often really into the science behind them, and configuring their aspects with the right accompanying products, such as tanks, accessories, and e-liquids can create amazing results! Massive clouds, powerful flavors, and getting your device to do your bidding… it’s just fun!

When you stack up the many benefits of mods, and what they bring to the table, there is no comparison! While e-cigs and vaporizers are not going anywhere, they’ve definitely had to share the spotlight in the past year or so. If you’re interested in learning about the latest mods around, check out VaporFi’s amazing selection here!

FDOT Makes it Formal: Electronic Cigarettes Are Banned on Flights

Vaping Banned on AirplanesThe Federal Department of Transportation, also known as FDOT, announced this week that electronic cigarettes are officially classified as smoking devices in regards to air travel, and therefore, they are now prohibited for use during flights.

From a statement from the Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx on the matter: “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes.The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”

Yes, it is true that electronic cigarettes have never been allowed, however, to further clarify the matter, FDOT has made it official with this final issuing of regulations that all electronic cigarettes, advanced vaporizers, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, any devices that are designed to resemble everyday objects including pens, and simply any device that is remotely similar and has the ability to vaporize nicotine liquid into delicious clouds of vapor is federally banned on commercial flights from, into, and throughout the US. The rule goes fully into effect April 3, 2016.

Additionally, while electronic cigarettes will be allowed to be carried with you on flights, FDOT has also made it a requirement of anyone carrying an electronic cigarette device that such items may not be stored in checked luggage; carry on only. Furthermore, electronic nicotine delivery systems may not be charged in any such manny on board the aircraft, in flight or otherwise.

If you vape, or are even just aware of the electronic smoking movement, and have attempted to, or looked into the possibility of vaping on an airplane, you will already know that it’s been prohibited. All the while however, federal mandates regarding the official rules have not been made clear, as the majority of the rules previously in existence were not inclusive of vapor devices, considering their relative newness. Until now.

The Industry is Booming; Get In With a Franchise

VaporFi FranchisingThe electronic cigarette/ vapor industry has been booming every year, and growing exponentially. It has become a billion dollar industry, with immense innovation, prospects, and developments that are happening at a seemingly almost daily rate. In fact every year turns over new discoveries, new advancements, and new sub-niches, which have enabled consumers to achieve a greater sense of satisfaction, as well as have their needs met in the most comfortable way possible.

So what does this mean for you on a business level? Well, if you’ve thought about branching out in an entrepreneurial way, have thought of owning your own vapor business, or have considered getting into the vapor industry due to the rapid growth, there is no better time than right now to do so. This industry is incredible, and it’s only getting bigger.

One of the best ins into this industry, if you are not already aware, is with a VaporFi franchise. Are you intrigued, yet?

VaporFi is well-respected, highly-recognized name, with a track history of great performance. This model has been constructed, fine-tuned, and perfected for excellent returns. Available in several different setups, and able to meet a variety of different needs, this brand was made for expansion. Currently set up throughout the continental US, and throughout several locations internationally, VaporFi is on the move.

A VaporFi franchise would enable you to be your own boss, with a fully-established time-tested brand and a low-overhead setup cost. Instead of going it alone, you’ll be backed by one of the vapor industry’s most trusted names, and among the very best quality in products and e-liquids. VaporFi has done the work in branding, research, development, and manufacturing; as well as creating a state of the art Point-of-Sale (POS) system for detailed inventory management.

Want to know how to start what could be the beginnings of a beautiful business relationship with us, and be on your way to vapor business ownership with VaporFi? The first step is to apply!

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.  

A Critical Look Behind Harvard’s Study on Diacetyl & E-Liquids

E-Cigarettes and DiacetylTo those outside of this industry, the recent media uproar that came as a direct offshoot of a study recently done by Harvard University’s School of Public Health, has everyone believing e-cigarettes are an imminent threat to those who use them because everyone is getting majorly exposed to diacetyl. And, as a result, the possibility of developing the horror that is known as popcorn lung is a disaster waiting to happen if you are using vapor products. Unfortunately, this sensationalized account of the reality of diacetyl exposure all comes down to the liquids one is using. And if a vaper is vaping with any IVG brands’ liquids, this chemical will not be a part of their juice, therefore this supposed risk of popcorn lung is reduced drastically.

Diacetyl is not contained in all e-liquids by any means. And for those who are regular users of vapor products, they already are aware of the dangers of diacetyl, and they steer clear of any products containing it. South Beach Smoke, EverSmoke, VaporFi, and Motley Brew are totally pleased to be 100% diacetyl free, always.

The study, which sampled a mere 51 flavors, attempted to paint a broad picture of the entire e-liquids industry based on those individual products. Considering the wide scale of brands, including high-quality brands who maintain very pure, diacetyl-free liquids, the stat of 75% of liquids containing diacetyl is exceptionally disproportionate.

Such an unfortunate account of misreporting and a failure on the part of Harvard University’s research team in this study is massively detrimental to an industry whose sole focus is to offer tobacco smokers alternatives that fit their lifestyles. By no means can we make claims on behalf of the whole industry, but there is no excuse for excluding the very many brands who are totally committed to steering clear of dangerous substances like diacetyl in their products.

We hope that anyone who uses e-liquids will read between the lines and see how biased this report is. In addition, it is also our sincerest hope that those who are a part of this industry continue to shoot down the lies because simply, they are wrong.

CDC Study Shows Nonsmokers Are Not into Vapor

CDC Data on E-Cigarette UseYou are probably aware of the long-standing rumor among electronic cigarette critics that claims the popularity of e-cigarettes is promoting the products to the point of re-normalizing smoking, and will be luring in nonsmokers to become tobacco users. Yes, as farfetched as this is, it is an ongoing myth. However, to the benefit of those who are aware of how e-cigarettes are actually used, and to clarify the situation to all the misguided anti-e-cig folks out there, the CDC recently published a study, done by the National Health Interview Study, providing statistics on the electronic cigarette usage habits of smokers and nonsmokers. Suffice it to say, the evidence has completely buried the argument of e-cigarettes being a threat to the nonsmoking community, as well as shedding light on how smokers are using electronic cigarettes.

This study offers the most conclusive evidence, with hard statistics on the habits of smokers, recently quit nonsmokers, and ex-cigarette smokers, and we applaud the CDC for taking such a progressively common sense stance on the matter.

Stats of Note:

  • 12.6% of American adults have tried an e-cigarette at least once
  • 3.7% of American adults use e-cigarette devices regularly, minimally some days.
  • 47% of smokers & 55% of recently-quit former smokers have tried a vapor device at least once
  • 15.9% of smokers & 22% of recently-quit former smokers use e-cigarettes somewhat regularly
  • Less than 0.4% of electronic cigarette users were nonsmokers prior to trying them

*Also noteworthy: the study also found that tobacco users who currently smoke cigarette who had also attempted to quit smoking in the past year were more likely to  use vapor devices in their strategy to quit smoking.

Considering these are statistics taken from a legitimate study, the findings are pretty interesting, right? While there is the slightest hairline of a fraction of a percentage of nonsmokers who have actually been turned on to vaping, this figure is extremely small, and certainly not notable enough to convince anyone that electronic cigarettes are a threat to the non smoking community. The bottom line here is that the vast majority of those using e-cigarettes are doing so to avoid tobacco, and nonsmokers are absolutely not in danger of becoming the next big smoking demographic as a result of vapor products; we are quite pleased the CDC is recognizing this data.  

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!