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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!

Spotlight on VaporFi

VaporFi RDA Vox II Here is an in-depth look at VaporFi. As one of the most innovative names in the business, and hands-down the most exciting name in the e-cig industry, this brand is a force to be reckoned with! So, what are they up to these days? Here’s a glimpse!

Ground Expansion

VaporFi has become one of the hottest names in the industry when it comes to vape shop retail locations. These stores have become legitimate hubs in the areas they are located in, and they are the very best. There are 36 stores currently open or about to! The vape communities these shops serve adore the locations, and love that an option this classy and full-scale finally exists. In areas where there are no VaporFi’s, there is an increasing demand, and we could not be more excited about this brand’s continuous expansion through VaporFi franchising. It’s a great time to be in this industry!

Advanced Vaporizers & Mods

Always developing the line further, vapers are always looking for what this brand unveils next. Bridging the gap between smoking and technology, users want advanced, user-friendly, state-of-the-art, up to the minute vape gear, and we are more than happy to bring it to the table.

Reserve Collection

Seeing how the community is continuously advancing, and their tastes are becoming more refined, as well as in addition to the onset of the popularity of the “steeping” method of enhancing flavors, the Reserve Collection of fine e-liquids from VaporFi could not have launched any sooner.

Accessability

VaporFi has brought vaping, and all varieties of advanced vaping to the mainstream, giving users more ability to try new things and experience what higher levels. Previously, finding the most advanced products that were also of the highest quality was not the easiest endeavor, but VaporFi fills the void, and the vaping world is on high alert for everything they put out.

Health: A Healthy Reason to Switch

E-Cigarettes and HealthMore and more people are switching to electronic cigarettes every day because more and more people are concerned with their health. While there has been no approval publicly by any major health organizations endorsing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to traditional tobacco, many users are confident, based on their own intelligent judgement, that vapor is simply better than smoke.

While we are in no position to make claims on either behalf, what we do know is that smoke is extremely detrimental to the body. It has a negative effect on most major organ systems, can contribute to a wide variety of deadly cancers, and can greatly reduce the quality of life for those who smoke by compromising health. Cigarette smokers are acutely at risk for a wide range of cardiovascular risks, including aneurysms, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, chest pain, high blood pressure, damage to the arteries, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, and heart attacks. Also of importance, smoking can impede the lungs and one’s ability to breathe, putting smokers at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and asthma.

For smokers who are looking to better their lives, and avoid the risks smoke (not nicotine) put them in line for, switching to electronic cigarettes enables an incredible way to have nicotine without the smoke. Vapor smoking allows smokers to continue the lifestyle they enjoy, with an alternative that allots all of the same experience and pleasure, without touching tobacco.

Millions have made the switch, and millions more will do so as a result of the benefits of vapor. As an e-cig brand who has been at the forefront since the earliest days of this industry, we could not be more proud of all the smokers out there who make the conscious choice to better their lives by choosing to live without smoke. Vapor cigarettes offer endless amounts of choice, variety, and excitement for smokers who want an alternative. We are beyond passionate about what these products are doing for people’s’ quality of life!

Our Thoughts on PG & VG

Pg and VG CloudsWhen it comes to e-liquid companies, there’s so much discussion out there about what is safe, what isn’t, what is and is not regulated, what users should steer clear of, and what should absolutely not be on the market. As industry insiders, here is our take on the matter. We do not take the safety of our users lightly, and while regulation is not in place as of now to keep the e-liquids market in order, we are 100% committed to offering only the highest quality liquids available.

Safety Standards

Our brands South Beach Smoke and VaporFi carry some of the most extensive offerings of liquids in the industry. Our customers are overwhelmingly pleased with the level of quality that goes into these formulas, and the result shows in the performance; there are none that surpass. We manufacture liquids only in the USA, in a lab registered with the FDA as a tobacco manufacturer, and list all of our formulas on file with them for transparency.

PG: General Use is Common

PG, or propylene glycol is a controversial topic because some feel it should be avoided, while others feel it is safe for inhalation due to its being used in many products, both for body care and for ingestion. Some people do have allergies to it, which can pose a small level of risk, however these individuals have the option of using VG-based liquids. As for the rest of us, PG liquids are considered fine for general usage.

VG: Not all the Same

Vegetable glycerin can also bring up a discussion about standards. Where this is sourced from can be an issue, as sometimes it comes from peanuts, which can cause issues for individuals allergic to peanuts/ tree nuts. Ours is sourced from select producers of Malaysian palm for purity and safety.

Don’t Know What’s in E-Liquids?

Not with IVG brands. We disclose ingredients, and don’t use very many of them to produce our top-rated liquids, and we invite you to  think critically here: if e-liquids were so excessively dangerous, do you think they would be legally sold?

As far as e-liquids, PG, and VG go, their safety, and where standards are concerned, we are proud to be at the forefront of the industry.

Diacetyl: What it is & Why We Avoid it

Diacetyl Free E-LiquidsTalk of diacetyl has become rather common in the industry in recent times. While the vast majority of the public is unaware of what this chemical is, and why it is better not consumed, informed vapers typically avoid this stuff like the plague.

We are going to go into detail about what this mystery substance is, and why it’s a huge concern. All IVG brands’ e-liquids are diacetyl-free for a reason; we prefer to keep our goods free of questionable ingredients!

Diacetyl is typically found in food items (made for ingestion) such as popcorn, and it is regarded as generally safe when eaten. It conveys a flavor quite similar to sweet butter, however when inhaled it can have seriously dangerous effects.

In 2014, Dr. Konstantine Farsalinos, one of the foremost international researchers on e-cigarettes, conducted studies to test the levels of diacetyl vapers are exposed to. In samples of 160 different e-liquids, the majority of which were European brands, the results showed that 74% of the liquids tested contained at least some diacetyl, mainly in sweet flavors, and of these, those that did contain diacetyl were above legal limits.

The most frightening thing about diacetyl is that it is associated with a disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, which has earned itself the nickname “popcorn lung.” Extended exposure to inhaling diacetyl after it has been heated over a long period of can cause this awful disease. The name is derived from its uncanny ability to cause a condition where the bronchioles become inflamed and constricted, causing one to be unable to breathe correctly, and essentially restricting the airflow in and out of the lungs. The user is often left with a dry cough, and wheezing. Furthermore, this disease is considered to be irreversible.

So our take on this matter? Simply avoiding diacetyl in our brands. It is not necessary to produce nicotine e-liquid, nor is it necessary to produce delicious sweet flavors. And we’d say, by the popularity of our many different e-liquid options across all of our brands, we are doing just fine without it!

Time to Focus on Issues That Matter

e-cigarette negotiationsRecently, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association Conference occurred, and was attended by vaping industry experts, insiders, and peoples of importance. It was an excellent meeting for those with great influence to discuss the current scene, as well as progressions for the future. Among those in attendance were Bonnie Herzog, the senior tobacco analyst for Wells Fargo, and Mitch Medder, the  Director of the Center for Tobacco Products for the FDA. Conversations between these two heavyweights revolved around the subject of e-cigarette and nicotine usefulness and regulations. Particularly focusing on matters at hand, and what issues are playing into the decisions on how e-cigarettes will be classified and considered in the future.

When it comes to e-cigarette regulations there has been a lot of focus on issues that don’t exactly play a crucial role, both parties agreed. With so much emphasis placed on under age users, flavors that err on the sweet side (you know, fruit, dessert, and candy flavored varieties), and the role of marketing, it seems as though we’re losing sight of the most important aspects of the products. While these hot topics are of course important, they should not be used to create drama unnecessarily.

Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers have the potential to offer smokers another avenue. Instead of turning to prescription drugs, or continuing on with smoking because they feel trapped, having the option of controling one’s level of nicotine in a similar manner enables an incredible method, and alternative to the traditional routes.

One of the issues discussed centers around the role of electronic cigarettes and how they may be used as a tool in harm reduction. While there is a huge focus on the necessity of scientific research and data, when it comes to defining regulations, Zeller emphasized that beginning a dialogue with stakeholders on the subject of nicotine is of great importance. Zeller also stated that the entire debate of the e-cigs and nicotine and the FDA (as well as other entities such as the center for drug evaluation and research and the center for devices and radiological health) needs to be addressed, especially in regards to nicotine being used therapeutically.

As far as news outlets and reporting go, sensationalism sells, however when it comes to electornic cigarettes, their benefits need not be overlooked in favor of outrageous, eyebrow-raising reports aimed at garnering attention. The real focus on these products and their future regulations should revolve around their effectiveness, usefulness, and scientific data.

Vape Community & Social Media

social media and electronic cigarettesOne of the most interesting aspects of the popularity of electronic cigarettes is how this community has been built online, and particularly through social media. As these products highlight the age of digital everything; from fitness to fashion, socializing to smoking, it is indicative of the times we live in. Vaping and social media work exceptionally well together, and this sense of community, camaraderie, and exchange of info has contributed much to the usage of these incredible products!

In so many ways social media can be both a blessing and a curse. It can equally inspire motivation as well as envy, while having the ability to reach millions. Daily, across the planet, social media platforms in all their forms, assist with marketing efforts, personal reach, all the while enabling people to think outside of their preconceived notions.

When it comes to electronics cigarettes, the social media world has been very much a great thing. It has connected vapers worldwide, opening minds up to the endless options, while allowing them to share their experiences with people who are in the same boat. Because this is a niche market, it can be hard to find people in your daily life or local sphere who are also up on the latest vape technology and have first-hand experience. Being able to chat with others who are into the same thing and also experimenting and delving into the market gives you first hand experience to draw from.

Whether it’s connecting with specific brands or social groups on Facebook, connecting experienced users who have instructionals on YouTube, connecting with users on Instagram to check out cool user photos, or following companies on Twitter, there is so much going on within social media when it comes to the e-cigarette & vaporizer community. It has benefited the industry tremendously, propelling it into the lives of many in ways traditional advertising could not. In fact it can be said that this industry would not be where it is without the ability of social media, for how it has fueled the usefulness of these products into the hands and minds of inquiring smokers worldwide.

Vaping: Tech Meets Smoke

Smoke Goes Tech with VaporElectronic cigarettes have capture the attention of today’s smokers because they are the perfect option for modern-day smokers.

Everything analog has seemingly transitioned to a digital version, and smoking is no exception. Sure some people may eschew The concept of digital items taking over however, there is a reason for this and it is because people are constantly craving more efficient better running more versatile devices and items that fit into their daily lives. Digital e-cigarettes fit this bill.

While the broad spectrum is run on the smokers ranging from the elderly to millennial’s, these devices simplified everything about smoking, they’ve upped the ability for smokers to have more choices, more freedom, and more control over their smoking.

As e-cigarettes have continuously and quickly evolved in just a few short years, no one expects her popularity to dwindle in the future. In fact they are projected to become even more popular and more diverse in their options.

For smokers who once felt enslaved by their usage of tobacco,  The possibilities and options are now limitless with vaping. Charging a reusable e-cigarette battery is so much more in line with today’s lifestyle then lighters and constantly creating polluting trash with cigarette butts. As more people have gotten very conscious about their help and let’s tile choices, more people want the simplicity of using devices such as these that do not contain thousands of chemicals (many of which are carcinogenic) like traditional cigarettes. And along the same lines, e-cigarettes use no tobacco, which is the biggest problem with traditional cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes of the perfect melding of technology and pleasure. They’re one of the few items to truly come along and enable users to have the total satisfaction they want, while having their need for convenience met, while having full control over there nicotine usage. they simply take care of everything smokers could want, without the hangups of the traditional method. The future of smoking is here, and here at IVG proud to be a part of it!

Fast Times and Fast Evolution in the E-Cigarette Market

Modern VapingThe electronic cigarette industry has been around for just over a decade, internationally. The technology is ever-changing and the products as a whole have undergone various evolutions in such a short time. They are indicative of the era we now live in where technology is always progressing and constantly improving. Here’s a look at how a simple technological concept has challenged the tobacco industry like nothing before in just a few short years.

Before electronic cigarettes emerged and became a global phenomenon, nothing truly was able to compete with traditional cigarettes. Smokers who wanted an alternative had the option of nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and prescription drugs that came with their own possible side effects. The options were slim and not with a great success rate, often leaving smokers to their own devices, either going cold turkey or finding some other distraction in order to leave the smoke behind.

When e-cigarettes hit the market in China in 2003, they took off immediately. They were the first product of their kind to give smokers exactly what they wanted without the negatives. It was not long before the products started expanding overseas, throughout Asia and eventually into Europe and then the United States.

Since around 2009, e-cigarettes have been a commonplace item in the American market. Many brands have come and gone and those that have remained have been able to harness the technology to develop and craft products that resonate with users. In such a competitive market, offering quality and innovation goes very far.

This type of groundbreaking success is indicative of the magnitude of e-cigarettes. While in the beginning people might’ve assumed they were just a trend, time has shown that they are anything but. Because e-cigarettes are able to be marketed under strict terminology, they’re used by smokers effectively as an alternative, and give the absolute for users to have the type of experience they want, plus added benefits like freedom, cost savings, and versatility. This makes them the ultimate modern way to smoke.

International Vapor Group has been a part of this industry since the beginning, and our products are examples of how innovation and high-quality have gone a really long way in this market. All of our brands surpass user expectations, while maintaining a strict devotion to innovation.

How do Vaporizers Work?

How vaporizers workThe market of e-cigarettes has seen tremendous growth, expansion, and evolution in such a short period of time. It has always been such an innovative industry, and coupled with consumers who are equally creative, hands-on, and knowledgable about everything this industry entails, part of the growth has been spurred by these consumers who have assisted in the pioneering and great innovations that have taken place. For example, 5 years ago, mods were items better left to the experts. They were often comprised of different parts, and you really had to know what you were doing to use them properly.

In actuality, this is still the case, however, vapers now have the ability to purchase their items from reputable e-cigarette companies, such as VaporFi, to get exactly what they want, made specifically for vaping, and without needing to explore the world of electrical engineering to get the experience they’re desiring. While true mods, such as the VaporFi Vox II, are still for the most advanced among us, advanced vaporizers have entirely won the hearts of most vapers.

So if you’ve wondered how personal vaporizers work, here is an in-depth look at their inner functions, and how the vaping gets done with these advanced, high-powered personal devices that bring so much satisfaction to the lives of former tobacco smokers. Going beyond basic e-cigs, but expanding on that same technology, these machines are amazing!

There are several essential components within a vaporizer:

-The body or battery, for power and the actual device itself.

-The tank that holds the liquid.

-The atomizer that may or may not be included in the tank that vaporizes the liquid.

-The mouthpiece which the user inhales on.

The battery receives power via charging, and it powers the whole process. When the user puffs on the device, a charge of power is sent to the atomizer, heating it up and allowing it to vaporize the nicotine e-liquid instantly. The user then inhales, exhales, and enjoys the hit, which can vary in size, intensity, complexity, flavor, and consistency. When the liquid is used up, the device gets refilled. Simple, to the point, and entirely satisfying

Advanced vaporizers are just one example of how technology is changing the way everyday things are done with greater functionality, ease, and convenience without sacrificing pleasure and enjoyment. They have added great diversity into this market, and have made users very happy with their more technical, high-powered capabilities.