Let’s Clear the Air, Shall We?

E-cigarettes are pretty popular, and with popularity comes rumors and myths. And although electronic cigarettes have been around for a little while now, especially with a lot of mainstream attention, there are still many myths floating around.

So we thought we’d address this and set the record straight. The following are 8 of the most common myths surrounding e-cigarettes that have been buzzing in the media. Read on to get the facts! 

1. Why are you smoking antifreeze?

Ignorance is bliss, right? E-cigarettes do not contain antifreeze, and this myth was created back in 2009, when the FDA released a statement saying e-cigarettes contain diethylene glycol, which is an ingredient in antifreeze. However, at that time, the statement was based on a study that tested only 18 cartridges from 2 different brands; not an accurate picture of the whole market. Many tests have been concluded since that time, and many more e-cigarettes have been found to not contain that substance!

2. E-Cigs are designed to lure in children.

Wrong. They are designed for the intention of use by adults and those who are of of legal age to smoke. The vast majority of e-smokers are former cigarette smokers; the products generally do not even attract nonsmokers! South Beach Smoke may have attractive design features and packaging, but in no way does that mean we are marketing to children.

3. Second hand vapor is the same as second smoke.

Wrong again. Second hand smoke is smoke, it’s not vapor, and vice versa. E-cigarettes burn nothing, they emit water vapor, therefore no smoke is produced.

4. E-Cigs are a gateway to tobacco for young people.

E-cigs typically do not attract people who are not smokers; they are most often used as alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Most smokers turn to vapor as an option away from cigarettes.

5. Aren’t they explosive?

Only when used incorrectly, and when users get a little too DIY-happy and start using batteries that are not meant to be used in e-cigarettes. Follow your manufacturer’s directions and all will be cool.

6. You don’t know what’s in them.

A reputable company discloses their ingredients; South Beach Smoke makes no illusions about their products! Research your products and all will be good!

7. Don’t they cause cancer?

There is currently no proof on this one, but studies have proven e-cigs to not have the carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes, which are the direct cause of cancer.

8. Those things are going to be illegal!

Nope. Controversy and speculation do not outlaw products, and so far nothing is making a case for e-cigarettes to become illegal. Regulated, yes, however.

Rumors are one thing, however we urge you to get the truth before you believe everything you read on the internet or hear from the media. If you want straight up facts on e-cigarettes, be assured you will always be delivered the truth on our blog, as well as in our knowledge center!

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Be Green, Smoke Vapor

One of the best reasons to choose South Beach Smoke e-cigarettes and vaporizers is that they are a much “greener” option than traditional cigarettes.

When you smoke, you probably don’t consider the footprint you’re leaving behind, however smoking tobacco cigarettes leaves a rather large one. In fact, the amount of ways they are detrimental to the earth are many, and simply by choosing to go electronic with your nicotine you can alleviate some of the negative impact. At least on a personal level!

Tobacco cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. They get tossed everywhere, and even when they end up in the trash and make it to landfills, they are still accumulating there as well. When they are not responsibly disposed of, which much of the time is the case, unfortunately, they often end up polluting natural bodies of water, soil, the ground, and in places they have no business being in. Cigarette butts take 12 years to break down as far as they can, and as they do so, they leave a trail of many toxic chemicals behind. They are often consumed by wildlife, who mistake them for food. The result of this is often death, as cigarette butts are not digestible.

While that is a lot to think about, especially since most smokers think nothing of dropping their “inconspicuous” little butts on the ground, they add up big time. To get the title of “most littered item in the world” is quite a burden to hold, and quite a legacy.

So, if you have switched to vaping, you’re doing something great for the planet. E-cigarettes alleviate some of the burden, and the more smokers who switch, the less butts there will be left on the ground. While an argument may arise that e-cigarettes will be the next item to be strewn in large proportions, however on the contrary there is a lot less trash produced by e-cigs. Gone are the packs of 20, instead a single cartridge lasts the same length as approximately 40 cigarettes. E-cigarettes themselves are reusable, lasting many months, up to two years each. Consisting of mostly plastic and metal, the components of e-cigarettes are recyclable.

Although it can be hard to go eco-friendly in all areas of your life, and it’s certainly overwhelming to imagine all the ways your footprint can impact the planet, knowing that just by making choices like switching to vaping you are helping to do your part! Vape on, friends!

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E-Cigs, Travel, and the TSA

Heading out of town anytime soon? If you plan on hitting the friendly skies, you may be pleased to know that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) recently addressed the electronic cigarette topic by announcing that all types of digital alternative cigarettes are permitted in your carry on luggage.

In fact, the only electronic cigarette device they have a problem with blatantly resembles a hand grenade, which would obviously ruffle some feathers and raise red flags if it were to show up on one of their scanners in your luggage at the airport. 

Humorously, the TSA was called upon to make the statement because of an incident that occurred at Salt Lake City International Airport, recently. Agents had discovered the questionable-looking, grenade-resembling electronic cigarette in the carry on luggage of a passenger, and due to the highly sensitive, yet entirely unique nature, they addressed the situation, making it clear to other passengers who vape that yes, e-cigarettes are fine in your carry on, as long as they do not resemble destructive, deadly weaponry.

While it is not in any way illegal to fly with e-cigarettes and their accompanying products, it is against federal law to use electronic cigarettes on airplanes, however.  Traveling with electronic cigarettes is certainly the more convenient way to go, contrary to using traditional cigarettes, when you’re going to be on the move and traveling by air. Many e-cigarette users have questioned whether e-cigs are allowed in carry on luggage, as so many people nowadays fly without checking in bags due to the high costs of doing so. The freedom most users get from using e-cigs enables them to have the same satisfaction wherever they may be, without the hassles of cigarette smoke.

So, if you’re getting out of town, whether for business or vacay, pack those e-cigs, get ready for a smoke-free trip, and avoid the unattractive grenade-look-a-likes! Safe travels, my friends!

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Getting the Most out of Your E-Cigs

Love your e-cigs? Here are some handy little tips to keep the flame burning strong, you know, to make them last as long as possible and to keep them running smoothly. Consider them an investment, protect it!

-First things first, read your manual. That’s what its made for; your reading pleasure. And to make sure you know exactly how to use them.

-Don’t over-charge your batteries. The only exception here is the very first time, in that case you want to charge them over full capacity. In every other case, charging after you’ve hit 100% can damage the batteries and affect their lifespan.

-Get yourself more than one battery. If you purchase a starter kit, you will have a minimum of two. Rotating them is ideal for making them both last as long as possible because you are not relying on only one for constant use. It also enables you to have one in use while the other is charging.

-Exposure to sun is not good. Just like your cell phone and most other electronic devices, direct sunlight can have catastrophic results.

-Same rule applies to exposure to water. It just doesn’t work well with electronics. It can kill your e-cig battery forever.

-Keep it clean. Wiping all parts with a soft, clean cloth, especially in areas where the cartridge connects to the battery and along the mouthpiece can keep the performance running at optimal levels for the life of the device.

-Disconnect the cartridge when not in use. While it may not be in use and running, having the cartridge connected to the battery causes a continuous drain on the battery. Protect that battery and you’ll make it go a great distance.

-When using e-liquids with your vaporizers, as tempting as it is, don’t overfill your tank. This can cause unfortunate leaking and result in your sweet, powerful vaporizer malfunctioning.

Preventative medicine is the best medicine, especially when we’re talking about electronic cigarette troubleshooting. Take care of your goodies, and they’ll be producing clouds of vapor, tasting sweet, and giving you hours of vaping pleasure!

If you want to learn more about our products and electronic smoking, we encourage you to check out all of our learning resources. If you have questions, get in touch with us by phone, email, or chat us up on social media. And, should you want to delve into purchasing South Beach Smoke vaporizers and e-cigarettes, our online catalog has got everything you could want for smoking without tobacco or smoke!

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Vapor Etiquette: How to Vape in Public Without Being a Nuisance

The popularity and usage of electronic cigarettes continues to grow, and we are seeing more and more people using them in the public sphere. It has become apparent that having some basic rules of etiquette are necessary, however. Not saying vapers need to get all proper and uptight, however e-cigs should be used amongst the masses with courtesy and a little consideration. Think of yourself as representing the vaping culture; you wouldn’t want to make all vapers seem obnoxious, would you? Obviously not. As more and more people become aware of electronic smoking, be a positive example of how vaping in public should be done. 

So when you’re vaping among the public, here are some things to keep in mind.

-When presented with nonsmokers who are curious or unaware of electronic smoking, consider the information you offer as education. The first step towards creating a positive image is education. You need to be educated in order to pass along info, and if you need more in terms of e-cigarette usage, spend some time browsing the articles in our Knowledge Center. This way, you’ll be prepared to answer questions or speak knowledgeably on the subject.

-Be respectful. No brainer, right? People may assume you are (rudely) smoking cigarettes in public; they may assume you are puffing smoke into their airspace; they may know you are using an “alternative” but still assume it is problematic; people may not have a clue as to what you are doing but get offended… the possible scenarios are endless, and the best way to deal with those who have a problem with you vaping, especially in a place where there are no restrictions on vaping, is with courtesy. Stay calm and explain that you are using a smokeless, tobacco-less, odorless device that is entirely different from smoking traditional cigarettes.

-Us caution; don’t just assume you are able to vape any- and everywhere. Yes, there is a LOT more freedom when vaping, that goes without saying, but you should always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention in situations where even vapor cigarettes may not be welcome. If in doubt, be kind and just ask!

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