The Real Cost of Smoking Cigarettes

Saving money on the brain? Here’s how traditional cigarettes cost you a whole lot more than you may be aware of! Substantially overpriced as they are, their additional and long term costs add up big time too! Need a reason to switch to vaping? Let money be your motivator!

Cigarette Costs:

Daily: $7-$12 depending on where you live.

Weekly: $49-$84 for a pack per day, plus a few dollars, give or take for gum, lighters, and extra expenses used to cover the smell.

Healthcare: Cigarettes weaken the body’s defense systems, so smokers can expect more complications from minor illnesses such as colds and the flu, which can lead to more frequent doctor visits, more money spent on medications, and more frequent sickness. Not to mention all the risk placed on the health from constant cigarette smoke exposure, which can lead to cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary diseases.

Insurance Costs: Life insurance, health insurance, and car insurance premiums can all be higher (and typically are) for smokers. As these costs are based on risk, smoking is a huge determining factor in calculating costs, as smokers are known to have compromised health, typically get into more car accidents, and are known to live shorter lives as a result.

Income Loss: While you can’t be fired simply for being a smoker (that would be discrimination), you can be at risk for employment termination if your smoking habit leads to continuous absences. Also, in the long term, when it comes to Social Security income, less work over the years, as is the typical case of smokers, means less contributed to the system. In turn, this yields less income during retirement. Long term outlook yes, but it’s something to think about.

So while a pack a day may not seem like much, $4,000 yearly will look much nicer in your bank account, your IRA (since we were just on the subject of Social Security and retirement), or spent on your next lavish vacation! And since the initial cost of vaping is usually your biggest expense, and there are so many ways South Beach Smoke offers you the ability to save money, switching to e-cigs could be the best thing you ever do for yourself when it comes to your finances!

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Spring Break Vaping & Jet-Setting

We all know that when it comes to traveling, electronic cigarettes are the better choice, the more versatile option, and all around the best way to travel and get your nicotine fix. And, considering that we are in prime time for Spring Break, and millions of college students are hitting the air to escape the norm of the dorm, we’d like to take this moment to let you know everything necessary for traveling. Hey, we’re all about enjoying our e-cigs in vacay-mode, and we’d hate to see it not work out for you!

No E-Cigs in Checked Luggage

Recently, the FAA ruled that e-cigarettes will no longer be allowed in checked luggage, so keep that in mind from the start. According to a bulletin to the FAA from the International Civil Aviation Organization, there have been several instances recently where e-cigarettes in checked luggage overheated and caused fires, and this is quite obviously a serious concern. Keeping them in your carry on, however is fine, because should there be an issue, it can be handled promptly.

Transparency is a Good Thing

And we aren’t talking about see-through luggage. When going through airport security, be upfront with the agents about your e-cigs, and anything else you are carrying with you related to vaping. It’s not necessary, but it is worthwhile to avoid any unnecessary drama.

Pack Extra

Freak winter storms, delays, missed flights, iced-over airplane wings, an inability to part with paradise so you book an extra couple days in Cabo; we’ve all been there. So, why leave your need for nicotine and vapor to chance? Extra e-cig batteries, cartridges, and chargers are a necessity, like clean undies, swimwear, and your ID.

Pack Safely

Use a South Beach Smoke storage case to house your gear safely, securely, and totally organized. If you’re going to be on the go, pack a lanyard for super quick, easy vaping.

So, if you’re jetting off to someplace fun, be it for Spring Break or some other exciting cause, have a blast! Vape in the sun, enjoy yourself to the max, and pack your vape gear right for maximum enjoyment!

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Keep Cool: Why Extreme Temps are Bad For Your E-Cigs

Did you know that exposure to extreme temperatures can be fatal to your vape devices? Oh yes, they certainlly can! Your electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are made to work under specific temperature conditions, and the highest of the highs, and the lowest of the lows can significantly decrease their performance, alter their performance, and even destroy their capability to perform! You know how it goes though; the better you care for them, the longer they’ll last, the better they’ll perform, and the more money you’ll save.

The majority of e-cig/ vaporizer batteries are lithium ion, the same types used in computers and cellphones. Knowing that, you are probably aware that leaving your computer or phone in a steamy or freezing car can destroy them; same thing goes for e-cigs. The extreme heat can cause them to actually melt, and the extreme cold can cause them to freeze!

Considering the crazy winter full of extreme freezes that we have seen this year, here are some temperature tips to keep in mind so you can protect your devices properly.

-Don’t leave your vape batteries in the car, regardless of outside temperatures.

-Don’t leave your vape outside either, for the same reason.

-Exposure to rain is also a bad thing. A drop or two won’t cause much damage, but a downfall can and most likely will.

-Showering, steaming in the sauna, or swimming in the pool with your e-cigarette are all bad ideas too. Wait till you’re dry. Moisture and batteries is not a good combo.

-E-cigs need moderate temperatures, preferably between 14 degrees at the coldest, and 86 at the hottest, with the best being in the median of that range.

Always store your e-cigarettes and vaporizers securely when not in use to further protect them. For this reason specifically, we make cases designed to ensure their safety.

So, now you know, if the temperatures are getting too hot or cold, regard your e-cigs just like you would your other precious electronic devices. Extremes can be a killer, so provide your vape pleasant moderate temps!

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Keep Your Pets Safe From Smoke!

Smoking indoors is a bad idea. Smoking indoors if you have pets is downright irresponsible. While it may seem innocuous, tobacco smoke can be just as dangerous, if not even more to your fur-babies. So if you are still smoking traditional cigarettes near your pets (why don’t you switched to South Beach Smoke, already?), here’s some info as to why you should change your ways.

Just like people can be affected by cigarette smoke in terms of their breathing and respiratory health, so can your pets. This includes allergies, which cats and dogs are particularly sensitive to. Also, along the lines of allergies, dogs’ skin can be affected by a type of dermatitis, which is an allergic inflammation of the skin, related to smoke exposure.

Cats are susceptible to what is known as third-hand smoke, because of their meticulous grooming nature. When smoke particles settle on their fur, they consume them, ingesting them.

Birds are very sensitive to smoke because of their delicate respiratory systems. Coughing, wheezing, lung cancer, and pneumonia are all very real dangers that come as a result of exposure to tobacco smoke. They also are known to have problems with their vision, hearts, skin, and fertility because of smoke!

And for those of you smokers who have ditched the tobacco for vaping, here is a little tidbit to keep in mind: An additional concern for pet owners is that of nicotine. If your precocious animals are known to get into your stuff, be sure to always, always, ALWAYS keep your cartridges and nicotine e-liquids out of their reach. Nicotine poison is very real, and it can be fatal.

Our animal friends are priceless. The love, companionship, and compassion we gain from them is unlike anything else; hence the reason more households in the US have pets than not. So, if you find yourself in this majority, please do right by them and avoid smoking cigarettes in their living space. They’ll thank you with their good health, and years of companionship. And, just as a reminder if you are still smoking cigarettes, do yourself a favor and switch to electronic cigarettes, which are smoke free and tobacco free, so using them indoors does not subject your pets to tobacco and its byproducts.

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Driving and Vaping: Here’s What You Need to Know

If you vape, you probably vape while driving. However, driving a car is typically the most dangerous activity most people engage in on a daily basis, so vaping and driving needs to be done with real caution. As you know, texting and driving is a lame idea, however anything you do that causes you to take your eyes off the road for a split second should be avoided.

As for driving and vaping, it’s certainly not the same scenario as texting, but should be done with awareness. While it seems like the perfect way to make getting behind the wheel more interesting, and can be the ideal way to complement a boring commute, there are some factors you should keep in mind. Distracted driving is not worth it, so here are some tips for safe vaping while driving!

-Do not attempt to refill e-liquids, drip into your tank, or swap out batteries or accessories on your vaporizer device while driving.

-Set your device up entirely before getting behind the wheel. This includes making sure you have enough liquid, your mouthpiece is attached properly, and your vape or e-cig is ready for action. This will help avoid having to mess with it when your full attention is needed on the road.

-Love big, thick clouds of vapor? Make sure your car windows are open for ventilation if this is your idea of a good time when driving because impeding your vision with a fogged up windshield can be a serious danger.

-Do not toss your used items out the window. Not only is littering a public disservice, your trash can be a problem to other vehicles by harming tires. Also, e-cigs and vaporizer components should be discarded properly, because they do not belong in the hands and mouths of children and animals who come into contact with such litter.

So keep these tidbits in mind whenever you decide to vape and drive. While it’s not illegal, or dangerous, you gotta be safe! Use common sense, be wise, and all should be fine!

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