How to Vape on the Cheap

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A lot of us were told that taking up vaping would be cheaper in the long run over cigarettes. While that may be true for some, most of us quickly discovered that it’s very easy to outspend your former smoking budget.

30 days into vaping, I had already spent about four months worth of cigarettes. Sure, spending levels out over time for most people. But the initial discovery of what kind of vaping gear and e-liquid you prefer can be an expensive journey.

Here are several ways to help keep your spending under wraps:

Deal sites

Be sure to bookmark sites like Vape Deals. It is updated frequently with awesome deals and coupon codes that will save you money.

It also has RSS feeds and email lists that you should subscribe to in order to keep up to date on what’s out there.

Follow your favorite vendors

If you find yourself ordering from the same places, be sure to cyberstalk them. Subscribe to their newsletters and updates. Follow them on social media, so you can be informed of any sales they have going on.

Sometimes you can get a free coupon just for liking a vendor’s Facebook page or following them on Twitter.

Referral programs

Many vendors offer referral programs to gain new customers. If you refer a new customer, they give you store credit! Just be sure that whoever you are referring uses your link or referral code so that you can cash in.

Referrals are a great way to help a friend stop smoking and put a little coin in your pocket at the same time.

Drop suppliers a line

Send an email to a vendor and let them know they’re doing a great job, or better yet, write a testimonial or customer review.

Suppliers eat this stuff up, and will often thank you by sending a coupon or discount code your way.

Co-ops and group buys

One of the most effective ways to get a good deal is to buy in bulk. There are several Facebook groups dedicated to vaping group buys that allow you to purchase items at wholesale prices.

Be sure to check out the e-Cig sub on Reddit and your favorite vaping forum for a dedicated section for group buys.

Create a budget

Sometimes the simplest way to save money is to have your spending habit laid out right in front of you. It’s easy to lose track of how much we’re spending when there’s no actual tracking.

Keep your receipts and create a spreadsheet Excel or OneNote. Even a simple paper notebook or ledger is better than nothing. Create a budget and stick to it!

Switch to rebuildable coils

Clearomizer tanks can be expensive, checking in at $30-$40 each. Add to that the expense of replacing coils at least once per month, and they quickly become a money pit.

Don’t let all the talk of ohms and fear mongering of batteries blowing up intimidate you out of rebuilding your own coils. Yes, there is a learning curve, and safety needs to be a top priority. But DIY is far cheaper in the long run.

Make your own e-liquid

There is a huge retail markup on e-liquid, but you can DIY for mere pennies per milliliter. The retail cost of most e-liquid is about $0.30-$0.50 per ml. Some premium brands are closer to $1.00 per ml.

The most effective way to reduce your vape spending is to make your own e-liquid

You can make your own juice for less than $0.10 per ml. That’s an enormous savings. Yes, there is an initial cash outlay for DIY equipment, but it’s not bad. Some vendors sell DIY starter kits for about $50.

Just like with rebuilding your own coils, making your own juice has a learning curve, and a lot of vapers simply don’t want to mess with it.

If making your own e-liquid doesn’t appeal to you, then try to order your e-liquid in bulk. Buy bigger bottles to reduce your cost per ml as much as possible. Most vendors are also willing to offer discounts for larger purchases.

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Does Sex Sell Vaping Products?

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Sex sells. It’s just a marketing fact that has stood for over 200 years.

Images of scantily-clad or even naked women been splashed across playing cards, cure-all tonics, and hand soaps since the 1800’s. The effects of these images have been written about and studied for generations, and ultimately lead to a single conclusion: the public wants to buy products that make us feel beautiful, sexy, or popular.

But is it working for the vape industry? By and large, vapers are saying “no”.

Check out this latest promo from HIN Florida:

What does this video have to do with e-liquid or anything vaping-related? What is the message HIN Florida is trying to convey? Here are a few comments from Reddit:

I think it’s a bit unnecessary in all honesty.
– /u/YCFMBBasedGod

It made me go from really wanting to try Sugar Bear to thinking Sugar Bear probably isn’t that great. I got a definite beer vibe from that video. I think they’re doing themselves a disservice by going that route in advertising. I clicked in hoping to see food, clouds and equipment, not a barely dressed woman spending more time posing than vaping.
– /u/jametaz

It assures that I’ll never buy any of their juice. I refuse to be associated with this kind of thing. Duck face, butt shots, flat brims. Ridiculous.
– /u/fuzzyyoji

The overwhelming response to the video on the Reddit E-Cig sub was negative, keeping in mind that many Redditors are the target audience for this type of advertising: males age 18-25.

How about these images?

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These are among some of the more tame “Girl of the Day” photos that Vape Life Magazine routinely posts to its Twitter account. Some of their photos look like promotions for vibrators instead of vaporizers.

Vape News Magazine follows suit with its more subtle Vape Vixens and photo spreads.

Is this promoting the vaping lifestyle?

One thing is certain: smoking is not attractive. That imagery hasn’t worked for Big Tobacco since the 1960’s, and tobacco is now banned from using that type of advertising altogether. If e-cigs are eventually regulated as tobacco products, they will have to follow the same advertising guidelines.

Vaping is the new sexy

Vaping is hip, trendy, and cool. Vaping can make you feel better, and compared to smoking, is a much healthier alternative. There is no need for advertising that promotes a fake lifestyle. That’s not what all of this is supposed to be about…unless women actually vape with vape mods wedged between their boobs.

Promote vaping as the smart choice, because people aren’t buying the bimbo sales pitch.

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Electronic Cigarettes and Harm Reduction

For far too long, nicotine addicts have been exposed to the toxic chemicals in tobacco. Moreover, for equally long, many products have failed to offer the solution in tobacco harm reduction. Now electronic cigarettes seem to carry that hope of satisfying the nicotine addiction without the harm of toxicants.

smoke-screenFor smokers who are not willing to quit smoking just yet, e-cigarettes are nonetheless the healthiest alternatives to mitigate the harm caused by tobacco smoking. While tobacco cigarettes give nicotine plus thousands of other poisonous substances like carcinogen and tar, e-cigars are quite safe and only deliver the right amount of nicotine that one requires without exposure to any known poisonous chemicals. In fact, the nicotine that is used in e-cigars is naturally extra through carefully monitored processes to rid it of any toxins.

It is widely agreed that nicotine in itself is not all that harmful to users’ health. In fact, scientists have compared the effective of nicotine in the body to that of caffeine. It therefore means that getting a safer nicotine delivery method to addicts is a sure fire way to achieve tobacco harm reduction. This is the concept that manufacturers of e-cigarettes always attempt to put forward.

One may argue that there have been other ‘safer’ nicotine delivery strategies in the market before. Of course, things like gum and nicotine skin patches come to mind when debate comes up about alternatives to tobacco cigarette.  Now, these products and countless others have failed to help people out of nicotine addiction or serve as harm reduction methods because of their model and way of use.

Fact, tobacco smoking has both physiological and psychological effects in users. Fact, if any of these are not satisfied in stop-smoking strategy, the method is bound to fail miserably. Fact, gum and patches have failed and are viewed by some as tobacco harm reduction frauds.

Now, e-cigars have the potential to give hope and a few more years to hardcore smokers, more than anything that has been tried before. Well, since e-cigar is held between the fingers just the same way as real cigars, it satisfies the psychological aspect of smoking and it delivers nicotine the same way as tobacco cigarette.

That nicotine is addictive is a known fact and the nicotine in this case causes rapid intoxication  as one gets the excitement of smoking way too fast compared to the rolled cigarettes. This means that the rate of addiction is also higher than that of the regular cigarettes. The addiction may cause economical issues as well as those of health especially to pregnant mothers.

Nicotine has also been known to cause poisoning especially if taken in large quantities. This poisoning is not hard to attain as one can take too much of it influenced by addiction. The nicotine can also cause blood pressure among other complication associated with blood sugar levels,

We can conclude that using the device is safe; there are no researches on the same that have been brought forward to indicate any negative effects.

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