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Can You Really Trust E-cig Forums?

Forums, of course, are online message boards. These are places online where people who share a common interest in certain topics hang out online. In a typical forum, people ask and answer questions. People also introduce themselves. These platforms are great for vendors, service providers and other commercial players to make a name for themselves.

In fact, Facebook groups, Facebook pages, and other platforms are really just glorified versions of old-school forums and online message boards. This is why it's a good idea to visit eCig forums if you are looking for specific information about electronic cigarettes. Whether you're into vape pens or any other nicotine delivery devices, you really are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage if you neglect or consciously overlook eCig forums. These are places where people can ask very specific questions.

Let's put it this way. If you're just going to ask general questions, chances are you will be well served by a general Google search. Don't be surprised if you get the answer that you’re looking for on page 1.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The more specific your question or the “weirder” your question, the harder it is to get a straight answer from Google. This can be very, very frustrating. I know it sounds crazy since Google has gone through several generations of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In fact, it could be said that Google software actually learns and grows exponentially year after year.

But even with all that cutting-edge software evolutionary technology, there are several questions that simply stump Google. You can't get a straight answer. At best, you can get fragments of the answer from one website so you click on one set of results. Then you go through another set.

It can get very boring very quickly. Worse yet, you don't know whether you can trust this information because you’re just piecing it all together. You're doing things by the seat of your pants, and this can get really dangerous if you have to make some sort decision based on them. This is especially problematic if you are looking for medical information. Do you see how this works?

This is why forums are so awesome. When you ask a question in a forum, there's a high chance that people who are replying actually know what they’re talking about. In the off-chance that they are completely clueless, putting on a show or just trying to impress people, others will call them out on it.

These callouts can be blatant and “in your face” or they can be subtle. Whatever the case may be, other people will step in and give you their views. The best responses are those that are backed up by facts. You remember those, right?

Facts are crucial because, let’s face it if you’re going to have an opinion, base it on something real. Don’t base it on your feelings. Don’t base it on something bad that happened to you. Don’t base it on fantasies you have of how the world should be. Instead, base it on facts. Base it on something that all of us could agree on.

That’s how you tell really great forum responses. Great forum replies are based on solid facts. Maybe they would link you to some sort of study. Perhaps they would break down some sort of statistical analysis of a survey. Maybe they would show pictures that diagram what they’re talking about. Whatever the case may be, you get facts and you get clear logic.

I’m not trying to get you all excited here. I’m not trying to pump you up only to let you down. Please understand that the quality of the answers you get can vary tremendously from forum to forum.

Some forums tend to be populated by people who talk before they think. They basically just repeat what they’ve heard in the past or they let their negative attitude get the better of them, and you get what you get. Other people are very close-minded, and no amount of facts would make them change their opinion and they produce certain types of opinions.

There is always a risk that you will run into these or variations of these. Still, when you do enough searching through forums, quality responses become quite obvious. They rise to the top.

One particular set of forums may be worth your time. These are E-cig Reddit sub-forums. They’re awesome because they have lots of material. I’m talking about thousands upon thousands of posts.

They also have very granular information. That’s a fancy word for saying that their information is very, very specific. How specific? We’re talking about specific product launches pushed out by brands. These brands are both well-known as well as upstarts and up and coming stars.

Whatever the case may be, the mere size of Reddit sub-forums enables you to enjoy a tremendous amount of choice as far as the information you can choose to believe and process. A lot of their posts have pictures and videos, and their questions on discussions are very targeted. You’re not going to get the same basic question of “Which eCig should I get?” repeated a million times over.

Instead, you get breakdowns of different questions. You also see different situations discussed. This way, if you run into some sort of weird situation or unique problem when you look at the posts made regarding that situation, you quickly realize that your situation is not as unique as you previously thought.

But are Reddit E-cig Sub-Forums All They are Cracked Up to Be?

As I’ve mentioned above, it’s very easy to get excited about Reddit eCig sub-forums. It seems that they are a great resource because of all the advantages and features I have described above. The problem is, just like any other online forum, there can be a disconnect between our expectations and what we really get. In other words, we want all sorts of things but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get them from one place.

However, despite all of this, I would suggest that you still start with Reddit eCig sub-forums. At the very least, you’re starting with something that is very targeted, very specific and is more likely to give you the information you're looking for. Compare this with just doing a random Google search. It may well turn out that you would get directed to Reddit eCig sub-forums anyway; but if you weren’t, you probably would be wasting a lot of time chasing down information that you could have easily found instantly on Reddit.

Despite its comparative value, these sub-forums suffer from the structural weaknesses that almost all other forums suffer from. Reddit is not immune to these forum-related problems. These problems existed in the past and caused a lot of headaches; they’re crossing a lot of problems today, and they probably will continue to be a hassle long into the future.

They are just part of the game. There’s really nothing you can do about them because whenever you have an online platform where people share information, there will always be “problematic people” entering the mix.

These range from people who are simply clueless and spouting off information that they know nothing about.

There are also people who just repeat stuff that is irrelevant just because they just want to feel smart.

Other people are very stubborn and don't want to be educated.

Other people are very negative that they always call you out and make you feel dumb.

Finally, there are scammers. These are people who are not interested in the truth. Instead, their agenda is the complete opposite. They're making money spreading lies. They're making money tearing down brands and propping up brands that are not as worthy.

You get a mix of people, and their byproducts in the form of the posts that they produce will always be there. This is not going to go away because this is part of the human condition. There's a lot of self-policing involved as I mentioned above when people call each other out but, at the end of the day, sometimes you end up a day late and a buck short.

It's a good idea to be aware of the structural weaknesses of Reddit eCig sub-forums and online message boards in general. By being prepared for these and being aware of how things could go south, you can at least salvage usable information. This way, the time you spend on these sub-forums would not be a complete and total waste.

What problems are we talking about? Why are these forums not what they appear and how do they disappoint people?

First of all, there's a lot more than meets the eye. It may seem like somebody is answering a question, but it turns out that the person has an agenda. If somebody is acting dumb and spouting up the wrong information time and time again, there's a point in time where you basically have to be suspicious and ask yourself “Is this person just really suffering from a low IQ or is this person intentional in misleading readers regarding a specific brand, a specific device or some other thing.

Also, there's a lot of conflict of interest. This is most common when it comes to reviews. When people post a review of a product, you would think that this person did your homework for you. Well, they’re not the Mother Teresa of the Internet. They're not going through all the time, effort and energy of producing a review just because they had nothing else better to do.

You can bet that they are making money off that review because it turns out that a lot of online reviews, I would say more than 50% of them, are positive. They’re positive for a reason. They’re not positive because they have actually identified a product that you should buy.

Instead, they are positive because they want people to trust the review enough and to be “educated” by the review to buy the product that they feature. Do you see the conflict here? Their primary interest is to line their pockets with affiliate commissions. They couldn’t care less about you finding the best product for your needs. Your interest is to find the right product to solve a problem.

Unfortunately, you can’t rely on these reviews because their interest is to earn a commission. If you think that’s a cause for concern, wait, it gets even worse.

Just like any other forum, there is always fraudulent activity. Now, I may not be blatant. People might not slap you with it. It’s not something that’s so obvious that you can spot it 10 miles away, but it’s always there. Either people leave out information or they invent stuff. There’s also a lot of fake activity.

It’s not unusual for a product to launch and, all of a sudden, all these random, completely new accounts keep praising this item. In many cases, you can read between the lines and you can easily tell that these comments are fake because if the product just launched, some of the commenters might say that they’ve been using it for years. How can that happen? It doesn’t make any sense. Do you see how this works?

There are definitely a lot of headaches with forums. I’m not singling out eCig sub-forums on Reddit and elsewhere, but you have to understand what could go wrong. For you to get the gold, you have to first go through the fire of the refining process. That’s how it works. If you just think that you just show up on these websites, pick up a recommendation and get the product that you deserve, you are probably going to have another thing coming.

The Ever-Present Problem of Electronic Cigarette Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest are so pervasive and can be so damaging that they deserve their own discussion in this article. Electronic cigarette reviews or eCig reviews usually suffer from conflicts of interest. This is not a surprise. This is nothing new because, as I have mentioned, there are tons of product reviews on the Internet and half the time, you really cannot take them at face value because they suffer from conflicts of interest at some level or other.

Your interest, once again, is to get the very best product that solves your problems. The interest of the person who produced that review is to get a commission. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

You have to be clear about this conflict and read between the lines with this conflict in mind. That’s how you tease out the information that is actually useful to you as you try to make an informed decision about your next purchase.

Conflict of Interest Also Applies to Regular Message Boards

Please understand that this issue pretty much applies across the board. The interesting issue is all about a reviewer who’s pushing you to buy, pushing you to trust fake reviews and pushing you to read self-interested garbage like comments, replies, and whatnot. See clearly through these. There are lots of fake social signals being sent out by people who are self-interested.

Be on the Lookout for Electronic Cigarette Fraud

Just like with any other online fraud on the Internet, you have to look for fake reviews, fake products for bait-and-switch, fake eCig coupon codes, fake eCig accessories and e-juice, and fake electronic cigarette launches. That’s a lot of fake stuff.

Unfortunately, they’re all over the place. If you are not paying attention, it may be only a matter until you too get victimized. It’s not going to be pleasant. You work hard for your money and it really would be a shame for you not to get the full value of all that cash that you worked so hard for.

There are many tricks people play online. What’s particularly annoying is the bait-and-switch. It’s not unusual for top-ranked or very well-known electronic cigarette brands to be advertised for a song on certain websites or featured in certain reviews. By a song, I’m talking about almost free.

However, when you try to buy it, it turns out that you have to jump through certain hoops and you might have to buy certain things, and it turns into a headache. Welcome to the world of bait-and-switch.

If you think that’s bad enough, wait, it gets even worse.

Look for Fake Activity

Another way to tease out reviews or message board reviews that suffer from a conflict of interest is to pay attention to the activity swirling around that content. If you noticed that people are commenting with the same basic message, you should be suspicious. It may well turn out that software is “writing” those responses to try to bait into believing the main review.

Also, pay attention to the comment’s writing style. These comments may not be saying the same thing but if they look like they were written by the same person, you should sit up and pay attention. You should be suspicious.

Pay attention to which accounts make the comments. If it turns out that most of the messages are coming from one account, you can safely discount the validity of that account and what that account has to say.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is simple. Beware of getting ripped off due to fake activities. Fake content is bad enough. Fake social signals and fake online activities can be murder on your budget.

If you’re looking for the best electronic cigarette product, you definitely have our work cut out for you. Still, online message boards for eCigs, vape pens, and any other electronic cigarette-related products are definitely great resources; however, you have to take them with a huge block of salt.

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Your Complete Guide to Electronic Cigarette Coupon Codes

One of the best ways to save a lot of money on products that you buy online is through coupon codes. You may be thinking why would manufacturers or retailers and distributors hand out coupon codes? It boils down to promotions because, given the tremendous popularity of electronic cigarettes, vape pens, vaping devices as well as the rise of medical and recreational marijuana, there’s a huge demand for these types of devices.

Given the tremendous amount of manufacturers often based in China entering the US market, it’s easy to see electronic cigarette coupon codes have become quite popular. They need to establish a foothold. They need to find a marketing avenue to put their brand front and center.

If you’re not going to use a coupon code, if you’re not going to engage in some sort of creative discounting, you’re branding message is probably going to fall between the cracks. In fact, a new manufacturer may find itself struggling against a sea of other equally desperate and hungry manufacturers.

Please understand that the struggle for the US market share for electronic cigarettes is fierce and it changes on an almost daily basis. This is why offering cigarette coupon codes is a no-brainer for a lot of distributors, online players as well as manufacturers.

You Can Save a Lot of Money Using Product Code Coupons

Electronic cigarette coupon codes should be viewed in context. You should look at these coupon codes based on whatever else is going on, on the Internet. Since everybody’s getting into drop shipping and everybody’s playing around with some sort of online e-commerce presence, it’s easy to see why product coupon codes are almost everywhere online. It’s as if every manufacturer of whatever product line either has a specific discounted website or there is a general coupon code that applies to their products.

The truth is coupon codes are popular precisely because they work. They are a good way of letting new players in the market introduce themselves to new consumers without diluting their brand. This is the genius of a coupon code.

You’re not saying to your market that your brand is cheap and that you should only buy your brand if it’s priced within a certain range. That is financial suicide for new players. You don’t want to be viewed as a “discount brand.” That’s a kiss of death.

Instead, you highlight what’s so awesome about your brand and you then give people an “introductory” coupon code. It’s obvious that this introductory period is actually going to last several years. The good news is you get out from under the public impression that your brand is somehow some way “cheap.” You don’t want to do that.

Given this dynamic, it’s easy to understand why coupon codes are so popular. They apply across all product and service categories. They’re also great at motivating third-party promoters like affiliates. In fact, so many people are so excited about coupon codes that you would think that they are the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to online marketing and promotion. Unfortunately, not everything that glitters is old.

The Problem with Coupon Codes

The problem with a lot of coupon codes on the Internet is saturation. Seriously. Consumers are not dumb. At first, they might click on every banner that they see but, after a while, they wise up. They become more selective.

As consumers get younger and younger, this “education time frame” gets shorter and shorter. Back in 1996, whenever you put up a banner, people would instinctively click it because it’s new; they haven’t seen it before. But now, good luck getting banner clicks.

The same applies to coupon codes. When they first rolled out, everybody jumped on despite the fact that they offered little savings, that a lot of them were fake and that a lot of them were actually disseminated by websites that are fake or fraudulent.

The problem with all of this is that when people get burned, they become gun-shy. They really do. They’re not as eager as before; they look before they leap and, worse yet, they become very demanding. In other words, there’s a backlash against the abuse that happened before.

It is no surprise that coupon codes, in general, are declining in popularity. I’m not saying that they’re dying out. They’re still all over the place. However, people are not instinctively asking for a discount code. Instead, they’re doing their homework because they’ve been around the block a few times. They know that, in many cases, there are no savings for the product that you’re looking for.

Let’s put it this way. You go to a coupon code website. They feature all sorts of coupon codes for blenders. Let’s assume you’re looking for a blender. The problem is, despite this wealth of coupon codes offering 10% all the way to 50% off blenders, there is no coupon code for the specific product or brand you’re looking for. In other words, you just wasted your time.

This is the problem with coupon codes and the electronic cigarettes’ market is not any different. The eCig market is not immune to the vulnerabilities of coupon codes. As a consumer, you have to be wise about this. You have to know what’s going on. That’s why you need to read the step-by-step guide to using eCig coupon codes below.

How to Use E-Cig Coupon Codes the Right Way to Maximize Your Savings

Step #1: Pick the right eCig

The first thing that you need to do is to pick the eCig product that is the right one for you. This is, of course, subjective. Everybody is different. Everybody looks at the world in different ways. Everybody has different experiences. All these differences add up in terms of our product preferences.

We also have different needs. Ask ten different people why they use e-cigarettes and you would get ten different answers. So, pick the right eCig that makes sense as far as your personal circumstances and preferences are concerned.

Step #2: Pick the right brand

Now that you have a clear understanding of what type of eCig features you’re looking for, the next step is to look for a brand that specializes in as many of those features as possible. Maybe there’s a brand that is very big on durability. Perhaps there’s another brand that’s very big on nicotine delivery efficiency. Whatever feature you are looking for, make sure you look for a brand that has developed quite a name for itself delivering on that feature.


Step #3: Pick the right model

Once you have pinpointed the right brand that specializes in the eCig features that you’re looking for, your job becomes much easier because once you identify the brand, you then just go to their website and look at their current model line-up. This is really a matter of figuring out which features go with which, and which packages to choose from. It’s fairly straightforward from this point on.


Step #4: Check out different vendors


Now that you know the brand and the model you’re looking for, now is the time to look for a vendor. There are tons of online vendors of electronic cigarettes, eCigs, vape pens and other nicotine delivery devices. That's not the problem.

The problem is telling them apart. You must have a game plan so you don't waste a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy telling these different vendors apart.


Step #5: Scope out coupon codes based on vendors


Once you have picked out a shortlist of high-quality vendors that are known to deliver on time and at the right prices without ripping anybody off, the next step is to look for discount codes. The good news is that coupon codes are so pervasive that you are bound to find at least one vendor.

If you're still stumped or you're kind of confused about the whole process, you can look into “eCig-City coupon code.” You can also try “eCig-City coupon” or “eCigExpress coupon.” These are search terms that you should put into Google.

Don't end with these searches. You will find other search terms. Use those and keep finding other search terms until you get the deal that you're looking for.


The Keys to Success


I understand that you may think that this whole process is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Considering the tremendous amount of discount coupon codes out there as well as the pervasive risk of fake coupon codes or rip-offs, this is still worth doing. The truth is you can go through a succession of electronic cigarettes or eCigs or vaping devices is or even water pipes in a relatively short period. It depends on how much you enjoy vaping or using electronic cigarettes.

Still, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck. You worked hard for your money. Isn’t it time that you actively guarded the value that you're getting for every hard-earned dollar that you’re spending?

If that’s your mindset, then you have to pay attention to these keys to success. Don’t think that just because your buddy gave you an eCig-City coupon code that is the product for you. Don't think that just because somebody gave you an eCigExpress coupon code that you should automatically take them up on their recommendation.

The key to success here is pretty straightforward. It's all about you. Seriously. It's all about you, your preferences, your needs, and your personal circumstances. The bottom line is you have to pick out what works for you.

Sometimes you may have to let go of desiring a 50% discount because the vendor giving out such hefty discounts is not all that trustworthy. It may well turn out that they have all sorts of customer service nightmare stories. You don't want to do that. You're trying to make your life easier here. You're trying to make things more convenient. You're not trying to create unnecessary drama for yourself.

If you notice that there are a lot of negative reviews about a particular distributor or vendor, it's probably a good idea to steer clear regardless of how sexy their discount program may be. Sure, 50% seems like you’re saving a lot of money, but how much is your time and peace of mind worth? That's exactly you will be putting on the line if you do business with a vendor that's really not on the up and up. Seriously.

I wish I could tell you that all vendors could be trusted. I wish I could tell you that all online stores deserve your money, but I’d be lying to you if I were to tell you that. The sad reality is that there are a lot of fly-by-night operations out there who have only one mission. Their mission is to separate people's hard-earned money from their customers. It's really sad.

Do yourself a big favor. First, pick out what works for you. Second, pick out a coupon source after you have vetted it thoroughly. What do I mean by that?

Check online reviews. Check if they have better business bureau ratings. Check for some sort of external third-party validation regarding their business practices.

Whatever the case may be, compare them with all other vendors that you are considering. The truth is the trustworthiness of a vendor is really comparative. If you’re in an industry, for example, thankfully, the electronic cigarette industry is not such an industry, where everybody steals, then your attitude should be “How do I pick the vendor that steals the least?” Do you understand how this works? Good.

It's all comparative. As much as possible, look for a vendor or a coupon source that is the most trustworthy. The problem with coupon websites is that a lot of them are fake, and the ones that are real often get faked out. In other words, there are promoters sending out fake coupons, and some of these online resources end up unknowingly publishing fraudulent coupon codes.

This is just part of the game. Understand how this works and then pick a product covered by discount coupons that work for you.

The good news is that a little-advanced planning works. Again, you worked hard for your money. It's time that you squeeze every red cent’s worth of value out of your hard-earned cash.


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Everyone Ignores This Fact When an E-cig Blows Up

Let’s get one thing clear. Electronic cigarettes are all the rage in the United States and everywhere else. It’s easy to see why. A lot of electronic cigarette studies show eCigs are safer than old-school, traditional cigarettes. You read that right. Those cancer sticks that come in a box and require burning for you to enjoy are far more dangerous to you than electronic cigarettes.

Unfortunately, a lot of people won’t get this impression if they just read online news or, worse yet, check out their Facebook timelines. You have probably seen at least one scary Facebook timeline item regarding the supposed dangers of electronic cigarettes and related devices.

Well, as the old saying goes, where there is smoke, there is fire, but not in the way you think. There is a reason these stories are in broad circulation.

There’s a reason when people share these stories, people can’t help but click the “Share” button and exponentially viralize these stories. They grab a lot of eyeballs. They appeal to people’s fears and get people excited about electronic cigarettes but, at the end of the day, it turns out that these devices are much safer than old cigarettes.

There’s a reason old-school cigarettes are called “cancer sticks.” When you smoke a cigarette, you are burning something. This means that you heat up the item in that paper tube to a point that it burns and produces smoke. Whenever any organic leaf or a material burns, it produces tar.

If you don’t know what tar is, it is that black, sticky, yucky stuff that is used on asphalt road paving. Disgusting! That’s exactly the kind of thing that you slowly painstakingly paint in the sensitive, thin inner lining of your lungs when you smoke traditional cigarettes.

Smoking a pipe is not any better. Anything that involves burning involves tar and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or some sort of Nobel Prize-winning biology researcher to understand that tar is very bad for you.

It is no surprise that when smokers go through an autopsy and their lungs are taken out, they have black lungs. You can easily tell whether a dead person was a smoker or not. Healthy lungs are pink. Smoker’s lungs are almost always black or dark brown. Disgusting. That’s the power of tar.

When you enjoy your nicotine through an electronic cigarette, you bypass tar because when you use an electronic cigarette, you ingest nicotine in mist form. Nothing’s burned. Tar is not created. This creates a pure nicotine experience.

There are a lot of reasons why people enjoy nicotine. Some people need it to wake up. A lot of people need it for energy. Others need it for relaxation. Whatever your personal reasons may be, you can at least enjoy nicotine, which is a naturally occurring substance, without the added negative health baggage tar brings to the table.

It is not a shock that electronic cigarettes studies show that when people switch from traditional pipes, snuff and chewing tobacco and smoked tobacco to electronic cigarettes, they find it easier to quit. This isn’t automatic. It doesn’t mean that when you make the transition from traditional cigarettes to electronic pipes and vaping devices that you will automatically quit. However, let’s put it this way, it’s much easier for you to quit the cancer sticks than otherwise.

Media Hype Gets Clicks but Doesn’t Save Lives

As mentioned above, it’s very easy to see why there’s a lot of media hype regarding exploding electronic cigarettes as well as all sorts of almost scandalous media coverage when an eCig blows up. It gets a lot of clicks. When stories get clicked, they get a lot of exposure and this is how media companies make money in the Internet age. Sooner or later, somebody clicks on an ad and you hear the cash register’s ring “ka-ching” when that happens.

The problem is the facts and the truth are the first casualties of this. The cold, unvarnished truth is that cigarettes are harsh on your system. How bad are they? Well, here’s the thing. Even if you did not smoke in your life, you can still come down with lung cancer thanks to second-hand smoke.

Thousands of people die of the second-hand smoke year after year. It’s not fair. It’s not right. It’s so wrong. However, that’s what happens. You don’t hear any media hype regarding that. You don’t witness a collective wail and moaning and groaning when people finally pass away on their cancer death bed because of second-hand smoke. You don’t see that part of the equation.

Instead, you hear the repeated mentions of some weird, outlying study that may possibly suggest that e-cigarettes may be harmful to you. Those remote studies, which are few and far between, mind you, don’t really give you perspective. In many cases, they involve a tremendous amount of e-juice or vaping materials for people to suffer negative health effects.

On top of all of this, if you’re still not convinced, just look at the environmental effect of tobacco farming. Let’s put it all together. Cigarettes are bad news all around. They’re bad for people who smoke them. They’re bad for people who have to endure inhaling the smoke around smokers. They’re also bad for the planet because of the intensive nature of tobacco farming. Everybody loses.

The Problem with Burning Stuff

The problem really boils down to the issue of burning. When you smoke a traditional cigarette, you’re burning stuff. You’re creating tar. This has a secondary effect of producing carbon monoxide, which is very poisonous.

It also produces hundreds of other chemicals that you pump through your lungs. These are industrial-grade chemicals, and it is no surprise that the American tobacco industry entered into a multibillion-dollar lawsuit settlement with personal injury attorneys. This is established scientific fact. When you burn tobacco, you are putting your health in harm’s way.

The real surprise here is that people still light up. In light of the safer alternative of electronic cigarettes, vaping and other methods of enjoying nicotine without burning stuff up, people still can’t help but light up.

Make no mistake, if tar is part of the picture, there are going to be health effects. Maybe not now, but definitely at some point in the future. It can take many forms. It can be as mild as you being short of breath and suffering from very reduced lung capacity to, of course, death by lung cancer.

None of these options are good. They are all far from ideal yet the problem is we see all this media portrayal of electronic cigarettes as these bad new electronic inventions that may open a Pandora’s box of all sorts of health issues. Give me a break. This is called innovation.

Whenever there is any kind of technological leap or transition in any industry, there is bound to be some rough spots. Sure, electronic cigarettes do blow up from time to time, but how often do those accidents happen? And, believe me, they are accidents. If you were to look at those specific situations, a lot of them actually turn on what the user actually did.

It’s not much different from mobile phones. When mobile phones were fairly new, there were all sorts of people complaining and filing lawsuits that mobile phones were exploding, overheating or they’re very fragile. It turns out that a lot of these people were using them in very unsafe ways.

The last time I checked, it’s a bad idea to put a mobile phone that costs hundreds of dollars in your back pocket. You may get so used to your phone being in your back pocket that you may get so comfortable that you sit down. A lot of these phones are very sturdy and very durable, but is it really that big of a shock that they get bent? Is it really out of the realm of possibility that the screen cracks when that happens?

Never underestimate the role of user abuse, negligence or just lack of thinking plays in these cases. Unfortunately, when you check your Facebook timeline and you read the latest and greatest in electronic cigarettes tragedies, accidents and mishaps, you lose sight of that picture.

In fact, it’s completely edited out and all the impression that you’re left with is that these are inherently suspicious devices, if not outright hazards. This really is too bad because according to recent studies, electronic cigarettes are great transitional devices to living nicotine-free lives. Ideally speaking, people should not touch nicotine. It’s been linked to cancer. It’s been linked to all sorts of health issues. In an ideal world, people would not even consider nicotine an option.

However, we live in the world and, unfortunately, progress is incremental. Let’s put it this way. Switching to electronic cigarettes definitely puts you on a much safer path than if you had stuck with burning tobacco to get your nicotine fix.

Electronic Cigarettes Vape Pen Technology Continues to Get Safer

If you use electronic cigarettes or you prefer vape pen technology, please understand that we are in the second generation or third generation of that technology. Let’s put it this way. When computers first came out, they were very slow; they took up a lot of space and they cost an arm and a leg.

Now, you can get a computer that is the size of your palm, and I’m talking about your mobile phone, and they can be dirt cheap. In other words, you can get something that has the computing firepower of hundreds of those old, expensive personal computer machines from the 1980s. That’s how the technology works, and there is a call for optimism here.

As clunky as vape pen technology may be currently, given the huge consumer demand and the fact that this is spreading like wildfire throughout the United States and elsewhere, the technology will get better. Not only will it be safer, but it also will be cheaper and it will be more durable. That’s how the technology works in manufacturing.

The problem is there’s a chance that all of this might get derailed because of a rush to overregulation. Please understand that regulation is always needed. We live in a modern society. Nobody is arguing that there should be absolutely no manufacturer liability or no rules and regulations governing manufacturers. Nobody is making that argument.

The issue is overregulation. The truth is e-cigarettes and eCigs rarely blow up. However, you won’t get this impression because when some remote almost coincidental accident does occur, it gets all blown up out of proportion by the media. The truth is, these things are so rare that it’s what makes the narrative sexy.

Let’s put it this way. If car accidents only happen once in a blue moon, you would read more about car accidents in the news because there’s a curiosity factor there. However, since they happen all the time, you rarely hear about them unless, of course, a lot of people die or it’s particularly tragic or there is some sort of celebrity involved.

The same dynamic plays out with electronic cigarettes and vape pens. The truth is, its rarity pushes the narrative. The rare situation when somebody suffers some sort of physical harm from electronic cigarettes makes them stand out. Still, lots of people die from smoking-related diseases daily. I’m talking about millions every single year.

The truth is any new product will have safety issues. This is not going to go away any time soon. But just because these risks are present, doesn’t mean that we, as a society, should stop innovating.

In fact, if you look at the big picture, the odds of eCigs blowing up or causing some sort of harm are very low and remote. I’m talking about now. Can you imagine when better technology evolves? They will get rarer with time.

Electronic Cigarettes, Oils, and Other Accessories are Safer than Cut Tobacco

Since there’s no burning involved, any accessories that you get with your electronic cigarettes like e-liquids, nicotine liquids, and other accessories are better than cut tobacco. When you buy cut tobacco, regardless of how organic, fresh and potent it is, you’re still going to have to burn it. This is what makes old-school tobacco-smoking such a no-no.

When you use electronic cigarettes, nothing is burned. You’re dealing with pure liquid nicotine. Also, you’re not engaged in public smoking. You’re just creating vapor, and vapor dissipates better in the environment. You don’t have to worry about second-hand smoke.

Also, given the strong local regulation of smoking in public spaces now, you wouldn’t have to worry about second-hand vaping or electronic cigarette effects.

The Bottom Line

So, what is the bottom line when it comes to finding out the truth about electronic cigarettes and vape pens and other nicotine-ingestion devices? It really all boils down to looking past the hype. That’s all it boils down to. Read those news headlines with the following considerations in mind: What are the odds; what is the impact of design and how specific is this accident or this news item to a specific product model or brand?

If you analyze such news items based on these factors, you would see the forest from the trees. You would see things in perspective and you would walk away with the conclusion that a lot of people are walking away with: electronic cigarettes are safer than traditional tobacco products like cigarettes.


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What makes a solid ecig battery brand?

Usually, when people think of electronic cigarettes or other alternative nicotine ingestion devices, they think of the pipe itself or the heating coil. A lot of users think that these are the most important parts of a typical electronic cigarette composite device.



In large part, they are correct. But you have to also pay attention to the battery of the device. If your battery does a lousy job of powering up your device, you're really wasting a tremendous amount of money. You're basically throwing away good money after bad.


It's bad enough that you bought something that is inefficient and badly designed. You really don't want to make it worse by buying the wrong battery. Unfortunately, for a lot of electronic cigarette users, picking out the right ecig batter is not exactly at the top of their agenda.


In fact, in many cases, it's very easy for them to overlook this electronic cigarette related accessory. A lot of them would focus on the overall design of the pipe. They would obsess about how light and portable the device is.


This is completely understandable because if you use your device to inhale a biochemical compound, whether completely natural or partly synthetic that is in the legal gray area in your jurisdiction, you might be spending some time in court.


Most people would rather avoid this like the plague. This is why they are obsessed about practical matters like portability, small compact footprint and very lightweight. That's understandable and that should be a priority. But you shouldn't just focus on those.


You have to also look at the rest of the puzzle. Spend enough time analyzing the versatility of the battery that you are buying. You have to understand that any kind of product that you buy, especially ones that are made of many different moving parts, need your full analysis. Otherwise, you're not really getting maximum total use value for that device.


Why should you spend time analyzing an ecig battery? Isn't this component pretty much generic? Well, I wish I could tell you that once you've seen an ecig battery, you've pretty much seen them all. The problem is if I were to tell you that, I would be flat out lying to you because the market has evolved to the point that there are specialist battery makers.


They know what's at stake. They know that connoisseurs have higher demand. They're looking for the very best and that's why there is an aftermarket for electronic cigarettes batteries. This is not one of those components that you just have to automatically trust the brand that you normally go with. Why not pick a specific brand but insist on an aftermarket battery brand and other accessories?


That's how the game has evolved to this point. It's very welcome in development if you ask me. Just like mountain bikes, in the past, were sold as a package, electronic cigarettes and other similar devices were sold as a package. It's as if you did not really have any choice.


If you were to buy Juul or Halo electronic cigarettes, you're pretty much stuck with whatever battery the device comes with. It would be awesome if the brand that you normally buy is renowned for their attention to detail and providing a complete product.


But you and I both know that even the most respected world-renowned brand has areas for improvement. Unfortunately, one of the usual suspects in terms of design oversight and areas for improvement is the battery unit for an electronic cigarette.


So if you are looking for the “best of breed” for electronic cigarette battery brands, pay attention to the following.





You want a battery that you can quickly put in and replace. You want something that makes the whole battery replacement process quick, easy and painless. I wish I could tell you that you can safely expect all these features from all the electronic cigarette batteries currently in existence.


Unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, in many situations, it's far from the case. A lot of batteries require screws or you have to unpack one chamber or take out one section. The problem is there is really no fixed standard. So you're pretty much on your own when you're skipping from one brand to another.


When you insist on maximum battery versatility, you protect yourself from the hassle of being at the mercy of the specific electronic cigarette design of your favorite brand. Very versatile brands have taken into account the wide variation among the different electronic cigarette makers and they accommodate them. 


This is why you should insist on versatility. You should also look at flexibility. The right electronic cigarette battery is flexible enough. Meaning it can deliver the power needed by your device for an extended period of time.


I'm not talking about a ridiculously long period of time. But it should be flexible enough. The last thing that you want is a very rigid battery. It's anybody's guess when the battery has died. In fact, in many cases, you are the last person to know.


You find out that your electronic cigarette has run out of electrical battery juice precisely at that point in time where you most need a hit. Imagine jonesing for a nicotine or hash oil fix and your electronic cigarette has conked out. Talk about a buzzkill or disappointment.


Don't let yourself down that way. Insist on flexibility as far as your ecig battery brand choices are concerned. A little bit of flexibility can definitely go a long way because let's face it. You don't want to put yourself in a desperate situation. You don't want to put yourself in a negative spot precisely at the time that you need a nice little boost of nicotine, marijuana or CBD. 





You may be thinking to yourself that if you've seen one battery, you've pretty much seen them all because how complicated can batteries be? It's not like their job is all that complicated, convoluted or arcane. 


Well, you might want to think again. A little bit of innovation can definitely go a long way because not all batteries operate the same way and they are definitely not created equal. As much as possible, insist on batteries that use innovative technology to preserve their life.


This means that whether you buy the battery right off the factory floor or several months after it has been stored on a shelf somewhere, it will continue to knock the ball out of the park as far as performance is concerned. You need to insist on that kind of dependability.


That's only possible if the battery maker brand actually pays a lot of attention to innovation. They don't just focus on battery technology as it exists today. They insist on pushing the limits or expanding the outer edges of the technology envelope in their industry. 


Unfortunately, those types of companies are few and far between. A lot of companies are no named brand companies precisely because they don't want to rock the boat. They're not really in it for innovation or to take the game to the next level. They're not looking for some sort of earth-shattering, revolutionary new disruptive technology in electronic cigarette batteries.


They just want to collect their slice of the pie as far as this type of device is concerned. Do yourself a big favor. Figure out the true innovators because you will be greatly rewarded. Not only is your battery going to last longer, but it can actually operate in a more optimal way. This can lead to you maximizing the value that you get from that type of device.


Remember, an electronic cigarette is a unified device. All components must do their job. It's kind of like being part of a basketball team. You may have the best setter in the league and you may have amazing point guards. But this doesn't mean that everybody else gets to sit on their hands. This doesn't mean that everybody else gets entitled to do the very least because they can rest assured that a few star players will carry the team. It doesn't work that way.


Everybody has to carry their own weight. Everybody has to contribute to the overall goal. The same applies to any kind of product design. You may be thinking that a specific product or a specific appliances only has one key component. You may be absolutely correct about that because most of the value that you get out of that device turns on that components operations.


But this doesn't in any way, shape or form get the manufacturer off the hook in terms of properly designing and manufacturing the rest of the support components. Everything has to line up just right for you to get the experience you're looking for from that device. Otherwise, you just got ripped off. That's really the bottom line.


That's why it's really important when you're looking for electronic cigarette battery or battery like component to look past the brand. Focus on the level of innovation packed into this component so you can rest assured at some level or other that you will get the experience you're looking for.


You may be thinking that you're buying this thing because it performs a specific job. Look at the big picture. You're not really looking for a battery that delivers enough current right when you need it wherever you are. Instead, you're looking for an experience. You're looking for total value. Think in those terms so you can make a truly informed decision as to which electronic cigarette battery brand to go with and which ones to ignore.



Never forget after sales service


If you buy a battery that is generic and is absolutely forgettable, don't be surprised if things go south sooner rather than later. If you find yourself constantly puffing on an electronic cigarette device that is underpowered, you only have yourself to blame. How come?


You chose a no-name brand. You chose a device that is really not going to give you the battery power that you need to get the nicotine ingestion or marijuana enjoyment experience that you're looking for. Do yourself a very big favor and look for solid after-sales service. 

You may be wondering how's this even possible. After all, there are tons of battery makers out there. It's not like they're going to make this information public. Well, they are if you look hard enough. You have to understand that when people buy any kind of product, eventually, some of them will be so excited and happy with their purchase that they would blog about it.On the other end, there are some people that are so turned off and disappointed by their choice that they speak up about it. Either way, this collection of public impressions and reviews about electronic cigarette brands, eliquids, electronic cigarette juices and other accessories related to this device serves to protect the public.



Sure a lot of people exaggerate their reviews. According to these reviews, it's the end of the world. But if you know how to read between the lines and if you are able to look at the general context in which people post these reviews, you will be able to get a clear reading of the manufacturing quality of the battery, whether it meets the expectations of its target audience and the overall general market perception of this product.


Once you have this information, you can then make a truly informed choice. This is how you create a lifestyle fit between the electronic cigarette products that you buy and their accessories. Again, this is not a small detail. Any mistakes you make in buying or selecting among a wide range of electronic cigarette options can come back to haunt you. A little bit of attention to detail can definitely go a long way. 

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How to shop for the right e-cigarette

Forget what you've heard about the safety of e-cigarettes. The truth is if you are using electronic cigarettes, you are using a device to ingest nicotine that is much safer than traditional cigarettes. Don't let anybody convince you otherwise.


 If you need proof of this, try lighting up a traditional cigarette. I dare you. First of all, it's going to throw you off if you have been using e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes all this time. It's a completely different operation. You basically take out a pack and you take out a stick from the pack. You then light it up. 


What's wrong with this picture? If you've been using e-cigs all this time, you know that you load it with a liquid and the unit heats itself up. There is no open flame. Second, when you take in the vapor created by the heating coil inside the electronic cigarette, there is one compound that is not created. 


This makes all the difference in the world when it comes to comparing old school traditional cigarettes with the electronic variety. What am I talking about? Tar. If you are clueless regarding what Tar is, please understand that it is something that's created when you burn plant material. 


It doesn't matter what kind of herbal material you're burning. Maybe it's tobacco or it's marijuana or Kratom. Whatever it is that you're burning, tar is created. Tar is bad news. If you need proof of this, just look at the black stuff being laid on the asphalt road that you travel on. If you have a car and you do any kind of driving, chances are you have come across black tar top roads. 


The stuff that's on those roads is the stuff you're putting in your lungs when you smoke a traditional cigarette. There are no two ways about this. I don't say this to shock you. I don't say this to scandalize you. But this is the absolute truth.


When you burn any kind of herbal materials, tar is a by-product. Imagine painting that substance on the most sensitive part of your body. I am, of course, talking about the thin inner lining of your lungs. People are shocked that after many years of smoking, they develop lung cancer. It shouldn't be a big mystery.


When you smoke a cigarette, you're pumping tar into your system. You only need to look at the autopsy pictures of people who smoke traditional cigarettes and people who don't smoke. It's like day and night. One set of lungs is all brown, or even black because of the tar and the other set of lungs is a nice healthy pink. Which would you rather have? Which set of lungs do you think leads to better health?


This is why a lot of people have been turned on to electronic cigarettes. When you use an electronic cigarette, you let go of tar. You get out from under the nasty negative health consequences of painting that toxic biochemical compound on the most sensitive part of your body. 


Whether you're wheezing, coughing uncontrollably or suffering from itchy lungs, you know what to blame. Tar is bad news. When you use electronic cigarettes, you use a device that creates vapor out of your electronic liquid. You go straight to the source.


Now you and I both know that you're using electronic cigarettes to pump nicotine throughout your system. If you're going to do that, why not do it in a healthy way? Why not just use an electronic cigarette? 


If we're on the same page, the next question turns on how to shop for the right ecig. Since more and more people are realizing the tremendous health benefits of this particular nicotine ingestion device, the market is simply flooded with all sorts of contraptions, gadgets, and devices.


It's really hard to make heads or tails of all these devices unless you have some sort of system or method for telling them apart. The problem is just like with all other consumers, you worked hard for your money. It really would be a shame if you were to separate from your money for no good reason.


Unfortunately, there's just so many different ecig product varieties out there that it's too easy to end up with the wrong product. You may be thinking that you're not really spending all that much money because a lot of these ecig products and electronic cigarettes devices, as well as vape pens and other ecig accessories, are fairly affordable.


Fair enough. In the big scheme of things, you're not really losing all that much money when you make one bad call. The problem is if you make one bad call after another and you can't seem to make the right decision as far as the right electronic and nicotine ingestion device to buy, all those bad decisions can catch up to you.


Sure you may be spending $30 or $50 at a time. But all those purchases can set you back because all that money does add up. Let's put it this way. You worked hard for your money. You traded in a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy to make the cash that you make. It really would be sad if you were so casual in the ecig purchases that you end up burning a hole through your pocket. 


You don't have to do that. Just pay attention to the consumer guide below so you can make a truly informed decision. When you make a decision based on solid information, the chances of you regretting your decision get lower.


I'm not saying this is guaranteed to work for all people at all times under all circumstances. But believe me, this is so much better than just taking a random shot in the dark and hoping for the very best. Unfortunately, that's exactly the kind of thing many electronic cigarette buyers do.


It doesn't matter how long they've been using this device. They end up finding themselves in the same place. They're basically taking a chance with one new brand after another. You have to understand that the market is flooded. There just seems to be so many different options out there and it's just so easy to lose your money. 


So how exactly do you shop for the right electronic cigarette device? How do you tell all these online stores apart? How can you be sure that you have bought the right product? Pay close attention to the following product features.



Does it have the right weight?


Different users have different preferences when it comes to device weight. Maybe you're always on the go. Maybe you're a very busy person. Perhaps you don't have a fixed schedule. In that situation, you need something that is very lightweight. It has to be so lightweight that you don't even notice it. this seems like a pretty straightforward feature, but it isn't.


There are many different products out there with many different weight profiles. You may be thinking that the difference may be a gram here and there. But believe me. If you are really busy or you normally carry a lot of stuff on your person, you will feel every extra unwanted gram. 


Do yourself a big favor and pay close attention to the weight of the devices that you're thinking of buying and see if it fits with the general electronic cigarette lifestyle that you have.





Some ecig devices, like ecig pipes, have many different parts. You actually have to assemble them or you have to make some adjustments for you to use them. If you're just going to stay at home and you are sure that you're really not going to be moving from point A to point B when you are using this device, such complicated contraptions shouldn't be a problem for you.


It doesn't really take much of a commitment. It doesn't slow you down. Using such devices are not going to cramp your style. But if you plan to use electronic cigarettes on the road or you're a very busy person, its lack of portability might be a sticking point.


In fact, the longer you use that device, the more you become painfully aware of just how big of a factor portability is. Don't underestimate the importance of portability. You want something that you can take out, use and quickly pack away.


This is especially true if you are using your ecig to ingest substances that may not be completely legal in your jurisdiction. I am, of course, talking about CBD oil or other marijuana extracted biochemical compounds. 


Now we all know that the active ingredient in marijuana is THC. But even if you are not ingesting THC with you ecig, you might still end up in legal hot water. That's why a little bit of portability paired with a compact footprint can go a long way in avoiding unnecessary legal headaches.



Compact Design


Some users don't really care about the size of their device. They just want a solid draw. They just want a device that produces a lot of vapor and does the job the first time around. Others are willing to sacrifice a little bit of drawing power and overall potency in exchange for a small footprint. 


As mentioned above, if you are not very careful, chances are you might land in legal hot water if you are using your device to ingest compounds that are in a legal gray area in your jurisdiction. 


If your neck of the woods hasn't passed a medical marijuana law, a compassionate use act or has taken the extraordinary step of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-based compounds, you may be experiencing serious legal headaches down the road. Who wants to hassle with that?


That's why a little bit of compact design can definitely go a long way to keep you clear of any legal complications.



Ease of cleaning


A lot of electronic cigarette users are completely blind to this. They think that as long as they buy the right accessories like the ecig batteries or the right ejuice or eliquid combination that they are in the right place. They think that it all pretty much falls into place and they don't have to worry about the day to day aspects of maintenance.


Well, they have another thing coming because you have to understand that while you're not creating tar with your electronic nicotine ingestion device, it still needs to be cleaned. Whenever you use any kind of liquid compound, whether it contains nicotine or some other biochemical compound like CBD, this residue piles up.


You might not be able to see it with a naked eye the first few times you use your ecig pipe or other devices. But believe me. After enough usage, it becomes abundantly clear. In fact, it can get so bad that it seems that your ecig is no longer working. 


It may well turn out that you just need to give it a nice cleaning. This might seem pretty straightforward. It might even seem like common sense. But the problem is if the design of the device gets in the way of ease of cleaning, what do you think will happen?


That's right. You're probably not going to be all that motivated to clean your device and before you know it, it's so sticky and clogged that you decide to give up on it and buy a new device. Now, this might save you a lot of time. But eventually, all those discarded electronic cigarettes can pack quite a financial punch.


They're not exactly disposable. Do yourself a big favor. Pay close attention to this practical concern. It may not be top of mind to you. But residue does pile up and accumulate over time and it can cause serious headaches down the road.



Cosmetic issues


A lot of people who use electronic cigarettes are not really all that caught up in making a fashion statement. They're not really out there to make a spectacle of themselves. In fact, most of them are just simply looking for a quick in and out a solution to their need for a nice surge of nicotine. Fair enough.


But you have to understand that everything you use is a reflection of your personality. You have some sort of personal brand that you are ____ (16:15) really would suck for you to pick the wrong device. It really would suck for you to give out the wrong signals because the color, design and the overall impression people get out of your ecig doesn't really match the persona that you're trying to project for yourself.


I know this might seem shallow. But you have to understand that people do judge books by their cover. A little bit of extra time spent in making sure that you buy the right pipe and ecig composite equipment made up of the right materials and accessories can go a long way. 


Remember, this is all part of an overall alternative lifestyle. Finally, make sure you pick a device that you can use for an extended period of time. The longer the life of the product, the greater of a bargain it is.


Let's put it this way. Even if something costs only $10, if you only get to use it twice, is going to be a very expensive device indeed. Focus on the total cost of each usage of a device gives you.

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