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A Simple Guide on How to Clean Your Vape Device

Whether you have a simple pen vaporizer or an intricate vaping device, Ecigs International cannot stress enough the importance of cleaning your vaporizer if you want long-term usage and peak performance. If you’ve noticed your device isn’t delivering satisfying results after only two months, more than likely it needs a good cleaning. Novice and advanced users alike can benefit from knowing about the anatomy of their device as well as key maintenance and cleaning tips to keep their vape investment going strong long after its purchase.

Ecigs International, the oldest and best vape shop in Ambler, is here today offering a simple guide on how to clean your vape device. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to stop into one of our four storefront locations where a team member will be happy to address all of your vaping concerns!

First things first: The Anatomy of a Vape Device

Let’s quickly go over the different pieces that make up your vape device.

  • Tank - Holds the device’s e-juice
  • Coil - Converts the e-juice into vapor
  • Battery - Powers the device
  • Box Mod - More powerful battery, larger than a vape pen battery, produces a better throat hit and intensifies e-juice flavor
When Should I Clean My Vape?

The answer to this varies from person to person and amongst different devices, but Ecigs International has come up with some guidelines to follow.

  • Each time you change flavors - or once a week - give your device’s tank a quick rinse. It’s also advisable to look over each component once a week to ensure everything is working properly.
  • Anytime you feel your device is lacking in performance - or once a month - give it a full blown thorough cleaning.
Vape Device Cleaning Tips
  • To clean the tank, first, remove any lingering e-juice and completely disassemble the tank. Place it into a bowl of warm water with a dash of dish soap. Let the tank air dry, then reassemble the tank and device. For deep cleaning (instead of using dish soap) we recommend a non-flavored vodka to break down build up in your device tank. Scrub these areas until clean, air dry, then reassemble.

If you own a vape pen, it’s advisable to clean the battery head every now and again, because excess e-juice can build up here. Grab a cotton swab and clean the battery head with rubbing alcohol or plain water. Do not reconnect the battery to the tank before you completely dry the battery.

This simple guide is, well, simple! To learn more about cleaning your vape device stop into Ecigs International, the best vapor store in Ambler today for additional tips!






4 Ways to Improve Your E-Cigs Vapor Production

Once you get past the beginner vaping stage and become a little more advanced, upgrading your device to something bigger, better, and more powerful, you may also desire a better vapor production. A better vapor production definitely doesn’t happen overnight and takes time, patience, practice, and the right equipment to start seeing those huge smoke clouds finally.

So you want to be a cloud chaser? Ecigs International, your trusted e-juice company for many years now, has some tips and tricks on how to improve your e-cigs vapor production.

Upgrade to a Higher-Powered Device

Trade in your basic, beginner vape pen and get yourself a device that has a better performing atomizer or a device with variable voltage/wattage. VV/VW mods have become increasingly more affordable and are your best bet as a first step in increasing your vapor production.

Opt for High VG E-Liquids

Yes, there is such a thing as e-liquid that will substantially increase your vapor production. For more flavor go for PG (Propylene Glycol) e-liquid and for more vapor always go with VG (Vegetable Glycerin). While PG is good for a nice throat hit, when you amp up your device’s wattage settings it can become a little harsh. VG e-liquid is smoother and is known for better vapor production due to its ability to hold onto moisture molecules in the air.

Change or Build Your Own Coil

When vaping first became mainstream there was only one standard coil available. Over the years different coils have emerged and building our own coils to achieve specific vaping experiences has become common practice. For increasing vapor production, we recommend a low resistance coil because it copes better with high wattages and can reach higher temperatures needed for those big clouds.

Increase Airflow

When there is more airflow over your coil, it keeps the coil cooler, thus producing more vapor. You want to find an airflow sweet spot where your clouds aren’t weak and wispy, but strong and puffy. Also, keep in mind too much airflow may reduce the flavor, but for those looking for big clouds, this probably doesn’t matter. Our advice is to look for an atomizer with adjustable airflow and find the sweet spot you comfortable with.

As the best e-cig manufacturer in town, we want all of our customers to achieve their ideal vaping experience. If you are having trouble increasing your e-cigs vapor production, please stop into one of Ecigs International’s storefront locations or give us a call at 888-571-5486 and we’d be happy to help!






How to Extend the Life of Your Vape Coil

If you want an enjoyable vaping experience, you only need two things -- well, maybe three. The right vape juice, in the right nicotine strength, and properly working vape coils. You might not know that how you vape and how well you vape dramatically increases or decreases the life of your coil. Coils typically last anywhere from one to three weeks depending on how often the user vapes and if they were properly broken in.

The staff at Ecigs International wants our customers to know the best practices when it comes to replacing their coils and also how to extend the life of your vape coil once it’s in place. Follow our e-juice company’s advice, and you are well on your way to a more fresh and pleasant vaping experience.

Lesson #1 - Priming Your Vape Coils

You don’t have to be an advanced vaper to know when it’s time to change your coil. A dead coil will essentially burn out, and the user will experience a burnt taste. The wrong way to replace your coil is to unscrew the old one, throw a new one in its place, and immediately start to vape again. The proper way to prime your vape coil is to first saturate the wicker material inside the coil. To do this, you simply drip a little e-juice into the hole of the coil where the wicker resides. If you skip this step, you might burn out the coil right away. If you are unsure how to saturate the coil, ask someone at your local vape shop for help.

Next, take a couple of dry, practice hits. This will allow vape juice to re-enter into the cotton of the wick inside the coil. After those steps are completed, it’s time to start breaking in your new coil! During this expansion phase, where the coil’s wire expands, take it slow and ease back into vaping with shorter hits and lower wattage.

Lesson #2 - Extending Your Coil’s Life

So, we put in a lot of work priming our vape coil; how do we make it last?

  • When your vape tank runs out of vape juice, fill it immediately. Do not keep vaping when there is nothing left, because this burns out the wicker material in the coil, causing the coil to need replacement sooner.
  • You can also reduce the power setting on your device which will reduce the amount of juice you are vaporizing per hit. The coil’s wick struggles to keep up if you are vaping at a faster rate than it can manage.
  • Check up on your coil and clean it regularly. If you fail to clean your coil, the taste and flavor will be impacted -- and not in a good way.

Ecigs International is your one-stop shop for e-juice, wholesale vape juice, vape hardware, and so much more. Stop into one of our four convenient locations today, or visit us online at https://www.ecigg.org/.






A Guide to Choosing the Right Nicotine Strength for Your E-Cig

Making the switch from smoking tobacco to an electronic cigarette is a big step in a smoker’s life. Although electronic cigarettes have been around for a long time, there’s a new player in the game that hasn’t even hit its tenth birthday. This new player is called vaping, and our Ambler, PA vape shop specialists are here to help new users wade the waters and discover everything they need to know to get the most out of their vape experience.

Honestly, you could have the right flavor, the right equipment, but if the nicotine strength is too strong or too weak, it can make or break the user’s satisfaction. Ecigs International has created a handy guide for new and experienced users alike to gauge what nicotine strength suits their lifestyle best.

0% or No Nicotine

Zero nicotine is great for people who are used to smoking a few cigarettes a week. Zero nicotine is also perfect for those who just want the feel of smoking, but have completed recovery and are off nicotine substances altogether. We do not advise pack-a-day smokers to start vaping with zero nicotine because they will go right back to smoking.

0.6% or 6mg Nicotine

We like to compare our 6mg nicotine juices to ultra-light cigarettes. In most shops, this nicotine level is the last step before people think they will feel comfortable with zero nicotine juice. It’s not too intense, not too weak, and we suggest starting with 6mg if you are used to smoking less than half a pack of cigarettes per day.

1.2% or 12mg Nicotine

E-liquid containing 12mg of nicotine is ideal for those who smoke over a pack of cigarettes per day. Although the amount of nicotine in one single cigarette varies, most contain this amount; therefore, those new at vaping will be satisfied with this level.

1.8% or 18mg Nicotine

Those who are a pack a day or more smokers will need a high, 18mg e-liquid to start. However, different devices will produce varying effects for every user. Heavy smokers find 18mg liquids and cartomizer or beginner devices pair nicely together.

2.4% or 24mg Nicotine

We always recommend this level to very heavy smokers. For those who smoke “natural” cigarette brands such as American Spirit or rolled tobacco, this is for you.

Remember, not all people vape to ingest nicotine, and some simply enjoy the flavors or vape to satisfy an oral fixation. If you are looking to break a smoking habit, lowering your nicotine levels over time will get you to zero milligrams, and eliminate nicotine cravings altogether. Stop into our new Ambler, PA vape store to get started on your vaping journey, today!



5 E-Juice Flavors to Beat the Heat This Summer

In the summertime, heat can be a challenging obstacle for most people, even when you are able to stay in the comfort of a cooly air-conditioned room and avoid having to stand out in the scorching sunlight. When you are a fellow vaper, there are many times when staying indoors to vape is impossible; eventually, every vaper will have to choose between sweating in the sun or missing out on a favorite pastime.

One of the benefits of vaping is getting to explore the thousands of flavors that are available in vape shops and online stores today. At ECigs International, we have an extensive inventory of e-cig juices to satisfy any flavor profile that you might be looking for. Here to help make things a little easier for you this summer (and introduce you to some prospective flavors that you might not have gotten to try yet), ECigs International has made a list of our top five e-juice flavors to help you beat the heat this summer.

1. Pink Sugar: This flavor is one of our most popular sellers because it is unique, but not overcomplicated. Pink Sugar is a cool custard flavor with a touch of creme de menthe and a finish of ripened strawberries; it is perfect for our customers who want something blending the lines between fruity and creamy, with a refreshing exhale.

2. Mint Chocolate Chip: In America, summertime means more ice cream. To satiate the craving for a scoop of your favorite summer dessert, try our Mint Chocolate Chip e-juice; it combines a balanced blend of vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate, and cooling peppermint.

3. Blue Icy: One thing that is enjoyed by people of all ages are slushies found at convenient gas stations, and the best flavor of them all is almost always argued to be the mysterious “blue raspberry”. Our Blue Icy e-juice is a tangy and sweet blue raspberry modeled after the beloved drink, with a mentholated finish that will instantly bring you back to memories of stopping and getting a slushy to quell the summer heat.

4. Cherry Limeade: As the only non-menthol flavor on our summer flavor list, Cherry Limeade stands out because of its reminiscence to a favorite drink we’ve all enjoyed as a kid, but with a twist! This flavor is a deliciously thirst quenching blend of juicy cherries and lemon-lime.

5. Grandma’s Chair: When you read the title of this flavor, you might be skeptical; after all, something named “Grandma’s Chair” must taste like perfume and dust, right? Wrong! This flavor is our recommended pick because it combines the tropical taste of fresh mangos and pears with a cooling exhale. Summertime just wouldn’t be complete without Grandma’s Chair in your e-juice collection.

Whatever flavors you decide to try this summer, make sure that you get more than one! Vaper’s tongue (a term which refers to the inability to taste a certain e-juice flavor after prolonged use) is a real thing, and it happens easily when you only have one e-juice to choose from. Don’t let your palate get bored and tune out flavors when you vape. With ECigs International as your e-liquid provider, you will always have something new to try.

If you are looking for an e-juice company to provide all of your vaping needs, ECigs International is here to help you out. Make sure that if you are in Upper Darby, PA, or Delaware County, PA, you visit our physical store, Delco Vapes. Our vapor shop main line is housed at Delco Vapes, and our expert staff in that location is ready to help you find the menthol and non-menthol e-liquid flavors that will satiate your tastebuds and keep you cool this summer.


How to Choose the Right E-Juice: 5 Tips for Beginners


For those of you who are interested in trying out vaping, choosing the right e-juice can be an overwhelming experience. Once you get the hang of how vaping works and begin to learn what your personal preferences for e-juices are, it becomes much less of a confusing hassle. To help you get around that learning curve, our experts at ECigs International have compiled a list of 5 tips on choosing the right e-juice for beginners.

1. Know Your E-Juice Ingredients

E-juice isn’t as complicated as you might think; it is composed of only two key ingredients:

Propylene Glycol, also known as PG, is a synthetic compound which has antifreeze properties and is used in medicines, cosmetics, food products and e-juice. You might be alarmed to hear that it is associated with antifreeze, airplane de-icing fluid, and brake fluids, but it is a harmless substance which has been recognized by the FDA as nontoxic. Propylene Glycol is an odorless, colorless liquid that is water-soluble and easily metabolized. It is actually an organic compound! PG is even used as a food additive during processing and as a humectant (a substance that retains moisture to prolong the shelf life of some foods).

Vegetable Glycerin, also known as VG, is also a colorless and odorless liquid, but it is produced from plant oils and is considered even more safe for consumption than PG. It is usually made from palm, soy, or coconut oils during an extraction process called hydrolysis. Once the glycerin splits from fatty acids, it is distilled and purified. It is naturally sweet and is used in cosmetic products, foods, botanical tinctures, and e-juice.

Aside from VG and PG, e-juice might include extra food-grade flavoring, but any good e-juice won’t have a long list of ingredients. Steer clear of extensive labels, because they most likely contain cheap additives that aren’t good for your health.

The ratio of PG to VG in an e-juice is typically associated with the production of clouds and how it feels in your throat. Juices that are too low in VG can have a muted flavor, but juices that are too high in VG can be too strong or too sweet depending on your personal tastes.

2. Buy From a Reputable Supplier

Although it is tempting to buy cheaper e-liquids from overseas (especially when you want to try a whole bunch of new flavors right away), it is not recommended for anyone to trust e-juice with handwritten labels from sellers who aren’t trustworthy. Every purchase from a sketchy seller is a game of roulette: you never know when the e-juice was produced in an acceptable lab using approved ingredients, or if it was concocted in someone’s basement and stretched with sugary syrups and toxic chemicals. Always remember that the e-juice you buy is being inhaled, and it goes into your body directly. Don’t risk your lungs or having an allergic reaction, trust a reputable e-liquid manufacturer like ECigs International as your supplier.

3. Choose an Appropriate Nicotine Level

An e-juice company will offer different nicotine levels available for you to try. Most beginners to vaping go about choosing a nicotine level all wrong. If you have never used a nicotine-inclusive product, do not use nicotine in your e-juice. There is no actual need for nicotine to be in e-juice, other than it was originally designed with previous tobacco users in mind. Please do not expose yourself to the addictive substance unless you truly need it; e-juices with a 0mg/ml nicotine level is just as good as those with 3mg/ml and higher nicotine levels.

For those of you who currently use tobacco products, your nicotine level in e-juice will depend greatly on the amount of nicotine you intake regularly. If you only have a relatively limited amount of nicotine a day, 3mg/ml up to 8mg/ml might be a good level to start at. You can always go up in nicotine if you have any withdrawal symptoms, but starting too high can produce severe headaches and nausea from nicotine overdose. If you are a more heavy nicotine user, 8mg/ml to 12mg/ml might be more akin to your average intake.

4. Don’t Be Conservative With Flavors

One of the more exciting aspects to starting vaping, is exploring the thousands of flavors available and finding different ones you enjoy. If you can taste it, chances are there is an e-juice of it. Fruity flavors like honeydew, black cherry, and apricot and are usually a big hit for anyone who likes hard candy. Dessert flavors like birthday cake, blueberry cheesecake, and even french toast are sure to hit the spot for anyone with a big sweet tooth. There are coffee and tea flavors that are less sugary tasting, which range from earl grey to mocha and everywhere inbetween. There are even menthol flavors and regular tobacco flavors to target those of you who just like the taste of your tobacco products and want a simple transition into vaping as well. Whatever flavors you like, make sure to get a few and not just one, even after you’ve found a favorite.

There is a term (vaper’s tongue) which refers to the inability to taste a particular e-juice flavor after prolonged use. For one reason or another, the taste buds begin to get accustomed to one flavor and you will lose its full palate over time, unless you switch between flavors. Switching flavors after a few days of use will allow for your tongue to never get bored.

5. Steep Your E-Juice

Just as you would with any good wine or whisky, you should allow your e-juice to age before using it. Steeping your e-juice will allow for the mixture to homogenize and bring out deeper flavors. The product will become smoother and stronger. If your e-juice is too weak, you can place the bottle in a cool, dark place for up to a week and allow it to steep. If it is a bit strong already, you should store it in a safe place with the lid off to allow the mixture to breathe, which will mellow out the flavor more.

As e-juice steeps, the color of it will darken. This is normal and will vary depending on how much nicotine is in the formula, and how dark the juice was to begin with.

Entering into the world of vaping shouldn’t be a daunting event, rather, you should be able to enjoy the new experience. Learning about the basics is the first step, and you’re already well on your way with these five tips for beginners. If you’re looking for ecig-juice for sale online, start with some of our many custom e-juices available at ECigs International.


What Changed In 2016 For Vaping?

At Ecigs International, we’re a local provider of vape supplies for the Philadelphia area as well as a national e-juice company. 2016 was a big year for us and the world of vaping. As e-cigarettes continue to grow in adoption and market share, there is little doubt that the history of these products will be studied by future generations (perhaps by economists or entrepreneurs) and the past year will be one that lives on in infamy.

Why?

Vaping, by all accounts, was a technology that began to see palpable adoption in 2007. Initially growing slowly because of lackluster products, as affordability and efficiency increased a boom began around 2012 that saw a major uptick in vapers. By the end of 2015, vaping was in the news, the subject of numerous Youtube videos and a rampant subject of debate on social media.

Vaping was, at first, a new technology that was disproportionately used by young people between the ages of 18-35. By the dawn of 2016, the demographics of use had evened out and it seemed that every single group of people was represented in the community. While this was, and is, a good thing, it meant an increased profile in the public eye.

The increased profile brought the attention of the government which was brought to the stunning realization that what had been a once small electronics industry, thought to be a fad, had become a transformative technology that more and more people were picking up. States and representatives decided that it was time to, without further research, heavily regulate and even more heavily tax this industry.

This blatant attempt to suck up as much tax revenue as possible from primarily small businesses did not sit well with the community, and saw progressive e-cigarette organizations begin to take up the issue with the government.

ICYMI in 2016:

  • Duncan “The Vaping Congressman” Hunter blew vapor clouds across a government meeting room during a meeting to prove that the technology posed no danger on February, 11th.
  • On August 8th, the FDA deeming regulations went into effect causing hardships for vape store owners and limiting the degree to which they can help their customers.
  • In late August, Pennsylvania announced a 40% sin tax on all e-cigs and vaping technology, costing business owners in the state untold millions.
  • Throughout the year, Hawaii along with 200 other local municipalities raised the age of smoking and vaping to 21. A particularly curious move given that the federal drinking age was raised to 21 in the 1960’s and smoking has been known to be more damaging to long term health since at least that time.

At Ecigs International, we’ll be curious to see what 2017 holds. To learn more about our wholesale e-cig liquid or our retail locations, visit http://ecigg.org/.



Let Our E-cigarettes Be the Better Alternative for You: Make the Switch with these Perks!

We’re sure you’ve at least heard of vaping before? Maybe you’ve heard people talking about it--seen or smelled someone blowing out strawberry-flavored vapor, but have you ever thought more about it? Perhaps, it is the time to stop holding back and give this new alternative a chance. Trust us, it can make a large difference in your life--more so than you may realize.

All of the Perks

Deals & Multiple Flavors

Since its first appearance in 2003, e-cigarettes have taken off, becoming more and more popular among all generations. This increasing demand has made us able to keep up with our wholesale vape juice special deals of the day and keep multiple different flavors of all kinds in stock for our customer’s pleasure.

User Experience

This exciting innovative device, the e-cigarette (or e-cigg), involves a mod unit that is battery-operated. It has a fire button that releases the vapor from the e-juice inside the atomizer tank when pressed. This vapor can then be inhaled by the user, either with a short drag or a long drag, and can be exhaled either through the nose, mouth, or both.

Smell & Clean-up

When vaping, there is no smokey smell involved; it will not cling to your clothes, your breath, curtains, or your car. The wonderful aspect of e-cigarettes are that they do not involve any kind of ash or grime, preventing both odor and the clean-up involved with it. At worst, vapers may spill some e-juice, which is easily wiped up and taken care of.

Environment & Disposal

A e-cigarette is not disposable; they are not thrown out of car windows, left to wash down sewers, or splayed on playgrounds. E-cigarettes are the cleaner, more efficient alternative! Instead of polluting water supplies or causing environmental hazards like fires, vaping products produce hardly any waste. Turning to e-cigarettes makes you more environmentally responsible and is not just the better alternative for you, but for our world.

Conclusion

Why not consider it? We want to get this information out there. Help us spread the word that vaping has its perks. Our vape shop in King of Prussia, PA is a one-of-a-kind experience that will amaze you with so many different options that are built for a personalized experience. Come visit us or browse our website for details to open the door to this new alternative.




How to Stop Coughing When Vaping

Sometimes, people who are new to e-cigarettes go into a nasty coughing fit when they inhale called Vapor’s Cough, which turns them off from it altogether. If you’re one of those people, we’ll tell you how you can stop coughing and start vaping.

Why do people cough when vaping but not smoking?

In short, tobacco contains ingredients that are designed to stop smokers from coughing when they light up, while on the other hand, e-cigarettes usually don’t contain those anesthetic ingredients.

Three ways to help stop coughing when you’re vaping

1. Experiment with different inhaling techniques - Even if you directly inhale into your lungs while smoking a regular cigarette, we suggest you try using a mouth-to-lung technique when using an e-cigarette. You’re less likely to cough that way.

2. Try changing the PG/VG ratio - Most e-cigarettes contain PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine). If you keep coughing, we recommend you switch to a lower percentage of PG and a higher percentage of VG. We can help you at Ecigs International, a vape shop in Horsham, PA and the surrounding areas.

3. Drink more water - Last but not least, try drinking more water. Sometimes, PG and VG can lead to minor dehydration and more coughing. We believe it’s a good idea to down a glass of ice cold water every once in awhile.

We hope this helps you. If you’d like to learn more about how you can stop coughing while vaping, or if you’d like to learn more about our vape stores in Upper Darby, PA, and neighboring towns, contact us at 888-571-5486.




4 Common Misconceptions About Vaping

As an e-liquid manufacturer and one of the most popular vape shops in Philadelphia, our roots run deep in our industry. Now that we’ve been doing this for a few years, we’ve seen vaping really take off and become more and more popular every day. Unfortunately, along with the quick ascent into the public, a number of myths and misconceptions have also become popularized.

Here are four common misconceptions about vaping.

Vapes are not regulated by the FDA- This is false, though people still repeat this every day. It seems that the news of the Food and Drug Administration rulings and regulations have not reached a large number of people outside of the vaping community. On May 8, 2015, the FDA finalized regulations that have sweeping implications on the industry. These regulations officially classify vape products as tobacco products but regulate them much more harshly. So yes, vapes are regulated by the FDA.

Vaping produces secondhand smoke, the same as cigarettes- Patently false. Vaping, hence the name, does not produce smoke. No combustion occurs in a vapor cigarette. Instead. e-liquid is heated to the point that it becomes water vapor. Vapor is significantly less harmful to the environment, and it smells a lot better.

Vaping is for kids and twenty-somethings- People of all ages (over 18) vape. From college-age to any age, for a variety of reasons and across a range of demographics, no group has claimed the technology as their own.

Vaping is the same as smoking- By scientific measurement alone, vaping is very different from smoking. Superheating e-juice is very different from lighting up rolling paper, tobacco and additives. Simply put, vapes produce vapor; cigarettes produce smoke.

A number of myths and misconceptions surround the world of vaping. Through education, we aim to combat these misconceptions by talking to our customers about the technologies that we sell.

Our staff is always available to have a conversation and go over each element of vaping in detail. Staying up-to-date on changes in the industry, new regulations and products that can make a huge difference in the experience of a user. To learn more about our vape shop and our products, visit http://www.ecigg.org/.




The New FDA Regulations: Halting Innovation

E-cigarettes are a burgeoning technology. The innovations in the industry have been immeasurable over the course of the previous decade, with vaping going from an unknown niche to a growing culture, sweeping the nation. As tens of thousands adopt the new technology, the industry is growing with newer, more efficient or more in-demand products hitting the market almost daily.

Whether you vape or not, there’s a good chance you see at least a few people using e-cigarettes weekly. To us, and many others, there’s no question that they enjoy the products that they purchase and use daily. Due to recent state and federal regulations, however, those individuals may face a heavier cost to enjoying those products.

With the FDA’s recent regulations going into effect soon, prices of products are bound to increase. This will drive more than a few adopters and businesses out of the market. At Ecigs International, we’re preparing to weather the storm, but we know that we’re extremely lucky to be able to do so; many businesses may not be as fortunate.

With what will inevitably cause decreased market share and higher costs to production, e-cigarette manufacturing companies like Kanger, Joytech, Uwell and others will be forced to consider how cost-effective it is to continually develop new products. These considerations will surely stifle the innovation, creativity and efficacy of the entire industry.

The FDA ruling doesn’t take into account any of the studies released in the past decade documenting the relative advantages of the new technology on the market today. While the new regulation doesn’t directly impede the creation of newer and better e-cigarettes, the ruling effectively strangles the pipeline for innovation causing more companies, more retail locations and more customers to bring the higher costs into consideration.

As an e-liquid manufacturer, we thrive on the ability to create new and different products so our customers can enjoy flavors that can’t be found elsewhere. We will continue to produce unique e-cig liquid for sale online and in our stores for our customers enjoyment, even with the recent FDA ruling, but the new regulations will undoubtedly be a hardship for many businesses across the country.


The New PA Vapor Tax

At Ecigs International, we’re proud of being both a local and national supplier of vapor products and wholesale e-cig liquid . We believe in the power of vapor technology, and we see proof of it in the smiles of our customers every single day. Vapor products aren’t a trend or a fad; they’re a movement, one that millions across the country have counted on for years.

We find it extremely disappointing that this July, the elected lawmakers of Pennsylvania voted to levy a new tax on all vapor products. Undoubtedly, this new tax will harm local businesses that have only recently begun flourishing in their communities, and comes as a huge blow to the growing industry of e-cigarettes.

In July, The PA state government voted to pass a new tax plan that would disproportionately affect younger citizens. The state budget had been at an impasse for quite some time, and lawmakers finally reached an agreement to fund the $31.5 billion with new taxes aimed at tobacco products, vapor products and digital downloads.

The highlights of the new taxes are as follows:

An additional $1 tax on cigarettes

A 55% tax on loose tobacco products (rolling tobacco etc.)

A 6% sales tax on all digital downloads (Netflix, Apple Music, etc.)

A 40% tax on all vapor products (retroactive)

This is one of the largest tax increases in recent decades. The tax goes into effect Oct. 1 and will require that every vapor product retailer pays an immediate 40% tax based on the wholesale value of every single vapor product in their inventory; a massive financial burden for our vape shop in Ambler, PA and vape shops across the state.

In addition to the bold and harmful taxes on businesses, vapers will now be at a serious risk of fines or even incarceration. According to Vaping360, the penalties for evading the 40% tax online or out of state include up to a $5,000 fine, or up to 5 years in prison. That means by purchasing a mod online that doesn’t charge the tax, or owning a tank purchased outside of the state, the buyer can go to jail if they’re a PA resident.

It should go without saying that this new legislation is unacceptable. It serves to harm local businesses, those looking into cigarette alternatives and especially those already at a financial disadvantage. These new taxes come on the heels of the already burdensome FDA ruling (which you can read more about on our blog).

We’re urging our customers to reach out to their senators and representatives and let them know their feelings on these new taxes that go into effect Oct.1. To learn more about what you can do, stop into one of our stores.


Is Vaping Green?

In the past two decades, Americans have taken an unprecedented interest in being more environmentally friendly and during that time, we’ve collectively taken steps to lessen our impact on the planet. Many industries have adapted to the growing need for responsible products with post-consumer recycled bags in stores and hybrid or electric vehicles at car dealers. Going green isn’t a fad, it’s a necessity.

This has prompted a lot of people to ask: Is vaping green?

Before we answer that, we have to examine something else-- cigarettes. Cigarettes and cigars, or as their known generally, combustibles, pose a major threat to the planet. Each year, the earth is littered with trillions of cigarette butts. Those filters and ends aren’t exactly good for the environment, in fact, they’re made of a thermoplastic polymer, one that can take up to 10 years to decompose. Manufacture of cigarettes is also a major contributor to deforestation on a global level; it’s estimated that one tree is destroyed for every 15 packs of cigarettes. That means a two-pack-a-day smoker can account for the destruction of nearly 50 trees in one year.

By that standard alone, vaping is one of the most eco-friendly things you can do. By vaping, you cut down on landfill waste, litter and help save a few trees. By not smoking you’re helping to save the planet, but what about the impact of vaping?

Vaping is green, but you have the power to make it greener.

Disposable e-cigarettes are mostly plastic, and if cleaned and rinsed properly, they can be recycled in most cases. Of course, vapes are the way to go. Replaceable coils and even liquid cartridges can be recycled if they’re empty of liquid. Rebuildable coils mean that you don’t even need to recycle anything except the bottles of our e-cig liquid for sale online. When a battery gets old or stops working it needs to be disposed of properly; instead of tossing it in the trash, locate your nearest battery recycling center (usually a consumer electronics store) online and toss it in their bin.

At Ecigs International, we’re proud of what we do. We’re proud so many people are enjoying vaping and saving the environment at the same time. Stop by one of our vape shops in Philadelphia, Chester County or Montgomery County, PA to learn more.


What Does the Recent FDA Ruling on ENDS Mean?

ENDS- Electronic Nicotine Dispensing Systems, virtually all Electronic cigarettes, vapes, mods, and other products that are capable of allowing the user to smoke anything that may contain nicotine.

On May 5th, the FDA finalized a ruling giving themselves the authority to oversee the manufacture and sale of all vapor products. The Timeline is as follows.

May 10th, 2016- The ruling is officially published and will become effective 90 days from that date (August 8th).

August 8th, 2016- The ruling becomes effective.

December 31st, 2016- Manufacturers will need to submit a list of all products twice a year (starting this day). This will be the first of the semi-annual product listings submitted to the FDA.

February, 2017- Manufacturers will need to submit an ingredient list containing all products manufactured.

August 8, 2018- “PMTAs” or Premarket Tobacco Product Applications become due.

August 8, 2019- Every vapor product on the market must have been grandfathered into the ruling or have been authorized to be sold by the FDA.

So what does this mean?

Short Term-Minors will not be allowed to purchase any ENDS products. All purchases at a retail location will be subject to an age approval. In a retail location, you’ll need to present valid ID to complete a purchase. Free samples are banned. Shops must charge customers to taste products that contain nicotine and cannot distribute any promotional products like coils or liquid unless they are charged for. Any products that seek to describe a lower risk like “mild, “light” or “low,” cannot be sold unless the FDA approves it first.

Long Term- Manufacturers of both devices and liquids will need to start planning to submit a list of all products they manufacture as well as detail the ingredients for each product. They will also need to plan to receive premarket authorization for each of the products they plan to continue selling, which may be a large financial burden to many small manufacturers. All products will need to feature a warning that customers can clearly read before purchase (printed in at least 12 point font).


What can you do to combat the recent ruling?

SFATA, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, is combatting the recent ruling through an amendment called the Cole/Bishop Amendment. Encourage your local representatives or senators to vote for this amendment in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

To learn more about our vape shops near Manayunk, Darby and Norristown, or about our Wholesale E-Liquid shipped from Philadelphia, contact us online or give us a call.

To learn more about the recent ruling and what you can do to help combat it visit sfata.org.