The Perfect Fit: e-Cigarette Gifts for Family and Friends

Everyone has friends and family who have expressed some interest in quitting smoking, or at least in cutting back, but who don’t gain much traction when they try to quit. The patch makes them jittery, the gum gives them stomach aches, and cold turkey’s unthinkable.They’ve taken a puff here or there of e-cigs, but have been reluctant to make the initial investment necessary for an electronic cigarette starter kit. It’s understandable; despite being far cheaper than traditional cigarettes, e-cigs can still cost between $1,500 and $3,500 and many smokers find themselves on tight budgets.

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Next holiday season or around your favorite smoker’s birthday, an e-cigarette starter kit is precisely the sort of gift you should consider. But once you’ve decided to buy one for someone you care about, how can you know how to customize the order for them? Just as if you were buying clothing or entertainment products, you’ll need to know what to order to best suit their needs. Generally the most important specifications will be cartomizer strength and flavorbattery specifications, and accessories.


Choosing the Right Cartomizer

The cartomizer, or cartridge containing e-liquid, determines the strength and flavor of the electronic cigarette. Most vapers find it important to buy cartomizers that most closely resemble their habits with analog (tobacco) cigarettes, especially after first making the switch.

First, you’ll need to specify the strength of the cartomizer. Generally, ‘very strong’ e-liquid mixes are similar to smoking unfiltered cigarettes based on nicotine content. ‘High’ or ‘medium’ correspond generally to full-flavor cigarettes, with ‘light’ delivering the same amount of nicotine as light or ultra-light cigarettes. There’s also a non-nicotine option, but it’s probably best to let the smoker choose when that level is right for them.

In terms of flavor, the old standards of traditional tobacco and cool menthol are popular options. A lot of new vapors will stick to these out of habit, but part of the fun and the innovation of e-cigarettes lies in the ability to enjoy new and exciting flavors. If you choose to buy a special flavor, be sure to take their general taste preferences into consideration. Your uncle John might thoroughly enjoy whiskey flavored cartomizers but frown upon champagne (maybe not, you know him better than we do).


Batteries Included

Your e-cigarette starter kit will come with a battery. As the source of energy for the heating coil, which vaporizes the e-juice and allows the e-cigarette to be puffed, the battery is far from optional. The battery size, manual/automatic operation, and strength are all possibly factors you’ll need to decide upon when ordering.

Manual vs Automatic: No, you’re not driving a car, but e-cigarette batteries are differentiated by the way they’re activated. Manual batteries have a small button that the user pushes to activate the heating element. Automatic batteries, on the other hand, are activated by the force of the user inhaling. Vapers’ preferences differ, so it might be a good idea to grab one of each as part of the gift pack. If that isn’t possible, automatic batteries are more apt to feel like the ‘real thing’ because they’re not button-activated.

Battery Strength: Larger batteries last longer and generally have higher ampage. Shorter batteries charge faster and are cheaper. The best option isn’t always clear, but vapers who are frequently out of the house for extended periods of the day are more likely to appreciate longer-lasting batteries.

You can see our previous entry for a more detailed guide on choosing the right electronic cigarette battery.


Accessorizing: not just for the Fashion-Forward

Accessories allow you to customize your gift according to the recipient’s lifestyle even further. Do they spend long hours commuting each day? Get them a car adapter. Are they

stuck at a computer at work? A USB charger might be a handy add-on. Do

they like to share? Pick up some vapor caps. Electronic cigarettes carrying cases are a stylish option for on-the-go vapers.

If a starter kit seems like too much of an investment, disposables can also be a solid introduction to e-cigarette vaping, for a more casual gift. In the long-run, though, the starter kit is much more cost-effective.

E-Cigarettes and Your Next Summer Excursion

When you go on vacation, your smoking habits go along with you. Thankfully, once you’ve switched to electronic cigarettes, you can look forward to spending time with your friends and loved ones, that you might have otherwise spent standing outside smoking a traditional cigarette. You should keep in mind, though, that in order to vape on your next vacation, there are few things you need to do in order to make everything run smoothly. First, let’s cover some basic travel tips. After that, we’ll take a look at some more specific concerns you might have for various types of summer plans.

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General E-Cigarette Travel Tips

  • Bring a carrying case. Travel often means occasional exposure to the elements. Weather reports are never 100% accurate, so you should prepare for every possibility if you plan on spending significant amounts of time outdoors. A carrying case will help shield your e-cig from the effects of undesirable weather.
  • Don’t forget to pack enough cartomizers. Be aware of how long cartomizers last for you, and plan accordingly. If you don’t have a backup stash, remember to order some ahead of time so that, upon arriving back home, you haven’t run out of e-juice.
  • For road trips, take the car charger. You’ll be spending a lot of time away from outlets, and hopefully away from your computer as well. With the car charger, you’ll never be left high and dry.
  • Disposables can be a good way to enjoy a vaping experience on the go. If you’re constantly on the move, it might be hard to find an outlet to charge with, so a disposable, which is always ready, can be quite handy.

For Destinations in Nature

Headed to the ocean, lake, or other body of water? Remember that the e-cigarette should not be submerged in or exposed to fluids. This might seem like a no-brainer, but with the number of electronic devices that do function underwater these days, a reminder really doesn’t hurt. If you’re at the beach, don’t set the device down in the sand. Sand granules could cause the e-cig to malfunction, diminish the life of the cartomizer, or lead to a sandy mouth, which is always unpleasant.

If geological formations (mountains, the grand canyon) are on your itinerary, remember that dropping your e-cigarette could damage its battery and cause the cartomizer to leak. And again, keep the device in its case when not in use to avoid dirt and dust buildup. If you’re headed out for a day-long outdoor adventure, be sure to take a charged second battery with you (if you’ve got that carrying case, all of the supplies should fit safely in your pack without taking up much space). Remember that, at high elevations, the oxygen level in the air is different, and the effect of nicotine in the bloodstream on your body will be different; take precautions when vaping at high altitudes.

Amusement/Thrill Parks and Water Parks

When you find yourself caught up in a line for a ride or attraction, don’t let the crowds stress you out. Remember to take full advantage of the possibilities that vaping gives you. If roller coasters are your thing, be sure to leave your e-cigarette on the ground with friends or family, or keep it in a pocket that fastens shut somehow. If you’re at a water park, you might want to keep your vaping gear in a locker or with a member of your party who isn’t swimming. Remember that you no longer have to worry about finding that dingy corner of the park where the smokers are sequestered!

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Trips to the Big City

Headed to Vegas? NYC? Paris? Night life and smoking have always gone hand in hand. Just be sure to take proper care of your e-cigarette wherever you wind up at the end of the night. It’s very common to see casino patrons vaping at card tables or while playing the slots. High and low-stakes gambling can be nerve-racking; your e-cig is the perfect accessory.

It’s a good idea to look up the local regulations for e-cigarettes before vaping in public. In most places, you’ll enjoy the type of freedom that can’t be found with analog cigarettes, but not everywhere. France, for instance, recently implemented a ban on vaping in public. Some cities in the US have made similar moves, banning e-cigarette use at certain locations. The legal trend isn’t very common in the US, but it’s better to err on the side of caution. When abroad, don’t forget to bring an international power adapter. Sometimes these can be purchased at the last minute, but prices for them at airports and popular tourist destinations are usually exploitative.

Declare your Independence, Switch to E-Cigarettes

Freedom comes in different shapes and sizes. It can be a common feeling that unites a whole nation but it can also be a very personal way of seeing yourself and the world around you. Very often, we don’t even realize how free we are until we can compare it with the opposite. Whatever we are breaking free from, we will always remember the date of our liberation.

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On July 4th, 1776, the first leaders of the United States of America approved the Declaration of Independence, initiating their struggle with the British Monarchy. Unfair economic and, social pressure, and lack of true liberty were among the concerns of the founding fathers. Taxes were high and colonists had no say in their governance; this combination created the volatile atmosphere that allowed revolt to ferment. The crown took the product of colonial efforts without giving much in return. British rule drained the life from the colonies.

This Fourth of July, why not declare your independence from tobacco products? In the same way that the British crown took its toll on the American colonists, big tobacco has its hands in your pocketbook. The thousands of dollars per year that you spend on cigarettes ought to belong to you, but exorbitant costs paired with severe addiction keep you from investing it in yourself and the people close to you. E-cigarettes can allow you to regain self-control and empowerment by giving you back your health and your hard-earned money. With what you could save by switching from ‘analog’ cigarettes, why not use the resources to do the things you love? Travel, buy gifts for your loved ones, take a class—invest in yourself and in your happiness instead of the habit that holds you back.

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So what’s the hold-up? E-cigarettes are a great first step for many in the war to overcome their addiction to nicotine. Cartomizers are a unique opportunity to gradually lower the amount of nicotine consumed. Eventually, it’s possible to ease off of the chemical entirely. As the sense of taste returns, e-cigarette vapers enjoy and appreciate the wide range of available flavors more and more. Why not fight for the liberation that comes with beating a mental and physical dependency? E-cigarettes are just the tool for the job. Choosing to leave tobacco products on a day like the Fourth will make the event even more meaningful. Imagine the Fourth one, two, or five years from now. Every year, when the nation celebrates its independence, you will be able to do the same.

For yourself or for someone you love, e-cigarettes will improve quality of life. Every puff on a traditional cigarette puts over four thousand chemicals into your body.Meanwhile, the number of ingredients in e-cigarette liquid can be counted on one hand.  And of course, since e-cigs only produce water vapor, there isn’t even any risk of “second hand smoke”.
This means that when you’re celebrating the Fourth with your friends and family, e-cigarettes allow you to stay with the group. No more sitting across the lawn or out on the patio. You can even vape your e-cigarette while casually relaxing with your family during the fireworks show. There’s no need to worry about children, pets, the elderly, or people suffering from asthma being affected by your presence. No longer will you have to worry about being a burden or health risk to the people around you. Make the effort to enjoy this holiday completely and thoroughly and get ready to enjoy a new life of self-control and empowerment.