Everyone has their opinion on smoking, and smokers get an earful on a regular basis, but the boon to the electronic cigarette market is slowly changing some attitudes and getting attention. You have to be 18 in Arizona in order to try an e-cig, but for smokers who are looking to try something new and don’t want to spend a ton of money, it’s a bit of a game changer.
So if you are in the market, we have a couple of reasons why you might consider ditching smelly analogue cigarettes and jumping on the electronic bandwagon. We stopped by Headquarters Smokeshop in Tempe to get to know more about what they sell and what makes e-cigs so completely different from a regular pack of smokes.
One of the best things about e-cigs is the amount of options that are available. There are plenty of companies making different products for just about anyone depending on what they like. There are disposable, recyclable, discrete, nicotine-free and even vegan e-cigs that have zero tobacco in them. There are also hundreds of flavors available from traditional tobacco to root beer and banana nut bread. It’s actually a bit overwhelming how many flavor options there are available, which is interesting to see especially now that the only flavor real cigarettes have now is menthol.
Being able to customize your e-cig also means you can choose how much nicotine you want. Depending on what your personal preference is, you can find the right balance. And if you don’t want any nicotine, that’s fine. You can actually get your e-cig with zero nicotine if you are trying to quit or want to enjoy an e-cig for any other reason.
No heat and no smoke
Besides not having to mess with lighters and matches, there are a lot of perks to not having to actually light a smoke. A lit cigarette can cause a lot of damage if something catches fire, like say, your bed with you in it or a forest, which would be bad. But since you don’t have a fire there’s no ash or heavy smoke. All that is exhaled in an e-cig is vapor, so don’t have that pungent cigarette smell that lingers and penetrates everything. The dangers of secondhand smoking are also avoided.
You know what you’re smoking
Chances are that if you’re going to smoke, you know the dangers. If you are a heavy smoker, you know all too well the consequences. But as adults living in America, it’s nice to have information readily available. E-cig juice is usually five food-grade ingredients: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, a flavor, nicotine, and distilled water. You can Google away and find out more about the mechanics of an e-cig, but it’s less research than trying to figure out everything in a pack of Camels. You can also buy American-made juices from smaller companies who produce their own lines of e-juice. It’s kind of like craft beer, but for smokers.
Headquarters Smokeshop, 219 W. University Drive, Tempe, 480.966.6093, 420HQ.com
Try our new Pirate’s Cave E-Cig. That strong lemon-lime flavor that you love, is now at the palm of your hands. It’s as sweet as it is tangy. Each E-Cig lasts roughly 500 puffs. Enjoy your favorite hookah flavor on the go!
Starbuzz Exotic Pirate’s Cave has 12 mg of nicotine, comparable to a light cigarette, it is disposable and will last up to 2 packs of traditional cigarettes. There is no need to charge or refill saves you both time and money plus enjoy all the benefits like, no tar, no second hand smoke, no ash, and the convenience to smoke anywhere!
• 1 ×Mini BCC Body
• 3 ×Mini BCC bottom coils (1.8, 2.2, and 2.5 ohms)
• 1 ×Mini BCC Mouthpiece (510 drip tip compatible!)
This is compatible with eGo batteries and any setup with 510 threads and eGo well.To use this with the iSmoka iKit battery, an iKit Base adapter is required.
This is a clearomizer tank with a bottom coil design that is very similar to the Kanger Protank. The juice sits ON TOP of the wicks, and this ensures that the wicks are completely saturated. There is no need to turn your device upside down or to the side to wet the wicks. The wicks are replaceable, so you do not have to throw the tank out when it wears out… Only the coils.
The mini BCC has a 0.4 – 1.6 ML capacity. This looks great and fits great on an eGo style battery. The 510 drip tip just puts it over the top.
ArizonaState Universitystudents are breathing cleaner air this semester after ASU’s tobacco-free policy took effect this month. Students are no longer allowed to smoke on campus. Smokeless tobacco, which is also known as dipping tobacco, and hookah have been banned as well.
But electronic cigarettes are still allowed on campus as long as they are smoked outside. E-cigarettes work by heating up liquid nicotine and turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled.
Non-smokers and even traditional cigarette smokers might not realize what a booming industry e-cigarettes have become. E-cigarettes are estimated to bring in $1 billion in sales this year, according to Wells Fargo securities analysts.
Scottsdaleis the home of NJOY, one of the most recognizable brands of e-cigarettes, which even scored a commercial during the Super Bowl last year.
Ted Kaercher, owner at Headquarters Smokeshop in Tempe, says they have been selling e-cigarettes since 2009 and people are picking them up for plenty of reasons. E-cigarettes release vapor so they can be used inside, they don’t burn or smell, allow users to control the amount of nicotine they are using, have more variety, last longer and are cheaper in the long run.
“Just a few years ago this stuff was super expensive and there were very few choices but because of the popularity the prices have gone down and the products that are being developed are a lot better now,” he says.
There are many options, brands and styles of e-cigarettes, so shoppers are can completely customize what they want, how it tastes and how much nicotine they want to intake. Some e-cigarettes have nicotine found in vegetables rather than tobacco and other e-cigarettes don’t have any nicotine in them at all.
“This industry is growing so rapidly that most people come in and are overwhelmed by all the choices,” Kaercher says. “After being in the smoking industry for the past 20 years, I’ve never seen something that has grown in popularity this quick and developed in technology equipment.”
Cindi Hensley graduated with her masters in communication disorders from ASU this past May and is currently working as a speech language pathologist. She credits e-cigarettes for helping her quit smoking all together.
“The problem with smoking is that you can quit for one year or five years and it’s still tempting,” she says. “The struggle to quick smoking is real. Anything we can give people to make it easier for them, more tolerable for them, and more likely for them to have success, the better.”
Hensley says smoking was mostly a social experience and her electronic cigarette allowed her to still be a part of the smokers’ corner when she was out at bars.
Hensley started smoking while she attended Northern Arizona University and believes her college environment only helped her become addicted, so she supports ASU going tobacco-free.
“I think when kids get to college they are in an environment where for the first time they get to make choices about their lives all by themselves and sadly, most of the people I know, myself included, became huge smokers while in college,” she says. “Also, college preps kids for real life and in real life you can’t smoke anywhere anymore.”
E-cigarettes are not being taxed and are currently not FDA approved but Hensley says that “barring any unforeseen medical issues we don’t know about 35 years from now,” she is doing herself a favor.