It has been over a decade since the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was in existence. Despite it’s popularity amongst hot rod lovers, the consolidation to the Camaro brought the 35-year reign of “dirty birds” to an end.
For those who smoke and want to kick the habit, the e-cigarette is a good choice for a replacement. These innovative devices are becoming more and more popular as time goes by.
But there are some things you need to know before switching to e-Cigarettes. In fact, there are five facts that many people may not be aware of when they turn to these devices.
1. The costs
The e-cigarette can be fairly costly when you take into account that you have to replace cartridges on a regular basis. In fact, a cartridge only holds enough nicotine to equal to a pack of regular cigarettes.
If you are serious about your desire to quit using tobacco, however, then this device is worth every cent. A cheaper route would be to learn how to refill the cartridges that you already have in use.
2. The levels of nicotine
Just like the choice between full flavor and light cigarettes, the e-cig offers a choice of how much nicotine you ingest. Cartridges come in full, light, and even no-nicotine air. This may pose sufficient flexibility that many more people will choose to switch to the e-cigarette.
3. You can find them anywhere
E-cigarettes are on sale internationally and even online. So there’s no reason to worry if you’re going on vacation abroad or, on the other hand, you cannot leave your home.
You should always have a way to purchase an e-cig or refill cartridge. These devices have become so popular that people all over the world are trying them.
4. Maintenance is required
E-cigarettes are battery powered and must be recharged on a regular basis. The device sometimes has to have the battery replaced, as well, but this depends on the quality or brand of the e-cigarette.
- Regulations differ
Believe it or not, some countries have banned the e-cig. They include Canada, Mexico, and Israel. There are also many places that still apply their “no smoking” regulations inside establishments to electronic cigarettes as well.
Many experts have argued that the e-cig does not produce second-hand smoke, but there doubts remain as to whether the inhalation of nicotine is safe. There are also doubts about how safe the e-cigarette really may be for use in public places.
Although many questions about the e-cigarette have yet to be answered, this device is gradually replacing some tobacco use in the US and elsewhere around the world.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as personal vaporizers (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes (e-cigs), are sleek, battery-powered, tube-like devices made to resemble an actual cigarette.
Sometimes they go so far as to display a tip that lights up or glows in a desired color. However, electronic cigarettes don’t produce tobacco-generated smoke like traditional combustible cigarettes. Instead, electronic cigarettes produce a water vapor cloud during the inhale/exhale cycle. And they don’t require a match or any sort of flame to ignite.
The growing use of the electronic cigarette
The Centers for Disease Control reported earlier this year that the use of electronic cigarettes rose from about 10% among young smokers in 2010 to 21% in that category of smokers in 2011. The survey characterized “young” as below the age of forty.
Electronic cigarettes are currently promoted as a safe alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes by their manufacturers,. It’s true that they don’t produce the same harmful smoke as traditional cigarettes. They generally don’t contain most of the same chemicals either, although they still provide the user with nicotine.
For this very reason, many regular smokers actually use electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation devices, believing it provides them with a better option for tapering off the habit. The fact that this device not only provides nicotine to the user but also satisfies the hand-to-mouth physical impulse that’s part of the addiction supports that theory.
How do electronic cigarettes work?
The electronic cigarette heats nicotine liquid and converts it to a vapor, or mist, that the user inhales. There is absolutely no tobacco, no ash, and no smoky smell. And depending on the e-cigarette, the user may simply inhale from the cartridge to begin the vaporization process, though some devices have a manual switch that activates the vaporizer inside.
An electronic cigarette has three main parts:
- A rechargeable lithium battery (which powers the cigarette and can be charged using a charger similar to those utilized for cell phone batteries)
- A vaporization chamber (where the mist or vapor is generated)
- A cartridge (which stores the liquid nicotine)
E-cigarette users inhale the way they would with a regular cigarette. This inhalation activates the atomizer to heat the liquid in the cartridge and convert the liquid to a vapor in the chamber. Inhaling the vapor through the mouthpiece delivers nicotine to the lungs, and the user exhales vapor that looks much like a cloud of cigarette smoke.
Where to purchase electronic cigarettes
Electronic cigarette companies sell their products in a wide range of retail stores, but also more and more online. Many consumers tend to prefer online purchasing for their e-cigarette supplies; they say that lower prices, free shipping, and privacy were the main reasons.
A wide array of models and brands are currently available for the consumer, both online and in local shops, and the diversity of electronic cigarette selection is growing fast. Some e-cigs mimic the appearance of tobacco cigarettes, while others look like cigars, pipes, and even ink pens. Prices vary, ranging from $40 to $120 on average, for a starter kit.
Starter kits for electronic cigarettes usually include a lithium battery charger, a few cartridges, and the electronic cigarette itself. Cartridges typically last about as long as a pack of twenty tobacco cigarettes and sell for about $10 each.
Consumers also can purchase bottles of e-liquid and refill the cartridges themselves, thus eliminating the need to purchase additional cartridges at a higher price. This reduces the general cost overall, making electronic cigarettes cheaper to use than the tobacco variety.
There are a number of myths and facts about porn addiction you may or may not be aware of. Whether you’re suffering from this addiction or you think someone you love has an unhealthy obsession with porn, understanding the six important facts below is imperative. Addiction, in any form, is highly dangerous.
1. Porn is not just for the low class
One of the biggest misconceptions relating to porn addiction is that it happens only among the lower class population. This is simply not true. Porn addiction can happen to people from all walks of life, whether you are wealthy, middle class, working class, or the poor.
Addiction to porn happens to the religious and the shy, to the family man and the single guy. It’s an affliction that can affect anyone from anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city, in the suburbs, or with your parents.
2. Porn hurts more than just you
Many people blow off porn as something harmless because it doesn’t affect anyone. This is also not true. Porn affects everyone in your life. Many of the women in porn are involved because they feel trapped in their situation. You are contributing to this lifestyle. Additionally, your family, your friends, and your career might end up hurt because of your porn addiction.
3. Porn affects the way you view women
You might think that porn has no bearing on the way you view the women in your life, but it does. When you become addicted to porn, you begin to objectify women. You begin to think subconsciously that women should behave a certain way, and do certain things in the bedroom. This can cause you to consider women as nothing more than pleasurable entertainment.
4. Porn addiction affects your marriage
Maybe you view your porn addiction as a good thing in your marriage. Perhaps you don’t feel so attracted to your wife anymore and your porn addiction is helping you revive your intimate life. But this is not correct.
When you watch porn, you become desensitized to the important aspects of your marriage, such as communication and closeness. You begin to place the value of your relationship in the bedroom and forget how to feel love, friendship, and respect for your wife.
5. Porn doesn’t have a negative effect on your life
This is wrong, as well: porn does have a negative effect on your life. It causes you to become secretive, to tell lies, to withdraw from your family and friends; and it can even cause you to lose focus at work.
Soon you will find yourself putting your family and job at risk because you just can’t wait any longer to catch up on a little porn. It can cause you to lose your family and your job.
6. There is no cure for porn addiction
Wrong again: there is a cure for porn addiction. There are online therapy programs designed to help you overcome your addiction to pornography. These programs help you learn to focus on your feelings, recognize what triggers you to want to watch porn, and to learn how to alleviate the desire.
These programs are anonymous, so they leave you comfortable enough to participate. When porn becomes a problem, it’s time to look online for a therapy course that will help you get your life back on track.
The myths surrounding porn are just that: misleading fabrications. You can believe whatever you want, but that doesn’t change the facts. When you suffer from porn addiction, it affects everything from your family to your self-esteem to your job. Don’t let yourself become the kind of person who objectifies women and treats others with no respect.
Let’s talk about sex. Every sexual encounter is going to be different, whether you’re with a new partner for the first time or you’re trying something different.
You can even find yourself having new experiences with someone you’ve been in a committed relationship with for years as your connection with each other grows and matures. Sex can be incredible … until you have to start worrying about things like sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, and the emotional ups and downs of any relationship.
You deserve to have great, worry-free sex, and that all begins with taking care of yourself.
Good choices lead to great sex
There’s a lot of truth in the adage that you can’t love someone until you can love yourself. Whether you’re looking for a healthy long-term relationship or just a quick fling, you owe it to the person you’re with (and even more to yourself) to approach sex with a safety-first attitude and take advantage of the sexual health resources in your area, like those found at Planned Parenthood.
Otherwise, you can contract chronic hepatitis C, for example, and a pleasant sexual encounter can lead to therapeutic apheresis. Here are four steps to better sex that everyone should consider, no matter what their sexual history is.
1. It’s OK to say no, just as much as it’s OK to say yes
No matter how old you are, there can be a lot of unnecessary pressure to have sex. As you have more experiences, you’ll learn your preferences and realize it’s just as right for you to say no to someone if you’re uncomfortable as it’s OK to want to try new things and express your sexuality. First and foremost, safe sex is sex you’re comfortable with.
2. Have someone to talk to
The Internet is a great resource for sexual health knowledge, but it helps to have someone in your life that you trust and aren’t in a relationship with, that you can talk to about anything sex related. Have someone who will help you find the answers you need, and you can just talk about the emotional side of your relationship.
3. Never have to guess
Exploring your sexuality is an important part of learning what you like and what your boundaries are. That being said, you should always get tested for STIs and choose partners you trust to do the same, and be able to communicate with each other about your sexual past.
Don’t be one of the many who are living with herpes or having to go through therapeutic apheresis for hepatitis C — both common experiences for people who have many sexual partners — if you can avoid it. If you do contract something, respect your body and get the treatment you need.
4. Knowledge is power
Honestly, the one thing that will keep you safe is the facts. If you have an accurate understanding of the possible consequences that come with having sex, you’re well armed. Know yourself, know your body, and know what you’re getting into … and you will have nothing to worry about.
Life is good for Russian photographer Murad Osmann. He gets to travel the world. His does what he loves while he’s doing it – taking pictures. Best of all, his smoking hot girlfriend, Natalya Zakharova, makes for an excellent subject in his photos while he’s doing it.
Gillette wants us all to be a little happier by kissing more. In this amusing documentary, the history and current lack of make-out sessions in the world is tackled, and solutions are pursued. If you’re missing out on making out, make sure you check out this video. Learn what could be preventing you from getting your next lip lock. Once you’ve become knowledgeable, head on over to kissandtellus.com and see what women think of stubble and other kiss-killers.
Never let it be said that you didn’t have the chance to be heard. Gillette is a firm believer in the idea that “The best will always be debated; the best shave will not.” The makers of the new and awesome Fusion razor want to settle something important: namely, NFL debates. They’ve enlisted Clay Matthews to help them judge the master debater for a weekly NFL burning question. The best debate will win tickets to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans as well as bragging rights (because we all know how important those are)!
Hit up their Facebook page and join the debate.
MINI encourages you to seize the day and join the ranks of the Not Normal. Why be normal when you can be extraordinary? With that in mind, MINI’s new video features an army of free spirits rocking their way through Berlin – all to a soundtrack by The Naked and Famous. Check out the wild, bizarre, but always exciting antics of these MINI drivers and thrill to the possibilities of living a life that’s Not Normal.
Also, MINI has a new Tumblr that captures more of the “Not Normal” lifestyle. MINI will help you break free from the confines of normalcy.
In the upcoming 2013 new car market, over 40 new cars, trucks, and SUVs will be hitting the roads for the 2013 model year. For anyone looking to buy a new car, there are many new vehicles boasting great fuel efficiency, but, unlike cars in recent model years, don’t compromise style.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have recently begun performing their crash and safety test on this coming group of vehicles, it’s clear that safety is a high priority. Of the cars that have been tested, many have received five stars across the board, according to Kicking Tires. While safety ratings are an important factor, it is also important to consider performance, reliability, fuel economy ratings, interior and exterior features, and of course cost. Depending on what a buyer is looking for, there is sure to be a well-rounded vehicle that’s perect for them.
A Look at the Top Five Cars Coming 2013
The Subaru BRZ ranks in the top three affordable sports cars in US News’ rankings. With excellent safety ratings, the BRZ is looking to be one of the most affordable track-ready performing vehicles to be released.
The Automotive Press calls the Hyundai Elantra will be the top choice in the 2013 model year for commuter cars. It features spacious interiors and cargo space and great fuel economy ratings.
The new Ford Escape received five out of five stars in recent side crash tests, and four out of five in every other category. As a compact SUV, reviewers say it handles a lot like a small car, and delivers excellent performance. It is called a well-rounded vehicle with excellent interior and exterior features.
This Mazda model ranks high in every regard, from performance, interior, and exterior, to safety and reliability. If you’re looking for performance, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is for you, having received glowing reviews for its handling, transmissions, and fuel economy figures. Like the Ford Escape, it received five stars in side crash tests and four stars in all other categories.
This car ranks 10 out of 10 in upscale small cars, and will be the smallest sedan Acura makes. It passed safety tests with flying colors and scores high in reliability and was one of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top safety picks.
A new car is one of the largest purchases a consumer will make. Buyers should be prepared to invest the time and resources for properly maintain their new car. To keep a new car in pristine condition for many years to come, owners should remember not to put off performing regular maintenance and to make repairs as needed. Changing air filters, checking the AC system, and watching the tire pressure are all important in keeping any car working well and earth friendly. And some auto detailing supplies are always a great idea to keep a new car looking new!