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Cigarette Waste vs E-Cigarette Waste

Cigarette Waste vs E-Cigarette Waste

The health debate between smoking and vaping has long been raging, but there’s another debate simmering beneath the surface: the great debate between cigarette waste and e-cigarette waste. The ever-popular, plastic disposable lighter cost tons more than recharging your vape battery. Lighters also have an awful impact on the environment. But don’t take it from us. Ask the albatross. Read on to see what we mean.

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The Money: Plastic Lighters vs. Vape Pen Batteries

Smokers saunter into a store to buy a lighter, picking up a disposable plastic gizmo that costs anywhere from 50 cents on up. No big deal, right? But the cheaper the lighter, the quicker it’s going to run out. You’d probably have to spend at least $2 to $3 to get the brand-name lighters that boast up to 3,000 lit-up flicks.

So let’s say you spend $3 for a lighter that gives you 3,000 lights before it runs out of fuel. If you’re smoking one pack of 20 cigarettes per day, the lighter will last you 150 days (provided no lights are wasted from being quashed by wind or rain). That means you’ll have to buy 2.43 lighters per year to light all 7,300 cigarettes, which comes to about $7.29 in lighter costs.

Still no big deal, right? Perhaps not, but it’s also nearly 30 times more expensive than recharging your vape pen, a cost that’ll run you less than 25 cents for the entire year.

True, you do have to initially invest in a vape battery and charger, costs that can start around $10 and $5, respectively. But batteries have been known to last for up to 400 charges, which takes you beyond a single year of charging once per day. The chargers can last even longer, as long as you don’t drop, smash or submerge them in water.

You can also purchase your battery and charger and be set for an extended period, without having to waste gas driving to the store to buy a new plastic disposable lighter that once again ran out at the worst possible moment.

The Environment: Plastic Lighters vs. Vape Pen Batteries

And even if you say the $7.29 per year you spend on disposable lighters is still no big deal as far as out-of-pocket expenses go, plastic lighters are a huge deal when it comes to decimating the environment. Here’s where that aforementioned albatross comes in.

Albatross that make their home on and around Midway Islands are suffering mightily, thanks in part to the massive amounts of plastic lighters floating around the Pacific Ocean. Proclaimed as Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in 1996, Midway Islands feature an atoll that covers a 15-mile stretch that encompasses two main islands located about 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu.

The Refuge is an albatross haven, with 320,000 albatross chicks hatching there every year. And about 90 percent of those chicks, or

That’s because albatross parent flies up to 1,000 miles over the ocean searching for floating egg masses, squid and other marine life near the water’s surface. Plastic lighters are bobbing around right there with their food sources, making up a notable portion of the

Adult albatross bring the food back to the chicks, inadvertently feeding them lighters and other plastic junk that can end up killing them. Chicks that die from plastic ingestion typically have double the amount of plastic in their stomachs than surviving chicks. Ingested plastic lighters and other junk increases the risk of dehydration, fatal puncture wounds in the digestive tracts, and buildup of toxins the plastics pick up when swirling around the ocean.

Volunteers on the Refuge’s Sand Island collected 1,310 plastic lighters from around the island over a 75-day period. Do the math and it averages out to at least 17 lighters per day, or the potential to expose baby albatross to 6,205 lighters per year – and those are just the lighters that were not eaten and trapped in the chicks’ stomachs.

Rechargeable vape batteries are not typically found floating around the earth’s oceans or killing off albatross. In fact, most

The Call2Recycle program offers free drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries and other recyclable items. Drop-offs for all types of batteries hit 7.3 million pounds for the first six months of 2016 alone, up 20 percent from the same time period last year.

And What about the Butts?

Since we’re on the topic of titanic waste, we can’t help but bring up the cigarette butts that litter our streets, sidewalks, waterways and are considered the most prevalent form of litter on earth. They, too, like to make their way into our oceans, with the Ocean Conservancy noting cigarette butt litter generally accounts for one in every five items collected during environmental cleanups.

More than

Take the butts to a worldwide level, and you’ll find an annual 4.5 trillion cigarette butts littering the streets, sidewalks, waterways, bushes, parks and nearby planters.

Take the butts down to an individual level, and

 Now compare that to the cartomizer or two the vaper may throw out, most likely using a trash can.


So the next time you’re ready to flick your disposable, plastic lighter, or flick your cigarette butt into the street, you may want to stop a moment and at least lament about the tremendous waste you’re helping to create. While you’re at it, you may also want to switch to vaping with rechargeable batteries that can end up recycled to help save the wildlife on our shores.

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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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