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April Product of the Month

Metro 36ct M100 Cartridges

Our METRO 1.8% Strength Traditional Tobacco Flavored E-Cig Cartridges, in bulk packages, are amongst the highest quality electronic cigarette cartridges in the industry. Each flavor cartridge includes a built-in vaporizer, so every time you need to change out a cartridge you are getting a new vaporizer!

Each Cartridge is equivalent to approximately 1.5 – 2 packs of traditional cigarettes or 300 puffs. This approximation depends on each vaper’s individual vaping habits and inhalation strength.

Now available in our convenient 36ct Bulk Packs – a 17% savings over buying our 3ct packages individually!

Each Cartridge contains 1.8% nicotine by volume.

Tobacco flavored cartridges for e-cigs

Metro Traditional Tobacco Cartridges for Electronic Cigarettes

To read about proper vaping techniques, read our: How to Vape an E-Cig web page.

 

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How Do You Inhale an Electronic Cigarette?

Figuring out e-cigarettes can be difficult for a new user. When you are so used to smoking a paper wrapped tobacco cigarette with a filter, you can often get frustrated when trying your first e-cigarette. Many people actually get discouraged to the point that they go back to traditional cigarettes. We have asked around and done some research and have some tips for those that are new to e-cigs and just can’t understand why vaping an e-cig is different than smoking a cigarette.

Cig-a-like E-Cigarette

Typical Electronic Cigarette

So you pickup your cig-a-like e-cigarette and it sure looks like a cigarette so why wouldn’t you smoke it like one? Right? Well, no, wrong. They are made to look like cigarettes for the mental comfort of “having a cigarette in your hand” but the components are different so therefore they need to be smoked/vaped differently. One is paper with a filter, tobacco and a flame; the other is a lithium-ion battery that heats liquid nicotine and forms a vapor. If you find yourself smoking your e-cigarette the way you smoke a traditional cigarette, you are doing something wrong. As a matter of fact, if you vape your e-cig as you smoke your cigarette you will find yourself with a sore throat, sore lungs, an incessant cough and irritation in your mouth and throat.

So how do you actually inhale an e-cigarette then? Follow some basic steps and you will be well on your way to a happy vaping experience:

1. Do not draw the vapor directly into your lungs as you would a cigarette. Instead, draw it into your mouth (use your cheeks as a vacuum) and then inhale into your lungs if desired. If you’ve ever smoked a cigar, the concept is similar. The vapor does not have to be inhaled and probably won’t have the desired effect if inhaled.

2. After drawing the vapor into your mouth, hold it there for about 4-5 seconds before either inhaling into the lungs or exhaling through your mouth or nose.

3. When drawing the vapor into your mouth, make sure you do so slow and steady. Pulling hard as you would on a cigarette actually causes the heater coil to malfunction. The heater coil works when air is gently drawn across it. Pulling hard will also cause the liquid to be drawn directly into your mouth – a very unpleasant experience indeed.

4. Nicotine can only penetrate by inhalation into the lungs on a traditional cigarette. However, with an e-cigarette, it absorbs through mucous membranes in the mouth, lungs and nose. If you do not inhale into the mouth first, then into the lungs and then out the nose, the nicotine absorption is much less and you will not have a satisfying experience.

5. The “effects” that a smoker is looking for is typically delivered in under 8 seconds with a traditional cigarette. Due to the mucous membrane absorption, e-cigarettes can take up to 30 seconds to take effect. This is often a frustration for new vapers, but when understood, can be adapted to.

Using this longer, but slower and less deep, inhalation method should cause your e-cig to last you between 1.5-2 packs of cigarettes. The longer your inhale, the shorter the lifespan of the cartridge.

E-Liquid with Personal Vaporizer

E-Liquid and Vaporizer

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Spring Cleaning: Keeping your E-Cig like Brand New

All electronic cigarettes require a little maintenance and cleaning here and there. Remnants of flavor liquid can sometimes collect in the body. The battery could slowly stain the inside. The mouthpiece can even become partially blocked. All of these factors can potentially affect the taste of the vapor and the operation of the atomizer in the cartridge. As the time for spring-cleaning draws near, think about giving your electronic cigarette a thorough, much-needed cleanse.

Disassemble the Electronic Cigarette

The first step for a spring-cleaning is to completely disassemble the device and any accessories. Every part of the e-cig should be removed including the battery. It helps to lay them out on a dry towel so they do not roll away. Accessories like chargers or cases should be disassembled or opened as well, if possible.

Breaking down the parts of an E-Cig

The components of an E-Cig

Clean the Mouthpiece and Housing

The first thing to do during a good spring-cleaning is to clean the mouthpiece. This should be done with a paper towel or napkin that will not leave behind particles. The paper towel can be folded and twisted so it fits inside the mouthpiece. It can be dampened with some warm water and mild dish soap. Some people prefer to use isopropyl alcohol although this is not usually necessary. It is important to clean any liquid or buildup inside the mouthpiece since this can actually affect the taste and production of vapor. The outer housing of the e-cig should also be wiped down with a damp cloth.

Clean the Battery and Contacts

An important part of spring-cleaning is taking care of the battery. The battery should be wiped down with a dry cloth and examined closely. If there is white staining around the battery, then it is should be replaced immediately. The inside of the housing where the battery sits should be cleaned and examined as well. White staining or debris means the battery is corroding. The white substance can be removed with isopropyl alcohol on a stiff cotton swab. The battery contacts should also be cleaned so they are clear of any stray fluid or corrosion. This will keep the e-cig working efficiently.

Wipe Down or Replace the Cartridge

If there is a cartridge in the e-cig, then it should be wiped down. This should include the threads on the bottom that are screwed into the cigarette. Cartridges that seem to be leaking should be replaced to protect the battery. Fluid left inside can accumulate over time and alter the taste of new liquids, so be sure it is dried completely.

Check and Clean the Charger

Part of your in-depth spring-cleaning should include making sure the charger is in good shape. The charger should be wiped down like the other components of the e-cig. The cord and connections should be cleaned carefully with a dry or barely damp paper towel. Chargers with frayed or damaged cords should be replaced for safety.

Be Careful When Using Cotton Swabs

Always be careful when using cotton swabs to clean an e-cig. Some swabs will tear and leave strips of cotton behind inside the body. This can cause problems with the vapor and could even affect the battery. The cigarette should be checked for stray pieces of cotton or paper towel after cleaning.

 

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The Most Common E-Cigarette Myths

E-cigarettes are the best thing to happen since the proverbial sliced bread. However, in spite of this, there are many e-cigarette myths that confuse smokers as well as the general public. There’s no point in making an opinion based on pure fiction. Here are the facts to set several of those common e-cigarette misconceptions straight.

E-Cig Myths and Facts

Electronic Cigarettes Myths Debunked

E-cigarettes are as harmful as regular cigarettes because they contain nicotine.
This is simply not true. Yes, nicotine is addictive, but the harmful effects of traditional cigarettes are due to their containment of tobacco and other chemicals not confined in electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are dangerous because the ingredients are not known.
For any reputable company, this assumption is not true. All trustworthy manufacturers will disclose their ingredients, which you can freely research further for more information. The most common ingredients found in e-liquids include nicotine, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol (both proponents found in a variety of household, food and health products) and optional flavorings.

E-cigarette vapor is the same as second-hand smoke.
This statement is absolutely not true however public a belief it may be. The vapor produced from electronic cigarettes contains no tobacco byproduct. It is not even a smoke, rather a water vapor that is harmless to bystanders and evaporates almost immediately.

E-cigarette vapor is made with anti-freeze.
This is one of the most wide spread e-cigarette myths that is also incredibly false. Anti-freeze is a highly toxic chemical, and any e-cigarette company incorporating this ingredient would be liable for lawsuits.

The marketing for e-cigarettes is aimed at teenagers and children.
The same rules apply to purchasing e-cigarettes as they do with tobacco products. The flavors and packaging may be attractive to any age group, but the manufacturers of e-cigarettes do not aim specifically towards minors. Statistics show that most e-cigarette users are smokers between 30 and 50 years old.

E-cigarettes are more addictive than regular cigarettes because the amount of nicotine is higher.
This is an odd myth as the nicotine level in electronic cigarettes is completely controlled by the user. E-cigarettes actually deliver less nicotine than regular cigarettes, as users commonly reduce their levels of nicotine consumption in hopes of eventually weaning themselves from the addictive drug. This is one reason e-cigs are tremendously helpful when trying to quit smoking.

E-cigarettes commonly explode.
A good quality e-cigarette that is used according to its instructions will not explode. They are manufactured to be safe for its users and as long as they are handled with care, will continue to be so. It should be recognized, however, that all devices containing lithium batteries could potentially explode, including cell phones.

E-cigarettes do not help people stop smoking.
According to a survey that was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 31 percent of 222 respondents who use e-cigarettes were still not smoking cigarettes, six months after they made the switch. Some of the people in the study said that they had tried to quit smoking several other times and weren’t successful until they tried the e-cigarette. Of the people who had not smoked after six months, 34.3 percent were also not using e-cigarettes or other products that contain nicotine. The consensus is that these devices can save lives because they can help heavy smokers quit.

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Evolution of the Electronic Cigarette

Early History

In the late 1960s, Herbert Gilbert dreamed of a mechanical cigarette that did not contain tobacco or emit smoke. He filed a patent for his idea in the United States in 1963. That patent was accepted and remains on record with the United States Patent Office. Herbert did talk with multiple manufacturers throughout the late 1960s regarding his innovative idea, but his tobacco-free, smokeless cigarette was never introduced to the market.

Though the design originally suggested in this patent is different from the e-cigarettes sold today, this was the starting point for the idea of smoking cigarettes without tobacco. Herbert’s design included a removable tip that would take on the flavor of a cigarette or other things, such as root beer. The user would replace the tip in order to enjoy different flavors.

mechanical cigarette from the 1960's

Herbert Gilbert’s Original E-cig Design

The E-Cigarette Hits the Market       

It wasn’t until 2003 that someone else took the concept of an electronic cigarette and introduced it to consumers. Hon Lik took out a patent for an electronic cigarette and started selling his product in China. He created a business named Ruyan, which means “resembling smoke” in Chinese. This was the first model of the modern e-cigarette ever to hit the market, and it was the inspiration for the many e-cigs currently selling around the world.

What made Hon Lik’s electronic cigarette different from the cigarette patented by Herbert Gilbert was the presence of a vapor that looked like the smoke emitted from a real cigarette. Rather than just flavoring a replaceable tip, Hon Lik developed a liquid that contained nicotine. This liquid was heated and inhaled into the lungs. Inhalation was not a factor with the original patent created by Herbert Gilbert.

Hon Lik also created the design for a plastic reservoir that held the liquid before it was heated and released as vapor. This was a big departure from the more basic design suggested by Herbert Gilbert. This newer model also recommended propylene glycol as a method of diluting the nicotine in the liquid. The world was one step closer to eliminating the harmful effects of tobacco without giving up the pleasures of smoking.

The Modern E-Cigarette

Once Hon Lik’s model for the electronic cigarette hit the market, other manufacturers and inventors were stimulated to start using the technology he created. This is what created the competitive market for electronic cigarettes that is experienced around the world today.

Manufacturers are expanding the original technology created by Hon Lik in order to create more functional electronic cigarettes. For instance, the mini e-cigarette is now quite popular. The electronic cigarettes that many people purchase today are thinner than the cigarette model originally created for the Chinese market. Many look like real cigarettes while others have more stylish designs that look almost nothing like a real cigarette.

Modern e-cigs often use cartridges that contain the liquid before it is heated and released as vapor. The range of available flavors is quite impressive, and most manufacturers have their own flavors on the market.

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How to get your Boss to let you Vape in the Office

Vaping, or using an electronic cigarette, is a new pastime that affords people the same enjoyment as smoking without any of the harmful side effects. As a result, many people do not see any reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to vape in the office environment.

The first step in the process of getting permission to vape in the office is to inform the boss about the specifics of e-cigarettes. You can start by printing out some research to have facts that back up your argument. Enlighten the boss that, contrary to popular belief, e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product and instead these devices contain a special liquid known as e-liquid. This e-liquid is made out of propylene glycol, special flavorings that are safe to ingest, glycerin from vegetables, and nicotine. Once the liquid is inside of e-cigarette, it is heated to create water vapor that is then inhaled.

Follow up this information by providing some of these persuasive reasons why e-cigs should be perfectly acceptable to smoke in the office.

vape at work

Is Vaping allowed at your work?

There’s No Smoke
Electronic cigarettes don’t produce any annoying smoke, commonly associated with traditional cigarettes. Although there is a substance that is produced by the e-cigarette, it is merely harmless water vapor as opposed to a harmful element. Because of the lack of primary or secondhand smoke, an e-cigarette poses no threat to the vaper or those around them.

There’s No Smell
One of the early objections to smoking, before anyone figured out that smoking was actually harmful to a person’s well being, was the smell. People don’t like the way that smoking smells, mostly because the potent odor often lingers on the clothes of the person smoking, as well as the clothes of those who are in the vicinity. However, when a person vapes, he or she does not produce the obnoxious tobacco scent created by cigarettes, rather a much more subtle and usually rather pleasant scent of whichever flavor is being vaped.

Increased Productivity
You can make a case for allowing vaping in the office by simply pointing out that you would be saving a great deal of office time by not having to walk outside to take constant smoke breaks. Many offices allow people to take these breaks regularly, however, they add up to a great deal of time spent away from the desk…crucial time in which work could be getting done. In order to recover some of this time, being allowed to vape at your desk would avoid numerous smoke breaks.

Improved Focus
Many people rely on the nicotine in an e-cig as a way to calm themselves down or better focus on their work, a known side effect of nicotine. By improving concentration, a person is able to get more done in a shorter amount of time, allowing him or her to be more productive. Combining improved focus with less smoke breaks will allow a person to maximize his or her working potential.

 

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A Closer Look at Nicotine

Nicotine has been under fire with the Food and Drug Administration for some time now. It is one of the ingredients in tobacco cigarettes; however, the many benefits it provides are rarely, if ever, addressed by groups attempting to outlaw its use. Not only does it have numerous positive aspects, it is also very comparable to caffeine, a drug that is not given nearly as much slack.

Benefits of Nicotine

Effective uses for this product include staving off depression and battling anxiety. These are two of the reasons that people begin to smoke traditional cigarettes. It is a known anti-depressant that can help keep nervous reactions to bad situations to a minimum. Long-term memory is aided with the use of the product, and it can even help people concentrate longer on the tasks as hand. Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, weight gain and Parkinson’s disease are also prevented with the use of this product.

Similarities between Nicotine and Caffeine

Both products can increase the heart rate and cause nausea when used in large doses, causing those part of the anti-smoking campaign to want related products of every sort to be banned. It is a curious thing that caffeine products are not in danger of being banned, and the business is growing by leaps and bounds, even though it presents the same minimal dangers that nicotine contains. Neither product is available in doses high enough to cause the detrimental effects that the government says it is concerned about with nicotine products.

tobacco plant field

A Field of tobacco plants, where nicotine comes from.

Dangers of Tobacco Cigarettes Compared to Electronic Cigarettes

Many people who smoke tobacco products have been unable to give up the habit of smoking. E-cigarettes offer an alternative to smoking without the many dangerous chemicals found in tobacco products. There are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco cigarettes. Among those chemicals, approximately 70 cause cancer. Polonium 210, arsenic and carbon monoxide are some of the most dangerous of those chemicals.

Electronic cigarettes contain three ingredients. Propylene Glycol and Glycerin are the two main ingredients, each used in many common products that are ingested by human beings. The same can be said for the flavoring used in some of these products. The final ingredient is nicotine, and is added only in varying low doses.

There is little to no danger in suffering from serious health issues as a result of using products that contain low doses of nicotine. People who have had a difficult time quitting smoking tobacco products can find relief in the form of vapor products. Since electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco and as the similarities between nicotine and caffeine remain so similar, government interference for e-cigs should, in our opinion, reflect the same regulations as caffeine products.

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E-Cig Battery Lifespan

If you are going to be investing in an electronic cigarette for the first time, you are probably curious about all of the parts and accessories that you will need to purchase. Many people get confused about the batteries that are used with electronic cigarettes, but they work pretty simply and are very similar to any other rechargeable battery. Some people also worry that they will have to replace their batteries frequently, but they can actually last for a reasonably long time if you take good care of them.

What is the Average Lifespan of an E-Cig Battery?

Different electronic cigarette batteries have different lifespans; there are large batteries that can be charged and used many times, but they often result in an electronic cigarette that is much larger than many people prefer. The average battery can be expected to last for approximately 300 charges. You can make your battery last even longer than this if you take good care of it.

The amount of weeks or months this will take will depend on you and how often you use your electronic cigarette. If you are a light user, you might only have to charge your battery once or twice a day. If you are a heavier user, however, you might end up charging it once every three or four hours. Even so, your battery should last you for a relatively long period of time, and they don’t cost much to replace when they are no longer in good condition.

Nicotek E-Cig Battery

A Battery for METRO Electronic Cigarettes from Nicotek.

How to Take Proper Care of Your E-Cig Battery

Taking care of your battery is a lot easier than you think. First of all, remember that your battery’s first charge is the most important. When you first receive it, you should use it until it is completely drained of power before you ever charge it. Then, you should charge it until it is completely charged. By following these steps, you can greatly increase the lifespan of your electronic cigarette battery.

Also, remember to carefully remove any excess liquid that might get on your battery terminal; you can do this each time that you charge it. It’s also a good idea to clean all of the dirt and grime that gets in and around the screws fairly often. These steps only take a couple of minutes, but they can make a big difference in how long you will be able to enjoy your electronic cigarette battery.

Have you ever looked at your car battery and noticed the “white gunk” that builds up around it? Maybe you’ve never lifted the hood of your car, but you’ve seen a battery that has a white build-up or deposit around it – perhaps in an old electronics piece you have lying around? That’s called corrosion. Since your smokeless cigarette is powered by a rechargeable battery, it can also build up that same kind of deposit.

Because it affects performance, it’s important to know how to clean e-cig battery corrosion. Follow the five simple steps for cleaning e-cigarette battery corrosion and restore your battery like it was brand new. You only need two common household items for cleaning e-cig battery “gunk” – a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. Cleaning e-cig battery corrosion will efficiently rejuvenate your vaping experience and ensure months of continued enjoyment.
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Other Tips

It’s recommended that you invest in an extra battery for your electronic cigarette; then, you don’t have to worry about missing out on the experience while your battery is charging. Batteries for electronic cigarettes are affordable, so it shouldn’t set you back too much to invest in an extra one, and you can expect to enjoy both of your batteries for a long time as long as you take proper care of them.

Also, remember to recycle your batteries when you cannot use them anymore. Nicotek offers a great battery recycling program, which rewards you for recycling!

 

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Why is it so Hard to Quit Smoking?

Whether you have been smoking for years or only a short period of time, you probably already know how important it is to put the cigarettes down and quit this harmful habit. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to quit smoking. Although you might be feeling frustrated with yourself for having a difficult time with this seemingly easy task, it is important to understand the many reasons why it is so hard to quit this destructive routine.

Nicotine Addiction Can Be Very Powerful

First of all, it is important to understand the physical effects that go along with quitting smoking. Traditional cigarettes include nicotine, which is highly addictive. Once your body is addicted to it, it craves it on a regular basis.

Therefore, you can go through a pretty rough withdrawal period after quitting smoking. These withdrawals can make you physically uncomfortable or even temporarily ill, and they can cause you to have a very strong craving for cigarettes. From headaches and nausea to insomnia, irritability and more, the withdrawal symptoms that go along with quitting can be difficult to handle, especially at first.

Smoking Cigarettes Becomes a Habit

Along with the physical effects that go along with smoking, the act of lighting up and puffing on a cigarette can become a practice you become all too accustom to. When you try to quit smoking, you might miss the hand-to-mouth and puffing actions that you are so familiar with.

Social Situations can make it Harder

If you have a lot of friends or family members who smoke, quitting can be even harder. Being around others who smoke can make it highly tempting to grab a cigarette and light up. The people around you might even encourage you to smoke, either directly or indirectly.

Quit smoking Cigarettes

Break Away From Traditional Cigarettes

There are Probably Triggers All Around You

There are a lot of things that can trigger cravings and make smoking seem much more appealing. Frequenting bars or going to parties where people will be smoking can make it more difficult to avoid cigarettes, and other things might trigger the habit as well. For example, if you are used to smoking while enjoying your coffee in the morning or while driving, it might be very difficult to avoid the habit when doing these things.

These are just a few of the many reasons why putting down cigarettes can be so hard, but there is one thing that you can try if you are ready to quit for good. Instead of trying to quit cold turkey or purchasing a nicotine patch, consider transitioning over to an electronic cigarette.

Ease your Way Out of It

Electronic cigarettes allow you to add your own nicotine, which means that you can choose how much you would like to intake each time that you puff on your device. Many people start out with an amount that is similar to what is found in normal cigarettes; then, they slowly add less and less until they have weaned themselves off of the substance. This allows you to gradually get accustomed to not smoking while reducing nicotine-related withdrawal symptoms.

E-cigarettes can also help you overcome many of the other challenges that go along with quitting smoking. Soft-tip electronic cigarettes have been developed to mimic the look and feel of traditional combustion cigarettes. Since electronic cigarette use simulates the use of traditional cigarettes, you don’t have to worry as much about environmental triggers, social situations or the physical habit. Instead, you can simply focus on cutting back on your nicotine intake while puffing on your favorite flavors.

 

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Newbie E-Cig Term: Vaping

Over the past few decades, laws that ban smoking in public places and employer policies that forbid smoking in the workplace have left smokers with few satisfactory alternatives. Electronic cigarettes were invented to fill this gap. The latest versions have introduced a new word into the English language: vaping. Simply put, vaping is the process of turning a liquid into vapor by using heat.

What is an E-Cig?

Electronic cigarettes consist of three primary elements: the battery, the tank (also known as the clearomizer) and the mouthpiece. The rechargeable battery provides the power to heat the liquid in the tank. Users draw the vapor from the tank into their mouths through the mouthpiece. When the user exhales, smoke is released. However, unlike regular cigarettes, this smoke has no second-hand toxicity. There are no hazardous particles released and no unpleasant odors.

Faze Vaporizer Parts

How does it Work?

Vaping does not require the user to draw the vapor into their lungs to satisfy a craving for nicotine. Holding the vapor in the mouth allows the nicotine to be absorbed through the cheeks, tongue and gums. The nicotine then enters the bloodstream, and the body reacts to it just as it does nicotine absorbed through the lungs.

How about the E-liquid?

Although vaping is not smoking cessation, users can purchase the liquid in a variety of strengths, including liquids that contain no nicotine. Typically, users begin with the strength equivalent to the regular cigarettes they have been smoking. For example, if they are accustomed to unfiltered cigarettes, they might choose the 24 mg formula. If they normally smoke filtered cigarettes, they might choose an 16 mg formula. The different strengths allow users to reduce their nicotine intake if they so desire.

Vaping also allows users to select liquids that taste like their favorite flavors. Although menthol and tobacco flavors are available, a wide assortment of different flavors have been developed to allow users to vary their vaping experience. Coffee, peach, apple, grape, chocolate and watermelon are just a few of the different flavors offered.

Where to Begin?

Novice users normally select a starter kit that contains at least one complete electronic cigarette. They then select the flavor and strength of liquid they want to try. Experienced vapers can purchase rebuildable vaporizers that allow them to customize their vaping experience. They can select different types and configurations for wicks, change the size and location of air holes and alter the power used to heat the liquid. There are also a number of different mouthpieces, commonly called drip tips, available as well. These drip tips range from whimsical to elegant, and they allow the user to create a custom look that best fits their personality.

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