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Your Senses, and What Smoking Does to Them

How tobacco affects smell and tasteYour senses… they’re pretty remarkable. They shape your perspective, are home to your pleasure centers, and they are responsible for everything that involves delicious tastes, amazing aromas, and wondrous sounds. The thought of living without them, and having to navigate this crazy world without them sounds rather drab, does it not? Smoking is a great way to destroy them, and if you’re needing a good reason to shelf the smoke, here is a look at what smoke does to your senses, in particular, your senses of taste and smell. Because why compromise this amazing capacity we’ve been blessed with by nature?


Located in the rear of the nose are the olfactory nerves, and these transmit signals to the brain every time you inhale, allowing you to identify what you’re smelling. Traditional tobacco cigarettes dull these nerves over time, rendering them damaged, causing your ability to smell correctly and intensely to be hampered. In fact, according to the American Council on Science and Health, a frequent smoker is twice as likely to experience a reduced level of ability to smell correctly, than a nonsmoker.


The sense of smell is directly related to how one’s sense of taste works, however there are other ways taste is impacted by tobacco smoke. The sense of smell is affected by smoke in a physical manner, in which the tastebuds are actually flattened by the chemicals in smoke. In a study done in Greece where the tastebuds of smokers and nonsmokers were compared, and the tastebuds of smokers were found to be significantly flatter than those of the nonsmokers. The resulting effect causes one to not taste food as profoundly, with the sense of taste overall dulled to a drastic degree. What a shame!

The good part of all of this bad news is that smokers are able to regain their abilities to smell and taste correctly if they opt to switch to vapor cigarettes, which offer a similar experience without the chemicals and tobacco. Taste buds and olfactory nerves are actually known to regrow, as quickly as within a few days of quitting smoking (though individual results may vary, and can take up to a few months). The human body’s ability to evolve and heal is amazing, isn’t it?

CDC Clarifies Common E-Cig Myth: Nonsmokers Are Not Interested

CDC Data The Centers for Disease Control (the CDC) recently reported that e-cigarettes pose way less of a threat than critics have been portraying them as, even as the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows. And, to stick it to the nonsensical rumor that electronic cigarettes are a danger to society because they are going to encourage a new wave of nonsmokers converting to the tobacco-smoke-filled dark side, the data cited by the CDC turns this misguided theory on its side.

The CDC has based their status on the findings of a new study from the National Health Interview Study, which has provided the latest, most conclusive statistics on the habits of smokers and recently quit nonsmokers.

Stats From the Study

In the study, it was determined that 12.6% of American adults had, at least at one time, tried an e-cigarette. It also concluded that 3.7% of American adults currently use electronic cigarette devices regularly, which means that at a minimum they use them some days. Among the other interesting findings from the study, 47% of current smokers, and 55% of former smokers who had recently quit smoking have tried an electronic cigarette or other vapor device item at least once. 15.9% of tobacco smokers and 22% of recently quit former smokers are using electronic cigarettes on a somewhat regular basis. Also of note, tobacco users who are currently smoking  who had, within the last year, attempted to quit cigarette smoking were much more likely to employ electronic cigarettes as a method than smokers who made no effort to quit smoking.

As these findings from the study show, electronic cigarettes are being used by people who want to stop smoking tobacco, and are favoring their options in having alternatives, rather than nonsmokers who are getting lured into smoking by these attractive, trendy devices. The study also found that less than o.4% of nonsmokers have actually been introduced to smoking as a result of e-cigarettes, evidence that nonsmokers are really not that interested. And for publishing this, as well as agreeing with the e-cigarette usage scientific data found in this study, we applaud the CDC for their ability to read between the lines of fact and fiction.

Call to Action: Don’t Let the FDA Ban Vapor Products!

Vapor Products Call to Action!Do you use vapor products? Are you a big fan of vapor products? Do you know that the future of e-cigarettes is on the line? Are you aware that your ability to use them freely may not exist if the FDA’s Tobacco Deeming Regulations stand?

Last week the CASAA, (the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) made an urgent Call to Action in efforts to get everyone involved in this industry to make it known to Washington, local senators and congressional representatives that this kind of action would be a major detriment. In the first few days of the announcement, tens of thousands of e-cigarette and vapor product users stormed the White House with calls and emails, pleading for support of a Bill that will change how the FDA regards alternative tobacco products.

If you are just now hearing about this call to action, or the imposed amendment to the FDA’s proposal, the vapor products industry is asking for support of Bill HR 2058, which will work to keep vapor products available to all adults who use them. Otherwise, within the next 2 – 4 years, 99.9% of all electronic cigarette and vapor related products will be off the market, and not available for sale.

Seems entirely unfair, unjust, and simply wrong, right? What would your life be like if you were placed in a position that gave you only the option of switching back to tobacco because you had no other choice? Well, we urge you to speak up! It is absolutely necessary to make your voice heard, and we highly encourage you to call the White House, as well as email your Congressional Representative and Senators to ask for their support in this extremely important effort of Bill HR 2058. The banning of vapor products will come at a devastating cost to everyone in this industry. Denying users of a valid alternative to the dangers of tobacco, while destroying countless businesses, and impeding innovation that has come so far in just a few years are but a few examples; we can do something to avoid this! Let your voice be heard!

E-cigarette activism may seem like a minimal effort, but it is vastly important as it is a newer industry and it is susceptible to attack. For more ways on how to become more involved in protecting your rights as a vaper and to make voice your heard, here are our tips on how to get involved in supporting the vapor industry.

Where to Call: The White House: (202) 456-1111

Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

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Excise E-Cigarette Tax Hits Washington DC

Crippling E-Cig Excise Tax in DCAs of October 1, 2015 electronic cigarettes are no longer categorized as tobacco products, or subject to sales tax in Washington DC. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The latest in e-cigarette regulations has taken a turn for the worst. The new excise tax now adds a 67% tax on electronic cigarette, e-liquid, and all other vapor-related products, and will be imposed upon the party in possession, or selling the products in actual location in District of Columbia. Should a retailer purchase any such items from a wholesaler or vendor who does not pay the excise tax, the retailer will be responsible for it.

The tax extends to all varieties of products under the category of “vapor products,” including electronic cigarette devices, batteries, atomizers, tanks, cartridges, cartomizers, mouthpieces and all other related accessories, with the exception of chargers which will not be included. The regulation regards all items categorized under the term “vapor product,” and this is in regards to any item that is non-lighting, noncombustible, utilizes a mechanical heating element, battery, electrical circuit, regardless of the shape and/ or size that can be used in a manner to produce a nicotine aerosol from a solution, held within a tank or cartridge, that is intended to be used in conjunction with an electronic cigarette, or any type of related device.

This mighty ruling of a regulation comes as part of a budget proposal, intended to rake in around $400,000 for public spending in DC. For what seems like a relatively small amount of funding, the capitol is willing to attack small businesses, hinder growth, and quite possibly leave many people without jobs, all on the grounds of a regulation created to generate additional income.

How unfortunate it is that our nation’s capitol is going to such lengths to create regulations that do not serve the public, present extremely unfair taxation, and create a complete injustice to those looking for alternatives to tobacco. Previous nationwide e-cig taxes were always a hot topic, however DC has taken it to new levels of extreme. Regulations that serve the purpose to offer standards, safety, and fairness to all parties involved make absolute sense; but to single out one niche market, potentially driving business away from small businesses, and making it harder for consumers to access these items is an absolute injustice. It is our hope that more locales do not follow in the disgraceful footsteps of Washington DC!

Smoking & Your Bod

Health Dangers of TobaccoLet’s talk about your body. Specifically smoking and your body. If you have common sense, you’re most likely aware that smoking is absolutely atrocious for your health. Here’s a look at the many ways tobacco messes with the body, and why it’s a smart idea to stay as far away from the stuff as possible. You know, in case you need just another valid reason.

The Immune System: Smoking is a major cause of stress to the body, and under a constant state of stress, the body will never perform at optimal levels, and will have a harder time recovering. Smoking weakens the immune system, rendering it less effective over time, making it harder to fight off infections and heal wounds. Continuous smoking causes the white blood cells to elevate, as it’s the body’s way of reacting to sickness and/ or injury, and over time, after prolonged periods of high white blood cell counts, the body becomes more prone to stroke, heart attack, and cancer. Interesting that cancer and smoking are so related, isn’t it?

The Ears: Smoking has been linked to hearing loss. Because it reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the cochlea, the cochlea in turn, can become damaged, leaving one with mild to moderate hearing loss.

The Eyes: Macular degeneration, cataracts, blindness, and affecting your ability to use one’s naturally endowed nightvision have all been linked to smoking.

The Stomach: Love your gut? If “no” was your answer, you definitely should steer clear of the cigs. Tobacco smokers, according to research, have bigger bellies than nonsmokers. They are also more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, and being a smoker makes this disease even harder to control.

Sex & Fertility: In women, smoking is known to reduce estrogen production, which is an absolute essential to female health, fertility, and having a healthy sex drive.

In men, smoking makes erectile dysfunction a much a greater risk; less blood flow is not a good thing. Tobacco smoke also holds the potential to damage the genetic material carried in sperm, which can cause infertility, as well as lead to genetic complications in your children.

Were you aware of all the many other ways tobacco smoke can be so harmful? Yup, it’s not just the lungs, heart, and mouth (though those are the big ones) that are susceptible to its ravaging, and all these other areas are pretty important too! If you need a reason to stop smoking, and start vaping, consider tobacco to be your body’s worst enemy!

What You Need to Know About Charging

Eversmoke-Charger-TipsCharging batteries. Sounds pretty self-explanatory and simple, right? Insert charger into device, plug it into an outlet, and let it charge is the basic how-to, is it not? Well, in actuality, yes, however it can get a bit more complicated than that.

Here are the basics about charging e-cig batteries, because there is some additional info you may or may not know about, and it will serve you to have an awareness of it.

Use Only the Charger Your E-Cigarette Battery is Meant For.

In other words, do not swap products and chargers, or use any charger not specified specifically for your device. Even if similar items may seem to fit perfectly, they most likely will not charge at the proper levels, with the proper voltage, etc. In fact, using random chargers can result in damage, or worse.

Overnight Charging is a No-No.

Charging should be up to 100% and then promptly discontinued to ensure the e-cigarette battery life. Leaving a battery on the charger extensively after reaching full capacity can wear it down, making it less effective, can cause technical problems, and/ or reduce overall battery life.

Keep Away From Children and Pets

Like e-liquids, your devices and chargers should be kept out the reach of children and pets at all times. Their safety should be your primary concern, and this is not something you should get too comfortable with. Storing your devices and chargers at a level children and/ or pets will not be able to access is your best bet.

Modify at Your Own Risk, And This Includes Chargers

MODS are mods, and not all e-cig devices and items are meant to be modified with DIY type efforts. Do not use your charger in any way that it is not designated to be used in; it could result in injury as you may be messing with electricity. If you are looking to use MODS, please use only products designed for this kind of use. Standard EverSmoke e-cigarettes, and all of their additional accessories and parts should never be used in such ways.

E-Cigarettes Banned in National Parks

National Parks Ban Electronic CigarettesThe great outdoors. Nature’s way of telling us to slow down, relax and immerse ourselves within its surroundings. Our nation’s National Parks are the perfect venue for a good time away from the concrete chaos, and it never hurts to have a little motivation in the chillax department with a good vape in hand. Yet the aforementioned is all fine and well, so long as the vape stays out of site – as in off-site.

As of now, the National Park Service has issued a ban on all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), better known as e-cigs and vaporizers, within the U.S. National Parks system.

Put into action immediately, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis released a statement citing the health of visitors and employees as the goal behind this regulation. This law echoes the National Park’s stance on traditional cigarettes, which have been entirely banned from use on all National Park property.  This extends to all government facilities, concessions, and vehicles. As noble of a regulation it may appear to be, it is misleading for a government agency to institute a law based on comparison to an entirely separate product, which is used in an entirely different manner.

What the National Parks Service fails to recognize is that the vapor emitted from ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, is an entirely separate, entirely different substance. It is not in any way, nor can it be classified in any way, as smoke. No tobacco is contained in these products, no tobacco is lit with fire, burned, or emitted in any way. If the aim was to legitimately protect guests and employees from smoke, (which is obviously proven to be dangerous) the measure should have been tailored to restrict smoke. Vapor, on the other has not, and it is an absolutely misrepresentation to classify it the same. Doing so removes options for visitors who choose not to smoke, yet still wish to enjoy an alternative product.

The bottom line here is that while e-cigarette regulations are necessary, particularly regarding  e-cig regulations and public usage, it is a sad day when government entities create regulations that are based on erroneous assumptions, and leave users without options. Perhaps this is an instance that will get modified in the future. Until then, however, vapers will have to enjoy the National Parks vapor-less.


Heat & E-Cig Batteries: Not a Great Combo

e-cigarette batteries & heatE-cigarette batteries, like all lithium ion batteries, are not designed to handle extremes; whether it’s weather or humidity, they really don’t tolerate dramatically high or drastically cold temperatures well. So, if you find yourself living in areas where temperatures are known to hit extremes; hot or cold, with the possibility of severe humidity, (you know, basically anywhere that does not include perfectly moderate, dry conditions) the following info will surely be to your benefit.

Heat is particularly detrimental to the lithium ion batteries of electronic cigarettes. Some of the common issues known to arise from exposure to extreme heat include sudden halts in performance, the device failing to work, damage to the device, melting, bubbles, bulging, warping, expansion, contracting, the presence of smoke (not vapor!), sparks, flames, and even the possibility of explosions in the most rare and isolated incidents!

One thing to keep in mind about temperatures and your e-cigarettes is that extremes in temps can happen anywhere, and at any time. It is not a strictly a situation you’re going to run into exclusively by leaving your device in your car, parked in the sun, with all windows rolled up. Obviously, that’s a recipe built for disaster, but consider your back porch, an enclosed bathroom with the shower running, a sauna, your pocket if you’re outdoors on a hot, sweaty day; these can be everyday situations depending on your location, so in terms of the long-term usage of your e-cigarette batteries, consider it part of the package to keep the effects of the temperatures in consideration. Room temp is best, if you’re ever unsure!

The bottom line with e-cigarette batteries is that if you treat them properly, maintain a good regimen of care, they will last an exceptionally long time and will perform completely up to the standards you expect. However, considering all lithium ion batteries, e-cigarette or otherwise, are sensitive to temperature extremes, do your very best to keep them in moderation. Consider your e-cigarettes an investment; make your money go as far as you can.

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!In honor of National Dog Day, which happens to be today, we thought we’d give you a few friendly reminders about how important it is to not smoke cigarettes around your pets. If you need a perfectly valid reason to quit smoking and switch to electronic cigarettes instead, how about doing it for the sake of your pets? If you love your doggy, or kitty, or any other animal you’ve brought into your home as a forever friend, think about the risks smoke exposure puts them at. Did you know:

  • Second hand smoke is not good for anyone, including your pets. It is loaded with toxins and carcinogens, which can lead to a higher risk of cancer.

  • Animals are at risk for exposure to 3rd hand smoke as well, which is the exposure that comes from the by products of second hand smoke, such as the particles of smoke that settle on their fur, as well as the surfaces they come into direct contact with. Through grooming, they can ingest all of the things that accumulate on them. Think about it.

  • Dogs are highly susceptible to allergic dermatitis, which is a skin condition characterized by aggravatingly itchy, inflamed skin, and smoking can contribute to this.

  • Dogs are also susceptible to a wide array of different cancers, such as lung and nasal, so why up their risk factor by exposing them to smoke?

  • Cigarette butts can be seriously dangerous to dogs, and pretty much all animals, so if you smoke, please always do your best to keep your butts out of their reach. Swallowing cigarette butts can cause choking, intestinal blockages, and exposure to all varieties of the toxic chemicals stored within the butts.

  • E-liquid is also a danger, so just as in the case with children, do everything possible to keep e-juice out of the reach of pets. Nicotine poisoning is a real threat; don’t even allow the chance for it to happen to your fur-babies.

So, happy National Dog Day, particularly to those of you who share your lives with a four-legged friend! Protect your loyal companion by keeping up your e-cigarette etiquette and do everything you can to keep the smoke out of their breathing space. One of the many beautiful things about vaping is that there is no tobacco, and therefore none of the smoke that accompanies burning it; your pup will thank you in the long run with endless love!

Why is Everyone Switching E-Smoking?

reasons to switch to vapingIt seems these days that smokers are switching to vaping all the time, and in greater numbers. Here’s a look at why!

  1. Technology: It’s everywhere. Technology has seeped into every nook, cranny, and aspect of our lives, and in many ways, improved it. Digital smoking has enabled smokers to have a more modern, simplified, cleaner way to smoke.

  2. Savings: Everyone wants to save more money, and factoring in how expensive smoking cigarettes is, alternatives are a total necessity. Vaping can save smokers thousands of dollars every year!

  3. Enjoyment: For many, vaping is vastly more enjoyable than smoking, and it becomes as much of a hobby out of enjoyment, as a craving for nicotine.

  4. Freedom: Who doesn’t need more? Freedom from ashtrays, from having to be in specific places to smoke, from feeling like a leper anytime you want to smoke… vaping offers much more ability to simply enjoy the process.

  5. Options: The amount of different options vapers have opposed to smokers is beyond compare. Different devices, ways to charge, accessories, flavors, nicotine levels, liquid ratios; it’s astounding and amazing!

  6. Convenience: Having smoking fit into your lifestyle, instead of having to work around it all the time is major. Convenience is a big part of what e-cigarettes offer!

  7. No smoke = none of the problems of smoke. Smoke is pretty awful, and it leaves behind a foul residue, AKA tar. No one likes secondhand smoke, and once you leave it behind, and get used to the clean essence of vapor, you’ll most likely never look back!

  8. No smell: Cigarette smoke and the lingering funk it leaves behind in its wake are just gross. They are the antithesis to clean, fresh air, and more akin to nasty, musty, and dingy.

  9. No stigma: While some people saunter through life never caring what others think, for those who do care about what others around them think, the stigma of smoking is not comfortable. It’s a reality for smokers that they are often looked down upon, and it’s rather nice to shed this image when one becomes a vaper.

  10. No tobacco: because tobacco is the root of the problem. It is the part of the cigarette that requires burning. It is the part that creates smoke. It is the part that causes the most harm. Without tobacco, cigarettes are rendered useless. Most smokers are thrilled to leave the tobacco behind because they know that it is the worst part of smoking.

Having an alternative option such as vaping has allowed smokers to enjoy what they love about smoking, in a much cleaner, simpler, more enjoyable way, without all of the negatives. Smokers are switching because they are finding their needs met in a better way. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?