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And the Word of the Year is… Vape!

imagesVapor smoking, AKA Vaping, AKA to vape. It’s all gotten quite popular and mainstream year by year. And now the act of using electronic smoking devices has gotten so great, that the fine folks at Oxford Dictionaries have declared “vape” the word of the year for 2014. The electronic cigarette industry is quite pleased, as we should be!

The ‘word of the year’ is typically bestowed upon a term that has garnered a great amount of attention, has gained widespread acceptance, and appears to have obvious staying power. Vape managed to surpass other cultural favorites for 2014 such as “bae” and “bud tender,” due to it’s constant presence in popular culture. In major US cities, it has become as common to see traditional smokers as much as vapers, using their devices on the streets and in other public places.

What this is also indicative of is that vaping is here to stay, whether or not the tobacco industry, legislators, or naysayers like it. Millions of smokers have experienced the difference in what vaping brings to the table, and have chosen to smoke without the tobacco.

And now vaping has become such a culture of its own, with it’s own slang, millions of hashtags and posts across social media pages, thousands of retail shops appearing all over the country, and people obsessing over every different type of product they can get their hands on! Most importantly, though, vapers are able to get a highly satisfying experience in a method they are exceptionally comfortable with, and are noticing much greater results in comparison to smoking cigarettes. This is further evidence that shows that vaping is the future of smoking, and it is completely overtaking smoking.

To directly quote the editors at the Oxford Dictionaries precisely, as they explain why “vape” is the perfect term of the year: “As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.”

Yes, it is clear. Electronic cigarettes are officially mainstream. Vape has entered the English lexicon.

Positive New E-Cig Regulation hits UK!

E-cigarettes regulationThe latest international electronic cigarette regulations to come out of Europe occurred last week from England. While the subject of e-cigarette regulations have been somewhat vague, with much of the same controversy occurring internationally as in the US, these newest regulations are in favor of fairness towards alternative cigarette products.

The new laws specifically address electronic cigarettes and television ads. Previously, while it was legal to run ads for electronic cigarettes, it was illegal for them to actually feature the devices in use. Ruled in favor by the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice, this is a very positive direction for the electronic cigarette industry. The news laws that were enacted last week now allow companies to show the devices being used. This new regulation comes at a time when the industry is vying for laws and regulations that make sense. The new rules strictly state that tobacco is not permitted to be featured in a positive light in advertisements, and that is something both legislators as well as those involved in the e-cigarette industry can agree upon.

Some of the deeper details of the new UK e-cigarette regulations that have been enacted include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not be “likely to appeal particularly to people under 18, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.”

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not encourage non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.They may not make claims that e-cigarettes have the ability to be “safer” or “healthier” than smoking tobacco.

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not make any health claims without approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The announcement of these newly instituted regulations has been a very positive step in the right direction for the international vaping community. They may be only the beginning of such regulations, however it is enabling electronic cigarettes and subsequent products to be viewed in a manner separate from traditional cigarettes. Big score for the UK, enjoy the adverts!

How to Explain Vaping

45343065_zps311b5865-1If you sometimes get tongue-tied, or want to know the best ways to explain your e-cig or vaporizer, here is how to handle the many questions and misconceptions that come your way, and how to explain your device to those less experienced.

Q: What is that thing you’re smoking?

A: It’s an electronic cigarette/ e-cig/ tobacco-free cigarette/ personal vaporizer/ [insert your preferred name for your device]. It works with a nicotine liquid solution, has a battery for power, and creates a vaporized hit.

Q: So what does it do?

A:  It’s a way to smoke and still get nicotine without tobacco, smoke, and traditional cigarettes.

Q: Why do you use that thing? It looks pricey, is it?

A: It creates a very satisfying experience, allows me to smoke in public without sharing my second hand smoke with you, and no, it’ isn’t pricey. In fact, it’s less expensive than cigarettes are by a long shot.

Q: How does it feel? Do you really like it, or are you just desperate to quit smoking?

A: It feels really, really good! And yes, I like it very much and would not use it if it didn’t. It’s not a means to “quit smoking,” so much as an alternative to have nicotine in a different manner, without the smell, and problems of smoke.

Q: Does it taste nice?

A: Yes, and there are so many different flavor options so it’s more enjoyable than regular cigarettes.

Q: Your e-cig looks different than others I have seen; it’s so big and fancy looking! Why is that?

A: Vaporizers and basic e-cigs do similar things, but in a different format; like the difference between wearing flip flops or running shoes. Vaporizers offer more power, more performance, and a more advanced experience. E-cigs give you the basics, a slim body, and a similar design to a traditional cigarette.

So how do you handle it when people start interrogating you about your e-cig? Do you ever get odd questions from your non-vaping friends? Do you ever come across people, both in your personal life as well as acquaintances, passersby, and random people anywhere who are both curious and totally in the dark about your e-cigarettes? Do you ever feel like a walking vapor spokesperson? If you’ve answered YES to any of the questions, we want to let you know that you’re not alone. In fact, quite the opposite! Anyone who vapes publicly and openly knows this feeling and will agree that they feel the same, and have to deal with much of the same!

 

Major E-Cig Bans Hit Santa Monica

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image6620810Latest LA vaping news: e-cig regulations have reached a dismal climax, with electronic cigarettes being banned in Santa Monica. The city of Santa Monica has joined in with the city of Los Angeles, and it has become illegal to use e-cigarette devices in almost all public places.

Electronic cigarettes have come under intense scrutiny since they emerged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. There have been talks and much vagueness surrounding the level of regulating and what sort of bans would be implicated, however until recently, it lay within most local jurisdictions to decide how they should be handled. In the bigger picture, just this year the FDA announced it would begin regulating the products in regards to limiting their purchase to those over the legal age limit, in the same manner as traditional cigarettes.

The vote on banning e-cigarettes throughout Santa Monica was unanimous in city council, and it went into full effect this week.

This latest news of electronic cigarette bans that cover entire city-wide areas, it is rather shocking that so many e-smokers who are consuming and producing vapor, not tobacco smoke in any manner, are now prohibited from smoking their e-cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers in places such as bus stops, parks, the SoCal beaches, and within a distance of 20 feet of public buildings. All residential areas are off limits in the city of Santa Monica, as well as famous landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Basically, everywhere that traditional cigarettes are banned, the electronic alternatives are now banned as well.

The Santa Monica e-cigarette ban will also affect vape shops, by forcing all new ones to be shut down entirely. Vaping is banned in all Santa Monica businesses, and any businesses that are looking to sell electronic cigarette devices will be required to obtain a license from the city to do so. The two vape lounges that are currently open, Vapor Delight and Fix Vapor, on a positive note, are exempt from these bans.

While e-cigarette bans are much milder in most other parts of the country, it is clear with this most recent news that Santa Monica is not the locale to be located in if you are a vaper!

E-Cig Holiday Shopping Made Simple

Christmas LabelsThe holidays are quickly approaching the horizon and one of the best presents you can give to any of the smokers and e-smokers in your life are EverSmoke electronic cigarette starter kits. If you’re shopping for some who currently uses, or could benefit from using from  vapor cigarettes, we’ve got all the best products at the very best prices!

Whether you’re totally familiar with our products or have not a clue, the following gift guide will make your holiday shopping a total smoke-free breeze!

For the tobacco smoker: The EverSmoke Basic Starter Kit is a sure shot, no-fail, awesome gift for the tobacco smoker you know. This kit has all the basics, but still offers a great amount of versatility. It’s the best kit to build upon and will provide a great introduction to the world of vaping.

For the vapor who uses a subpar e-cigarette brand: The EverSmoke Pro Starter Kit. This is ideal for the person who needs to know how great EverSmokeis. They may be vaping with another company, but wait till they try EverSmoke! Guaranteed you’ll be hearing back about how awesome this brand is!

A joint gift to your partner and yourself: The EverSmoke Couples 2 Kit Combo is such a great deal, and such a great way for you and your partner to embark on the world of vaping together. What could be more romantic than making the switch for the long-term  together?

Stocking stuffers: EverSmoke e-cigarette cartridges, lanyards, carrying cases, and batteries will make super sexy tokens left in stockings! So if you’re not sure what to get or if you just want to fill those stockings with a little something extra, these are some of your best bets!

The holidays are the best time of year, so make yours extra awesome by giving the gift of vapor! Happy holiday shopping!

What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

FDA-Regulation-Electronic-CigaretteRegulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing  for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.

41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?

The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!

Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.

As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.

On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.

Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!

Vaping & Romance: The Better Duo

urlWhat does vaping have to do with your love life? A whole lot, especially if you are a smoker who is looking for love and finding a difficult time working around the smoking factor. Sure, there are plenty of smokers out there who are also looking for love, but why limit your options? Here is a look at how switching to e-cigarettes can benefit your love life!

Being a smoker puts a label on you, whether you like it or not. And many nonsmokers see it as a marker of a stereotype, regardless of whether or not you live up to those things.

It is a common perception that smokers smell bad, are always looking for a chance to sneak away to go smoke, they spend too much money on cigarettes, they have bad teeth, and the fact that smoking comes with a long term risk of health problems and possibly even deadly circumstances; so why would someone who is playing the field want to settle down with someone who comes with all this baggage? Being realistic, yes, there are those who will overlook something like smoking for a chance at a meaningful connection, but there are many others who won’t. Dating can be all about strategic moves!

Smoking is an awful habit, and it is generally frowned upon by nonsmokers, and even former smokers themselves. In fact, many former smokers would not ever consider dating a smoker because they prefer to avoid the temptation of cigarettes altogether.

And then there is the discussion of compatibility. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to be really into someone, and then find out they would not be willing to date you because you are a smoker?

When you make the life-altering switch to vapor cigs, you remove yourself from the smoking bracket. You allow yourself to be classified as a vaper, and as a potential partner you are free from being looked at as a smoker. Yes, there may still be those unwilling to date even a vaper, but you will no longer smell like an ashtray, have to excuse yourself for a dalliance with a cigarette, and you can begin to enjoy all the many ways life gets nicer without the smoke.

Vaping and the Holidays: E-Cigs Make it Merrier

throw-a-vaping-party-this-holiday-season_997_541248_0_14095915_500The holidays are fast approaching now that Halloween has passed, and what this means is plenty of parties, get togethers, long indulgent meals, and endless gatherings spent in the company of others, especially family. What this also means is that it’s time to get your most courteous behavior on, and one the of the best ways to do that is to make sure you’re vaping and not smoking.

Here are a few of the ways electronic cigarette smoking can benefit you and your loved ones during the holiday season, and help make them even more enjoyable. If you’ve never savored an e-cig after a long meal, you don’t know what you’re missing!

-Large gatherings and smoke don’t go well together. Most nonsmokers get majorly inconvenienced and annoyed by smoke, so they really don’t want to be forced to breathe it in. Smokers on the other hand, want to be able to enjoy their smoke at their pleasure. E-cigs bridge this gap, especially when you exercise vaping etiquette, enabling both parties to party together without anyone getting ticked off.

-Holiday feasts mean holiday calorie overloads. Skip dessert and opt for dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges instead. With choices like vanilla, pina colada, peach, and cherry, who needs pie, cake, or pastries?

-It’s cold outside, and who wants to have to put on 5 layers for a 5 minute cigarette? Not a good use of time, people! Instead of the inconveniences tobacco cigs will deal out, choose electronic cigs, which will have you having your nicotine in the comfort of the warm indoors!

-Holidays are typically the happiest time of the year. Celebrations are in full swing, people are throwing parties, offices are having parties, cities are having parties; people get into the party spirit, and it brings up the question of your health. Don’t you want to be around another year to celebrate? Don’t you want to be in the best health possible to enjoy the celebrations to their fullest? Tobacco will definitely not be the road to take if you’re looking towards the future, and if you want to enjoy yourself to the fullest.

This holiday season, do yourself a favor and give e-cigs a try if you haven’t yet. They add so much to the daily lives of smokers everywhere, and offer so many reasons to ditch the tobacco altogether. They truly are a modern achievement, let your 2014 holiday season be all the more merrier because of them!

Vaping Problems: Allergic Reaction or Cessation Symptom?

Vaping allergy-symptomsOne of the most common causes allergic reactions when it comes to vaping is due to propylene glycol, (PG) which is one of the most common ingredients used e-liquids across the board, however it should be kept in mind that on occasion people can also be allergic to vegetable glycerin (VG). The symptoms of allergies can easily be mistaken for cessation symptoms, so it’s really important to know the differences.

Some of the most often seen side effects that occur in new vapers are:

  • Headaches
  • Phlegm
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Flare-ups in acne

On a positive note, however, is that these symptoms typically disappear after a few weeks as the body readjusts to no longer having tobacco and thousands of chemicals in the body.

When you quit smoking the body goes through immense change especially if you’ve been the smoker for an extended period of time. Because tobacco is laced with so many other chemicals that the body has grown accustomed to, it takes some time to flush them totally out of the system, and this cleansing process can sometimes bring about unpleasant occurrences.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction to vaping and the symptoms of smoking cessation can basically be the same, so telling the difference between the two can be difficult. If you’re not sure which you’re experiencing, the best way to figure it out is to stop vaping for a few days to see if your symptoms clear up.

When it comes to allergies as a result of e-liquids, the most common cause is propylene glycol. It is the element of the e-liquid that contains the nicotine, the flavor and produces the best type of vapor. Mild reactions to propylene glycol can include headaches, nausea, sinus problems, sore throat, and in extreme situations, numbness of the face, tongue, and hives.

If you’ve narrowed it down and are sure you’re experiencing allergic reaction to your e-cigarette it would most likely make sense to switch to a different liquid. (After you’ve received treatment for it, of course) The trouble here is that most liquids are comprised of PG as a base, so it may be difficult to find a liquid made only of vegetable glycerin. One solution is to find an e-liquid made with a lower concentration of propylene glycol.

EverSmoke’s balance of of 70%/30% PG to VG content is an excellent ratio that agrees with the majority of users. It is gentle enough to be easy on the system while also producing generous quantities of vapor. If you find yourself among the slim population of people who cannot find a liquid that agrees with you, do not give up in frustration. It’s worth it to spend the extra time finding nicotine  e-liquid that will agree with you, versus returning to tobacco. Vaping problems happen; just like in any other situation, however the benefits surely outweigh the negatives!

True or False: Biggest E-Cigs Myths Busted

imgresWhile much debate exists around electronic cigarettes and why you should, or should not use them, two of the most powerful tools to have on your side is the ability to understand common sense and being able to research. Don’t just take a company’s word for something; learn as much as possible. One of the best places to start on is the EverSmoke Knowledge Center, where you can find fact-based, propaganda-free informational articles on all things related to e-smoking. Here is a look at some of the most common e-cigarettes myths, and the truth behind them.

-Electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative. False! This is completely untrue, as they contain none of the tobacco or chemicals as tobacco. They do contain nicotine, at varying levels the user can choose from, making them a viable alternative.

-E-Cigarettes are not a real method for quitting smoking. True. E-cig users all have personal preferences on how they choose to use them, and fit them into their lives and daily usage, however per the FDA, electronic cigarettes are not a means by which smokers can quit smoking. Countless smokers have switched to vaping successfully, however, and aren’t looking back to their days of smoke.

-Electronic cigarettes are not regulated. Not quite true, as they are in the beginning stages of regulation by the FDA. The products are treated just like tobacco products and are prohibited for sale to minors.

-E-Cigarettes cause cancer too. False. There is no proof to back up this statement. The long term effects of e-cigarettes are not known yet, and they just haven’t been around long enough for studies to prove it.

-There’s no disclosure as to what is in the e-liquid. False. Depends on the brand, because this sort of generalization does not apply to brands that choose to let their users know what they are purchasing and using. Many brands do not, however, so investigate before investing in a brand. A good company will give you all the details.