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Update on CVS 1-Year Anniversary Tobacco Products Ban

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September 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of the pharmaceutical giant, CVS, banning any type of tobacco product sales, including electronic smoking products.  Many electronic cigarettes companies and users had hoped the company would continue to sell electronic products as an alternative solution to traditional analog cigarettes, but CVS chose to ban any and all tobacco products.

Since the ban on selling cigarettes, sales at CVS are getting “smoked.”  Their prescription sales continue to rise, but front counter sales have plummeted nearly 8% since last quarter.  The fact that CVS has lost sales due to not selling tobacco products isn’t really surprising.  The company feels that although the decision has come with a cost, it was the right thing to do.

“By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo told CNN Money.

With the decision to quit selling tobacco products, the company also decided to change their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health.  Their hope is to promote a healthy lifestyle and focus more on prescriptions and healthcare products.

CVS hopes that they will continue to gain shoppers that support their healthy choice decisions and that over time they will not see a decrease in sales because of their decision.

We can’t help but wonder if CVS had chosen to sell e-cig products as a better alternative to traditional smoking, would more traditional smokers be making a smarter choice?  Possibly.  As more and more smokers make the switch to electronic smoking, perhaps CVS will reconsider their stance.

If you ready for something different, we invite you to consider EverSmoke by browsing our e-cig starter kits. The e-smoking life may be just the opportunity you have been seeking to replace cigarettes that have proven to be hazardous to your health.

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Vaping Bans Backfire Causing Teen Smoking to Rise

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Do government policies intended to promote public health sometimes backfire, causing the opposite effect?  You betcha.  Case in point: The U.S. government is continuing to enforce bans against teens purchasing vaping products before a certain age, despite scientific research indicating that these policies are having a negative effect.

Yale University’s Abigail Friedman has been reviewing a new study, accepted by the Journal of Health Economics, in which, Friedman believes, the numbers show that teen smoking rates climb when society bans them from buying vaping products.

“Bans on e-cigarette sales to minors yield a statistically significant 0.9 point increase in the smoking rate among 12 to 17 year olds,” Friedman explained to ChurnMag.com. “That’s enough of an increase to undo all the progress we’ve made as a society to reduce the number of teenage smokers. By trying to protect our kids, we’ve inadvertently put them at a greater risk.”

Even if this information withstands further investigation, it’s unlikely that any city will discontinue the bans regrettably.  Friedman suggests that the age be lowered to sixteen for minors to be allowed to purchase vaping products.  She believes that older teens who are more likely to smoke may at least choose a vaping product rather than traditional analog cigarettes if given the opportunity.

Another suggestion has been to educate the younger generation differently in regards to smoking.  Currently, the anti-smoking groups suggest that all smoking is harmful.  However, some believe we should educate them truthfully that vaping is a smarter alternative to cigarettes due to the fact that vaping eliminates tobacco, tar and combustion.

Whatever comes of this study or any future information, EverSmoke is a believer freedom when it comes vaping.  That’s why we offer a wide selection of custom e-cigarettes, pre-filled flavor cartridges and rad vaping accessories.  If you’re considering an alternative to smoking, check out our main site or contact us to see what we have to offer.

Electronic Cigarettes Banned from Checked Airline Luggage

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A new regulation from the U.S. Department of Transportation has recently been implemented, effectively banning e-cigarettes from checked baggage.  According to the recent federal rule, sadly neither passengers nor crew members are allowed to pack electronic cigarettes or other battery operated smoking devices in their checked luggage at the airport.

Individuals are allowed to pack them in carry-on luggage, but they are not permitted to use or recharge the electronic device while on the plane.  (Read our article on traveling with your e-cigarette for more information.)

According to a statement made by Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx: “We know from recent incidents that e-cigarettes in checked bags can catch fire during transport.  Fire hazards in flight are particularly dangerous. Banning e-cigarettes from checked bags is a prudent safety measure.”

The DOT states there have been 26 reported incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes have been responsible for explosions or fires.  Some of these occurred due to short circuits, but often it was user error.  Several of the devices had been left on and consequently caught fire in the luggage area due to an overheated packed e-cig.

Two of the most recent incidents that were reported included an issue at Boston’s Logan Airport on August 9, 2014 where an electronic cigarette device was placed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of the plane and a fire broke out, causing the forced evacuation of the aircraft.  Also, on January 4, 2015 at the Los Angeles International Airport, a late arrived checked bag missed its connecting flight and caught fire when the e-cigarette inside the bag overheated.

As electronic cigarette users, we must all remember to handle our devices with care and use them responsibly.  Fortunately, cases of e-cigarettes catching fire are few and far between, as we discuss more in-depth in this article.

If you are considering a safe alternative to traditional analog cigarettes and smoking, browse our e-cig starter kit section at EverSmoke.  You won’t be disappointed!

Lawsuit Filed Over Deceptive “Organic” E-Liquid Mislabeling

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One of the biggest issues that e-cigarettes are currently facing is over their non-regulated status. Because of this non-regulated status, e-liquid makers are able to put whatever they want on the labels for their product – and unfortunately this can include deceptive marketing techniques. This is one reason that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to make e-cigarettes (and e-liquid specifically) more regulated.

In order to battle this type of false labeling, Ferguson has recently filed suit against a California-based e-liquid company. In the suit, from the King County Superior Court, Ferguson claims that the company has a past of placing “unsubstantiated health claims” on their e-liquid bottles, including stating the product is organic without certification.

Additionally, Ferguson cited two other companies for claiming organic e-liquids without certification.

The first company claims that their e-liquids are 100% organic, which could lead consumers to assume that there is no way the product is harmless. The issue is that product research has shown that not all of the components within the e-liquids are organic.

In addition, the e-liquid manufacturer hasn’t secured a certification of organic product, which is required under Washington’s law on organic products.

Of the other two e-liquid manufacturers Ferguson is suing, neither secured an organic certification from their home state. In one case, the products were found to contain less than 70% organic components, violating Washington’s organic laws which state that products with less than 70% organic components cannot be labeled as such.

All three companies were in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Since the suit, two of the three e-liquid manufacturers have modified their labels to fix their organic status.

While we don’t claim that our e-liquid is organic, here at EverSmoke we strive to provide the highest quality pre-filled e-liquid cartridges for a superior vaping experience. If you’re new to vaping, stop by and check out what we have to offer. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us or check out our blog and knowledge center for more information.

A Connection Between Vaping and Alcohol Consumption?

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A recent study is working to vilify e-cigarettes even further than the bans are currently. The study, found in Addictive Behaviors, seeks to link e-cigarette use with what they’re calling “problematic drinking.” From this study, the participating researchers—from Indiana University-Purdue University—have concluded that along with studying the immediate effects e-cigarettes can have on the human body, researchers should also study the “cause and effect” associated with vaping and drinking in the long haul.

There has long been a correlation between smoking tobacco cigarettes and drinking (i.e. the longstanding: “I only smoke when I drink”). This connection led researchers to study whether the same correlation existed with e-cigarettes.

In order to perform the study, researchers surveyed drinkers using the Nicotine and Other Substance Interaction Expectancy Questionnaire (NOSIE), which was modified for this test. In two groups, the participants were asked if they considered using e-cigarettes while they drank alcohol. A majority of participants in both groups (692 and 714 people for each) commented that after drinking they desired an e-cigarette and those who used e-cigarettes desired to drink.

The controversy with this study, however, is that participants were labeled as “two groups of people who drink alcohol,” sounding as though the participants may have already had “problematic drinking” issues prior to using e-cigarettes.

Furthermore, while studying the effects of e-cigarettes is both expected and important going forward, many may have concerns with a study like this as it sounds as if the researchers are explicitly trying to associate vaping with something they perceive as a negative activity. This is because they don’t simply state that people using e-cigarettes also drink, but that they participate in problematic drinking, which can be misconstrued as being an alcoholic.

Vaping is generally considered better for you than smoking; however, the decision to switch shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re interested in the electronic alternative, come check out EverSmoke and see what we have to offer—including information about the world of vaping via our blog and knowledge center.

Is it Cool to Vape While Pregnant?

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Since 1984, there have been warnings from the Surgeon General placed on traditional analog cigarette packages and advertisements.  These warnings contain information regarding your risk for cancer, emphysema and heart disease when smoking.  For the past thirty one years, there has also been a warning for pregnant women.  It states “Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth rate.”

It has been proven that cigarettes, which contain nearly 4,000 hazardous chemicals, can infiltrate a smoker’s bloodstream and transfer these chemicals through the umbilical cord into the developing fetus, causing issues with cognitive development.

What About E-Cigs?

Although there needs to be more studies conducted to determine if using e-cigs is safe for pregnant women, the recommendation for now is to refrain.  The great news is that when you choose vaping over smoking, you have the choice to adjust the amount of nicotine you ingest (including without any nicotine whatsoever).  However, due to the fact that e-cigs are currently unregulated and some manufacturer’s e-liquid may still contain a small amount of nicotine, choosing to abstain from vaping while pregnant, though difficult, is the safest option.

Nicotine is addictive and can interfere with fetal brain development as well as increase a child’s risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Therefore, choosing to say no to nicotine in any form is the best idea for a pregnant woman.

Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, states: “While the use of smoke-free nicotine products is generally far less hazardous than smoking, pregnant women should refrain from using all nicotine products, including FDA-approved products like the nicotine patch and gum.”

If you are pregnant, consult your physician regarding your smoking habits as well as all your pregnancy health needs.

If you are considering a better smoking alternative, explore our website to see the wide variety of starter kits that EverSmoke has to offer.  Also, continue browsing our blog and knowledge center for additional health and vaping tips.

For starters, you can check out our more in-depth article on E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy.

British Study Shows Even Temporary Switch to E-Cigarettes Beneficial

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A recent British study published by Cancer Prevention Research showed that tobacco cigarette smokers who switched to smoke-free e-cigarettes – even for a short time – can drastically decrease the number of pollutants (acrolein and carbon monoxide, specifically) they are exposed to.

The study focused on 40 tobacco cigarette smokers who had shown interest in quitting at least twice. As a part of the study, each participant was given the same type of e-cigarette and everyone was encouraged to quit their tobacco cigarettes.

After four weeks, the participants were reassessed. At this mark, only 16 of the participants were solely using e-cigarettes. In these participants, though, doctors saw an 80 percent reduction in their exposure to acrolein and carbon monoxide.

Another 17 participants had incorporated tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes into their routine. Even these participants experienced a decline in acrolein exposure by 60 percent and carbon monoxide by 52 percent. These results show that in order to reap the full benefits of reducing exposure to air pollutants, cigarette smokers will need to make the transfer completely; however, tobacco reduction can also be associated with a decrease in air pollutant levels.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Reducing the amount of carbon monoxide you inhale is beneficial because as the amount of carbon monoxide increases, the oxygen in your red blood cells is depleted. This depletion can result in arteries hardening, which is a factor in strokes and heart disease.

Researchers measured carbon monoxide in participants’ breath one week before switching to e-cigarettes, on the day they switched and again four weeks later. Urine tests for acrolein exposure followed the same testing schedule.

Doctors expected the drop in carbon monoxide; however, since acrolein is known to occur with VG e-liquid, the reduction in this chemical as well was a significant finding.

It can be a big decision to decide to make the switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes. If you’re considering switching, consider EverSmoke e-smoking products and supplies. Come check our site to stock up, plus find out even more information via our blog and knowledge center.

Fall, Vaping and Football: A Perfect Combination!

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It is that time of year that so many look forward to…a cool breeze in the air and football fun!  We think there’s no better way to celebrate than with a group of friends where you can be yourself and enjoy what you love – the game of football and your favorite e-cig vaporizer.

Even if you aren’t a lover of the game of football, you have to admit that being involved in the competitive excitement with friends, while enjoying good eats, drinks and e-liquid flavors, is a blast.   Let’s face the fact that if you are a vaper, you know your enjoyment will be amplified if you are able to delight in your e-cig experience while partaking in some fun.

Enjoying football season as a vaper is a much better experience than as a traditional analog cigarette smoker.  As a former smoker, do you remember having to walk outside to enjoy your cigarette? You would think it was a safe time to cut out for a quick smoke break when all of sudden your friends would erupt with excitement at the play of the year.  You missed it because you had to step away!

When vaping, you don’t bother others with secondhand smoke and nasty fumes.  You can stay right where you are and enjoy your friends, football and vaporizer all at the same time.

If you prefer to go out to watch the game, many sports bars and restaurants allow vaping indoors as opposed to traditional smoking while you are munching on those wings, sipping on a beer and screaming your lungs out for your favorite team.  Also, a number of stadiums allow vaping and if not, they usually offer an area for you to vape without missing out on the game.

Want to get creative about trying new flavors of e-juice and blends while cheering on your favorite team?  The fun is no doubt in the flavor and EverSmoke offers a delicious assortment of 100 percent USA made flavor cartridges.

At Eversmoke, we are here to answer any questions you may have about transitioning to e-cig vaporizers, as well as provide you with top quality vaping devices and e-juice. Contact us if you have any questions, or continue browsing our blog and knowledge center.

4 E- Cig Exaggerations that Keep People Smoking

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You all are probably well aware of the controversy that surrounds electronic cigarettes.  Anything that is relatively new and takes away from the tobacco industry is obviously going to be attacked from all ends.  As a result, there are many myths and exaggerations that float around regarding the e-cig health and safety.

Below are four common vaping embellishments that you may hear from people who are traditional smokers.

1. Electronic cigarettes are a fire hazard.

E-cigs do contain a heating element, but unlike cigarettes, there is no combustion process or open flame. Cigarette users are much more likely to start a fire through user careless.  With an e-cig, as long as you buy products that are high quality and act responsibly with the batteries and e-liquid, you shouldn’t have a problem.

2. Electronic cigarettes contain antifreeze.

This may be one of the biggest e-cig exaggerations floating around.  Let’s hope that any company that is reputable in any way would not put anti-freeze in their products.  Propylene glycol, which is used in the liquid of e-cigs, is often found in medications and various foods.  Ethylene glycol is what is found in anti-freeze.  Big difference!

3. Vaping is more addictive than smoking.

This is simply not true.  Both contain nicotine, but with the e-cig you can reduce your nicotine levels at any time.  The vaping hobby may be more addictive in pleasure and flavor, but not due to nicotine. You can have cartridges ranging from 0 milligrams (mg) of nicotine to 18 mg.  It is completely your choice.

4. Vapor from e-cigs is same as smoke from traditional cigarettes.

Wrong!  Cigarette smoke releases carcinogens into the air with every puff.  When a person vapes, the cloudlike fog they release is actually odorless water vapor.

Don’t listen to the exaggerations, myths and lies out there circulating about electronic cigarettes.  If you have questions, EverSmoke is here to provide answers.  Our vaping products are an excellent alternative to traditional smoking with a variety of e-liquid flavors and starter kits that can help you begin the new journey of vaping.

Contact us if you need help choosing a device, or continue browsing our blog and knowledge center for more information about vaping.

Popular UK E-Cig Site Introducing Research and Resource List to Keep Public Informed

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One of the biggest e-cigarette blogs in the United Kingdom, www.Ecigclick.co.uk, is debuting a new section of their website dedicated to international e-cigarette legislation. This resource will not only ensure that all known e-cig laws are located in one place on the web, but also help people traveling around the world know where they can and cannot use their e-cigarettes. The site strives to provide information not only to vapers (their obvious target audience), but to non-vapers as well.

Ecigclick.co.uk gathers information from respectable sources—such as the British Medical Journal, Health Policy Research Centers around the world and other reputable news sources—and posts them on the site’s Research and Resource List in order to keep their readers informed and engaged.

The caliber of information now being posted by Ecigclick.co.uk will not only be able to inform the public in general, but it can also be helpful to researchers, academics and journalists who are interested in the world of e-cigarettes.

Those who want additional resources or need to ensure the credibility of a given resource are even encouraged to contact the Research and Resource List’s editor, who vows to work to trace the source and then relay this information back to the public as a whole.

The owner of Ecigclick.co.uk, Jon Williams, feels that the sheer amount of information floating around the web about e-cigarettes can be both confusing and potentially harmful. This is because in one minute e-cigs are being praised as being an alternative for smoking tobacco cigarettes and the next minute they are being criticized as just another way to get people addicted to smoking. (We certainly know the truth but that doesn’t mean much to science, where objectivity reigns supreme.)

“By making available the latest public research on the subject we can try to clear up some of the confusion for people and, at the same time, encourage them to inform themselves and make their own minds up,” Williams said.

Making the decision to switch from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes can be a difficult decision. With tools like Ecigclick.co.uk and learning resources from reputable e-cigarette vendors like EverSmoke, your choice can be much more informed.

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