All posts by Nathan Williams

Electric Cigarettes Treated as Tobacco Product by CVS

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CVS, one of America’s most popular drug stores, has quit selling tobacco one month prior to the anticipated October 1st date.  This halt of tobacco sales will result in a $2 billion dollar loss for the company ($1.5 billion loss in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related products).

CVS executives though are passionate about their decision and believe that the halting of tobacco product sales in addition to their services offered to help others quit will help more people kick the smoking habit.

Multiple electric cigarette companies were hoping the halting of tobacco sales would actually help the industry gain access into CVS.  There had been multiple conversations with CVS in hopes t this would occur.  However, the company has decided to also not sell any green cigarettes either and treat them as a tobacco product.

CVS spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, told ABC News that “CVS Stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.”

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says he is disappointed to hear of this as well, especially since there had been multiple conversations with CVS about the possibility of electric cigarettes being on the store’s shelves.  However, he says “Considering that CVS wants to rebrand itself it would completely make sense that they would want low risk alternatives to the product they just removed from the shelves.”

The President of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), Julie Woessner, says that she thinks it is a shame that CVS is not considering selling electric cigarettes as an alternative choice to traditional analog cigarettes.   She believes smoking is the problem, not the alternative methods such as electric cigarettes.

The debate continues as to whether or not green cigarettes should be treated as a tobacco product.  The FDA has already begun to regulate the industry from advertising and marketing that the e-cig product helps one quit smoking – only time will tell how much regulation will affect the electric cigarette industry.

EverSmoke is an industry-leader in providing alternative nicotine options to adult users. We invite you to check out our extensive selection of electric cigarettes, and learn more about common regulations affecting e-smokers by visiting our knowledge center.

Recommendations for Smokeless Cigarettes and Air Travel

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The popularity of smokeless cigarettes has reached a point where it is evident that the smoke-free nicotine delivery systems are here to stay. However, it does not mean that the controversies and arguments about the devices have stopped—new arguments are popping up frequently. The most recent controversy involves vaping on airplanes; however, the argument being made may not be the one you assume it is.

When smokeless cigarettes hit the market, there was some concern over whether a cabin full of people would suffer ill health effects from ‘second-hand vape’. The argument now has turned to concerns over fire safety. Last month, there was an incident where a small fire started after a passenger packed his smokeless cigarette in his checked luggage at Logan International Airport in Boston. This has prompted airport officials to ask federal officials to reclassify e-cigs as hazardous.

The Events

Passengers on a JetBlue flight to Buffalo, New York were evacuated from the aircraft when baggage handlers smelled smoke. A smoldering bag was removed from the baggage hold and extinguished. Luckily, the flight hadn’t actually taken off or the events could have been very different. After examining the remnants of the bag, the culprit seems to have been a smokeless cigarette—or more specifically, the device’s lithium-ion battery.

Lithium-ion batteries, which are found in everything from laptops to cell phones, have long been linked to being capable of catching fire. While the Massachusetts Port Authority may blame the smokeless cigarette for the incident, any lithium-ion battery that is activated inside a packed suitcase could easily overheat and catch fire. The incident has led many to suggest that smokeless cigarettes should be banned from airplanes; however, the better course of action would be to insist that e-cig components be disassembled packing in checked luggage.

TSA Guidelines for Flying with Smokeless cigarettes and E-liquid

The TSA doesn’t currently have restrictions on e-liquid, or e-cig products—this includes batteries, cartridges, and charging devices. However, any separate liquids will fall under the 3-1-1 carry-on rule.

While it is highly unlikely you’ll have any difficulties with the TSA concerning your smokeless cigarettes (and components), to be more precautionary, don’t declare them for inspection at the checkpoint. If an issue arises, explain that it’s your smokeless cigarette.

Further recommendations include:

  • Pack your batteries and charger in your laptop case or with your other electronics
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Cigarette Companies Start to Show Signs of Vapor Cigarette Popularity

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As the popularity and usage of vapor cigarettes rises, it is no surprise that sales of tobacco cigarettes will start to suffer. Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) has recently forecasted lower-than-expected profits for 2014. In a presentation to their investors, they cite the decline is due to headwinds from currency fluctuations and challenges in the tobacco industry.

In addition, Philip Morris stated that their troubles in Europe and Asia (specifically offering discounts in Australia), along with changes to production cuts, will also have an effect on earnings.

Philip Morris expects their full-year-per-share earnings (EPS) to be in the range of $4.87-4.97. This number is down from their previous prediction of EPS of $5.09-5.19. This announcement sent Philip Morris shares down.

This decrease in profit is including a charge of $495 million coming from the anticipated closure of their production company in the Netherlands set to occur sometime later this year. The decision to close their production facility in the Netherlands stems from challenges in Europe—specifically, problems relating to a lag in growth. This has led Philip Morris to slash their operations on the continent. Currency fluctuations in Asian developing countries have also been a drag on Philip Morris’ earnings in recent years.

As people are becoming more health conscious, the sale of cigarettes has declined worldwide. While Philip Morris is the largest tobacco company, they have not been immune to the major shift in the tobacco industry.

Vapor cigarettes and electronic smoking are one the reasons for this decline in sales.

The smoke-free nicotine delivery devices have caused concern in the long-term for the major tobacco companies. That said, most have begun moving into the vapor cigarette business themselves in order to arrest the decline. For example, Philip Morris recently announced the acquisition of Nicocigs, Ltd, a UK-based vapor cigarette company.

Even with the decline in the tobacco industry, Philip Morris is the largest publicly traded tobacco company. They are the worldwide maker and seller of Marlboro cigarettes.

If you’re looking for a smoke-free alternative, vapor cigarettes may be your answer.

Please visit our main site to browse our selection of both starter kits and disposable vapor cigarettes. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for helpful tips and insights about this revolutionary way to get the nicotine your body craves without many of the risks of traditional methods.

World Health Organization Attempts More Regulations on Electronic Cigarettes

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Over the past 9 years, the electronic cigarette industry has produced over 400 different brands of choice and has become a 3 billion dollar industry.  Despite the success of the ever popular vaping experience, it has not come without controversy and serious attempts of regulation.

On August 26th, WHO (World Health Organization) released a new report which contained the following regulation attempts.

  • Impede promotion to non-smokers and young people;
  • Minimize potential health risks to e-cig users and nonusers;
  • Prohibit unproven health claims about e-cig; and
  • Protect existing tobacco control efforts from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

The report states that these regulations are needed because electronic cigarettes represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”

The report does state that more research is needed in various areas of electronic cigarette usage but that they are highly concerned about the advertising of many fruity and candy like flavors and believe they are a serious appeal to young users.  They believe this could attract a young person to begin e-cig usage that has never even tried traditional smoking. The report also states that from the years 2008 to 2012 electronic cigarette usage has doubled among this age group.

Some other conclusions in the findings are that WHO believes there is insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes can actually help a traditional cigarette smoker quit smoking and make the switch.  WHO recommends that analog smokers be encouraged to quit through other methods of already approved treatments.

The report also states that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can’t be proven to be merely water vapor.  The WHO also believes there can still be chemicals that could potentially harm pregnant women and adolescents.

Only time will tell what will become of these regulation attempts.  There will be a meeting in October in Moscow to discuss the findings in the WHO’s report.

Whatever becomes of the regulation attempts, at Eversmoke we believe to never sell to anyone under the age of 18.

To learn more about our assortment of electronic cigarette products, continue to browse our blog and knowledge center.  We look forward to you becoming a very happy vaping customer!

Smoking’s Effect on Skin and Eyes

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Smoking can have an effect on your skin and eyes. Effects can range from minor to major. For those wishing to lower their risk of smoking-related health problems (including those that effect the skin and eyes), switching to electronic cigarettes can be a smoke-free alternative nicotine delivery system.

Eye problems

Over time, smoking cigarettes can put strain on your eyes. In fact, smoking can make you four times more likely to feel unrested after sleeping. This is probably due to a low level of withdrawal from nicotine while sleeping. Smoking can also raise your risk of developing cataracts due to more oxidative stress. Continued smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by 22 percent.

Skin ailments

Carbon monoxide, one of the chemicals produced when tobacco burns, displaces oxygen in your skin. This can leave your face wrinkled and gaunt. Smoking also robs the body of essential nutrients that help protect and repair your skin.

Certain ailments that involve skin can also be more prominent amongst smokers. Smokers suffering from psoriasis (an autoimmune skin condition) can aggravate their condition by exposing their systems to the chemicals in tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the longer you smoke, the higher the chance you could develop psoriasis.

Another way smoking can affect your skin is increasing your risk of skin cancer. While most people associate skin cancer with sun exposure, smokers are actually three times as likely to develop skin cancer as nonsmokers are.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular electronic cigarette brands on the market. You can browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

Scientific Research Suggests Smokeless Cigarettes Less Harmful than Conventional

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With all the hoopla and controversy surrounding smokeless cigarettes, new scientific research is suggesting that they are likely to be much less harmful than the conventional cigarettes.  We know for a fact the statistics prove that conventional cigarettes can attribute to cancer, lung problems and overall general health issues.

Recently, an international team examined 81 studies where they focused on various issues surrounding smokeless cigarettes.  Some of the areas that were studied included:

  • Safety concerns
  • Amount and types of chemicals in the liquids and vapors
  • Use among both smokers and non-smokers

After reviewing much of the information, scientists agree that risks to passive bystanders and users are far less than the risks of conventional cigarettes.  However, they do caution that the risks for people with respiratory issues are unknown at this time.

They also concluded from the studies that there are fewer toxins in smokeless cigarettes than conventional.  Although, they contain some of the toxins from traditional cigarettes, it is at a much lower quantity.

Due to e-cigarette users breathing in vaporized liquid nicotine as opposed to tobacco smoke, scientists believe this is a healthier option.

They also conclude there is no concrete evidence suggesting teens and young adults who use smokeless cigarettes are likely to switch to traditional, and they conclude that the products do not encourage youth to begin conventional smoking habits.

Although, there is much research left to be done, this is good news for the e-cigarette smoker. There still remains much controversy as how to regulate smokeless cigarettes in the U.S. Many scientists conclude that based on their studies, smokeless cigarettes are indeed a healthier option.

For more information regarding e-cigs, please review our blog and knowledge center, or download our smokeless cigarette buying guide for everything you need to know to make an informed choice.  We at Eversmoke want to help you with the best vaping experience that you can have!

Cigarette Advertising: Marlboro Man

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From 1954 through 1999, Philip Morris & Co. used a cowboy coined “The Marlboro Man” as their spokesman in  advertising campaign. This campaign originated in part to try to popularize filtered cigarettes amongst men, as they were first considered a feminine product when they came out in the 1940s and 50s.

In fact, from 1924 until 1954, Marlboro was marketed as a woman’s cigarette using the slogan “Mild as May”; however, within a matter of months, the brand was given a masculine makeover.

During this span of time, most cigarette companies tried to falsely market filtered cigarettes as a safer alternative by using complex terminology and scientific claims. Philip Morris & Co., however, took a different method and the Marlboro man was born.

When the campaign was proposed, the company planned to use a variety of “manly” figures, including sea captains, weightlifters, war correspondents, construction workers, etc.  The cowboy was the first in the new advertising and marketing campaign.

Within a year, Marlboro’s market share rose from less than one percent to becoming the fourth best-selling brand. This led Philip Morris to drop the other manly figures and stick with the cowboy alone.

The Marlboro man campaign depicts a rugged, masculine cowboy figure (usually shown riding a horse through a barren landscape) with nothing but his cigarette. The actor who popularized the cowboy image in the mid-fifties was Paul Birch—he was featured in 3 page magazine ads and TV ads.

In the early 1960s, Marlboro reinvented their ad campaign again. They replaced the actors and began using real working cowboys, rodeo riders or stuntmen. One such cowboy was Carl “Big-un” Bradley from Guthrie, Texas. By 1972, the popularity of the Marlboro man campaign was so popular that Marlboro cigarettes captured the top of the tobacco industry.

The popularity of the Marlboro Man peaked during the 1960s and 1970s. However, the increasing evidence linking cigarette smoking to disease led to a decline in smoking and changed the way cigarettes were be advertised. At least three of the men who portrayed the Marlboro man have died of smoking related illnesses—lung cancer and COPD specifically.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular disposable green cigarette brands on the market. Please visit our blog and knowledge center to learn more about these revolutionary alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Responsible E-Cig Disposal: Help Us Keep E-Smoking Green, People!

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E-smoking is clearly becoming more and more mainstream. This is not only evident by the amount of media coverage green cigarettes receive and the number of vapor clouds you can spot while walking around town, but perhaps also by the amount of e-cig litter found on the ground.

A recent news story says that as the e-cig industry evolves and expands, the evidence for this growth is witnessed by the increasing amount of litter making it onto our city streets, sidewalks and public parks. And while the only source the article cites references cigarette butt litter (so who knows if their claim about e-cigs is accurate or not), nevertheless it provides us with great opportunity to talk about the important—yet often neglected—topic of proper e-cig disposal.

One of the great things about green cigarettes is their reusability. The simple fact that e-cigs can recharged over and over again drastically cuts back on waste production compared to traditional smoking, where a few puffs is all you get out of a cigarette. Even disposable e-cigs, which allow people to try e-smoking before they invest in a reusable device, is good for about 500 puffs—much longer than your average cigarette.

Proper E-Cig Disposal & Recycling

While there’s no doubt that e-cigs are a “greener” alternative to traditional cigarettes, it is up to each individual to do their part in minimizing their impact on the environment. One way e-smokers can do this is by making sure they dispose of their e-cig properly and responsibly.

The battery that powers your e-cig should be treated as electronic waste and discarded accordingly. Check with your city regarding its guidelines for electronic waste disposal, or contact a nearby Best Buy and find out if they do e-waste recycling at that particular store.

As far as the rest of the device, Dr. Ranee Kaur Banerjee of Brighthub recommends disposing of your e-cig by following these steps:

  1. Carefully remove the filler material out of the cartridge.
  2. Wash it in running water to rinse of nicotine residue.
  3. Wrap filler in biodegradable material before throwing it in the trash.
  4. Rinse cartridge under running water.
  5. Cap it with the original plug.
  6. Dispose of it as you would any other plastic waste.

Following these steps will help ensure that nicotine won’t contaminate our water sources and is discarded safely.

You can learn more about electronic cigarettes and their environmental footprint by visiting our E-cigarette Library. Also, be sure to check out green cigarettes from Eversmoke today to make your life a little greener and cleaner.

Smokeless cigarettes: Better for Both Your Lifestyle and Wallet

Switching to vapor cigarettes could help you save money especially in high-tax-states

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Not only does vaping with smokeless cigarettes allow you the freedom to get the nicotine your body craves in the comfort of the indoors (rather than being forced to brave the elements), they can also help to save you some money.

The cost of a pack of tobacco cigarettes (along with the taxes on them) continues to rise. However, governments at the state and federal level are increasingly looking to raise the taxes on vapor cigarettes and their accessories.

Nevertheless, you can save money over time since most smokeless cigarette cartridges equal roughly 1.5-2 packs of traditional cigarettes. This means that everyone’s individual savings will be different depending on which state you live in, the taxes that they place on tobacco cigarettes and of course how much you end up using the vapor cig device..

Electronic Vs. Tobacco Cost Breakdown

According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, a pack of cigarettes costs around $6.15 on average. Therefore, a pack-a-day smoker is likely to spend around $1,500/year in a low-tax-state—and as much as $5,000 in a high-tax-state like New York where a pack can average $13. This makes price tag for the average smoker around $2,250/year.

Most brands of disposable vapor cigarette cartridges are equivalent of roughly 1.5 to 2 packs of tobacco cigarettes and cost between $6 and $10 apiece. This means that yearly, smokeless ceigarettes will set you back roughly $1,100 to 1,800. Depending on whether you like in a low-or high-tax state, you could stand to save several hundred dollars a year.

The first consideration for someone looking to switch is whether to buy a disposable smokeless cig, or to buy a starter kit. Although starter kits have a bigger up-front investment, they offer the biggest savings in the long run.

Most disposable vapor cigarettes say they’re equivalent to about 2 packs of cigarettes and cost $6 to $10 apiece, meaning they’d cost about $1,100 to $1,800 a year, for savings of several hundred dollars a year. Savings for using a starter kit are much higher.

States Getting in the Way

Unfortunately, these savings may not last forever. While most vapers pay some sort of sales taxes, states like Minnesota and North Carolina are now placing additional taxes vapor cigarettes and liquid nicotine and other states are considering such taxes. In addition, restrictions proposed by the FDA in April may also push these costs even higher.

For more information on e-cigarette taxing, please continue reading on our blog.

However, there is always a chance that heavy competition amongst smokeless cigarette sellers could push prices lower. The prices could be driven down even further as big tobacco makers try to get into the vapor cigarette business.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular smokeless cigarette brands on the market. Besides visit our main site for the best selection, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more general information about vapor smoking and cigarettes.

Dutch Company Marketing E-Cigarette for Cannabis

The E-Njoint company is marketing an E-Joint that allows people in Europe to electronically smoke cannabis products

While not available in the United States, a Dutch company has taken the same technology used to create traditional electronic cigarettes and is marketing a vaporizer for the cannabis industry. Labeled the world’s first electronic joint, its creators are calling the devices “E-Joints”.

Designed in the cig-a-like or stick e-cigarette form, the e-joint allows users to fill the device with their own cannabis liquid or dry herbs. E-Njoint BV is manufacturing the e-joint—a company that currently manufactures roughly 10,000 fruit-flavored joints every day to ship across Europe.

Is this good or bad for the electronic cigarette industry?

State and federal government officials, pharmaceutical companies, and anti-tobacco groups have put E-cigarettes under the microscope in recent months. E-Joints could end up being one more problem for the e-cigarette industry—especially amongst those who will be put off by being associated with cannabis. In fact, the online e-cigarette community has been fighting hard to distance themselves from cannabis-flavored e-liquids.

The real question is whether e-cigarettes can handle the backlash that could come from being associated with the cannabis industry. Those in the e-cigarette industry (as well as those loyal to the devices) have fought hard to present the world with a device that is intended to reduce the stigma surrounding cigarette smoking. However, this new cannabis tool could unravel all of their hard work.

This is especially true in the United States where the cannabis industry has been met with (in certain instances) fierce opposition. The worst part is that since government officials, pharmaceutical companies and anti-tobacco groups have searched for any ammo they can fire at the e-cigarette industry, an E-Joint may be the right information to start a “war”.

Or Are E-Joints a Bad Idea in General?

Chances are E-Joints will not catch on; given the legality issues of cannabis in the United States. This is especially true due to the bad reputation that cannabis has. In my opinion, E-Joints will always simply be looked at as a way to hide the fact that an individual is using cannabis and as long as cannabis use continues to be frowned upon.

Eversmoke’s product lineup includes one of the most popular disposable e-cigarette brands on the market. Please visit our site in order to browse our selection of starter kits. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarettes, including industry news about the industry and any laws and regulations.