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CDC Releases New Lower Numbers on the Percentage of U.S. Smokers

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Newly released numbers on the rate of smoking in the United States have been released and many are surprised to find that smoking amongst American adults continues to drop. Currently, only around 15% of adults now say they smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes.

This number is 2% lower than last year and 3% lower than 2013—which is significant considering the U.S. spent a decade trying to curb smoking rates with no success before ramping up its anti-smoking campaign in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is contributing the decline to higher taxes on tobacco products, tougher laws against smoking and more stringent anti-smoking campaigns. Director of the CDC’s North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, Patricia Folan says there have even been instances of long-term heavy smokers quitting in recent years due to bans on indoor smoking.

According to Folan, she hears smokers all the time saying, “When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore.”

All of these numbers come from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) which is performed by the CDC. The NHIS began as a way to track health issues in the American public in 1957.

Decreased Smoking Data

Just how much has the smoking rate decreased in recent years? Here are some stats to give you a better picture:

  • Since 1965, the rate of adults smoking has decreased 27%.
  • From 2004-2009, smoking rates didn’t decline and stayed at roughly 20%. Failure to see progress made anti-smoking proponents concerned that this hard-core smoking group could not be reached.
  • 17 percent of males smoke compared to 13 percent of women.
  • The real difference for getting numbers to start dropping again was graphic anti-smoking ads. (Smokers don’t enjoy seeing graphic images of what smoking could do to their bodies.)

According to the director of the American Lung Association’s national policy, Thomas Carr, U.S. smoking rates could drop even further with the pending regulation of other nicotine delivery devices such as smokeless e-cigarettes. Carr states, however, that much more research will have to be conducted first to know just how much of a role these devices could play on the reduction of smoking rates.

If you’re a smoker and no longer enjoy the smoke, ash and chemicals that come along with tobacco cigarettes, consider switching to a smarter smoking alterative. We’re talking, of course, about e-switching to cigarettes! Browse our site to check out a comparison of e-cigarettes vs. traditional cigarettes, shop starter kits, peruse our blog and knowledge center, and much more!

Scientists Find Link between Smoking and Schizophrenia


A psychiatrist working at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, a mental facility in Dublin, Ireland has noticed a correlation between patients he’s treating for mental illness and heavy smoking. The Irish government hopes to lower their country’s smoking rate to 5% by 2025, so finding that smoking is linked to changes to brain chemistry is one piece of evidence on their side.

The doctors at St. Patrick’s generally assumed that these patients smoked in order to cope with their mental illnesses. This correlation led hospital officials to permit mental patients to smoke outdoors on hospital grounds, a ruling that made them an exemption to the 2004 workplace-smoking ban.

However, there have been developments that indicate schizophrenia (and other disorders) could actually be caused (in part) by prolonged tobacco use.

King’s College London analyzed data from 61 smoking studies (comprised of 288,000 individuals) and discovered that over half (57 percent) of those newly diagnosed with schizophrenia smoked cigarettes. Additionally, those living with schizophrenia are known to smoke more frequently than others do and they tend to inhale deeper. Analysis also showed that people who have a predisposition to develop psychosis show symptoms at least a year sooner than non-smokers do.

Excess dopamine, scientists believe, is the reason behind this possible link. Dopamine is a chemical found within the brain that is responsible for helping transmit nerve signals. Moreover, scientists think that dopamine plays a part in schizophrenia development.

Of course, scientists will need to conduct more studies to learn more about this possible connection.

On this side of the pond, around 44 percent of Americans who have mental illness are smokers—that makes them roughly twice as likely to smoke. However, there is a silver lining. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, those living with mental illnesses who smoke cigarettes are able to quit smoking easier than those without mental illness.

If you’re looking for a better alternative to smoking, we invite you to consider e-cigarettes. Here at EverSmoke, we offer a variety of e-cigarette starter kits and preloaded cartridges. Interested but need more information? Take a spin around our site, view our products and browse our blog and knowledge center.

USA’s Friendliest Public Vaping Cities!

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As a vaper, many of you are at least a little concerned about some of the laws that may affect the future of e-smoking.  Certain places in this country welcome vapers with open arms, while other places practically enforce e-cigs prohibition.  It is becoming clear that some cities and states are friendlier than others when it comes to e-smoking.

If you plan on relocating to a particular city or vacationing there, you should know their restrictions regarding your vaping enjoyment in public.

E Cigarette News recently came up with a list of the friendliest states for public vaping.  Although these laws are ever-changing, this recap list is based on the latest information available.

  1. Denver, Colorado – If you’re looking to enjoy the beauty of Colorado while enjoying your e-cig, you are in luck in Denver – a very trendy town indeed that currently has over 100 vape shops.  Each restaurant and business owner is able to decide if they will allow e-smoking but fortunately most welcome vapers.

  2. Seattle, Washington – Currently, this city hosts 50 vape shops, as well as 17 bars and 21 restaurants that allow e-cig use indoors.  You also can enjoy e-smoking freely in parks and on sidewalks.  Seattle is considered a very vaper friendly town.

  3. Virginia Beach, Virginia – If you’re looking for a nice seaside local that is vaper friendly and has no bans on e-cigs, then you might consider paying a visit to Virginia Beach.  You can enjoy touring this town and relaxing without worrying about your e-smoking enjoyment.  So far, 15 restaurants and bars are available for you to vape “worry-free.”

  4. Las Vegas, Nevada – Although vaping has been banned in any restaurant or bar in Las Vegas that serves food, the casinos are still very vape friendly!

  5. Austin, Texas – Many of the clubs, bars and coffee shops are welcome the e-smoking crowd even though the city includes e-cigs in its no smoking ordinance.

  6. Tuscon, Arizona – There is a public smoking ban in Arizona but it does not include e-cigs.  Currently, the city has over 160 vape shops and lounges with the hopes of more to come.

E Cigarette News also provided a list of the top 25 most friendly vaping states.

At EverSmoke, we are proud to provide e-smokers everywhere with excellent, high quality vaping products for their enjoyment.  Please browse our site to see what type of e-cig would be best for you.  You can also continue perusing our blog and knowledge center to find out if e-smoking is the right choice for you.

Study Shows E-Cigs Produce Formaldehyde Only Under “Extreme Conditions”


Nobody wants to ingest formaldehyde – that bad smelling liquid you may remember from biology class during the lesson on dissection. Well, did you know that every time you smoke a tobacco cigarette, that’s exactly what you’re consuming, along with a whole host of other toxic chemicals?

Gross, right? Well the same argument has been unfairly lodged against electronic cigarettes, but fortunately now we have some data that says otherwise.

A recent study, conducted by cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and reported on by Wired Magazine, has revealed that some electronic cigarettes do indeed release harmful amounts of formaldehyde, but only under extreme conditions.  Formaldehyde could be detected when a vapor smoker repeatedly attempted to “dry puff” – a situation which is rare due to the unpleasant experience a dry hit provides.

These results challenge a 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that said electronic cigarettes produced a higher amount of formaldehydes than traditional analog cigarettes.  However, in that particular study, vaping habits were never taken into consideration.

In this recent study led by Dr. Farsalinos, he discovered that formaldehydes, which are carcinogenic and found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, can also be released by a third-generation electronic cigarette.  Certain advanced e-cigs offer a variety of power settings that a vapor smoker is able to customize for maximum e-liquid flavor.

However, Dr. Farsalinos explain further that the emission of aldehydes from these e-cigs was dramatically lower than those found in cigarette smoke.

The conclusion of Farsalinos study determined that in “real world” vaping situations, the amount of formaldehyde released from e-cigs is significantly less than from traditional cigarettes unless a person is participating in the rare and nasty act of repeat dry vaping.

Since its publication, the study has made big waves in the health community since now all the media hype about the dangers of formaldehyde in electronic cigarettes may need to be reconsidered.

Have you thought of trying a better alternative to traditional smoking?  Consider EverSmoke and all of our amazing electronic cigarette starter kits. If you aren’t ready to commit just yet, browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

Are Harvard Researchers Biased Against E-Cigarettes?


If you keep up with the news and research, you may have heard about the Harvard study claiming that one third of all e-cigarette users are nonsmokers. This data, if true, would of course detract from the many supposed benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes.

Well E Cigarette News believes that the conclusion of the Harvard study was unfairly biased against e-cigarettes.  They say the researchers chose to report their findings in a negative way against electronic cigarettes that was not consistent with their own findings.

The statement that E Cigarette News believes is inconsistent is as follows:

“In conclusion, there has been rapid growth in ever and current electronic cigarette use over the past five years, although growth in current use slowed down from 2013 to 2014. Although smokers are most likely to use these products, almost a third of current users are nonsmokers, undermining potential public health benefits of cigarette smokers possibly switching to electronic cigarettes.”

A key finding in the study was that 20.7% of current electronic cigarette users used to be cigarette smokers.  What was important in this study was how they divided the study groups.  The two groups consisted of those who had quit smoking more than six years ago and those who had quit less than six years ago.

E Cigarette News makes the assumption that an individual who had quit smoking more than six years prior to using e-cigarettes would be a “negative outcome” (in the eyes of researchers), meaning they were drawn back to nicotine through electronic cigarettes; whereas those who had quit less than six years ago would represent smokers who had used e-cigs to transition from traditional smoking, which would be considered a positive outcome.

However, the Harvard study started on the assumption that all who began smoking electronic cigarettes were ex-smokers who were drawn back into nicotine use because of e-cigs.  As the study itself shows, only 2.8% were distant smokers and 17.9% were smokers of less than six years.

Could this data not otherwise suggest that almost 18% of these individuals used e-cigs as a smoking alternative to their traditional cigarette habit?  Instead, the conclusion of the study states that all 20.7% of these smokers were enticed back into nicotine due to e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarette News and other industry advocates are concerned that the anti-tobacco groups are using biased studies and research for form new legislation and public opinion.  Their hopes are for people to put aside opinions and examine the real science behind e-cigarettes.

Brose our learning center and blog for more information about the e-cig industry, as well as our premium electronic cigarette products.

Are you looking for a revolutionary smoking alternative?  At Eversmoke, we offer a variety of delicious e-liquids and vaping devices for your enjoyment!

The Science Behind Nicotine Addiction

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Studies have proven the destructive power that certain addictions can have on the human body. Some scientists even suggest that nicotine addiction may be the worst addiction that the world has faced.

However, have you ever wondered what makes nicotine so addictive?

If you are reading this blog, then I suppose you have…so let’s find out.

Exploring Addiction

First, nicotine addiction is not a simple addiction; it is what’s known as a physical addiction, which means that the human body experiences relief and/or pleasure upon ingesting the substance and a tangible discomfort (i.e. withdrawal) when we don’t ingest. The same can be said for other drugs like opioids, but it is suggested that nicotine is more addictive.

Nicotine addiction happens when nicotine molecules interact with receptors in the brain. Once nicotine molecules contact these receptors, a process called acetylcholine begins. Acetylcholine is responsible for making humans alert and conscious. By triggering this process, you could say that nicotine makes the mind livelier.

In addition to acetylcholine, nicotine also turns on dopamine processes. Dopamine is responsible for attraction and is the real driving force behind addiction—it is our pleasure center.

Once nicotine has entered the body, the molecules colonize our pleasure or comfort centers. When more of these comfort centers are turned on than discomfort centers, the brain (i.e. the human) does not want to quit the substance causing the pleasure. Moreover, the receptors even grow accustomed to the feeling, which is what causes humans to feel withdrawal if we take the substance away.

A Study on Addiction

American researcher Gene Heyman has studied the science behind addiction since the 1970s. In one such addiction study, he compiled information about the duration of time it takes people to give up several addictions.

According to his findings, he discovered that cocaine users were able to recover from their addiction in an average of four years, and those who were clinically dependent on marijuana took six years.

By comparison, those who were addicted to alcohol and nicotine took longer surprisingly. Alcoholics took on average 15 years to lose their dependency completely, and those with nicotine addictions took an average of 30 years.

You sure won’t see that factoid on the side of a cigarette package!

This gives scientific credence to the struggle those who wish to abstain from smoking tobacco cigarettes fight each day. Moreover, it also shows that those who struggle should not feel discouraged by setbacks.

If you’ve decided it is time for a better alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, we invite you to learn more about EverSmoke e-cigarettes. In addition to our wide range of e-liquids, we let you to pick your preferred nicotine strength—from bold (24mg) to nicotine free. After you try them, we’re sure you will be hooked (in a good way)!

Take some time to visit our site, check out our products and browse our blog and knowledge center.

Big Gains in Unexpected Places from E-Cigarette Sales

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The growing e-cigarette trend is helping to put a serious dent in the number of tobacco smokers in the U.S. today, this is according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The CDC says that the 18% drop in tobacco use has been offset e-cigarette use. These rates of change have also triggered an increase in tobacco cigarette prices as cigarette companies seek to maintain their revenues.

Wells Fargo also projected that e-cigarette sales will be higher than tobacco cigarette sales in just 5 years or so. If this is true, then there is a great deal of money to be made off e-cigarettes. But who stands to profit from these increased sales? One answer could shock you.

Big tobacco companies are one of the businesses that may stand to benefit from an increase in e-cigarette sales. This is partly because some of the biggest cigarette companies have also begun getting in the e-cigarette game.

In 2014, Altria acquired Green Smoke Inc. and just this year released their brand of e-cigarettes. Likewise, Reynolds American has begun collaborating with Lorillard to produce electronic smoking devices.

States Cashing In on E-Cig Sales

On top of the profit tobacco companies stand to make off e-cigarettes sales, state governments could as well—specifically through savings from Medicaid.

According to a State Budget Solutions report, at least 45 states (plus D.C.) would gain more money through Medicaid savings than they lost from being taxed for cigarettes and settlement payments. The report also states that around 51% of those on Medicaid smoke cigarettes. By reducing the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke, it could save states billions of dollars (around 48 billion to be more specific) in healthcare costs alone. This savings more than the states collected through taxes in 2012—around $24 billion.

Read our newest article, “How E-Cigarettes Could Save the Government Money,” to learn more.

If you’re looking to kick off your vapor smoking hobby right, look no further than EverSmoke! Take some time to browse our site, check out our line of superior products and take a gander at our blog and knowledge center.

Is it Safe to Vape and Drive?

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One of the most dangerous activities you do on a daily basis is getting behind the wheel of a car.  If this were not the case, you wouldn’t cringe whenever your teen pulls out of the driveway for the first time alone.

For teens and adults alike, driving is a huge responsibility and being distracted even for one moment can have devastating consequences.  Because of the real danger of distracted driving, many states have banned the use of electronic devices, such as smart phones and mp3 players, when operating a vehicle.

However, currently, there are no laws stating that an e-cig is one of the electronic devices that is considered banned.  Whether the e-cig is considered a “handheld electronic device” would be up to each individual state.

Of course, that doesn’t mean high ohm vaping in the car is totally safe.  We all know that texting and driving is a dangerous mix, but what about vaping and driving?

Vaping and Driving Safety Tips

Anything you do while driving that doesn’t involve paying attention to the road can be considered a dangerous distraction.  This includes vaping if not done properly.  If you decide to vape while driving, consider the following safety tips below:

  • Before you vape, have the e-juice filled, battery charged and the electronic device ready.  If any of this needs to be done while you are driving, it is necessary to pull over.

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How to Safely Enjoy Your Electronic Cigarette

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Relaxing at home with your electronic cigarette or vaping at a party with all your friends are both fun and enjoyable experiences.  If you have chosen the vapor smoker lifestyle, then you are probably already seeing many of the benefits it has over traditional cigarettes (i.e. no odor, a better sense of taste and smell, having more energy, the list goes on!).  However, vaping safely should continue to be a top priority.

Below are several tips that experienced vapor smokers should review and beginners ought to understand thoroughly before using their electronic cigarette:

Never leave a battery charging unattended. This rule is especially true in a very hot car.  Rechargeable lithium ion cells are safe; however, they do contain a flammable electrolyte that must be kept under pressure.  This means they can become dangerous if put under the wrong conditions or improperly manufactured.  It’s best to keep an eye on your charging battery so that you don’t come home to a mess!

Buy from a reputable dealer.  Always make certain you know what you are getting!  A cheap deal is not always the best.  At EverSmoke, our e-cigs come with a safety circuit microchip inserted to prevent overcharging and overheating.

Use the right size battery for your e-cig.  Again, buying from a reputable dealer and getting a battery that you know for sure fits the type of electronic cigarette that you have is key.

If you spill e-juice, clean it up immediately.  Our e-juices are very tasty, but seeing as most contain nicotine you want to make certain to always keep pets and children away from it.

Avoid e-juice leaks by taking a few precautions.  Taking longer and slower puffs, storing your electronic cigarette in an upright position and continuing to draw after releasing the button helps to minimize leaks.

Know your limits. New vapor smokers should never manually alter their battery’s resistance level in order to try and get the biggest vapor output possible.  Read here about the potential dangers of sub-ohm vaping from our sister company, VaporFi.

At EverSmoke, we care about you and your vaping journey!  Safety is very important to us and we want you to get the most from your electronic cigarette experience.  Browse our website to become familiar with our sleek and modern alternatives to smoking.

Lastly, we invite you to check out our knowledge center for more details regarding safety of electronic cigarettes and more.

Can E-Cigs Improve My Sex Life?

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It has always been interesting to see how smoking cigarettes and sex go hand-in-hand according to Hollywood.  After all, how is smoking cigarettes that give you bad breath, turn your teeth yellow and make you prone to various diseases all that sexy? Let’s be real, it’s not.

In fact, if you want to improve your sex life, ditching the traditional cigarette should be the first thing you do.  In addition to initial attraction, many doctors agree that a person’s sex drive is reduced by smoking.  The main reason for this is the obstruction of the circulatory flow which causes soft erections in men and can cause women to have reduced sensations.  Smoking has also been blamed for being a major culprit in erectile dysfunction.

In 2007, a Chinese study found that smoking is just as bad for your sex life as it is for the body.  Over 7,500 men were involved in the study between the ages of 35-74.  None of these men had vascular disease and they were surveyed about their sex life and smoking habits.

Several important conclusions were drawn from this research, including a “statistical link between the number of cigarettes that men smoked and the likelihood they would experience erectile dysfunction.”

All of that does not sound too “sexually appealing,” does it?  Can making the switch to the vaping world actually improve your sex life? 

Let’s assume your partner is not a smoker.  Each time you have enjoyed a sexual experience together, you are releasing dangerous toxins that are not only bad for you but to them as well!  The good news is that e-cigs are odorless devices that do not release smoke into the air, but rather water vapor that won’t linger in the room or on your clothes.

Of course, there still needs to be more research conducted on the effects of e-cigs and your sex life.  However, the simple fact of not killing a romantic moment with a pungent cigarette may be appealing enough for some to make the switch now.

If you are ready, check out our e-cig starter kits at EverSmoke and begin the vaping journey!  Also, browse through our blog and learning center to discover more ways e-cigs outshine, outlast and out-perform traditional cigarettes.