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Help! My E-Cig is Leaking

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Few things are more annoying than when you are enjoying a nice vaping experience when suddenly your e-cig begins leaking (or in some cases pouring) nicotine liquid! What are the causes of some of these leaks and how can you fix them?

In order to stop your e-cig from leaking, first you need to understand WHY it is leaking.  Below are some common reasons behind this annoying issue:

  • You filled it too high – The atomizers and cartomizers are designed to hold only a small amount of e-liquid. Perhaps some people get overly excited about all the great flavors available so they go a little overboard!  If you accidentally do this, your device will leak. One solution is purchasing pre-filled flavor cartridges.
  • You inhaled too hard – E-cigs are not designed for hard drags.  If you inhale too vigorously on the device then the liquid will probably overflow.  E-liquid can get on the battery and destroy it, or it can seep into your mouth for an unpleasant surprise.
  • You inhaled too quickly – Remember that e-cigs are not the same as traditional cigarettes. If inhale too quickly, you won’t give the atomizer enough time to heat up and vape the liquid, thus causing a back-up of fluid and potential leakage.
  • The atomizer coil is too old – If your atty is ancient, it may not work properly. You should look into replacing your device.
  • The plastic tank melted – Some people prefer glass tanks because there are some strong e-liquid flavors such as cinnamon or menthol that can actually melt the plastic and cause leaks.

What to do if it does leak?

Got a leaky e-cig? No worries. Here’s what you should do:

  • Disassemble your e-cig, then use paper towels to thoroughly clean your e-cig.
  • If the leaking is due to cracks, you must replace the device.
  • If you have constant trouble overfilling, consider switching to an e-cig with a clear tank so that you can see how much e-liquid is left in the tank.
  • Hold the e-cig horizontally while you vape.
  • Store your e-cig with the mouthpiece elevated. 

You will most likely experience a leak at one time or another in your vaping days.  Once you have fixed the immediate problem of sticky liquid all over your hands, you should take steps to prevent the same issue from happening in the future.

Whether you are a veteran of e-cigs looking for troubleshooting tips, or new to vaping and interested in learning more, we encourage you to browse our knowledge center and blog. You can also contact us toll-free with any questions about our superior e-cigs and vaping gear.

Pennsylvania Physicians Weigh in on Electric Cigarettes

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Physicians are trying to strike yet another blow at the electric cigarette industry. As they become more and more prominent in American society, electric cigarettes are starting to show up onscreen and some doctors are against it.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is seeking the help of the American Medical Association in order to try and ban product placement of electric cigarettes, as well as keep entertainment agencies from using celebrities who endorse electronic smoking.

Some of the physicians, like pulmonologist Richard T. Bell who is leading the charge, feel that “Electronic cigarettes should not be on television or in the movies” at all.

Dr. Bell believes the health gains the U.S. has made in recent years by reducing the number of tobacco smokers would be completely undone by these same people turning to electric cigarettes.

The CDC released a study in 2013 reporting that at least a quarter of a million minors tried electric cigarettes when they had never smoked a tobacco cigarette, which e-cigarette critics contribute to product marketing in the form of social media, web ads and television spots.

In 1998, five major tobacco companies formed an agreement with forty-six states about the promotion, advertising and marketing of their tobacco products. In exchange for annual payments of $10 billion and the restriction of cigarettes from certain types of marketing, the states agreed to cancel their lawsuits for Medicaid.

The biggest factor of the settlement (known as the Master Settlement Agreement) is that cigarette manufacturers would not specifically target children (directly or indirectly). Thus, cigarette usage was banned from television, cartoons and movies.

Now, this group of Pennsylvania doctors are seeking to place the same restrictions on electric cigarettes too.

Although everyone is concerned about minors gaining access to nicotine products, completely doing away with marketing may end up doing more harm than good, specifically for legal adults who are looking for a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Only time will tell.

A reputable electric cigarette company will never target their products to people under the legal age, which is 18 years old throughout most of the country.

If you’re of legal age and are interested in electric smoking, we invite you to consider an EverSmoke electric cigarette – a smarter smoking choice. We offer a wide range of starter kits, flavors and accessories to choose from.

In addition, stop by and browse our blog and knowledge center for related topics and news.

Optimistic News for E-cigarette Usage: Recent Study Finds Teens Uninterested in Flavored E-liquids

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A recent study conducted by Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that teens who don’t smoke may not be overly attracted to the flavors of e-cigarette liquid as some e-cigarette critics suggest. This data is great news for e-cigarette supporters who stick fast to their beliefs that the smokeless electric cigs contains less hazards than the tobacco counterparts.

These findings and others have not quieted fears that e-cigarettes could tempt non-smokers (teens especially) to pick up the devices and start vaping.

Saul Shiffman, PhD., of the University of Pittsburgh psychology professor and Pinney Associates, stated: “Concerns about initiation of e-cigarette use by nonsmoking teens have focused on the expected and assumed appeal of flavors. It is important to replace assumptions with data. Our study shows that flavor descriptors, even those expected to appeal to youth, do not do so.”

He goes on to suggest that these though e-cigarettes provide no health benefits to the growing teen body, they are still considered less dangerous than traditional tobacco cigarettes and therefore can offer a safer smoking option for adult smokers.

Nearly 650 people—216 nonsmoking teenagers (between 13 and 17) and 432 cigarette-smoking adults—participated in the study. All participants had expressed an interest in using e-cigarettes. Researchers asked them to rank their interest in e-cigarettes (on a 1-10 scale), then the participants were offered a flavor list. The results found that the 216 teens showed only minimal interest in the e-cigarettes and this interest did not change with e-liquid flavors.

The desire to use e-cigarettes was greatest amongst adults who had recently tried a smokeless electric cig. In addition, these smoking adults showed the most interest in e-liquid flavors, including double espresso, raspberry and vanilla bean.

Studying the appeal of certain e-liquid flavors to minors is helpful because researchers can learn which flavors will lead to less minors using e-cigarettes.

If you’re still on the fence about trying e-cigarettes, consider visiting EverSmoke.com and browse our selection of e-cigarette starter kits. You can also find more information about our e-cigarettes and vaping in general by browsing our blog and knowledge center.

Where to Vape and Where NOT to Vape

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The question of whether or not e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is clear. However, the question of where to vape and where not to vape is becoming more difficult to answer. This is mostly due to city and state government’s interests in regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. As an electronic cigarette user, or as someone interested in trying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on your local vapor smoking  regulations.

The conversation surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public has expanded from city governments to state governments. California’s senate has shown interest in limiting the locations where an individual could vape in public, much the same way tobacco use is prohibited in places like restaurants, public transportation, etc.

But to better understand where to vape and where not to vape, it may be best to look at cities that have passed, or are considering passing, e-cigarette legislation.

Los Angeles, for example, banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants. Smaller cities too, such as Ashville, NC, are looking to pass city ordinances that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on public transportation or in city premises, such as the regional airport and public parks .

So, where CAN you vape?    

Ultimately, the answer to this question will be up to your local ordinances and government officials. However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid vaping in places like government buildings, schools, hospitals, and airports. By practicing good vaping etiquette  you’ll avoid any negative confrontations.

Deciding whether or not you should vape in places such as restaurants and bars might require a bit of research on your part. But if you can’t find any information for e-cigarette legislation  in your city or state, don’t be afraid to just ask the owner or manager of the business you’re visiting.

If you still have questions about where you should vape, don’t worry. Eversmoke is here to help you. Stay up-to-date on e-cigarette legislation by browsing our knowledge center or blog.

CDC Paints a Target on Electronic Cigarettes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently targeted the electronic cigarette industry with negative advertising cautioning people against nicotine delivery devices, highlighting the various diseases associated with tobacco use.  It appears that once again the vaping industry is being lumped in with the tobacco industry – even though they are two entirely separate entities.

The CDC contends that since there isn’t enough information about the long-term safety and effects of electronic cigarette usage, they should not be promoted.  Of course, many vapor smokers think that’s the point exactly—that there is not enough known about the devices to compare them to traditional cigarettes.

One electronic cigarette shop owner named John McCullough said to reporters that he would never tell a customer that vaping is 100% safe (and neither would EverSmoke), but the industry is too young for unbiased research to show how good or bad electronic cigarettes are.

“The industry is 7 or 8-years-old,” he said.  “We need another 20 before we can actually say, ‘This product is safe,’ or ‘This product is bad,’ and why it is safe or bad.”

Millions of people have begun turning to electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to traditional smoking, which is proven to be harmful to your health and home.  The e-cig alternative has also opened up more doors for people to be able to vape in places that otherwise are banned from traditional smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are considered a breath of fresh air because the vapor released is not an offensive smell like the smoke from cigarettes.

While more research needs to be done, there are countless vaping existing studies that has been conducted on these devices up to this point which we encourage you to read so that you can form your own opinion rather than mistaking misinformation for fact.

At EverSmoke, we have worked hard to provide a library of online resources for smokers trying to get better educated about electronic cigarettes. For starters, visit our blog and knowledge center. Also, feel free to contact us about any questions you have about our products or vaping in general.

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes a 40 Percent Tax Increase on E-Cigarettes

angry-man-shouting-at-chalk-income-taxGovernment taxation (on both the state and federal levels) continues to be one of the most discussed issues in the e-cigarette community.

Since his election last November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been adding budget proposals to the books – one of which involves a controversial tax increase on e-cigarettes. Wolf has proposed increasing this tax in his state by 40 percent, which has angered Pennsylvanian e-cigarette users, the local vaping industry and anti-smoking organizations.

The proposal aims to increase the taxes of wholesale vaping products, cigars, loose and smokeless tobacco.

According to a survey conducted by the National Tobacco Behavior Monitor (and released during the conference for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco), roughly 3 million people in the United States have begun using e-cigarettes or other vapor smoking products.

Bill Godshall, executive director and founder of Smokefree Pennsylvania, feels that taxing e-cigarettes at 40 percent is ridiculous considering that no other product has a tax that high. Godshall is also confused by Wolf’s desire to tax e-cigarettes but not tax any other products that contain nicotine, like nicotine gum, lozenges and patches.

In addition to taxing e-cigarettes, Wolf also wants to levy a price increase on tobacco cigarettes of $1 per pack. Godshall, however, is in favor of this increase, stating, “Cigarettes cause 99 percent of call tobacco-attributable morbidity, mortality and health care costs.” If this increase passes, Pennsylvania smokers will be paying $2.60 in taxes alone on their cigarettes.

The American Vaping Association (AVA) is also against Pennsylvania’s proposed tax. AVA president Gregory Conley feels that given the state’s smoking population (more than 2 million), it is wrong to deny these smokers a safe nicotine alternative.

In addition to vapers suffering from the tax increase, the owners and workers of Pennsylvania’s vaping retail stores will suffer because Pennsylvanians will likely start shopping across the borders or online to avoid taxation.

Of course, in the event that Wolf’s taxation proposal passes and you’re unwilling to pay the exorbitant price that your e-cigarettes will cost you, you still have the option of purchasing affordable, high quality vaping devices right here.

We invite you to browse our selection of premium e-cigarette starter kits, as well as our blog and knowledge center for other e-cigarette topics, legislation and news.

Rise in E-cigarette Counterfeiting

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Counterfeit merchandise is not uncommon. Everyone is familiar with the concept of people selling cheaply produced products by passing them off as high-end brands like Rolex, Ray-ban and Louis Vuitton.

Well it seems British e-cigarette manufacturer Liberty Flights Ltd. is now facing a similar problem.

Let’s face it, most people like to save money. Therefore, as the popularity of e-cigarettes rise, there is higher demand for a cheaper way to gain access to these vaping product. Those in the counterfeiting business are more than willing to provide such a product as long as there’s demand for it.

Imitation Liberty Flights have been discovered in several worldwide markets. Like other counterfeit products, these e-cigarette clones are made of cheaper materials and sold well below retail prices.

While counterfeiting in many other instances won’t harm a consumer (i.e. knock-off sunglasses or purse are unlikely to cause you physical harm), using low quality materials can seriously damage e-cigarette users (particularly e-cigarette batteries). In addition, counterfeit e-liquid often contains much higher than normal levels of nicotine.

Some brands, like British American Tobacco PLC, are partnering with forensic experts to research instances of counterfeiting. In these instances, some manufacturers have noticed e-cigarettes that falsely use their traditional tobacco brands (for example, Kent and Vogue).

For now, e-cigarette counterfeiting is a new concept and still being considered a minor problem. Nevertheless, experts feel that the trade of illicit e-cigarettes will continue to grow along with increased demand.

This rise in counterfeiting will only add to the already long list of aspects of e-cigarette regulation that weighs heavy on the shoulders of the vaping industry.

Typically, having a product counterfeited is viewed as a negative (and yes, it is when you consider that a business loses out on money and has their product’s copyright infringed upon); however, it could be interpreted at least as further proof that e-cigarettes are in high demand.

That’s our “glass half full” take on it anyway…

For more information about EverSmoke e-cigarettes, browse our inventory and read about other vaping topics in our blog and knowledge center.

Spring Cleaning Your E-Cig

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It’s that time of the year again when the winter blues lift and the sunshine finally bursts forth. You might start to look around your house and think “Hmmm…maybe I should do some spring cleaning.”  Yes, those cobwebs and have got to go!  And if you’re a vaper, you should also consider giving your electronic cigarette a spring cleaning as well.

Electronic cigarettes aren’t perfect.  Sometimes e-liquid gets stuck and gunked up inside the cartridge, the battery can stain the inside of the device, or the mouthpiece can even become blocked.  These are just a few things that can slow down your e-cig from performing at its best.

Below are some quick and easy tips for giving your electronic cig a good cleaning.

The Battery

Cleaning between the battery and cartridge is essential.  This is where a lot of dust, debris and gunk can build up. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a week.  If you don’t, your spring cleaning may take a little longer than expected!

This is also a very important step because the connection between the battery and cartridge needs to be strong in order for it to work properly.

Some people use a light damp cloth, while others use alcohol on a swab to clean this area.  It is advised that you check your manual to see what is appropriate for your particular device.

The Cartridge (Cartomizer)

Most of the new electronic cigarettes combine the cartridge and atomizer, but some of the older ones are separate.  If you have an older model, you will need to clean both.

You can try and use a cloth, but sometimes a toothpick is necessary.

At Eversmoke, we sell prefilled flavor cartridges which create a lot less of a mess.  We also sell disposable cartridges, so no cleanup necessary!

As long as you give these two main two parts of the electronic cigarette a good spring cleaning and remember to wipe them down on a regular basis, you will ensure that your device lasts longer and performs better.

Teens Buying E-Cigs Online

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One of the latest controversies in the vaping community is over the accessibility that teens have to e-cigs by ordering the smokeless devices online.  According to USA Today, a recent study has shown that teens were able to purchase e-cigs online 94% of the time.

After obtaining permission (and credit cards) from parents and law enforcement, researchers followed 11 teenagers age 14 to 17 who were told to buy e-cigs online.  Out of 98 attempts to make a purchase, online vendors only blocked five teens.  In a majority of the cases, the teens were able to order e-cigs and have them delivered to their doorstep with no questions or signatures requested.

This study was conducted specifically to see how North Carolina was able to enforce a law enacted in 2013 which states that a retailer must verify a customer’s age against a government database before allowing the purchase. Shipping e-cigs to minors is considered a class 2 misdemeanor in this state.

Dr. Rebecca Williams, a research associate at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the lead author.  She remarked that “…it is easier for many teens to buy e-cigarettes online than in a corner store, where they might be faced with a request for an ID.”

Here’s what the authors of the study concluded:

In the absence of federal regulation, youth e-cigarette use has increased and e-cigarette sellers online operate in a regulatory vacuum, using few, if any, efforts to prevent sales to minors. Even in the face of state laws like North Carolina’s requiring age verification, most vendors continue to fail to even attempt to verify age in accordance with the law, underscoring the need for careful enforcement.

The EverSmoke team would like everyone to know that we are vigilant in refusing to sell our products to minors, nor do we market them to this age group. We believe our e-cigs are fantastically flavorful smoking alternatives—and for adults only.

For more information regarding local and national e-cig regulation and laws, visit our knowledge center.

The Real Costs of a Lifetime of Smoking Tobacco

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If you are searching for a good reason to quit smoking, look no further than your wallet.

Smoking is an expensive habit. In fact, it’s estimated that the average American smoker spends somewhere in the range of one to two million dollars on tobacco cigarettes and cigarette accessories over the course of their lifetime.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you spend on your smoking habit, then you should definitely not move to Alaska. Alaskans reportedly spend an average of $2 million on cigarettes, while South Carolinians come off (comparatively) easy at $1.1 million.

In terms of the estimated lifelong costs associated with smoking cigarettes, people often overlook indirect expenses like healthcare and insurance. However, you must take into account all of these factors, including the healthcare costs associated with illnesses and diseases arising from years of tobacco use, the higher insurance premiums that smokers are forced to pay, and the inflation of the cost of a pack of cigarettes each year.

To learn what smoking tobacco cigarettes is really costing you, check out our recent knowledge center article.

More visual learners should also take a look at this infographic from The American Cancer Society that illustrates the real costs associated with smoking tobacco cigarettes, as well as our comparison of e-cigarettes vs. traditional smoking.

Switching to e-cigarettes can be a way to put some money back in your wallet. For those of you who are new to e-cigarettes, we welcome you and encourage you to browse our knowledge center and blog to discover more about making the switch.

And whenever you’re ready, browse our wide selection of affordable e-cigarette starter kits.