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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.

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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.

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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.

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E-Cigs May Spell the End for Tobacco Bonds

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For years now, economists have been seeing signs that traditional tobacco cigarettes are gradually going the way of the dinosaurs—a.k.a. extinct. This downward trend is likely due to the fact that many Americans are discovering that the many harmful side effects of smoking simply aren’t worth the risk.

To solidify this fact, recent data indicates that traditional cigs may actually be in trouble much sooner than anticipated thanks to the fast rising tide of demand for smoking alternatives—the most popular of which is electronic cigs.

Already Endangered

Last month, Reuters published a report saying the first tobacco bond defaults could be right around the corner.

In 1998, Big Tobacco made an agreement between 46 U.S. states essentially stating they would pay compensation each year for additional healthcare costs incurred through smoking. These payments are based on annual cigarette sales and run into the billions of dollars. As a result, the states sold bonds that would keep paying out as long as Big Tobacco made a profit. Up till now, tobacco has been a safe investment.

However, forecasters are warning investors that some tobacco bonds may start defaulting as soon as 2020 since Americans are giving up smoking at a faster rate than previously estimated.

Most bonds were only structured to withstand a 2 to 3 percent annual decline. Yet since 2000, cigarette sales have dropped an annual average of 3.4 percent.

“If the decline goes to 6 or 7 percent, it will be very quick,” said Tom Metzold, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. “I think that the first [defaults] are probably five years away,” he said.

The Rise of the E-Cig

Meanwhile, as tobacco sales plummet, the e-cig industry is thriving due to a growing number of Americans switching to a less risky and more enjoyable smoking experience.

Currently, electronic cigs only make up a fraction of the market compared to Big Tobacco, but the industry is still so young. Four years ago, e-cigs were a niche subculture for just a handful of hobbyists. But in only a few years, sales of e-cigs have grown to more than $2.2 billion annually and the number of e-cigs sold has skyrocketed from 50,000 units to over 3.5 million by 2012, according to some estimates.

If this trend continues, it won’t be long before electronic cigs take control over a majority share of the market.

“We believe consumption of e-vapor will eclipse consumption of combustible cigs over the next decade as technology improves,” wrote Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo who has tracked the tobacco industry for years, in a recent report.

In other words, it is an exciting time to be an e-smoker! Learn more about how e-cigs are becoming the new normal and where they might be headed by reading our related article in the Eversmoke Knowledge Center.

If you would like to try out e-cigs for yourself, take a look at our popular electronic cig starter kits today!

Franchise Opportunities through Sister Company

Vapor Zone announces e-cig franchise opportunities

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In a recent press release, Vapor Zone (based in Miami, Florida) announced they are beginning to offer franchising opportunities allowing entrepreneurs to open brick-and-mortar e-cigarette shops. These franchises will offer the same merchandise (across all price points) and features (including a custom e-liquid blending bar) as the company’s flagship store in Miami.

In addition to being able to include products and features, franchisees will also be able to access on-site training and support—including help with store location and format. Franchisees can also take advantage of the industry-exclusive revenue sharing program, which will allow them to benefit from online sales in their area.

Vapor Zone is a sister company to Ever Smoke within the parent company International Vapor Group. To learn more about e-cigarette franchising by visiting http://www.vaporzone.com/our-company/franchising.html or call (855) 93-VAPOR for location-specific information.

Not Your Average Workplace Drama: Banning the Use of E-Cigarettes on the Job

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Over the last few years, electronic cigarettes have taken off in popularity. However, recently government agencies such as the FDA have brought rulings about e-cigarette usage that is making it difficult to use them in public and to purchase.

E-cigarettes have been outright banned for use in workplaces, bars, and restaurants in three states — North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah — and in 172 cities and counties, including Boston and 51 other Massachusetts municipalities. Those living in states and for companies who do not have personal regulations in place are free to vape to their heart’s content.

Several companies have also brought their own rulings to the use of e-cigarettes including:

The Importance of Protecting E-Cig Batteries from Heat

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Sometimes it can feel like you need advanced degree to keep our phones, P.D.A.’s and laptops working. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), lithium-ion batteries perform at their best if kept at temperatures between 14°F and 86°F. Moreover, battery experts say that the number one cause of battery problems is too much heat. Batteries that get too warm drain faster than they normally would. Therefore, you should think of electronics as if they were a baby or a dog—if it’s hot outside, don’t leave it in the car.

Batteries are also affected by humidity and other weather extremes— they can bulge, bubble, melt, damage your device, smoke, and in (very) extreme cases, even blow-up. Some examples of areas to avoid bringing lithium-ion batteries are in a non-temperature controlled room, in a closed bathroom with the shower on, in a closed car on a hot day, or in a steam-room or a sauna.

The necessity of keeping your lithium ion battery cool

Standard Li-ion battery chemistry depends on electrolytes that react with a residual moisture to create hydrofluoric acid, the most corrosive of all chemical compounds. The speed of this process doubles with every increase in temperature of 10 degrees Celsius—resulting in a reduced calendar and cycle life. Moreover, not only does this mean that there is a run-time degrade with age, but it means that each subsequent charge discharge further reduces it.

This damage occurs until the battery just doesn’t last long enough between charges. In addition, the damage created by the increase in temperature is exacerbated the more you use your battery – therefore, the more power your device needs or the faster you charge it, the hotter the battery gets.

Electronic cigarettes provide smokers a smoke free alternative nicotine delivery method. When purchasing an e-cigarette, make sure that you properly care for your battery to ensure a long-lasting life. If you are interested in delving into the world of electronic cigarettes, please visit EverSmoke’s website. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about the changing laws and evolving technology of vaping.