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The Fusion of Vaping and Art

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E-cig veterans already know that there is an art to vaping. However, as of recently, the fusion of e-cigarettes and art seems to have become a growing trend.

A brand new vape shop in Minneapolis, Minn., Infinite Vapor, opened up its doors to the public last month. But right from the start, shoppers could tell this wasn’t your typical supply shop or vapor lounge.

The store’s founders, Beecher Vaillaincourt and Gavin Rydell, wanted to create a unique­, stylized space for the fast-growing vaping community in the Twin Cities area that brought together two key facets of the human experience: recreation and culture. To do so, they enlisted the help of Tricia Khutoretsky, curator of a local art gallery. Tricia styled the shop with a collection of graphics and street art-inspired screenprints by several local artists, plus a large-scale abstract wallpaper mural.

The final result is stunning. As one reviewer put it: “[Infinite Vapor] combines electronic cigarettes with cutting edge art, so you can gape while you vape.”

Minnesota news source, Vita.mn—who posted photos of the shop’s avant-garde and imaginative interior on their website—reported that the shop “looks more like a slick design studio than a head shop.”

Not to be outdone by the Twin Cities, a New York City museum has recently announced that they will be hosting a forum on the topic of vaping in the modern world.

Entitled “This is the ENDD: The E-cigarette in Context,” the program will be showcased on Feb. 22 in Lower Manhattan’s state-of-the-art New Museum. The presentation will stage a group of artists and critics to present analyses—historical, political, social, anticipatory—of e-cigarette technology and the discursive field that is emerging around it.

The program will be put on by NYC’s art resource group Rhizome, which receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Poets and Writers, Inc., the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts—an ironic happenstance considering NYC’s (or rather: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s) recent decision to ban vaping anywhere smoking is already against the law.

Artists Matthew Dryhurst and Brian Rogers will begin the forum with a history of the e-cigarette, followed by Public Health Specialist C.A.B. Fredericks on health debates raging around the world, art critic Orit Gat on vape shops, a presentation on the “psychological drives after the cigarette,” and much more. Visit the New Museum website to learn more about the program or get tickets for the event.

It was the famous French artist Henri Matisse who once said: “Creativity takes courage.”

Our hope is that more innovative vapers like Vaillaincourt and Rydell start to discover their creative courage, fusing art into e-cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigarettes.html) more and more.

Vaping Enters the Literary World

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History has been made once again. If you thought you were going to be the first person to write a novel with a character who vapes, it’s too late.

A new book available through Amazon, Vape Mania: A Newbie’s Guide to the Evils of the Electronic Cigarette, claims to be “the first full-length literary work that has a narrative with a vaper as the main protagonist and vaping as the central theme.”

The 166-page book was published January 27, 2014, under the moniker “Melvin Provario.” The website marketing the book is cleverly titled Vaporacle. (The letter “o” is represented with an oval skull face.)

The front cover has pop-culture icons above a blaze of flames, and includes an endorsement from the “institute for preservation of the institution of cigarettes (IPIC).” The book sells for $9.99 plus a $2 shipping fee. PayPal buttons are included on the site as well as an Amazon link, which for some reason is slightly cheaper.

It should be noted that the back cover includes a parental advisory for “Explicit Vaping” and states the following: “WARNING: this memoir explicitly illustrates the possessive power of this devil drug in graphic detail and is therefore not intended for the faint of heart.”

“Enter the Seedy World of Chronic Vaping Addiction” is prominently proclaimed along with “Follow one man’s downward spiral into the seedy world of vaping addiction.”

Judging by the promo text on the website, Vape Mania hits the funny bone straight on. “Reader responses” posted on the site proclaim “I laughed so hard my tank cracked” (by ‘Professor Kanger, MVP’).

An Amazon reviewer wrote: “The main character is the perfect personification of the mass hysteria represented by the anti-vaping crowd. The commentary by “IPIC” is equally as funny, but also scary because there are really people who think that way.”

The author’s, Melvin Provario, self-description is ghoulishly haunting:  “As I write this only a few stubborn strands of hair cling to my scalp…. My eyeballs protrude like those of a lifeless doll from amidst the filthy flesh clinging to my chiseled skull. My ears have become pink and pointy like those of a pig…. Yet I have no one to blame but myself…. If only I had never put that first electronic cigarette to my mouth, I would still be the man that I once was.”

According to Vaporacle, Melvin is currently in hiding and is “hard at work documenting the instances that occurred after the tragic events depicted in Vape Mania, for a possible follow-up memoir.”

If you haven’t read an entertaining book recently, you may want to give Vape Mania a try. BEWARE! You may experience side-splitting laughter.

5 Reasons Why Electric Cigarettes Make a Great Valentine’s Day Gift

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Are you still looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day present?

For many people, February 14th is symbolic of love—a day for lovers to express their feelings in the form of gifts and attention. But the problem is that it isn’t always easy deciding what to get your Valentine to show that you are thinking about them.

Here are five reasons why electric cigarettes—along with a romantic dinner and a magical night out perhaps—can make the perfect Valentine’s gift for your special someone:

A Unique Surprise

Flowers and chocolate are nice, but they are also predictable and standard. If you want a truly unique Valentine’s gift, then give your loved one the gift of vapor smoking.

It may sound bizarre at first, but an electric cigarette is a much more surprising and unique gift than the typical flowers and chocolate.

A Gift that Lasts

Electric cigarettes truly are the gift that keeps on giving. Roses wilt, and chocolate gets eaten, but electric cigarettes are reusable, durable, and don’t disappear.

Plus, if your Valentine smokes, what could be more romantic than showing that you are so concerned about their health that you want to give them a healthier alternative and spend many more happy years together?

No Odor

Nothing kills the mood more than foul-smelling odor. While smokers may grow accustomed to cigarette stink, non-smokers are typically quite put off by it. Tobacco smoke clings to clothes, hair, skin, and can make a person’s breath intolerable and unattractive.

However, since electric cigarettes don’t burn tobacco, there is no smoke whatsoever—only odorless water vapor. This way, smokers and non-smokers can enjoy each other’s company without offending the nose, and your smoke break won’t cloud the romantic atmosphere.

Tasty Flavors

Electric cigarettes come in a variety of mouth-watering flavors. This allows you and your loved one to add some sweetness or spice (whatever you prefer) to your smoking experience.

Rather than taste the bitterness of tobacco, cuddle up with your Valentine and try out delicious flavors like Very Vanilla, Cherry Crush, and Peach Passion. Or you can stick with the tobacco taste you have learned to love without the bad odor.

Budget Friendly

Okay, we admit, this may not seem particularly romantic at first, but perhaps it will when you get to go on a romantic trip later in the year that is funded by all of the money you saved from switching to electric cigarettes.

Sure, jewelry makes a wonderful gift, but it can also put stress on your bank account, and in turn, your relationship. Not to mention, guys:  what do you think she will like more – some pretty earrings or a cruise to the Bahamas?

If you would like to show your love this Valentine’s Day by giving your special someone an electric cigarette, then browse through our variety of vapor smoking starter kits. We have four different options, from basic to expert kits, so you can delight your loved one with a gift that perfectly suits their taste.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

If you want a Valentine’s Day to remember,

Then EverSmoke can help you!

E-Cigs’ Second-hand Exposure 10 Times Safer Than Tobacco

There is good news for the vaping community: research shows second-hand vapor is 10 times safer than second-hand tobacco smoke.

The results of two studies of second-hand exposure to e-cigarette vapors were recently published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Yes, while you are enjoying your e-cig, others near you are exposed to nicotine-rich vapor when you exhale. The 64-thousand-dollar question: How dangerous is second-hand nicotine vapor to non-vaping family, friends and the general public?

The 2 Studies

Goniewicz was one of the lead researchers and is a cancer researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

“E-cigarettes contain variable amounts of nicotine and some traces of toxicants. But very little is known to what extent non-users can be exposed to nicotine and other chemicals in situations when they are present in the same room with users of e-cigarettes,” Goniewicz told the NY Daily News.

He and his colleagues conducted two separate studies. In the first, vapor was generated from an e-cigarette smoking machine in a sterile room. Then, measurements were taken such as amount of nicotine, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases and particulates in the room.

The second study involved five men who were regular smokers of both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs. Each of the men was asked to smoke his normal brand of e-cigarette for two five-minute intervals over a period of an hour.

During each man’s visit to the room, researchers diligently measured air quality. After each session, the room was sterilized and ventilated, and the experiment was repeated having the men smoke their regular brand of tobacco cigarettes.

The 2 Results

In the first study, nicotine levels measured 2.5 micrograms per cubic meter. In the second study, the number rose to 3.3 micrograms per cubic meter from e-cigarette.

When they compared these two readings to the tobacco cigarette, however, they found 32 micrograms per cubic meter—that’s 10 times the amount as from vaporized nicotine!

Basically, the results show that non-smokers are exposed to 10 times less nicotine from e-cigs than from tobacco cigarettes.

As for particulate matter, tobacco cigarettes have roughly seven times more than e-cigs. Levels of carbon monoxide and other gases in the air were unchanged.

Goniewicz said, “What we found is that non-users of e-cigarettes might be exposed to nicotine but not to many toxicants when they are in close proximity to e-cigarette users.”

Of course, more research is needed in such as what happens in a room with restricted ventilation, for example.

“It is currently very hard to predict what would be the health impact of such exposure,” he added.

What Next?

This study might bring good news for the e-cigarette community. We’ve been taught to hate the word cigarette for so long many people are reluctant to accept e-cigs in a positive light.

More studies will continue to shed light on the many advantages of e-cigarettes.

Shocking Place for Electronic Cigarettes to Sell Like Hotcakes

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The New York Times recently published an interesting article, “In Rural Jails, E-Cigarettes Are a Calming Vapor.”

The article juxtaposes government and school bans of these smokeless devices that are rapidly appearing from coast to coast, with one unusual place they are being highly welcomed… the rural county jail.

While most prisons and jails prohibit the use of traditional cigarettes due to fire hazards and secondhand smoke, more and more sheriffs are opting to sell electronic cigarettes to their inmates for practical reasons. The biggest of which is to help control the mood swings of inmates going through nicotine withdrawal.

Evidently, in at least seven states, county jails have allowed the sale of a few flavors of e-cigarettes to inmates. Not surprisingly, electronic cigarettes now top the list of the most coveted items in jail commissaries.

Even though e-cigarettes are banned in federal prisons, both Chinese and American manufacturers have started producing a “jail-safe” device using plastic instead of metal. Any why not? The inmate market is a captive audience (pun intended).

One Sheriff in Nebraska uses them as incentives—those inmates who are not a good boy or girl get theirs taken away. In December he bought 200 for the 32-prisoner jail, and sold out by mid-January.

A Tennessee Sheriff’s motive for introducing them was to create additional revenues after several years of budget cuts.

His main goal is to create a pay raise for his guards who are overworked and earn a top salary of $10.58 per hour. He hopes to collect profits of between $20 and $50,000 from the sale of electronic cigarettes this year.

The popularity of the device has earned some jails profits of more than 400 percent per e-cig. They are sold to inmates for $8 to $30 apiece depending on the number of puffs generated. Profits go either into the county’s general fund or directly into the jail’s budget.

Regardless of all the unanswered questions concerning electronic cigarettes, their popularity has increased considerably in the past three years. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, the number of varieties has now exceeded 350 and sales globally are almost $2 billion.

Many of the county sheriffs extol e-cigarettes for the reduction in tension and outright violence among their inmates. When nerves are on edge, minor disagreements can escalate quickly and get physical, which endangers the safety of both the guards and inmates.

It would appear that in jails where they sell electronic cigarettes—allowing inmates to get their nicotine fix—there are fewer altercations.

The Nebraska Sheriff believes e-cigarettes have been influential in keeping his inmates calm and orderly. “The thing I like about it is it controls the guy,” he said. “We had four or five fights last week. One guy who’d had a fight asked for an e-cigarette and it calmed him down. It’s not meant to help inmates, it’s meant to help my guys.”

A Macon County chief deputy sheriff pointed out that the reduction in inmate fights after making e-cigarettes available had led to a reduction in trips to the hospital.

He said, “The cost of fixing a broken nose is $2,000, so I figure we’re saving the county some money.”

Employers Still Hazy on Vaping at Work

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Joshua Catherman, a meat cutter at a Tampa, Fla. supermarket says he feels like he has to use his electronic cigarette discretely while at work.

The 32-year-old vapor smoker recently told The Wall Street Journal that when he is sharing the tiny break room with coworkers, he asks first if they mind him using his electronic cig, which emits an odorless water vapor. If he gets the all-clear, Catherman pulls out his device and takes a long drag of his favorite flavored e-liquid.

“I blow out a Bavarian cream vape, and it smells like Christmas at grandma’s house,” he says.

Joshua said that the one time a coworker walked in and objected to his vapor smoking, he quickly put the device away. “I don’t want to lose my job,” he states.

The same issue that Joshua faces is also cropping up in countless offices and workplaces around the country as electronic cigarettes become more popular. However, many companies have adopted a “look the other way” approach by not addressing the issue whatsoever, making it unclear for vapor smokers whether or not they can puff away at the office.

Several major corporations have already taken different approaches when it comes to electronic cigarettes at work. For instance, Exxon Mobile permits electronic cig use in designated smoking areas, whereas CVS Caremark Corp. bans workers from using both regular and electronic cigarettes at its corporate campuses.

Vapor smoking customers and employees won’t be welcomed at Starbucks or Walmart, but McDonalds is electronic cig-friendly. UPS has decided to charge their employees higher health insurance premiums if they use electronic cigarettes.

In all, twenty-four states have instituted bans on smoking in the workplace, but only New Jersey, Utah, and North Dakota have included electronic cigarettes in those laws. And even though more than 100 cities forbid vapor smoking in areas where traditional cigarettes are already banned—including New York and Chicago as of this month—the issue of electronic cigs in the workplace continues to be hazy.

Business owner and nonsmoker Carol Keiling elected to allow vapor smoking during lunch breaks after an employee asked her about using their electronic cigarette in the office. The president of Safety Harbour Insurance in St. James City, Fla., now lets her workers puff away freely—unless a customer is present.

Ms. Keiling “quickly noticed that the ‘cacophony of coughing’ that filled the office every morning disappeared soon after the smokers switched to e-cigarettes. Productivity rose, too,” according to the WSJ.

Check out our Knowledge Center to read more about e-cigarettes and productivity in the workplace.

Are You In One of the Top 5 E-Cig Groups?

E-cigs appeal to many types of people for different reasons. And their ages and professions vary as much as there are brands of smokeless cigarettes being hawked.

Interestingly though, certain groups are particularly well-suited to enjoy e-cigs. Here’s a review of the top five groups that find these smokeless gems to be their pot of gold.

Gamer Community

In the US, according to Wikipedia, the average video game player is 30 and has been playing video games for over 12 years. Gamers tend to spend a great deal of time indoors where tobacco smoking can be prohibited. But smoking tobacco in front of a computer can lead to a build-up of gunk inside the system and cause damage. Smokeless cigarettes don’t produce anything to build-up in the first place.

Many gamers play online with other opponents, and hate waiting for someone to return from a smoke break. But smokeless cigarettes are fast and easy, allowing gamers to return literally within moments.

Bartenders

The public cigarette ban has left many smokers out in the cold. Few bars allow smoking now, but most smokers want to enjoy a cigarette while drinking and socializing. These things just go together!

Patrons having to go outside for a cigarette pose several problems for the bartender (and the owner of the bar). The more time a customer spends outside, the less he drinks. Instead of making tips on drinks, bartenders polish glasses. Breaking up a customer’s steady purchase of alcohol, decreases the amount of drinks bought.

Bartenders make more money when customers are inside and comfortable, where a simple nod of the head communicates a sale.

Food Service Staff

Working in a restaurant can be a hectic job at times. Even if waiting on just a single table, there is certainly not enough time to go out back and smoke a complete cigarette—and still get a decent tip anyway.

Smokeless cigarettes, on the other hand, don’t require much time. Most of the time, two or three puffs off an e-cig is enough to satisfy any urge.

Landlords & Homeowners & Renters

Cigarette smoke leaves a film on windows and walls that can be difficult to remove. Falling asleep with a tobacco cigarette in your hand can have tragic consequences. Burn holes on tables and floors are common occurrences for those who smoke regular cigarettes.

Electronic vapor from smokeless cigarettes doesn’t have all the particulates that build up and cause damage and yellowing. E-cigs have no flame, so they can’t burn anything or anyone.