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Online Vaping E-Cigarette Communities – Connecting Vapers Worldwide

The highly digital nature of our society allows us to be connected to people all around the world. One such way that people connect is through joining a message board—the more frequently used message boards end up forming a type of virtual community or family online.

Online communities dedicated to vaping allow newcomers to get insider information, and for veteran vapers and enthusiasts to exchange ideas.

Components of Vaping Message Boards

Most all message boards work in the same way. They are hierarchical, tree-like and divided by a given subtopic under an umbrella heading. There are three basic and common aspects to e-cigarette message boards:

  • Discussion of e-smoking vaping basics
  • Encouraging other members to switch
  • News about e-cigarettes

The basics section(s) typically include discussions of different e-cigarettes. This discussion includes favorite brands, favorite flavors, basic functionality and much more. Having a community of members providing suggestions for products can help new vapers save money in the long run by helping them to not purchase products that are inferior.

And despite their dramatic rise in popularity, e-cigarettes are still foreign to many people. They can be confusing, even frustrating, to operate, especially for someone who has used traditional cigarettes for many years. However, with a dedicated community of vapers offering invaluable insights and encouragement, adopting this alternative can be much easier.

The other big value of online vaping and e-cigarette communities is news, including new research studies or any regulations being considered by federal, state and local governmental authorities. Some of these regulations like sales to minors make sense, but others attempt to treat vaping and e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes.

Being a part of an online community can help vapers join forces to fight to keep electronic cigarettes favorable in the public eye.

Vaping Communities

There are several different message boards that cater to the vaping community. The top three message boards  are The Vaping Forum, E-cigarette Forum, Vapers Place. The first two being traditional message boards with multiple forums on various topics. Vapers Place broadens out to include a podcast.

Along with message boards, our knowledge center at learn.eversmoke.com and blog are also great resources to learn more about this exciting alternative way to enjoy smoking. Not only can you discover news in the world of e-cigarettes, but you can also browse our starter kits to find the right one for you.

Electronic Cigarette Excise Taxes on the Horizon

States have begun limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and where they can be used, and placing regulations on them similar to the strict regulations on tobacco cigarettes.

The governments rush to regulate electronic smoking devices probably has more to do with taxes than protecting public health.

According to WBUR media analyst John Carroll in a recent article, federal, state, and local government are tobacco-money addicts, which is why there’s a rush to regulate electronic cigarettes. Below outlines the money government receives from big tobacco:

  • Forty-six states receive approximately $10 billion annually from tobacco companies thanks to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement
  • Extortionate federal and state excise taxes on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. In 2007, states increased excise taxes on cigarettes by $1 billion
  • 2012 federal cigarette excise taxes equaled $14.8 billion out of a total of $43.3 billion in overall taxes and settlement payments on cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes aren’t a cash cow like traditional cigarettes because presently they’re subject only to state sales tax, but that’s about to change. USA Today reports that at least 30 states are contemplating excise taxes on electronic cigarettes.

The debate about electronic cigarette health hazards and regulation will undoubtedly continue, but one thing is certain: Government officials will soon be addicted to electronic smoking tax revenues.

Combating Combustible Tobacco Use

Fifty years ago the United States took a step forward to reduce the use of tobacco and eliminate its harms with the “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.”

Thanks to much concerted efforts, the number of tobacco users has seriously decreased since then. In 1965 when the report began, 43% of adults smoked, but by 2012 that has dropped to 18%. Despite this progress though, millions of Americans still expose themselves to harmful smoke and chemicals in traditional (combustible) tobacco products.

A new “Perspective” piece appeared in the January edition of the New England Journal of Medicine: Smoke, the Chief Killer — Strategies for Targeting Combustible Tobacco Use.

This is a landmark piece that recognizes “…combustibles as the chief tobacco killer calls for a progressive public health approach that focuses on the known, overwhelming risks of these products. Specifically, we believe that evidence-based, population-wide policies should be implemented that particularly target reducing combustible tobacco use.”

Despite the desire by many to reduce the numbers of people using combustible tobacco, many public health service groups have been unenthusiastic about various smoking alternatives available on the market today.

It’s important to note that it is the smoke, not the nicotine, which makes tobacco cigarettes so harmful. Alternatives like the electronic (smokeless) cigarette deliver the same taste, but without the smoke, tar and other harmful substances that affect not only the user, but those around them.

The article authors go on to acknowledge the great amount of research that clearly defines the overall harms of tobacco products. Furthermore, “…given that up to 98% of tobacco-related deaths are attributable to combustible products, the net harms of these products, including harms from secondhand smoke, dwarf those of other forms of tobacco use…”

Also, research shows “…all the noncombustible delivery vehicles are substantially less dangerous than combustible tobacco products….”

Furthermore, we need to communicate intelligently about harm reduction: not all nicotine-containing products are equal, and the public health focus should be on eliminating combustible tobacco products, even if some people who give up combustibles will continue using FDA-approved medications, e-cigarettes, or smokeless tobacco products indefinitely.

As the discussion  about tobacco harm reduction continues, it’s inevitable that many smokers will seek alternatives so they can continue to enjoy the “act” of smoking but not expose themselves and loved ones to dangerous substances.  E-cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigarettes.html) are one type of non-combustible, alternative nicotine delivery device in which users can get a similar experience but without smoke, tar, etc.

More Cities Proposing to Ban E-Cigs

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What’s eating Gilbert Ross, the Medical and Executive Director of the American Council on Science and Health and an M.D.? Apparently, it’s lawmakers and mayors in a number of major U.S. cities who are blindly jumping on the bandwagon to restrict the use of e-cigarettes.

In his Forbes’ article entitled, “Big U.S. Cities Foment Baseless, Superstitious Fear of Electronic Cigarettes,” Dr. Ross calls out city and state officials who are giving into bullying and propagating irrational fear because of pressure from other big cities.

“Whatever became of urban sophistication, especially on matters scientific and technological?” said Ross, who goes on to liken the craze to a witch hunt—with e-cigs being burned.

According to Ross, at first the Chicago City Council held strong against the demands of Mayor Rahm Emanueal, who was on a mission to ban public e-cig use last December. However, a month later, the Council caved into the Mayor’s bullying and forced e-smokers to stand out in the cold with tobacco cigarette smokers.

This move left Dr. Ross fuming:

Agenda-driven and conflicted opponents cry, “Regulate e-cigs!” They mean to regulate them off the market and into the hands of Big Tobacco. I say, Yes, regulate them, by all means: age restrictions, ingredient labels, and good manufacturing practices all need to be mandated. But making e-cigs inaccessible for desperate smokers by inane restrictions will send this message: “Keep on smoking.”

To those who say, “We just don’t know what might happen,” I respond, we sure do know what happens with the real ones: almost half a million dead American smokers every year.

Thus far, three major cities have established measures to include e-cigs in their public bans, starting with New York last December. Chicago followed suit shortly after by approving a proposal to ban e-cig use in indoor public areas like offices and within a certain distance of building entrances.

Now, the latest news out of L.A. indicates that the trend to restrict e-smoking has hit the west coast as well. A committee on the Los Angeles City Council is currently drafting a proposal to ban e-cigs in public places—including parks, recreational areas, farmer’s markets, beaches, bars, nightclubs and outdoor dining areas. Interestingly, vaping lounges and movie sets would be exempt from the proposed ban (much to Leonardo DiCaprio’s relief, undoubtedly).

To oppose the e-cig restrictions being discussed in L.A., or any other city for that matter, we encourage you to voice your concerns by calling your City Council Representative and telling them how e-smoking has affected your life.

And be sure to visit our E-Cig Resource Center to learn about the latest e-cig legislation.

The E-Cig Weight Loss Program

An article I read recently suggests an interesting idea: using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight. Evidently, folks like Aja Duff are doing just that.

In an attempt to lose baby weight and to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes at the same time, Duff is turning to flavored e-cigs as a solution.

But can smoking flavored electronic cigarettes satisfy your sweet tooth and help shed a few pounds?

Duff said, “I still eat a little here and there, but not what I used to. It suppresses that feeling because you have all the different flavors and it kind of tricks your taste buds and stomach.”

The article doesn’t state how much weight she has lost, but Duff’s comments seem to suggest she is having an amount of success.

Vape store owner Joel Vinson currently sells the product he credits with helping him quit traditional cigarettes. He has dozens of vials of flavored liquids, and he has become a sort of “mixologist” who specializes in creating exotic dessert and cocktail reminiscent flavors.

For happy hours, he offers a candy lime martini flavor. Vinson’s store is also popular among diabetics seeking a sweet tooth fix.

Flavored electronic cigs—with zero nicotine—can act as a substitute for the sweets diabetics can’t actually eat.

Duff and Vinson are just a few of the many who are thinking outside the box when it comes to the use of electronic cigarettes.

You have to admit—using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight would be highly popular if it works. Whether or not it works is also likely to be highly dependent on the individual. Will power is always a factor.

Duff is certainly aware of the (illogical) controversy surrounding e-cigs and the supposed possible long-term health effects of inhaling the e-cig vapors, but not enough to stop her efforts to quit tobacco and to lose weight.

The appeal of using e-cigs (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigs.html) as a method to lose weight is simply going to outweigh any fear of risks, and may, in fact, help solidify the device’s reputation as the useful tool that it is.

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 Museumwebsite 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.”