Category Archives: E-Cigarettes and Health

E-Cig Drama: Explosions & Misuse

Separating Fact from Fiction: E-Cig ExplosionsE-Cig Explodes Causing Second Degree Burns! 16-year old’s e-cig explodes in his face! Another e-cig explosion!

This latest story, as reported by Yahoo! News, details the mishap that occurred when a vapor device exploded, causing severe second-degree burns on the face of a 16-year-old teen, from Alberta, Canada.

The latest headlines scream foul on the e-cigarette industry. “Those dangerous gadgets that teens are messing with.” “Marketed to children, now their lives are in danger.” “Researchers are uncovering the dark truth that lies ahead for teens that use these explosive devices”… Ah, why is there always such a lack of facts in regards to the e-cigarette/ vapor products industry instead of unbiased evidence-based reality?

However, if you are a thinking, intelligent human, you may be able to read between the lines of the exaggerated content here. No, I’m not saying this child’s (yes, he is a CHILD, a 16-year-old  minor) injuries are exaggerated; we wish Ty Greer the absolute quickest recovery from such a traumatic situation, which was most likely extremely scary and the last thing he expected as he was merrily vaping in his car prior to the incident. However, what he was doing with such a device is purely irresponsible on account of his parents/ guardians, as well as himself for messing with things he had no business messing with.

He was using a device known as a Wotofo Phantom, a device clearly designed for those who have a lot of experience in DIY vape building. Mech mods are not for beginners whatsoever. These devices, as anyone will tell you, as manufacturers will blatantly specify, and as retailers will make very clear to those trying to purchase them, are not for the inexperienced. These devices are very easy to use incorrectly, especially if e-cigarette batteries are not used correctly, or if the wrong type is used, and if chances are taken, explosions can happen. Another aspect to keep in mind is lithium ion battery temperature safety; it has to be a conscious thought of all e-cigarette/ vaporizer/ mech mod users. Ty Greer, unfortunately, learned the hard way.

Like firearms, fireworks, cars, knives, and prescription drugs, when used incorrectly, results can be dangerous and fatal. Blaming a product because a child misused it, is plain old ignorance on the part of the media, Greer’s parents, as well as anyone else who refuses to see that this situation most likely could have been prevented if proper care was taken.

Researcher of Anti-E-Cig Report Forced to Correct Her Findings

Scientist in False E-Cig Study Forced to Provide TruthLately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.

One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.

The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!

Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.

When Vapers Have Had Enough: Tacoma-Pierce Country Vapers Fighting Regulations

Vapers in Tacoma-Pierce WA. fight regulationsVapers in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington have had enough with nonsensical, overbearing, unfair, discriminatory regulations. Instead of sitting back and taking the heat, they’re taking the county to court.

That’s right. A non-profit comprised of vapers, known as the Pink Lung Brigade filed a lawsuit last Monday in Tacoma-Pierce county on grounds that these new e-cigarette restrictions have no foundation based in science. From their perspective, these regulations, which have no serious evidence backing them, have the potential to force businesses to close. They are not requesting damages in the lawsuit, but they do want the judge to overturn these rules before small businesses have to shut down as a result.

Recently, Tacoma-Pierce County passed a string of restrictions that are not sitting well with the vaping community, who feel they are unfairly being targeted, and their business have the potential of suffering as a result.

“This new rule can be abused to force a retail shop into bankruptcy,” read the statement released by the nonprofit. It was signed by Marc Jarrett, one of the directors of the Pink Lung Brigade, who also happens to be one of the owners of Banzai Vapors, a nearby shop.

These new regulations will now prohibit vapers from using vapor devices in public places, places/ sites of work, and will even limit the extent to which people can sample the products and liquids in vapor shops. Owners of vapor shops now have to purchase designated licenses to operate their businesses. And, the most absurd of these regulations states that shop owners are going to be required to purchase elaborate ventilation systems, which can cost in excess of $80,000 just to own and operate.

Regarding the industry as a whole, we are proud to see businesses standing up for what they believe is right. As regulations begin to emerge throughout the country, it’s so important for the vaping community to make it known that being treated unfairly, without proper cause or reason will not be tolerated. We wish the Pink Lung Brigade all the best in their noble efforts for justice!

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated As Medicine in the UK

E-Cigs To Be Regulated as Medicine in UKIn a monumental move, the UK has announced that electronic cigarette devices and products will be regulated as medicinal products, soon to be regulated as cessation devices.

This groundbreaking news came yesterday, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK announced that electronic cigarettes will be considered medicinal products, enabling them to be recommended and suggested for use by general practitioners.

Previously, this was not allowed, because according to regulation that deemed particular language be used, due to their lack of studies and research, e-cigarettes could not be recommended by physicians for use. Now, the game has entirely changed.

This ruling has come on the heels of a groundbreaking report done by Public Health England several months ago, where it was determined that electronic cigarettes are 95% healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes, and they have the potential to save millions of lives. This independent research boldly proclaimed the great benefit electronic cigarettes have the potential of offering, and denounced the idea of regulations that would ban them.

While the US continues to shuffle its feet regarding the regulations of e-cigarettes in America, and the ridiculous amount of political wrangling that seems to be holding up the formation of common sense regulations to allow users to use these products as they wish, we cannot be more in awe and supportive of the UK for doing the right thing by their population.

Public Health England made it clear, that with 20% of the British population smoking, legitimate alternatives to tobacco are an absolute necessity, and e-cigarettes present an exceptional option. They are focusing on the benefit electronic cigarettes present as a method smokers can use to halt their usage of tobacco, and they see the potential in regards to the greater whole of their public health.

We are fully in support and have much admiration for these groundbreaking and monumental regulations that are surely going to positively impact the UK population.

Too Early For a Resolution? No Way!

Switch to Vaping Resolution 2016Hey, the year is almost done and gone; where did it go? We’re looking at less than two weeks now, and as much celebrating as there is to do in the coming 12 days, with parties, gatherings, and whatever kinds of merrymaking you’re going to be up to, 2016 is almost here and that means it’s almost resolution time!

Do you make resolutions? Are you of the “never, ever” sort or the “always, but forget about them by February” sort? It’s all good either way. However, if you’re serious about making the switch from tobacco to vapor, let 2016 be the year. Maybe you’ve tried making the switch before. Maybe you’ve run through all the usual suspects: cold turkey, nicotine patches, the gums, hypnosis, positive thinking, a divergent addiction to fill the void… and winded up right back where you started: a pack a day.

Don’t let distractions get in your way this year. We know how difficult it can be to make major changes, however, we also know very well the sweet, incomparable feeling of success that comes with overcoming each hurdle when it comes to switching to vaping. We know all about what it takes to go the distance when switching to vapor smoking, so definitely take a few minutes to check out our incredibly diverse, loaded-with-info Knowledge Center than can serve as an amazing resource anytime you’ve got a question or concern when it comes to vaping.

The best way to get into “switch” mode would be to make the commitment by purchasing a starter kit. Go after a basic one, don’t spend a fortune as you’re getting acquainted. Allow yourself to transition by using traditional cigarettes with your e-cigs. Experiment with flavors and techniques. Set goals, remind yourself with positive affirmations, and be gentle on yourself if it takes a while. Eventually, it’ll be second nature!

So, get ready for 2016! Let this be the year you switch for good, and make good on your promises to yourself! Here’s to the smokefree life! Cheers!

CDC Clarifies Common E-Cig Myth: Nonsmokers Are Not Interested

CDC Data The Centers for Disease Control (the CDC) recently reported that e-cigarettes pose way less of a threat than critics have been portraying them as, even as the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows. And, to stick it to the nonsensical rumor that electronic cigarettes are a danger to society because they are going to encourage a new wave of nonsmokers converting to the tobacco-smoke-filled dark side, the data cited by the CDC turns this misguided theory on its side.

The CDC has based their status on the findings of a new study from the National Health Interview Study, which has provided the latest, most conclusive statistics on the habits of smokers and recently quit nonsmokers.

Stats From the Study

In the study, it was determined that 12.6% of American adults had, at least at one time, tried an e-cigarette. It also concluded that 3.7% of American adults currently use electronic cigarette devices regularly, which means that at a minimum they use them some days. Among the other interesting findings from the study, 47% of current smokers, and 55% of former smokers who had recently quit smoking have tried an electronic cigarette or other vapor device item at least once. 15.9% of tobacco smokers and 22% of recently quit former smokers are using electronic cigarettes on a somewhat regular basis. Also of note, tobacco users who are currently smoking  who had, within the last year, attempted to quit cigarette smoking were much more likely to employ electronic cigarettes as a method than smokers who made no effort to quit smoking.

As these findings from the study show, electronic cigarettes are being used by people who want to stop smoking tobacco, and are favoring their options in having alternatives, rather than nonsmokers who are getting lured into smoking by these attractive, trendy devices. The study also found that less than o.4% of nonsmokers have actually been introduced to smoking as a result of e-cigarettes, evidence that nonsmokers are really not that interested. And for publishing this, as well as agreeing with the e-cigarette usage scientific data found in this study, we applaud the CDC for their ability to read between the lines of fact and fiction.

Call to Action: Don’t Let the FDA Ban Vapor Products!

Vapor Products Call to Action!Do you use vapor products? Are you a big fan of vapor products? Do you know that the future of e-cigarettes is on the line? Are you aware that your ability to use them freely may not exist if the FDA’s Tobacco Deeming Regulations stand?

Last week the CASAA, (the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) made an urgent Call to Action in efforts to get everyone involved in this industry to make it known to Washington, local senators and congressional representatives that this kind of action would be a major detriment. In the first few days of the announcement, tens of thousands of e-cigarette and vapor product users stormed the White House with calls and emails, pleading for support of a Bill that will change how the FDA regards alternative tobacco products.

If you are just now hearing about this call to action, or the imposed amendment to the FDA’s proposal, the vapor products industry is asking for support of Bill HR 2058, which will work to keep vapor products available to all adults who use them. Otherwise, within the next 2 – 4 years, 99.9% of all electronic cigarette and vapor related products will be off the market, and not available for sale.

Seems entirely unfair, unjust, and simply wrong, right? What would your life be like if you were placed in a position that gave you only the option of switching back to tobacco because you had no other choice? Well, we urge you to speak up! It is absolutely necessary to make your voice heard, and we highly encourage you to call the White House, as well as email your Congressional Representative and Senators to ask for their support in this extremely important effort of Bill HR 2058. The banning of vapor products will come at a devastating cost to everyone in this industry. Denying users of a valid alternative to the dangers of tobacco, while destroying countless businesses, and impeding innovation that has come so far in just a few years are but a few examples; we can do something to avoid this! Let your voice be heard!

E-cigarette activism may seem like a minimal effort, but it is vastly important as it is a newer industry and it is susceptible to attack. For more ways on how to become more involved in protecting your rights as a vaper and to make voice your heard, here are our tips on how to get involved in supporting the vapor industry.

Where to Call: The White House: (202) 456-1111

Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

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Smoking & Your Bod

Health Dangers of TobaccoLet’s talk about your body. Specifically smoking and your body. If you have common sense, you’re most likely aware that smoking is absolutely atrocious for your health. Here’s a look at the many ways tobacco messes with the body, and why it’s a smart idea to stay as far away from the stuff as possible. You know, in case you need just another valid reason.

The Immune System: Smoking is a major cause of stress to the body, and under a constant state of stress, the body will never perform at optimal levels, and will have a harder time recovering. Smoking weakens the immune system, rendering it less effective over time, making it harder to fight off infections and heal wounds. Continuous smoking causes the white blood cells to elevate, as it’s the body’s way of reacting to sickness and/ or injury, and over time, after prolonged periods of high white blood cell counts, the body becomes more prone to stroke, heart attack, and cancer. Interesting that cancer and smoking are so related, isn’t it?

The Ears: Smoking has been linked to hearing loss. Because it reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the cochlea, the cochlea in turn, can become damaged, leaving one with mild to moderate hearing loss.

The Eyes: Macular degeneration, cataracts, blindness, and affecting your ability to use one’s naturally endowed nightvision have all been linked to smoking.

The Stomach: Love your gut? If “no” was your answer, you definitely should steer clear of the cigs. Tobacco smokers, according to research, have bigger bellies than nonsmokers. They are also more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, and being a smoker makes this disease even harder to control.

Sex & Fertility: In women, smoking is known to reduce estrogen production, which is an absolute essential to female health, fertility, and having a healthy sex drive.

In men, smoking makes erectile dysfunction a much a greater risk; less blood flow is not a good thing. Tobacco smoke also holds the potential to damage the genetic material carried in sperm, which can cause infertility, as well as lead to genetic complications in your children.

Were you aware of all the many other ways tobacco smoke can be so harmful? Yup, it’s not just the lungs, heart, and mouth (though those are the big ones) that are susceptible to its ravaging, and all these other areas are pretty important too! If you need a reason to stop smoking, and start vaping, consider tobacco to be your body’s worst enemy!

Is it Cool to Vape While Pregnant?

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Since 1984, there have been warnings from the Surgeon General placed on traditional analog cigarette packages and advertisements.  These warnings contain information regarding your risk for cancer, emphysema and heart disease when smoking.  For the past thirty one years, there has also been a warning for pregnant women.  It states “Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth rate.”

It has been proven that cigarettes, which contain nearly 4,000 hazardous chemicals, can infiltrate a smoker’s bloodstream and transfer these chemicals through the umbilical cord into the developing fetus, causing issues with cognitive development.

What About E-Cigs?

Although there needs to be more studies conducted to determine if using e-cigs is safe for pregnant women, the recommendation for now is to refrain.  The great news is that when you choose vaping over smoking, you have the choice to adjust the amount of nicotine you ingest (including without any nicotine whatsoever).  However, due to the fact that e-cigs are currently unregulated and some manufacturer’s e-liquid may still contain a small amount of nicotine, choosing to abstain from vaping while pregnant, though difficult, is the safest option.

Nicotine is addictive and can interfere with fetal brain development as well as increase a child’s risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Therefore, choosing to say no to nicotine in any form is the best idea for a pregnant woman.

Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, states: “While the use of smoke-free nicotine products is generally far less hazardous than smoking, pregnant women should refrain from using all nicotine products, including FDA-approved products like the nicotine patch and gum.”

If you are pregnant, consult your physician regarding your smoking habits as well as all your pregnancy health needs.

If you are considering a better smoking alternative, explore our website to see the wide variety of starter kits that EverSmoke has to offer.  Also, continue browsing our blog and knowledge center for additional health and vaping tips.

For starters, you can check out our more in-depth article on E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy.

Popular UK E-Cig Site Introducing Research and Resource List to Keep Public Informed

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One of the biggest e-cigarette blogs in the United Kingdom, www.Ecigclick.co.uk, is debuting a new section of their website dedicated to international e-cigarette legislation. This resource will not only ensure that all known e-cig laws are located in one place on the web, but also help people traveling around the world know where they can and cannot use their e-cigarettes. The site strives to provide information not only to vapers (their obvious target audience), but to non-vapers as well.

Ecigclick.co.uk gathers information from respectable sources—such as the British Medical Journal, Health Policy Research Centers around the world and other reputable news sources—and posts them on the site’s Research and Resource List in order to keep their readers informed and engaged.

The caliber of information now being posted by Ecigclick.co.uk will not only be able to inform the public in general, but it can also be helpful to researchers, academics and journalists who are interested in the world of e-cigarettes.

Those who want additional resources or need to ensure the credibility of a given resource are even encouraged to contact the Research and Resource List’s editor, who vows to work to trace the source and then relay this information back to the public as a whole.

The owner of Ecigclick.co.uk, Jon Williams, feels that the sheer amount of information floating around the web about e-cigarettes can be both confusing and potentially harmful. This is because in one minute e-cigs are being praised as being an alternative for smoking tobacco cigarettes and the next minute they are being criticized as just another way to get people addicted to smoking. (We certainly know the truth but that doesn’t mean much to science, where objectivity reigns supreme.)

“By making available the latest public research on the subject we can try to clear up some of the confusion for people and, at the same time, encourage them to inform themselves and make their own minds up,” Williams said.

Making the decision to switch from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes can be a difficult decision. With tools like Ecigclick.co.uk and learning resources from reputable e-cigarette vendors like EverSmoke, your choice can be much more informed.

Still need more information? Visit our site and check out our smokeless cigarette products. While you’re here, stop by and browse our blog and knowledge center. We work hard to keep our customers informed with superior content as well!