Category Archives: E-Cigarettes and Health

LeadTobacco has a long history in the United States, and before they acquired their incredibly ill, irresponsible reputation, they were among the heaviest advertised products in the States. The Marlboro Man, Joe Camel; these guys were cigarette rock stars back in the day! However, cigarette ads go way back (more than 200 years!), to the earliest days of the US, in 1789, when P. Lorillard and Company ran a snuff and tobacco products ad in the New York daily paper.

This trend continued on for the next 150 years, and in 1868 the first large scale tobacco ad in the US appeared. It featured the cigarettes of Bull Durham and emphasized the ease and simplicity of “rolling your own” cigarettes.

By the late 1870’s, color lithography was unveiled and it changed the face of advertising. Color enabled better pictures, which meant better ads, overall communication. Color lithographs were used in cigarette packaging and on cigarette cards, which were part of the marketing strategy, which was rather elementary until the onset of WWII. This was the onset of a new era for cigarette use, and is very much when cigarette usage was solidly catapulted into the mainstream because they were included in the C-rations of American soldiers. During this time, many cigarette companies actually sent cigarettes to soldiers for free, resulting in a monumental effect of getting the soldiers completely addicted to tobacco, creating brand loyalty, and driving sales to all time highs. During this time period, marketing of cigarettes knew no boundaries; doctors as well as famous men and women endorsed them, and even children were used to help lure in customers in advertisements. This was the heyday of cigarettes as fashion statements.

In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, cigarette ads were all over television. Until the 1970’s, tobacco ads were totally legal, and you couldn’t turn on the TV set without cigarettes being sold to you, especially if you were young; a large majority of the marketing was geared towards the youth, with ads even being run during cartoons. They were an absolute study case of false advertising; prior to 1964, cigarette companies made all sorts of false claims of their cigarettes being safe from health risks. People were encouraged to “play safe with Philip Morris,” and were reassured of the safety of cigarettes because “more doctors smoke Camels”. The advertising was all about sales, and all about distorting the truth about their health effects, and keeping the truth from the public.

Things really began to change in 1970, when the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was passed. This was the beginning of the end, and  the end for the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio occurred. As a result of this ban, cigarette advertising was restricted to printed materials such as magazines, newspapers and billboards. By 1999, the American public saw cigarette billboard advertisements get replaced with bold anti-smoking ads.

As time passed, cigarette advertising has seen even greater restrictions. 2010 saw the passing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which has prevented tobacco companies from sponsoring music, sports, and other cultural events. The act goes so far as to prevent cigarette logos to appear on associated event products, logos, T-shirts, hats, and other forms of display. The crackdown has been aggressive, yet it has sparked major change.

Cigarette use is at an all-time low, and smokers continue to move beyond tobacco, embracing electronic cigarettes, which have proven to be an awesome alternative to their tobacco counterparts! It’s a guarantee that the industry will undergo many evolutions as time passes, however it is immensely interesting to see the changes that have occurred in the cigarette industry over time. One thing is for sure: the era of the e-cigarette is here!

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.

Treat Your Smile Right: Ditch the Tobacco

article-2380669-1B0C2186000005DC-893_634x395One of the most physically unattractive effects of tobacco is what it does to your face. In particular, your smile. While cigarettes are known to cause all varieties of damage to the insides of the body, laying the groundwork for a multitude of different life-altering and deadly diseases, it can also play a nasty part in turning a once beaming smile into one better off kept behind the facade of a closed-lip smirk.

What I’m talking about is dental damage, and how smoking tobacco cigarettes can damage your teeth and destroy your oral health. Read on to find out why vapor cigarettes are the better choice for protecting your teeth, and maintaining a healthy smile.

Tobacco is not good for any part of your body, but when it comes to your teeth, they are one of the most obvious places you will actually see the destruction. Regardless of how much brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings you undergo, what tobacco does to the teeth is awful. Cigarettes are known to cause garish yellow staining, plaque residue build up, tooth loss, gum infections, bad breath, and mouth and other oral cancers. Does any of this sound attractive to you?

Dental experts estimate that male smokers lose an average of 3 teeth every 10 years, and female smokers about 1-2, which is about double the average of the rate nonsmokers lose teeth due to the aging process.

Other foul contributions from cigarettes include filling your mouth with carcinogenic chemicals that stick to the mouth’s lining, causing chronic bad breath. Smoking can also restrict the blood flow to the gums, which inhibits the healing of wounds and the general health of the mouth.

When you consider all of these factors, vapor cigarettes sure seem enticing, don’t they? No smoke, tobacco, tar, or the thousands of chemicals, plus an entirely clean process make them a much smarter choice to be using as opposed to traditional cigarettes.

Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you. It’s a key to your personality, and when your teeth are irreversibly damaged, you sure can get a ton of dental work done, but you won’t get your teeth back. Protect them right, and ditch the tobacco!

Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

Keeping Things Green with E-Cigarettes

Cigarette_ButtsElectronic cigarettes are considered better than traditional cigarettes for plenty of different reasons: they are more convenient, e-cigs cost a lot less than tobacco, they are able to be used in many places traditional cigs aren’t, and they are better for the environment and the planet.

While many smokers are not aware of the plight cigarettes contribute to, they are among the most littered items in the world. They are environmental hazards, and they pose a tremendous danger to wildlife. If you are interested in living more eco-consciously, consider switching your tobacco cigs for electronic cigs. Among all of their many improvements on the original analog design, being better for the earth is one of their best assets.

To understand why cigarettes are such a problem, you have to consider what they are made of: tobacco that is grown in pesticide-laden conditions and then laced with countless other harmful chemicals, and set with filters that include thousands of toxic chemicals. The filters do not biodegrade, and when they get strewn into the environment, they begin to release these chemicals, creating very unsavory conditions. They find their way into the mouths and digestive tracts of wildlife such as fish and birds, as well as polluting water systems and the ground.

Cigarettes also place a problem environmentally because they are a non-reusable item. Cigarette packs continuously get purchased, and waste gets tossed. It is a constant stream of use and discard, adding to landfill waste, and in more unfortunate circumstances, adding to the world’s pollution problem.

By using electronic cigarettes you can cut down drastically on these negatives. A single e-cigarette cartridge is equivalent to anywhere from one to two packs of cigarettes, and cartridges are among the only parts that get replaced with any sense of frequency. Other e-cigarette parts, such as batteries and chargers go a very long distance, especially with proper care, enabling users to significantly reduce the amount of waste they generate due to their nicotine habit.

E-cigarettes and the environment are a much batter match than tobacco. For all of their many benefits, being gentler on the earth is among their very best. If you are considering the more eco-friendly nicotine option, have a look at the entire range of EverSmoke products to enlighten your smoking in a positive direction!

Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

Are Vapers Considered Smokers?

The answer could be “yes” in the eyes of many insurance companies and could end up costing you more for premiums.

In an effort to get smokers to drop the habit, insurance companies are taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act bylaw that allows them to charge smokers and other tobacco product users more for the cost of their healthcare. These charges for smokers could be upwards of 50 percent more than a non-smoker pays for their health insurance policy.

But where does this leave e-cigarette users (known as vapers)?

As you may well know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. They have a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge (known as a cartomizer) and an LED that simulates the lit end of a tobacco cigarette. These devices contain no tobacco (and cause no combustion); however, the FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same ways they do tobacco cigarettes.

Rather than help insurance companies, a change in FDA ruling may end up complicating things further as there is no clear definition under the law of what constitutes a smoker.

Insurance companies could simply lump e-cigarettes with tobacco products—resulting in vapers being subject to higher premiums just like cigarette smokers. On the other hand, insurance companies could decide to cover the cost of e-cigarettes—treating them as a means to help people quit smoking. However, this move seems unlikely since the Affordable Care Act does not specify this action, nor does the FDA allow e-cigarettes to be labeled as such. Moreover, insurance companies could also simply choose to ignore e-cigarettes altogether.

Any changes that will be made on the part of insurance companies probably will not go into effect until the official FDA ruling about e-cigarettes. After that, insurance companies could change any of their current policies to reflect FDA rulings. Until then, most insurance companies claim they have too little experience with e-cigarettes to have an official position.

One problem vapers face, according to Carrie McLean, director of customer care for eHealth (an online health insurance brokerage), is that if they ask “is vaping an e-cig considered tobacco use” insurance agents are obliged to add on a smoking surcharge to their insurance premium. One reason for this is that customers are not asked specifically what kind of tobacco product they use—just whether they use them at all.

Having a clear definition as to whether vaping is considered smoking is important because the insurance premium price difference can be significant.

It’s an important question to settle, as the price differential can be significant.

A typical insurance plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker who has a $35,000 income would cost $3,857 a year after a $532 tax credit. This plan would rise to $5,254 if they’re labeled as a smoker according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s exchange subsidy calculator. The smoker rate increase may end up being greater than the 50 percent the ACA allows since the government tax credits apply to base premiums—not the tobacco surcharge.

This leaves vapers facing higher insurance premiums and it has them fuming.

Eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—can allow you to learn about the exciting world of vaping and e-cigarettes. In addition, you can find information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations. It is important that vapers are familiar with laws regarding e-cigarettes, and we aim to provide them with all the knowledge you need.

Chill Out with E-Cigs: How vaping can help reduce stress!

urlThink electronic cigarettes are just a means of ditching tobacco? Think again! They can be a very positive, enjoyable thing, and even provide the ability to help you unwind and relax at the end of a long day. Here’s how e-cigarettes can play a role in helping you to relieve some stress!

-Flavor: Crave something delicious, perhaps sweet, whenever the going gets tough? You aren’t the only one. Reach for your e-cig with a vanilla, peach, coffee, or cherry flavored cartridge instead of the sugary sweets; same pleasure, no calories or sugar crash!

-Nicotine: Most smokers will agree, the feeling of nicotine is sensational. It’s one of the intrinsic parts of smoking that make it worthwhile. Hence with vaping, you get to enjoy the same pleasure minus the harm from tobacco. Nicotine from vaping feels amazing, and may be just the thing you need to relax at the end of a hard day.

-Pleasure: There is just something soothing and comforting about the art of smoking. It feels good. Bringing that e-cig to your mouth, inhaling, feeling the vapor hit your throat, and then exhaling feels amazing. So when you’re in a slump, give it a go!

-Gives You Something to Do: Stress and boredom don’t work well together, so by giving you something positive and enjoyable to focus on, even for just a few minutes, vaping can really help take the edge off and make things a little less dull.

-Food Pairings: If you turn to food when you’re not in your best state, keep in mind all of the delicious food and vapor pairings that are available. Because the two can enhance each other, we suggest enjoying them together to up your satisfaction and enjoyment.

-You’ve Got More Options with E-Cigs: enjoy them indoors in your home, on your couch, in your favorite chair, in bed while you chill and binge-watch your favorite series on TV… you’ve got many more places to chill with them, so take advantage! You don’t have to head outside, and you can get cozy and unwind in peace!

Life is stressful, there’s no getting around it. However, if you vape, allow your e-cigs to fill in some of those unpleasant gaps! Enjoy them whenever you want or need to, especially when life calls for some chill time!

Can Vapor Cigarettes Damage the Lungs?

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Many media reports about a University of Athens study from 2012 give the impression that vapor cigarettes cause just as much lung damage as traditional cigarettes do.

These reports in the DailyMail, Bloomberg and Science Daily illustrate the power of headlines to shape perceptions about these revolutionary devices.

While we maintain that vapor cigarettes are likely a saferalternative to “lighting up,” we remain very cautious and understand that long-term research is needed to determine what, if any, effects e-smoking has on the user’s health.

The study these media reports are referring to came from the University of Athens in Greece. The goal according to researchers was to study the short term effects of using a vapor cigarette.

Participants were broken into group – non-smokers, smokers and people with chronic conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each were asked to use a vapor cigarette for 10 minutes, after which several tests measuring airway resistance were administered, including a spirometry test.

The tests showed that both healthy smokers and non-smokers using the vapor e-cig showed a fairly significant, yet temporary, increase in airway resistance. The participants with asthma or COPD showed no discernable increase.

While some of the media reports and the study’s abstract make the claim that airway resistance translates into lung damage, Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health says not so fast.

For starters, an increase in airway resistance can happen in a variety of situations, including breathing hot, humid air. Now certainly, smoking a regular cigarette over a long period of time can increase airway inflammation and ultimately lead to lung damage. However, the study results showed a temporary increase, which Dr. Siegel believes is caused by the propylene glycol in the vapor.

Once the irritation is gone, the airways return to normal.

Dr. Siegel also takes issue with media claims that vapor cigarettes lower the level of oxygen in the blood, a condition known as hypoxemia. The study didn’t even measure oxygen levels in the blood. And according to Dr. Siegel, a mild increase in airway resistance doesn’t lead to hypoxemia. If increased airway resistance had this effect, millions of people in Florida and other humid climates would suffer from this condition.

While it is true that more study is needed to determine the long-term effects of vapor cigarettes, we can’t conclusively say that e-smoking harms the lungs, at least in the short-term.

Perhaps the media took the abstract’s title and ran with it since the findings clearly demonstrate a temporary increase in airway resistance. But as Dr. Siegel points out, this doesn’t necessarily translate into lung damage.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center, or click on over to our main site to learn more about vapor cigarettes today!

The True Costs Of Smoking

r969No one will deny how expensive cigarette smoking is, however those costs extend way beyond just the pack a day habit. Which, don’t get me wrong, is not a lowly expense, however the true cost of smoking tobacco cigarettes covers a lot of areas of your life, and can cost you more money than you’d ever imagined when you first picked up the habit. If you’re spending $7 daily on a pack of cigarettes, that comes out to more than $2000 every year, for starters, and that doesn’t include additional costs such as lighters that are needed to maintain the habit.

Other expenses, such as health insurance, life insurance, and healthcare can increase drastically when you are a smoker. It is estimated that 30 year old smokers pay somewhere between 16 and 41% more for health insurance premiums than their nonsmoking counterparts do. Life insurance premiums are also much higher for smokers, as much as 50% more due to the fact that smokers are not expected to live as long as nonsmokers, therefore making their yearly costs considerably higher.

When it comes to illnesses, smokers are also statistically more inclined to spend more money due to the increased frequency. And this leads into the money spent on medications, because with increased illness comes increased need for medication. Another area of healthcare that smokers spend more on is dental care, because cigarettes can cause much damage to the teeth, and treatments necessary to maintain optimal dental health.

Property value may not come to mind as an area that gets subjected to depreciation due to smoking, however it certainly can. Both home and vehicle value can be reduced due to the effects of smoking, and the costs to maintain the original condition can be costly as well. In the home, smoke can leave behind a permanent odor in carpets, walls, and window treatments, rendering the property musty, in addition to staining surfaces that will need repair and replacing. In vehicles, both the odor and damages from cigarette burns can cause the value to decrease.

As you can see, smoking is a very costly habit. While it starts off as a minor expense, over time the costs exacerbate, and they can take a toll in many areas of your life. Simply switching to electronic smoking can help reduce many of these costs, as well as lead you on the right track to a better quality of life. Money isn’t everything, but your health is, and there is a direct correlation between the negative effects of cigarettes on it and how much you spend.