Category Archives: E-Cigarettes and Health

The Deal with Diacetyl

Sensient-Flavors-says-it-is-addressing-worker-health-and-safety-issues_strict_xxlRecent discussions of e-cigarettes and what is contained in e-liquids has been centered on a substance known as diacetyl. Diacetyl is a chemical typically used to impart a buttery flavor, and though it is regarded as safe for ingestion, it is absolutely not when inhaled.

Because of the info regarding diacetyl as unsafe for inhalation, many anti-e-cig media outlets have been assumptively, and erroneously, reporting that all electronic cigarettes contain this substance, based on the World Health Organization’s findings, in an effort to continue the negative stereotype that surrounds e-cigarettes. What they fail to realize and report upon is, is  that not all brands use the chemical as a flavoring, EverSmoke being among them.

In fact, on a test of a variety of brands of e-liquid to see if they contain diacetyl, done on a TV program in the UK, only 1 of the 4 tested contained the substance! 1 in 4!

So, the big deal with diacetyl in e-liquid is that it is linked to a horrific lung disease known as “popcorn lung,” or bronchiolitis obliterans. It can occur after prolonged exposure to diacetyl that has been heated and inhaled. It affects the bronchioles, causing them to be obstructed and inflamed, restricting airflow, making breathing difficult, and coughing and wheezing prevalent.

Currently, researchers are studying the effects of diacetyl, and testing different brands’ liquids to determine whether they contain the substance, and what effect it is having. Dr. KE Farsalions, a prominent European physician who has done many studies on the effectiveness and benefit of electronic cigarettes, has lead the research on diacetyl. In a presentation he did at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw this year, Dr. Farsalions sampled approximately 160 different e-liquids, mostly manufactured in Europe, in an effort to show what the exposure to diacetyl is exactly for vapers, particularly on a daily basis.

The outcome if this study showed that 74% of the e-liquids he tested contained some diacetyl, most often found in sweet liquid flavors. Even more disconcerting, however, was that a great number of these sweeter liquids contained levels of diacetyl that were higher than the safety limits were supposed to be. Even still, however, the range is anywhere between 10 and 100 times less than the exposure from traditional cigarettes.

So that is the current situation with diacetyl and vaping. Pick and choose your products wisely, and ultimately opt for a brand like EverSmoke, that is committed to keeping the diacetyl fake butter flavor out of our products! And for those of you who are scientifically-inclined, you can check out Dr. Farsalion’s study here (PDF download).

Love Your Pets? Don’t Expose Them to Smoke!

e2fd420ce98c185c73e5a3cadd2995a5If you are a smoker, have you ever considered the ways your tobacco smoke can affect your pets? After all, second hand smoke is not just an occurrence that negatively harms people! If you are into smoking at home, in the company of your furry friends, consider making the switch to vapor cigarettes to keep them free from the effects of smoke, as well as to keep them happier in their day to day lives. Keep reading to learn about the ways smoke can be your worst enemy when it comes to protecting your pets!

Tobacco smoke affects the human body in the most negative ways, and just about any other body exposed to its assault. Among the most vulnerable are your pets however, since they can’t make decisions for themselves to avoid breathing in the smoke, nor can they make the necessary changes needed to assure their safety regarding smoke exposure, it is our responsibility to do it for them. And one of the best and easiest ways to do this is by swapping your traditional cigarettes for smoke-free, tar-free, tobacco-free e-cigs.

Some of the ways cats and dogs can be affected by continuous subjection to smoke are allergies, breathing issues, (just like people) and a variety of different types of cancers, the chance of which increases depending on how often they are exposed to cigarette smoke. In addition, dogs can experience allergic dermatitis as a result of cigarette smoke exposure, which causes severe inflammation of the skin.

Another aspect of concern is that cats who are exposed to cigarette smoke can be victims of third-hand smoke, caused by the particles of smoke and tar clinging to their fur, which they ingest from grooming themselves.

Cigarette smoke exposure can also have deadly consequences to pet birds, who are unable to tolerate the smoke. Pneumonia, lung cancer, skin problems, infertility, heart problems, as well as skin and eye problems are all common occurrences for birds who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Pretty scary, right? All creatures, human and otherwise deserve clean, smoke-free air to breathe, and when it comes to your pets, make the smart choice with vapor cigs, knowing you will no longer be subjecting your fur babies to unwanted smoke, tar, carcinogens and countless chemicals they can’t avoid. Clean air is better for all parties involved.

What is the Deal with Teens and Vaping?

Teen Use of E-CigsOne of the areas that concerns legislators and lawmakers most, on the subject of electronic cigarette products is that which regards usage by those who are underage, most often teens. The FDA recently ruled in favor of laws that prohibit minors from purchasing the alternative products, among the first e-cigarette regulations to come into effect nationally.

So what is the deal with e-cigarettes in the mainstream? Are teenagers even interested in them? Are they using them more voraciously than cigarettes? Do e-cigs really pose a problem that causes concern about teens becoming hooked on nicotine?

Teenagers have long been drawn to experimentation, and the majority of adult smokers picked up the habit during their teen years. Whether a result of rebellion or pleasurable escape, teens always have and always will be looking to test limits – be it their parents’, schoolteachers’, or those in place by society; cigarette usage among youth has always been a hot button topic. Even though tobacco companies marketed their products to impressionable young people in decades past, this practice has long been halted. Over the past 20 years, cigarette usage among minors has been on dramatic decline, especially when it is considered how unfashionable smoking has become. Less teens are looking at smoking as a cool way to rebel and create an image.

As recently reported by Forbes, the most recent statistics on high school students smoking, shows numbers that have fallen from 15.8% to 12.7%, which are the lowest numbers ever. While the usage of e-cigarette use by high schoolers has rose, from 1.5% to 4.5%, which includes those teens who have used a vapor cigarette at least once within a 30-day period, it is being looked at as less negative and rather encouraging. It is a suggestion that high school smokers are interested in alternatives, and are using electronic cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes as a means to stop using tobacco.

If teen tobacco smoking is declining at great numbers, and teens in general are not interested in smoking, yet are turning to electronic cigarettes as alternatives, it is clear that vapor smoking is not serving as a gateway to traditional smoking for impressionable youth as anti-smoking groups claim.

To put it bluntly, the electronic cigarette industry aims to market and sell their products exclusively to adults over the age limit, and as teens will inevitably get their hands on things they have no business with (traditional and electronic cigarettes alike), vapor cigs are not luring teens into lifelong smoking habits.

Where Did E-Cigarettes Originate?

Eversmoke-featured1Electric cigarettes are an obviously modern innovation. They encompass everything that is convenient and unique about today’s digital devices. E-cigarettes modernize, streamline and enhance all aspects of smoking and using nicotine for smokers, regardless of what their preference of device is. They have changed the way smokers experience nicotine and harness control over the process. Most smokers who have switched to vaping could not imagine going back to analog cigarettes now after experiencing what they get out of vapor cigarettes. Pretty amazing for products that have been around for just over a decade, internationally!

So here’s a look at the history of the e-cigarette. Their popularity may have only grown in the past five years however they were born of an idea that started over 50 years ago.

In 1963 a man named Herbert Gilbert patented an idea he had for an electronic smoking device. Cigarette smoke was in high demand with a huge portion of the nation’s adults smoking regularly. It was common to smoke in every public setting imaginable including libraries universities workplaces; in fact there are even images of doctors and surgeons smoking in operating rooms! With incredible foresight, Gilbert knew that this rampant cigarette smoking was going to lead to widespread illness and disease. He developed the concept, however he was way before his time because the mass public was not (yet) interested in the alternative devices because they were too busy puffing on their tobacco.

In 1983, it was predicted that in the future cigarette smoking was going to become electronic and smoke was going to be replaced with vapor. This is truly where the term vaping originated.

Electronic cigarettes fell by the wayside until the year 2003 when a pharmacist in China, Han Lik, developed a similar prototype, looking to create a product that would help smokers have an alternative to traditional tobacco use. Lik’s father had recently passed due to a lifetime of smoking that led to lung cancer, and he wanted to turn the tragedy into a positive. With the good fortune of having connections, it was no time at all before his creation was developed into a product and was reaching the Chinese public. The success was immediate, and in just a few short years the popularity of e-cigarettes spread all throughout Asia, Europe, and into the American markets.

Currently, the market is a billion dollar industry upstaging tobacco and expanding rapidly. What began as an idea to offer an alternative to tobacco has succeeded and is becoming the preferred way for smokers to enjoy nicotine.

And the Word of the Year is… Vape!

imagesVapor smoking, AKA Vaping, AKA to vape. It’s all gotten quite popular and mainstream year by year. And now the act of using electronic smoking devices has gotten so great, that the fine folks at Oxford Dictionaries have declared “vape” the word of the year for 2014. The electronic cigarette industry is quite pleased, as we should be!

The ‘word of the year’ is typically bestowed upon a term that has garnered a great amount of attention, has gained widespread acceptance, and appears to have obvious staying power. Vape managed to surpass other cultural favorites for 2014 such as “bae” and “bud tender,” due to it’s constant presence in popular culture. In major US cities, it has become as common to see traditional smokers as much as vapers, using their devices on the streets and in other public places.

What this is also indicative of is that vaping is here to stay, whether or not the tobacco industry, legislators, or naysayers like it. Millions of smokers have experienced the difference in what vaping brings to the table, and have chosen to smoke without the tobacco.

And now vaping has become such a culture of its own, with it’s own slang, millions of hashtags and posts across social media pages, thousands of retail shops appearing all over the country, and people obsessing over every different type of product they can get their hands on! Most importantly, though, vapers are able to get a highly satisfying experience in a method they are exceptionally comfortable with, and are noticing much greater results in comparison to smoking cigarettes. This is further evidence that shows that vaping is the future of smoking, and it is completely overtaking smoking.

To directly quote the editors at the Oxford Dictionaries precisely, as they explain why “vape” is the perfect term of the year: “As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.”

Yes, it is clear. Electronic cigarettes are officially mainstream. Vape has entered the English lexicon.

Major E-Cig Bans Hit Santa Monica

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image6620810Latest LA vaping news: e-cig regulations have reached a dismal climax, with electronic cigarettes being banned in Santa Monica. The city of Santa Monica has joined in with the city of Los Angeles, and it has become illegal to use e-cigarette devices in almost all public places.

Electronic cigarettes have come under intense scrutiny since they emerged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. There have been talks and much vagueness surrounding the level of regulating and what sort of bans would be implicated, however until recently, it lay within most local jurisdictions to decide how they should be handled. In the bigger picture, just this year the FDA announced it would begin regulating the products in regards to limiting their purchase to those over the legal age limit, in the same manner as traditional cigarettes.

The vote on banning e-cigarettes throughout Santa Monica was unanimous in city council, and it went into full effect this week.

This latest news of electronic cigarette bans that cover entire city-wide areas, it is rather shocking that so many e-smokers who are consuming and producing vapor, not tobacco smoke in any manner, are now prohibited from smoking their e-cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers in places such as bus stops, parks, the SoCal beaches, and within a distance of 20 feet of public buildings. All residential areas are off limits in the city of Santa Monica, as well as famous landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Basically, everywhere that traditional cigarettes are banned, the electronic alternatives are now banned as well.

The Santa Monica e-cigarette ban will also affect vape shops, by forcing all new ones to be shut down entirely. Vaping is banned in all Santa Monica businesses, and any businesses that are looking to sell electronic cigarette devices will be required to obtain a license from the city to do so. The two vape lounges that are currently open, Vapor Delight and Fix Vapor, on a positive note, are exempt from these bans.

While e-cigarette bans are much milder in most other parts of the country, it is clear with this most recent news that Santa Monica is not the locale to be located in if you are a vaper!

What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

FDA-Regulation-Electronic-CigaretteRegulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing  for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.

41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?

The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!

Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.

As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.

On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.

Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!

Vaping & Romance: The Better Duo

urlWhat does vaping have to do with your love life? A whole lot, especially if you are a smoker who is looking for love and finding a difficult time working around the smoking factor. Sure, there are plenty of smokers out there who are also looking for love, but why limit your options? Here is a look at how switching to e-cigarettes can benefit your love life!

Being a smoker puts a label on you, whether you like it or not. And many nonsmokers see it as a marker of a stereotype, regardless of whether or not you live up to those things.

It is a common perception that smokers smell bad, are always looking for a chance to sneak away to go smoke, they spend too much money on cigarettes, they have bad teeth, and the fact that smoking comes with a long term risk of health problems and possibly even deadly circumstances; so why would someone who is playing the field want to settle down with someone who comes with all this baggage? Being realistic, yes, there are those who will overlook something like smoking for a chance at a meaningful connection, but there are many others who won’t. Dating can be all about strategic moves!

Smoking is an awful habit, and it is generally frowned upon by nonsmokers, and even former smokers themselves. In fact, many former smokers would not ever consider dating a smoker because they prefer to avoid the temptation of cigarettes altogether.

And then there is the discussion of compatibility. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to be really into someone, and then find out they would not be willing to date you because you are a smoker?

When you make the life-altering switch to vapor cigs, you remove yourself from the smoking bracket. You allow yourself to be classified as a vaper, and as a potential partner you are free from being looked at as a smoker. Yes, there may still be those unwilling to date even a vaper, but you will no longer smell like an ashtray, have to excuse yourself for a dalliance with a cigarette, and you can begin to enjoy all the many ways life gets nicer without the smoke.

Vapor Smoking and Your Pets

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For the health of smokers everywhere, the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes is a good statistic. Furthermore, vapor smoking not only has a positive effect smokers first hand, but it effects those around them. Although there is study material on the effects of tobacco cigarettes use on smokers and their families, what is often overlooked (at least by smokers) is the effect they have on our four-legged children: the family pet.

The positive effects of vapor smoking on the family pet

Just as people are negatively affected by secondhand smoke, pets are affected as well. However, while some pets are known to leave the area when an owner is smoking, most stay close and; thus, continue to breathe in harmful secondhand smoke.

In addition to breathing in secondhand smoke, dogs can also suffer from allergic dermatitis (a skin condition characterized by an inflammation of the skin). Moreover, pets can develop cancer from tobacco cigarettes just like their owners. A pet owner who switches to electronic cigarettes does not have to worry about increased vet bills trying to ease their pet suffering from an allergic reaction or even different forms of secondhand smoke-related cancers.

Cats in particular are susceptible to third-hand smoke (the smell and toxins that cling to surfaces exposed to tobacco smoke) because they are meticulous groomers—licking themselves to stay clean and ingesting the deadly cocktail.

With a switch from traditional cigarettes to vapor smoking, however, Fido or Fluffy can continue to curl up in your lap without fear of becoming sick.

A Word of Caution

However, whether you smoke traditional or electronic cigarettes, pet owners must be mindful of where their devices are stored because the nicotine—whether in liquid form or tobacco—is potentially fatal to animals. In recent months, there have been instances where animals have picked up and punctured an e-liquid cartridge and have become seriously ill or died due to acute nicotine poisoning.

Vapers should also be mindful of where they store their electronic cigarettes because the device itself, if ingested, could result in an animal needing surgery to repair any tears or retrieving the device if it becomes lodged in the throat.

Animal experts state that nicotine ingestion can cause vomiting, tremors and an abnormal heart rate in any cat or dog.

What to do in the event of ingestion

If you believe that your pet has chewed on your electronic cigarette (or any other potentially harmful substance), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that you take 30-60 seconds to collect any of the material involved and place it in a sealable bag and then see your vet immediately.

If the potential toxin is unidentifiable, this can help the vet/toxicologist narrow down the substance.

As you can see, it isn’t just people that require attention when it comes to smoking and any decisions about how you manage vapor smoking. At eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—you can learn about the exciting world of vapor smoking and electronic cigarettes.

CVS: Moving Towards a Smoke-Free Future

CVS-quits-for-goodIt seems that tobacco is less fashionable than ever these days, and major national pharmacy, CVS has made it clear they are pushing ahead towards a smoke-free future. Earlier this year, the pharmacy chain stated that as of this fall they would no longer be carrying tobacco products in any of their locations. Last week, ahead of schedule they announced that they had changed their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, and have officially finalized the plan to discontinue all sales of tobacco products.

The pharmacy, which has become more than just a pharmacy and convenient store over the past decade, has made many changes to provide a variety of different health services to their clients. Along with their CVS “Minute Clinics,” they offer services that range from blood-pressure checks to administering vaccinations and flu shots, along with all traditional pharmacy services. While pharmacies are known for carrying products of all varieties, from personal care, to over the counter drugs, having a mini grocery selection, toys and stationary supplies, CVS’ focus has now shifted towards wellness, and carrying tobacco products, which are blatantly known to cause a variety of deadly diseases, does not fit with their healthful persona. Understanding the importance of maintaining an image of health, tobacco simply does not belong.

Such a drastic change in a major corporation shows where the tobacco industry is headed and where people are headed as well. The general public is much more concerned with their health nowadays and many are choosing other options and alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. This is exactly why electronic cigarettes have been so successful.

E-cigarettes have been a major boon for cigarette smokers. They have enabled smokers to have an alternative that truly replaces all of the things they love about smoking, and do so without the negative attributes such as the smoke, tar, odor, and actual tobacco. They are nearly identical to traditional cigarettes, as the user puffs on them in the same manner, inhales a cloud of vapor that replicates the feeling of smoke hitting the back of the throat, fills the mouth with savory flavor, and leaves the familiar feelings of nicotine.

While CVS is not (yet) embracing retail sales of electronic cigarettes, many of their competition brands are already doing so. We applaud their efforts as a corporation in going completely smoke-free and know the new changes are an excellent move in the right direction.