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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.

World Health Organization Attempts More Regulations on Electronic Cigarettes

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Over the past 9 years, the electronic cigarette industry has produced over 400 different brands of choice and has become a 3 billion dollar industry.  Despite the success of the ever popular vaping experience, it has not come without controversy and serious attempts of regulation.

On August 26th, WHO (World Health Organization) released a new report which contained the following regulation attempts.

  • Impede promotion to non-smokers and young people;
  • Minimize potential health risks to e-cig users and nonusers;
  • Prohibit unproven health claims about e-cig; and
  • Protect existing tobacco control efforts from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

The report states that these regulations are needed because electronic cigarettes represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”

The report does state that more research is needed in various areas of electronic cigarette usage but that they are highly concerned about the advertising of many fruity and candy like flavors and believe they are a serious appeal to young users.  They believe this could attract a young person to begin e-cig usage that has never even tried traditional smoking. The report also states that from the years 2008 to 2012 electronic cigarette usage has doubled among this age group.

Some other conclusions in the findings are that WHO believes there is insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes can actually help a traditional cigarette smoker quit smoking and make the switch.  WHO recommends that analog smokers be encouraged to quit through other methods of already approved treatments.

The report also states that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can’t be proven to be merely water vapor.  The WHO also believes there can still be chemicals that could potentially harm pregnant women and adolescents.

Only time will tell what will become of these regulation attempts.  There will be a meeting in October in Moscow to discuss the findings in the WHO’s report.

Whatever becomes of the regulation attempts, at Eversmoke we believe to never sell to anyone under the age of 18.

To learn more about our assortment of electronic cigarette products, continue to browse our blog and knowledge center.  We look forward to you becoming a very happy vaping customer!

Smoking’s Effect on Skin and Eyes

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Smoking can have an effect on your skin and eyes. Effects can range from minor to major. For those wishing to lower their risk of smoking-related health problems (including those that effect the skin and eyes), switching to electronic cigarettes can be a smoke-free alternative nicotine delivery system.

Eye problems

Over time, smoking cigarettes can put strain on your eyes. In fact, smoking can make you four times more likely to feel unrested after sleeping. This is probably due to a low level of withdrawal from nicotine while sleeping. Smoking can also raise your risk of developing cataracts due to more oxidative stress. Continued smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by 22 percent.

Skin ailments

Carbon monoxide, one of the chemicals produced when tobacco burns, displaces oxygen in your skin. This can leave your face wrinkled and gaunt. Smoking also robs the body of essential nutrients that help protect and repair your skin.

Certain ailments that involve skin can also be more prominent amongst smokers. Smokers suffering from psoriasis (an autoimmune skin condition) can aggravate their condition by exposing their systems to the chemicals in tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the longer you smoke, the higher the chance you could develop psoriasis.

Another way smoking can affect your skin is increasing your risk of skin cancer. While most people associate skin cancer with sun exposure, smokers are actually three times as likely to develop skin cancer as nonsmokers are.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular electronic cigarette brands on the market. You can browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

How Advertising Catapulted the Cigarette Industry

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.