Category Archives: E-Cigarettes

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!In honor of National Dog Day, which happens to be today, we thought we’d give you a few friendly reminders about how important it is to not smoke cigarettes around your pets. If you need a perfectly valid reason to quit smoking and switch to electronic cigarettes instead, how about doing it for the sake of your pets? If you love your doggy, or kitty, or any other animal you’ve brought into your home as a forever friend, think about the risks smoke exposure puts them at. Did you know:

  • Second hand smoke is not good for anyone, including your pets. It is loaded with toxins and carcinogens, which can lead to a higher risk of cancer.

  • Animals are at risk for exposure to 3rd hand smoke as well, which is the exposure that comes from the by products of second hand smoke, such as the particles of smoke that settle on their fur, as well as the surfaces they come into direct contact with. Through grooming, they can ingest all of the things that accumulate on them. Think about it.

  • Dogs are highly susceptible to allergic dermatitis, which is a skin condition characterized by aggravatingly itchy, inflamed skin, and smoking can contribute to this.

  • Dogs are also susceptible to a wide array of different cancers, such as lung and nasal, so why up their risk factor by exposing them to smoke?

  • Cigarette butts can be seriously dangerous to dogs, and pretty much all animals, so if you smoke, please always do your best to keep your butts out of their reach. Swallowing cigarette butts can cause choking, intestinal blockages, and exposure to all varieties of the toxic chemicals stored within the butts.

  • E-liquid is also a danger, so just as in the case with children, do everything possible to keep e-juice out of the reach of pets. Nicotine poisoning is a real threat; don’t even allow the chance for it to happen to your fur-babies.

So, happy National Dog Day, particularly to those of you who share your lives with a four-legged friend! Protect your loyal companion by keeping up your e-cigarette etiquette and do everything you can to keep the smoke out of their breathing space. One of the many beautiful things about vaping is that there is no tobacco, and therefore none of the smoke that accompanies burning it; your pup will thank you in the long run with endless love!

Why is Everyone Switching E-Smoking?

reasons to switch to vapingIt seems these days that smokers are switching to vaping all the time, and in greater numbers. Here’s a look at why!

  1. Technology: It’s everywhere. Technology has seeped into every nook, cranny, and aspect of our lives, and in many ways, improved it. Digital smoking has enabled smokers to have a more modern, simplified, cleaner way to smoke.

  2. Savings: Everyone wants to save more money, and factoring in how expensive smoking cigarettes is, alternatives are a total necessity. Vaping can save smokers thousands of dollars every year!

  3. Enjoyment: For many, vaping is vastly more enjoyable than smoking, and it becomes as much of a hobby out of enjoyment, as a craving for nicotine.

  4. Freedom: Who doesn’t need more? Freedom from ashtrays, from having to be in specific places to smoke, from feeling like a leper anytime you want to smoke… vaping offers much more ability to simply enjoy the process.

  5. Options: The amount of different options vapers have opposed to smokers is beyond compare. Different devices, ways to charge, accessories, flavors, nicotine levels, liquid ratios; it’s astounding and amazing!

  6. Convenience: Having smoking fit into your lifestyle, instead of having to work around it all the time is major. Convenience is a big part of what e-cigarettes offer!

  7. No smoke = none of the problems of smoke. Smoke is pretty awful, and it leaves behind a foul residue, AKA tar. No one likes secondhand smoke, and once you leave it behind, and get used to the clean essence of vapor, you’ll most likely never look back!

  8. No smell: Cigarette smoke and the lingering funk it leaves behind in its wake are just gross. They are the antithesis to clean, fresh air, and more akin to nasty, musty, and dingy.

  9. No stigma: While some people saunter through life never caring what others think, for those who do care about what others around them think, the stigma of smoking is not comfortable. It’s a reality for smokers that they are often looked down upon, and it’s rather nice to shed this image when one becomes a vaper.

  10. No tobacco: because tobacco is the root of the problem. It is the part of the cigarette that requires burning. It is the part that creates smoke. It is the part that causes the most harm. Without tobacco, cigarettes are rendered useless. Most smokers are thrilled to leave the tobacco behind because they know that it is the worst part of smoking.

Having an alternative option such as vaping has allowed smokers to enjoy what they love about smoking, in a much cleaner, simpler, more enjoyable way, without all of the negatives. Smokers are switching because they are finding their needs met in a better way. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

What is the Best Temperature for E-Cigs?

Extreme Temperatures and E-CigsThis summer has been a scorcher, hasn’t it? With record-breaking temps all across the land, and far away as well, here’s a little PSA about your e-cigs and the heat. Particularly, why the heat is not compatible with them, and why keeping them at a controlled level around room temperature is ideal.

If you consider your electronic cigarettes an investment, which we hope you do because they do offer so much in the way of pleasure and savings, treating them properly is essential to making this investment last as long as possible.

You’ve probably figured out by now that the most important part of your e-cig is the battery. It is the main component of the device, and it is the most delicate. Atomizers get replaced every time you swap out a cartridge, and every other part can be replaced rather easily. Therefore, the battery is the lifeblood of vaping. It is at once the power source and the base of the device. Protect this one part, if you opt to neglect others!

Extreme temperatures, particularly those on the hot end of the spectrum, are especially dangerous to e-cigarette batteries. These batteries, which are lithium ion batteries, cannot handle extreme heat or cold, so keeping them in your car, on the dashboard, out on the porch, or in sunny windows, is never a good idea! Even if the temperatures are moderate, your car is the worst place to hold your devices and batteries because cars heat up way hotter inside than outside, and this can cause immense damage on your batteries. The dangers range from a wide array of possibilities; from melting and warping to inflicting damage upon the battery that causes it to drain faster.

However, freezing temps are also not exactly ideal, as freezing can cause the liquid to freeze, which in turn can cause the inner workings of your battery to expand, and outright destroy the battery.

Another no-no? Moisture. Whether in the form of rain, humidity, or other accidental exposure, water and electronic devices generally do not play well together, so keep your e-cig battery safe, dry, and away from any external sources of water.

Keeping your e-cigarette batteries safe and protected is so important to their overall lifespan and ability to provide you with the tobacco-free enjoyment you want. While it may seem bothersome to take these extra precautions, your e-cigs are worth it; protect your investment!

The Dirt on Diacetyl

The Benefit of Diacetyl-Free E-LiquidOne of the big buzzwords in the e-cig industry at the moment is Diacetyl. As in, diacetyl-free e-liquids are the preferred liquids to be vaping because diacetyl is a pretty sketchy additive.

So, if you’re not in the know, here is some useful info regarding it; what it is, why you may not want it in your liquids, and what it’s known to do! We feel that being an informed vaper is key to making the best decisions, and educating yourself is always to your benefit!

Recently, there was some media hype regarding this substance, and a slew of reports began promulgating all liquids as containing it. Of course, as to be expected with spin, these erroneous reports were shot down, particularly when liquids were tested on a British TV program, where the findings discovered only one of ten brands tested contained the substance. And, just for the record, EverSmoke liquids contain no diacetyl, so vape on on with confidence!

What is it?

Diacetyl is a flavor additive used in a variety of different foods, and it originates as a byproduct of the dairy industry. It is used to impart a buttery, or sweetish flavor. When eaten, it is considered to be generally safe, however, when inhaled into the lungs, it’s a different story altogether!

Why is it Dangerous?

Diacetyl becomes dangerous when it is heated and then inhaled into the lungs, consistently over extended time periods. Diacetyl is known to cause the dangerous lung disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as “popcorn lung,” which inflames the bronchioles, obstructing the airflow, resulting in wheezing and a dry cough.

How to Avoid it:

If you’re interested in vaping with liquids that do not contain this lovely stuff, luckily, you probably won’t have a hard time deducing a brand that is committed to keeping diacetyl out of their liquids. For starters, EverSmoke contains no diacetyl, and we can attest (unbiasedly) to the delicious flavors offered in our cartridges.

Hype and hysteria my serve the purpose of bringing to light issues that of great importance to the public, however, facts are always a necessity. E-cigarette myths are always abundant, so reading between the lines is really important. While diacetyl may be found out there in other brands’ liquids, and even though it’s got some pretty negative connotations attached to it, it can (and should) be avoided. The simple solution? EverSmoke!

Is it Safe to Vape and Drive?

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One of the most dangerous activities you do on a daily basis is getting behind the wheel of a car.  If this were not the case, you wouldn’t cringe whenever your teen pulls out of the driveway for the first time alone.

For teens and adults alike, driving is a huge responsibility and being distracted even for one moment can have devastating consequences.  Because of the real danger of distracted driving, many states have banned the use of electronic devices, such as smart phones and mp3 players, when operating a vehicle.

However, currently, there are no laws stating that an e-cig is one of the electronic devices that is considered banned.  Whether the e-cig is considered a “handheld electronic device” would be up to each individual state.

Of course, that doesn’t mean high ohm vaping in the car is totally safe.  We all know that texting and driving is a dangerous mix, but what about vaping and driving?

Vaping and Driving Safety Tips

Anything you do while driving that doesn’t involve paying attention to the road can be considered a dangerous distraction.  This includes vaping if not done properly.  If you decide to vape while driving, consider the following safety tips below:

  • Before you vape, have the e-juice filled, battery charged and the electronic device ready.  If any of this needs to be done while you are driving, it is necessary to pull over.

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Let’s Talk About Nicotine

What is Nicotine? Nicotine Molecular StructureNicotine is a huge topic of discussion as of late. It’s a hot button issue, and big debates involving this substance are currently occurring at the legislative levels. Obviously, it relates directly to the electronic cigarette industry and culture, as our products involve voluntary usage of it, and put the control into people’s hands to determine whether or not, as well as, how they opt to use it. As with much regarding laws and electronic cigarette regulation, is it becoming a question of taking power away from people, or is it truly for their benefit that nicotine is gaining so much attention?

With that in mind, let’s discuss nicotine. Here is a closer look at this substance, often given so much negative press.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a naturally-occurring substance, found in nature, derived from the nightshade plant family, most obviously within the tobacco plant. It is considered a stimulant in mammals, and can be harmful in excessive doses. Other natural sources of (trace amounts of) nicotine include, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green pepper, and the leaves of to coca plant, which contains nicotine alkaloids.

How Does it Feel?

Nicotine is the most widely used nootropic substance, behind caffeine, in the world. It gives users feelings of alertness, awareness, boosting focus and cognition, plus enabling better performance overall.

How is it Used?

Medically and recreationally, nicotine is used in countless ways. Everyday users, who smoke cigarettes, use electronic cigarettes, gums, nicotine patches, and cigars enjoy it for the pleasant feelings as well as the boosted mindset. Medically, nicotine has been used in treatments designed to help smokers reduce dependence, as well as in ailments such as ulcerative colitis. Furthermore, research indicates that there is potential for nicotine to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, attributed to how nicotine aids in enhancing focus and concentration.

Is Nicotine Carcinogenic?

While this misunderstanding pervades common knowledge of nicotine, it is not a carcinogenic substance.

Is Nicotine Dangerous?

Generally no, but like many other substances, it can be overdosed on. If you are using e-liquids instead of e-cig nicotine cartridges, purchase from brands that sell them in childproof bottles, and under all circumstances, keep them out of reach of children. Just as you would with alcohol or other drugs and medicines.

So, what are your thoughts on nicotine now that you know more about it? When it comes to electronic cigarettes, nicotine e-liquids are used in lieu of actual tobacco. Users are able to choose their own level, and have the option to use no nicotine at all if they prefer. The difference between vaping and smoking is the availability of choices, giving users the power and option to decide on their own. Bottom line: nicotine is not the bad guy.

Benefits to Switching: A Healthier Lifestyle

get healthy by vapingOne of the nicest perks to leaving tobacco behind in favor vapor smoking is the benefit of a healthier lifestyle. Here is a look at some of the ways e-cigs can help contribute to a better quality of life, and what you’re in for should you decide to make the switch!

-No Longer a Tobacco Smoker

By simply no longer subjecting your body to a tobacco smoke, you can be free of all those chemicals cigarettes are laced with. Your lungs will no longer be full of smoke, which carries said toxic chemicals, and they will not be accumulating the residual tar from cigarettes.

-Better Taste Capacity

Smoking hinders your ability to taste things correctly. Luckily, it can be reversed, and when you switch to e-cigs, you very well may experience this pleasant side effect. As a result, you may be able to make better food choices for yourself, since you’ll be able to taste a world of new, exciting flavors!

-H2O

Switching can often make your mouth dry, and it is recommended that you drink a lot of water to keep your mouth, as well as your body hydrated to prevent dry mouth and feeling dehydrated. Upping your water intake has the pleasant side effect of cleansing your system, upping the performance of your digestion, flushing out toxins, and helping you feel good.

-Get Active

If switching has you feeling frisky, energized, or just so darn elated because you’ve escaped the shackles of tobacco, you may be physically up for more activity. In which case, you may be more inclined towards exercising, and in which case, good for you! Cigarettes affect the cardiovascular system, and are known to make users feel awful when working up a sweat and doing anything that involves heavy physical activity. Go ahead and switch; let us know how you feel!

-Your Love Life

Speaking of physical activity and getting sweaty, vapers smell better, have nicer smiles, and their hearts and lungs don’t have to function through the haze of tobacco. Get where this is going? Vapers are more appealing lovers, and we all know getting it on can make you feel great, is helpful at relieving stress, and overall just staying healthy!

So when you think about it, vaping offers a lot of great benefits that can make you feel awesome! Quality of life accounts for so much; why not take advantage of the possibilities?

Do E-Cigs Boost Workplace Productivity?

E-Cigarettes in the WorkplaceE-cigarettes in the workplace. It’s an ongoing discussion. Why? Because smoking in the workplace is obviously a no-go, and vaping allows for  more productivity during  work, without needing excessive smoke-breaks. So, do e-cigs in the workplace boost productivity, or do they hinder it?

All work environments are different. Not everyone is aware of the differences between smoking and vaping. Many employers and managing personnel are not fond of their workers needing constant time-outs to smoke. Furthermore, smokers carry certain stigma that do not classify them as the healthiest of employees.

Where is this going? Well, the concept of vaping in the office is an argument split down the middle. Some see it as a beneficial advent, enabling smokers to “smoke” without causing a scene, annoying anyone with the smell of smoke, while enabling them to get more work done without needing to exit to light up as often as necessary.

On the other hand, many employers are not yet willing to allow an all-day vaping free-for-all. Because there has been no regulation regarding e-cigarettes, to outright say they are safe for indoor usage, and do not expose those nearby to anything, not allowing on the job vaping is a safer position to take.

So, can e-cigs up productivity? Yes. For example, smokers are often fixated on their next cigarette. In times of stress, as often comes within the territory of working, smokers want a cigarette. In moments of concentration, smokers want a cigarette to boost it. During mid-day slump, smokers want a cigarette. See where this is going? All those mini-breaks equate to smoking employees needing another option to stay on task, and get things done. Vaping in the workplace solves it.

At the moment, some employers may not have the ability to allow vaping on the job, even if they want to due to liability. However, if you are interested in opening up a dialogue with your workplace on the subject, start with educating on electronic cigarette usage. The more awareness people have, the more acceptance can build. While this is generally a new area of discussion, hopefully it will be the accepted norm in time.

Make Summertime Vaping Even More Amazing!

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Many of us can’t wait to dive into summer activities like swimming, boating, grilling out with friends and soaking up the beautiful sunshine while doing all the other things you enjoy when the weather is warm and the days are long.  And if you vape, you know how awesome those summer days can be with delicious flavors like Peach Passion and Pina Colada!

Of course, with the heat and humidity there comes a few things we should all heed when it comes to getting the most out of your favorite vaping device during the summer months.

The vapor output of your electronic cigarette can be negatively affected by high heat and humidity if you aren’t careful. Here are some tips to make sure your vaping device doesn’t come down with a case of summertime sadness:

  • Careful where you leave it.  A hot car in the summer months is the worst place to leave your vaping device lying around.  Did you know that when it is 90 degrees outside, it can be 150 degrees or more in your car? Yikes, that’s hot! This is why we never leave pets and kids (or your electronic cig) in these stifling conditions.
  • Store e -juice in a cool, dark place.  Some people go overboard and store their electronic cigarettes and e-liquid in freezers.  However, this practice is not good for your e-liquid.  We advise not to store your device below 55 degrees.  Long-term extreme cold temperatures can affect the flavor of your electronic cigarette just like heat does. See our article on properly storing your vaping supplies
  • Prepare for summer thunderstorms!  Not only do you want to protect your device from rain, but also from those power outages during summer thunderstorms.  Be prepared and make certain you have plenty of battery backup so you don’t miss a beat.
  • Stay away from sand.  While you can (and should) definitely experience the joy of vaping on the beach, try and keep the sand from getting into your device where it can clog it up.  If you are bringing a bag or purse, store it in there until you’re ready to use it.
  • Keep it safe! Lastly, make certain you safely carry your electronic cig in a special holder or carrying case so that it doesn’t accidentally get crushed or damaged during all of the summertime activity.

Go make some amazing summer memories and enjoy vaping while you’re at it!

If you are just considering the electronic cigarette alternative, we invite you to browse the many articles about vaping in our knowledge center and blog.

Help! My E-Cig is Leaking

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Few things are more annoying than when you are enjoying a nice vaping experience when suddenly your e-cig begins leaking (or in some cases pouring) nicotine liquid! What are the causes of some of these leaks and how can you fix them?

In order to stop your e-cig from leaking, first you need to understand WHY it is leaking.  Below are some common reasons behind this annoying issue:

  • You filled it too high – The atomizers and cartomizers are designed to hold only a small amount of e-liquid. Perhaps some people get overly excited about all the great flavors available so they go a little overboard!  If you accidentally do this, your device will leak. One solution is purchasing pre-filled flavor cartridges.
  • You inhaled too hard – E-cigs are not designed for hard drags.  If you inhale too vigorously on the device then the liquid will probably overflow.  E-liquid can get on the battery and destroy it, or it can seep into your mouth for an unpleasant surprise.
  • You inhaled too quickly – Remember that e-cigs are not the same as traditional cigarettes. If inhale too quickly, you won’t give the atomizer enough time to heat up and vape the liquid, thus causing a back-up of fluid and potential leakage.
  • The atomizer coil is too old – If your atty is ancient, it may not work properly. You should look into replacing your device.
  • The plastic tank melted – Some people prefer glass tanks because there are some strong e-liquid flavors such as cinnamon or menthol that can actually melt the plastic and cause leaks.

What to do if it does leak?

Got a leaky e-cig? No worries. Here’s what you should do:

  • Disassemble your e-cig, then use paper towels to thoroughly clean your e-cig.
  • If the leaking is due to cracks, you must replace the device.
  • If you have constant trouble overfilling, consider switching to an e-cig with a clear tank so that you can see how much e-liquid is left in the tank.
  • Hold the e-cig horizontally while you vape.
  • Store your e-cig with the mouthpiece elevated. 

You will most likely experience a leak at one time or another in your vaping days.  Once you have fixed the immediate problem of sticky liquid all over your hands, you should take steps to prevent the same issue from happening in the future.

Whether you are a veteran of e-cigs looking for troubleshooting tips, or new to vaping and interested in learning more, we encourage you to browse our knowledge center and blog. You can also contact us toll-free with any questions about our superior e-cigs and vaping gear.