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Powering the Vaping World

Information about lithium-ion batteries and their usage in today’s techy world

In 1997, developers released a new battery that rather than using a liquid solvent to conduct a charge (like the nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH), they used a solid polymer composite instead.

The Workings of Lithium-ion Batteries

In addition to using solid polymer composite, the electrodes and separators that generate the charge in a lithium-ion battery are laminated to each other. This allows for a flexible wrapping casing rather than a typical metal casing.

For this reason, shaping lithium-ion batteries to specific devices is easy, which eliminates the need for one size-fits all battery.

What Lithium-ion Batteries Power

Pretty much all of the devices we use today use lithium-ion batteries for a power source—including (but not limited to):

  • Portable devices
    • For example: mobile and smartphones, laptops and tablets, digital cameras and camcorders, handheld game consoles and flashlights and most e-cigarettes on the market (including EverSmoke)
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E-Cigarette Regulations: No to Minors, Yes to Flavors

140422-electronic-cigarettes-jsw-04_8eaa9b924d080f19217b9f514bbc4ae2We have been hearing for a very long time that the FDA planned to begin regulations on electronic cigarettes, however they finally came through this past week. The industry was unsure of what regulations were going to be instituted, and what they were going to restrict specifically, as there were talks that claimed flavored liquids, age requirements, how companies marketed their products, and whether selling e-cigarettes online would continue.

Many users especially feared losing out on flavors they love, and have become used to in since switching from tobacco.

Well, last week US health officials announced that the impending FDA regulations were going to target minors, prohibiting sales of e-cigarette products as well as liquids to those who are underage. Nothing was mentioned regarding flavored liquids, to the pleasure of e-cigarette users and companies alike. Also of importance, no restrictions targeting companies selling e-cigarettes online, or targeting their marketing practices were part of the regulations.

Most electronic cigarette users, as well as companies agree that restricting minors from purchasing and using the products is an obvious necessity. Just like traditional cigarette products, they are not meant for consumption by those who are underage. Even before these regulations came into play, most e-cigarette companies began to implement measures to keep their products out of the hands of minors, including age verification on their websites and publishing disclaimers with the intent of making it clear their products were intended for adult use only.

This year, the entire electronic cigarette industry is expected to reach sales exceeding $2 billion, considering there are cities such as New York City that have strict bans on e-cigarettes, and their usage in public. Regardless, the popularity of cigarette alternatives continues to grow, and those who use and sell them could not be more satisfied with the federal regulations that have been set so far.

Electronic Cigarette Etiquette

While vaping isn’t exactly new, many people still don’t know much about them. And most of the time, we are afraid of what we don’t know.

There is an amount of responsibility that comes with vaping outside of your home. At the very least, you will likely be introducing many spectators to their first live electronic cigarette. What they take away from the event is largely based on your actions.

We hate stereotyping, but it doesn’t stop us from naturally forming overall opinions based on a single interaction. Veteran vapers are well-versed in using their devices in public without causing a commotion or imposing on others’ rights.

If you are new to the world of vaping, here are some basic rules of etiquette of where you should NOT vape:

  • In any type of health care facility
  • In banks, grocery stores, or retail locations
  • Near children at family events
  • Where people can see you on planes, trains, or subways

Use Discretion

Vaping can require some covertness. You don’t need to walk down the aisles of Wal-Mart showing off and advertising the use of your device.  It’s called stealth vaping.

It’s quick and easy to make a pit stop at the restroom or corner of the room for a few puffs.  Some vapers are so slick they can position their device in the palm of their hand such that it isn’t noticeable when they use it.

Educate Yourself

Since you are somewhat of an ambassador for electronic cigarettes when you use them in public, it is highly advisable to learn as much as you can about these devices.

First, you want to be able to call someone on their erroneous statements and set the record straight. Once you know a bit about them, it is your job to nicely educate others who know nothing of what they speak.

Respect Others

Don’t get on a soap-box about e-cigs with everyone you meet; just keep people straight with honest responses and accurate information. Others have a right to disagree.

Show consideration for others by asking before you begin vaping. Chances are most people won’t object, but they will definitely appreciate being asked. It’s also a great way to start a conversation about e-cigs since many people are curious and want to know more about these amazing devices.

Set Good Examples

It all comes down to setting a good example. Remember, people unfamiliar with electronic cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/electronic-cigarettes.html) will use you as their example of a typical vaper, so be mindful of other and polite. For example, if someone asks you politely to put your e-cig out, politely do so. It’s the right thing to do when you’re in public.

We invite you to check out our latest knowledge center article, E-Cig Etiquette: Tips for Vapor Smokers, to better understand the proper places and ways to enjoy your electronic cigarette.

Disposable E-Cigs or Reusable?

img_eversmoke_disposableAre you wondering which type of e-cigarettes to go with? Whether disposables or an e-cigarette starter kit will be the right ones for you? Here is a look at the pros and cons of each, to help you decide. If you’re still not sure, our take is to go with both. More choices are better than less, especially considering your own inventory! And to make the decision even easier, right now, our disposable electronic cigarettes are alluringly priced at 70% off!

E-Cig Disposable Pros

-Convenient 1-piece design.

-1 Disposable is equal to about 2 packs of traditional cigarettes.

-No charging or setting up; sometimes you just need more freedom.

-Battery never runs out; the e-cig will get disposed when it no longer produces vapor.

-Use them straight from the package; perfect for travel or being on the go.

-Great for beginners, giving them the ability to try it without committing to a starter kit.

-Disposables are even easier to use than traditional cigarettes!

-You can get our E-Cig Disposables on sale right now!

E-Cig Disposable Cons

-Limited choice of flavors; only Classic Tobacco and Menthol are options.

-Generally pricier than reusable e-cigs.

-Less environmentally friendly than reusable e-cigarettes.

Reusable E-Cigarette Pros

-They offer way more options, in every way, as opposed to disposables.

-They’re reusable, so you don’t have to have a guilty conscience over their “less green” status.

-They are more cost effective, and as an investment, they tend to go a very long distance.

-Cartridges come in many flavors.

Reusable E-Cigarette Cons

-They require some maintenance; charging batteries, changing cartridges, etc.

-They require more time and effort than disposables.

-You have to actually remember they are reusable, and not disposable, if you are just switching over from smoking cigarettes.

-You have to be a little more careful with them; damage can occur if you drop them.

In the reusable e-cigarette vs. disposable e-cigarette debate, take your pick over which is better. Some aspects work better for others, however we are all about having both types to choose from. Different strokes for different folks, so try them all!

How to be Satisfied with E-Cigarettes

e-cigarettes-vs-tobacco-cigarettesElectronic cigarettes can be a tricky thing. Countless e-smokers experienced vaping for the first time with a low quality device they picked up from a questionable brand. This can be a rather unfortunate circumstance, as low-end e-cigarettes, with less than spectacular nicotine levels and quality can cause users to write them off altogether, assuming all brands will result in the same experience. And on the same note, many smokers are reluctant in trying e-cigarettes because they fear they will not enjoy them, thinking there is no way something electronic is going to produce the same feeling as burning tobacco.

Satisfaction with electronic cigarettes can be yours, however, even if you’ve been been burned by a bad experience. It just comes down to knowing the products, and knowing how to choose e-cigarette products that are compatible with your usage.

How Do E-Cigs Compare to Tobacco Cigarettes?

E-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes obviously have their differences. They do not feel exactly the same, however with any better brand of e-cigs, you’ll find that a great amount of care was spent creating quality products that satisfy the smokers’ desires. E-cigarettes compare very well to traditional cigarettes, and many users become very used to their many modern conveniences and attributes that completely outdo traditional cigarettes. Having the freedom to use them nearly anywhere because they release no smell or smoke offers a new sense of freedom. Being able to charge them as opposed to using lighters and burning tobacco is much cleaner, and much simpler.

What About Nicotine?

Nicotine strength is one of the magical little components that really makes a difference when enjoying your e-smoking. Not choosing the right level can really make for a very unsatisfying experience, and can be one of the key factors that determines your particular success rate with e-cigarettes. A general rule of thumb is to match your cigarette type with nicotine level. For example, if you are used to reds, 18mg cartridges will probably be a good fit. If you use a lower level, you may not be as satisfied with a stronger level. Here is a look at how nicotine levels compare to cigarette strengths:

24mg = unfiltered cigarettes and the strongest filtered cigarettes available.

18mg = reds, standard strength cigarettes

12mg = lights

6mg = ultra lights

0mg = non-nicotine/ nicotine-free

Electronic smoking reproduces the essence of smoking traditional cigarettes, in a cleaner, more efficient manner. They may be confusing at first, but with the right products, knowledge and understanding, you can enjoy vaping with total satisfaction!

Money Makes the (E-Cigarette) World Go ‘Round

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What states are looking to tax e-cigarettes and what the vaping community can expect from taxation.

The regulations surrounding smokeless cigarettes are a hot-button topic currently involved on many state (and federal) legislatures. One such item of contention is whether e-cigarettes will be treated like tobacco cigarettes. This includes banning their use in public places and levying taxes on their sale.

The forerunner amongst states taxing electronic cigarettes is Minnesota – however, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington are all considering taxing smokeless cigarettes and accessories. The taxes levied would be anywhere from 20-95%.

Given the odds, each state in the U.S. will eventually debate whether to levy special taxes on e-cigarettes…

Smokeless cigarette taxes would bring in high revenues from their sales. For example, Minnesota’s Department of Revenue estimates that tobacco sales taxes will bring in $1.16 billion during the 2014-2015 fiscal year—which makes taxing attractive with many states still in economic woes.

Wells Fargo states that current sales of electronic cigarettes are around $2 billion annually – however, Wells Fargo suggests that the worldwide profits from the sale of electronic cigarettes may exceed $10 billion by 2017.

Problems with Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes

While the added money that e-cigarette taxes would bring in could help the economy, taxation does come with some problems—mostly in the form of opposition from those affected by the taxes. Heavy taxes would cripple small businesses who specialize in vaping products. Another problem that could arise from taxing e-cigarettes is backlash from the vaping community.

One example of a city that is imposing a high tax on smokeless cigarettes and accessories is Olympia, Washington. The Olympia House approved a 75% tax. However, the committee is looking to amend the bill. This amendment would raise taxes on a $10 bottle of e-liquid to $20. This level of taxation is double what the state levies on marijuana, alcohol, and (in some cases) tobacco cigarettes.

After all is said and done, this proposed raise in smokeless cigarette tax could bring $35 million a year to the city of Olympia.

Current vapers can keep themselves informed on the changing laws surrounding the world of vaping by checking our blog. And for more in-depth analysis on e-cigarettes and taxes, we invite you to read Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes in our knowledge center today.

And if you’re ready to consider a new alternative way of getting the nicotine your body craves, click on over to EverSmoke’s main site for more about smokeless cigarettes.

CVS is Dropping the Habit

cvs_logo_largeRecent news to hit the tobacco cigarette industry was that CVS has decided to drop tobacco sales from all of their 7,600 locations throughout the country. Set to go into effect on October 1, the move marks the company’s decision to create a more healthful image. CVS Caremark is the nation’s largest pharmacy, based on their prescription revenue, and this move to end tobacco sales has been praised by both President Obama and a variety of different health organizations.

While CVS cultivates a healthier image, they are facing a loss of approximately $2 billion yearly. Some industry experts see that number as being on the lower end, and depending on market conditions they may face even greater losses as a result of the change.

CVS cites the Affordable Care Act as their main motive in changing, however they have long stood by prevention as the best health strategy. Despite the financial ramifications, CVS’s president and CEO, Larry J. Merlo, has stated that selling tobacco is not in line with their values. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” he said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

Interestingly, none of CVS’s competitors are considering the same cessation of tobacco sales. Considering that tobacco sales internationally topped the $554 billion mark in 2012, CVS tobacco sales account for a minute amount of that total.

Perhaps, however, it is time that CVS followed the lead of some of their competitors, such as Walgreens, which has sold electronic cigarettes for several years. While they are similar to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes would have no problems fitting in with their more progressive image.

Even though this move is extremely bold, it certainly makes sense in terms of responsibility. It is obvious that the tobacco industry, as well as the electronic cigarette industry are in a point of major transition, and it will surely be interesting to see which retailers in the near future take the same stance as CVS. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing an e-cigarette starter kit, or want to learn more about them, feel free to browse our resources as well as products!

E-Cig Friendly Airports

EuropeAirportTraveling with e-cigarettes is great, and certainly better than trying to do so with traditional cigarettes. However things can get tricky if you think every location stands by the same rules and perspective on electronic cigarettes. Some airports are fine with electronic alternatives, and others have strict policies that regard them as no different than tobacco cigarettes.

State and local laws regarding e-cigarettes are one thing, and traveling with them is another. Currently, you cannot use them in the airplane during any commercial flight, but certain airports are more lenient.

If you aren’t aware before you go, you could be in for a surprise when you at the airport expecting to be able to vape as you please. Here is a look at the different airports that are e-cigarette friendly, and those that are not.

The following is a list of the American airports that currently ban e-cigarettes, and require all users to smoke them, along with traditional tobacco cigarettes, in areas designated for smoking:

• Boston Logan International Airport • Chicago Midway International Airport • Chicago O’Hare International Airport • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport • Denver International Airport • Detroit Metropolitan Airport • George Bush Intercontinental Airport • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport • Los Angeles International Airport • Orlando International Airport • Philadelphia International Airport • San Francisco International Airport • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

And the following is a list of the airports that do allow e-cigarettes to be used in their terminals:

• Charlotte Douglas International Airport • Dulles International Airport • McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) • Miami International Airport • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport • Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport • Tampa International Airport

As you may have noticed, none of the airports that serve the New York City area have been included on either list. They are, in any case, banned from use in any NYC airport terminal, and just to further this notion, with the Clean Air Act recently signed, using electronic cigarettes indoors in any public building in New York city is not allowed.

While traveling with electronic cigarettes is definitely the better option, especially compared to tobacco cigarettes, it’s quite important to know what you’re facing before you go! As with any trip, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible before you embark.

Spring Cleaning! – Taking Care of Your Electronic Cigarette

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Spring has sprung again!  This means the weather is getting warmer (hopefully), beautiful flowers are beginning to bloom and of course, the annoying pollen that comes along with the beauty of the season.  However, it also means it is time to get that check list out of items to clean!

Closets, cupboards, cabinets may only need the once a year spring cleaning but your electronic cigarette needs a cleaning on a regular basis.

If you have owned one a while and have yet to clean it, spring is a good time to start!  Your Eversmoke electronic cigarette has hopefully been a great investment for you so make it a priority to care of it properly.  It will not only help to extend the life of your product but can make your vaping experience even more satisfying.

Below are suggestions and guidelines for proper cleaning of your Eversmoke electronic cigarette. (However, always check your manual of your particular device for exactly cleaning instructions)

The Battery

  • Residue and dirt can often get stuck in between where the cartridge and battery connect.  It is suggested that, at least once a week, you take a lightly dampened cotton swab and clean this area where the residue collects.
  • Some people have used alcohol to clean but definitely check your manual before doing that. It is very important to clean the residue so that there is a proper connection between the battery and cartridge
  • Proper cleaning of your battery can mean better function, more charges and a longer lasting battery.

The Cartridge (Cartomizer)

  • Most newer model electronic cigarettes are now made up of two parts, the battery and the cartridge or cartomizer (e.g. where the atomizer, or heating element, is built into the cartridge).
  • The cartridge and atomizer used to be sold separately and would need cleaned separately but most are now combined.
  • Eversmoke offers disposable cartridges where it is not necessary to clean since it will be thrown away.
  • Eversmoke provides prefilled cartridges which means less mess and spills.
  • However, you may have a different type of model and you need to make sure that you clean the cartridge regularly where juices may have spilled and are possibly “caked” on to the cartridge.
  • You can take a small toothpick and gently break off the caked on material if the cloth will not work.

Bottom line, clean and take care of your electronic cigarette.  It will pay off for you! More TLC generally means a longer lasting electronic cigarette as well as better quality vaping.

Please check out our knowledge center for more valuable information on electronic cigarettes and how to get the most out of them. And if you’re looking for a user-friendly device, we invite you to consider Eversmoke. Click here for more…

Happy spring, happy cleaning and most of all…happy vaping!

Ways the Body Improves Post Tobacco

cigarettes_17r90ns-17r90ouThere are a lot of ways the body begins to recover when tobacco is no longer being funneled in on a regular basis. If you are thinking about making the switch to electronic cigarettes, here are some of the ways you can expect your body to react when no longer having the toxins of smoke and tar building up in your system. The following is a timeline of how the body repairs over time, showing how amazing the human body is, after all!

20 Minutes: Yes, your body’s chemistry changes in just 20 minutes after smoking a cigarette, with heart rate and blood pressure levels returning to their normal settings.

12 Hours: In 12 hours after your last tobacco cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal.

2 Weeks: In just two weeks, lung function and circulation begin to improve.

1-9 Weeks: In this time period, the body begins to recover from typical symptoms of smoking like the infamous smoker’s cough and having shortness of breath. The cilia lining the lungs begin to function normally again, and they get to work cleaning the lungs, lessening the risk of infection.

1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50%, making it half as high as a smoker’s risk.

5 Years: Your risk of certain cancers is now at a dramatically lower rate than that of a smoker’s. The risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophagus cancer, and bladder cancer is now 50% less than that of smokers’. The risk of stroke and cervical cancer have also lowered  as well.

10 Years: The risk of pancreatic and larynx cancer has now decreased, and the risk of fatal lung cancer is now cut in half compared to smokers’ risks.

15 Years: The risk of heart disease is now the same as what nonsmokers face.

We all know tobacco is harmful, but being able to see exactly how the body takes care of itself over time is rather impressive. The human body is an amazing vessel, and taking care of it over the long run is so worth the while. If you are interested in switching to smoke-free, tobacco-free alternatives, please have a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Starter Kits, which has been designed to assist anyone in making the switch to vapor!