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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).

How to Choose a Battery

Choosing an E-Cig BatterySo you’re sure you want to switch to vapor cigarettes from traditional, but you’re stuck on how to choose an e-cigarette battery. You’ve got choices: small, medium, and large; also known as Mini, Standard, and High-Capacity, and just like their incremental size would lead you to believe, different size means different capabilities.

Similar to AA or AAA batteries with a slight difference in size and shape, EverSmoke e-cig batteries are rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Typically charged with a USB cable, they also can be powered up with a Personal Charging Case, a wall adapter as well as a car adapter.

EverSmoke Mini E-Cigarette Battery

The Mini is, well, mini. In price, in power, charging time, and lasting time through charges, this battery gives you the whole experience in a bite-sized format. It goes from 160-175 puffs before needing to be charged. The expected lifespan is from 40,000 and 43,750 puffs. Sometimes a small size is exactly what you need, and it is the perfect battery for vapers who are on the go.

Standard E-Cigarette Battery

The standard size battery can be looked at as the middle ground. It is medium sized, has a great amount of power, can last between 200 and 250 puffs, and it has a nice moderate size about it. These take around 2 to 3 hours to charge up to full capacity, and the overall lifespan is about 50,000 to 62,500 puffs.

High-Capacity

When you need a high-capacity battery, this is the one for you. The larger the size, the higher the electrical charge rating, and the ability to have a battery that goes a bit longer is exactly what some people mean need. This battery costs slightly more then it’s more counterparts, but you get more overall. The High Capacity battery goes up to 350 puffs per charge, and the overall lifespan is typically around 87,500 puffs.

Different sizes accommodate different needs and preferences, so it is always our suggestion that you have more than one size to choose from, as well as more than one battery at your disposal. This will keep life very convenient and allow you to have a backup battery when one is charging. One of the biggest assets to being a vaper is always staying prepared, and knowing what these batteries offer individually gives you exactly the knowledge you need to choose!

Give ‘em What They Really Want: EverSmoke

WeihnachtsgeschenkWondering what to get all the smokers and tobacco smokers in your life for Christmas? Here’s everything you need to know! EverSmoke Christmas shopping will keep it easy, keep it fast, and we promise everyone will be love in their Christmas gifts when they open them up!  Why settle for the same ordinary gifts year after year when you can give them gifts that keep on giving and are loaded with meaning? A smoke free lifestyle is priceless – ask anyone who has switched!

For the Current EverSmoke User: If you are buying for someone who uses EverSmoke e-cigarette products, some of our best picks for gifts include additional accessories; you just can’t have too many batteries, and extras are always a good idea. A gift card, extra packages of cartridges, and fancy extras like a PowerCig or PCC work, too!

For the Beginner Vapers: A starter kit is always useful, whether they’ve tried using e-cigarettes, currently use a different brand, or are simply curious. The particular kit you choose depends on the amount of products and accessories you think they want or need.

For the Tobacco Smoker Who Needs to Switch: An Express kit is a great way to go for the smoker you’re buying for. Inexpensive yet all EverSmoke quality, this is the perfect way to try vaping. All the basics, nothing more, nothing less; this kit is the best for all the smokers you know! It’s enough to show you care about their decisions, but not overwhelming in a way that seems pushy. If you know what I mean!

So, there you have it! All the info you need to get the perfect holiday gifts for the smokers and e-smokers in your life! The holidays can get super complicated, but we’re here to keep it simple! Save time, stress less, vape more!

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.

Positive New E-Cig Regulation hits UK!

E-cigarettes regulationThe latest international electronic cigarette regulations to come out of Europe occurred last week from England. While the subject of e-cigarette regulations have been somewhat vague, with much of the same controversy occurring internationally as in the US, these newest regulations are in favor of fairness towards alternative cigarette products.

The new laws specifically address electronic cigarettes and television ads. Previously, while it was legal to run ads for electronic cigarettes, it was illegal for them to actually feature the devices in use. Ruled in favor by the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice, this is a very positive direction for the electronic cigarette industry. The news laws that were enacted last week now allow companies to show the devices being used. This new regulation comes at a time when the industry is vying for laws and regulations that make sense. The new rules strictly state that tobacco is not permitted to be featured in a positive light in advertisements, and that is something both legislators as well as those involved in the e-cigarette industry can agree upon.

Some of the deeper details of the new UK e-cigarette regulations that have been enacted include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not be “likely to appeal particularly to people under 18, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.”

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not encourage non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.They may not make claims that e-cigarettes have the ability to be “safer” or “healthier” than smoking tobacco.

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not make any health claims without approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The announcement of these newly instituted regulations has been a very positive step in the right direction for the international vaping community. They may be only the beginning of such regulations, however it is enabling electronic cigarettes and subsequent products to be viewed in a manner separate from traditional cigarettes. Big score for the UK, enjoy the adverts!

How to Explain Vaping

45343065_zps311b5865-1If you sometimes get tongue-tied, or want to know the best ways to explain your e-cig or vaporizer, here is how to handle the many questions and misconceptions that come your way, and how to explain your device to those less experienced.

Q: What is that thing you’re smoking?

A: It’s an electronic cigarette/ e-cig/ tobacco-free cigarette/ personal vaporizer/ [insert your preferred name for your device]. It works with a nicotine liquid solution, has a battery for power, and creates a vaporized hit.

Q: So what does it do?

A:  It’s a way to smoke and still get nicotine without tobacco, smoke, and traditional cigarettes.

Q: Why do you use that thing? It looks pricey, is it?

A: It creates a very satisfying experience, allows me to smoke in public without sharing my second hand smoke with you, and no, it’ isn’t pricey. In fact, it’s less expensive than cigarettes are by a long shot.

Q: How does it feel? Do you really like it, or are you just desperate to quit smoking?

A: It feels really, really good! And yes, I like it very much and would not use it if it didn’t. It’s not a means to “quit smoking,” so much as an alternative to have nicotine in a different manner, without the smell, and problems of smoke.

Q: Does it taste nice?

A: Yes, and there are so many different flavor options so it’s more enjoyable than regular cigarettes.

Q: Your e-cig looks different than others I have seen; it’s so big and fancy looking! Why is that?

A: Vaporizers and basic e-cigs do similar things, but in a different format; like the difference between wearing flip flops or running shoes. Vaporizers offer more power, more performance, and a more advanced experience. E-cigs give you the basics, a slim body, and a similar design to a traditional cigarette.

So how do you handle it when people start interrogating you about your e-cig? Do you ever get odd questions from your non-vaping friends? Do you ever come across people, both in your personal life as well as acquaintances, passersby, and random people anywhere who are both curious and totally in the dark about your e-cigarettes? Do you ever feel like a walking vapor spokesperson? If you’ve answered YES to any of the questions, we want to let you know that you’re not alone. In fact, quite the opposite! Anyone who vapes publicly and openly knows this feeling and will agree that they feel the same, and have to deal with much of the same!

 

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!

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.

Vaping and the Holidays: E-Cigs Make it Merrier

throw-a-vaping-party-this-holiday-season_997_541248_0_14095915_500The holidays are fast approaching now that Halloween has passed, and what this means is plenty of parties, get togethers, long indulgent meals, and endless gatherings spent in the company of others, especially family. What this also means is that it’s time to get your most courteous behavior on, and one the of the best ways to do that is to make sure you’re vaping and not smoking.

Here are a few of the ways electronic cigarette smoking can benefit you and your loved ones during the holiday season, and help make them even more enjoyable. If you’ve never savored an e-cig after a long meal, you don’t know what you’re missing!

-Large gatherings and smoke don’t go well together. Most nonsmokers get majorly inconvenienced and annoyed by smoke, so they really don’t want to be forced to breathe it in. Smokers on the other hand, want to be able to enjoy their smoke at their pleasure. E-cigs bridge this gap, especially when you exercise vaping etiquette, enabling both parties to party together without anyone getting ticked off.

-Holiday feasts mean holiday calorie overloads. Skip dessert and opt for dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges instead. With choices like vanilla, pina colada, peach, and cherry, who needs pie, cake, or pastries?

-It’s cold outside, and who wants to have to put on 5 layers for a 5 minute cigarette? Not a good use of time, people! Instead of the inconveniences tobacco cigs will deal out, choose electronic cigs, which will have you having your nicotine in the comfort of the warm indoors!

-Holidays are typically the happiest time of the year. Celebrations are in full swing, people are throwing parties, offices are having parties, cities are having parties; people get into the party spirit, and it brings up the question of your health. Don’t you want to be around another year to celebrate? Don’t you want to be in the best health possible to enjoy the celebrations to their fullest? Tobacco will definitely not be the road to take if you’re looking towards the future, and if you want to enjoy yourself to the fullest.

This holiday season, do yourself a favor and give e-cigs a try if you haven’t yet. They add so much to the daily lives of smokers everywhere, and offer so many reasons to ditch the tobacco altogether. They truly are a modern achievement, let your 2014 holiday season be all the more merrier because of them!

True or False: Biggest E-Cigs Myths Busted

imgresWhile much debate exists around electronic cigarettes and why you should, or should not use them, two of the most powerful tools to have on your side is the ability to understand common sense and being able to research. Don’t just take a company’s word for something; learn as much as possible. One of the best places to start on is the EverSmoke Knowledge Center, where you can find fact-based, propaganda-free informational articles on all things related to e-smoking. Here is a look at some of the most common e-cigarettes myths, and the truth behind them.

-Electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative. False! This is completely untrue, as they contain none of the tobacco or chemicals as tobacco. They do contain nicotine, at varying levels the user can choose from, making them a viable alternative.

-E-Cigarettes are not a real method for quitting smoking. True. E-cig users all have personal preferences on how they choose to use them, and fit them into their lives and daily usage, however per the FDA, electronic cigarettes are not a means by which smokers can quit smoking. Countless smokers have switched to vaping successfully, however, and aren’t looking back to their days of smoke.

-Electronic cigarettes are not regulated. Not quite true, as they are in the beginning stages of regulation by the FDA. The products are treated just like tobacco products and are prohibited for sale to minors.

-E-Cigarettes cause cancer too. False. There is no proof to back up this statement. The long term effects of e-cigarettes are not known yet, and they just haven’t been around long enough for studies to prove it.

-There’s no disclosure as to what is in the e-liquid. False. Depends on the brand, because this sort of generalization does not apply to brands that choose to let their users know what they are purchasing and using. Many brands do not, however, so investigate before investing in a brand. A good company will give you all the details.