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Some News From Eversmoke

Miami, FL. May 1, 2016 – International Vapor Group, Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary Eversmoke a global provider of manufacturing, distributing in the electronic cigarettes industry announced today the transition of the Eversmoke brand to VaporFi, “We’re very excited about shift in the industry to vaping, and have identified the leading brand Vaporfi to take the reins,” says International Vapor Group’s President, David Epstein. “Eversmoke was a pioneer in Electronic Cigarette Technology and one of the first successful wholesale and retail e-cigarettes on the market. It’s a highly visible trusted brand used by consumers and celebrities worldwide, now with the shift in the industry with more focus on high-end devices, we are turning over to the leading company in vape technology, Vaporfi.”

Eversmoke will be manufactured and distributed as the widely popular tech-savvy brand VaporFi. As a result, VaporFi will focus on advancing new product development and continue to enhance its sales and marketing efforts, with an emphasis on International expansion. “We’re highly confident this will give us a huge competitive advantage while enhancing our relationships with customers and partners,” says CFO Andrew Grey. “We remain 100% committed to delivering the same excellence as Eversmoke, while introducing brand new products through VaporFi and bringing the most technologically advanced Vaporizers and E-Liquids to the market.”

About VaporFi: Called the ‘Starbucks of vaping’, VaporFi is one of the largest and most respected brands in the vape industry. VaporFi is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Vapor Group, Inc. (IVG), a leader in the vaporizer and e-liquid industry. IVG leads through manufacturing, distributing, and marketing some of the biggest names of vaporizers and e-liquids, including VaporFi, DirectVapor, South Beach Smoke, and MotleyBrew. In addition, there are 50 VaporFi retail and franchise locations throughout the US and growing. IVG understands the needs of customers and is on the cutting-edge of advanced vape technology and innovation.

LINK: http://www.eversmoke.com/making-the-switch/

Dr. Maria Cuomo Gets Put on Check by Forbes

Margaret Cuomo Gets Blasted By Forbes For LiesLast Week, Huffington Post published a video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo spewing out some major untruths about vapor smoking, however it did not go unnoticed by Forbes, who had a serious bone to pick with the misinformation being tossed out by Cuomo, medical professional. (If you haven’t read it, the Forbes article is so worth a read!) As a doctor in the spotlight, with a great amount of attention focused on her, it would be especially useful of her unique and significant voice to inform people of their options, of facts, of medical breakthroughs based on scientific research and findings… not her own biased, misunderstood, false opinions.

As the vapor industry is not keen on anyone attempting to pass off inconsistencies and flat out lies, we could not be more pleased that professor of public health at Boston University, Dr. Michael Siegel challenged the misinformation of Dr. Cuomo’s statement that vapor smoking increases the risk of lung and liver cancers by stating: “there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.” Furthermore, after Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller questioned Dr. Cuomo’s other claims of vapor aerosol being known to contain fractions of tin as well as other harmful compounds not found even in tobacco cigarette smoke, using Dr. Siegel’s take on the matter as backing, her statements were then retracted from the Huffington Post piece. Obviously, if her tirade were true, they would have had no reason to edit, would they?

Sadly, even doctors cannot be trusted 100% of the time. That a doctor of such esteemed and notable status as Dr. Cuomo would attempt to voice her opinions as truth, without factual basis, is harmful to the community at large. The vaping industry has been victim since its earliest days of such slander, and it is unfortunate that there exists medical professionals who refuse to remain objective in light of science-based evidence. On a positive note, however, it is quite fortunate that doctors such as Dr. Siegel exist, and are happy to challenge the bad advice of those such as Dr. Cuomo. We are exceptionally grateful.

Think Environmental: Vape

Vaping for the Environment Of all the reasons to turn to electronic cigarettes, one of the very best besides your health, is the environment. Did you know that cigarette butt pollution is the world’s largest source of ground pollution? In addition to that, growing tobacco is an extremely toxic process, due to the amount of chemicals and radioactive fertilizer that are used.

Switching to electronic cigarettes on the half of the environment is one of the best things you can do as a smoker. Cigarette butts end up everywhere. For some reason, smokers can be rather careless about where they toss them, after smoking simply flicking them to the ground seems convenient. This is such an unfortunate occurrence, though it is a global reality. However this seemingly small action has a long-term, lasting, and toxic effect, because cigarette butts are not designed to disintegrate easily.

Butts are comprised of a vast array of non-biodegradable materials (including fiberglass), they’re loaded with chemicals, and they can take many decades to break down. As they decompose, they leach these chemicals into the environment, creating an ongoing trail of toxins, polluting bodies of water and the earth as it occurs.

All the while, they are a threat to wildlife because they resemble items of food. In turn, they end up in the digestive systems of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and marine animals, often killing them, because they can be a choking hazard, or an indigestible item, creating a blockage.

As an alternative, electronic cigarettes offer a practical ecological option because they are a reusable item, and one that does not produce a constant, endless stream of trash. When disposed, they are not easily tossed to the ground and forgotten, they can be recycled, and they are made to last a long while. If using standard e-cigarettes, a helpful comparison to keep in mind that a single cartomizer is equivalent to approximately 40 traditional cigarettes! That cuts back on quite a significant amount of waste!

Surely, there is a great sense of responsibility in either choice, whether you are a smoker or a vaper, regarding how you go about your commitment to disposing of your trash, however simply choosing electronic over analog can help choose the environmental option by halting the treadmill production of trash.

E-Cig Drama: Explosions & Misuse

Separating Fact from Fiction: E-Cig ExplosionsE-Cig Explodes Causing Second Degree Burns! 16-year old’s e-cig explodes in his face! Another e-cig explosion!

This latest story, as reported by Yahoo! News, details the mishap that occurred when a vapor device exploded, causing severe second-degree burns on the face of a 16-year-old teen, from Alberta, Canada.

The latest headlines scream foul on the e-cigarette industry. “Those dangerous gadgets that teens are messing with.” “Marketed to children, now their lives are in danger.” “Researchers are uncovering the dark truth that lies ahead for teens that use these explosive devices”… Ah, why is there always such a lack of facts in regards to the e-cigarette/ vapor products industry instead of unbiased evidence-based reality?

However, if you are a thinking, intelligent human, you may be able to read between the lines of the exaggerated content here. No, I’m not saying this child’s (yes, he is a CHILD, a 16-year-old  minor) injuries are exaggerated; we wish Ty Greer the absolute quickest recovery from such a traumatic situation, which was most likely extremely scary and the last thing he expected as he was merrily vaping in his car prior to the incident. However, what he was doing with such a device is purely irresponsible on account of his parents/ guardians, as well as himself for messing with things he had no business messing with.

He was using a device known as a Wotofo Phantom, a device clearly designed for those who have a lot of experience in DIY vape building. Mech mods are not for beginners whatsoever. These devices, as anyone will tell you, as manufacturers will blatantly specify, and as retailers will make very clear to those trying to purchase them, are not for the inexperienced. These devices are very easy to use incorrectly, especially if e-cigarette batteries are not used correctly, or if the wrong type is used, and if chances are taken, explosions can happen. Another aspect to keep in mind is lithium ion battery temperature safety; it has to be a conscious thought of all e-cigarette/ vaporizer/ mech mod users. Ty Greer, unfortunately, learned the hard way.

Like firearms, fireworks, cars, knives, and prescription drugs, when used incorrectly, results can be dangerous and fatal. Blaming a product because a child misused it, is plain old ignorance on the part of the media, Greer’s parents, as well as anyone else who refuses to see that this situation most likely could have been prevented if proper care was taken.

Researcher of Anti-E-Cig Report Forced to Correct Her Findings

Scientist in False E-Cig Study Forced to Provide TruthLately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.

One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.

The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!

Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.

When Vapers Have Had Enough: Tacoma-Pierce Country Vapers Fighting Regulations

Vapers in Tacoma-Pierce WA. fight regulationsVapers in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington have had enough with nonsensical, overbearing, unfair, discriminatory regulations. Instead of sitting back and taking the heat, they’re taking the county to court.

That’s right. A non-profit comprised of vapers, known as the Pink Lung Brigade filed a lawsuit last Monday in Tacoma-Pierce county on grounds that these new e-cigarette restrictions have no foundation based in science. From their perspective, these regulations, which have no serious evidence backing them, have the potential to force businesses to close. They are not requesting damages in the lawsuit, but they do want the judge to overturn these rules before small businesses have to shut down as a result.

Recently, Tacoma-Pierce County passed a string of restrictions that are not sitting well with the vaping community, who feel they are unfairly being targeted, and their business have the potential of suffering as a result.

“This new rule can be abused to force a retail shop into bankruptcy,” read the statement released by the nonprofit. It was signed by Marc Jarrett, one of the directors of the Pink Lung Brigade, who also happens to be one of the owners of Banzai Vapors, a nearby shop.

These new regulations will now prohibit vapers from using vapor devices in public places, places/ sites of work, and will even limit the extent to which people can sample the products and liquids in vapor shops. Owners of vapor shops now have to purchase designated licenses to operate their businesses. And, the most absurd of these regulations states that shop owners are going to be required to purchase elaborate ventilation systems, which can cost in excess of $80,000 just to own and operate.

Regarding the industry as a whole, we are proud to see businesses standing up for what they believe is right. As regulations begin to emerge throughout the country, it’s so important for the vaping community to make it known that being treated unfairly, without proper cause or reason will not be tolerated. We wish the Pink Lung Brigade all the best in their noble efforts for justice!

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated As Medicine in the UK

E-Cigs To Be Regulated as Medicine in UKIn a monumental move, the UK has announced that electronic cigarette devices and products will be regulated as medicinal products, soon to be regulated as cessation devices.

This groundbreaking news came yesterday, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK announced that electronic cigarettes will be considered medicinal products, enabling them to be recommended and suggested for use by general practitioners.

Previously, this was not allowed, because according to regulation that deemed particular language be used, due to their lack of studies and research, e-cigarettes could not be recommended by physicians for use. Now, the game has entirely changed.

This ruling has come on the heels of a groundbreaking report done by Public Health England several months ago, where it was determined that electronic cigarettes are 95% healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes, and they have the potential to save millions of lives. This independent research boldly proclaimed the great benefit electronic cigarettes have the potential of offering, and denounced the idea of regulations that would ban them.

While the US continues to shuffle its feet regarding the regulations of e-cigarettes in America, and the ridiculous amount of political wrangling that seems to be holding up the formation of common sense regulations to allow users to use these products as they wish, we cannot be more in awe and supportive of the UK for doing the right thing by their population.

Public Health England made it clear, that with 20% of the British population smoking, legitimate alternatives to tobacco are an absolute necessity, and e-cigarettes present an exceptional option. They are focusing on the benefit electronic cigarettes present as a method smokers can use to halt their usage of tobacco, and they see the potential in regards to the greater whole of their public health.

We are fully in support and have much admiration for these groundbreaking and monumental regulations that are surely going to positively impact the UK population.

What to Expect When Switching to E-Cigs

switch to vapor So, you’ve decided to make 2016 the year of all years to be done with traditional cigarettes once and for all. You’ve got that brand new, handy e-cigarette starter kit, some delicious cartridges in assorted flavors, and a whole lot of motivation on your side. Last pack of tobacco cigs has been smoked and the empty package is disposed. This is it – you’re ready to switch to e-cigs!

So, now what?

Well, it’s going to be different, and we’re here to tell you that you’re going to do great. It most likely will not be a quick snap of the fingers and your tenure with tobacco will be a thing of the past. Perhaps you will never again touch another traditional cigarette, however, expect to need some time to transition thoroughly.

One of the benefits to switching your method of smoking, (to vapor cigs) as opposed to outright quitting, is that you get the freedom of creating so much of the same experience. You still get to enjoy the feeling of actually smoking, being able to puff on the e-cigarette and feel the hit of vapor in your throat, and tasting it. You will still get that familiar feeling of nicotine, if you decide to use cartridges at a similar level of nicotine you are used to. It’s really quite similar, and it’s a process that can be tailored to your needs.

The first week is typically the hardest because the change will most likely hit you most dramatically. THe cravings for what you’re used to will probably hit. Your habit of lighting and smoking the cig will probably irk you. Your body will most likely yearn for the chemicals it no longer is being fed. This is all very normal. Stick with it though, it’s only a matter of time before this passes.

Having the ability to customize your vaping is another benefit you have when switching to e-cigs. There are so many options, you have the ability to go with more or less nicotine, choose your flavor, choose the style and size of your device, choose amongst a wide array of different devices, which accessories to incorporate into your usage; there are just so many ways to make vaping a part of your lifestyle, and tailor it into your way of life; unlike tobacco, which required you to adapt to its conformity. If 2016 is your year to get smoke free, stay on track; you’ll be so proud of yourself once you make it through!

Update on CVS 1-Year Anniversary Tobacco Products Ban

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September 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of the pharmaceutical giant, CVS, banning any type of tobacco product sales, including electronic smoking products.  Many electronic cigarettes companies and users had hoped the company would continue to sell electronic products as an alternative solution to traditional analog cigarettes, but CVS chose to ban any and all tobacco products.

Since the ban on selling cigarettes, sales at CVS are getting “smoked.”  Their prescription sales continue to rise, but front counter sales have plummeted nearly 8% since last quarter.  The fact that CVS has lost sales due to not selling tobacco products isn’t really surprising.  The company feels that although the decision has come with a cost, it was the right thing to do.

“By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo told CNN Money.

With the decision to quit selling tobacco products, the company also decided to change their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health.  Their hope is to promote a healthy lifestyle and focus more on prescriptions and healthcare products.

CVS hopes that they will continue to gain shoppers that support their healthy choice decisions and that over time they will not see a decrease in sales because of their decision.

We can’t help but wonder if CVS had chosen to sell e-cig products as a better alternative to traditional smoking, would more traditional smokers be making a smarter choice?  Possibly.  As more and more smokers make the switch to electronic smoking, perhaps CVS will reconsider their stance.

If you ready for something different, we invite you to consider EverSmoke by browsing our e-cig starter kits. The e-smoking life may be just the opportunity you have been seeking to replace cigarettes that have proven to be hazardous to your health.

If you’re ready, check out our article “Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Your First Starter Kit” in our Knowledge Center.

Diacetyl Linked to Popcorn Lung: The Reality

Diacetyl-Free Liquid Does Not Cause Popcorn LungAnother classic case of the media taking advantage of a hot-button issue and exploiting it beyond the necessary cause of reason, and attempting to twist the level of attention on a particular subject is exactly what has occurred in the e-cigarette industry this week. This is seriously not the way to report on something “newsworthy,” particularly when it involves serious matters that concern people’s health. Case in point: the most recent “study” to hit the presses from Harvard University, reporting on the dangers of diacetyl in e-liquids.

There are several problems here: the first of which is the fact that this study is based on findings that have been around for a while; it’s not breaking news. Secondly, there is a great amount of gray area in the study; 75% of e-liquids, according to the report, contain diacetyl. This is a flagrant misrepresentation, because there are literally hundreds of e-liquids out there, and testing just 51 flavors is a mere sampling; not at all a hard number that realistically encapsulates the market as a whole.

There is no denying the factual research that has found that diacetyl is linked to popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans. This has been reported about in regards to this industry for several years now, and even recently, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, (a major e-cigarette researcher and opponent of diacetyl) released information regarding a study his team in Greece performed in a quest to see how much diacetyl was being used in the market. His findings concluded that many European brands of e-liquids were still including the dangerous flavoring, though there are many, particularly USA-made brands who opt to carry diacetyl-free liquids instead, EverSmoke being among them.

It is so unfortunate that the media can so irresponsibly create a false panic, attempting to use scare tactics and erroneous information, masquerading as “scientific studies” to persuade the masses to avoid something. This is the basic reason why it is so important to be an educated consumer, and to research everything you put into your body. Don’t believe everything you hear, and always, always read between the lines.