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Dutch Company Marketing E-Cigarette for Cannabis

The E-Njoint company is marketing an E-Joint that allows people in Europe to electronically smoke cannabis products

While not available in the United States, a Dutch company has taken the same technology used to create traditional electronic cigarettes and is marketing a vaporizer for the cannabis industry. Labeled the world’s first electronic joint, its creators are calling the devices “E-Joints”.

Designed in the cig-a-like or stick e-cigarette form, the e-joint allows users to fill the device with their own cannabis liquid or dry herbs. E-Njoint BV is manufacturing the e-joint—a company that currently manufactures roughly 10,000 fruit-flavored joints every day to ship across Europe.

Is this good or bad for the electronic cigarette industry?

State and federal government officials, pharmaceutical companies, and anti-tobacco groups have put E-cigarettes under the microscope in recent months. E-Joints could end up being one more problem for the e-cigarette industry—especially amongst those who will be put off by being associated with cannabis. In fact, the online e-cigarette community has been fighting hard to distance themselves from cannabis-flavored e-liquids.

The real question is whether e-cigarettes can handle the backlash that could come from being associated with the cannabis industry. Those in the e-cigarette industry (as well as those loyal to the devices) have fought hard to present the world with a device that is intended to reduce the stigma surrounding cigarette smoking. However, this new cannabis tool could unravel all of their hard work.

This is especially true in the United States where the cannabis industry has been met with (in certain instances) fierce opposition. The worst part is that since government officials, pharmaceutical companies and anti-tobacco groups have searched for any ammo they can fire at the e-cigarette industry, an E-Joint may be the right information to start a “war”.

Or Are E-Joints a Bad Idea in General?

Chances are E-Joints will not catch on; given the legality issues of cannabis in the United States. This is especially true due to the bad reputation that cannabis has. In my opinion, E-Joints will always simply be looked at as a way to hide the fact that an individual is using cannabis and as long as cannabis use continues to be frowned upon.

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Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

E-Cigs May Spell the End for Tobacco Bonds

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For years now, economists have been seeing signs that traditional tobacco cigarettes are gradually going the way of the dinosaurs—a.k.a. extinct. This downward trend is likely due to the fact that many Americans are discovering that the many harmful side effects of smoking simply aren’t worth the risk.

To solidify this fact, recent data indicates that traditional cigs may actually be in trouble much sooner than anticipated thanks to the fast rising tide of demand for smoking alternatives—the most popular of which is electronic cigs.

Already Endangered

Last month, Reuters published a report saying the first tobacco bond defaults could be right around the corner.

In 1998, Big Tobacco made an agreement between 46 U.S. states essentially stating they would pay compensation each year for additional healthcare costs incurred through smoking. These payments are based on annual cigarette sales and run into the billions of dollars. As a result, the states sold bonds that would keep paying out as long as Big Tobacco made a profit. Up till now, tobacco has been a safe investment.

However, forecasters are warning investors that some tobacco bonds may start defaulting as soon as 2020 since Americans are giving up smoking at a faster rate than previously estimated.

Most bonds were only structured to withstand a 2 to 3 percent annual decline. Yet since 2000, cigarette sales have dropped an annual average of 3.4 percent.

“If the decline goes to 6 or 7 percent, it will be very quick,” said Tom Metzold, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. “I think that the first [defaults] are probably five years away,” he said.

The Rise of the E-Cig

Meanwhile, as tobacco sales plummet, the e-cig industry is thriving due to a growing number of Americans switching to a less risky and more enjoyable smoking experience.

Currently, electronic cigs only make up a fraction of the market compared to Big Tobacco, but the industry is still so young. Four years ago, e-cigs were a niche subculture for just a handful of hobbyists. But in only a few years, sales of e-cigs have grown to more than $2.2 billion annually and the number of e-cigs sold has skyrocketed from 50,000 units to over 3.5 million by 2012, according to some estimates.

If this trend continues, it won’t be long before electronic cigs take control over a majority share of the market.

“We believe consumption of e-vapor will eclipse consumption of combustible cigs over the next decade as technology improves,” wrote Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo who has tracked the tobacco industry for years, in a recent report.

In other words, it is an exciting time to be an e-smoker! Learn more about how e-cigs are becoming the new normal and where they might be headed by reading our related article in the Eversmoke Knowledge Center.

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Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

Not Your Average Workplace Drama: Banning the Use of E-Cigarettes on the Job

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Over the last few years, electronic cigarettes have taken off in popularity. However, recently government agencies such as the FDA have brought rulings about e-cigarette usage that is making it difficult to use them in public and to purchase.

E-cigarettes have been outright banned for use in workplaces, bars, and restaurants in three states — North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah — and in 172 cities and counties, including Boston and 51 other Massachusetts municipalities. Those living in states and for companies who do not have personal regulations in place are free to vape to their heart’s content.

Several companies have also brought their own rulings to the use of e-cigarettes including:

(Now) Made in the U.S of A: Manufacturing Changes for Smokeless Cigarettes

made-in-united-statesLeading US e-cigarette companies moving production back to the USA from China

Due to concerns over quality control and chances of even tighter federal regulations, many prominent U.S. producers of smokeless cigarettes are moving their manufacturing processes out of China (where most e-cigarettes are made) and bringing them to the United States.

These production lines will be in new, highly automated U.S. factories, thus allowing ingredients and quality to be closely monitored and tracked. Producers even expect costs to be lower than those now produced in China.

While the shift to U.S. production has been in the works, real momentum gained since the FDA proposed stricter regulations in April. The FDA proposal includes requiring manufacturers to register and list all of the ingredients in their product. As the FDA proposal would require more control over the manufacturing process, moving production to the U.S. would make compliance to the regulations easier on most e-cigarette companies.

Before thoughts of shifting the manufacturing process, many smokeless cigarette companies already produced their e-liquids in the U.S., shipped the liquid to China and the devices were assembled there. Although a majority of production will take place in the United States, most batteries will most likely continue to be made in China.

Since the U.S. sales of e-cigarettes is expected to out-gross that of tobacco cigarettes by 2020, it is crucial for the major U.S. tobacco companies to begin developing their own brands of smokeless cigarettes to offset the shrinking sales. Furthermore, since production of e-cigarettes is rising, complying with the new U.S. regulations will become top priority.

Reynolds American Inc. is the only major U.S. tobacco company that produces its e-cigarettes (Vuse brand) in the U.S. In addition, Reynolds is in discussions to acquire Lorillard Inc’s. Blu brand, which has its brand of smokeless cigarettes assembled in China but produces the e-liquid in the U.S. As of now, the producers of Mistic and White Cloud are the two biggest companies planning to shift production from China to the U.S.

While many companies plan to make the shift to U.S. production, many companies will continue to produce e-cigarettes in China.

Eversmoke already proudly produces their products in the United States. However, having other companies join them in U.S. production can help to change people’s perception of smokeless cigarettes. In addition to being able to browse our selection of starter kits, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations.

Are Vapers Considered Smokers?

The answer could be “yes” in the eyes of many insurance companies and could end up costing you more for premiums.

In an effort to get smokers to drop the habit, insurance companies are taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act bylaw that allows them to charge smokers and other tobacco product users more for the cost of their healthcare. These charges for smokers could be upwards of 50 percent more than a non-smoker pays for their health insurance policy.

But where does this leave e-cigarette users (known as vapers)?

As you may well know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. They have a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge (known as a cartomizer) and an LED that simulates the lit end of a tobacco cigarette. These devices contain no tobacco (and cause no combustion); however, the FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same ways they do tobacco cigarettes.

Rather than help insurance companies, a change in FDA ruling may end up complicating things further as there is no clear definition under the law of what constitutes a smoker.

Insurance companies could simply lump e-cigarettes with tobacco products—resulting in vapers being subject to higher premiums just like cigarette smokers. On the other hand, insurance companies could decide to cover the cost of e-cigarettes—treating them as a means to help people quit smoking. However, this move seems unlikely since the Affordable Care Act does not specify this action, nor does the FDA allow e-cigarettes to be labeled as such. Moreover, insurance companies could also simply choose to ignore e-cigarettes altogether.

Any changes that will be made on the part of insurance companies probably will not go into effect until the official FDA ruling about e-cigarettes. After that, insurance companies could change any of their current policies to reflect FDA rulings. Until then, most insurance companies claim they have too little experience with e-cigarettes to have an official position.

One problem vapers face, according to Carrie McLean, director of customer care for eHealth (an online health insurance brokerage), is that if they ask “is vaping an e-cig considered tobacco use” insurance agents are obliged to add on a smoking surcharge to their insurance premium. One reason for this is that customers are not asked specifically what kind of tobacco product they use—just whether they use them at all.

Having a clear definition as to whether vaping is considered smoking is important because the insurance premium price difference can be significant.

It’s an important question to settle, as the price differential can be significant.

A typical insurance plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker who has a $35,000 income would cost $3,857 a year after a $532 tax credit. This plan would rise to $5,254 if they’re labeled as a smoker according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s exchange subsidy calculator. The smoker rate increase may end up being greater than the 50 percent the ACA allows since the government tax credits apply to base premiums—not the tobacco surcharge.

This leaves vapers facing higher insurance premiums and it has them fuming.

Eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—can allow you to learn about the exciting world of vaping and e-cigarettes. In addition, you can find information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations. It is important that vapers are familiar with laws regarding e-cigarettes, and we aim to provide them with all the knowledge you need.

Can Vapor Cigarettes Damage the Lungs?

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Many media reports about a University of Athens study from 2012 give the impression that vapor cigarettes cause just as much lung damage as traditional cigarettes do.

These reports in the DailyMail, Bloomberg and Science Daily illustrate the power of headlines to shape perceptions about these revolutionary devices.

While we maintain that vapor cigarettes are likely a saferalternative to “lighting up,” we remain very cautious and understand that long-term research is needed to determine what, if any, effects e-smoking has on the user’s health.

The study these media reports are referring to came from the University of Athens in Greece. The goal according to researchers was to study the short term effects of using a vapor cigarette.

Participants were broken into group – non-smokers, smokers and people with chronic conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each were asked to use a vapor cigarette for 10 minutes, after which several tests measuring airway resistance were administered, including a spirometry test.

The tests showed that both healthy smokers and non-smokers using the vapor e-cig showed a fairly significant, yet temporary, increase in airway resistance. The participants with asthma or COPD showed no discernable increase.

While some of the media reports and the study’s abstract make the claim that airway resistance translates into lung damage, Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health says not so fast.

For starters, an increase in airway resistance can happen in a variety of situations, including breathing hot, humid air. Now certainly, smoking a regular cigarette over a long period of time can increase airway inflammation and ultimately lead to lung damage. However, the study results showed a temporary increase, which Dr. Siegel believes is caused by the propylene glycol in the vapor.

Once the irritation is gone, the airways return to normal.

Dr. Siegel also takes issue with media claims that vapor cigarettes lower the level of oxygen in the blood, a condition known as hypoxemia. The study didn’t even measure oxygen levels in the blood. And according to Dr. Siegel, a mild increase in airway resistance doesn’t lead to hypoxemia. If increased airway resistance had this effect, millions of people in Florida and other humid climates would suffer from this condition.

While it is true that more study is needed to determine the long-term effects of vapor cigarettes, we can’t conclusively say that e-smoking harms the lungs, at least in the short-term.

Perhaps the media took the abstract’s title and ran with it since the findings clearly demonstrate a temporary increase in airway resistance. But as Dr. Siegel points out, this doesn’t necessarily translate into lung damage.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center, or click on over to our main site to learn more about vapor cigarettes today!

Top Scientists Urge WHO to not Classify E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

scientistsIn the ongoing international debate over electronic cigarette research, the most recent news on this front has come from the World Health Organization, aka WHO, and the international group of renowned scientists who are urging the UN agency to avoid classifying the tobacco alternatives as “tobacco products.”

In an open letter to Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, scientists from across the world including Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, stated that electronic cigarettes are a part of the answer, and that they are not the problem, in the fight against smoking. They also stated that they are low-risk products, and have the potential to drastically reduce the number of fatalities and illnesses associated with smoking. Considering that these are experts in the field of science, hopefully WHO will take into consideration their stance on the usefulness of the electronic alternatives.

WHO has continuously held a checkered relationship with the products, and has even gone so far as to consider them as a threat. However, as more and more research comes out in the international scope, top scientists are pushing for e-cigarettes to be viewed as positive, even citing them as very promising in the long run in the fight against tobacco and tobacco-related illnesses. It is general knowledge that tobacco is related to millions of deaths worldwide, and is one of the contributing factors behind increased risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, and serious respiratory illnesses.

“These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” wrote the scientists.

As electronic cigarettes are still in their infancy, and research is being performed throughout the world, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this burgeoning industry, especially in terms of international e-cigarette regulations. In the meantime, it is certainly a positive that many of the world’s top scientists are willing to support the cause in favor of electronic cigarettes, seeing their many benefits, and voicing their beliefs to a major force such as the World Health Organization.

Making E-cigarettes Work for the Garden State

New Jersey governor Chris Christie proposes to reduce the state’s budget through taxes on green cigarettes

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Taxation for e-cigarettes and accessories is not a new concept. In fact, a chance of high percentage taxes has been a hot button topic among vapers in the years ahead. Until recently though, there has been no mention of where this tax money would go.

In an effort to help reduce New Jersey’s $1.06 billion budget shortfall, Governor Chris Christie has proposed a new tax on e-cigarettes. It is estimated that by taxing green cigarettes, New Jersey could raise $35 million dollars in annual revenue. Under Christie’s plan, this revenue would be put toward general spending.

While New Jersey State Treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, told the Senate budget committee the motivation for the proposed tax on e-cigarettes was for public health concerns, the taxation proposal, it would seem, is less about green cigarettes (or those who use the devices) and more about finding ways to close the budget gap.

However, as of April 1, New Jersey joined other states across the nation in treating e-cigarettes as equivalent to tobacco cigarettes (i.e. restricting sales to minors and smoke-free air laws).

E-cigarette taxes are not the only revenue New Jersey brings in from a nicotine delivery system – the sate brings in considerable revenue from tobacco sales, along with and payouts from the 1998 settlement for healthcare expenses from cigarette companies—estimated to be $947.2 million this year alone.

Even though money from the settlement is applied as general revenue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New Jersey and other states spend more funds on tobacco cessation programs.

No state has allocated the full amount that the CDC recommends for tobacco cessation programs. In 2003, New Jersey spent roughly $30 million dollars on tobacco-related funding (leaning on the public’s efforts to quit) including counseling and nicotine-replacement therapy. This figure has dropped to about $1.6 million.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes about one in five of 480,000 annual U.S. deaths. Moreover, 10,000-plus New Jerseyans die every year because of tobacco-related illness.

Find information regarding laws and regulations and general e-cig news by checking our blog and knowledge center. It is important that vapers with what’s going on with green cigarettes. We aim to provide all the information you need to make a decision.