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San Francisco Giants Strike Out on Chewing Tobacco

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The city of San Francisco is working to pass an historic ordinance that would ban members of the Giants baseball team from using smokeless chewing tobacco during game play. This would be a first for Major League Baseball.

The ban was the result of a unanimous vote specifically geared toward MLB players’ use of smokeless tobacco and will apply to all playing fields citywide. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids helped push the law to a vote. However, it must pass one more vote and be signed by Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, before going into effect.

If passed, the law will begin next year (January 1, 2016) and the start of the 2016 MLB season.

“It’s a serious health issue,” according to Jess Montejano, legislative aide to Mark Farrell, the chief sponsor of the ban. “Kids are seeing their athletic heroes chewing tobacco on the baseball diamond.’”

Rather than being blindsided by the ban, the San Francisco Giants have been paying close attention to the talks. Moreover, the MLB is quoted as stating they have “long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level” and have even looked forward to “a ban of its use on-field in discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association.”

On April 10, 2015, the University of California San Francisco released a study focusing on baseball players’ use of chewing tobacco. The study concluded that by using chewing tobacco on the field (in front of fans, children specifically) they were acting as walking advertisements. Researcher found that more than half (52.3%) of male collegiate baseball players used smokeless tobacco at least once between 2012 and 2013.

While smokeless tobacco may be easier for baseball players to use during the game than other nicotine delivery replacements (especially while at bat!), it is much more dangerous for them. The San Francisco Giants and all MLB players (and you) should consider a safer smoke-free alternative like smokeless cigarettes from EverSmoke.

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Pennsylvania Physicians Weigh in on Electric Cigarettes

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Physicians are trying to strike yet another blow at the electric cigarette industry. As they become more and more prominent in American society, electric cigarettes are starting to show up onscreen and some doctors are against it.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is seeking the help of the American Medical Association in order to try and ban product placement of electric cigarettes, as well as keep entertainment agencies from using celebrities who endorse electronic smoking.

Some of the physicians, like pulmonologist Richard T. Bell who is leading the charge, feel that “Electronic cigarettes should not be on television or in the movies” at all.

Dr. Bell believes the health gains the U.S. has made in recent years by reducing the number of tobacco smokers would be completely undone by these same people turning to electric cigarettes.

The CDC released a study in 2013 reporting that at least a quarter of a million minors tried electric cigarettes when they had never smoked a tobacco cigarette, which e-cigarette critics contribute to product marketing in the form of social media, web ads and television spots.

In 1998, five major tobacco companies formed an agreement with forty-six states about the promotion, advertising and marketing of their tobacco products. In exchange for annual payments of $10 billion and the restriction of cigarettes from certain types of marketing, the states agreed to cancel their lawsuits for Medicaid.

The biggest factor of the settlement (known as the Master Settlement Agreement) is that cigarette manufacturers would not specifically target children (directly or indirectly). Thus, cigarette usage was banned from television, cartoons and movies.

Now, this group of Pennsylvania doctors are seeking to place the same restrictions on electric cigarettes too.

Although everyone is concerned about minors gaining access to nicotine products, completely doing away with marketing may end up doing more harm than good, specifically for legal adults who are looking for a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Only time will tell.

A reputable electric cigarette company will never target their products to people under the legal age, which is 18 years old throughout most of the country.

If you’re of legal age and are interested in electric smoking, we invite you to consider an EverSmoke electric cigarette – a smarter smoking choice. We offer a wide range of starter kits, flavors and accessories to choose from.

In addition, stop by and browse our blog and knowledge center for related topics and news.

Where to Vape and Where NOT to Vape

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The question of whether or not e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is clear. However, the question of where to vape and where not to vape is becoming more difficult to answer. This is mostly due to city and state government’s interests in regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. As an electronic cigarette user, or as someone interested in trying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on your local vapor smoking  regulations.

The conversation surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public has expanded from city governments to state governments. California’s senate has shown interest in limiting the locations where an individual could vape in public, much the same way tobacco use is prohibited in places like restaurants, public transportation, etc.

But to better understand where to vape and where not to vape, it may be best to look at cities that have passed, or are considering passing, e-cigarette legislation.

Los Angeles, for example, banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants. Smaller cities too, such as Ashville, NC, are looking to pass city ordinances that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on public transportation or in city premises, such as the regional airport and public parks .

So, where CAN you vape?    

Ultimately, the answer to this question will be up to your local ordinances and government officials. However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid vaping in places like government buildings, schools, hospitals, and airports. By practicing good vaping etiquette  you’ll avoid any negative confrontations.

Deciding whether or not you should vape in places such as restaurants and bars might require a bit of research on your part. But if you can’t find any information for e-cigarette legislation  in your city or state, don’t be afraid to just ask the owner or manager of the business you’re visiting.

If you still have questions about where you should vape, don’t worry. Eversmoke is here to help you. Stay up-to-date on e-cigarette legislation by browsing our knowledge center or blog.

CDC Paints a Target on Electronic Cigarettes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently targeted the electronic cigarette industry with negative advertising cautioning people against nicotine delivery devices, highlighting the various diseases associated with tobacco use.  It appears that once again the vaping industry is being lumped in with the tobacco industry – even though they are two entirely separate entities.

The CDC contends that since there isn’t enough information about the long-term safety and effects of electronic cigarette usage, they should not be promoted.  Of course, many vapor smokers think that’s the point exactly—that there is not enough known about the devices to compare them to traditional cigarettes.

One electronic cigarette shop owner named John McCullough said to reporters that he would never tell a customer that vaping is 100% safe (and neither would EverSmoke), but the industry is too young for unbiased research to show how good or bad electronic cigarettes are.

“The industry is 7 or 8-years-old,” he said.  “We need another 20 before we can actually say, ‘This product is safe,’ or ‘This product is bad,’ and why it is safe or bad.”

Millions of people have begun turning to electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to traditional smoking, which is proven to be harmful to your health and home.  The e-cig alternative has also opened up more doors for people to be able to vape in places that otherwise are banned from traditional smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are considered a breath of fresh air because the vapor released is not an offensive smell like the smoke from cigarettes.

While more research needs to be done, there are countless vaping existing studies that has been conducted on these devices up to this point which we encourage you to read so that you can form your own opinion rather than mistaking misinformation for fact.

At EverSmoke, we have worked hard to provide a library of online resources for smokers trying to get better educated about electronic cigarettes. For starters, visit our blog and knowledge center. Also, feel free to contact us about any questions you have about our products or vaping in general.

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes a 40 Percent Tax Increase on E-Cigarettes

angry-man-shouting-at-chalk-income-taxGovernment taxation (on both the state and federal levels) continues to be one of the most discussed issues in the e-cigarette community.

Since his election last November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been adding budget proposals to the books – one of which involves a controversial tax increase on e-cigarettes. Wolf has proposed increasing this tax in his state by 40 percent, which has angered Pennsylvanian e-cigarette users, the local vaping industry and anti-smoking organizations.

The proposal aims to increase the taxes of wholesale vaping products, cigars, loose and smokeless tobacco.

According to a survey conducted by the National Tobacco Behavior Monitor (and released during the conference for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco), roughly 3 million people in the United States have begun using e-cigarettes or other vapor smoking products.

Bill Godshall, executive director and founder of Smokefree Pennsylvania, feels that taxing e-cigarettes at 40 percent is ridiculous considering that no other product has a tax that high. Godshall is also confused by Wolf’s desire to tax e-cigarettes but not tax any other products that contain nicotine, like nicotine gum, lozenges and patches.

In addition to taxing e-cigarettes, Wolf also wants to levy a price increase on tobacco cigarettes of $1 per pack. Godshall, however, is in favor of this increase, stating, “Cigarettes cause 99 percent of call tobacco-attributable morbidity, mortality and health care costs.” If this increase passes, Pennsylvania smokers will be paying $2.60 in taxes alone on their cigarettes.

The American Vaping Association (AVA) is also against Pennsylvania’s proposed tax. AVA president Gregory Conley feels that given the state’s smoking population (more than 2 million), it is wrong to deny these smokers a safe nicotine alternative.

In addition to vapers suffering from the tax increase, the owners and workers of Pennsylvania’s vaping retail stores will suffer because Pennsylvanians will likely start shopping across the borders or online to avoid taxation.

Of course, in the event that Wolf’s taxation proposal passes and you’re unwilling to pay the exorbitant price that your e-cigarettes will cost you, you still have the option of purchasing affordable, high quality vaping devices right here.

We invite you to browse our selection of premium e-cigarette starter kits, as well as our blog and knowledge center for other e-cigarette topics, legislation and news.

Rise in E-cigarette Counterfeiting

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Counterfeit merchandise is not uncommon. Everyone is familiar with the concept of people selling cheaply produced products by passing them off as high-end brands like Rolex, Ray-ban and Louis Vuitton.

Well it seems British e-cigarette manufacturer Liberty Flights Ltd. is now facing a similar problem.

Let’s face it, most people like to save money. Therefore, as the popularity of e-cigarettes rise, there is higher demand for a cheaper way to gain access to these vaping product. Those in the counterfeiting business are more than willing to provide such a product as long as there’s demand for it.

Imitation Liberty Flights have been discovered in several worldwide markets. Like other counterfeit products, these e-cigarette clones are made of cheaper materials and sold well below retail prices.

While counterfeiting in many other instances won’t harm a consumer (i.e. knock-off sunglasses or purse are unlikely to cause you physical harm), using low quality materials can seriously damage e-cigarette users (particularly e-cigarette batteries). In addition, counterfeit e-liquid often contains much higher than normal levels of nicotine.

Some brands, like British American Tobacco PLC, are partnering with forensic experts to research instances of counterfeiting. In these instances, some manufacturers have noticed e-cigarettes that falsely use their traditional tobacco brands (for example, Kent and Vogue).

For now, e-cigarette counterfeiting is a new concept and still being considered a minor problem. Nevertheless, experts feel that the trade of illicit e-cigarettes will continue to grow along with increased demand.

This rise in counterfeiting will only add to the already long list of aspects of e-cigarette regulation that weighs heavy on the shoulders of the vaping industry.

Typically, having a product counterfeited is viewed as a negative (and yes, it is when you consider that a business loses out on money and has their product’s copyright infringed upon); however, it could be interpreted at least as further proof that e-cigarettes are in high demand.

That’s our “glass half full” take on it anyway…

For more information about EverSmoke e-cigarettes, browse our inventory and read about other vaping topics in our blog and knowledge center.

Teens Buying E-Cigs Online

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One of the latest controversies in the vaping community is over the accessibility that teens have to e-cigs by ordering the smokeless devices online.  According to USA Today, a recent study has shown that teens were able to purchase e-cigs online 94% of the time.

After obtaining permission (and credit cards) from parents and law enforcement, researchers followed 11 teenagers age 14 to 17 who were told to buy e-cigs online.  Out of 98 attempts to make a purchase, online vendors only blocked five teens.  In a majority of the cases, the teens were able to order e-cigs and have them delivered to their doorstep with no questions or signatures requested.

This study was conducted specifically to see how North Carolina was able to enforce a law enacted in 2013 which states that a retailer must verify a customer’s age against a government database before allowing the purchase. Shipping e-cigs to minors is considered a class 2 misdemeanor in this state.

Dr. Rebecca Williams, a research associate at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the lead author.  She remarked that “…it is easier for many teens to buy e-cigarettes online than in a corner store, where they might be faced with a request for an ID.”

Here’s what the authors of the study concluded:

In the absence of federal regulation, youth e-cigarette use has increased and e-cigarette sellers online operate in a regulatory vacuum, using few, if any, efforts to prevent sales to minors. Even in the face of state laws like North Carolina’s requiring age verification, most vendors continue to fail to even attempt to verify age in accordance with the law, underscoring the need for careful enforcement.

The EverSmoke team would like everyone to know that we are vigilant in refusing to sell our products to minors, nor do we market them to this age group. We believe our e-cigs are fantastically flavorful smoking alternatives—and for adults only.

For more information regarding local and national e-cig regulation and laws, visit our knowledge center.

Is There Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigarette?

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Findings from a recent study conducted at Portland State University by David Peyton, a chemistry professor, contest that e-cigarette vapor may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, as many know, is a known carcinogen and the main component in embalming fluid. It is also one of the known ingredients in traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In response to these formaldehyde claims, e-cigarette manufacturers fired back that the study was conducted poorly and that the measurements used were not produced using realistic conditions.

According to Gregory Conley, a representative from the American Vaping Association, Peyton and the others conducting the study did not talk to people who use e-cigarettes before conducting the study.

In an interview with NPR, Conley told listeners: “[The researchers] think, ‘Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report’.”

Since formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, of course finding an e-cigarette—which is supposed to be better than tobacco cigarettes—producing formaldehyde would be discouraging news. However, conducting a study using inadequate research methods is not the correct way to show evidence.

According to Peyton, the hypothesis was tested by simulating vaping. This was done by “drawing the vapor…into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs.” During this process, a sample of the aerosol contained formaldehyde. More than just finding evidence of formaldehyde, Peyton concludes that the amount formaldehyde found was much higher than that in tobacco cigarettes—as much as 5-15 times higher.

Critics point out that the study was performed as if a vaper had turned up the power of their e-cigarette to its highest setting, heating the e-liquid to levels that would be much too hot for use. While formaldehyde was reportedly discovered at higher than normal outputs levels, it was not detected at a normal usage level.

Conley conceded that no vaper would actually vape under such a condition because it would make their lungs uncomfortable.

What does this all mean? E-cigarettes are relatively new and still being studied. Therefore, we will be discovering things out about them for years to come. While it is important to take this research seriously, it would be a mistake to jump to false conclusions at every study’s results. We’ve got to remember to look at the bigger picture.

If you’re into vaping, you will definitely want to stay up-to-date on the latest information and research about e-cigarettes. To do this, be sure to visit the EverSmoke blog and knowledge center.

Electronic Cigarettes and the Environment

cigarettes-on-beach-sizedJust by switching to electronic cigarettes, smokers can do the environment a great service. Traditional cigarettes, by and large, are the single most polluted item on earth. Imagine, of all the trash that can be found in the global environment, the majority can be traced to a single source. That’s a lot of trash and a lot of cigarettes smoked. Whether smokers just choose to be ignorant when carelessly flicking their butts, or they assume that because they feel like paper they will easily biodegrade, cigarette butts are a nuisance anywhere they are discarded outside of a trash bin. Here’s a look at the ways e-cigarettes help the earth, because if there’s one place cigarette butts do not belong, it’s the environment.

-They are reusable. Having a reusable product means overall less gets consumed. You put a device into rotation, and you don’t produce much trash. And that includes trash that so often ends up not in a receptacle.

-Being reusable also means that there is a break in the endless cycle of traditional cigarettes and the constant stream of trash. A pack a day contributes 20 cigarette butts a day. Or 140 weekly, per person, whichever way they get discarded. It’s a ton of trash!

-E-Liquid bottles, made of plastic or glass, can easily be recycled. E-liquid is a very economic option for smokers, and it also has the benefit of being better on the environment than traditional cigarettes.

-E-cigarette cartridges last the equivalent of 20 cigarettes, and they are not so (thoughtlessly) easy to toss on the ground after use. When users change them, they are typically tossed in the trash due to their size and weight, unlike traditional cigarettes.

-Because they are less likely to be irresponsibly discarded, e-cigarettes and cartridges run less of a risk ending up a problem to wildlife. Unlike traditional cigarettes, which too often get consumed by birds and fish, e-cigarettes are less likely to get tossed into their environments and mistaken for food.

While the concept of perfectly “green” e-cigarette technology has yet to be developed, when it comes to smoking, electronic cigarettes are clearly the more responsible option. Traditional cigarettes are problematic on so many levels, and when you have the availability and option of vaping, with cleaner, more earth-friendly devices, there is no reason to use tobacco any longer!

The War on E-Cigs

7fe32cb6d9a2459c08c20a8f6c5f15adPropaganda, half truths, twisting of scientific studies, and misreporting are running heavily rampant these days when it comes to e-cigarette research and usage. With recent reports, such as the one published by the New England Journal of Medicine that went viral through the media a few weeks back, followed by the state of California’s public health department running a statement that e-cigarettes should not be used due to their production of “chemicals” and that they can be viewed as a gateway to smoking tobacco, it seems that there is an unusual amount of negative information swirling, based on speculation, aimed at discouraging users from vaping.

What these reports fail to do, all the while playing up hype and sensation, is focus on the positives electronic cigarettes have accomplished in a short amount of time.

Smokers don’t turn to electronic smoking to gain a new habit. They do not enter the world of smoking as a result, either. They look to these products as a means of transitioning away from traditional cigarettes, as with vaping they have more control, more options, and can enjoy the experience of smoking without involving any tobacco.

“It is stunning that a public agency entrusted with the health of the population of California would promote such a one-sided, scientifically impoverished document” remarked Sally Satel, who disbunked much of the speculation and false reports in a piece for Forbes. Also noteworthy, is that even the newly appointed Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy has stated that there is a “desperate need for clarity” when it comes to electronic cigarettes. Obviously a blatantly negative, harmful label cannot be placed on e-cigarettes, so the media really needs to halt their efforts in doing so!

So, what is the deal? Why is the anti-smoking coalition so drastically anti-e-cigarette? Is it because electronic cigarettes make the idea of stopping tobacco usage too easy? Too simple? Too enjoyable? Is it the concept of an alternative, similar yet different, too hard to grasp because there should not be a pleasurable option? Whatever the reasoning may be, it’s time for these “public health experts” to take a hard look at the reality of e-cigarettes, and see the benefits right before their eyes. Instead of focusing on the idea of e-cigarettes being a scary endeavor out to tempt young people into the world of smoking cigarettes, they should be compounding their efforts into lobbying for e-cigarette regulations that guarantee product quality and purity. As this industry is in its infancy, only the future will tell, however one thing we are certain of, is that electronic cigarettes are not going anywhere!