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Franchising with IVG

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.50.19 PMHave you considered branching into the world of e-cigarette retail? Here’s a look at franchising in this exciting industry, and why working with International Vapor Group is an excellent starting point!

Franchising is an excellent business model, enabling start up businesses to have an established, well-known, successful, and high-quality name behind them. Working with a company such as our sister brand, VaporFi, gives you the ability to expand and become a part of this growing market, carrying highly successful products, which are very much in demand.

When you work with VaporFi, we help you throughout the entire process and provide unlimited support. There is less overhead cost when working with a group such as ours, and one of the best things going for you is the selling power of a brand that already has a busy following.

With VaporFi, you have the backing of IVG, and there are many advantages to this. Considering we’ve done all the homework, as an entrepreneur, you’re able to get down to business much more quickly and efficiently. Here are some of the top reasons to work with us when venturing into e-cigarette retail:

-We control every aspect of our products, from the design to the production, including our e-liquids, making quality assurance and greater savings some of benefits.

-Experience.We’ve been in this industry a long time and we know what customers are looking and we know what’s going to bring them back for future purchases. Quality and durability go along way.

-Financial backing. We offer you the ability to earn additional commissions from online sales that occur in your area because of our highly-advanced, exclusive revenue-sharing program.

-We don’t offer just one type of store; we have several different available options that can work depending on your needs for your location.  Whether it’s a freestanding store, an in-line mall store, a shopping center location, or a kiosk; there’s flexibility and versatility when you work with us.

-We offer a 24 hour support. This means that our management is always here to assist you, whether it’s online or on-site training, our support is always here to get you where you need to be.

-We understand the importance of having a solid IT infrastructure. Our custom point-of-sale system provides you with everything you need for managing your business in the most efficient way possible.

Franchising is loaded with benefits and offers business owners a quicker way to success with less risk than going in it yourself. There is less financial risk involved because the business structure is already established and you aren’t chancing it with an unknown product. If you are searching for the perfect opportunity to get into the electronic cigarette retail industry, we may be the right match for you!

Electric Cigarettes Treated as Tobacco Product by CVS

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CVS, one of America’s most popular drug stores, has quit selling tobacco one month prior to the anticipated October 1st date.  This halt of tobacco sales will result in a $2 billion dollar loss for the company ($1.5 billion loss in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related products).

CVS executives though are passionate about their decision and believe that the halting of tobacco product sales in addition to their services offered to help others quit will help more people kick the smoking habit.

Multiple electric cigarette companies were hoping the halting of tobacco sales would actually help the industry gain access into CVS.  There had been multiple conversations with CVS in hopes t this would occur.  However, the company has decided to also not sell any green cigarettes either and treat them as a tobacco product.

CVS spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, told ABC News that “CVS Stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.”

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says he is disappointed to hear of this as well, especially since there had been multiple conversations with CVS about the possibility of electric cigarettes being on the store’s shelves.  However, he says “Considering that CVS wants to rebrand itself it would completely make sense that they would want low risk alternatives to the product they just removed from the shelves.”

The President of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), Julie Woessner, says that she thinks it is a shame that CVS is not considering selling electric cigarettes as an alternative choice to traditional analog cigarettes.   She believes smoking is the problem, not the alternative methods such as electric cigarettes.

The debate continues as to whether or not green cigarettes should be treated as a tobacco product.  The FDA has already begun to regulate the industry from advertising and marketing that the e-cig product helps one quit smoking – only time will tell how much regulation will affect the electric cigarette industry.

EverSmoke is an industry-leader in providing alternative nicotine options to adult users. We invite you to check out our extensive selection of electric cigarettes, and learn more about common regulations affecting e-smokers by visiting our knowledge center.

CVS: Moving Towards a Smoke-Free Future

CVS-quits-for-goodIt seems that tobacco is less fashionable than ever these days, and major national pharmacy, CVS has made it clear they are pushing ahead towards a smoke-free future. Earlier this year, the pharmacy chain stated that as of this fall they would no longer be carrying tobacco products in any of their locations. Last week, ahead of schedule they announced that they had changed their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, and have officially finalized the plan to discontinue all sales of tobacco products.

The pharmacy, which has become more than just a pharmacy and convenient store over the past decade, has made many changes to provide a variety of different health services to their clients. Along with their CVS “Minute Clinics,” they offer services that range from blood-pressure checks to administering vaccinations and flu shots, along with all traditional pharmacy services. While pharmacies are known for carrying products of all varieties, from personal care, to over the counter drugs, having a mini grocery selection, toys and stationary supplies, CVS’ focus has now shifted towards wellness, and carrying tobacco products, which are blatantly known to cause a variety of deadly diseases, does not fit with their healthful persona. Understanding the importance of maintaining an image of health, tobacco simply does not belong.

Such a drastic change in a major corporation shows where the tobacco industry is headed and where people are headed as well. The general public is much more concerned with their health nowadays and many are choosing other options and alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. This is exactly why electronic cigarettes have been so successful.

E-cigarettes have been a major boon for cigarette smokers. They have enabled smokers to have an alternative that truly replaces all of the things they love about smoking, and do so without the negative attributes such as the smoke, tar, odor, and actual tobacco. They are nearly identical to traditional cigarettes, as the user puffs on them in the same manner, inhales a cloud of vapor that replicates the feeling of smoke hitting the back of the throat, fills the mouth with savory flavor, and leaves the familiar feelings of nicotine.

While CVS is not (yet) embracing retail sales of electronic cigarettes, many of their competition brands are already doing so. We applaud their efforts as a corporation in going completely smoke-free and know the new changes are an excellent move in the right direction.

E-Cigs: Great for Saving Money and the Economy

Improve-the-EconomyIf you’re an e-smoker, you are probably aware of how amazing e-cigarettes are for so many reasons, however one of the best is that they are having an excellent effect on the economy. Here’s a look at how this amazing industry is contributing to the growth of our economy.

-Most electronic cigarette businesses are small businesses, and small businesses drive the economy. It is a positive sign of economic recovery when individuals are starting businesses and succeeding. Many e-cigarette businesses are mom-and-pop endeavors, which add jobs, services, and revenue to their local communities.

-Innovative products contribute to growth. Technology is everywhere, and people are more and more interested in technologically advanced products. E-cigarettes provide an advanced method of a traditional product; cigarettes, while adding benefits, eliminating negatives, and fulfilling needs while costing less.

-Added jobs. As the electronic cigarette industry grows and expands, despite the predictions of e-cigarette regulations, the market’s need for workers expands as well in so many areas. The need for jobs shows economic growth and stability, as so many jobs were lost in due to the recession of 2008-2009.

-Sales are soaring. The e-cigarette market is growing into a $2 billion industry this year; which is no small feat for an industry that barely existed a decade ago. What’s even more exciting is that the industry is expected to continue this fast-paced growth, and statistics anticipate within 10 years the market will hit $10 billion annually.

-Smokers now have a valid alternative to traditional cigarettes, unlike cessation devices that do not provide the same sensations and feeling of smoking. As an “alternative,” electronic cigarettes give users everything they want, without actual tobacco, smoke, odor, or tar.

As you can see, the electronic cigarette market is having a very positive effect on the economy. This industry has inspired smokers to choose a more modern, more convenient product that comes with the benefit of being smoke, and tobacco-free. Business is booming, jobs are being added, and products are selling. It is definitely a great moment for the smoke-free movement.

How Advertising Catapulted the Cigarette Industry

LeadTobacco has a long history in the United States, and before they acquired their incredibly ill, irresponsible reputation, they were among the heaviest advertised products in the States. The Marlboro Man, Joe Camel; these guys were cigarette rock stars back in the day! However, cigarette ads go way back (more than 200 years!), to the earliest days of the US, in 1789, when P. Lorillard and Company ran a snuff and tobacco products ad in the New York daily paper.

This trend continued on for the next 150 years, and in 1868 the first large scale tobacco ad in the US appeared. It featured the cigarettes of Bull Durham and emphasized the ease and simplicity of “rolling your own” cigarettes.

By the late 1870’s, color lithography was unveiled and it changed the face of advertising. Color enabled better pictures, which meant better ads, overall communication. Color lithographs were used in cigarette packaging and on cigarette cards, which were part of the marketing strategy, which was rather elementary until the onset of WWII. This was the onset of a new era for cigarette use, and is very much when cigarette usage was solidly catapulted into the mainstream because they were included in the C-rations of American soldiers. During this time, many cigarette companies actually sent cigarettes to soldiers for free, resulting in a monumental effect of getting the soldiers completely addicted to tobacco, creating brand loyalty, and driving sales to all time highs. During this time period, marketing of cigarettes knew no boundaries; doctors as well as famous men and women endorsed them, and even children were used to help lure in customers in advertisements. This was the heyday of cigarettes as fashion statements.

In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, cigarette ads were all over television. Until the 1970’s, tobacco ads were totally legal, and you couldn’t turn on the TV set without cigarettes being sold to you, especially if you were young; a large majority of the marketing was geared towards the youth, with ads even being run during cartoons. They were an absolute study case of false advertising; prior to 1964, cigarette companies made all sorts of false claims of their cigarettes being safe from health risks. People were encouraged to “play safe with Philip Morris,” and were reassured of the safety of cigarettes because “more doctors smoke Camels”. The advertising was all about sales, and all about distorting the truth about their health effects, and keeping the truth from the public.

Things really began to change in 1970, when the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was passed. This was the beginning of the end, and  the end for the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio occurred. As a result of this ban, cigarette advertising was restricted to printed materials such as magazines, newspapers and billboards. By 1999, the American public saw cigarette billboard advertisements get replaced with bold anti-smoking ads.

As time passed, cigarette advertising has seen even greater restrictions. 2010 saw the passing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which has prevented tobacco companies from sponsoring music, sports, and other cultural events. The act goes so far as to prevent cigarette logos to appear on associated event products, logos, T-shirts, hats, and other forms of display. The crackdown has been aggressive, yet it has sparked major change.

Cigarette use is at an all-time low, and smokers continue to move beyond tobacco, embracing electronic cigarettes, which have proven to be an awesome alternative to their tobacco counterparts! It’s a guarantee that the industry will undergo many evolutions as time passes, however it is immensely interesting to see the changes that have occurred in the cigarette industry over time. One thing is for sure: the era of the e-cigarette is here!

E-Cig Lingo: What is “Throat Hit?”

vapetravelIf you spend any time reading up on vaping, interacting with the electronic cigarette community, be it online or in real life, you’ve probably come across a variety of culture-specific terms and phrases that may or may not make sense to you.

One of these terms is “throat hit.” If you’ve spent your time smoking cigarettes, you probably have never put much thought into what this means, much less had to question your cigarette producing an adequate one.

You see, tobacco smoke, because it is actually burning tobacco, will produce a heavy, full hit every time. When recreating this electronically, and without the tobacco, it takes a certain degree of technology and fine tuning within the engineering to replicate it with vapor. Obviously it can be done, and not all e-cigarette brands get it right.

The throat hit is one of the reasons why e-cigarettes have worked out so well for smokers who want something other than a traditional cigarette to obtain their nicotine from. Gums and patches are available, and obviously with nicotine, however the one element they lack is the ability to provide a throat hit like a traditional cigarette. It is what makes e-smoking so similar and comfortable for smokers.

“Throat hit” is basically the hit from the smoking device, whether it’s an electronic cigarette/ vaporizer or a traditional tobacco cigarette. It’s what you feel upon inhalation. It is the feeling of the vapor, warm and smooth, yet powerful, hitting the back of your throat. It is part of the overall experience, and the sensation is extremely pleasurable for those who are accustomed to smoking. So pleasurable in fact that e-smokers typically want devices that produce a good one.

Throat hit is impacted by the e-cigarette battery’s output, the nicotine in the cartridge, and the flavor. Finding an e-cig battery that produces the kind of throat hit you want can sometimes be tricky, but opting for a high-quality brand is a great place to start. An additional option are mods because Advanced Personal Vaporizers have the ability to be tweaked in ways that allow you to change the power of the throat hit.

The throat hit is one of those intrinsic parts of vaping that matter a whole lot. A lot of emphasis is placed upon battery power, great flavors, nicotine strength, and great accessories, however at the core of the experience, throat hit can make or break it! Choose your e-cigarette wisely; satisfaction is key!

E-Cigs VS Vaporizers

9107969_origStandard electronic cigarettes and vaporizers are two totally different animals, yet they do basically the same thing in different ways. They both have their benefits, and their own individual styles, giving users the ability to choose what works for them. For those new to e-smoking, it may be confusing to decipher between the two.

Read on to learn about the differences between them, what their benefits are, and to see which will fit your personal needs of vaping.

E-Cig Pros

  • They look like traditional cigarettes, which is great if you don’t want to be attracting a lot of attention.
  • Small, compact size makes them convenient and very easy to store.
  • Ultimate style for portability; you can take them anywhere covertly and easily.
  • Easy to use; e-cigs have been designed to be as similar to traditional cigs as possible.
  • You get all the benefits of using cartridges; they are simple and easy to use and change.
  • Very affordable; starter kits can be inexpensive and the average vaper saves thousands of dollars each year.
  • Wide variety of accessories including chargers, battery sizes and colors, storage cases, and lanyards.

Personal Vaporizer Pros:

  • Hi-tech style and design makes them both esthetically as well as functionally pleasing.
  • Vaporizers often have more control features, allowing the user to customize exactly how it performs when it comes to the vapor and the power.
  • Advanced engineering enables them to produce larger quantities of vapor.
  • The same engineering allows for more powerful throat hits than basic e-cigs.
  • Typically vaporizers work with tanks and refillable e-liquids instead of cartridges, which enables the user to have much more control over the vapor.
  • When using e-liquids, users typically have a much greater range of flavor choices at their disposal.
  • A huge selection of accessories gives users endless amounts of options for creating their ideal device.

As you can see, both styles of vaping devices offer many pros, which basically come down to preference. EverSmoke and our sister brand VaporFi offer a very large selection of both basic electronic cigarettes and the most advanced personal vaporizers, and they are available in starter kits as well as sold individually, so feel free to browse through the catalogs of both to find the perfect e-cigarette or vaporizer setup!

Smokeless cigarettes: Better for Both Your Lifestyle and Wallet

Switching to vapor cigarettes could help you save money especially in high-tax-states

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Not only does vaping with smokeless cigarettes allow you the freedom to get the nicotine your body craves in the comfort of the indoors (rather than being forced to brave the elements), they can also help to save you some money.

The cost of a pack of tobacco cigarettes (along with the taxes on them) continues to rise. However, governments at the state and federal level are increasingly looking to raise the taxes on vapor cigarettes and their accessories.

Nevertheless, you can save money over time since most smokeless cigarette cartridges equal roughly 1.5-2 packs of traditional cigarettes. This means that everyone’s individual savings will be different depending on which state you live in, the taxes that they place on tobacco cigarettes and of course how much you end up using the vapor cig device..

Electronic Vs. Tobacco Cost Breakdown

According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, a pack of cigarettes costs around $6.15 on average. Therefore, a pack-a-day smoker is likely to spend around $1,500/year in a low-tax-state—and as much as $5,000 in a high-tax-state like New York where a pack can average $13. This makes price tag for the average smoker around $2,250/year.

Most brands of disposable vapor cigarette cartridges are equivalent of roughly 1.5 to 2 packs of tobacco cigarettes and cost between $6 and $10 apiece. This means that yearly, smokeless ceigarettes will set you back roughly $1,100 to 1,800. Depending on whether you like in a low-or high-tax state, you could stand to save several hundred dollars a year.

The first consideration for someone looking to switch is whether to buy a disposable smokeless cig, or to buy a starter kit. Although starter kits have a bigger up-front investment, they offer the biggest savings in the long run.

Most disposable vapor cigarettes say they’re equivalent to about 2 packs of cigarettes and cost $6 to $10 apiece, meaning they’d cost about $1,100 to $1,800 a year, for savings of several hundred dollars a year. Savings for using a starter kit are much higher.

States Getting in the Way

Unfortunately, these savings may not last forever. While most vapers pay some sort of sales taxes, states like Minnesota and North Carolina are now placing additional taxes vapor cigarettes and liquid nicotine and other states are considering such taxes. In addition, restrictions proposed by the FDA in April may also push these costs even higher.

For more information on e-cigarette taxing, please continue reading on our blog.

However, there is always a chance that heavy competition amongst smokeless cigarette sellers could push prices lower. The prices could be driven down even further as big tobacco makers try to get into the vapor cigarette business.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular smokeless cigarette brands on the market. Besides visit our main site for the best selection, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more general information about vapor smoking and cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes Extending into the Mainstream

MN--E-Cigarette-BoomThe popularity of electronic cigarettes has exploded in the last few years, considering how popular they have been since they first emerged. Smokers have taken to these alternatives wholeheartedly, and their presence in the mainstream has become quite solidified. So why are smokers switching like there’s no tomorrow? Here is a look at some of the reasons!

E-Cigarettes are alternative cigarettes. They combine the latest technology to recreate and simulate the experience of smoking. They are comprised of a battery, an atomizer, a vessel that holds e-liquid (such as a cartridge, tank, or cartomizer), and a part to puff on. They contain no tobacco, burn nothing, produce no smoke, leave behind no tar, have no odor, and are not made with thousands of added chemicals. In fact, they contain very few ingredients, and truly simplify the whole concept of smoking. They are pretty straight forward devices, and the only things they have in common with traditional cigarettes are that they offer a similar experience and give you the option of having nicotine if you want it.

One of the most obvious reasons smokers switch to vaping is that they have the option to smoke as they please, without many of the negative aspects that come with smoking traditional cigarettes. For instance, they can achieve the same sensations, feeling, and process as smoking cigarettes without any smoke. The burning of tobacco is replaced with vaporizing the e-liquid, and the entire experience of vaping is cleaner, simpler, and actually more convenient than smoking traditional cigarettes. They don’t leave any odor, can be used nearly anywhere, and they create no trail of mess behind them.

The current exodus of smokers switching to vapor is not expected to slow anytime soon. Rather, the growth is predicted to expand immensely, with experts considering the present time to be merely the beginning. They are predicting an unprecedented number of smokers to become vapers this year, numbers are expected somewhere in the range of 10 million!

Why vaping has become so popular and is becoming a part of mainstream American culture is obvious. The logic is simple; they provide something people love and enjoy in a more convenient package, without the major negatives. Why wouldn’t smokers switch if they have the option?

Treat Your Smile Right: Ditch the Tobacco

article-2380669-1B0C2186000005DC-893_634x395One of the most physically unattractive effects of tobacco is what it does to your face. In particular, your smile. While cigarettes are known to cause all varieties of damage to the insides of the body, laying the groundwork for a multitude of different life-altering and deadly diseases, it can also play a nasty part in turning a once beaming smile into one better off kept behind the facade of a closed-lip smirk.

What I’m talking about is dental damage, and how smoking tobacco cigarettes can damage your teeth and destroy your oral health. Read on to find out why vapor cigarettes are the better choice for protecting your teeth, and maintaining a healthy smile.

Tobacco is not good for any part of your body, but when it comes to your teeth, they are one of the most obvious places you will actually see the destruction. Regardless of how much brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings you undergo, what tobacco does to the teeth is awful. Cigarettes are known to cause garish yellow staining, plaque residue build up, tooth loss, gum infections, bad breath, and mouth and other oral cancers. Does any of this sound attractive to you?

Dental experts estimate that male smokers lose an average of 3 teeth every 10 years, and female smokers about 1-2, which is about double the average of the rate nonsmokers lose teeth due to the aging process.

Other foul contributions from cigarettes include filling your mouth with carcinogenic chemicals that stick to the mouth’s lining, causing chronic bad breath. Smoking can also restrict the blood flow to the gums, which inhibits the healing of wounds and the general health of the mouth.

When you consider all of these factors, vapor cigarettes sure seem enticing, don’t they? No smoke, tobacco, tar, or the thousands of chemicals, plus an entirely clean process make them a much smarter choice to be using as opposed to traditional cigarettes.

Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you. It’s a key to your personality, and when your teeth are irreversibly damaged, you sure can get a ton of dental work done, but you won’t get your teeth back. Protect them right, and ditch the tobacco!