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How to Safely Enjoy Your Electronic Cigarette

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Relaxing at home with your electronic cigarette or vaping at a party with all your friends are both fun and enjoyable experiences.  If you have chosen the vapor smoker lifestyle, then you are probably already seeing many of the benefits it has over traditional cigarettes (i.e. no odor, a better sense of taste and smell, having more energy, the list goes on!).  However, vaping safely should continue to be a top priority.

Below are several tips that experienced vapor smokers should review and beginners ought to understand thoroughly before using their electronic cigarette:

Never leave a battery charging unattended. This rule is especially true in a very hot car.  Rechargeable lithium ion cells are safe; however, they do contain a flammable electrolyte that must be kept under pressure.  This means they can become dangerous if put under the wrong conditions or improperly manufactured.  It’s best to keep an eye on your charging battery so that you don’t come home to a mess!

Buy from a reputable dealer.  Always make certain you know what you are getting!  A cheap deal is not always the best.  At EverSmoke, our e-cigs come with a safety circuit microchip inserted to prevent overcharging and overheating.

Use the right size battery for your e-cig.  Again, buying from a reputable dealer and getting a battery that you know for sure fits the type of electronic cigarette that you have is key.

If you spill e-juice, clean it up immediately.  Our e-juices are very tasty, but seeing as most contain nicotine you want to make certain to always keep pets and children away from it.

Avoid e-juice leaks by taking a few precautions.  Taking longer and slower puffs, storing your electronic cigarette in an upright position and continuing to draw after releasing the button helps to minimize leaks.

Know your limits. New vapor smokers should never manually alter their battery’s resistance level in order to try and get the biggest vapor output possible.  Read here about the potential dangers of sub-ohm vaping from our sister company, VaporFi.

At EverSmoke, we care about you and your vaping journey!  Safety is very important to us and we want you to get the most from your electronic cigarette experience.  Browse our website to become familiar with our sleek and modern alternatives to smoking.

Lastly, we invite you to check out our knowledge center for more details regarding safety of electronic cigarettes and more.

Let’s Talk About Nicotine

What is Nicotine? Nicotine Molecular StructureNicotine is a huge topic of discussion as of late. It’s a hot button issue, and big debates involving this substance are currently occurring at the legislative levels. Obviously, it relates directly to the electronic cigarette industry and culture, as our products involve voluntary usage of it, and put the control into people’s hands to determine whether or not, as well as, how they opt to use it. As with much regarding laws and electronic cigarette regulation, is it becoming a question of taking power away from people, or is it truly for their benefit that nicotine is gaining so much attention?

With that in mind, let’s discuss nicotine. Here is a closer look at this substance, often given so much negative press.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a naturally-occurring substance, found in nature, derived from the nightshade plant family, most obviously within the tobacco plant. It is considered a stimulant in mammals, and can be harmful in excessive doses. Other natural sources of (trace amounts of) nicotine include, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green pepper, and the leaves of to coca plant, which contains nicotine alkaloids.

How Does it Feel?

Nicotine is the most widely used nootropic substance, behind caffeine, in the world. It gives users feelings of alertness, awareness, boosting focus and cognition, plus enabling better performance overall.

How is it Used?

Medically and recreationally, nicotine is used in countless ways. Everyday users, who smoke cigarettes, use electronic cigarettes, gums, nicotine patches, and cigars enjoy it for the pleasant feelings as well as the boosted mindset. Medically, nicotine has been used in treatments designed to help smokers reduce dependence, as well as in ailments such as ulcerative colitis. Furthermore, research indicates that there is potential for nicotine to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, attributed to how nicotine aids in enhancing focus and concentration.

Is Nicotine Carcinogenic?

While this misunderstanding pervades common knowledge of nicotine, it is not a carcinogenic substance.

Is Nicotine Dangerous?

Generally no, but like many other substances, it can be overdosed on. If you are using e-liquids instead of e-cig nicotine cartridges, purchase from brands that sell them in childproof bottles, and under all circumstances, keep them out of reach of children. Just as you would with alcohol or other drugs and medicines.

So, what are your thoughts on nicotine now that you know more about it? When it comes to electronic cigarettes, nicotine e-liquids are used in lieu of actual tobacco. Users are able to choose their own level, and have the option to use no nicotine at all if they prefer. The difference between vaping and smoking is the availability of choices, giving users the power and option to decide on their own. Bottom line: nicotine is not the bad guy.

It’s All About Control; Not Quitting

E-Cigarette ResearchIn response to a recent article published by Health Day and US News Health, we would like to take this opportunity to address their statements regarding electronic cigarette users and their lack of critical thinking when it comes to their smoking and usage of these products.

The article attempts to label electronic cigarette users as delusional and foolish. Specifically stating that those who use these devices are not in tune with reality, and they erroneously believe that these products will assist them with quitting smoking, when in actuality it is not possible. It’s such a shame when even major publications cannot distinguish e-cigarette myths from reality.

Our take? It’s rather disturbing when an established news publication prints falsifications, generalizations, and commentary that lacks substance, goes heavy on speculation, and overdoses on fluff. They further their argument by “backing up” their claims with more biased opinions, not actual facts, from so-called scientists. Statistics are one way of proving a fact, however making a broad generalization about the entire vaping population, (we’re talking millions of people here, within a several billion dollar industry) holds no water.

Electronic cigarettes are not cessation devices. They are marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and most users are aware of this. Along the same lines, many users have been able to switch completely to vaping, and consciously decrease not only their nicotine intake but also their frequency of smoking. There is a higher level of control for those who opt for vapor, and most users will praise the amount of control they gain over their habits as a result of switching.

One of the big differences between traditional cigarettes and electronic, is that with e-cigarettes you can call the shots on almost every single aspect. You choose the style of device you’d like, your flavor, your nicotine level, the accessories would like to use, in addition to a host of others. It’s an experience that caters to the individual, while filling the void of smoking. While traditional cigarettes offer basically one style, and one way to use them, e-cigarettes put the control into users hands. And while this article aims to shine a negative light on those who use these products, cast a shadow of fear for those who may be interested in switching, glorify speculation for those have issues with e-smoking, it doesn’t mar the truth that many smokers have been able to decrease their nicotine levels so drastically they were able to quit smoking due to having full control back in their hands.

Delusion? Not within a population who readily research everything with authority. Misunderstanding? Not the majority of vapers when it comes to what products they use. This is one demographic who does not take general statements at face value. These are thinkers, doers, and outright seekers; vapers are not ones to stay in the dark. When it comes to e-cigarette research, medical, environmental, and otherwise, you bet these guys are on it!

10 Tip for Vaping on the Go

Vaping on the GoHere are 10 tips for vaping on the go, because with life moving at light speed, and everyone having 1 million things going on at once, we need all the convenience we can get. If you want to make e-smoking fit into your busy life more easily, keep reading!

1. Prepare ahead of time. If you’ve a lot going on, having a strategy is central, and this extends even into your nicotine habit. Always think 10 steps ahead, then you can roll with the punches. So the night before, pack extra cartridges, extra chargers, and extra fully charged batteries with your gear and everything should be good.

2. Accessorize Your E-Cigs: Batteries, chargers, and cartridges are essential. The PCC is one of the best things to have, because outlet-free charging comes in handy big time! Don’t ever think you can get by with just the bare minimum.

3. Think organization. Arm yourself with a handy storage case for all of your e-cig storage needs.

4. Invest in commuter friendly accessories like the car charging adapter.

5. In your computer bag or iPad case, always keep a USB charger accessible. Because it’s so easy to power up your batteries from a digital device, it’s especially useful if you do this as you work. Killing two birds with one stone.

6. If work or life involves a lot of travel for you, keep abreast of all the different, ever-changing rules regarding e-cigarettes and airplanes. In short, keep all of your gear with you in your carry-on, and always pack extras, because delays, cancellations, and crazy things happen.

7. Commuter? Grab an e-cig lanyard for serious on-the-go convenience. This allows for hands-free, all-access vaping so if you’re in and out of buses, trains and taxis, you’re good to go.

8. Back it up. Keep extra cartridges at your desk at work for those emergency situations. An extra battery is not a bad idea either because things come up, and forgetfulness is real.

9. Pep up your step with exciting flavors! Traveling, working, whatever- any kind of business calls for a little stimulation and e-cig flavors can be the perfect pick me up. Vanilla, Java, Peach?

10. PowerCig. No you can’t use this gadget on the highway or in the (typical) office, but after a long, stressful day, unwinding with this baby will soothe your soul!

Electronic Cigarettes: Everyday Environmental Choices

Cigarette PollutionWant to be more environmentally conscious? Drop the tobacco and use e-cigarettes.

Well e-cigarettes are not typically considered a typical eco-friendly item, there are many benefits to using them that go easy on the environment. Especially when compared to traditional cigarettes, if you’re going to make a choice based on personal responsibility and the desire to opt for the smoking method with the least impact, vaping is the way to go.

As a smoker one of the best things you can do to do your part in making wiser choices is to stop using tobacco and switch to e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are better for the environment, and a fantastic alternative because they are reusable, they don’t contain tobacco, they do not produce a fraction of the trash that traditional cigarettes produce, and they do not pose same threat as being so easily littered like traditional cigarettes.

Tobacco cigarettes pollute a massive amount throughout the world, ending up in rivers, lakes, streams, as well as plenty of other wildlife habitats. They are considered the most polluted items in the world and unfortunately the pollution does not end when the cigarette is strewn on the floor after a smoker is finished with the butt. Cigarette butts do not decompose efficiently, and as they slowly break down, they begin to release all of their toxic compounds, polluting on a smaller, yet still toxic, scale. They constantly end up  in the digestive systems of wild animals, and contribute to countless deaths in the natural world.

While e-cigarettes do contain some disposable components, such as cartridges, these are used and changed less frequently, they are harder to ignorantly toss on the ground, and just for perspective, one e-cigarette cartridge is equal to about 20 traditional cigarettes.

Being more eco-conscious is about making wise decisions and improving your daily choices. And with all of the other other many benefits of electronic smoking compared to the countless negatives of traditional smoking, being able to use the method that offers similar experience with so many more benefits as well as being better for the environment makes vaping the smart way to smoke.

The Real Costs of a Lifetime of Smoking Tobacco

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If you are searching for a good reason to quit smoking, look no further than your wallet.

Smoking is an expensive habit. In fact, it’s estimated that the average American smoker spends somewhere in the range of one to two million dollars on tobacco cigarettes and cigarette accessories over the course of their lifetime.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you spend on your smoking habit, then you should definitely not move to Alaska. Alaskans reportedly spend an average of $2 million on cigarettes, while South Carolinians come off (comparatively) easy at $1.1 million.

In terms of the estimated lifelong costs associated with smoking cigarettes, people often overlook indirect expenses like healthcare and insurance. However, you must take into account all of these factors, including the healthcare costs associated with illnesses and diseases arising from years of tobacco use, the higher insurance premiums that smokers are forced to pay, and the inflation of the cost of a pack of cigarettes each year.

To learn what smoking tobacco cigarettes is really costing you, check out our recent knowledge center article.

More visual learners should also take a look at this infographic from The American Cancer Society that illustrates the real costs associated with smoking tobacco cigarettes, as well as our comparison of e-cigarettes vs. traditional smoking.

Switching to e-cigarettes can be a way to put some money back in your wallet. For those of you who are new to e-cigarettes, we welcome you and encourage you to browse our knowledge center and blog to discover more about making the switch.

And whenever you’re ready, browse our wide selection of affordable e-cigarette starter kits.

What Awaits You When Switching to E-Cigarettes

Switch to E-CigsAfraid to make the switch to vaping? Scared to let go of your past dependence in exchange for a better way to enjoy your daily life, and nicotine without the baggage? Here are some of our favorite reasons to switch to electronic cigarettes, in case you need a reminder. Millions of vapers have made the switch, and haven’t looked back. What are you waiting for?

-A Tobacco-Free Body: Being free from tobacco benefits nearly every facet of your health, and switching to an alternative method of smoking that does not involve tobacco is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

-A Smoke-Free Home: The tar from tobacco cigarettes is sticky, gooey, and has the capacity to leave behind nasty yellow stains on the teeth, hands, and practically anything it comes into contact with over an extended period of time. In the home, it can stain your walls, carpets, upholsteries, and nearly anything porous, leaving behind a tell-tale discoloration, as well as a musty, funky smell. Vaping, on the hand doesn’t!

-Tastier Meals: Cigarette smoke destroys your taste buds and your sense of smell, the two components that are responsible for your ability to taste things. Once you stop smoking, your sense of taste begins to recover. This is one of the best parts of switching to vaping.

-A More Dazzling Smile: Cigarettes can do a number on your oral health, and destroy your teeth, making your smile atrocious. Definitely not something to smile about.

-More Money in Your Wallet: Everyone needs more, and vaping is much more cost effective.

-Peace of Mind: Knowing you aren’t part of the global pollution problem is a great thing, even if you are of the responsible sort and dispose of your cigarette butts properly. Tobacco cigarettes are the world’s most polluted item; it’s nice to know you aren’t adding to the problem.

-Smelling Fresh and Clean: Smelling like you’ve been in a bar all night isn’t exactly a sexy smell! Vapers love carrying the scent of fresh air with them everywhere they go, knowing no one will be put off by their smoky smell.

So if you are still smoking cigarettes, why not give e-cigs a try? Look at all the things you’ve got to lose, and how much you have to gain!

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!

Smoking and Oral Health: No Kissing Matter

tobacco and oral healthSmiles, eating, tasting, kissing, and talking: they are all reliant upon your mouth and your oral health. Poor oral health can contribute to all kinds of other bodily ailments, and having compromised oral health can certainly impede your ability to enjoy all the many things your mouth enables you to have. Imagine not being able to taste your favorite foods, or kiss your lover, or smile big and beautiful when the emotion takes you. Suffice it to say, you need your mouth, and you need it to be in good shape.

One of the best ways to disrupt the balance of health in your mouth is by smoking tobacco cigarettes. And yes, you’re probably fully aware that tobacco causes big trouble, but are you in the know of all the ways smoking is bad for your oral health?

If you smoke cigarettes, here is a breakdown of what you are playing with. While you may not have experienced any of these issues, just being a tobacco smoker puts you in contention for them! Want to steer clear? Drop the tobacco and switch to vaping; tobacco is not worth putting your mouth on!

Chronic Bad Breath

Smoking dries your mouth out, compounding the naturally found bacteria, enabling them to create a rather foul odor. Smoking also leaves behind disgusting particles, and they don’t smell good. Add in the fact that a vitamin C deficiency is a very common cause of bad breath, and nicotine has the known side effect of causing odors of the mouth. Smoking, very simply, and for a variety of reasons, can make your breath reek. No one wants to kiss a funky mouth.

Gums

Your gums are very susceptible to smoking damage. ‘White gums’ is among the most common issue, and this can be indicative of conditions as serious as oral cancer, gum recessions, and bone detachment.

Taste and Smell Loss

Loss of your sense of smell is one of the first things you lose when you start smoking. Next up is the loss of tasting, as the palate is closely connected to the sense of smell. Say bye-bye to your ability to taste deliciousness if you opt for tobacco. Interestingly, upon stopping their usage of tobacco products, users begin to realize how compromised their sense of taste has become!

Scary, right?! Makes you want to switch, ASAP, huh? Luckily, switching to vaping is super simple to do, and can offer a much more comfortable quality of life, without the tobacco exposure! Best place to start? An EverSmoke Starter Kit!

Big Pharma Concerned About Electronic Cigarettes

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Here at EverSmoke, we don’t promote our electronic cigarettes as a way to help quit smoking.  Nevertheless, we are pleased when someone considers us as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. But not everyone is happy about this…

Recently, a story emerged about how big pharma is getting very concerned over the fact that so many people are using electronic smoking alternatives instead of the traditional patches and gum to cease the habit.

An article on a popular e-cigarette blog states that Andrew Witty, a GlaxoSmithKline Representative, recently mentioned that his company was considering another type of smoking alternative to compete with electronic cigarettes. At one point, the company discussed inventing their own version of an electronic cigarette, but the idea was tabled for now until they are able to see what the future holds.

“Even with an abundance of evidence to suggest that e-cigs are the best avenue for smokers that want to quit,” Witty says electronic smoking remains too controversial, so GlaxoSmithKline will continue to offer traditional smoking cessation alternatives such as nicotine patches and gum.

However, many electronic cigarette manufacturers paint an entirely different picture of big pharma’s involvement in the growing electronic smoking movement than Witty suggests.

According to some, the real foe of electronic cigarettes isn’t Big Tobacco, but Big Pharma itself. As the Washington Examiner reported:

“No industry spends more on lobbying in the U.S. than the drug industry, and drugmakers’ agendas are often bigger government. Big Pharma’s shadow hangs over the rule-making [of e-cigs].”

Again, we at EverSmoke don’t promote our products as a way to kick the habit, but we do welcome you to consider our electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

If you are looking for a change, check out our blog post titled Vape Your Way to Better Shape!  Also, feel free to browse our knowledge center for more info about the harmful effects of smoking, including 5 ways smoking affects your body.