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Scientists Find Link between Smoking and Schizophrenia

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A psychiatrist working at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, a mental facility in Dublin, Ireland has noticed a correlation between patients he’s treating for mental illness and heavy smoking. The Irish government hopes to lower their country’s smoking rate to 5% by 2025, so finding that smoking is linked to changes to brain chemistry is one piece of evidence on their side.

The doctors at St. Patrick’s generally assumed that these patients smoked in order to cope with their mental illnesses. This correlation led hospital officials to permit mental patients to smoke outdoors on hospital grounds, a ruling that made them an exemption to the 2004 workplace-smoking ban.

However, there have been developments that indicate schizophrenia (and other disorders) could actually be caused (in part) by prolonged tobacco use.

King’s College London analyzed data from 61 smoking studies (comprised of 288,000 individuals) and discovered that over half (57 percent) of those newly diagnosed with schizophrenia smoked cigarettes. Additionally, those living with schizophrenia are known to smoke more frequently than others do and they tend to inhale deeper. Analysis also showed that people who have a predisposition to develop psychosis show symptoms at least a year sooner than non-smokers do.

Excess dopamine, scientists believe, is the reason behind this possible link. Dopamine is a chemical found within the brain that is responsible for helping transmit nerve signals. Moreover, scientists think that dopamine plays a part in schizophrenia development.

Of course, scientists will need to conduct more studies to learn more about this possible connection.

On this side of the pond, around 44 percent of Americans who have mental illness are smokers—that makes them roughly twice as likely to smoke. However, there is a silver lining. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, those living with mental illnesses who smoke cigarettes are able to quit smoking easier than those without mental illness.

If you’re looking for a better alternative to smoking, we invite you to consider e-cigarettes. Here at EverSmoke, we offer a variety of e-cigarette starter kits and preloaded cartridges. Interested but need more information? Take a spin around our site, view our products and browse our blog and knowledge center.

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!In honor of National Dog Day, which happens to be today, we thought we’d give you a few friendly reminders about how important it is to not smoke cigarettes around your pets. If you need a perfectly valid reason to quit smoking and switch to electronic cigarettes instead, how about doing it for the sake of your pets? If you love your doggy, or kitty, or any other animal you’ve brought into your home as a forever friend, think about the risks smoke exposure puts them at. Did you know:

  • Second hand smoke is not good for anyone, including your pets. It is loaded with toxins and carcinogens, which can lead to a higher risk of cancer.

  • Animals are at risk for exposure to 3rd hand smoke as well, which is the exposure that comes from the by products of second hand smoke, such as the particles of smoke that settle on their fur, as well as the surfaces they come into direct contact with. Through grooming, they can ingest all of the things that accumulate on them. Think about it.

  • Dogs are highly susceptible to allergic dermatitis, which is a skin condition characterized by aggravatingly itchy, inflamed skin, and smoking can contribute to this.

  • Dogs are also susceptible to a wide array of different cancers, such as lung and nasal, so why up their risk factor by exposing them to smoke?

  • Cigarette butts can be seriously dangerous to dogs, and pretty much all animals, so if you smoke, please always do your best to keep your butts out of their reach. Swallowing cigarette butts can cause choking, intestinal blockages, and exposure to all varieties of the toxic chemicals stored within the butts.

  • E-liquid is also a danger, so just as in the case with children, do everything possible to keep e-juice out of the reach of pets. Nicotine poisoning is a real threat; don’t even allow the chance for it to happen to your fur-babies.

So, happy National Dog Day, particularly to those of you who share your lives with a four-legged friend! Protect your loyal companion by keeping up your e-cigarette etiquette and do everything you can to keep the smoke out of their breathing space. One of the many beautiful things about vaping is that there is no tobacco, and therefore none of the smoke that accompanies burning it; your pup will thank you in the long run with endless love!

Why is Everyone Switching E-Smoking?

reasons to switch to vapingIt seems these days that smokers are switching to vaping all the time, and in greater numbers. Here’s a look at why!

  1. Technology: It’s everywhere. Technology has seeped into every nook, cranny, and aspect of our lives, and in many ways, improved it. Digital smoking has enabled smokers to have a more modern, simplified, cleaner way to smoke.

  2. Savings: Everyone wants to save more money, and factoring in how expensive smoking cigarettes is, alternatives are a total necessity. Vaping can save smokers thousands of dollars every year!

  3. Enjoyment: For many, vaping is vastly more enjoyable than smoking, and it becomes as much of a hobby out of enjoyment, as a craving for nicotine.

  4. Freedom: Who doesn’t need more? Freedom from ashtrays, from having to be in specific places to smoke, from feeling like a leper anytime you want to smoke… vaping offers much more ability to simply enjoy the process.

  5. Options: The amount of different options vapers have opposed to smokers is beyond compare. Different devices, ways to charge, accessories, flavors, nicotine levels, liquid ratios; it’s astounding and amazing!

  6. Convenience: Having smoking fit into your lifestyle, instead of having to work around it all the time is major. Convenience is a big part of what e-cigarettes offer!

  7. No smoke = none of the problems of smoke. Smoke is pretty awful, and it leaves behind a foul residue, AKA tar. No one likes secondhand smoke, and once you leave it behind, and get used to the clean essence of vapor, you’ll most likely never look back!

  8. No smell: Cigarette smoke and the lingering funk it leaves behind in its wake are just gross. They are the antithesis to clean, fresh air, and more akin to nasty, musty, and dingy.

  9. No stigma: While some people saunter through life never caring what others think, for those who do care about what others around them think, the stigma of smoking is not comfortable. It’s a reality for smokers that they are often looked down upon, and it’s rather nice to shed this image when one becomes a vaper.

  10. No tobacco: because tobacco is the root of the problem. It is the part of the cigarette that requires burning. It is the part that creates smoke. It is the part that causes the most harm. Without tobacco, cigarettes are rendered useless. Most smokers are thrilled to leave the tobacco behind because they know that it is the worst part of smoking.

Having an alternative option such as vaping has allowed smokers to enjoy what they love about smoking, in a much cleaner, simpler, more enjoyable way, without all of the negatives. Smokers are switching because they are finding their needs met in a better way. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

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!