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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.

E-Cigs are NOT Tobacco Products!

vapor-vs-smokeIt is always puzzling how lobbyists and lawmakers attempt to classify electronic cigarette as tobacco cigarettes. With so many cities around the US grouping e-cigarette use in with tobacco use, and prohibiting usage in many of the same places, vapers feel unfairly targeted.

Sure, there are similarities, but they are absolutely, inherently different. They were designed to serve as “alternatives” and have stayed true to that premise throughout all of the countless innovations and reinventions that have occurred.

Need to know exactly how e-cigs and traditional cigs differ? Keep reading!

-There is No Tobacco: They work with a liquid nicotine solution, flavor, and 0 tobacco! Yes, nicotine is derived from tobacco, but there is no actual tobacco whatsoever involved in e-cigarettes. The devices are either filled with liquid, or a cartridge filled with liquid is attached; no tobacco gets used in the process, in any way!

-E-Cigs are Reusable Devices: No tobacco means there’s no tobacco to roll into a paper cigarette. While basic e-cigs look like the real thing, they are made of aluminum and plastic! Entirely different!

-Vapor Isn’t Smoke: they look similar, wafting through the air in a viscous, alluring manner, but they’re totally different. Polar opposites, even. Smoke is a product of burning matter; vapor is the gaseous form of water. Vapor has no smell, it dissipates, and does not leave behind resinous tar like tobacco smoke does.

-Battery Powered, Not Fire-Powered: E-Cigarettes, regardless of which style or variety, are powered by battery. Traditional cigarettes are powered by fire. There’s a huge difference there! Further proof you won’t be subjected to combustion!

-No Crazy Additives in E-Cigs: Most e-cigarette brands are straightforward about what’s in them. E-Liquid typically consists of a few necessary ingredients, such as water, PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin), nicotine, and flavorings. Unlike traditional cigarettes, that contain thousands of different chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens and toxins.

And those are just some of the basics, regarding the vast differences between electronic smoking and traditional tobacco smoking. While it is unfortunate that many still try to group them into the same category, there are inherent differences, and no matter how much an e-cigarette simulates the original, it will never be a tobacco cigarette.

Vape Your Way to Better Shape! Part 1

Get in Shape with VapingLooking to get into better shape? In an indirect way, vaping can help! If you’re a smoker, you probably know all too well the pitfalls that come with being having decreased breathing ability and attempting to exercise. Simply, smoking has a terrible effect on the body, inside and out. Here are some ways just using your vape instead of smoking can help you along with your fitness goals!

  1. Vaping, as it does not contain smoke or tobacco, nor does it produce combustion or tar, will not have the same effect on your body, so you won’t have to worry about the smoke being a negative factor in your ability to get your blood flowing .

  2. More control options. Smoking cigarettes, you are probably accustomed to smoking through whole cigarettes at a time in favor of not wasting them. With vaping, you can take 2 puffs and call it done, without that same waste factor. This means you can place more limitations on yourself without creating an uncomfortable situation. Which means you can more consciously limit your nicotine intake without going crazy.

  3. Good riddance to the toxins. Cigarettes contain way too many (thousands!) toxins, and just by vaping, you are doing your body a favor by not including them.

  4. Taste more, eat better. Smoking causes you to lose tasting capacity because smoke and tar damage your senses of taste and smell. When vaping, you can recover much of those lost sensations and allow yourself the pleasure of eating healthier foods, and being able to taste them. Eating the rainbow is ideal, and now you’ll actually be able to taste it! (And no, we aren’t talking about indulging wildly in your fave colorful candies!)

  5. Speaking of candy, instead of indulging in the no-good, empty-calorie, chemical-loaded treats, get down with some of our fantastic flavored e-cig cartridges! Bet you won’t be able to use just one flavor!

Better shape means a better quality of life, which means you have more time and energy to do the things you love; like vaping! So take care of your body, and it will take care of you. Vaping can be an awesome way to alter your lifestyle, so take advantage of the many benefits it avails!

Cartridges: Why They’re Amazing

img_eversmoke_cartE-cigarette cartridges: you can’t vape without them! At least when using e-cigs! Here is the rundown on cartridges, what you can expect, and what they do for you!

When it comes to vaping, there are those who prefer liquids and those who prefer cartridges. While they essentially do the same thing, the vehicle in which you get your nicotine and vapor from is different. Not trying to say one is better than the other, however at this moment we are discussing why cartridges are amazing.

When using liquids, you have to use devices that are refillable and you constantly have to refill as you use. With cartridges, every time you vape through one, you replace it. Cartridges come pre-filled and are built with atomizers inside. Because atomizers do not have a long life, having a new one in each cartridge is beneficial and pretty much a requirement.

Using prefilled cartridges also allows you to save time, as opposed to having to continuously refill your liquids by hand, which can get messy and can be time-consuming. With e-cigarette cartridges you simply open them, connect them, and get busy vaping.

Each cartridge is designed to last the equivalent of at least one package of cigarettes. In terms of cost they are significantly less expensive to use than traditional cigarettes, as cartridges cost typically just over $2 each.

When storing your cartridges, you should keep them in a cool dark place away from light and heat. An ideal storage location is in the refrigerator which will help keep your cartridges as fresh as possible, for as long as possible.

Another significant benefit of using cartridges is that when purchasing, you typically purchase in bulk so you never have to deal with running out. EverSmoke carries cartridges in packages of 15, 30, and 45. The more you buy, the more you save. Also to your advantage is signing up for the EverSmoke Home Delivery Program, which entitles you to scheduled deliveries of your cartridges at a 20% discount.

Electronic cigarette cartridges are a convenient, satisfying, and very simple to use way to enjoy vaping. While they are not your only option, they are an exceptionally enjoyable one. For more information on e-cig cartridges, or to have a look at our product offerings, check out EverSmoke cartridges here!

Rise of Vapor Cigarettes on American School Campuses

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Since 1975, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has conducted an annual study monitoring the usage of drugs among teens. Fortunately in 2014, a decrease was seen in prescription drugs, opiod and alcohol use. There was also a decrease in traditional cigarette smoking and a rise in vapor cigarette usage, or e-smoking.

This was actually the first year that vapor cigarettes were included in the study and many believe the decrease in other drugs is due to the rise of e-cig usage. The survey included 41,000 students at 377 different public and private middle and high schools.

There continues to be disagreements as to whether or not vapor cigarettes are safer than traditional smoking. However, it has been proven that traditional smoking is no doubt bad for your health. You can read more on this in our knowledge center article titled 5 Ways Smoking Damages Your Body.

Many believe that teens have quit traditional smoking to switch to the better alternative of vaporcigarettes. Some argue however, teens that never would have smoked have taken up vaping and would not have otherwise.

The NIDA Deputy Director, Wilson Compton, states that “About 8% overall of 8th graders report use of these electronic cigarettes over the past month. About half of those had never used another kind of cigarette before. So this is perhaps a concerning exposure to nicotine at quite a young age.”

As far as the high school, 16% of 10th graders and 17% of 12th graders have used vapor cigarettes within the past month. Those percentages are higher than the rate of traditional smoking in the past years.

At Eversmoke, we do not promote e-smoking among teens and only sell our products to adults. We do believe our product is a better alternative over traditional smoking. E-smoking is on the rise all around and so much so that it was selected as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor cigarettes, or check out our e-smoking and traditional smoking comparison for some other interesting facts.

Need a Few Thousand Dollars? Switch to E-Cigarettes

Cigarettes burn moneySwitching to e-cigarettes can do so much for your life. You get the pleasure of using your device almost anywhere, you are allotted so much more control over everything that deals with your habit, you don’t have to be self conscious about how you smell, you don’t have to worry about the ramifications of tobacco, and vaping can save big money.

Yes, you read that correctly. Switching to e-cigs can save thousands of dollars!

You are surely aware of how expensive smoking traditional cigarettes gets, and how much more costly it can become when you factor in all the other expenses such as higher insurance premiums, health-related expenses that come as a result of smoking, and the additional costs such as gum, perfume and cologne, lighters, etc. Suffice it to say, tobacco smoke ain’t cheap!

When you switch to vaping, the expenses really begin to take a nosedive. Many smokers are unsure of vaping, especially when it comes to saving money because their first impression on vaping is having to shell out approximately $100 towards a starter kit. That seems like such a high price compared to the $10 spent on a pack of cigarettes.  However, it must be noted that users typically do not purchase new starter kits constantly. It’s a one-time cost that starts saving you money immediately. While you may need to update an item here or there, and possibly add in a few new things as you feel necessary, your costs go way down because you will no longer be spending $11 daily ($77 weekly; $4,004 yearly!) on smoking.

Cartridges become the equivalent to packs of cigarettes as they are they part of the e-cig that contains the nicotine liquid and flavor. E-Cig cartridges are designed to go the distance of 1.5-2 packs of cigarettes, and each cartridge can cost as low as $2.22! So, if you are using one cartridge per day, as many vapers do, your weekly total will be coming out to $15.54, or $808 yearly! What a difference!

So, are you ready to ditch the cigarette packs for the alternative? Ready to save some serious money? E-cigarettes are changing the way smokers enjoy nicotine, and besides, who couldn’t use an extra few thousands dollars every year?!

Love Your Body: Why 2015 is the Best Time to Switch to E-Cigs

How Smoking Affects the HeartNew year got you thinking about resolutions? Well, if you are looking to get fit, get healthy, or take better care of  your body, doing so without tobacco smoke is the way to go! Here are 5 ways cigarettes affect the body. Every major system of the body is affected by cigarette smoke and it isn’t pretty, so you may really want to consider an alternative!

Bones:

Research recently found a link between tobacco smoke and osteoporosis. While there are many other attributing causes of this awful disease, smoking is one of them.

Reproductive Health & Pregnancy:

Everyone knows one of the worst things a pregnant woman can do is expose herself, and her unborn child to cigarette smoke. Those who irresponsibly take the chance and smoke while carrying endanger their baby’s life in so many ways. Risks include low birth weight, preterm birth, chances of baby being stillborn, ectopic pregnancy, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the risk of the child being born with orofacial clefts. Additionally, smoking can also have a negative effect on men’s reproductive health by decreasing fertility.

Cancer:

Smoking causes cancer. We can’t get more blunt than that. Here are some of the top varieties of cancer known to be caused by the 70+ carcinogens found among the 7000 chemicals in cigarettes:

  • Trachea

  • Bronchus

  • Esophagus

  • Oral Cavity

  • Lip

  • Nasopharynx

  • Nasal Cavity

  • Larynx

  • Stomach

  • Bladder

  • Pancreas

  • Kidney

  • Liver

  • Uterine Cervix

  • Colon

  • Rectum

Lungs & Respiratory System:

Cigarette smoke has the potential to destroy the lungs and respiratory system, as it is well documented. Here are a list of the illnesses known to be caused by smoking that affect the lungs and breathing (not including lung cancer):

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chronic Bronchitis

Heart & Blood Vessels

The negative effect of smoking on the heart is also common knowledge. The diseases it can cause include: atherosclerosis, aneurysms, coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, as well as varieties of cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, heart-related chest pain, heart attack and/or damage to the arteries, and coronary heart disease (CHD).

So, if you love your body, stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. If you’re trying to take better care of your body this year, drop the cigs for good. If you’re looking for a better way to have nicotine and keep up with the hand-to-mouth habit, consider the option of smoke free, tobacco free electronic cigarettes. For more informations on buying e-cigarettes, or to learn more about them, look no further than the EverSmoke Learning Center! Options await you!

Holiday Travel and Vaping

Vaping and TravelTraveling for the holidays? Hitting the roads or the air to see your loved ones during the happiest time of the year? Blasting off for an end of the year vacay? Here’s the breakdown on what you need to know for traveling with e-cigs. They do make travel better than traditional cigs, and it goes even better when you’ve planned ahead.

How to Pack:

Packing your e-cigs correctly is an essential. It’s okay per the TSA to bring your e-cigs and accompanying gear along in your carry-on luggage, and that is the safest place to ensure they remain undamaged. Figure out how many cartridges you go through per week, figure out how often you need to charge batteries, and this will help you map out your quantities and limits on vaping. We can’t stress how important it is to know your habits!

Bring Extras:

Extras are imperative, because as you know with traveling, you should be prepared for anything, especially during this time of year when snow storms can cause major delays and cancellations. And, you most certainly can’t depend on being able to grab what you need any and everywhere! So pack extras to make sure during the madness, you’ve got what you need to keep things under control. Extra cartridges, extra batteries, extra chargers; catch my drift? You will probably need them!

Accessorize Accordingly:

A PCC can be your BFF. It charges your batteries on the go, no outlet necessary. In fact, it’s like a mobile outlet in your pocket! So, the minute you saunter off the plane, you will be able to whip out a fully charged, ready-to-vape e-cig!

And just as a reminder, when you’re flying high in the sky, don’t make any attempts at becoming part of the vaping mile high club; smokeless cigarettes are not permitted for use in aircraft! Happy holidays, and happy safe travels from everyone here at EverSmoke!