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Dr. Maria Cuomo Gets Put on Check by Forbes

Margaret Cuomo Gets Blasted By Forbes For LiesLast Week, Huffington Post published a video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo spewing out some major untruths about vapor smoking, however it did not go unnoticed by Forbes, who had a serious bone to pick with the misinformation being tossed out by Cuomo, medical professional. (If you haven’t read it, the Forbes article is so worth a read!) As a doctor in the spotlight, with a great amount of attention focused on her, it would be especially useful of her unique and significant voice to inform people of their options, of facts, of medical breakthroughs based on scientific research and findings… not her own biased, misunderstood, false opinions.

As the vapor industry is not keen on anyone attempting to pass off inconsistencies and flat out lies, we could not be more pleased that professor of public health at Boston University, Dr. Michael Siegel challenged the misinformation of Dr. Cuomo’s statement that vapor smoking increases the risk of lung and liver cancers by stating: “there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.” Furthermore, after Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller questioned Dr. Cuomo’s other claims of vapor aerosol being known to contain fractions of tin as well as other harmful compounds not found even in tobacco cigarette smoke, using Dr. Siegel’s take on the matter as backing, her statements were then retracted from the Huffington Post piece. Obviously, if her tirade were true, they would have had no reason to edit, would they?

Sadly, even doctors cannot be trusted 100% of the time. That a doctor of such esteemed and notable status as Dr. Cuomo would attempt to voice her opinions as truth, without factual basis, is harmful to the community at large. The vaping industry has been victim since its earliest days of such slander, and it is unfortunate that there exists medical professionals who refuse to remain objective in light of science-based evidence. On a positive note, however, it is quite fortunate that doctors such as Dr. Siegel exist, and are happy to challenge the bad advice of those such as Dr. Cuomo. We are exceptionally grateful.

Think Environmental: Vape

Vaping for the Environment Of all the reasons to turn to electronic cigarettes, one of the very best besides your health, is the environment. Did you know that cigarette butt pollution is the world’s largest source of ground pollution? In addition to that, growing tobacco is an extremely toxic process, due to the amount of chemicals and radioactive fertilizer that are used.

Switching to electronic cigarettes on the half of the environment is one of the best things you can do as a smoker. Cigarette butts end up everywhere. For some reason, smokers can be rather careless about where they toss them, after smoking simply flicking them to the ground seems convenient. This is such an unfortunate occurrence, though it is a global reality. However this seemingly small action has a long-term, lasting, and toxic effect, because cigarette butts are not designed to disintegrate easily.

Butts are comprised of a vast array of non-biodegradable materials (including fiberglass), they’re loaded with chemicals, and they can take many decades to break down. As they decompose, they leach these chemicals into the environment, creating an ongoing trail of toxins, polluting bodies of water and the earth as it occurs.

All the while, they are a threat to wildlife because they resemble items of food. In turn, they end up in the digestive systems of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and marine animals, often killing them, because they can be a choking hazard, or an indigestible item, creating a blockage.

As an alternative, electronic cigarettes offer a practical ecological option because they are a reusable item, and one that does not produce a constant, endless stream of trash. When disposed, they are not easily tossed to the ground and forgotten, they can be recycled, and they are made to last a long while. If using standard e-cigarettes, a helpful comparison to keep in mind that a single cartomizer is equivalent to approximately 40 traditional cigarettes! That cuts back on quite a significant amount of waste!

Surely, there is a great sense of responsibility in either choice, whether you are a smoker or a vaper, regarding how you go about your commitment to disposing of your trash, however simply choosing electronic over analog can help choose the environmental option by halting the treadmill production of trash.

What You Need to Know About Nicotine

shutterstock_356321099Nicotine: you know that substance in cigarettes that causes a pleasantly calming reaction, has been vilified as the evil component of e-liquids, and has acquired a good many different myths and rumors? Here is the deal, the total deal on nicotine, because you need to know!

Nicotine in e-liquid to give smokers that familiar sensation they are accustomed to. You can opt for nicotine-free juice, if that’s your thing, or you can choose among a variety of levels. While we don’t know the exact level that will satisfy you, you can learn about your options to make the right choice for yourself when vaping.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a common substance. While most people understand that it comes from the tobacco plant, it can also be found in other plants, like tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes in minute levels.

How Does Nicotine Make You Feel?

Nicotine is at once a stimulant and a relaxant, and it can add alertness, calmness, or elevate your mood. As you’re probably aware, it is physically and psychologically addictive.

Choosing a Nicotine Level

Nicotine levels in e-liquid come in different amounts, typically ranging from 0mg, to 0.3% (3mg) at the lowest, and 3.6% (36mg) at the very highest levels. 

If you aren’t sure which level will be appropriate for you, it’s important to remember that the higher the nicotine, the more it will impart a harsher taste. Going after a mid-level would be your best bet, so sticking to the 6-12mg would probably work out well. Nicotine also offers a more powerful throat hit, so if you’re a recent ex-smoker, this will probably factor into your satisfaction level. However, if you are wanting a lesser amount of nicotine, but don’t want to sacrifice throat hit, a juice with a higher concentration of PG may be just right.

Is Nicotine Safe For Consumption?

In a short answer: yes. However, as you’re probably aware, it can be dangerous under certain circumstances and if you intend on handling it with your bare hands, it is always advised that you wear gloves. Nicotine can be overdosed on, and it is suggested to steer clear of levels reaching extremely high numbers; anything over 500 mg can be fatal for an adult.

Due to the inherent risk of nicotine e-liquid, bottles should always, under every circumstance, be stored out of reach from children and pets. Accidents happen; it’s always best to play it safe.

So that just about covers all the basics when dealing with nicotine. Yes, there are some risks involved, however, with the right care, it’s safe, enjoyable, and perfectly able to be enjoyed without smoking cigarettes!

Switching to Vapor Can Add Some Spice to Your Sex Life

Smoking & Your Sex LifePretty bold statement, there, right? Think we’re just trying to get your attention by mentioning that switching to e-cigs can benefit your game in the bedroom? Think again! Here are some very thought-provoking facts to consider about smoking, and how it can impact your performance (where it matters most).

Smoke & Your Heart: Smoking is awful for your cardiovascular health in so many ways. Can’t run a solid mile? Get winded when you try to jog around the block? A flight of stairs get you panting (and not in a good way)? If so, then it’s possible that tobacco is having a negative effect on your heart, and you most likely won’t be putting in overtime in the sack. Being able to handle moderate cardio is essential for your heart’s intended functions throughout life, and if it can’t handle simple tasks, and those that should bring the most fun, you may want to reconsider your options.

Smoke & Your Lungs: In conjunction with good heart health, having properly functioning lungs is also necessary to your sex life. Your respiratory system takes care of your ability to breathe; if you can’t breathe well, you’re not going to be able to do much of anything that requires physical effort for long. Feeling like you’re going to pass out in the middle of a good time is never hot.

Libido: Smoking has the potential to decrease the libido; talk about a turnoff! And, if smoking has caused you to get out of shape, you probably don’t feel particularly sexy… which can put a hamper on any sultry escapades you would have been having otherwise.

Erections: Yeah, we’re going there. If the heart, blood vessels, and blood flow get affected by something, your ability to have potent erections probably will too. Smoking messes with practically every system in the body, and research suggests that men who smoke are twice as likely to develop ED as nonsmokers.

So, are you convinced that tobacco is not sexy at all yet? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there is no better time than right now to be thinking about all things love and lust related! Simply: if you want to improve your sex life, vapor is the way to go. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great selection of e-cigarette starter kits that can make it easy and sexy to make the switch; what are you waiting for?

Researcher of Anti-E-Cig Report Forced to Correct Her Findings

Scientist in False E-Cig Study Forced to Provide TruthLately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.

One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.

The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!

Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.

Too Early For a Resolution? No Way!

Switch to Vaping Resolution 2016Hey, the year is almost done and gone; where did it go? We’re looking at less than two weeks now, and as much celebrating as there is to do in the coming 12 days, with parties, gatherings, and whatever kinds of merrymaking you’re going to be up to, 2016 is almost here and that means it’s almost resolution time!

Do you make resolutions? Are you of the “never, ever” sort or the “always, but forget about them by February” sort? It’s all good either way. However, if you’re serious about making the switch from tobacco to vapor, let 2016 be the year. Maybe you’ve tried making the switch before. Maybe you’ve run through all the usual suspects: cold turkey, nicotine patches, the gums, hypnosis, positive thinking, a divergent addiction to fill the void… and winded up right back where you started: a pack a day.

Don’t let distractions get in your way this year. We know how difficult it can be to make major changes, however, we also know very well the sweet, incomparable feeling of success that comes with overcoming each hurdle when it comes to switching to vaping. We know all about what it takes to go the distance when switching to vapor smoking, so definitely take a few minutes to check out our incredibly diverse, loaded-with-info Knowledge Center than can serve as an amazing resource anytime you’ve got a question or concern when it comes to vaping.

The best way to get into “switch” mode would be to make the commitment by purchasing a starter kit. Go after a basic one, don’t spend a fortune as you’re getting acquainted. Allow yourself to transition by using traditional cigarettes with your e-cigs. Experiment with flavors and techniques. Set goals, remind yourself with positive affirmations, and be gentle on yourself if it takes a while. Eventually, it’ll be second nature!

So, get ready for 2016! Let this be the year you switch for good, and make good on your promises to yourself! Here’s to the smokefree life! Cheers!

CDC Clarifies Common E-Cig Myth: Nonsmokers Are Not Interested

CDC Data The Centers for Disease Control (the CDC) recently reported that e-cigarettes pose way less of a threat than critics have been portraying them as, even as the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows. And, to stick it to the nonsensical rumor that electronic cigarettes are a danger to society because they are going to encourage a new wave of nonsmokers converting to the tobacco-smoke-filled dark side, the data cited by the CDC turns this misguided theory on its side.

The CDC has based their status on the findings of a new study from the National Health Interview Study, which has provided the latest, most conclusive statistics on the habits of smokers and recently quit nonsmokers.

Stats From the Study

In the study, it was determined that 12.6% of American adults had, at least at one time, tried an e-cigarette. It also concluded that 3.7% of American adults currently use electronic cigarette devices regularly, which means that at a minimum they use them some days. Among the other interesting findings from the study, 47% of current smokers, and 55% of former smokers who had recently quit smoking have tried an electronic cigarette or other vapor device item at least once. 15.9% of tobacco smokers and 22% of recently quit former smokers are using electronic cigarettes on a somewhat regular basis. Also of note, tobacco users who are currently smoking  who had, within the last year, attempted to quit cigarette smoking were much more likely to employ electronic cigarettes as a method than smokers who made no effort to quit smoking.

As these findings from the study show, electronic cigarettes are being used by people who want to stop smoking tobacco, and are favoring their options in having alternatives, rather than nonsmokers who are getting lured into smoking by these attractive, trendy devices. The study also found that less than o.4% of nonsmokers have actually been introduced to smoking as a result of e-cigarettes, evidence that nonsmokers are really not that interested. And for publishing this, as well as agreeing with the e-cigarette usage scientific data found in this study, we applaud the CDC for their ability to read between the lines of fact and fiction.

Excise E-Cigarette Tax Hits Washington DC

Crippling E-Cig Excise Tax in DCAs of October 1, 2015 electronic cigarettes are no longer categorized as tobacco products, or subject to sales tax in Washington DC. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The latest in e-cigarette regulations has taken a turn for the worst. The new excise tax now adds a 67% tax on electronic cigarette, e-liquid, and all other vapor-related products, and will be imposed upon the party in possession, or selling the products in actual location in District of Columbia. Should a retailer purchase any such items from a wholesaler or vendor who does not pay the excise tax, the retailer will be responsible for it.

The tax extends to all varieties of products under the category of “vapor products,” including electronic cigarette devices, batteries, atomizers, tanks, cartridges, cartomizers, mouthpieces and all other related accessories, with the exception of chargers which will not be included. The regulation regards all items categorized under the term “vapor product,” and this is in regards to any item that is non-lighting, noncombustible, utilizes a mechanical heating element, battery, electrical circuit, regardless of the shape and/ or size that can be used in a manner to produce a nicotine aerosol from a solution, held within a tank or cartridge, that is intended to be used in conjunction with an electronic cigarette, or any type of related device.

This mighty ruling of a regulation comes as part of a budget proposal, intended to rake in around $400,000 for public spending in DC. For what seems like a relatively small amount of funding, the capitol is willing to attack small businesses, hinder growth, and quite possibly leave many people without jobs, all on the grounds of a regulation created to generate additional income.

How unfortunate it is that our nation’s capitol is going to such lengths to create regulations that do not serve the public, present extremely unfair taxation, and create a complete injustice to those looking for alternatives to tobacco. Previous nationwide e-cig taxes were always a hot topic, however DC has taken it to new levels of extreme. Regulations that serve the purpose to offer standards, safety, and fairness to all parties involved make absolute sense; but to single out one niche market, potentially driving business away from small businesses, and making it harder for consumers to access these items is an absolute injustice. It is our hope that more locales do not follow in the disgraceful footsteps of Washington DC!

Smoking & Your Bod

Health Dangers of TobaccoLet’s talk about your body. Specifically smoking and your body. If you have common sense, you’re most likely aware that smoking is absolutely atrocious for your health. Here’s a look at the many ways tobacco messes with the body, and why it’s a smart idea to stay as far away from the stuff as possible. You know, in case you need just another valid reason.

The Immune System: Smoking is a major cause of stress to the body, and under a constant state of stress, the body will never perform at optimal levels, and will have a harder time recovering. Smoking weakens the immune system, rendering it less effective over time, making it harder to fight off infections and heal wounds. Continuous smoking causes the white blood cells to elevate, as it’s the body’s way of reacting to sickness and/ or injury, and over time, after prolonged periods of high white blood cell counts, the body becomes more prone to stroke, heart attack, and cancer. Interesting that cancer and smoking are so related, isn’t it?

The Ears: Smoking has been linked to hearing loss. Because it reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the cochlea, the cochlea in turn, can become damaged, leaving one with mild to moderate hearing loss.

The Eyes: Macular degeneration, cataracts, blindness, and affecting your ability to use one’s naturally endowed nightvision have all been linked to smoking.

The Stomach: Love your gut? If “no” was your answer, you definitely should steer clear of the cigs. Tobacco smokers, according to research, have bigger bellies than nonsmokers. They are also more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, and being a smoker makes this disease even harder to control.

Sex & Fertility: In women, smoking is known to reduce estrogen production, which is an absolute essential to female health, fertility, and having a healthy sex drive.

In men, smoking makes erectile dysfunction a much a greater risk; less blood flow is not a good thing. Tobacco smoke also holds the potential to damage the genetic material carried in sperm, which can cause infertility, as well as lead to genetic complications in your children.

Were you aware of all the many other ways tobacco smoke can be so harmful? Yup, it’s not just the lungs, heart, and mouth (though those are the big ones) that are susceptible to its ravaging, and all these other areas are pretty important too! If you need a reason to stop smoking, and start vaping, consider tobacco to be your body’s worst enemy!

E-Cigarettes Banned in National Parks

National Parks Ban Electronic CigarettesThe great outdoors. Nature’s way of telling us to slow down, relax and immerse ourselves within its surroundings. Our nation’s National Parks are the perfect venue for a good time away from the concrete chaos, and it never hurts to have a little motivation in the chillax department with a good vape in hand. Yet the aforementioned is all fine and well, so long as the vape stays out of site – as in off-site.

As of now, the National Park Service has issued a ban on all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), better known as e-cigs and vaporizers, within the U.S. National Parks system.

Put into action immediately, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis released a statement citing the health of visitors and employees as the goal behind this regulation. This law echoes the National Park’s stance on traditional cigarettes, which have been entirely banned from use on all National Park property.  This extends to all government facilities, concessions, and vehicles. As noble of a regulation it may appear to be, it is misleading for a government agency to institute a law based on comparison to an entirely separate product, which is used in an entirely different manner.

What the National Parks Service fails to recognize is that the vapor emitted from ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, is an entirely separate, entirely different substance. It is not in any way, nor can it be classified in any way, as smoke. No tobacco is contained in these products, no tobacco is lit with fire, burned, or emitted in any way. If the aim was to legitimately protect guests and employees from smoke, (which is obviously proven to be dangerous) the measure should have been tailored to restrict smoke. Vapor, on the other has not, and it is an absolutely misrepresentation to classify it the same. Doing so removes options for visitors who choose not to smoke, yet still wish to enjoy an alternative product.

The bottom line here is that while e-cigarette regulations are necessary, particularly regarding  e-cig regulations and public usage, it is a sad day when government entities create regulations that are based on erroneous assumptions, and leave users without options. Perhaps this is an instance that will get modified in the future. Until then, however, vapers will have to enjoy the National Parks vapor-less.