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What are You Really Spending on Smoking?

E-cigarettesSmoking will cost you, it’s not a cheap habit in any sense. Have you ever really considered all the ways smoking takes a toll on your bank account? I’m not just talking about the obvious continuous flow of cash that goes towards the actual cigarette packs, but also all the indirect expenses that get created as a result, and cause a hit just as well.

Don’t get me wrong, with cigarettes costing anywhere from $6 to $12 per pack, it’s an incredibly expensive habit to keep up. The average price being $7 per pack, the average yearly cost comes out to $2,550 for a pack a day smoker! If you’re thinking about alternatives, e-cigarettes save money in more ways than one, and should definitely be your motivation if you want better options.

Here is a look at the hidden expenses that come with being a smoker. While these may seem small or insignificant in the short term, they most certainly add up, and can have a greater effect on your life down the road, so plan accordingly and you could save yourself some serious money in the long run.

Life Insurance: Smokers pay more for life insurance due to having a shorter life expectancy. These policies can be as much as double the cost for nonsmokers, and sometimes costing as much as thousands more yearly.

Healthcare: Smokers typically experience more illness, and more frequently than nonsmokers, so their expenses on healthcare tend to be higher.

Medications: More illness means more medication, and drugs are usually very costly.

Dental Care: Cigarettes can cause a wide range of dental problems, incurring thousands of dollars in dental visits and treatments.

Car Insurance: Smokers are considered higher risk for insuring due to statistics showing they get into more accidents than nonsmokers. Perhaps it has to do with being more distracted and having their attention split between driving and smoking, however it does come out as an added expense.

Decline in Home Value: Smoking inside of your home can cause slowly accumulating damage, which can result in a lower value of your home if you do not consistently maintain things such as the flooring, window coverings, paint, ensuring odors do not remain, and that there is no fire damage. If you smoke in your home and are looking to sell it, updating all of these features can cost thousands of dollars.

Lower Resale Value for Cars: No matter what, the value of vehicles depreciate, and smokers have a greater chance of losing more money in this regard. Smoke odors can linger permanently in the interior, and cigarettes are known culprits of burnt seats and stained upholstery.

Impact on Retirement: Lower pension and Social Security benefits are expected for smokers, who statistically work less than nonsmokers.

The bottom line is, if you are smoking cigarettes and want to save money, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Electronic cigarettes can help you save a great deal of money and avoid all of the long term expenses that come from tobacco and smoke. In addition to costing less overall, EverSmoke offers the amazing benefit of the Home Delivery Program, which saves customers an additional 20% off their refill cartridges.

Why continue spending thousands when you could be saving?

Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

E-Cigs May Spell the End for Tobacco Bonds

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For years now, economists have been seeing signs that traditional tobacco cigarettes are gradually going the way of the dinosaurs—a.k.a. extinct. This downward trend is likely due to the fact that many Americans are discovering that the many harmful side effects of smoking simply aren’t worth the risk.

To solidify this fact, recent data indicates that traditional cigs may actually be in trouble much sooner than anticipated thanks to the fast rising tide of demand for smoking alternatives—the most popular of which is electronic cigs.

Already Endangered

Last month, Reuters published a report saying the first tobacco bond defaults could be right around the corner.

In 1998, Big Tobacco made an agreement between 46 U.S. states essentially stating they would pay compensation each year for additional healthcare costs incurred through smoking. These payments are based on annual cigarette sales and run into the billions of dollars. As a result, the states sold bonds that would keep paying out as long as Big Tobacco made a profit. Up till now, tobacco has been a safe investment.

However, forecasters are warning investors that some tobacco bonds may start defaulting as soon as 2020 since Americans are giving up smoking at a faster rate than previously estimated.

Most bonds were only structured to withstand a 2 to 3 percent annual decline. Yet since 2000, cigarette sales have dropped an annual average of 3.4 percent.

“If the decline goes to 6 or 7 percent, it will be very quick,” said Tom Metzold, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. “I think that the first [defaults] are probably five years away,” he said.

The Rise of the E-Cig

Meanwhile, as tobacco sales plummet, the e-cig industry is thriving due to a growing number of Americans switching to a less risky and more enjoyable smoking experience.

Currently, electronic cigs only make up a fraction of the market compared to Big Tobacco, but the industry is still so young. Four years ago, e-cigs were a niche subculture for just a handful of hobbyists. But in only a few years, sales of e-cigs have grown to more than $2.2 billion annually and the number of e-cigs sold has skyrocketed from 50,000 units to over 3.5 million by 2012, according to some estimates.

If this trend continues, it won’t be long before electronic cigs take control over a majority share of the market.

“We believe consumption of e-vapor will eclipse consumption of combustible cigs over the next decade as technology improves,” wrote Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo who has tracked the tobacco industry for years, in a recent report.

In other words, it is an exciting time to be an e-smoker! Learn more about how e-cigs are becoming the new normal and where they might be headed by reading our related article in the Eversmoke Knowledge Center.

If you would like to try out e-cigs for yourself, take a look at our popular electronic cig starter kits today!

E-Cig Batteries: Technologically Amazing, Technically Awesome

eversmokeInHandE-cigarettes are powered by batteries, and the majority of these are lithium ion, meaning they are made of lithium and carbon. Considered by many to be the best for their powerful output and lightweight construction, they are the lifeblood and brainpower behind even the most advanced electronic cigarettes.

In addition to being a source of power, e-cigarette batteries contribute a lot of the overall experience of vaping. They are typically the main component of the e-cigarette, meaning the body of the device it usually the battery itself. They come in two different switch styles, Manual (turns on with a switch) and Automatic (no switch, automatic turn-on), and both e-cig styles offer benefits to the user depending on what they want in an e-cig battery.

Lithium ion batteries have not been in existence a tremendously long time; they were first introduced to the market in 1997. A more modern type of battery, unlike older styles which required a metal case, lithium ion batteries can be housed in more flexible casings, enabling them to fit specific devices.

Lithium ion batteries are loaded with benefits, and very few downfalls, which is another reason they are awesome for e-cigarettes. They can hold a charge for a very long time, they boast a light weight, they are very powerful holding a great amount of stored energy, and they can handle hundreds of charging and discharging cycles.

As for negatives, there are a few you have to contend with when using lithium ion e-cigarette batteries. For starters, they have a shelf life; they literally begin degrading once they exit the factory, whether they are used or not. You can expect them to last between two and three years however, so even though they do not last forever, they will last a while. Other negatives include the fact that they are typically more expensive batteries, and they have a sensitivity to heat which can be their demise.

If you’re stumped on what e-cigarette battery switch style to go with, have a look at our article on the subject.

When it comes to vaping, users have many choices with their lithium ion e-cig batteries, from switch style to color, size, and brand. They are the best types of batteries for vaping and their many benefits outweigh the few negatives: powerful, long lasting, and very versatile make them the top choice of power when it comes to e-cigarettes.

Keeping Things Green with E-Cigarettes

Cigarette_ButtsElectronic cigarettes are considered better than traditional cigarettes for plenty of different reasons: they are more convenient, e-cigs cost a lot less than tobacco, they are able to be used in many places traditional cigs aren’t, and they are better for the environment and the planet.

While many smokers are not aware of the plight cigarettes contribute to, they are among the most littered items in the world. They are environmental hazards, and they pose a tremendous danger to wildlife. If you are interested in living more eco-consciously, consider switching your tobacco cigs for electronic cigs. Among all of their many improvements on the original analog design, being better for the earth is one of their best assets.

To understand why cigarettes are such a problem, you have to consider what they are made of: tobacco that is grown in pesticide-laden conditions and then laced with countless other harmful chemicals, and set with filters that include thousands of toxic chemicals. The filters do not biodegrade, and when they get strewn into the environment, they begin to release these chemicals, creating very unsavory conditions. They find their way into the mouths and digestive tracts of wildlife such as fish and birds, as well as polluting water systems and the ground.

Cigarettes also place a problem environmentally because they are a non-reusable item. Cigarette packs continuously get purchased, and waste gets tossed. It is a constant stream of use and discard, adding to landfill waste, and in more unfortunate circumstances, adding to the world’s pollution problem.

By using electronic cigarettes you can cut down drastically on these negatives. A single e-cigarette cartridge is equivalent to anywhere from one to two packs of cigarettes, and cartridges are among the only parts that get replaced with any sense of frequency. Other e-cigarette parts, such as batteries and chargers go a very long distance, especially with proper care, enabling users to significantly reduce the amount of waste they generate due to their nicotine habit.

E-cigarettes and the environment are a much batter match than tobacco. For all of their many benefits, being gentler on the earth is among their very best. If you are considering the more eco-friendly nicotine option, have a look at the entire range of EverSmoke products to enlighten your smoking in a positive direction!

Fathers Day with EverSmoke

es_img_father_son2Father’s Day is happens this weekend, and we’re hoping you are doing the responsible thing and getting the dads in your life what they really want: e-cigarette starter kits. Sure you can go for the usual gifts, and you can throw a wild barbeque shindig to really show him how much you care, but when it comes to presents, if he is an e-smoker, or considering making the switch to electronic cigarettes, there is one gift that will really rock his world: an e-cigarette starter kit from EverSmoke.

Right now, we are running one fantastic sale to celebrate all the dads out there, and whether you are purchasing a kit for your dad, father-in-law, husband, brother, or whomever, all EverSmoker e-cigarette starter kits are priced at 35% off their already reduced prices! Talk about a sale!

If the dad you want to purchase a starter kit for has never experienced vaping, he is in for quite a treat! Whether you go for a kit that has all the accessories available or a kit that is more about the basics, giving one made with the EverSmoke seal of quality will surely please and impress him.

If you’re purchasing a starter kit for a dad who is already into vaping, he will certainly be pleased with the effort you spent on a top quality, well-designed starter kit package; it’s much different than grabbing some low-end, convenience store product, and he will know the quality upon laying his eyes on the kit!

E-cigarettes make an amazing gift, regardless of the occasion. When you give a gift that has so much meaning, encouraging the receiver to live a healthier and more enjoyable daily life it really says a lot. Electronic cigarettes are the kind of gift that go a lot further than a single day, or a single use. They can be used to substitute traditional cigarettes, and help the user completely switch to tobacco-free nicotine smoking. They offer the user so many additional benefits, such as being able to use them indoors and in public, around groups of people, in the car, and just about anywhere that traditional cigarettes typically pose a problem.

This Father’s Day, get your dad something he can really make use of, and appreciate. Chances are, he probably already has everything he already needs; give him something he wants!

Chill Out with E-Cigs: How vaping can help reduce stress!

urlThink electronic cigarettes are just a means of ditching tobacco? Think again! They can be a very positive, enjoyable thing, and even provide the ability to help you unwind and relax at the end of a long day. Here’s how e-cigarettes can play a role in helping you to relieve some stress!

-Flavor: Crave something delicious, perhaps sweet, whenever the going gets tough? You aren’t the only one. Reach for your e-cig with a vanilla, peach, coffee, or cherry flavored cartridge instead of the sugary sweets; same pleasure, no calories or sugar crash!

-Nicotine: Most smokers will agree, the feeling of nicotine is sensational. It’s one of the intrinsic parts of smoking that make it worthwhile. Hence with vaping, you get to enjoy the same pleasure minus the harm from tobacco. Nicotine from vaping feels amazing, and may be just the thing you need to relax at the end of a hard day.

-Pleasure: There is just something soothing and comforting about the art of smoking. It feels good. Bringing that e-cig to your mouth, inhaling, feeling the vapor hit your throat, and then exhaling feels amazing. So when you’re in a slump, give it a go!

-Gives You Something to Do: Stress and boredom don’t work well together, so by giving you something positive and enjoyable to focus on, even for just a few minutes, vaping can really help take the edge off and make things a little less dull.

-Food Pairings: If you turn to food when you’re not in your best state, keep in mind all of the delicious food and vapor pairings that are available. Because the two can enhance each other, we suggest enjoying them together to up your satisfaction and enjoyment.

-You’ve Got More Options with E-Cigs: enjoy them indoors in your home, on your couch, in your favorite chair, in bed while you chill and binge-watch your favorite series on TV… you’ve got many more places to chill with them, so take advantage! You don’t have to head outside, and you can get cozy and unwind in peace!

Life is stressful, there’s no getting around it. However, if you vape, allow your e-cigs to fill in some of those unpleasant gaps! Enjoy them whenever you want or need to, especially when life calls for some chill time!

The True Costs Of Smoking

r969No one will deny how expensive cigarette smoking is, however those costs extend way beyond just the pack a day habit. Which, don’t get me wrong, is not a lowly expense, however the true cost of smoking tobacco cigarettes covers a lot of areas of your life, and can cost you more money than you’d ever imagined when you first picked up the habit. If you’re spending $7 daily on a pack of cigarettes, that comes out to more than $2000 every year, for starters, and that doesn’t include additional costs such as lighters that are needed to maintain the habit.

Other expenses, such as health insurance, life insurance, and healthcare can increase drastically when you are a smoker. It is estimated that 30 year old smokers pay somewhere between 16 and 41% more for health insurance premiums than their nonsmoking counterparts do. Life insurance premiums are also much higher for smokers, as much as 50% more due to the fact that smokers are not expected to live as long as nonsmokers, therefore making their yearly costs considerably higher.

When it comes to illnesses, smokers are also statistically more inclined to spend more money due to the increased frequency. And this leads into the money spent on medications, because with increased illness comes increased need for medication. Another area of healthcare that smokers spend more on is dental care, because cigarettes can cause much damage to the teeth, and treatments necessary to maintain optimal dental health.

Property value may not come to mind as an area that gets subjected to depreciation due to smoking, however it certainly can. Both home and vehicle value can be reduced due to the effects of smoking, and the costs to maintain the original condition can be costly as well. In the home, smoke can leave behind a permanent odor in carpets, walls, and window treatments, rendering the property musty, in addition to staining surfaces that will need repair and replacing. In vehicles, both the odor and damages from cigarette burns can cause the value to decrease.

As you can see, smoking is a very costly habit. While it starts off as a minor expense, over time the costs exacerbate, and they can take a toll in many areas of your life. Simply switching to electronic smoking can help reduce many of these costs, as well as lead you on the right track to a better quality of life. Money isn’t everything, but your health is, and there is a direct correlation between the negative effects of cigarettes on it and how much you spend.

Summer Travel: Do it Right with E-Cigarettes

o-SUMMER-TRAVEL-facebookSummer means travel for many people, whether it’s by plane, boat, or car, regardless if it’s out of necessity, for work, or for pleasure. If you find yourself on the move this summer, here is a checklist to make sure you’re set as far as your e-cigarettes are concerned. Because no matter where you are headed, and what mode of transportation you’ll be using, electronic cigarettes and travel work so much better together than their tobacco counterparts.

Batteries: Having 2 or more is a smart idea. It’s always good to have at least 2, so that you aren’t without one while the other is charging, or just in case you lose one.

Cartridges: Don’t assume you’ll be able to find cartridges wherever you’re going; chances are, you purchase them online anyway, so prepare ahead of time and order extras for your trip because having a few more than you expect to need will set you up in the event of delays.

Accessories: You will need at least one charger. Having a couple options is smart, and you should consider what your environment during travel is going to be like. For instance, if you are going on a road trip,  a car charger would be a definite essential, as well as perhaps a USB charger and/ or a wall charger for those times you hit a hotel. If you are going on a cruise ship, a wall charger and a USB charger (if you are bringing a laptop or tablet) would be ideal.

Extras: Depending on the type of travel you are doing, there are a few other items that would be great to have along the way. The PCC, or Personal Charging Case is great for charging on the go without needing an outlet. Disposable e-cigs let you vape without setup, charging or cartridges, so if you’re really tight on time, they are great to have with you. The PowerCig would be awesome to have if you plan on veging out in your hotel room for hours at a time.

Electronic cigarettes are super versatile, and they really make traveling easier, especially if you are accustomed to the troubles of traditional cigarettes. Wherever your summer travels take you in the next few months, enjoy the journey as much as the destination while vaping!

Top Scientists Urge WHO to not Classify E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

scientistsIn the ongoing international debate over electronic cigarette research, the most recent news on this front has come from the World Health Organization, aka WHO, and the international group of renowned scientists who are urging the UN agency to avoid classifying the tobacco alternatives as “tobacco products.”

In an open letter to Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, scientists from across the world including Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, stated that electronic cigarettes are a part of the answer, and that they are not the problem, in the fight against smoking. They also stated that they are low-risk products, and have the potential to drastically reduce the number of fatalities and illnesses associated with smoking. Considering that these are experts in the field of science, hopefully WHO will take into consideration their stance on the usefulness of the electronic alternatives.

WHO has continuously held a checkered relationship with the products, and has even gone so far as to consider them as a threat. However, as more and more research comes out in the international scope, top scientists are pushing for e-cigarettes to be viewed as positive, even citing them as very promising in the long run in the fight against tobacco and tobacco-related illnesses. It is general knowledge that tobacco is related to millions of deaths worldwide, and is one of the contributing factors behind increased risk of heart disease, many types of cancer, and serious respiratory illnesses.

“These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” wrote the scientists.

As electronic cigarettes are still in their infancy, and research is being performed throughout the world, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this burgeoning industry, especially in terms of international e-cigarette regulations. In the meantime, it is certainly a positive that many of the world’s top scientists are willing to support the cause in favor of electronic cigarettes, seeing their many benefits, and voicing their beliefs to a major force such as the World Health Organization.