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What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

FDA-Regulation-Electronic-CigaretteRegulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing  for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.

41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?

The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!

Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.

As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.

On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.

Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!

Vaping & Romance: The Better Duo

urlWhat does vaping have to do with your love life? A whole lot, especially if you are a smoker who is looking for love and finding a difficult time working around the smoking factor. Sure, there are plenty of smokers out there who are also looking for love, but why limit your options? Here is a look at how switching to e-cigarettes can benefit your love life!

Being a smoker puts a label on you, whether you like it or not. And many nonsmokers see it as a marker of a stereotype, regardless of whether or not you live up to those things.

It is a common perception that smokers smell bad, are always looking for a chance to sneak away to go smoke, they spend too much money on cigarettes, they have bad teeth, and the fact that smoking comes with a long term risk of health problems and possibly even deadly circumstances; so why would someone who is playing the field want to settle down with someone who comes with all this baggage? Being realistic, yes, there are those who will overlook something like smoking for a chance at a meaningful connection, but there are many others who won’t. Dating can be all about strategic moves!

Smoking is an awful habit, and it is generally frowned upon by nonsmokers, and even former smokers themselves. In fact, many former smokers would not ever consider dating a smoker because they prefer to avoid the temptation of cigarettes altogether.

And then there is the discussion of compatibility. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to be really into someone, and then find out they would not be willing to date you because you are a smoker?

When you make the life-altering switch to vapor cigs, you remove yourself from the smoking bracket. You allow yourself to be classified as a vaper, and as a potential partner you are free from being looked at as a smoker. Yes, there may still be those unwilling to date even a vaper, but you will no longer smell like an ashtray, have to excuse yourself for a dalliance with a cigarette, and you can begin to enjoy all the many ways life gets nicer without the smoke.

Tips for Having Proper E-Cig Etiquette

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If you have made the switch to e-cigarettes from traditional analogue ones, congrats!  Although there are many positive aspects to e-cigs such as no smoke, tar or odor, they still can receive a bad rap.  Changing the perception of e-cigs to the public can be a challenge.  However, there are some basic tips that can get you started!

First and foremost, no matter if vaping is allowed, you should always have respect of those around you.  Perhaps ask if it would bother anyone if you lit up.  This may even open up an opportunity to begin a conversation about e-cigarettes and the benefits of vaping as opposed to traditional smoking.

If you don’t want the whole world staring at you and talking about you, some advice would be not to vape in closed up, tight knit places.  Many that are not used to e-cigs may think you are about to share second hand smoke all around!  If you do start using your e-cig, be prepared to answer questions or comments.  However, answer them respectfully and not defensively.

Besides respect, education is huge.  Many don’t realize that e-cigs produce a water vapor instead of smoke or that there is no odor that will stick to their clothes if they are around you while you vape.  Educate them and maybe even take time to show an interested person how it works.  Show them how easy it is to use, talk about all the variety of yummy flavors that are made available at Eversmoke.  Most importantly, let them know how you feel and possibly the difference it has made in your life.

The biggest issue facing e-cigarettes and vapor smoking is a public image problem.  You can be a help in that!  Showing respect, educating and talking openly about e-cigs can only help the situation.  We know that e-cigs are a smarter choice than traditional smoking…we just have to help others know!  For more information on etiquette, check out this article in our knowledge center. Meanwhile, happy vaping!

Vaping and the Holidays: E-Cigs Make it Merrier

throw-a-vaping-party-this-holiday-season_997_541248_0_14095915_500The holidays are fast approaching now that Halloween has passed, and what this means is plenty of parties, get togethers, long indulgent meals, and endless gatherings spent in the company of others, especially family. What this also means is that it’s time to get your most courteous behavior on, and one the of the best ways to do that is to make sure you’re vaping and not smoking.

Here are a few of the ways electronic cigarette smoking can benefit you and your loved ones during the holiday season, and help make them even more enjoyable. If you’ve never savored an e-cig after a long meal, you don’t know what you’re missing!

-Large gatherings and smoke don’t go well together. Most nonsmokers get majorly inconvenienced and annoyed by smoke, so they really don’t want to be forced to breathe it in. Smokers on the other hand, want to be able to enjoy their smoke at their pleasure. E-cigs bridge this gap, especially when you exercise vaping etiquette, enabling both parties to party together without anyone getting ticked off.

-Holiday feasts mean holiday calorie overloads. Skip dessert and opt for dessert flavored e-cigarette cartridges instead. With choices like vanilla, pina colada, peach, and cherry, who needs pie, cake, or pastries?

-It’s cold outside, and who wants to have to put on 5 layers for a 5 minute cigarette? Not a good use of time, people! Instead of the inconveniences tobacco cigs will deal out, choose electronic cigs, which will have you having your nicotine in the comfort of the warm indoors!

-Holidays are typically the happiest time of the year. Celebrations are in full swing, people are throwing parties, offices are having parties, cities are having parties; people get into the party spirit, and it brings up the question of your health. Don’t you want to be around another year to celebrate? Don’t you want to be in the best health possible to enjoy the celebrations to their fullest? Tobacco will definitely not be the road to take if you’re looking towards the future, and if you want to enjoy yourself to the fullest.

This holiday season, do yourself a favor and give e-cigs a try if you haven’t yet. They add so much to the daily lives of smokers everywhere, and offer so many reasons to ditch the tobacco altogether. They truly are a modern achievement, let your 2014 holiday season be all the more merrier because of them!

True or False: Biggest E-Cigs Myths Busted

imgresWhile much debate exists around electronic cigarettes and why you should, or should not use them, two of the most powerful tools to have on your side is the ability to understand common sense and being able to research. Don’t just take a company’s word for something; learn as much as possible. One of the best places to start on is the EverSmoke Knowledge Center, where you can find fact-based, propaganda-free informational articles on all things related to e-smoking. Here is a look at some of the most common e-cigarettes myths, and the truth behind them.

-Electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative. False! This is completely untrue, as they contain none of the tobacco or chemicals as tobacco. They do contain nicotine, at varying levels the user can choose from, making them a viable alternative.

-E-Cigarettes are not a real method for quitting smoking. True. E-cig users all have personal preferences on how they choose to use them, and fit them into their lives and daily usage, however per the FDA, electronic cigarettes are not a means by which smokers can quit smoking. Countless smokers have switched to vaping successfully, however, and aren’t looking back to their days of smoke.

-Electronic cigarettes are not regulated. Not quite true, as they are in the beginning stages of regulation by the FDA. The products are treated just like tobacco products and are prohibited for sale to minors.

-E-Cigarettes cause cancer too. False. There is no proof to back up this statement. The long term effects of e-cigarettes are not known yet, and they just haven’t been around long enough for studies to prove it.

-There’s no disclosure as to what is in the e-liquid. False. Depends on the brand, because this sort of generalization does not apply to brands that choose to let their users know what they are purchasing and using. Many brands do not, however, so investigate before investing in a brand. A good company will give you all the details.

Can E-Cigs Really Explode? – Just How Safe Are They?

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Since e-cigs have been on the market, there have been various views on the safety of the product.  Can an e-cigarette catch on fire or blow up in your face?  The majority of the accusations cannot be proven.   However, as with anything electrical, proper care must take place to help ensure safety.

Because the battery is the part that powers the e-cigarette, the utmost care needs to be given to that part of the device.  At Eversmoke, we use a lithium-ion battery which is safer than any other battery type.  Because of the safety of this battery it is used not only in our e-cig products but in laptops, cell phones and various other products.

First and foremost, you need to buy your e-cigarette products from a reputable company such as Eversmoke that believes in only using the safest components available. For example, we have a safety circuit microchip in our products to prevent overcharging and overheating.  This is very important when you are researching and considering what company to use when making your e-cigarette purchase.  Stay away from non-reputable type of companies that may use substandard components.

But as stated above, because these devices are run on batteries, proper care and common sense come into play.  One very important piece of advice is to never leave a battery charging unattended.  Also, a hot car is completely off limits to where you should leave a battery charging.

If the battery looks odd, swollen or feels very hot to the touch, do not use it.  It is vital to make sure it is a properly operating battery before you use it.  Also, if you take out the battery, make certain it is stored properly and has a case that can protect it.

Basically, if you have a good reputable e-cig, it has been manufactured properly and you take care of it, safety should not be an issue.  For more information regarding various safety issues, please check out our article in our knowledge center, and continue browsing blog for more information regarding electronic smoking and e-cigarettes.

Why Your USB Charger is the Only E-Cig Charger You Absolutely Need!

accessories_usb_charger_bundle_1Having a few e-cigarette chargers is a great thing, you really should. In fact, we really recommend having at least 2 USB chargers because they go everywhere, and work anywhere you have a USB port to connect to. Keeping one at home, one at the office, one in your bag, one someplace safe, etc, can be so incredibly beneficial, and at times, a necessity. However if you are to have and use just one, may it be the almighty USB e-cig charger. These things are work horses, versatile powerhouses, and exceptionally convenient little beacons of e-cig power. Keep reading to learn why they are so great, and how to get the most out of yours.

Chances are, if you are vaping with EverSmoke e-cig batteries, and purchased a starter kit, you have a USB charger to work with. They are included in every starter kit we carry, including our bare-bones basic kit, the Express Kit. The USB charger can work with your computer, laptop, or tablet, as long as there is a USB port, you’re going to get powered up!

When using the Wall Charger or Car Adapter, the USB charger is used in conjunction as a connection point. It is the most important e-cigarette charger you can have in your arsenal if you are using EverSmoke e-cigarettes.

The USB charger is also essential for charging with the Personal Charging Case (PCC). It charges the PCC to full capacity, which can then be used as a power source anywhere, at anytime to recharge your batteries.

To use the USB charger, screw the battery into the USB charger and plug it in. When charging, the light on the USB charger will turn red, indicating it is properly functioning. Once it reaches full capacity, the light will turn from red to blue.

So, as you can see, the USB charger is such an essential. It keeps you powered up, all the time, under so many circumstances. For any e-smoker, this must have needs to be part of your collection.

E-Smoking on the High Seas

The US Navy has embraced smokeless cigarettes and is now permitting their use onboard aircraft carriers

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Gone are the days when those serving in the military were given cigarettes when they were overseas fighting wars (cigarettes used to be included in a soldier’s daily rations). Now due to rising health costs that stem from consuming tobacco products, there have been efforts to curb smoking in the military. Until recently, however, the military has not taken a stance one way or the other about smokeless cigarettes.

While the Air Force is including the devices in their no smoking policy, the U.S. Navy is beginning to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes onboard ships. Recently, the USS George Washington became one of the first aircraft carriers to permit sailors to vape on deck. Sailors have been offered a ‘smoke deck’ that is solely for e-smoking—they still are not permitted to vape anywhere they’d like.

Before making the decision to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes on board aircraft carriers, researchers made sure that there was enough demand and desire for an e-smoking deck before unveiling it.

Having a separate vaping deck will give sailors who enjoy e-smoking a social atmosphere with like-minded, vaping sailors. The creation of a designated e-smoking deck however does not mean that sailors would not be permitted to use their smokeless cigarettes on the traditional smoking deck.

When leaders decided to add an e-smoking deck to the USS George Washington, it was not their goal to promote or prohibit smoking; rather, they wanted to provide sailors with the tools they need to perform their work.

The changes made onboard the George Washington seem to be having a positive effect on those onboard. If these results continue, it is only logical that some of the Navy’s other aircraft carriers will begin providing separate vaping spaces for their sailors as well.

Franchising with IVG

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.50.19 PMHave you considered branching into the world of e-cigarette retail? Here’s a look at franchising in this exciting industry, and why working with International Vapor Group is an excellent starting point!

Franchising is an excellent business model, enabling start up businesses to have an established, well-known, successful, and high-quality name behind them. Working with a company such as our sister brand, VaporFi, gives you the ability to expand and become a part of this growing market, carrying highly successful products, which are very much in demand.

When you work with VaporFi, we help you throughout the entire process and provide unlimited support. There is less overhead cost when working with a group such as ours, and one of the best things going for you is the selling power of a brand that already has a busy following.

With VaporFi, you have the backing of IVG, and there are many advantages to this. Considering we’ve done all the homework, as an entrepreneur, you’re able to get down to business much more quickly and efficiently. Here are some of the top reasons to work with us when venturing into e-cigarette retail:

-We control every aspect of our products, from the design to the production, including our e-liquids, making quality assurance and greater savings some of benefits.

-Experience.We’ve been in this industry a long time and we know what customers are looking and we know what’s going to bring them back for future purchases. Quality and durability go along way.

-Financial backing. We offer you the ability to earn additional commissions from online sales that occur in your area because of our highly-advanced, exclusive revenue-sharing program.

-We don’t offer just one type of store; we have several different available options that can work depending on your needs for your location.  Whether it’s a freestanding store, an in-line mall store, a shopping center location, or a kiosk; there’s flexibility and versatility when you work with us.

-We offer a 24 hour support. This means that our management is always here to assist you, whether it’s online or on-site training, our support is always here to get you where you need to be.

-We understand the importance of having a solid IT infrastructure. Our custom point-of-sale system provides you with everything you need for managing your business in the most efficient way possible.

Franchising is loaded with benefits and offers business owners a quicker way to success with less risk than going in it yourself. There is less financial risk involved because the business structure is already established and you aren’t chancing it with an unknown product. If you are searching for the perfect opportunity to get into the electronic cigarette retail industry, we may be the right match for you!

Electric Cigarettes Treated as Tobacco Product by CVS

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CVS, one of America’s most popular drug stores, has quit selling tobacco one month prior to the anticipated October 1st date.  This halt of tobacco sales will result in a $2 billion dollar loss for the company ($1.5 billion loss in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related products).

CVS executives though are passionate about their decision and believe that the halting of tobacco product sales in addition to their services offered to help others quit will help more people kick the smoking habit.

Multiple electric cigarette companies were hoping the halting of tobacco sales would actually help the industry gain access into CVS.  There had been multiple conversations with CVS in hopes t this would occur.  However, the company has decided to also not sell any green cigarettes either and treat them as a tobacco product.

CVS spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, told ABC News that “CVS Stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.”

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says he is disappointed to hear of this as well, especially since there had been multiple conversations with CVS about the possibility of electric cigarettes being on the store’s shelves.  However, he says “Considering that CVS wants to rebrand itself it would completely make sense that they would want low risk alternatives to the product they just removed from the shelves.”

The President of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), Julie Woessner, says that she thinks it is a shame that CVS is not considering selling electric cigarettes as an alternative choice to traditional analog cigarettes.   She believes smoking is the problem, not the alternative methods such as electric cigarettes.

The debate continues as to whether or not green cigarettes should be treated as a tobacco product.  The FDA has already begun to regulate the industry from advertising and marketing that the e-cig product helps one quit smoking – only time will tell how much regulation will affect the electric cigarette industry.

EverSmoke is an industry-leader in providing alternative nicotine options to adult users. We invite you to check out our extensive selection of electric cigarettes, and learn more about common regulations affecting e-smokers by visiting our knowledge center.