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!

Vaping Problems: Allergic Reaction or Cessation Symptom?

Vaping allergy-symptomsOne of the most common causes allergic reactions when it comes to vaping is due to propylene glycol, (PG) which is one of the most common ingredients used e-liquids across the board, however it should be kept in mind that on occasion people can also be allergic to vegetable glycerin (VG). The symptoms of allergies can easily be mistaken for cessation symptoms, so it’s really important to know the differences.

Some of the most often seen side effects that occur in new vapers are:

  • Headaches
  • Phlegm
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Flare-ups in acne

On a positive note, however, is that these symptoms typically disappear after a few weeks as the body readjusts to no longer having tobacco and thousands of chemicals in the body.

When you quit smoking the body goes through immense change especially if you’ve been the smoker for an extended period of time. Because tobacco is laced with so many other chemicals that the body has grown accustomed to, it takes some time to flush them totally out of the system, and this cleansing process can sometimes bring about unpleasant occurrences.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction to vaping and the symptoms of smoking cessation can basically be the same, so telling the difference between the two can be difficult. If you’re not sure which you’re experiencing, the best way to figure it out is to stop vaping for a few days to see if your symptoms clear up.

When it comes to allergies as a result of e-liquids, the most common cause is propylene glycol. It is the element of the e-liquid that contains the nicotine, the flavor and produces the best type of vapor. Mild reactions to propylene glycol can include headaches, nausea, sinus problems, sore throat, and in extreme situations, numbness of the face, tongue, and hives.

If you’ve narrowed it down and are sure you’re experiencing allergic reaction to your e-cigarette it would most likely make sense to switch to a different liquid. (After you’ve received treatment for it, of course) The trouble here is that most liquids are comprised of PG as a base, so it may be difficult to find a liquid made only of vegetable glycerin. One solution is to find an e-liquid made with a lower concentration of propylene glycol.

EverSmoke’s balance of of 70%/30% PG to VG content is an excellent ratio that agrees with the majority of users. It is gentle enough to be easy on the system while also producing generous quantities of vapor. If you find yourself among the slim population of people who cannot find a liquid that agrees with you, do not give up in frustration. It’s worth it to spend the extra time finding nicotine  e-liquid that will agree with you, versus returning to tobacco. Vaping problems happen; just like in any other situation, however the benefits surely outweigh the negatives!

Vapor Smoking and Your Pets

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For the health of smokers everywhere, the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes is a good statistic. Furthermore, vapor smoking not only has a positive effect smokers first hand, but it effects those around them. Although there is study material on the effects of tobacco cigarettes use on smokers and their families, what is often overlooked (at least by smokers) is the effect they have on our four-legged children: the family pet.

The positive effects of vapor smoking on the family pet

Just as people are negatively affected by secondhand smoke, pets are affected as well. However, while some pets are known to leave the area when an owner is smoking, most stay close and; thus, continue to breathe in harmful secondhand smoke.

In addition to breathing in secondhand smoke, dogs can also suffer from allergic dermatitis (a skin condition characterized by an inflammation of the skin). Moreover, pets can develop cancer from tobacco cigarettes just like their owners. A pet owner who switches to electronic cigarettes does not have to worry about increased vet bills trying to ease their pet suffering from an allergic reaction or even different forms of secondhand smoke-related cancers.

Cats in particular are susceptible to third-hand smoke (the smell and toxins that cling to surfaces exposed to tobacco smoke) because they are meticulous groomers—licking themselves to stay clean and ingesting the deadly cocktail.

With a switch from traditional cigarettes to vapor smoking, however, Fido or Fluffy can continue to curl up in your lap without fear of becoming sick.

A Word of Caution

However, whether you smoke traditional or electronic cigarettes, pet owners must be mindful of where their devices are stored because the nicotine—whether in liquid form or tobacco—is potentially fatal to animals. In recent months, there have been instances where animals have picked up and punctured an e-liquid cartridge and have become seriously ill or died due to acute nicotine poisoning.

Vapers should also be mindful of where they store their electronic cigarettes because the device itself, if ingested, could result in an animal needing surgery to repair any tears or retrieving the device if it becomes lodged in the throat.

Animal experts state that nicotine ingestion can cause vomiting, tremors and an abnormal heart rate in any cat or dog.

What to do in the event of ingestion

If you believe that your pet has chewed on your electronic cigarette (or any other potentially harmful substance), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that you take 30-60 seconds to collect any of the material involved and place it in a sealable bag and then see your vet immediately.

If the potential toxin is unidentifiable, this can help the vet/toxicologist narrow down the substance.

As you can see, it isn’t just people that require attention when it comes to smoking and any decisions about how you manage vapor smoking. At eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—you can learn about the exciting world of vapor smoking and electronic cigarettes.

Am I Allergic to My E-cigarette?

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Scenario: you’ve just started e-smoking and now you’re experiencing headaches and a sore throat or other allergy symptoms and you’re wondering if your new e-cigarette is to blame. Before throwing in the towel and going back to tobacco cigarettes, you should research to ensure that you are in fact experiencing symptoms related to vaping.

Commonly, allergic reactions to e-liquid come from propylene glycol (PG), an organic compound makes up the base of most e-liquids and is responsible for holding the nicotine and flavor in suspension and causing plumes of smoke-like vapor.

The problem is, however, vaping allergic reactions and tobacco cessation symptoms can be the same. One way to check is to stop e-smoking for a couple of days and if your symptoms clear up, chances are you’re experiencing a reaction to something in your e-liquid.

For more information on e-cigarettes and allergy, please read more in our article: Problems While Vaping: Is it an Allergic Reaction or a Cessation Symptom?

EverSmoke uses a 70/30 (PG and VG respectively) blend in all of our e-cigarettes. Do not despair: if you’re experiencing adverse reactions to your e-cigarette when vaping, you should try switching flavors until you find one that works for you. It is much better to switch products until you discover the one(s) that work best for you. Going back to tobacco is the worst mistake you can make!

Eversmoke is one of the most popular e-cigarette brands on the market. Please visit our site in order to browse our selection of starter kits. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding our products, e-smoking and much more.

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.

Vape Talk

cloudchasersVaping culture has it’s own lingo, and if you’re new to this scene, you may need a few of these slang terms interpreted! If you spend any amount of time online in the typical haunts for vaping folks, you’ve probably come across more than a few acronyms and/or abbreviations you weren’t sure of, so here’s your e-cig terminology cheat sheet!

Acronyms

APV: Advanced Personal Vaporizer. Larger, advanced vape pens that have serious batteries, LED screens, and offer a huge amount of control options.

DCC: Dual Coil Cartomizer. Cartomizers that are designed with 2 heating components. They produce incredible amounts of vapor.

DCT: Dual Coil Tank. Tanks are what hold e-liquid in vaporizers, and dual coil means they have two heating elements.

PCC: Personal Charging Case. A type of case that charges batteries without an outlet.

PG: Propylene Glycol. Used as a carrier substance in e-liquid.

RDA: Rebuildable Atomizer: One of the more popular types of atomizers at the moment, these require you to build them yourself.

VG: Vegetable Glycerin. Used as a carrier substance in e-liquid.

Vape-Specific Terms

Analog: Traditional cigarettes; basically they are considered “analog” because they are not digital, like electronic cigarettes.

Atomizer: The part included in electronic cigarettes that heats the liquid and vaporizers it.

Carto: Short for cartomizer or e-cigarette cartridge.

Cartomizer: The element of the e-cigarette that holds the liquid and vaporizes the liquid; with e-cigs cartridges can also be called cartomizers.

Cart(s): Short for cartridge.

Digital Cigarette: Another name for electronic cigarettes.

E-Juice: A term for e-liquid, which is what carries the nicotine.

Throat Hit: The feeling of the force of vapor hitting the throat when vaping.

Vape: The act of vaping.

Vaping: Similar to smoking, it is literally the act of using an e-cigarette.

When you’re just starting out with e-cigarettes, a vaper’s dictionary comes in so handy, and we know you want to know what people are talking about! You will now officially be able to participate in conversations and not sound like a cigarette smoker.

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.

The Right Starter Kit for Your Budget

eversmoke_starter_kitThinking about electronics smoking is one thing, but actually doing it can be the biggest hurdle. Like anything else that’s new to you, you won’t know until you try. If you’re money is where your doubt lies, and you think that e-cigarettes are going to be more costly than tobacco cigarettes, though, think again.

While the cost of starting up with e-cigarettes is certainly more than a typical pack of smokes, it more than evens out with electronic cigarettes being immensely affordable rather quickly into it. So many of the costs of smoking get obliterated, and where tobacco requires constant purchasing, e-cigs go a greater distance, being reusable and less pricey.

If you’ve looked into purchasing an e-cigarette starter kit, you’re probably well aware that there are a lot of different options available to you, regardless of what your budget is. Here’s a look at all the different starter kit options for EverSmoke, what they cost and how if vaping is the path you want to take, even if for just an experimental phase, you can do so for as low as $29.99.

For the Tightest Budget: The Reusable Express Kit: This is the bare essentials; nothing more, nothing less, and it will get you vaping for $29.99. You won’t find a setup of this quality at this price anywhere!

Tight with Some Wiggle Room: The EverSmoke Basic Starter Kit. This is all the basics, with two fantastic batteries and the option of a couple of chargers to work with.

Less Than $100: EverSmoke Pro Starter Kit: this kit gets you a well rounded selection of items to put into your personal rotation that will give you the total vaping experience, covering not just the act of vaping, but all the conveniences it adds to life.

Vaping for Two: The Couples Starter Kit: could not be anymore perfect for two people to share, especially for the price of $99.99. It doubles all the essentials making it a very affordable option for couples who want to go in on vaping together but don’t want to sacrifice having the right products, doubled up.

No Budget at All: the EverSmoke Ultimate Starter Kit: everything is included here, your vaping experience will lack for nothing and you will be able to savor every aspect of electronic smoking. If you want it all, this kit has it all!

As you can see, no matter your budget, we’ve got you covered! Why succumb to smoke, tar, and ash any longer? Try an electronic cigarette starter kit today!