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.

Making E-cigarettes Work for the Garden State

New Jersey governor Chris Christie proposes to reduce the state’s budget through taxes on green cigarettes

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Taxation for e-cigarettes and accessories is not a new concept. In fact, a chance of high percentage taxes has been a hot button topic among vapers in the years ahead. Until recently though, there has been no mention of where this tax money would go.

In an effort to help reduce New Jersey’s $1.06 billion budget shortfall, Governor Chris Christie has proposed a new tax on e-cigarettes. It is estimated that by taxing green cigarettes, New Jersey could raise $35 million dollars in annual revenue. Under Christie’s plan, this revenue would be put toward general spending.

While New Jersey State Treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, told the Senate budget committee the motivation for the proposed tax on e-cigarettes was for public health concerns, the taxation proposal, it would seem, is less about green cigarettes (or those who use the devices) and more about finding ways to close the budget gap.

However, as of April 1, New Jersey joined other states across the nation in treating e-cigarettes as equivalent to tobacco cigarettes (i.e. restricting sales to minors and smoke-free air laws).

E-cigarette taxes are not the only revenue New Jersey brings in from a nicotine delivery system – the sate brings in considerable revenue from tobacco sales, along with and payouts from the 1998 settlement for healthcare expenses from cigarette companies—estimated to be $947.2 million this year alone.

Even though money from the settlement is applied as general revenue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New Jersey and other states spend more funds on tobacco cessation programs.

No state has allocated the full amount that the CDC recommends for tobacco cessation programs. In 2003, New Jersey spent roughly $30 million dollars on tobacco-related funding (leaning on the public’s efforts to quit) including counseling and nicotine-replacement therapy. This figure has dropped to about $1.6 million.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes about one in five of 480,000 annual U.S. deaths. Moreover, 10,000-plus New Jerseyans die every year because of tobacco-related illness.

Find information regarding laws and regulations and general e-cig news by checking our blog and knowledge center. It is important that vapers with what’s going on with green cigarettes. We aim to provide all the information you need to make a decision.

The Best and Worst Hiding Places for Your E-Cigs

hiding an e-cigIs this really a topic we need to discuss?  Absolutely!  Maybe you have been enjoying your e-cig or are thinking of investing in one and other people may have a real curiosity about your purchase as well.

Therefore, we suggest you keep this most valued possession under lock and key.

Once you begin to enjoy vaping, we believe you will feel it is of extreme value as well.  It is priority for you to know where it is at all times but for others to not know!  This “others” can include adults, kids and even pets.

Best Places for Hiding

  • In a pillow case!  Why not?  It keeps dust and other particles off of your device.
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How E-Cigs Work: The Technology Inside

what-is-e-cigaretteE-cigs are simple in looks and design, however within that sleek cigarette-like body is a great deal of technology that comes together to recreate the smoking experience minus the smoke.

Understanding the technology is about understanding what each of the parts do, and how they work in unison to get the job done so fluently. Regardless of the style of electronic cigarette, the majority of these parts will be the same, with variances in power, performance, and capabilities. However, essentially it all comes down to liquid nicotine, a vaporizing mechanism, a battery or power source, and something to puff on.

Continue reading to learn more about the technology behind   electronic cigarette parts, what they are, what they do, and how they work.

Battery: The battery is the most important part of the vaping equation. It is the power source, and it is the main body of the e-cigarette. Inside of it are all the other parts, including the mouthpiece on which the user will inhale upon. E-Cigarette batteries come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and power levels, however they basically do the same job. It’s rather amazing that they can hold so much power, and contain so many other components while remaining so compact.

Atomizer: The atomizer is built into the e-cigarette cartridge the majority of the time, especially regarding two-piece e-cigs. This is the part of the unit that is responsible for vaporizing the nicotine e-liquid into the vapor. It receives a surge of power from the battery, kicking into gear when the user begins puffing.

Cartridge: The cartridge is the disposable part of the e-cigarette that comes pre-filled with flavored e-liquid, and is created with the atomizer inside. Atomizers tend to not have a long life, and replacing them with each new cartridge allows for better performance. The cartridge also contains the silicon mouthpiece.

E-Liquid: E-liquid is what the vapor hits are created from, and where the nicotine and flavor are held.

Crystal Tip: The end of the e-cigarette is fitted with a crystal tip, that glows when in use. It alerts the user when the battery is getting low, and allows others to know when you are puffing on it, in a very realistic manner.

Silicon Mouthpiece: The silicon mouthpiece is created for comfort, and resembles in look and feel a traditional cigarette filter. Created with a hole designed for smooth hitting and the right amount of resistance, a silicon mouthpiece is very comfortable for smokers.

The whole process of how these parts are used to simulate the experience of smoking, without the use of tobacco, or smoke is truly remarkable, and this modern usage of technology is allowing millions of people to enjoy the process in a much more enjoyable manner. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

What to Know Before you Switch

If you’ve decided you’re ready to give e-cigarettes a try, we think that’s great! Vaping is an amazing addition to any smoker’s lifestyle because having an alternative that satisfies your needs and cravings, while saving you money and making life easier is beyond convenient and beneficial. So now that you’re on the path to smoking electronically, here is a guide to help you along with choosing a brand, a type of starter kit, and what you can expect from switching. While it seems like a whole new world, we promise it’s not difficult, nor confusing once you get an idea of what our products entail!

E-Cigarette Brands

As you’re most likely aware, there are a lot of different brands out there. Choosing should be based on quality, reviews given by other users, product range, options, price, money back policies, warranties, and your personal preference. If you aren’t sure, go with a brand that has been around for some time, and you see positive feedback being offered.

Choosing a Starter Kit

If you aren’t sure how to choose an e-cigarette starter kit, it’s always a good idea to go slow, and try a more basic setup. You can always upgrade to a larger kit, and it will allow you to save some money right off the bat if you are concerned about spending too much. If you are sure you want to try all of the various accessories available from the start, by all means, indulge in a larger starter kit!

What to Expect When You Switch

The many benefits of going smoke-free when switching to e-cigarettes are plenty. You can expect that foul odor that incessantly follows you to diminish. You can expect to save a great deal of money; some people save thousands of dollars every year. You can expect a simpler, more modern setup being able to charge your batteries as opposed to using lighters, which you constantly have to replace. You get many different flavor options, and you can expect to enjoy the refreshment of flavors like pina colada and cherry crush. You can also expect to enjoy the freedom of being able to smoke around large groups of people, without offending anyone with cigarette smoke.

Switching to electronic cigarettes does not need to be complicated, expensive, or confusing. The benefits you will reap as a smoker who has switched to vapor are so worth the effort of experiencing vapor smoking, and we hope it works for you, as it has for millions of others! If you are in need of more info, please check out our e-cigarette buying guide for details on how to get the most satisfaction from choosing electronic cigarettes.

Gourmet Vaping? Yes, Flavors Are a Big Deal!

img_eversmoke_cartE-Cigarette flavors have come a long way from the days of having only a handful of options. Now, many companies offer a whole list of different options, and we understand why: people who are into e-smoking really enjoy it, and one way to up the enjoyment is to add more flavors to the mix. Considering the 10 flavors we offer, there is seriously something for everyone out there.

The big deal with e-cig flavors is that they take the pleasure up a few notches. Traditional cigarettes generally come in two flavors, and one way to really increase the satisfaction with electronic cigarettes is to involve a variety of flavors. This gives users more ability to experiment with the different options, and the ability to find different types that they really like. It’s also one of the many fun aspects of vaping. Being able to play with your flavors and experiment with how you incorporate your e-cigarettes into your life is a lot more exciting than the limitations that continuously plague smoking traditional cigarettes.

Some users go so far as to pair their e-cigarette flavors with different foods and beverages, preferring specific flavors with different meals as well as their morning coffee and evening beer. Different foods can work amazingly with vapor flavors, and users are finding very creative ways of enjoying the two together. Desserts work perfectly with Coffee Creation, and just about any light, fresh entrée can be matched with Pina Colada.  Very Vanilla goes beautifully with a cup of Joe, as does Peppermint and Classic Tobacco, which is an obvious classic combo! When it comes to beer, Royal Tobacco and Cherry Crush can pair very nicely.

Pairing your e-cig with your meal or beverages is one of the best things about electronic smoking. For many smokers, enjoying cigarettes with adult beverages, different meals, and after meals was part of their regular routine. However, when using e-cigarettes, this doesn’t have to change; in fact it only gets better with the many more choices available!

Starter Kits: How’s a Beginner to Choose?

eversmoke_starter_kitIf you are a smoker who is interested in switching to alternative cigarettes, you are probably aware of the vast number of choices before you. We won’t disagree; we know that for many, the most difficult thing about switching to vapor is actually starting because there are just that many options when it comes to choosing an e-cigarette starter kit. Here is a guide for the beginner e-smoker, because we know how valuable having some direction can be, and how valuable switching to an amazing alternative like vapor can be!

When you are just beginning ask yourself these questions:

What is my budget for starting?

How often do I smoke cigarettes?

Am I interested in using a variety of accessories?

What is my day to day lifestyle like; will I be vaping mostly at home or am I always on the go?

With so many starter kits available, these questions can help you narrow it down. There are kits for the busiest people who know they will want a little of everything, as well as extras, and there are kits for those who want nothing but the basics.

The EverSmoke Basic Kit: Basic is it! However you do get 2 batteries, a wall charger, a USB charger and 5 cartridges; which is a really awesome way to start up without getting overwhelmed, by either the cost or number of products.

The EverSmoke Pro Kit: A step up from the Basic Kit, the Pro Kit comes with all the same products with the inclusion of a Power Cig, which gives you the benefit of extended vaping without needing charging, as it connects to an outlet.

The EverSmoke Ultimate Kit: this one covers all ground, and comes with all of our accessories. You get 3 batteries, a Personal Charging Case, a protective case, a Power Cig, a wall charger, USB charger, and a car adapter, as well as 15 nicotine cartridges. If you want it all, this kit has it all.

The Couples Combo Kit: If you and your partner are looking to make the switch together, this kit helps you do it together. It comes with 4 batteries; 2 of each size, 2 wall chargers, 2 USB chargers, 2 car adapters, and 10 cartridges so you each start out with 5. Sweet deal, isn’t it?

The Express Kit: This is our most budget-friendly basic option, and it allows new users to have the experience without a big commitment. It has the most necessary parts needed to vape, including a battery, a USB charger, and 2 cartridges.

Vaping is amazing, and for many it becomes a big part of their lifestyle because it avails so much more convenience and options than cigarettes do, however the biggest step to switching is making that first leap. We hope this beginner’s guide to starter kits has proved helpful, here’s to the freedom and bliss of vaping!

Can Electronic Cigarettes Give You a Six-Pack?

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According to recent statistics, the United States has over 45 million people that use electronic cigarettes. With over $3 billion dollars in sales, it seems to be a popular concept that many are trying.

Could some people possibly be making the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs because they feel they are able to stay physically fit using this alternative?

According to a detailed study of 1000 electronic cigarette smokers, many suggested they had increased their lung capacity after making the switch from traditional to e-cigs.  Three fourths of the people surveyed claimed that they are able to handle strenuous tasks, including exercise, much better.

Below are more results from the study

  • 98% of all participants claimed their tobacco usage decreased after taking up electronic smoking.
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Health Effects of Cigarettes: Serious Reasons to Switch

13552230-13552230-deadly-cigaretteSo you most likely already know at this point about all the ways traditional cigarettes are really bad for the body. In addition to being tremendously costly, they cause a massive amount of harm to every system and area of the body, internally and externally. If you value your body, pay close attention to the following; tobacco is one of those things better not used. Why allow tobacco to affect your body in all these different ways if you have an alternative?

Bones: Tobacco has been found to decrease the density of bones, leading to osteoporosis. Of course, it cannot be blamed entirely for this, as there are many things that cause the disease, however smoking tobacco can exacerbate the risk, especially for women. Along these lines, smoking is also known to reduce estrogen production, which can lead to the early onset of menopause.

Heart and Blood Vessels: The way tobacco affects the heart and blood vessels is exceptionally devastating, increasing the risk of a variety of different conditions, including:

Atherosclerosis, which causes plaque to build up in the arteries.

Aneurysms, which are deadly.

Coronary Heart Disease, which causes blood clots to form, and can in turn, get stuck to artery walls.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) which can include heart attacks, high blood pressure, and chest pain directly related to the condition of the heart.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), an additional condition that causes the build up of plaque in the arteries.

Stroke, which is typically triggered by blood clots and bleeding.

Lungs and Respiratory System: The lungs are the most evident organs to be affected by tobacco smoke, for obvious reasons, as cigarette smoke is directly breathed into the lungs. Diseases of the lungs caused by cigarette smoke include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease that causes wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath in addition to other symptoms.

Chronic Bronchitis, which causes less air to flow to and from the lungs, as it causes the lining of the bronchial tubes to swell.

Emphysema, which irreparably destroys the tissue of the lungs, restricting (or destroying entirely) the ability to breathe. It causes the walls between the sacs in the lungs to lose their ability to stretch and retract.

Additional diseases of the lungs tobacco can contribute to include Pneumonia, Asthma, and Tuberculosis.

Cancers: It’s not news that smoking and consuming tobacco can cause a wide variety of different cancers. A lot of this is due to the thousands of chemicals contained in tobacco, including 70 that are known carcinogens. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer, however here is a list of cancers that tobacco can contribute to causing:

Bladder, Bronchus, Colon, Esophagus, Kidney, Larynx, Lips, Liver, Nasal Cavity, Nasopharynx, Oral Cavity, Pancreas, Rectum, Stomach, Trachea, and Uterine Cervix.

When you remove the tobacco from your life, you begin to improve your chances of developing any of these conditions. While it’s not exactly easy, it is worth every speck of effort involved. If you are interested in alternatives, electric cigarettes are an enjoyable way to satisfy your cravings for nicotine in a smoke, and tobacco-free way. If you would like more information in regards to electronic alternatives, please browse through our e-cigarette knowledge center.

How to Take Care of Your E-Cig Cartridges

eversmoke-cartridgesE-Cigarette cartridges are an essential component to vaping. They hold the flavored nicotine e-liquid, are built to hold the atomizers, which are necessary for vaporizing the liquid, and they contain the mouthpiece for which the user puffs on. For all that they do, and all that they bring to the table, it’s important to know how to take care of your cartridges. Here are some tips to make sure you treat them right, and ensure that they will be lasting as long as possible, and performing to their fullest ability.

-Learn to use them properly. Obvious, right? Well, it’s really important that you know what you’re doing right off the bat if you want every cartridge to go as far as possible.

-Screw your cartridge onto the battery till it fits perfectly, and do not over tighten. That can cause it to function incorrectly, and not produce an adequate amount of vapor.

-E-cig cartridges do have a freshness lifespan. After opening, use within one week because after that period they begin to lose potency.

-Don’t do odd things like blow or exhale into the cartridge; they were not meant for any type of action other than puffing and inhaling on.

-Cartridges are disposable, unless stated otherwise, so do not attempt to fill them with liquids.

-They are meant to be stored at temperatures ideally below 75F, in dry conditions, so don’t expose them to water.

-If your cartridge gets hot while in use, discontinue using it until it cools off.

-When vaping, you should puff on your cartridge as you would if you were smoking a cigarette. 10 to 15 puffs, with around 5 seconds between each puff is about the equivalent of one traditional tobacco cigarette.

-When vaping, long, slow drags are the ideal way to do it; shorter, quicker puffing equates to less vapor production; no one wants that!

-It’s a smart idea to keep track of your usage, so you can have a better idea of how long your cartridges will last you. Track how many puffs you take during a session, because vaping is so enjoyable it can be easy to forget and get lost in the pleasure.

-Taste something burnt? That means the cartridge has come to an end, and it’s time for a new one.

E-cig cartridge maintenance can seem unnecessary because they are disposable and have a short lifespan, but they are a major part of the experience. Treat them right, and you will get a ton of enjoyment out of them, as well as making them last as long as possible!