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Recommendations for Smokeless Cigarettes and Air Travel

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The popularity of smokeless cigarettes has reached a point where it is evident that the smoke-free nicotine delivery systems are here to stay. However, it does not mean that the controversies and arguments about the devices have stopped—new arguments are popping up frequently. The most recent controversy involves vaping on airplanes; however, the argument being made may not be the one you assume it is.

When smokeless cigarettes hit the market, there was some concern over whether a cabin full of people would suffer ill health effects from ‘second-hand vape’. The argument now has turned to concerns over fire safety. Last month, there was an incident where a small fire started after a passenger packed his smokeless cigarette in his checked luggage at Logan International Airport in Boston. This has prompted airport officials to ask federal officials to reclassify e-cigs as hazardous.

The Events

Passengers on a JetBlue flight to Buffalo, New York were evacuated from the aircraft when baggage handlers smelled smoke. A smoldering bag was removed from the baggage hold and extinguished. Luckily, the flight hadn’t actually taken off or the events could have been very different. After examining the remnants of the bag, the culprit seems to have been a smokeless cigarette—or more specifically, the device’s lithium-ion battery.

Lithium-ion batteries, which are found in everything from laptops to cell phones, have long been linked to being capable of catching fire. While the Massachusetts Port Authority may blame the smokeless cigarette for the incident, any lithium-ion battery that is activated inside a packed suitcase could easily overheat and catch fire. The incident has led many to suggest that smokeless cigarettes should be banned from airplanes; however, the better course of action would be to insist that e-cig components be disassembled packing in checked luggage.

TSA Guidelines for Flying with Smokeless cigarettes and E-liquid

The TSA doesn’t currently have restrictions on e-liquid, or e-cig products—this includes batteries, cartridges, and charging devices. However, any separate liquids will fall under the 3-1-1 carry-on rule.

While it is highly unlikely you’ll have any difficulties with the TSA concerning your smokeless cigarettes (and components), to be more precautionary, don’t declare them for inspection at the checkpoint. If an issue arises, explain that it’s your smokeless cigarette.

Further recommendations include:

  • Pack your batteries and charger in your laptop case or with your other electronics
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EverSmoke Batteries: The Technology Behind the Scenes

EVERSMOKE9EverSmoke batteries are pretty amazing. Like most other e-cigarette batteries on the market, EverSmoke batteries use lithium ion technology. They are constructed of lithium and carbon materials, and this makes them lightweight and ultra-powerful. Here’s a deeper look into the technology behind these batteries, how they work and what makes them so ideal for electronic smoking.

Lithium ion batteries were first released in 1997, they are used in all varieties of different devices including smart phones, other types of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, video game consoles, flashlights, power tools, hybrid vehicles, electric wheelchairs, model aircraft, and even the Mars Curiosity Rover. Amazing right?

Unlike older battery models that worked on electronic charges using liquid solvents, lithium ion batteries work with solid polymer composite. This enables the electrodes and separators which are responsible for generating the charge to be limited to one another. This enables the battery to be encased within a flexible casing, as opposed to a metal casing, enabling them to be shaped specifically for certain devices creating an individualized fit. This equates to greater versatility all around.

Here are some of the many benefits lithium ion batteries bring to the world of electronics:

  • Lithium ion batteries are very lightweight batteries.
  • Lithium is a highly reactive element, and this allows lithium ion batteries to hold a lot more stored energy.
  • They hold battery charges much longer per month than older style batteries. Lithium ion batteries lose only about 5% of their charge each month compared to the much higher rate of 20% of loss for older types of batteries.
  • Lithium ion batteries do not need to be fully discharged before recharging.
  • Lithium ion batteries are not only strong, but they are exceptionally durable. They can handle hundreds of charging cycles in their lifetime.

As excellent as lithium ion batteries are, they do come with a few pitfalls unfortunately:

  • Lithium ion batteries begin to degrade once they leave the factory.
  • They are extremely sensitive to heat and exposure can cause them to degenerate very quickly.
  • Continually completely discharging lithium ion batteries can destroy them
  • They are more expensive batteries due to the technology involved.

Lithium ion batteries are the power behind electronic cigarettes, and you can surely see why. This amazing technology allows smokers to have a device that enables them the same pleasure without smoke tobacco and tar, with quality, durability and convenience. Innovation is incredible, isn’t it?!

The Importance of Protecting E-Cig Batteries from Heat

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Sometimes it can feel like you need advanced degree to keep our phones, P.D.A.’s and laptops working. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), lithium-ion batteries perform at their best if kept at temperatures between 14°F and 86°F. Moreover, battery experts say that the number one cause of battery problems is too much heat. Batteries that get too warm drain faster than they normally would. Therefore, you should think of electronics as if they were a baby or a dog—if it’s hot outside, don’t leave it in the car.

Batteries are also affected by humidity and other weather extremes— they can bulge, bubble, melt, damage your device, smoke, and in (very) extreme cases, even blow-up. Some examples of areas to avoid bringing lithium-ion batteries are in a non-temperature controlled room, in a closed bathroom with the shower on, in a closed car on a hot day, or in a steam-room or a sauna.

The necessity of keeping your lithium ion battery cool

Standard Li-ion battery chemistry depends on electrolytes that react with a residual moisture to create hydrofluoric acid, the most corrosive of all chemical compounds. The speed of this process doubles with every increase in temperature of 10 degrees Celsius—resulting in a reduced calendar and cycle life. Moreover, not only does this mean that there is a run-time degrade with age, but it means that each subsequent charge discharge further reduces it.

This damage occurs until the battery just doesn’t last long enough between charges. In addition, the damage created by the increase in temperature is exacerbated the more you use your battery – therefore, the more power your device needs or the faster you charge it, the hotter the battery gets.

Electronic cigarettes provide smokers a smoke free alternative nicotine delivery method. When purchasing an e-cigarette, make sure that you properly care for your battery to ensure a long-lasting life. If you are interested in delving into the world of electronic cigarettes, please visit EverSmoke’s website. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about the changing laws and evolving technology of vaping.

(Now) Made in the U.S of A: Manufacturing Changes for Smokeless Cigarettes

made-in-united-statesLeading US e-cigarette companies moving production back to the USA from China

Due to concerns over quality control and chances of even tighter federal regulations, many prominent U.S. producers of smokeless cigarettes are moving their manufacturing processes out of China (where most e-cigarettes are made) and bringing them to the United States.

These production lines will be in new, highly automated U.S. factories, thus allowing ingredients and quality to be closely monitored and tracked. Producers even expect costs to be lower than those now produced in China.

While the shift to U.S. production has been in the works, real momentum gained since the FDA proposed stricter regulations in April. The FDA proposal includes requiring manufacturers to register and list all of the ingredients in their product. As the FDA proposal would require more control over the manufacturing process, moving production to the U.S. would make compliance to the regulations easier on most e-cigarette companies.

Before thoughts of shifting the manufacturing process, many smokeless cigarette companies already produced their e-liquids in the U.S., shipped the liquid to China and the devices were assembled there. Although a majority of production will take place in the United States, most batteries will most likely continue to be made in China.

Since the U.S. sales of e-cigarettes is expected to out-gross that of tobacco cigarettes by 2020, it is crucial for the major U.S. tobacco companies to begin developing their own brands of smokeless cigarettes to offset the shrinking sales. Furthermore, since production of e-cigarettes is rising, complying with the new U.S. regulations will become top priority.

Reynolds American Inc. is the only major U.S. tobacco company that produces its e-cigarettes (Vuse brand) in the U.S. In addition, Reynolds is in discussions to acquire Lorillard Inc’s. Blu brand, which has its brand of smokeless cigarettes assembled in China but produces the e-liquid in the U.S. As of now, the producers of Mistic and White Cloud are the two biggest companies planning to shift production from China to the U.S.

While many companies plan to make the shift to U.S. production, many companies will continue to produce e-cigarettes in China.

Eversmoke already proudly produces their products in the United States. However, having other companies join them in U.S. production can help to change people’s perception of smokeless cigarettes. In addition to being able to browse our selection of starter kits, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations.

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?

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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Combating Combustible Tobacco Use

Fifty years ago the United States took a step forward to reduce the use of tobacco and eliminate its harms with the “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.”

Thanks to much concerted efforts, the number of tobacco users has seriously decreased since then. In 1965 when the report began, 43% of adults smoked, but by 2012 that has dropped to 18%. Despite this progress though, millions of Americans still expose themselves to harmful smoke and chemicals in traditional (combustible) tobacco products.

A new “Perspective” piece appeared in the January edition of the New England Journal of Medicine: Smoke, the Chief Killer — Strategies for Targeting Combustible Tobacco Use.

This is a landmark piece that recognizes “…combustibles as the chief tobacco killer calls for a progressive public health approach that focuses on the known, overwhelming risks of these products. Specifically, we believe that evidence-based, population-wide policies should be implemented that particularly target reducing combustible tobacco use.”

Despite the desire by many to reduce the numbers of people using combustible tobacco, many public health service groups have been unenthusiastic about various smoking alternatives available on the market today.

It’s important to note that it is the smoke, not the nicotine, which makes tobacco cigarettes so harmful. Alternatives like the electronic (smokeless) cigarette deliver the same taste, but without the smoke, tar and other harmful substances that affect not only the user, but those around them.

The article authors go on to acknowledge the great amount of research that clearly defines the overall harms of tobacco products. Furthermore, “…given that up to 98% of tobacco-related deaths are attributable to combustible products, the net harms of these products, including harms from secondhand smoke, dwarf those of other forms of tobacco use…”

Also, research shows “…all the noncombustible delivery vehicles are substantially less dangerous than combustible tobacco products….”

Furthermore, we need to communicate intelligently about harm reduction: not all nicotine-containing products are equal, and the public health focus should be on eliminating combustible tobacco products, even if some people who give up combustibles will continue using FDA-approved medications, e-cigarettes, or smokeless tobacco products indefinitely.

As the discussion  about tobacco harm reduction continues, it’s inevitable that many smokers will seek alternatives so they can continue to enjoy the “act” of smoking but not expose themselves and loved ones to dangerous substances.  E-cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigarettes.html) are one type of non-combustible, alternative nicotine delivery device in which users can get a similar experience but without smoke, tar, etc.

E-Cigarettes: The Only Way to Smoke Indoors

electronic-cigarettes-shopWhile there is endless discussion on why traditional cigarettes are entirely awful for one’s health, the fact that they are so unbelievably unhealthy for your home can often go overlooked. Many e-smokers know this very well, for having switched to e-cigarettes, they can clearly see through the smoke and appreciate the ways their home is much cleaner and more comfortable when vaping.

In the same ways that cigarettes wreak havoc on the insides of the body, they can really do a number on the interior of a home. In fact, just like in the body, there are times the damage from tobacco inside of a home can be irreparable, which is never good considering a home is typically an investment.

The following are four of the main ways traditional cigarettes can cause damage to your home, and why smokeless cigarettes can help lessen the burden.

Stained Surfaces In Your Home

Tobacco stains on walls and ceilings are obvious, but in addition to these, there are countless other surfaces in your home that can bear the damage of smoke. Floors, ceiling fans, furniture, curtains, and even wallpaper can be ruined, need repairs or replacing as a result. As electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, produce no smoke, and release few substances, they do not leave lingering remnants that will stain or destroy.

The Air Conditioner

Not as obviously noticeable as the walls or furniture, however just as important is your A/C and heating system, especially if you reside in an extreme climate. As these systems run by filtering air through a filter, smoking creates an excess of particles to filter, and this can cause you’re A/C system to work that much harder and go through filters that much quicker, which if not done regularly, can cause the machine to break down. E-Cigarette vapor contains very little substance whatsoever, and it breaks down effortlessly, never posing a problem to air conditioners.

Electronic Items

Cigarette smoke can cause electronic components to corrode. Because it clings to every surface it comes into contact with, especially those that are emitting heat (like computers), smoke and tar will accumulate, and cause additional dust to stick to it. This causes build up over time, which can be potentially dangerous. If you can avoid adding to the problem, since dust occurs naturally, why not do so? E-cigarettes leave nothing behind, as vapor dissipates without a trace and will not encourage dust to stick and settle on your electronic devices.

Fire

Cigarettes are a fire hazard, and a single cigarette can be responsible for huge, deadly fires, smoke damage, and additional serious destruction. Estimates from the US Fire administration put deaths as a result of cigarette-caused fires at about 1000 per year. A great way to avoid this is to opt for the electronic alternative, as they work without fire, leaving no risk of flame or hot falling cherries.

E-Cigarettes take so many of the issues that accompany traditional cigarettes and render them obsolete. They are the obvious, more convenient choice if you plan on smoking indoors, and they do not leave behind consequences to deal with years afterwards. To give electronic cigarettes a try, please check our awesome selection here!

Benefits of Electronic Cigarette Disposables

eversmoke-disposable-e-cigarette1-300x300Electronic cigarette disposables are an excellent addition to your selection of e-cigarette products. While you may not want to use them daily, they are an absolute essential to any vaper’s arsenal of e-cigarette gear.

Whether you keep them on hand for emergencies, or you occasionally like to switch things up for variety, there are so many reasons to use EverSmoke electronic cigarette disposables.

Travel: Traveling often requires you to think on your toes and make decisions in a snap. You often have to move quickly, and deal with some hustle and bustle. Changing cartridges, charging batteries, and staying on top of your e-cigarette gear can sometimes not be ideal, so when you’re traveling, make sure to bring disposable e-cigarettes along with you. They allow you keep things simple, plus unlike traditional cigarettes, you have the option to use them just about anywhere; airports, hotels, mass transportation, taxis, around nonsmokers… We say, enjoy the journey as much as the destination, and travel with ease using e-cigarette disposables!

Emergencies: power outages, hurricanes, unexpected situations; things come up, you need total convenience at certain times. Luckily with disposables you never need to set them up, prepare in advance or charge them before you use them. Open the package and they’re ready to go!

You’re Too Busy to Be Bothered: Life gets busy, and we all have those times when we are too busy to keep up with things. Sometimes, you’ve got too much on your plate that even the simplest of tasks and chores are a hassle. When life has you in one of these cycles, give our disposable e-cigarettes a try. They offer the most convenient e-cigarette experience without any extra effort. It’s times like these that can often make smoking cigarettes again seem appealing just for the convenience; don’t give in to that temptation! Remember that disposables are even easier, and will allow you to have smoke-free, luscious, nicotine-rich vapor whenever you need it!

E-Smoking and the Workplace

smokeless-cigarettes-in-the-workplaceCigarettes in the workplace are not exactly tolerated. While back in the day they were pretty common in every public place imaginable, it’s a totally different story these days. Lighting up cigarettes anywhere indoors is beyond a social faux pas; it’s completely not acceptable!

To employers, smoking is a liability on more than one level. Smoking employees cost employers more for a variety of reasons, with the main ones being healthcare and money lost on the excessive smoke breaks smokers are prone to taking.

Let’s talk about smoke breaks for a minute. Seemingly small increments of time used, they add up big-time. According to an article on The New York Times blog, an estimated $3,077 are spent by employers on smoke breaks, per employee. The average nonsmoking worker takes approximately 3 breaks a day, while smokers about 5. It’s a lot of money being wasted on what is deemed an unnecessary habit.

The next cost employers see in large numbers are the health costs of smokers, which come out to about $2,056 per smoking employee. Between the health care cost and absenteeism, businesses are much more inclined to hire nonsmokers if they have a choice. Healthier people equate to more productive people.

The one compromise that employers and smoking employees can agree on, however, are electronic cigarettes. They offer a viable alternative to tobacco, and still enable users to have the nicotine they are looking for; in contrast to the unfairness and discrimination of an outright smoking ban.

While e-cigarettes are gaining great acceptance as great alternatives to tobacco for employees, they have not yet won everyone over. There are still many employers who remain doubtful and opt to include electronic cigarettes in their smoking bans.

So how does a business begin to implement electronic cigarette tolerance in the workplace? While there is no getting around the fact that electronic cigarettes can do wonders to improve employee productivity, before it becomes an outright policy, employers should consider a few things.

-Awareness. It’s important to know what electronic cigarettes look like so they are not confused with traditional cigarettes; some versions look exactly like traditional cigarettes.

-Get feedback from all employees, including nonsmokers to see where they stand and how they feel about electronic cigarettes being implemented into the workplace. Awareness involves everyone.

-Understand what the local and state government laws are regarding smoking in the workplace. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have smoking bans and restrictions in the workplace, and although these do not explicitly apply to electronic cigarettes, all regions are different, and some may have more strict, or less lenient views on electronic cigarettes as a whole.

Strategy is the name of the game when it comes to electronic cigarettes in the workplace. Their acceptance continues to grow, and e-cigarettes are proving to be very beneficial in the business sense. Cigarette smoking is becoming less tolerable, and eliminating smokers from the workforce is really not an option. Alternatives give smokers more ability to be productive and still comfortable, and they give nonsmokers the ability to steer clear of the tobacco. Employers want smoke-free employees who are more productive; e-cigarettes offer compromises in all of these circumstances!