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New Indiana Regulation has E-Liquid Manufacturers and Vape Shop Owners Steaming

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Next July, Indiana will start enforcing a new law regarding e-cigarette sales. House Enrolled Act 1432 will require manufacturers in the state to have a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in order to continue producing e-liquid.

In addition, to having to obtain a permit, companies that produce e-liquid will also have to hire 24/7 security on site where the e-liquid is produced and stored, as well as have their blueprints on file. As an unintended consequence, the new regulation could lead vape storeowners to lose part of their inventory if manufacturers fail to meet the requirements.

According to at least one local vape storeowner, Troy Leblanc, this could mean that upwards of “[f]ifty to 60 percent of the liquids that we sell would have to be taken off the shelf because they come from companies who use certified labs, who use clean rooms, but don’t have the money to take security measures the Indiana state is requiring.”

Vape storeowners like Leblanc probably won’t lose all of their e-liquid, as companies that produce e-liquid in sealed (filled) cartridges are exempt from these rules; however, this is a fairly dull silver lining.

Leblanc feels the new restrictions will prevent vape shops from opening in Indiana, saying instead they will cross the border into Kentucky and take their valuable tax dollars with them.

The attorney general will be in charge of the state’s defense. According to Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General: “The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is fully prepared to defend state laws the Legislature passed from legal challenges that plaintiffs’ lawyers file.”

This is just one of the many challenges that e-cigarette producers, sellers and vapors smokers are facing right now all across the country. To keep abreast in the changes happening in the world of e-cigarettes, browse EverSmoke’s blog and learning center.

After you’ve studied up, don’t forget to check out our awesome vaping products, accessories and supplies in our online store.

British TV Allowing E-Cigarette Advertising

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E-cigarette advertisements have become much more commonplace in the U.S. in the last few years as smokeless nicotine delivery devices become increasingly popular. Until recently though (the end of 2014 to be exact), e-cigarettes were banned from British television programming altogether.

Now, however, the rules are changing and e-cigarette manufactures will be allowed to expand their advertisements on British TV.

Before now, British rules for e-cigarette advertisements did not differentiate between electronic and tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette manufacturers were allowed to advertise their brand on British TV; however, it was illegal actually to show an actual e-cigarette.

Under the new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) guidelines, in order to show an e-cigarette on TV the advertisement needs to follow certain rules. For example:

  • E-cigarettes cannot be presented in a way that appeal to minors. The CAP rules mention specifically that e-cigarette adverts can’t look like they’re suggesting a “youth culture”
  • Adverts cannot suggest non-smokers take up vaping
  • The words ‘safer’ and/or ‘healthier’ cannot be used
  • The adverts also cannot make health claims, unless they have special permissions

The BBC reported on one of the first e-cigarette advertisements to appear on British television. The TV ad showed a group of friends seen vaping and exchanging information about how e-cigarettes have changed their lives while enjoying a meal together.

Many e-cigarette manufacturers feel that this first step in lightening vaping restrictions is not only good for business, but also good for the public. A chief executive of one e-cigarette maker stated, “The new advertising rules are a positive step to show people how vaping can help them move away from tobacco products.”

Here at EverSmoke, we agree that it’s a positive thing to be able to show people that there are better options when it comes to nicotine delivery. If you’re looking for a high-quality alternative nicotine delivery system, look no further than EverSmoke!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to check out our diverse selection of vaping products. Plus, be sure to browse our vaping blog and knowledge center for more info about vaping in general.

Where to Vape and Where NOT to Vape

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The question of whether or not e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is clear. However, the question of where to vape and where not to vape is becoming more difficult to answer. This is mostly due to city and state government’s interests in regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. As an electronic cigarette user, or as someone interested in trying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on your local vapor smoking  regulations.

The conversation surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public has expanded from city governments to state governments. California’s senate has shown interest in limiting the locations where an individual could vape in public, much the same way tobacco use is prohibited in places like restaurants, public transportation, etc.

But to better understand where to vape and where not to vape, it may be best to look at cities that have passed, or are considering passing, e-cigarette legislation.

Los Angeles, for example, banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants. Smaller cities too, such as Ashville, NC, are looking to pass city ordinances that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on public transportation or in city premises, such as the regional airport and public parks .

So, where CAN you vape?    

Ultimately, the answer to this question will be up to your local ordinances and government officials. However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid vaping in places like government buildings, schools, hospitals, and airports. By practicing good vaping etiquette  you’ll avoid any negative confrontations.

Deciding whether or not you should vape in places such as restaurants and bars might require a bit of research on your part. But if you can’t find any information for e-cigarette legislation  in your city or state, don’t be afraid to just ask the owner or manager of the business you’re visiting.

If you still have questions about where you should vape, don’t worry. Eversmoke is here to help you. Stay up-to-date on e-cigarette legislation by browsing our knowledge center or blog.

E-Liquids: Childproof Bottles Are About to Happen Everywhere

Childproofing Nicotine E-LiquidWhile the current state of regulations that involve electronic cigarettes and all related products is far from being set in stone, one area that has received complete and overwhelming approval from all sides is in regards to e-liquid companies and brands carrying them, being required to have child-proof caps on all bottles to prevent unnecessary accidents. While no concrete laws are set in place yet, certain bills requiring companies to have child-proof caps on e-liquid bottles are being reviewed across the country.

The subject of nicotine liquid getting into the hands of children has been a hot topic for the industry for a while now, and with the popularity of e-liquid usage consistently on the rise, and more and more brands emerging, and more people vaping in general, this regulation could not come at a better time.

Despite how enjoyable nicotine is, it does come with some risk and it is very responsible and wise to put the safety of children first. The risks come whether the liquid is handled with bare hands, or gets accidentally ingested, and while for adults the consequences may not be that bad, for children in this predicament, they could be highly dangerous, and in rare cases, even deadly.

While EverSmoke is a brand that does not sell any liquids individually, per se, we are fully in support of this type of reasonable e-cigarette regulation. Our line of e-cigarette cartridges do contain liquids in them, however it is very difficult to access the liquid, unlike with bottles of e-liquid, which can be easily mistaken for other things. Our sister brand, VaporFi specializes in nicotine e-liquids, and they have long been using child-proof caps on their bottles, seeing it as the right thing to do.

Electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, and all products of this genre are intended to be used by adults, and never by children, so taking measures to further keep them from being used by people who should not be using them is the responsible way to go.

CDC Paints a Target on Electronic Cigarettes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently targeted the electronic cigarette industry with negative advertising cautioning people against nicotine delivery devices, highlighting the various diseases associated with tobacco use.  It appears that once again the vaping industry is being lumped in with the tobacco industry – even though they are two entirely separate entities.

The CDC contends that since there isn’t enough information about the long-term safety and effects of electronic cigarette usage, they should not be promoted.  Of course, many vapor smokers think that’s the point exactly—that there is not enough known about the devices to compare them to traditional cigarettes.

One electronic cigarette shop owner named John McCullough said to reporters that he would never tell a customer that vaping is 100% safe (and neither would EverSmoke), but the industry is too young for unbiased research to show how good or bad electronic cigarettes are.

“The industry is 7 or 8-years-old,” he said.  “We need another 20 before we can actually say, ‘This product is safe,’ or ‘This product is bad,’ and why it is safe or bad.”

Millions of people have begun turning to electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to traditional smoking, which is proven to be harmful to your health and home.  The e-cig alternative has also opened up more doors for people to be able to vape in places that otherwise are banned from traditional smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are considered a breath of fresh air because the vapor released is not an offensive smell like the smoke from cigarettes.

While more research needs to be done, there are countless vaping existing studies that has been conducted on these devices up to this point which we encourage you to read so that you can form your own opinion rather than mistaking misinformation for fact.

At EverSmoke, we have worked hard to provide a library of online resources for smokers trying to get better educated about electronic cigarettes. For starters, visit our blog and knowledge center. Also, feel free to contact us about any questions you have about our products or vaping in general.

Teens Buying E-Cigs Online

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One of the latest controversies in the vaping community is over the accessibility that teens have to e-cigs by ordering the smokeless devices online.  According to USA Today, a recent study has shown that teens were able to purchase e-cigs online 94% of the time.

After obtaining permission (and credit cards) from parents and law enforcement, researchers followed 11 teenagers age 14 to 17 who were told to buy e-cigs online.  Out of 98 attempts to make a purchase, online vendors only blocked five teens.  In a majority of the cases, the teens were able to order e-cigs and have them delivered to their doorstep with no questions or signatures requested.

This study was conducted specifically to see how North Carolina was able to enforce a law enacted in 2013 which states that a retailer must verify a customer’s age against a government database before allowing the purchase. Shipping e-cigs to minors is considered a class 2 misdemeanor in this state.

Dr. Rebecca Williams, a research associate at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the lead author.  She remarked that “…it is easier for many teens to buy e-cigarettes online than in a corner store, where they might be faced with a request for an ID.”

Here’s what the authors of the study concluded:

In the absence of federal regulation, youth e-cigarette use has increased and e-cigarette sellers online operate in a regulatory vacuum, using few, if any, efforts to prevent sales to minors. Even in the face of state laws like North Carolina’s requiring age verification, most vendors continue to fail to even attempt to verify age in accordance with the law, underscoring the need for careful enforcement.

The EverSmoke team would like everyone to know that we are vigilant in refusing to sell our products to minors, nor do we market them to this age group. We believe our e-cigs are fantastically flavorful smoking alternatives—and for adults only.

For more information regarding local and national e-cig regulation and laws, visit our knowledge center.

E-Cigs are NOT Tobacco Products!

vapor-vs-smokeIt is always puzzling how lobbyists and lawmakers attempt to classify electronic cigarette as tobacco cigarettes. With so many cities around the US grouping e-cigarette use in with tobacco use, and prohibiting usage in many of the same places, vapers feel unfairly targeted.

Sure, there are similarities, but they are absolutely, inherently different. They were designed to serve as “alternatives” and have stayed true to that premise throughout all of the countless innovations and reinventions that have occurred.

Need to know exactly how e-cigs and traditional cigs differ? Keep reading!

-There is No Tobacco: They work with a liquid nicotine solution, flavor, and 0 tobacco! Yes, nicotine is derived from tobacco, but there is no actual tobacco whatsoever involved in e-cigarettes. The devices are either filled with liquid, or a cartridge filled with liquid is attached; no tobacco gets used in the process, in any way!

-E-Cigs are Reusable Devices: No tobacco means there’s no tobacco to roll into a paper cigarette. While basic e-cigs look like the real thing, they are made of aluminum and plastic! Entirely different!

-Vapor Isn’t Smoke: they look similar, wafting through the air in a viscous, alluring manner, but they’re totally different. Polar opposites, even. Smoke is a product of burning matter; vapor is the gaseous form of water. Vapor has no smell, it dissipates, and does not leave behind resinous tar like tobacco smoke does.

-Battery Powered, Not Fire-Powered: E-Cigarettes, regardless of which style or variety, are powered by battery. Traditional cigarettes are powered by fire. There’s a huge difference there! Further proof you won’t be subjected to combustion!

-No Crazy Additives in E-Cigs: Most e-cigarette brands are straightforward about what’s in them. E-Liquid typically consists of a few necessary ingredients, such as water, PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin), nicotine, and flavorings. Unlike traditional cigarettes, that contain thousands of different chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens and toxins.

And those are just some of the basics, regarding the vast differences between electronic smoking and traditional tobacco smoking. While it is unfortunate that many still try to group them into the same category, there are inherent differences, and no matter how much an e-cigarette simulates the original, it will never be a tobacco cigarette.

Are The Republican Leaders Trying to Support Smokeless Cigarettes?

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Over the years many congressional Democrats have fought hard to put strict regulations on the smokeless cigarette industry.  Being it a multibillion dollar industry, it is no surprise that the government is interested in every facet of e-cigs.  Recently, since the November landslide election of Republicans, many have been trying to help the e-cig industry when it comes to upcoming possible FDA bans.

Many Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting a change on upcoming impending regulations that include a premarket approval from e-cig manufacturers on any devices produced after 2007.

The Republicans are trying to get the date changed from 2007 because they argue that many of the newer products also would have to go through the rigorous  approval process which is believed would cost a significant amount of time and money for the e-cig companies and could force some out of business.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association industry group, believes that if the 2007 date is not changed, then all e-cig companies would be burdened with each device needing its own application and each e-liquid flavor option would have to go through the approval process one by one.  The FDA, Conley believes, would use its’ authority to ban certain devices and flavor options.  He believes the 2007 date is vital and needs to change.

Conley also believes if the date is not changed it will be difficult to introduce new e-liquids and products. However, if the date is moved forward, all existing e-liquids would be allowed.  Click here to read further and more detailed information regarding the Republicans push to help the smokeless cigarettes industry.

There is always new information regarding the ever changing policies and regulations for the smokeless cigarette industry.  Continue to read our blog and knowledge center for a variety of updated articles regarding any changes.

What is the Deal with Teens and Vaping?

Teen Use of E-CigsOne of the areas that concerns legislators and lawmakers most, on the subject of electronic cigarette products is that which regards usage by those who are underage, most often teens. The FDA recently ruled in favor of laws that prohibit minors from purchasing the alternative products, among the first e-cigarette regulations to come into effect nationally.

So what is the deal with e-cigarettes in the mainstream? Are teenagers even interested in them? Are they using them more voraciously than cigarettes? Do e-cigs really pose a problem that causes concern about teens becoming hooked on nicotine?

Teenagers have long been drawn to experimentation, and the majority of adult smokers picked up the habit during their teen years. Whether a result of rebellion or pleasurable escape, teens always have and always will be looking to test limits – be it their parents’, schoolteachers’, or those in place by society; cigarette usage among youth has always been a hot button topic. Even though tobacco companies marketed their products to impressionable young people in decades past, this practice has long been halted. Over the past 20 years, cigarette usage among minors has been on dramatic decline, especially when it is considered how unfashionable smoking has become. Less teens are looking at smoking as a cool way to rebel and create an image.

As recently reported by Forbes, the most recent statistics on high school students smoking, shows numbers that have fallen from 15.8% to 12.7%, which are the lowest numbers ever. While the usage of e-cigarette use by high schoolers has rose, from 1.5% to 4.5%, which includes those teens who have used a vapor cigarette at least once within a 30-day period, it is being looked at as less negative and rather encouraging. It is a suggestion that high school smokers are interested in alternatives, and are using electronic cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes as a means to stop using tobacco.

If teen tobacco smoking is declining at great numbers, and teens in general are not interested in smoking, yet are turning to electronic cigarettes as alternatives, it is clear that vapor smoking is not serving as a gateway to traditional smoking for impressionable youth as anti-smoking groups claim.

To put it bluntly, the electronic cigarette industry aims to market and sell their products exclusively to adults over the age limit, and as teens will inevitably get their hands on things they have no business with (traditional and electronic cigarettes alike), vapor cigs are not luring teens into lifelong smoking habits.

Positive New E-Cig Regulation hits UK!

E-cigarettes regulationThe latest international electronic cigarette regulations to come out of Europe occurred last week from England. While the subject of e-cigarette regulations have been somewhat vague, with much of the same controversy occurring internationally as in the US, these newest regulations are in favor of fairness towards alternative cigarette products.

The new laws specifically address electronic cigarettes and television ads. Previously, while it was legal to run ads for electronic cigarettes, it was illegal for them to actually feature the devices in use. Ruled in favor by the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice, this is a very positive direction for the electronic cigarette industry. The news laws that were enacted last week now allow companies to show the devices being used. This new regulation comes at a time when the industry is vying for laws and regulations that make sense. The new rules strictly state that tobacco is not permitted to be featured in a positive light in advertisements, and that is something both legislators as well as those involved in the e-cigarette industry can agree upon.

Some of the deeper details of the new UK e-cigarette regulations that have been enacted include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not be “likely to appeal particularly to people under 18, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.”

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not encourage non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.They may not make claims that e-cigarettes have the ability to be “safer” or “healthier” than smoking tobacco.

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not make any health claims without approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The announcement of these newly instituted regulations has been a very positive step in the right direction for the international vaping community. They may be only the beginning of such regulations, however it is enabling electronic cigarettes and subsequent products to be viewed in a manner separate from traditional cigarettes. Big score for the UK, enjoy the adverts!