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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!

Major E-Cig Bans Hit Santa Monica

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image6620810Latest LA vaping news: e-cig regulations have reached a dismal climax, with electronic cigarettes being banned in Santa Monica. The city of Santa Monica has joined in with the city of Los Angeles, and it has become illegal to use e-cigarette devices in almost all public places.

Electronic cigarettes have come under intense scrutiny since they emerged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. There have been talks and much vagueness surrounding the level of regulating and what sort of bans would be implicated, however until recently, it lay within most local jurisdictions to decide how they should be handled. In the bigger picture, just this year the FDA announced it would begin regulating the products in regards to limiting their purchase to those over the legal age limit, in the same manner as traditional cigarettes.

The vote on banning e-cigarettes throughout Santa Monica was unanimous in city council, and it went into full effect this week.

This latest news of electronic cigarette bans that cover entire city-wide areas, it is rather shocking that so many e-smokers who are consuming and producing vapor, not tobacco smoke in any manner, are now prohibited from smoking their e-cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers in places such as bus stops, parks, the SoCal beaches, and within a distance of 20 feet of public buildings. All residential areas are off limits in the city of Santa Monica, as well as famous landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Basically, everywhere that traditional cigarettes are banned, the electronic alternatives are now banned as well.

The Santa Monica e-cigarette ban will also affect vape shops, by forcing all new ones to be shut down entirely. Vaping is banned in all Santa Monica businesses, and any businesses that are looking to sell electronic cigarette devices will be required to obtain a license from the city to do so. The two vape lounges that are currently open, Vapor Delight and Fix Vapor, on a positive note, are exempt from these bans.

While e-cigarette bans are much milder in most other parts of the country, it is clear with this most recent news that Santa Monica is not the locale to be located in if you are a vaper!

What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study: E-Cigarette Benefits Outweigh Negatives

e-cigarette-studies-woman-in-lab-coatAs the international debate continues regarding how electronic cigarettes should be regulated, and what types of restrictions should be considered towards them, a study partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and published in the journal Addiction on July 30 advocates for less restrictions and a more open look at the benefits these products offer.

This study that was recently done by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and published by U.S. News has concluded that based on their evidence, strict regulations of electronic cigarettes are not warranted.

In addition to their own research, and reviewing 81 studies done prior, the team of researchers has stated that electronic cigarettes, when compared to traditional cigarettes, have the possibility of reducing tobacco-related illnesses and death. As these products are alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and they do not contain any tobacco, the study has concluded that the benefits to smokers  outnumber the potential harm. While long term effects remain unknown, as electronic cigarettes have been in use just over a decade internationally, no studies thus far, nor evidence have shown that the vapor produced from e-cigarettes is harmful to either the user or bystanders.

“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes,” said researcher Thomas Eissenberg, who is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, which was responsible for this study.

While electronic cigarette regulations that require users and purchasers to be legally adults are obviously for the better, restrictions that group e-cigarettes into the same category as tobacco, and call for even tighter restrictions do not make sense. Smokers who turn to vapor smoking are doing so in an effort to find an alternative; not a new method of smoking tobacco.

Only time will tell where the fate of electronic cigarette restrictions end up, however in the meantime, it is most definitely a shift in the right direction that a vast majority of e-cigarette research is offering a positive view on this controversial topic. For more information regarding electronic cigarette studies and restrictions, have a look at the different articles on the subject in our learning center.