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Holiday Travel & E-Cigs

DOT Bans E-Cigarettes From Checked Bagged on Airplanes So the holiday season is fully upon us, and with that comes a massive amount of travel. And, just in time, the Department of Transportation recently announced that a new Federal rule has been passed, stating that airline passengers and crew members will no longer be able to pack electronic cigarettes, of any variation into their checked luggage. This includes standard electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, e-hookahs, dry herb vaporizers, mods, or any other variety of electronic nicotine delivery systems. So if you’re planning on hitting the skies for holiday travel, you best have an alternate plan for your gear!

This e-cigarette regulation comes as a precaution, as the Department of Transportation states there have been several occurrences of electronic cigarette items catching fire recently, and such fire hazards concerning air travel in checked luggage are an immense danger. Citing two dozen instances where e-cigarettes were related to fires or explosions, since 2009, including several occurring in checked luggage, they felt it was an imminent threat requiring action. This measure went into immediate effect in November.

It should be noted that this new rule does not ban e-cigarettes outright from being carried on aircraft, however. Passengers may continue to hold electronic cigarettes/ electronic nicotine delivery systems in their carry-on luggage or in their pockets, but they may not be used or charged during flights.

So what does this mean for holiday air travel and e-cigs? Easy: don’t pack your e-cigs into your checked luggage! We’ve suggested this for a long time due to not being able to have control over your luggage once it is checked, and if items are considered suspicious, you will not be able to stop airlines from tossing them. On the positive, this added safety measure comes with proper education and precaution; when it comes to airline safety, it’s always best to cover all bases. Safe travels, everyone!

Vaping Bans Backfire Causing Teen Smoking to Rise

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Do government policies intended to promote public health sometimes backfire, causing the opposite effect?  You betcha.  Case in point: The U.S. government is continuing to enforce bans against teens purchasing vaping products before a certain age, despite scientific research indicating that these policies are having a negative effect.

Yale University’s Abigail Friedman has been reviewing a new study, accepted by the Journal of Health Economics, in which, Friedman believes, the numbers show that teen smoking rates climb when society bans them from buying vaping products.

“Bans on e-cigarette sales to minors yield a statistically significant 0.9 point increase in the smoking rate among 12 to 17 year olds,” Friedman explained to ChurnMag.com. “That’s enough of an increase to undo all the progress we’ve made as a society to reduce the number of teenage smokers. By trying to protect our kids, we’ve inadvertently put them at a greater risk.”

Even if this information withstands further investigation, it’s unlikely that any city will discontinue the bans regrettably.  Friedman suggests that the age be lowered to sixteen for minors to be allowed to purchase vaping products.  She believes that older teens who are more likely to smoke may at least choose a vaping product rather than traditional analog cigarettes if given the opportunity.

Another suggestion has been to educate the younger generation differently in regards to smoking.  Currently, the anti-smoking groups suggest that all smoking is harmful.  However, some believe we should educate them truthfully that vaping is a smarter alternative to cigarettes due to the fact that vaping eliminates tobacco, tar and combustion.

Whatever comes of this study or any future information, EverSmoke is a believer freedom when it comes vaping.  That’s why we offer a wide selection of custom e-cigarettes, pre-filled flavor cartridges and rad vaping accessories.  If you’re considering an alternative to smoking, check out our main site or contact us to see what we have to offer.

Electronic Cigarettes Banned from Checked Airline Luggage

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A new regulation from the U.S. Department of Transportation has recently been implemented, effectively banning e-cigarettes from checked baggage.  According to the recent federal rule, sadly neither passengers nor crew members are allowed to pack electronic cigarettes or other battery operated smoking devices in their checked luggage at the airport.

Individuals are allowed to pack them in carry-on luggage, but they are not permitted to use or recharge the electronic device while on the plane.  (Read our article on traveling with your e-cigarette for more information.)

According to a statement made by Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx: “We know from recent incidents that e-cigarettes in checked bags can catch fire during transport.  Fire hazards in flight are particularly dangerous. Banning e-cigarettes from checked bags is a prudent safety measure.”

The DOT states there have been 26 reported incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes have been responsible for explosions or fires.  Some of these occurred due to short circuits, but often it was user error.  Several of the devices had been left on and consequently caught fire in the luggage area due to an overheated packed e-cig.

Two of the most recent incidents that were reported included an issue at Boston’s Logan Airport on August 9, 2014 where an electronic cigarette device was placed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of the plane and a fire broke out, causing the forced evacuation of the aircraft.  Also, on January 4, 2015 at the Los Angeles International Airport, a late arrived checked bag missed its connecting flight and caught fire when the e-cigarette inside the bag overheated.

As electronic cigarette users, we must all remember to handle our devices with care and use them responsibly.  Fortunately, cases of e-cigarettes catching fire are few and far between, as we discuss more in-depth in this article.

If you are considering a safe alternative to traditional analog cigarettes and smoking, browse our e-cig starter kit section at EverSmoke.  You won’t be disappointed!

Lawsuit Filed Over Deceptive “Organic” E-Liquid Mislabeling

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One of the biggest issues that e-cigarettes are currently facing is over their non-regulated status. Because of this non-regulated status, e-liquid makers are able to put whatever they want on the labels for their product – and unfortunately this can include deceptive marketing techniques. This is one reason that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to make e-cigarettes (and e-liquid specifically) more regulated.

In order to battle this type of false labeling, Ferguson has recently filed suit against a California-based e-liquid company. In the suit, from the King County Superior Court, Ferguson claims that the company has a past of placing “unsubstantiated health claims” on their e-liquid bottles, including stating the product is organic without certification.

Additionally, Ferguson cited two other companies for claiming organic e-liquids without certification.

The first company claims that their e-liquids are 100% organic, which could lead consumers to assume that there is no way the product is harmless. The issue is that product research has shown that not all of the components within the e-liquids are organic.

In addition, the e-liquid manufacturer hasn’t secured a certification of organic product, which is required under Washington’s law on organic products.

Of the other two e-liquid manufacturers Ferguson is suing, neither secured an organic certification from their home state. In one case, the products were found to contain less than 70% organic components, violating Washington’s organic laws which state that products with less than 70% organic components cannot be labeled as such.

All three companies were in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Since the suit, two of the three e-liquid manufacturers have modified their labels to fix their organic status.

While we don’t claim that our e-liquid is organic, here at EverSmoke we strive to provide the highest quality pre-filled e-liquid cartridges for a superior vaping experience. If you’re new to vaping, stop by and check out what we have to offer. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us or check out our blog and knowledge center for more information.

Call to Action: Don’t Let the FDA Ban Vapor Products!

Vapor Products Call to Action!Do you use vapor products? Are you a big fan of vapor products? Do you know that the future of e-cigarettes is on the line? Are you aware that your ability to use them freely may not exist if the FDA’s Tobacco Deeming Regulations stand?

Last week the CASAA, (the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) made an urgent Call to Action in efforts to get everyone involved in this industry to make it known to Washington, local senators and congressional representatives that this kind of action would be a major detriment. In the first few days of the announcement, tens of thousands of e-cigarette and vapor product users stormed the White House with calls and emails, pleading for support of a Bill that will change how the FDA regards alternative tobacco products.

If you are just now hearing about this call to action, or the imposed amendment to the FDA’s proposal, the vapor products industry is asking for support of Bill HR 2058, which will work to keep vapor products available to all adults who use them. Otherwise, within the next 2 – 4 years, 99.9% of all electronic cigarette and vapor related products will be off the market, and not available for sale.

Seems entirely unfair, unjust, and simply wrong, right? What would your life be like if you were placed in a position that gave you only the option of switching back to tobacco because you had no other choice? Well, we urge you to speak up! It is absolutely necessary to make your voice heard, and we highly encourage you to call the White House, as well as email your Congressional Representative and Senators to ask for their support in this extremely important effort of Bill HR 2058. The banning of vapor products will come at a devastating cost to everyone in this industry. Denying users of a valid alternative to the dangers of tobacco, while destroying countless businesses, and impeding innovation that has come so far in just a few years are but a few examples; we can do something to avoid this! Let your voice be heard!

E-cigarette activism may seem like a minimal effort, but it is vastly important as it is a newer industry and it is susceptible to attack. For more ways on how to become more involved in protecting your rights as a vaper and to make voice your heard, here are our tips on how to get involved in supporting the vapor industry.

Where to Call: The White House: (202) 456-1111

Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

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Excise E-Cigarette Tax Hits Washington DC

Crippling E-Cig Excise Tax in DCAs of October 1, 2015 electronic cigarettes are no longer categorized as tobacco products, or subject to sales tax in Washington DC. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The latest in e-cigarette regulations has taken a turn for the worst. The new excise tax now adds a 67% tax on electronic cigarette, e-liquid, and all other vapor-related products, and will be imposed upon the party in possession, or selling the products in actual location in District of Columbia. Should a retailer purchase any such items from a wholesaler or vendor who does not pay the excise tax, the retailer will be responsible for it.

The tax extends to all varieties of products under the category of “vapor products,” including electronic cigarette devices, batteries, atomizers, tanks, cartridges, cartomizers, mouthpieces and all other related accessories, with the exception of chargers which will not be included. The regulation regards all items categorized under the term “vapor product,” and this is in regards to any item that is non-lighting, noncombustible, utilizes a mechanical heating element, battery, electrical circuit, regardless of the shape and/ or size that can be used in a manner to produce a nicotine aerosol from a solution, held within a tank or cartridge, that is intended to be used in conjunction with an electronic cigarette, or any type of related device.

This mighty ruling of a regulation comes as part of a budget proposal, intended to rake in around $400,000 for public spending in DC. For what seems like a relatively small amount of funding, the capitol is willing to attack small businesses, hinder growth, and quite possibly leave many people without jobs, all on the grounds of a regulation created to generate additional income.

How unfortunate it is that our nation’s capitol is going to such lengths to create regulations that do not serve the public, present extremely unfair taxation, and create a complete injustice to those looking for alternatives to tobacco. Previous nationwide e-cig taxes were always a hot topic, however DC has taken it to new levels of extreme. Regulations that serve the purpose to offer standards, safety, and fairness to all parties involved make absolute sense; but to single out one niche market, potentially driving business away from small businesses, and making it harder for consumers to access these items is an absolute injustice. It is our hope that more locales do not follow in the disgraceful footsteps of Washington DC!

E-Cigarettes Banned in National Parks

National Parks Ban Electronic CigarettesThe great outdoors. Nature’s way of telling us to slow down, relax and immerse ourselves within its surroundings. Our nation’s National Parks are the perfect venue for a good time away from the concrete chaos, and it never hurts to have a little motivation in the chillax department with a good vape in hand. Yet the aforementioned is all fine and well, so long as the vape stays out of site – as in off-site.

As of now, the National Park Service has issued a ban on all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), better known as e-cigs and vaporizers, within the U.S. National Parks system.

Put into action immediately, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis released a statement citing the health of visitors and employees as the goal behind this regulation. This law echoes the National Park’s stance on traditional cigarettes, which have been entirely banned from use on all National Park property.  This extends to all government facilities, concessions, and vehicles. As noble of a regulation it may appear to be, it is misleading for a government agency to institute a law based on comparison to an entirely separate product, which is used in an entirely different manner.

What the National Parks Service fails to recognize is that the vapor emitted from ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, is an entirely separate, entirely different substance. It is not in any way, nor can it be classified in any way, as smoke. No tobacco is contained in these products, no tobacco is lit with fire, burned, or emitted in any way. If the aim was to legitimately protect guests and employees from smoke, (which is obviously proven to be dangerous) the measure should have been tailored to restrict smoke. Vapor, on the other has not, and it is an absolutely misrepresentation to classify it the same. Doing so removes options for visitors who choose not to smoke, yet still wish to enjoy an alternative product.

The bottom line here is that while e-cigarette regulations are necessary, particularly regarding  e-cig regulations and public usage, it is a sad day when government entities create regulations that are based on erroneous assumptions, and leave users without options. Perhaps this is an instance that will get modified in the future. Until then, however, vapers will have to enjoy the National Parks vapor-less.

 

FDA Requests Public Opinion About E-liquid Packaging

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One of the biggest issues driving the debate about e-cigarettes is minors being able to access the products. One aspect of this debate is young children accidently ingest e-liquid. That is one of the big reasons why it’s so important to store your e-cig supplies properly.

This June, the FDA released new rules regarding how it plans to regulate e-liquid labeling, child-proofing and packaging. They’re calling it an advance notice of proposed rulemaking. Currently, this is just an open dialogue with public of what the FDA is considering and the release of this document is intended to generate comments from the public.

In the document, which is broken into sections, the FDA shows that they remain curious about how the public feels regarding the treatment and sales of e-liquid, as well as how other tobacco-like products are marketed.

Specifically, the FDA wants public opinion and additional information about:

  • The warnings that should be included on e-liquid containers (specifically the level of detail they should go into);
  • Any dangers of e-liquid they should specify (This could be anything from keeping e-liquid out of the reach of kids and pets to nicotine-related dangers.); and
  • Data and research results pertaining to nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant backpacking on existing products.

This latest release gives no indication of the plan that the FDA has for e-cigarette product label regulation. Proposals so far have included making uniform flavor names or even colors of the liquids themselves. Some say that this information would be helpful since there is still much concern and controversy present in the vaping industry—namely over using recognizable images on e-liquid bottles.

The thoroughness of this document shows that the FDA is growing ever closer to finalizing their plans for regulating e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories. Expect, when the regulations do come out, that they require warnings about nicotine (like those found on tobacco cigarettes) and bottles that are childproof.

In reality, none of the items up for regulation discussions are groundbreaking or detrimental to leading vaping companies like EverSmoke. When the time for regulation finally comes, we’ll make all the necessary updates and keep selling you high performing e-cigarettes with delicious e-liquid.

To keep abreast on any changes made to these plans, check back with EverSmoke’s blog and knowledge center.

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.