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North Carolina One Step Closer to Requiring E-Liquid Warning Labels

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The state of North Carolina legislators are taking the first steps to making warning labels and child-resistant packaging mandatory for e-cigarette liquid. The bipartisan Senate Bill 286 (sponsored by Senators Stan Bingham and Don Davis) passed unanimously through the House Health committee and the Senate by a vote of 48-0. It will now move on to the House for a final vote.

The bill will require all e-liquid sold in North Carolina to be clearly packaged and have a warning label. The law would go into effect on December 1st if the bill passes. Any company or individual in violation of the law could face a misdemeanor.

The child-resistant packaging SB 286 would require is packaging that is “significantly difficult” for children (especially those under 5) to open. In addition, the safety warning required would need to follow N.C. Commission for Public Health guidelines.

Reason for Concern

As e-cigarette usage has become more prevalent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noticed an increase in the number of poisoning amongst children (especially those younger than age 5). The major concern with exposure (defined as ingestion, splashed into eyes or onto the skin and inhalation) to e-liquid is the nicotine found within.

Nicotine over-exposure, especially a concentrated liquid version, can lead to nausea, eye irritation and/or vomiting.

In addition to protecting children from being inadvertently exposed to liquid nicotine by requiring child-resistant packaging, this bill would also help to protect vapers from bootleg e-liquid and ensure that they purchase their e-cigarette supplies from reputable sources.

Sen. Bingham feels that not only will the bill fulfil its intended purpose, but it will also bring awareness to being a responsible e-cigarette user. Bingham has stated that he feels “there are too many e-cig and vaporizer users who don’t recognize the potential harm the e-liquid can cause if contacted in those ways.”

Purchasing your e-cigarette components from a reputable company such as EverSmoke.com ensures that you have a high quality product – with the added benefit of a pre-filled cartridge so you won’t have bottles of e-liquid laying around. Take some time to browse our site, check out our products and access more information about e-smoking in our blog and knowledge center.

Be Cautious When Using Your Vapor Cigarette around Oxygen Tanks

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Experts are cautioning those who use oxygen tanks that there is a potential for fire when using vapor cigarettes. There are reports of individuals receiving oxygen therapy being injured in fires that could have been started by (or made worse) by the devices.

Although vapor cigarettes are battery operated and have no open flame, experts suggest there is still some risk when the battery-operated devices and oxygen tanks are mixed. This is because, even without an open source of heat, e-cig batteries do heat the device enough to pose a threat if this heat gets too close to the pure oxygen stored inside a pressurized tank.

Oxygen tanks pose a fire hazard because they introduce extra oxygen into their environment – oxygen is a vital part of how fires start and grow. As patients practice oxygen therapy, amounts of oxygen escape the tank and permeate items around the home including furniture, bedding, clothing, etc. Once extra oxygen has entered these items, it will make them more flammable. In addition, the normal air we breathe contains around 21 percent oxygen; however, portable oxygen tanks contain 100 percent oxygen.

Long have those on oxygen therapy been warned of not smoking cigarettes around their oxygen tanks, which makes perfect sense. Given that vapor cigarettes do not burn, some may find these warnings overly cautious; however, some oxygen supply companies suggest that their patients refrain from using electric razors while using their oxygen tank. These companies cite that the battery-powered razors have the potential to cause sparks and the combustible nature of pure oxygen poses a risk.

If electric razors could possibly spark the oxygen flowing from a tank, then the warnings about avoiding the use of vapor cigarettes makes more sense. Moreover, in the end, the combustible nature of pure oxygen (and the results of fires involving oxygen tanks) is not worth the risk of using even an e-cig while doing oxygen therapy.

Using vapor cigarettes around a home oxygen tank is far less dangerous than using a traditional cigarette with a burning end. For those who are just beginning oxygen therapy and must quit smoking due to health concerns, switching to vapor cigarettes can help them immensely. For more information about the world of vaping, visit our vapor cigarette blog and knowledge center today.

Can E-Cigs Really Explode? – Just How Safe Are They?

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Since e-cigs have been on the market, there have been various views on the safety of the product.  Can an e-cigarette catch on fire or blow up in your face?  The majority of the accusations cannot be proven.   However, as with anything electrical, proper care must take place to help ensure safety.

Because the battery is the part that powers the e-cigarette, the utmost care needs to be given to that part of the device.  At Eversmoke, we use a lithium-ion battery which is safer than any other battery type.  Because of the safety of this battery it is used not only in our e-cig products but in laptops, cell phones and various other products.

First and foremost, you need to buy your e-cigarette products from a reputable company such as Eversmoke that believes in only using the safest components available. For example, we have a safety circuit microchip in our products to prevent overcharging and overheating.  This is very important when you are researching and considering what company to use when making your e-cigarette purchase.  Stay away from non-reputable type of companies that may use substandard components.

But as stated above, because these devices are run on batteries, proper care and common sense come into play.  One very important piece of advice is to never leave a battery charging unattended.  Also, a hot car is completely off limits to where you should leave a battery charging.

If the battery looks odd, swollen or feels very hot to the touch, do not use it.  It is vital to make sure it is a properly operating battery before you use it.  Also, if you take out the battery, make certain it is stored properly and has a case that can protect it.

Basically, if you have a good reputable e-cig, it has been manufactured properly and you take care of it, safety should not be an issue.  For more information regarding various safety issues, please check out our article in our knowledge center, and continue browsing blog for more information regarding electronic smoking and e-cigarettes.

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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Thinking About Generic E-Cig Batteries? Think Again

If you are somewhat familiar with the e-cig industry, perhaps have used the products, maybe dabbled in a few brands, know the difference between the different styles, and generally even just have your feet wet with knowledge about them, you know how they work. You know you will need a battery, an atomizer, and juice to make the experience complete, and no matter what style or configuration you go with, those parts are essentials to how e-cigs work. However, regardless of your personal e-cigarette expertise, are you aware of all the options that lay before you? Including the shady and the fakes?

Right now, there are companies out there selling blanks and generic parts for your electronic cigarettes; batteries in particular. They promise you an authentic experience, capable of being totally compatible with products such as our cartridges and chargers, at a fraction of the cost. While the deals may seem appealing, don’t let them fool you! If you love EverSmoke products and EverSmoke quality, chances are you won’t be getting the same high standards elsewhere. A good deal is always appealing, but more often than not with companies such as these it’s too good to be true. It is extremely important to not get experimental with your electronic cigarette batteries because they are “electronic” in the end. They are extremely safe, but if you begin using them not according to your user’s manual directions, you could end up in a less than desirable, possibly hazardous situation. When you buy from EverSmoke, you know what you’re getting and you are backed by a company with very strong standards of customer service. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll take care of you! However, when you buy from some random company, claiming their generics will work fine with ours, how do you really know? And will they stand by you should things go wrong?

EverSmoke e-cigs are known for their outstanding quality and great performance, why mess with it? Especially to save a few bucks, settling for some generic e-cig and taking chances with your cartridges and chargers? Save your money, stick with EverSmoke, and just keep your eyes out for some of the great sales and deals we run; which happen pretty often!

Electronic Cigarettes: Separating Myth from Reality

There are lots of myths about e-cigarettes. You know how it goes; a story gets told numerous times and the facts begin to distort! Anyone looking into e-cigs is bound to come across a variety of different myths regarding them, so here is some info to clarify the stories you may have heard. Like anything in life, it really will help your search along if you use common sense over anything!

If you research any topic on the internet you are sure to come across a wide range of information. While you know you can trust many sites as being fully reputable and knowledge-based, there are many more that aren’t. So when it comes to electronic cigarettes, it sure helps to know what you are looking for. You’ve got to understand the products and the many options that are available. Learn about all the brands out there, understand the different features, and if you can you should experiment with a few.  Electronic cigarette reviews are one way of gauging the market to get a feel for it, and what people are saying regarding specific brands and products. There are many sites devoted to giving honest reviews where the user has first hand experience, and you can learn a lot from them.

Another important way to steer clear of the nonsense stories is to understand the laws and rules regarding e-cigs. Some claim that e-cigarettes will soon be illegal, but this is certianly not true. While the government has made mention of regulating the, there is no real reason that e-cigs should be illegal. Ordinary cigarettes are much more harmful, and electronic cigarettes do not warrant any necessary or dangers needed to ban them.

Some of the stories I have seen floating around about e-cigs include the worries that they can explode, that the vapor presents the same dangers of second hand smoke, that nicotine causes cancer, no matter how you get it. I’ve heard that they can contain anti-freeze (not true) and I have heard that contain the same level of carcinogens as traditional cigarettes (also untrue). Some worry about e-cigarettes costing too much, and being a more expensive habit to assume. This too is wrong because they have been made to be a more affordable and convenient alternative. While you do have to spend some money in the early days, those costs are quickly made up because cartridges are quite economical.

So while there are many myths about e-cigarettes, as you can see, if you dig a little deeper the truth is there! With very, very few negatives, and a world of positive, electronic cigarettes have taken an enormous hold over the smoking world. Learn the facts, and happy vaping!

E-Cigarettes Keep You Prepared, no Matter What the Weather Brings

Now that the weather has been cooling off all over the US, it’s a pretty good time to talk about how e-cigs are so much better for convenience no matter what the weather brings. Doesn’t it just stink when you have to head outdoors when it’s pouring rain, freezing cold, or hotter than the Sahara when all you want is to have a smoke? (Yes, right now the Southern Hemisphere is heading into Summer, so it’s only appropriate to include everyone here). When you smoke electronically, it doesn’t matter what the weather brings because you never have to go outside to smoke! It could be raining cats and dogs, 39 degrees outside, with hail and gusting winds, and with vapor cigs you can sit back and enjoy the storm from the cozy warmth of your home, never interrupting your comfort on any level!

For smokers in colder climates, it can be pretty brutal to head outside to smoke when it gets really cold out. All that effort for just a few moments of pleasure and relief, is it worth it? Maybe and maybe not, but with electronic cigarettes that distinction does not need to be made.

Smoking cigarettes indoors is not pleasant for lots of reasons and there are lots of times the weather can make it really tempting to take your tobacco inside. If you live with people who are not smokers, or if you have children, cigarettes are not realistically practical for use in shared, confined spaces; in these cases, you have no choice but to smoke outdoors. With alternative cigarettes and the availability of e-cigarette accessories, plus the ability to keep your environment very clean from smoke and excess debris, tobacco really has way too much baggage to be really enjoyable!

We don’t have any control over the weather, and it sure has its moments of being unpredictable and uncomfortable. There is no denying that there are times when we have no choice but to go out and brave it, but when you just want to have some nicotine, using your e-cigs can make all the difference in the world in making your choice between vapor and tobacco!

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarette Bans

It’s pretty obvious that electronic cigarettes are faced with a lot of controversy. Between the proponents and the adversaries, there is a lot of mixed information going on right now. Many people are claiming electronic cigarettes are unhealthy, unsafe, and dangerous, all the while there is plenty of information to say otherwise. Currently, Canada does not permit the sales of e-cigs, however traditional tobacco cigarettes are perfectly legal. Does this make sense to anyone? E-Cigarette use is not illegal there, but sales are.

Even still, many people are fighting for bans and restrictions, and it is kind of hard to decipher the truth when personal interests really get in the way here in the States. In the quaint Bay Area city of San Rafael, many are pushing for restrictions on e-cigs to match the strict ordinances on tobacco cigarettes. This is the same case scenario in many other parts of the country as well.

Such is the case with Dr. Ellen Hahn, from the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy recently went on record during a television interview, unleashing a diatribe filled with holes and inaccurate information about e-cigarettes. She is connected to the Rx powerhouse Pfizer, the notorious maker of numerous cigarette-cessation drugs. The basis of her argument was that smokers should not use vapor alternative cigarettes as a cessation device because of their abundance of carcinogenic compounds as well as the fact that no one is entirely sure what is contained within them. Perhaps she needs to actually investigate what e-cigs are really all about, and perhaps she needs to look into the more legitimate, more responsible brands that exist. Because if she were to do some research into EverSmoke, as well as many of the other well-known brands, she would find that we disclose our ingredients. Even more importantly, we do not promote or consider our products and electronic cigarette starter kits to be “cessation devices.” They are an alternative option, and our cartridges do contain nicotine, with the exemption of our 0mg nicotine cartridges. Without any uncertainty, our e-cigarette products produce no smoke, tobacco or otherwise. Nothing gets burned during the vaping process, and while vapor bears an uncanny resemblance to smoke, it is simply water vapor.

Millions of people are switching from tobacco to electronic, and the vast majority of them are well-informed about the positives. Some claim e-cigs are bad because they are tempting to teens and others who are at risk, however they are much less easily accessible than cigarettes are. Doubters also cite that e-cigarette brands are not looking towards the betterment of their users, claiming they will get hooked on vapor cigs and never quit. This is also untrue, because even though e-smokes are not meant for cessation, users gain a much greater sense of control when using them, and often can wean themselves off at their own comfort level. And in the process, they aren’t immersing themselves in toxic, carcinogenic smoke. So bans or no bans, if smokers are determined to quit using vapor, they are going to. When there’s a will, there’s a way, as the old saying goes!

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cigarettes cause cancer, we know that good and well, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EverSmoke is happily doing our part to support this cause of extreme importance! While cigarettes are not proven to contribute to breast cancer, now more than ever we encourage all smokers to give using electronic cigarettes a try. It could be a decision that changes your life in the future. Besides, you really don’t need the carcinogens when you have vapor that feels as tastes the same.

Tobacco cigarettes may not be direct contributors to breast cancer, but they are highly carcinogenic and DO cause cancer in the lungs, throat, and mouth areas. Studies have shown there may be a link between breast cancer and tobacco, as its harmful components are carried to breast tissue, and it has caused breast cancer in rodents. Even still, the main goal of awareness is to instill knowledge for the betterment of people’s lives. Breast cancer is no joke, and every woman should do all within her means to protect herself as best as she can. If you are a woman who smokes, really think about opting for e-cigs. They aren’t carcinogenic, and they will let you still enjoy the pleasantness of nicotine.

For the month of October, EverSmoke will be donating a portion of all proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We feel so strongly for this organization and all that they do to promote women’s wellness, prevention, and early detection of a very deadly, very frightening cancer. We are committed to doing our part to help the fight against breast cancer! In addition, we are also offering 25% off all of our e-cigarette starter kits, so now is a really awesome time to be getting one for yourself, or a friend who could use a little smoke free loving. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, make that purchase count towards something greater! This October, want you to go with vapor to “save a life, save a lung, and save a boob!” Vapor cigarettes are the way of the future, let’s all end breast cancer together!

Let’s do Without the Dangers of Tobacco

The level of consciousness in people seems to grow by the day. We are eschewing all the negatives we’ve grown used to, and questioning everything about what we consume. Whether it’s the things we buy, eat, use. Same goes for tobacco use- why use cigarettes anymore when we have the option of electronic?

It’s not like cigarettes and tobacco are responsible for just a small level of problems. The issues they cause stretch far and wide, while massively and negatively effecting people, the environment, and wildlife. They start out harming the individuals smoking them, and then the damage slowly begins spreading. The amount of diseases smokers are at risk for is a mile long, and the damage to the body they impose is just crazy. Second hand smoke is then a problem, carrying the same tar and carcinogens, affecting those in the same breathing space. Lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, heart problems are all common in people who have had prolonged exposure to second hand smoke, without ever having smoked a cigarette themselves. And even scarier to think about, is that for children of smokers, these risks remain the same. Why put your health, and the health of those around you at risk when you have the choice not to? Electronic cigarettes are so much better! No carcinogens, no smoke, no tar residue, no chemicals… They are safer and healthier method of smoking and having nicotine, without these kinds of compromises.

As for the dangerous impact on the environment, cigarette pollution is a major issue world wide. It kills wildlife, especially wetland birds, fish, and aquatic mammals who ingest discarded butts. And the dangers extend not just to the living creatures, but all those chemicals that are used in the creation of filters remain after the cigarette has been smoked. The butts left on the ground as little begin to degrade, and as they do, those harmful chemicals begin to make their way into the ground, into the ocean, into the streams, and throughout the environment. With e-cigs, these issues are not even a thought because disposing cartridges on the ground is much more difficult. Of course any irresponsible user can do that, they are less likely to however because they are not as easily flicked and forgotten.

Considering your health, the health of the people around you, and the health of the environment, don’t you think tobacco is better off being replaced by e-smokes? These are avoidable dangers, and a better quality of life is awaiting. Get yourself an e-cigarette starter kit today!