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Dr. Maria Cuomo Gets Put on Check by Forbes

Margaret Cuomo Gets Blasted By Forbes For LiesLast Week, Huffington Post published a video featuring Dr. Margaret Cuomo spewing out some major untruths about vapor smoking, however it did not go unnoticed by Forbes, who had a serious bone to pick with the misinformation being tossed out by Cuomo, medical professional. (If you haven’t read it, the Forbes article is so worth a read!) As a doctor in the spotlight, with a great amount of attention focused on her, it would be especially useful of her unique and significant voice to inform people of their options, of facts, of medical breakthroughs based on scientific research and findings… not her own biased, misunderstood, false opinions.

As the vapor industry is not keen on anyone attempting to pass off inconsistencies and flat out lies, we could not be more pleased that professor of public health at Boston University, Dr. Michael Siegel challenged the misinformation of Dr. Cuomo’s statement that vapor smoking increases the risk of lung and liver cancers by stating: “there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.” Furthermore, after Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller questioned Dr. Cuomo’s other claims of vapor aerosol being known to contain fractions of tin as well as other harmful compounds not found even in tobacco cigarette smoke, using Dr. Siegel’s take on the matter as backing, her statements were then retracted from the Huffington Post piece. Obviously, if her tirade were true, they would have had no reason to edit, would they?

Sadly, even doctors cannot be trusted 100% of the time. That a doctor of such esteemed and notable status as Dr. Cuomo would attempt to voice her opinions as truth, without factual basis, is harmful to the community at large. The vaping industry has been victim since its earliest days of such slander, and it is unfortunate that there exists medical professionals who refuse to remain objective in light of science-based evidence. On a positive note, however, it is quite fortunate that doctors such as Dr. Siegel exist, and are happy to challenge the bad advice of those such as Dr. Cuomo. We are exceptionally grateful.

The New Flight Rules for E-Cigs

FDOT Bans E-Cigarettes on AirplanesSince the inception of electronic cigarettes, and their widespread use, there has been confusion and misinformation regarding their usage on airplanes and during flights. The general rule was that they were not allowed, and as all smoking devices were prohibited, and so electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and any such related items were classified the same way since they hit the market.

However, as the rules were not hardlined regarding electronic cigarettes on airplanes, considering that when the rules were put into place, they did not exist, this left some room for question. How could e-cigarettes be held to this regulation when they were not in fact, cigarettes, cigars, or items that actually produced smoke? There is no tobacco, and there is no smell.

However, in light of this source of vagueness, the Federal Department of Transportation has now made it officially clear: electronic cigarettes, and all similarly related products, including personal vaporizers, vape pens, electronic cigars, MODS, as well as those that are designed to resemble other items not related to smoking, are prohibited from use on aircraft. Also, along with these regulations are new rules that prohibit passengers from packing electronic cigarette devices in their checked luggage, in an effort to prevent accidental fire, however passengers are allowed to keep them in their carry on luggage with no issue. No vaping devices may be charged on the aircraft, during flights or otherwise.

So, if you were not aware previously, or were hoping something might change to allow vapers to vape on flight, it’s now official: during air travel electronic cigarettes and similar items are not allowed, it is now a law, and now you’re in the know! Despite the official stance of this new regulation, when it comes to traveling, e-cigarettes are certainly the more convenient option for use, especially in regards to how inconvenient traditional cigarettes are when you’re on the move.

E-Cig Drama: Explosions & Misuse

Separating Fact from Fiction: E-Cig ExplosionsE-Cig Explodes Causing Second Degree Burns! 16-year old’s e-cig explodes in his face! Another e-cig explosion!

This latest story, as reported by Yahoo! News, details the mishap that occurred when a vapor device exploded, causing severe second-degree burns on the face of a 16-year-old teen, from Alberta, Canada.

The latest headlines scream foul on the e-cigarette industry. “Those dangerous gadgets that teens are messing with.” “Marketed to children, now their lives are in danger.” “Researchers are uncovering the dark truth that lies ahead for teens that use these explosive devices”… Ah, why is there always such a lack of facts in regards to the e-cigarette/ vapor products industry instead of unbiased evidence-based reality?

However, if you are a thinking, intelligent human, you may be able to read between the lines of the exaggerated content here. No, I’m not saying this child’s (yes, he is a CHILD, a 16-year-old  minor) injuries are exaggerated; we wish Ty Greer the absolute quickest recovery from such a traumatic situation, which was most likely extremely scary and the last thing he expected as he was merrily vaping in his car prior to the incident. However, what he was doing with such a device is purely irresponsible on account of his parents/ guardians, as well as himself for messing with things he had no business messing with.

He was using a device known as a Wotofo Phantom, a device clearly designed for those who have a lot of experience in DIY vape building. Mech mods are not for beginners whatsoever. These devices, as anyone will tell you, as manufacturers will blatantly specify, and as retailers will make very clear to those trying to purchase them, are not for the inexperienced. These devices are very easy to use incorrectly, especially if e-cigarette batteries are not used correctly, or if the wrong type is used, and if chances are taken, explosions can happen. Another aspect to keep in mind is lithium ion battery temperature safety; it has to be a conscious thought of all e-cigarette/ vaporizer/ mech mod users. Ty Greer, unfortunately, learned the hard way.

Like firearms, fireworks, cars, knives, and prescription drugs, when used incorrectly, results can be dangerous and fatal. Blaming a product because a child misused it, is plain old ignorance on the part of the media, Greer’s parents, as well as anyone else who refuses to see that this situation most likely could have been prevented if proper care was taken.

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated As Medicine in the UK

E-Cigs To Be Regulated as Medicine in UKIn a monumental move, the UK has announced that electronic cigarette devices and products will be regulated as medicinal products, soon to be regulated as cessation devices.

This groundbreaking news came yesterday, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK announced that electronic cigarettes will be considered medicinal products, enabling them to be recommended and suggested for use by general practitioners.

Previously, this was not allowed, because according to regulation that deemed particular language be used, due to their lack of studies and research, e-cigarettes could not be recommended by physicians for use. Now, the game has entirely changed.

This ruling has come on the heels of a groundbreaking report done by Public Health England several months ago, where it was determined that electronic cigarettes are 95% healthier and safer than traditional cigarettes, and they have the potential to save millions of lives. This independent research boldly proclaimed the great benefit electronic cigarettes have the potential of offering, and denounced the idea of regulations that would ban them.

While the US continues to shuffle its feet regarding the regulations of e-cigarettes in America, and the ridiculous amount of political wrangling that seems to be holding up the formation of common sense regulations to allow users to use these products as they wish, we cannot be more in awe and supportive of the UK for doing the right thing by their population.

Public Health England made it clear, that with 20% of the British population smoking, legitimate alternatives to tobacco are an absolute necessity, and e-cigarettes present an exceptional option. They are focusing on the benefit electronic cigarettes present as a method smokers can use to halt their usage of tobacco, and they see the potential in regards to the greater whole of their public health.

We are fully in support and have much admiration for these groundbreaking and monumental regulations that are surely going to positively impact the UK population.

Diacetyl Linked to Popcorn Lung: The Reality

Diacetyl-Free Liquid Does Not Cause Popcorn LungAnother classic case of the media taking advantage of a hot-button issue and exploiting it beyond the necessary cause of reason, and attempting to twist the level of attention on a particular subject is exactly what has occurred in the e-cigarette industry this week. This is seriously not the way to report on something “newsworthy,” particularly when it involves serious matters that concern people’s health. Case in point: the most recent “study” to hit the presses from Harvard University, reporting on the dangers of diacetyl in e-liquids.

There are several problems here: the first of which is the fact that this study is based on findings that have been around for a while; it’s not breaking news. Secondly, there is a great amount of gray area in the study; 75% of e-liquids, according to the report, contain diacetyl. This is a flagrant misrepresentation, because there are literally hundreds of e-liquids out there, and testing just 51 flavors is a mere sampling; not at all a hard number that realistically encapsulates the market as a whole.

There is no denying the factual research that has found that diacetyl is linked to popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans. This has been reported about in regards to this industry for several years now, and even recently, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, (a major e-cigarette researcher and opponent of diacetyl) released information regarding a study his team in Greece performed in a quest to see how much diacetyl was being used in the market. His findings concluded that many European brands of e-liquids were still including the dangerous flavoring, though there are many, particularly USA-made brands who opt to carry diacetyl-free liquids instead, EverSmoke being among them.

It is so unfortunate that the media can so irresponsibly create a false panic, attempting to use scare tactics and erroneous information, masquerading as “scientific studies” to persuade the masses to avoid something. This is the basic reason why it is so important to be an educated consumer, and to research everything you put into your body. Don’t believe everything you hear, and always, always read between the lines.

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.

 

New British Study Says E-Cigs Control Smoking Risks

woman holding classic cigarette and electronic cigarette
A recently released government-funded study in the U.K. found that electronic cigarettes can help reduce the risks of smoking by as much as 95 percent.  British health officials are saying that the study – issued by Public Health England – showed little indication that people who had never smoked before were embracing electronic cigarettes on a large level as many anti-vaping advocates and officials have implied.

The findings in the report do not show that electronic cigarettes are completely free risks.  However, the report is believed to possibly speed up the use and acceptance of e-cigs in England.  It may also affect a debate in the United States regarding whether or not e-cigs are an aid in helping people quit smoking or if they are just another access to nicotine.

Duncan Selbie, the Chief Executive of Public Health England, says that one of the main reasons for the study was to help clear some of the smoke surrounding the e-cigarette debate.  He states, “Many people think the risks of e-cigarettes are the same as smoking tobacco and this report clarifies the truth of this. In a nutshell, best estimates show that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful to your health.”

A professor at the University of California, Dr. Neal L. Benowitz, said that his counterparts in Britain had been more optimistic about electronic cigarettes than his colleagues in the United States.  He believes though that there is still lack of evidence showing how these devices can be best used to help traditional smokers kick the habit.

The report did encourage officials to consider how e-cigs can help be a low cost alternative for people in low income communities to transition away from the expensive smoking habit that is so prevalent in these areas.

Have you seriously considered an alternative to smoking?  Electronic cigarettes can offer you a more satisfying and better smoking experience than traditional analog cigarettes. Browse our website to see some of fabulous e-cigs and vaping accessories that can help you break into the exciting world of vaping.

Also, keep learning if e-cigs are right for you by reading more about these revolutionary devices in our blog and knowledge center.

It’s All About Control; Not Quitting

E-Cigarette ResearchIn response to a recent article published by Health Day and US News Health, we would like to take this opportunity to address their statements regarding electronic cigarette users and their lack of critical thinking when it comes to their smoking and usage of these products.

The article attempts to label electronic cigarette users as delusional and foolish. Specifically stating that those who use these devices are not in tune with reality, and they erroneously believe that these products will assist them with quitting smoking, when in actuality it is not possible. It’s such a shame when even major publications cannot distinguish e-cigarette myths from reality.

Our take? It’s rather disturbing when an established news publication prints falsifications, generalizations, and commentary that lacks substance, goes heavy on speculation, and overdoses on fluff. They further their argument by “backing up” their claims with more biased opinions, not actual facts, from so-called scientists. Statistics are one way of proving a fact, however making a broad generalization about the entire vaping population, (we’re talking millions of people here, within a several billion dollar industry) holds no water.

Electronic cigarettes are not cessation devices. They are marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and most users are aware of this. Along the same lines, many users have been able to switch completely to vaping, and consciously decrease not only their nicotine intake but also their frequency of smoking. There is a higher level of control for those who opt for vapor, and most users will praise the amount of control they gain over their habits as a result of switching.

One of the big differences between traditional cigarettes and electronic, is that with e-cigarettes you can call the shots on almost every single aspect. You choose the style of device you’d like, your flavor, your nicotine level, the accessories would like to use, in addition to a host of others. It’s an experience that caters to the individual, while filling the void of smoking. While traditional cigarettes offer basically one style, and one way to use them, e-cigarettes put the control into users hands. And while this article aims to shine a negative light on those who use these products, cast a shadow of fear for those who may be interested in switching, glorify speculation for those have issues with e-smoking, it doesn’t mar the truth that many smokers have been able to decrease their nicotine levels so drastically they were able to quit smoking due to having full control back in their hands.

Delusion? Not within a population who readily research everything with authority. Misunderstanding? Not the majority of vapers when it comes to what products they use. This is one demographic who does not take general statements at face value. These are thinkers, doers, and outright seekers; vapers are not ones to stay in the dark. When it comes to e-cigarette research, medical, environmental, and otherwise, you bet these guys are on it!