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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

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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!

The War on E-Cigs

7fe32cb6d9a2459c08c20a8f6c5f15adPropaganda, half truths, twisting of scientific studies, and misreporting are running heavily rampant these days when it comes to e-cigarette research and usage. With recent reports, such as the one published by the New England Journal of Medicine that went viral through the media a few weeks back, followed by the state of California’s public health department running a statement that e-cigarettes should not be used due to their production of “chemicals” and that they can be viewed as a gateway to smoking tobacco, it seems that there is an unusual amount of negative information swirling, based on speculation, aimed at discouraging users from vaping.

What these reports fail to do, all the while playing up hype and sensation, is focus on the positives electronic cigarettes have accomplished in a short amount of time.

Smokers don’t turn to electronic smoking to gain a new habit. They do not enter the world of smoking as a result, either. They look to these products as a means of transitioning away from traditional cigarettes, as with vaping they have more control, more options, and can enjoy the experience of smoking without involving any tobacco.

“It is stunning that a public agency entrusted with the health of the population of California would promote such a one-sided, scientifically impoverished document” remarked Sally Satel, who disbunked much of the speculation and false reports in a piece for Forbes. Also noteworthy, is that even the newly appointed Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy has stated that there is a “desperate need for clarity” when it comes to electronic cigarettes. Obviously a blatantly negative, harmful label cannot be placed on e-cigarettes, so the media really needs to halt their efforts in doing so!

So, what is the deal? Why is the anti-smoking coalition so drastically anti-e-cigarette? Is it because electronic cigarettes make the idea of stopping tobacco usage too easy? Too simple? Too enjoyable? Is it the concept of an alternative, similar yet different, too hard to grasp because there should not be a pleasurable option? Whatever the reasoning may be, it’s time for these “public health experts” to take a hard look at the reality of e-cigarettes, and see the benefits right before their eyes. Instead of focusing on the idea of e-cigarettes being a scary endeavor out to tempt young people into the world of smoking cigarettes, they should be compounding their efforts into lobbying for e-cigarette regulations that guarantee product quality and purity. As this industry is in its infancy, only the future will tell, however one thing we are certain of, is that electronic cigarettes are not going anywhere!

E-Cig Use in California: Let’s be Unbiased, Shall We?

California E-Cig RegulationsThe popularity of electronic cigarettes has grown exponentially lately, and as a result, there is more talk than ever in the media regarding them. News on their effectiveness, what’s in them, how they are used, and who is using them are constant headlines, fueled by last week’s major focus on them on the subject of formaldehyde, it seems like right now everyone is talking about e-cigs.

Following the New England Journal of Medicine piece, (a biased and erroneous article) stating that electronic cigarette produce more formaldehyde than traditional cigarettes, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a statement this week stating that all residents of California should abstain from using the products. Citing that formaldehyde, nicotine, and other toxins and chemicals are the foundation of this statement, they feel e-cigarettes are not a valid option to traditional smoking, and they are a public health risk.

Members of the electronic cigarette community are outraged, as it seems this is just another notch on the belt of California’s ongoing propaganda against smoking and electronic smoking. It is astounding that an entire state is willing to take a stand on the usage of a product millions have embraced, citing a lack of scientific evidence, without having any actual scientific evidence to back up their claims! It is immensely unfortunate that such a broad, biased statement could be implemented to the whole state of California’s residents, and not based on scientific research and factual information. Caution is understandable, but fear mongering and attempting to make “concerned” claims runs more along the lines of propaganda, and less about the actual, factual e-cigarette research.

Yes, they do highlight the fact that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, but what they do not focus on is that users have the option to have nicotine-free liquid, as well as the ability to choose the level they desire. Instead, the head of the CPDH, Ron Chapman, states the nicotine in e-cigarettes is as addictive as the nicotine in traditional cigarettes, and that is sufficient basis for users to abstain.

We are all for regulations that serve a purpose and make sense, such as in the case of age restrictions, and adults taking measures to keep their products out of the hands of minors, however on matters of public health, it is imperative to the public to be served accurate information. The future of vaping will surely be met many more times with cases such as this one, and as difficult as it is to face such harsh admonishing, we’ve come too far and made too much progress to back down.

The Truth About Formaldehyde and E-Cigarettes

anastas-formaldehyde-toxic-300_tcm18-164951This week, a news story broke across all major news outlets reporting that according to a new study, e-cigarettes produce more formaldehyde than traditional cigarettes.

What was not reported in the study was that the device used to vaporize the liquid was used incorrectly, and the aerosols produced we’re not true formaldehyde. When you consider that this was a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and written by scientists, it is rather unfortunate that the whole truth was not reported and facts were omitted. It was a classic case of misreporting in favor of a biased viewpoint, creating great media sensationalism.

After the study was published, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, who is one of the international leaders of electronic cigarette research, published a counter piece analyzing the  NEJM report, dissecting the research and comparing it to how a vaporizer and e-liquid would actually be used, and what the user would be more likely to encounter.

What he found was that the vaporizer used in the study, (which was an unnamed brand and model)  was used at several different settings. When used at normal settings, the device produced no formaldehyde hemiacetyls during vaporization. For example, the voltage was at 3.3, creating 6-7 watts, with a puff time of 4 seconds.

When the settings were turned up to their highest, 5 volts and 14-16 watts, at 4 seconds, the device vaporized the solution and produced 15 times more formaldehyde (hemiacetals) than traditional cigarettes. However at such a high voltage and wattage, the atomizer would absolutely be overheating and absolutely capable of producing formaldehyde hemiacetyl compounds.

It must be noted that formaldehyde hemiacetyls are not true formaldehyde; they are a combination of formaldehyde and alcohols, and there is no evidence to prove they have the same effect, or any toxic or carcinogenic properties.

To vapers, those who use vaporizer devices, the highest settings would never really be used because consuming liquids vaporized at such a high degree would taste entirely awful! In fact, there is a commonly known term for this and it’s called the dry puff phenomenon. Therefore, under the premises documented in this study, it is unlikely the majority of e-cigarette users are going to experience or encounter these elevated levels of formaldehyde. Similarly to the way most people would not be inclined to consume severely overcooked meat, (which contains carcinogens) most vapers would have no interest in vaping with overheated atomizers.

So, if you vape and were alarmed by these headlines, examine at your particular usage. If you use a variable voltage device, check your habits. If you find yourself dry puffing or using it at the highest available setting, you may have to readjust your habits. Otherwise, vape on and try to take such misreporting with a grain of salt!

The Deal with Diacetyl

Sensient-Flavors-says-it-is-addressing-worker-health-and-safety-issues_strict_xxlRecent discussions of e-cigarettes and what is contained in e-liquids has been centered on a substance known as diacetyl. Diacetyl is a chemical typically used to impart a buttery flavor, and though it is regarded as safe for ingestion, it is absolutely not when inhaled.

Because of the info regarding diacetyl as unsafe for inhalation, many anti-e-cig media outlets have been assumptively, and erroneously, reporting that all electronic cigarettes contain this substance, based on the World Health Organization’s findings, in an effort to continue the negative stereotype that surrounds e-cigarettes. What they fail to realize and report upon is, is  that not all brands use the chemical as a flavoring, EverSmoke being among them.

In fact, on a test of a variety of brands of e-liquid to see if they contain diacetyl, done on a TV program in the UK, only 1 of the 4 tested contained the substance! 1 in 4!

So, the big deal with diacetyl in e-liquid is that it is linked to a horrific lung disease known as “popcorn lung,” or bronchiolitis obliterans. It can occur after prolonged exposure to diacetyl that has been heated and inhaled. It affects the bronchioles, causing them to be obstructed and inflamed, restricting airflow, making breathing difficult, and coughing and wheezing prevalent.

Currently, researchers are studying the effects of diacetyl, and testing different brands’ liquids to determine whether they contain the substance, and what effect it is having. Dr. KE Farsalions, a prominent European physician who has done many studies on the effectiveness and benefit of electronic cigarettes, has lead the research on diacetyl. In a presentation he did at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw this year, Dr. Farsalions sampled approximately 160 different e-liquids, mostly manufactured in Europe, in an effort to show what the exposure to diacetyl is exactly for vapers, particularly on a daily basis.

The outcome if this study showed that 74% of the e-liquids he tested contained some diacetyl, most often found in sweet liquid flavors. Even more disconcerting, however, was that a great number of these sweeter liquids contained levels of diacetyl that were higher than the safety limits were supposed to be. Even still, however, the range is anywhere between 10 and 100 times less than the exposure from traditional cigarettes.

So that is the current situation with diacetyl and vaping. Pick and choose your products wisely, and ultimately opt for a brand like EverSmoke, that is committed to keeping the diacetyl fake butter flavor out of our products! And for those of you who are scientifically-inclined, you can check out Dr. Farsalion’s study here (PDF download).

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.