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Teens Buying E-Cigs Online

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One of the latest controversies in the vaping community is over the accessibility that teens have to e-cigs by ordering the smokeless devices online.  According to USA Today, a recent study has shown that teens were able to purchase e-cigs online 94% of the time.

After obtaining permission (and credit cards) from parents and law enforcement, researchers followed 11 teenagers age 14 to 17 who were told to buy e-cigs online.  Out of 98 attempts to make a purchase, online vendors only blocked five teens.  In a majority of the cases, the teens were able to order e-cigs and have them delivered to their doorstep with no questions or signatures requested.

This study was conducted specifically to see how North Carolina was able to enforce a law enacted in 2013 which states that a retailer must verify a customer’s age against a government database before allowing the purchase. Shipping e-cigs to minors is considered a class 2 misdemeanor in this state.

Dr. Rebecca Williams, a research associate at the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the lead author.  She remarked that “…it is easier for many teens to buy e-cigarettes online than in a corner store, where they might be faced with a request for an ID.”

Here’s what the authors of the study concluded:

In the absence of federal regulation, youth e-cigarette use has increased and e-cigarette sellers online operate in a regulatory vacuum, using few, if any, efforts to prevent sales to minors. Even in the face of state laws like North Carolina’s requiring age verification, most vendors continue to fail to even attempt to verify age in accordance with the law, underscoring the need for careful enforcement.

The EverSmoke team would like everyone to know that we are vigilant in refusing to sell our products to minors, nor do we market them to this age group. We believe our e-cigs are fantastically flavorful smoking alternatives—and for adults only.

For more information regarding local and national e-cig regulation and laws, visit our knowledge center.

Is There Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigarette?

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Findings from a recent study conducted at Portland State University by David Peyton, a chemistry professor, contest that e-cigarette vapor may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, as many know, is a known carcinogen and the main component in embalming fluid. It is also one of the known ingredients in traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In response to these formaldehyde claims, e-cigarette manufacturers fired back that the study was conducted poorly and that the measurements used were not produced using realistic conditions.

According to Gregory Conley, a representative from the American Vaping Association, Peyton and the others conducting the study did not talk to people who use e-cigarettes before conducting the study.

In an interview with NPR, Conley told listeners: “[The researchers] think, ‘Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report’.”

Since formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, of course finding an e-cigarette—which is supposed to be better than tobacco cigarettes—producing formaldehyde would be discouraging news. However, conducting a study using inadequate research methods is not the correct way to show evidence.

According to Peyton, the hypothesis was tested by simulating vaping. This was done by “drawing the vapor…into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs.” During this process, a sample of the aerosol contained formaldehyde. More than just finding evidence of formaldehyde, Peyton concludes that the amount formaldehyde found was much higher than that in tobacco cigarettes—as much as 5-15 times higher.

Critics point out that the study was performed as if a vaper had turned up the power of their e-cigarette to its highest setting, heating the e-liquid to levels that would be much too hot for use. While formaldehyde was reportedly discovered at higher than normal outputs levels, it was not detected at a normal usage level.

Conley conceded that no vaper would actually vape under such a condition because it would make their lungs uncomfortable.

What does this all mean? E-cigarettes are relatively new and still being studied. Therefore, we will be discovering things out about them for years to come. While it is important to take this research seriously, it would be a mistake to jump to false conclusions at every study’s results. We’ve got to remember to look at the bigger picture.

If you’re into vaping, you will definitely want to stay up-to-date on the latest information and research about e-cigarettes. To do this, be sure to visit the EverSmoke blog and knowledge center.

Update on the Debate Over Taxing Tobacco Products

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Over the last 15 years, states have been increasing taxes on the tobacco industry. In fact, the taxes on tobacco products have been raised five times more often than taxes on alcohol. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), between 2000 and the beginning of 2015, taxes on tobacco products have risen 111 times and cut four times. By comparison, taxes on alcohol were raised 23 times and cut 8 times.

Clear inequality exists between the two taxes at a state level as well. Over this 15-year period, a total of 45 states have increased their tobacco taxes at least once; however, only 16 have raised taxes on alcohol.

The sheer number of tax increases may have less to do with tobacco than most would think, though. Brian Sigritz of NASBO says most of these increases are correlated with the recessions that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. In 2003, tobacco products saw tax increases across 19 states. Another fifteen states raised tobacco taxes in 2004, and 16 states jacked up rates in 2010. The largest increases came in 2003 and 2010, during the country’s worst economic troubles.

Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are the most frequent tax increasers; each has 6 since 2000.

While the large number of tax increases means that tobacco prices have been on a steady rise, a significant portion of the taxes have gone to worthwhile causes. An 80-cent increase in Arizona in 2008 has raised $130 million for early childhood education. In addition, President Obama proposed a tax increase in 2013 to fund a universal pre-kindergarten education program.

And proposals for tax increases continue to mount. There are plans to increase Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents (the current lowest in the nation) to around 67 cents per pack. New Jersey is looking to add a tax on e-cigarettes to increase its state revenue. Tobacco taxes have gotten so high in New York that it’s estimated over half of all cigarettes smoked in the state have been illegally brought in from other states.

What does this mean for e-cigarettes?

Many government officials (at both the state and federal level) are aiming to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products and tax them accordingly. However, until policymakers and voters reach a firm decision about whether to tax e-cigarettes, those who make the switch from tobacco cigarettes can stand to save some money.

More information can be found by reading our article Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes. You can also learn more about the world of vaping by checking out our blog and knowledge center.

Rise of Vapor Cigarettes on American School Campuses

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Since 1975, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has conducted an annual study monitoring the usage of drugs among teens. Fortunately in 2014, a decrease was seen in prescription drugs, opiod and alcohol use. There was also a decrease in traditional cigarette smoking and a rise in vapor cigarette usage, or e-smoking.

This was actually the first year that vapor cigarettes were included in the study and many believe the decrease in other drugs is due to the rise of e-cig usage. The survey included 41,000 students at 377 different public and private middle and high schools.

There continues to be disagreements as to whether or not vapor cigarettes are safer than traditional smoking. However, it has been proven that traditional smoking is no doubt bad for your health. You can read more on this in our knowledge center article titled 5 Ways Smoking Damages Your Body.

Many believe that teens have quit traditional smoking to switch to the better alternative of vaporcigarettes. Some argue however, teens that never would have smoked have taken up vaping and would not have otherwise.

The NIDA Deputy Director, Wilson Compton, states that “About 8% overall of 8th graders report use of these electronic cigarettes over the past month. About half of those had never used another kind of cigarette before. So this is perhaps a concerning exposure to nicotine at quite a young age.”

As far as the high school, 16% of 10th graders and 17% of 12th graders have used vapor cigarettes within the past month. Those percentages are higher than the rate of traditional smoking in the past years.

At Eversmoke, we do not promote e-smoking among teens and only sell our products to adults. We do believe our product is a better alternative over traditional smoking. E-smoking is on the rise all around and so much so that it was selected as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor cigarettes, or check out our e-smoking and traditional smoking comparison for some other interesting facts.

The Future of Smokeless Cigarettes will depend on These 5 Factors

businessman-running-to-the-future-city-with-his-shadow The past five years have seen rapid growth in not only the popularity of smokeless cigarettes but in new products as well. This growth is only expected to continue and by 2017 is expected to reach upwards of $10 billion in annual sales. With growth and popularity comes factors that can seriously affect the future of smokeless cigarettes. Here are 5 such factors.

1. Marketing

Marketing will have a huge impact on smokeless cigarette sales. Manufacturers need to proceed with caution when creating their marketing plans and their web content because certain words and phrases should be avoided.

2. FDA rulings

The FDA and other governmental agencies are working to make decisions on how e-cigarettes should be regulated. FDA regulations began with classifying the devices like tobacco cigarettes. This led to regulating who can purchase smokeless cigarettes; as well as, regulating the production standards.

3. Industry concerns

If the FDA gets their wish and place restrictions on the sale of e-liquids, many vapers can find it hard to find their favorite e-liquid flavors on store shelves—this, however, looks unlikely to happen.

4. Public opinion

One of the largest hurdles to overcome is that of public opinion. As long as people still associate smokeless cigarettes with tobacco cigarettes—and the carcinogens that come from burning tobacco—there will continue to be people who fear e-cigarettes.

5. Restricting public use

Along with public concerns over their own safety while using smokeless cigarettes, the public still worries about any second-hand exposure to vapor. This is because many people do not understand how e-cigarettes work; thus, they don’t understand the extreme low risk of any second-hand exposure.

As people become more aware of how smokeless cigarettes work, they will begin to fear them less. This will only happen through time and education. For more information about what will influence the future of e-cigarettes, please visit our article at learn.eversmoke.com

E-Cig Buying Guide

eversmokeWhen it comes to buying e-cigarettes, especially for the first time, there’s a lot you need to know. We know it’s not all going to sink in automatically, so here is a buying guide to help you along. Buying the right gear can be essential to your success with using e-cigarettes, so hopefully this adds some insight and makes it a little easier!

Know the Devices

There are a lot of different products in this market, and it’s a really wise idea to start off by researching. Learn as much as you can. Don’t skip this step! Learn different brands, how different items work, the differences between vape pens and e-cigs, cartridges and e-liquids, etc. The more you know, the better choices you’ll make; both in life and with vaping!

Know What You Want: E-Cig or Vape Pen?

After you learn about the differences you can decide what you want. E-cigs and vape pens deliver the same result in different vehicle. What do you want to drive?

Stick with Top Brands

“Free E-Cig Trials” and “Free E-Cigs” are scams; typically anything that sounds too good to be true is! When searching for a good brand, go after one that has been around for a while and has established a strong reputation. Quality and customer satisfaction are big!

Get a Starter Kit

It’s the easiest way to start vaping! It’ll get you familiar with everything with little brainwork necessary! Electronic cigarette starter kits come in so many variations, plus they are almost always affordable and they give you the convenience of laying everything you need right in front of you.

You Need to Experiment

While everyone has something to say about vaping, you’re only going to develop your own sense of taste by experiencing things for yourself.

Don’t Sacrifice Quality to Save a Penny

Quality is one of those things you should never put off. E-cigarettes are more cost effective than traditional cigarettes, so saving a few dollars on lesser quality products is really not worth the effort. Go with a good brand that has a reputation for quality; your experience will be better as a result, and your products will function better. Trust us!

There’s Something For Everyone

When you hear this in regards to electronic cigarettes, it couldn’t be more truthful! There are so many styles and types of products on this market, you are sure to find a model or device that fits your method and budget! This is one of the best things about vaping; you really can have everything you want! Follow this guide, and discover the world that awaits you without smoke!

What to Expect When Making the Transition to Vapor Cigarettes

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If you have made the switch from traditional smoking to vapor cigarettes, congratulations!  Perhaps you are considering it or have just done so and need a little more understanding about what to expect.  There can be an adjustment period, but as long as you are aware of how you may feel and issues that may arise, then the transition should be much smoother.

If you have tried to quit smoking in the past, it is quite possible that it has been extremely difficult and possibly never happened for you.  With vapor cigarettes, they can help support the switch and hopefully assist in you breaking the habit of traditional smoking.  Please understand that anything worth the change, can take somewhat of an adjustment period.  Below are some things to keep in mind.

  • The first few weeks can be very difficult as you are experiencing nicotine withdrawal.  You can start off with a larger amount of nicotine in your e-cig and gradually scale it down so that it is not such a shock to your system.  Just remember, the beginning is the worst!  Your body will get used to it.
  • Not only is the nicotine withdrawal an issue but just the habit itself.  You have to get used to the feel of a vapor cigarette being different from a traditional.  The way you drag on the cigarette is different.  Again, you will get used to it.
  • You will probably get your taste buds back!  Smoking can affect how we taste but vapor cigarettes do not.  In time, you should notice a change for the better in how food tastes!
  • Great news is that you will now not have the odor from cigarette smoking or ashes that make a mess!

At EverSmoke we want to say congrats again on making the switch or even considering doing so.  We truly hope you are enjoying your vaping experience and hope to be the provider for all of your e-cig needs and wishes.  For more detailed information on what to expect when making the transition, check out our article in our knowledge center. Give yourself a gift this holiday season and make the switch!

Vapers May Soon Have More Options When It Comes to E-cigarettes

Patents for e-cigarette-like devices have increased to include caffeine and vitamin supplement sticks

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E-cigarettes are not only revolutionary devices for getting the nicotine your body craves, but they also bring the potential to create jobs. The technology that brings us e-cigs can easily be translated into other inhalation devices—and e-cigarette manufacturers are scrambling to be the first to cash in on variations.

According to Thomas Reuters, China leads the world in creating e-cigarettes (this is no surprise as they boast more than 300 million smokers) and spin-offs using e-cigarette technology. These other variations include an e-cigarette that allows you to “pay as you go” and another that delivers caffeine rather than nicotine.

The world of e-cigarettes has grown exponentially since 2005 when there were only eight e-cigarette-like inventions. The IP & Science business states this number rose to more than 200 by 2012 and over 500 last year. In addition, the number continues to grow and, as of now, the number has reached 650.

Experts assume that the drastic rise of e-cigarette like patents is due to the possibility that there will be firmer regulations from the World Health Organization’s battle to ban their use indoors to limiting advertising to age restrictions.

Pay As You Go

Thomas Reuters tracks over 2,000 e-cigarette-like devices and of these, about 64 percent are from China (likely, because about half of the males smoke). The US falls second with 14 percent. These devices are all different: some are designed to help smokers regulate or reduce the amount of nicotine they consume each day and others allow vapers to experience multiple flavors. For the techy among us, there is even an app available to show you your intake.

One such suggested device comes from Philip Morris International and could be developed to allow vapers to “pay as they go”. This would allow them to purchase any number of doses though an application that connects to their device. Another feature of this e-cigarette would allow the vaper to set it to shut off once they reached a set number of puffs.

Helpful Vapes?

Other vaping devices could deliver substances other than nicotine to vapers. These include doses of caffeine and even vitamin supplements. A company known as VitaCigs has suggested a device that could deliver vitamins and supplements (like valerian and collagen). A caffeinated vape stick has been patented by a company called Energy Shisha and Fuma International has filed a patent for a vape that mentions tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as an ingredient.

By e-cigarette manufacturers continuing to develop new products, it can only mean that the quality of the devices will continue to increase, as inventors and thinkers will have to keep working their hardest to think up of the newest and the greatest.

Of course, e-smokers and other users stand to benefit from these continued innovations.  EverSmoke strives to provide you with high quality e-cigarettes not just today, but for years to come. For more information, please visit or blog and knowledge center.

Where Did E-Cigarettes Originate?

Eversmoke-featured1Electric cigarettes are an obviously modern innovation. They encompass everything that is convenient and unique about today’s digital devices. E-cigarettes modernize, streamline and enhance all aspects of smoking and using nicotine for smokers, regardless of what their preference of device is. They have changed the way smokers experience nicotine and harness control over the process. Most smokers who have switched to vaping could not imagine going back to analog cigarettes now after experiencing what they get out of vapor cigarettes. Pretty amazing for products that have been around for just over a decade, internationally!

So here’s a look at the history of the e-cigarette. Their popularity may have only grown in the past five years however they were born of an idea that started over 50 years ago.

In 1963 a man named Herbert Gilbert patented an idea he had for an electronic smoking device. Cigarette smoke was in high demand with a huge portion of the nation’s adults smoking regularly. It was common to smoke in every public setting imaginable including libraries universities workplaces; in fact there are even images of doctors and surgeons smoking in operating rooms! With incredible foresight, Gilbert knew that this rampant cigarette smoking was going to lead to widespread illness and disease. He developed the concept, however he was way before his time because the mass public was not (yet) interested in the alternative devices because they were too busy puffing on their tobacco.

In 1983, it was predicted that in the future cigarette smoking was going to become electronic and smoke was going to be replaced with vapor. This is truly where the term vaping originated.

Electronic cigarettes fell by the wayside until the year 2003 when a pharmacist in China, Han Lik, developed a similar prototype, looking to create a product that would help smokers have an alternative to traditional tobacco use. Lik’s father had recently passed due to a lifetime of smoking that led to lung cancer, and he wanted to turn the tragedy into a positive. With the good fortune of having connections, it was no time at all before his creation was developed into a product and was reaching the Chinese public. The success was immediate, and in just a few short years the popularity of e-cigarettes spread all throughout Asia, Europe, and into the American markets.

Currently, the market is a billion dollar industry upstaging tobacco and expanding rapidly. What began as an idea to offer an alternative to tobacco has succeeded and is becoming the preferred way for smokers to enjoy nicotine.

Senate Democrats Seeking Stiffer Warning Labels on Smokeless Cigarette Packaging

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Government officials are once again trying to make it harder to obtain and use smokeless cigarettes. Now Senate Democrats are trying to get the FDA to require warning labels on e-cigarette packaging.

Leading the way for the warning label push are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Together they have drafted a proposal to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to encourage her to finalize rules to allow the FDA the ability to regulate nicotine products further.

This group of senators is concerned over an apparent lack of regulations. Moreover, they do not feel that manufacturer’s own warning labels are adequate.

The senators wrote that because of a lack of federal regulations, smokeless cigarette companies fail to list all of the health threats. They said the pending FDA proposal warning also wouldn’t go far enough.

According to the Hill.com, this group of Democrats suggests that warning labels should read “WARNING: This product contains nicotine derived from tobacco. Nicotine is an addictive chemical”. They believe that this label will inform vapers about nicotine usage and help to bring down the recent rise in nicotine poisonings.

The problem with this kind of label is that it is much more harsh than needed. There is no denying that the label is technically true; however, the tone of the message makes it much more menacing than needed.

What’s shocking, however, is that some of the e-cigarette manufacturer’s (especially those who are also Big Tobacco companies) warning labels can be much severe—often suggesting that their products are “unsuitable for children and people with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease” according to the New York Times.

One such example is the MarkTen brand of e-cigarette, which is sold by Altria (a child company of Phillip Morris). This brand has a 117 word, non-required warning label .

The label on the company’s traditional cigarettes is the much shorter, federally mandated warning label. Such a strong warning suggests that smokeless cigarette companies are trying to avoid any future lawsuits by showing initiative.

Along with pushing to require a stricter warning label, Democratic senators are also trying to implement the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act. This act would keep e-cigarette manufacturers from marketing their products to minors.

**No e-cigarette manufacturer believes that e-cigarettes are intended for children**

EverSmoke not only strives to bring you the best quality smokeless cigarettes, but we also want to provide you with all the information you could ever want (or need) about the world of vaping. For more information, please visit or blog and knowledge center.