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Your Senses, and What Smoking Does to Them

How tobacco affects smell and tasteYour senses… they’re pretty remarkable. They shape your perspective, are home to your pleasure centers, and they are responsible for everything that involves delicious tastes, amazing aromas, and wondrous sounds. The thought of living without them, and having to navigate this crazy world without them sounds rather drab, does it not? Smoking is a great way to destroy them, and if you’re needing a good reason to shelf the smoke, here is a look at what smoke does to your senses, in particular, your senses of taste and smell. Because why compromise this amazing capacity we’ve been blessed with by nature?


Located in the rear of the nose are the olfactory nerves, and these transmit signals to the brain every time you inhale, allowing you to identify what you’re smelling. Traditional tobacco cigarettes dull these nerves over time, rendering them damaged, causing your ability to smell correctly and intensely to be hampered. In fact, according to the American Council on Science and Health, a frequent smoker is twice as likely to experience a reduced level of ability to smell correctly, than a nonsmoker.


The sense of smell is directly related to how one’s sense of taste works, however there are other ways taste is impacted by tobacco smoke. The sense of smell is affected by smoke in a physical manner, in which the tastebuds are actually flattened by the chemicals in smoke. In a study done in Greece where the tastebuds of smokers and nonsmokers were compared, and the tastebuds of smokers were found to be significantly flatter than those of the nonsmokers. The resulting effect causes one to not taste food as profoundly, with the sense of taste overall dulled to a drastic degree. What a shame!

The good part of all of this bad news is that smokers are able to regain their abilities to smell and taste correctly if they opt to switch to vapor cigarettes, which offer a similar experience without the chemicals and tobacco. Taste buds and olfactory nerves are actually known to regrow, as quickly as within a few days of quitting smoking (though individual results may vary, and can take up to a few months). The human body’s ability to evolve and heal is amazing, isn’t it?

Is it Cool to Vape While Pregnant?

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Since 1984, there have been warnings from the Surgeon General placed on traditional analog cigarette packages and advertisements.  These warnings contain information regarding your risk for cancer, emphysema and heart disease when smoking.  For the past thirty one years, there has also been a warning for pregnant women.  It states “Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth rate.”

It has been proven that cigarettes, which contain nearly 4,000 hazardous chemicals, can infiltrate a smoker’s bloodstream and transfer these chemicals through the umbilical cord into the developing fetus, causing issues with cognitive development.

What About E-Cigs?

Although there needs to be more studies conducted to determine if using e-cigs is safe for pregnant women, the recommendation for now is to refrain.  The great news is that when you choose vaping over smoking, you have the choice to adjust the amount of nicotine you ingest (including without any nicotine whatsoever).  However, due to the fact that e-cigs are currently unregulated and some manufacturer’s e-liquid may still contain a small amount of nicotine, choosing to abstain from vaping while pregnant, though difficult, is the safest option.

Nicotine is addictive and can interfere with fetal brain development as well as increase a child’s risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Therefore, choosing to say no to nicotine in any form is the best idea for a pregnant woman.

Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, states: “While the use of smoke-free nicotine products is generally far less hazardous than smoking, pregnant women should refrain from using all nicotine products, including FDA-approved products like the nicotine patch and gum.”

If you are pregnant, consult your physician regarding your smoking habits as well as all your pregnancy health needs.

If you are considering a better smoking alternative, explore our website to see the wide variety of starter kits that EverSmoke has to offer.  Also, continue browsing our blog and knowledge center for additional health and vaping tips.

For starters, you can check out our more in-depth article on E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy.

British Study Shows Even Temporary Switch to E-Cigarettes Beneficial

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A recent British study published by Cancer Prevention Research showed that tobacco cigarette smokers who switched to smoke-free e-cigarettes – even for a short time – can drastically decrease the number of pollutants (acrolein and carbon monoxide, specifically) they are exposed to.

The study focused on 40 tobacco cigarette smokers who had shown interest in quitting at least twice. As a part of the study, each participant was given the same type of e-cigarette and everyone was encouraged to quit their tobacco cigarettes.

After four weeks, the participants were reassessed. At this mark, only 16 of the participants were solely using e-cigarettes. In these participants, though, doctors saw an 80 percent reduction in their exposure to acrolein and carbon monoxide.

Another 17 participants had incorporated tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes into their routine. Even these participants experienced a decline in acrolein exposure by 60 percent and carbon monoxide by 52 percent. These results show that in order to reap the full benefits of reducing exposure to air pollutants, cigarette smokers will need to make the transfer completely; however, tobacco reduction can also be associated with a decrease in air pollutant levels.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Reducing the amount of carbon monoxide you inhale is beneficial because as the amount of carbon monoxide increases, the oxygen in your red blood cells is depleted. This depletion can result in arteries hardening, which is a factor in strokes and heart disease.

Researchers measured carbon monoxide in participants’ breath one week before switching to e-cigarettes, on the day they switched and again four weeks later. Urine tests for acrolein exposure followed the same testing schedule.

Doctors expected the drop in carbon monoxide; however, since acrolein is known to occur with VG e-liquid, the reduction in this chemical as well was a significant finding.

It can be a big decision to decide to make the switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes. If you’re considering switching, consider EverSmoke e-smoking products and supplies. Come check our site to stock up, plus find out even more information via our blog and knowledge center.

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.

Study Shows E-Cigs Produce Formaldehyde Only Under “Extreme Conditions”


Nobody wants to ingest formaldehyde – that bad smelling liquid you may remember from biology class during the lesson on dissection. Well, did you know that every time you smoke a tobacco cigarette, that’s exactly what you’re consuming, along with a whole host of other toxic chemicals?

Gross, right? Well the same argument has been unfairly lodged against electronic cigarettes, but fortunately now we have some data that says otherwise.

A recent study, conducted by cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and reported on by Wired Magazine, has revealed that some electronic cigarettes do indeed release harmful amounts of formaldehyde, but only under extreme conditions.  Formaldehyde could be detected when a vapor smoker repeatedly attempted to “dry puff” – a situation which is rare due to the unpleasant experience a dry hit provides.

These results challenge a 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that said electronic cigarettes produced a higher amount of formaldehydes than traditional analog cigarettes.  However, in that particular study, vaping habits were never taken into consideration.

In this recent study led by Dr. Farsalinos, he discovered that formaldehydes, which are carcinogenic and found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, can also be released by a third-generation electronic cigarette.  Certain advanced e-cigs offer a variety of power settings that a vapor smoker is able to customize for maximum e-liquid flavor.

However, Dr. Farsalinos explain further that the emission of aldehydes from these e-cigs was dramatically lower than those found in cigarette smoke.

The conclusion of Farsalinos study determined that in “real world” vaping situations, the amount of formaldehyde released from e-cigs is significantly less than from traditional cigarettes unless a person is participating in the rare and nasty act of repeat dry vaping.

Since its publication, the study has made big waves in the health community since now all the media hype about the dangers of formaldehyde in electronic cigarettes may need to be reconsidered.

Have you thought of trying a better alternative to traditional smoking?  Consider EverSmoke and all of our amazing electronic cigarette starter kits. If you aren’t ready to commit just yet, browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

Benefits to Switching: A Healthier Lifestyle

get healthy by vapingOne of the nicest perks to leaving tobacco behind in favor vapor smoking is the benefit of a healthier lifestyle. Here is a look at some of the ways e-cigs can help contribute to a better quality of life, and what you’re in for should you decide to make the switch!

-No Longer a Tobacco Smoker

By simply no longer subjecting your body to a tobacco smoke, you can be free of all those chemicals cigarettes are laced with. Your lungs will no longer be full of smoke, which carries said toxic chemicals, and they will not be accumulating the residual tar from cigarettes.

-Better Taste Capacity

Smoking hinders your ability to taste things correctly. Luckily, it can be reversed, and when you switch to e-cigs, you very well may experience this pleasant side effect. As a result, you may be able to make better food choices for yourself, since you’ll be able to taste a world of new, exciting flavors!


Switching can often make your mouth dry, and it is recommended that you drink a lot of water to keep your mouth, as well as your body hydrated to prevent dry mouth and feeling dehydrated. Upping your water intake has the pleasant side effect of cleansing your system, upping the performance of your digestion, flushing out toxins, and helping you feel good.

-Get Active

If switching has you feeling frisky, energized, or just so darn elated because you’ve escaped the shackles of tobacco, you may be physically up for more activity. In which case, you may be more inclined towards exercising, and in which case, good for you! Cigarettes affect the cardiovascular system, and are known to make users feel awful when working up a sweat and doing anything that involves heavy physical activity. Go ahead and switch; let us know how you feel!

-Your Love Life

Speaking of physical activity and getting sweaty, vapers smell better, have nicer smiles, and their hearts and lungs don’t have to function through the haze of tobacco. Get where this is going? Vapers are more appealing lovers, and we all know getting it on can make you feel great, is helpful at relieving stress, and overall just staying healthy!

So when you think about it, vaping offers a lot of great benefits that can make you feel awesome! Quality of life accounts for so much; why not take advantage of the possibilities?

Optimistic News for E-cigarette Usage: Recent Study Finds Teens Uninterested in Flavored E-liquids


A recent study conducted by Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that teens who don’t smoke may not be overly attracted to the flavors of e-cigarette liquid as some e-cigarette critics suggest. This data is great news for e-cigarette supporters who stick fast to their beliefs that the smokeless electric cigs contains less hazards than the tobacco counterparts.

These findings and others have not quieted fears that e-cigarettes could tempt non-smokers (teens especially) to pick up the devices and start vaping.

Saul Shiffman, PhD., of the University of Pittsburgh psychology professor and Pinney Associates, stated: “Concerns about initiation of e-cigarette use by nonsmoking teens have focused on the expected and assumed appeal of flavors. It is important to replace assumptions with data. Our study shows that flavor descriptors, even those expected to appeal to youth, do not do so.”

He goes on to suggest that these though e-cigarettes provide no health benefits to the growing teen body, they are still considered less dangerous than traditional tobacco cigarettes and therefore can offer a safer smoking option for adult smokers.

Nearly 650 people—216 nonsmoking teenagers (between 13 and 17) and 432 cigarette-smoking adults—participated in the study. All participants had expressed an interest in using e-cigarettes. Researchers asked them to rank their interest in e-cigarettes (on a 1-10 scale), then the participants were offered a flavor list. The results found that the 216 teens showed only minimal interest in the e-cigarettes and this interest did not change with e-liquid flavors.

The desire to use e-cigarettes was greatest amongst adults who had recently tried a smokeless electric cig. In addition, these smoking adults showed the most interest in e-liquid flavors, including double espresso, raspberry and vanilla bean.

Studying the appeal of certain e-liquid flavors to minors is helpful because researchers can learn which flavors will lead to less minors using e-cigarettes.

If you’re still on the fence about trying e-cigarettes, consider visiting EverSmoke.com and browse our selection of e-cigarette starter kits. You can also find more information about our e-cigarettes and vaping in general by browsing our blog and knowledge center.

CDC Paints a Target on Electronic Cigarettes

blonde woman using e-cigarette

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently targeted the electronic cigarette industry with negative advertising cautioning people against nicotine delivery devices, highlighting the various diseases associated with tobacco use.  It appears that once again the vaping industry is being lumped in with the tobacco industry – even though they are two entirely separate entities.

The CDC contends that since there isn’t enough information about the long-term safety and effects of electronic cigarette usage, they should not be promoted.  Of course, many vapor smokers think that’s the point exactly—that there is not enough known about the devices to compare them to traditional cigarettes.

One electronic cigarette shop owner named John McCullough said to reporters that he would never tell a customer that vaping is 100% safe (and neither would EverSmoke), but the industry is too young for unbiased research to show how good or bad electronic cigarettes are.

“The industry is 7 or 8-years-old,” he said.  “We need another 20 before we can actually say, ‘This product is safe,’ or ‘This product is bad,’ and why it is safe or bad.”

Millions of people have begun turning to electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to traditional smoking, which is proven to be harmful to your health and home.  The e-cig alternative has also opened up more doors for people to be able to vape in places that otherwise are banned from traditional smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are considered a breath of fresh air because the vapor released is not an offensive smell like the smoke from cigarettes.

While more research needs to be done, there are countless vaping existing studies that has been conducted on these devices up to this point which we encourage you to read so that you can form your own opinion rather than mistaking misinformation for fact.

At EverSmoke, we have worked hard to provide a library of online resources for smokers trying to get better educated about electronic cigarettes. For starters, visit our blog and knowledge center. Also, feel free to contact us about any questions you have about our products or vaping in general.

What Awaits You When Switching to E-Cigarettes

Switch to E-CigsAfraid to make the switch to vaping? Scared to let go of your past dependence in exchange for a better way to enjoy your daily life, and nicotine without the baggage? Here are some of our favorite reasons to switch to electronic cigarettes, in case you need a reminder. Millions of vapers have made the switch, and haven’t looked back. What are you waiting for?

-A Tobacco-Free Body: Being free from tobacco benefits nearly every facet of your health, and switching to an alternative method of smoking that does not involve tobacco is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

-A Smoke-Free Home: The tar from tobacco cigarettes is sticky, gooey, and has the capacity to leave behind nasty yellow stains on the teeth, hands, and practically anything it comes into contact with over an extended period of time. In the home, it can stain your walls, carpets, upholsteries, and nearly anything porous, leaving behind a tell-tale discoloration, as well as a musty, funky smell. Vaping, on the hand doesn’t!

-Tastier Meals: Cigarette smoke destroys your taste buds and your sense of smell, the two components that are responsible for your ability to taste things. Once you stop smoking, your sense of taste begins to recover. This is one of the best parts of switching to vaping.

-A More Dazzling Smile: Cigarettes can do a number on your oral health, and destroy your teeth, making your smile atrocious. Definitely not something to smile about.

-More Money in Your Wallet: Everyone needs more, and vaping is much more cost effective.

-Peace of Mind: Knowing you aren’t part of the global pollution problem is a great thing, even if you are of the responsible sort and dispose of your cigarette butts properly. Tobacco cigarettes are the world’s most polluted item; it’s nice to know you aren’t adding to the problem.

-Smelling Fresh and Clean: Smelling like you’ve been in a bar all night isn’t exactly a sexy smell! Vapers love carrying the scent of fresh air with them everywhere they go, knowing no one will be put off by their smoky smell.

So if you are still smoking cigarettes, why not give e-cigs a try? Look at all the things you’ve got to lose, and how much you have to gain!

Is There Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigarette?

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.