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Where the E-Cig Industry is Headed

558750_475283232573762_170760175_nElectronic cigarettes are growing in use and popularity, and as the market begins to transition from a niche to a more mainstream sector, there are a variety of factors playing into where the industry is headed. As a whole, the success has been exceptional, with millions of smokers having tried the products, and many having switched outright to using them over traditional cigarettes. While we have a very good understanding of where the market is headed, these are the factors that are currently playing the largest role in the future of electronic cigarettes.

Vaping in Public: there are restrictions in some places regarding vaping in public. Many nonsmokers and many people in the general public are not aware of e-cigarettes, how they work, and the fact that they produce no odor or smoke. Many business owners are still on the fence on how to regard electronic cigarettes, so they (unfortunately) prefer to group them into the same category as traditional cigarettes, because even though they are alternatives, they would rather avoid confusion or confrontation. Where this goes in the future remains to be seen, however certain cities, such as New York, have banned e-cigarettes from public use, just like traditional cigarettes. Hopefully other major cities do not follow suit in such an unjust way.

Public Health: The subject of e-cigarettes and public health has garnered a lot of attention as of late. A group of international scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization citing electronic cigarettes as a valid alternative to tobacco cigarettes, especially in regards to public health, and how they can potentially save lives, from a scientific viewpoint. The subject of health remains one of the most poignant issues surrounding e-cigarettes, and we can certainly expect regulations that approach this topic.

FDA Rulings: The FDA recently set forth e-cigarette regulations that will prohibit them from being sold to minors, a move most companies hoped for, giving further credibility to the industry, as well as keeping products intended for adults out of the hands of those who are underage. The FDA has also began regulating standards of production, which also benefits the industry in a positive way.

Industry Concerns: Before the recent FDA rulings, many feared that the products would be limited drastically, even banned, leaving customers unable to purchase them. Fortunately, it seems that this sort of action will not be taking place, as the FDA and the e-cigarette industry will be working together in a cooperative manner.

E-Cigarette Marketing: There are rules for everything, and the FDA does not take lightly to how e-cigarettes are marketed. Online and in the tangible world, marketing language for e-cigarettes is very specific. E-cigarettes are strictly intended for use as an alternative to other products, and companies are prohibited from calling them an aid to quit smoking. In order to be considered as such, a product needs strict regulation and guidelines from the FDA.

The road of success is rarely a simple or obstacle-free one, however despite these circumstances, we are confident the industry will continue to flourish. In the meantime for e-cigarette users, one of the most important factors to keep in mind for their own personal benefit is to stay up to date with current  e-cigarette laws, which will inherently affect them as the industry grows and evolves.

Are Vapers Considered Smokers?

The answer could be “yes” in the eyes of many insurance companies and could end up costing you more for premiums.

In an effort to get smokers to drop the habit, insurance companies are taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act bylaw that allows them to charge smokers and other tobacco product users more for the cost of their healthcare. These charges for smokers could be upwards of 50 percent more than a non-smoker pays for their health insurance policy.

But where does this leave e-cigarette users (known as vapers)?

As you may well know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. They have a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge (known as a cartomizer) and an LED that simulates the lit end of a tobacco cigarette. These devices contain no tobacco (and cause no combustion); however, the FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same ways they do tobacco cigarettes.

Rather than help insurance companies, a change in FDA ruling may end up complicating things further as there is no clear definition under the law of what constitutes a smoker.

Insurance companies could simply lump e-cigarettes with tobacco products—resulting in vapers being subject to higher premiums just like cigarette smokers. On the other hand, insurance companies could decide to cover the cost of e-cigarettes—treating them as a means to help people quit smoking. However, this move seems unlikely since the Affordable Care Act does not specify this action, nor does the FDA allow e-cigarettes to be labeled as such. Moreover, insurance companies could also simply choose to ignore e-cigarettes altogether.

Any changes that will be made on the part of insurance companies probably will not go into effect until the official FDA ruling about e-cigarettes. After that, insurance companies could change any of their current policies to reflect FDA rulings. Until then, most insurance companies claim they have too little experience with e-cigarettes to have an official position.

One problem vapers face, according to Carrie McLean, director of customer care for eHealth (an online health insurance brokerage), is that if they ask “is vaping an e-cig considered tobacco use” insurance agents are obliged to add on a smoking surcharge to their insurance premium. One reason for this is that customers are not asked specifically what kind of tobacco product they use—just whether they use them at all.

Having a clear definition as to whether vaping is considered smoking is important because the insurance premium price difference can be significant.

It’s an important question to settle, as the price differential can be significant.

A typical insurance plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker who has a $35,000 income would cost $3,857 a year after a $532 tax credit. This plan would rise to $5,254 if they’re labeled as a smoker according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s exchange subsidy calculator. The smoker rate increase may end up being greater than the 50 percent the ACA allows since the government tax credits apply to base premiums—not the tobacco surcharge.

This leaves vapers facing higher insurance premiums and it has them fuming.

Eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—can allow you to learn about the exciting world of vaping and e-cigarettes. In addition, you can find information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations. It is important that vapers are familiar with laws regarding e-cigarettes, and we aim to provide them with all the knowledge you need.

Can Vapor Cigarettes Damage the Lungs?

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Many media reports about a University of Athens study from 2012 give the impression that vapor cigarettes cause just as much lung damage as traditional cigarettes do.

These reports in the DailyMail, Bloomberg and Science Daily illustrate the power of headlines to shape perceptions about these revolutionary devices.

While we maintain that vapor cigarettes are likely a safer alternative to “lighting up,” we remain very cautious and understand that long-term research is needed to determine what, if any, effects e-smoking has on the user’s health.

The study these media reports are referring to came from the University of Athens in Greece. The goal according to researchers was to study the short term effects of using a vapor cigarette.

Participants were broken into group – non-smokers, smokers and people with chronic conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each were asked to use a vapor cigarette for 10 minutes, after which several tests measuring airway resistance were administered, including a spirometry test.

The tests showed that both healthy smokers and non-smokers using the vapor e-cig showed a fairly significant, yet temporary, increase in airway resistance. The participants with asthma or COPD showed no discernable increase.

While some of the media reports and the study’s abstract make the claim that airway resistance translates into lung damage, Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health says not so fast.

For starters, an increase in airway resistance can happen in a variety of situations, including breathing hot, humid air. Now certainly, smoking a regular cigarette over a long period of time can increase airway inflammation and ultimately lead to lung damage. However, the study results showed a temporary increase, which Dr. Siegel believes is caused by the propylene glycol in the vapor.

Once the irritation is gone, the airways return to normal.

Dr. Siegel also takes issue with media claims that vapor cigarettes lower the level of oxygen in the blood, a condition known as hypoxemia. The study didn’t even measure oxygen levels in the blood. And according to Dr. Siegel, a mild increase in airway resistance doesn’t lead to hypoxemia. If increased airway resistance had this effect, millions of people in Florida and other humid climates would suffer from this condition.

While it is true that more study is needed to determine the long-term effects of vapor cigarettes, we can’t conclusively say that e-smoking harms the lungs, at least in the short-term.

Perhaps the media took the abstract’s title and ran with it since the findings clearly demonstrate a temporary increase in airway resistance. But as Dr. Siegel points out, this doesn’t necessarily translate into lung damage.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center, or click on over to our main site to learn more about vapor cigarettes today!

The True Costs Of Smoking

r969No one will deny how expensive cigarette smoking is, however those costs extend way beyond just the pack a day habit. Which, don’t get me wrong, is not a lowly expense, however the true cost of smoking tobacco cigarettes covers a lot of areas of your life, and can cost you more money than you’d ever imagined when you first picked up the habit. If you’re spending $7 daily on a pack of cigarettes, that comes out to more than $2000 every year, for starters, and that doesn’t include additional costs such as lighters that are needed to maintain the habit.

Other expenses, such as health insurance, life insurance, and healthcare can increase drastically when you are a smoker. It is estimated that 30 year old smokers pay somewhere between 16 and 41% more for health insurance premiums than their nonsmoking counterparts do. Life insurance premiums are also much higher for smokers, as much as 50% more due to the fact that smokers are not expected to live as long as nonsmokers, therefore making their yearly costs considerably higher.

When it comes to illnesses, smokers are also statistically more inclined to spend more money due to the increased frequency. And this leads into the money spent on medications, because with increased illness comes increased need for medication. Another area of healthcare that smokers spend more on is dental care, because cigarettes can cause much damage to the teeth, and treatments necessary to maintain optimal dental health.

Property value may not come to mind as an area that gets subjected to depreciation due to smoking, however it certainly can. Both home and vehicle value can be reduced due to the effects of smoking, and the costs to maintain the original condition can be costly as well. In the home, smoke can leave behind a permanent odor in carpets, walls, and window treatments, rendering the property musty, in addition to staining surfaces that will need repair and replacing. In vehicles, both the odor and damages from cigarette burns can cause the value to decrease.

As you can see, smoking is a very costly habit. While it starts off as a minor expense, over time the costs exacerbate, and they can take a toll in many areas of your life. Simply switching to electronic smoking can help reduce many of these costs, as well as lead you on the right track to a better quality of life. Money isn’t everything, but your health is, and there is a direct correlation between the negative effects of cigarettes on it and how much you spend.

Can Electronic Cigarettes Give You a Six-Pack?

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According to recent statistics, the United States has over 45 million people that use electronic cigarettes. With over $3 billion dollars in sales, it seems to be a popular concept that many are trying.

Could some people possibly be making the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs because they feel they are able to stay physically fit using this alternative?

According to a detailed study of 1000 electronic cigarette smokers, many suggested they had increased their lung capacity after making the switch from traditional to e-cigs.  Three fourths of the people surveyed claimed that they are able to handle strenuous tasks, including exercise, much better.

Below are more results from the study

  • 98% of all participants claimed their tobacco usage decreased after taking up electronic smoking.
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Health Effects of Cigarettes: Serious Reasons to Switch

13552230-13552230-deadly-cigaretteSo you most likely already know at this point about all the ways traditional cigarettes are really bad for the body. In addition to being tremendously costly, they cause a massive amount of harm to every system and area of the body, internally and externally. If you value your body, pay close attention to the following; tobacco is one of those things better not used. Why allow tobacco to affect your body in all these different ways if you have an alternative?

Bones: Tobacco has been found to decrease the density of bones, leading to osteoporosis. Of course, it cannot be blamed entirely for this, as there are many things that cause the disease, however smoking tobacco can exacerbate the risk, especially for women. Along these lines, smoking is also known to reduce estrogen production, which can lead to the early onset of menopause.

Heart and Blood Vessels: The way tobacco affects the heart and blood vessels is exceptionally devastating, increasing the risk of a variety of different conditions, including:

Atherosclerosis, which causes plaque to build up in the arteries.

Aneurysms, which are deadly.

Coronary Heart Disease, which causes blood clots to form, and can in turn, get stuck to artery walls.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) which can include heart attacks, high blood pressure, and chest pain directly related to the condition of the heart.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), an additional condition that causes the build up of plaque in the arteries.

Stroke, which is typically triggered by blood clots and bleeding.

Lungs and Respiratory System: The lungs are the most evident organs to be affected by tobacco smoke, for obvious reasons, as cigarette smoke is directly breathed into the lungs. Diseases of the lungs caused by cigarette smoke include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease that causes wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath in addition to other symptoms.

Chronic Bronchitis, which causes less air to flow to and from the lungs, as it causes the lining of the bronchial tubes to swell.

Emphysema, which irreparably destroys the tissue of the lungs, restricting (or destroying entirely) the ability to breathe. It causes the walls between the sacs in the lungs to lose their ability to stretch and retract.

Additional diseases of the lungs tobacco can contribute to include Pneumonia, Asthma, and Tuberculosis.

Cancers: It’s not news that smoking and consuming tobacco can cause a wide variety of different cancers. A lot of this is due to the thousands of chemicals contained in tobacco, including 70 that are known carcinogens. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer, however here is a list of cancers that tobacco can contribute to causing:

Bladder, Bronchus, Colon, Esophagus, Kidney, Larynx, Lips, Liver, Nasal Cavity, Nasopharynx, Oral Cavity, Pancreas, Rectum, Stomach, Trachea, and Uterine Cervix.

When you remove the tobacco from your life, you begin to improve your chances of developing any of these conditions. While it’s not exactly easy, it is worth every speck of effort involved. If you are interested in alternatives, electric cigarettes are an enjoyable way to satisfy your cravings for nicotine in a smoke, and tobacco-free way. If you would like more information in regards to electronic alternatives, please browse through our e-cigarette knowledge center.

The E-Cig Weight Loss Program

An article I read recently suggests an interesting idea: using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight. Evidently, folks like Aja Duff are doing just that.

In an attempt to lose baby weight and to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes at the same time, Duff is turning to flavored e-cigs as a solution.

But can smoking flavored electronic cigarettes satisfy your sweet tooth and help shed a few pounds?

Duff said, “I still eat a little here and there, but not what I used to. It suppresses that feeling because you have all the different flavors and it kind of tricks your taste buds and stomach.”

The article doesn’t state how much weight she has lost, but Duff’s comments seem to suggest she is having an amount of success.

Vape store owner Joel Vinson currently sells the product he credits with helping him quit traditional cigarettes. He has dozens of vials of flavored liquids, and he has become a sort of “mixologist” who specializes in creating exotic dessert and cocktail reminiscent flavors.

For happy hours, he offers a candy lime martini flavor. Vinson’s store is also popular among diabetics seeking a sweet tooth fix.

Flavored electronic cigs—with zero nicotine—can act as a substitute for the sweets diabetics can’t actually eat.

Duff and Vinson are just a few of the many who are thinking outside the box when it comes to the use of electronic cigarettes.

You have to admit—using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight would be highly popular if it works. Whether or not it works is also likely to be highly dependent on the individual. Will power is always a factor.

Duff is certainly aware of the (illogical) controversy surrounding e-cigs and the supposed possible long-term health effects of inhaling the e-cig vapors, but not enough to stop her efforts to quit tobacco and to lose weight.

The appeal of using e-cigs (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigs.html) as a method to lose weight is simply going to outweigh any fear of risks, and may, in fact, help solidify the device’s reputation as the useful tool that it is.

E-Cigs’ Second-hand Exposure 10 Times Safer Than Tobacco

There is good news for the vaping community: research shows second-hand vapor is 10 times safer than second-hand tobacco smoke.

The results of two studies of second-hand exposure to e-cigarette vapors were recently published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Yes, while you are enjoying your e-cig, others near you are exposed to nicotine-rich vapor when you exhale. The 64-thousand-dollar question: How dangerous is second-hand nicotine vapor to non-vaping family, friends and the general public?

The 2 Studies

Goniewicz was one of the lead researchers and is a cancer researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

“E-cigarettes contain variable amounts of nicotine and some traces of toxicants. But very little is known to what extent non-users can be exposed to nicotine and other chemicals in situations when they are present in the same room with users of e-cigarettes,” Goniewicz told the NY Daily News.

He and his colleagues conducted two separate studies. In the first, vapor was generated from an e-cigarette smoking machine in a sterile room. Then, measurements were taken such as amount of nicotine, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases and particulates in the room.

The second study involved five men who were regular smokers of both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs. Each of the men was asked to smoke his normal brand of e-cigarette for two five-minute intervals over a period of an hour.

During each man’s visit to the room, researchers diligently measured air quality. After each session, the room was sterilized and ventilated, and the experiment was repeated having the men smoke their regular brand of tobacco cigarettes.

The 2 Results

In the first study, nicotine levels measured 2.5 micrograms per cubic meter. In the second study, the number rose to 3.3 micrograms per cubic meter from e-cigarette.

When they compared these two readings to the tobacco cigarette, however, they found 32 micrograms per cubic meter—that’s 10 times the amount as from vaporized nicotine!

Basically, the results show that non-smokers are exposed to 10 times less nicotine from e-cigs than from tobacco cigarettes.

As for particulate matter, tobacco cigarettes have roughly seven times more than e-cigs. Levels of carbon monoxide and other gases in the air were unchanged.

Goniewicz said, “What we found is that non-users of e-cigarettes might be exposed to nicotine but not to many toxicants when they are in close proximity to e-cigarette users.”

Of course, more research is needed in such as what happens in a room with restricted ventilation, for example.

“It is currently very hard to predict what would be the health impact of such exposure,” he added.

What Next?

This study might bring good news for the e-cigarette community. We’ve been taught to hate the word cigarette for so long many people are reluctant to accept e-cigs in a positive light.

More studies will continue to shed light on the many advantages of e-cigarettes.

New Study: E-Cigarettes and the Lungs

Chemical Magazine 2008Positive results from a new study on the effect of electronic cigarettes on the lungs have emerged. The study was done by researchers in Greece, and sheds light on the effects of smoke compared to the effects of e-cigarette nicotine on lung function. It was the first study of its kind, offering new standardized research on the acute impact of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes, both passively and actively.

Since electronic cigarettes began gaining popularity, critics have questioned their safety and whether or not they are worth using due to the lack of scientific studies. However, as time has passed, their popularity has only increased. Studies are happening rather regularly and they are proving some benefits of electronic cigarettes, as well as exposing their lack of negative effects on the body.

In this latest research, a controlled study was conducted. 15 smokers and 15 nonsmokers (as in, never have used cigarettes for any period of time) underwent a series of different tests. The main focus of the study was to test the serum cotinine, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and lung function. The smokers went through an active tobacco smoking session, and then an active e-cigarette smoking session. The nonsmokers underwent a similar series of tests, where they did a passive tobacco smoking session, and then a passive e-cigarette session.

The results comparing e-cigarette use to tobacco cigarette use were certainly of interest. The active and passive smoking sessions, with both e-cigarette and tobacco, yielded similar results on the effects of serum cotinine. However, neither a brief active e-cigarette smoking session, nor a passive 1 hour e-cigarette smoking session affected the lungs in any significant manner; a contrast to tobacco.

The outcome of the study leaned favorably towards electronic cigarette usage, in terms of changes in lung function. However, they do have similar effects in regards to how nicotine impacts the lungs. The study did say that in the future, studies should focus on examining nicotine dosage and its effect, in addition to the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage.

What this study means for users is that it is one step in the right direction for e-smokers everywhere. Considering the controversy surrounding their use, and users being told to avoid using them due to a lack of research, studies exposing the positive effects and lack of negative effects are greatly contributing to the industry as a whole.

We, at International Vapor Group, have always embraced all research, as we think it makes us a stronger company and industry. In such a new industry, long term studies and conclusive research take time, but we aim to continuously learn more and share with you.

Environmental Impact of E-cigs

images-2Cigarettes are a major negative force on the environment, and according to data found on Earth911.com, they are the most littered item on earth. This statistic should not surprise anyone, as they are commonly found everywhere, constituting 38% of all the world’s litter.

Cigarette butts are not biodegradable, and they have the ill consequences of usually reaching water supplies. When this happens, because of water saturation, all the chemicals that have been locked inside the filter unfortunately get released. These chemicals do not belong in water supplies, as they are a threat to the animals that come into contact with them. Birds and other aquatic animals that mistake the butts for food continuously end up poisoned, or with these foreign objects stuck in their systems.

One rather overwhelming thought is that one pound of cigarette butts comes out to around 2,000 of them, and throughout the world, more than 2 billion butts get discarded, a large number of which end up in the environment, not in proper disposal areas.

Where electronic cigarettes play a vital role in this phenomenon, as they dramatically reduce the number of cigarette butts to none. They are very reusable products, and encourage recycling in many ways. Cartridges are changed, yes discarded when through, but a single cartridge lasts about the length of about 2 cigarette packs, or 40 cigarettes. They are also recyclable, and customers are much less inclined to be flinging used cartridges to the ground when finished with them.

As the “green” debate wages on, there are those who say that electronic cigarettes still own their share of environmental shame, because they are still manufactured items, therefore they still do contribute to factory pollution. But factory space is factory space, and one way or another, plenty of “green” items are still being manufactured. Meanwhile, there is no argument that can negate the fact that vapor smoking does not cause the same amount of pollution as traditional cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are reducing, encouraging reusing, and entirely all about recycling. There is a footprint, no doubt, but it is much lesser than that which is caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Try them today, to see how they can help you to live a little greener.