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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).

Love Your Pets? Don’t Expose Them to Smoke!

e2fd420ce98c185c73e5a3cadd2995a5If you are a smoker, have you ever considered the ways your tobacco smoke can affect your pets? After all, second hand smoke is not just an occurrence that negatively harms people! If you are into smoking at home, in the company of your furry friends, consider making the switch to vapor cigarettes to keep them free from the effects of smoke, as well as to keep them happier in their day to day lives. Keep reading to learn about the ways smoke can be your worst enemy when it comes to protecting your pets!

Tobacco smoke affects the human body in the most negative ways, and just about any other body exposed to its assault. Among the most vulnerable are your pets however, since they can’t make decisions for themselves to avoid breathing in the smoke, nor can they make the necessary changes needed to assure their safety regarding smoke exposure, it is our responsibility to do it for them. And one of the best and easiest ways to do this is by swapping your traditional cigarettes for smoke-free, tar-free, tobacco-free e-cigs.

Some of the ways cats and dogs can be affected by continuous subjection to smoke are allergies, breathing issues, (just like people) and a variety of different types of cancers, the chance of which increases depending on how often they are exposed to cigarette smoke. In addition, dogs can experience allergic dermatitis as a result of cigarette smoke exposure, which causes severe inflammation of the skin.

Another aspect of concern is that cats who are exposed to cigarette smoke can be victims of third-hand smoke, caused by the particles of smoke and tar clinging to their fur, which they ingest from grooming themselves.

Cigarette smoke exposure can also have deadly consequences to pet birds, who are unable to tolerate the smoke. Pneumonia, lung cancer, skin problems, infertility, heart problems, as well as skin and eye problems are all common occurrences for birds who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Pretty scary, right? All creatures, human and otherwise deserve clean, smoke-free air to breathe, and when it comes to your pets, make the smart choice with vapor cigs, knowing you will no longer be subjecting your fur babies to unwanted smoke, tar, carcinogens and countless chemicals they can’t avoid. Clean air is better for all parties involved.

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.

Vapor Smoking and Your Pets

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For the health of smokers everywhere, the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes is a good statistic. Furthermore, vapor smoking not only has a positive effect smokers first hand, but it effects those around them. Although there is study material on the effects of tobacco cigarettes use on smokers and their families, what is often overlooked (at least by smokers) is the effect they have on our four-legged children: the family pet.

The positive effects of vapor smoking on the family pet

Just as people are negatively affected by secondhand smoke, pets are affected as well. However, while some pets are known to leave the area when an owner is smoking, most stay close and; thus, continue to breathe in harmful secondhand smoke.

In addition to breathing in secondhand smoke, dogs can also suffer from allergic dermatitis (a skin condition characterized by an inflammation of the skin). Moreover, pets can develop cancer from tobacco cigarettes just like their owners. A pet owner who switches to electronic cigarettes does not have to worry about increased vet bills trying to ease their pet suffering from an allergic reaction or even different forms of secondhand smoke-related cancers.

Cats in particular are susceptible to third-hand smoke (the smell and toxins that cling to surfaces exposed to tobacco smoke) because they are meticulous groomers—licking themselves to stay clean and ingesting the deadly cocktail.

With a switch from traditional cigarettes to vapor smoking, however, Fido or Fluffy can continue to curl up in your lap without fear of becoming sick.

A Word of Caution

However, whether you smoke traditional or electronic cigarettes, pet owners must be mindful of where their devices are stored because the nicotine—whether in liquid form or tobacco—is potentially fatal to animals. In recent months, there have been instances where animals have picked up and punctured an e-liquid cartridge and have become seriously ill or died due to acute nicotine poisoning.

Vapers should also be mindful of where they store their electronic cigarettes because the device itself, if ingested, could result in an animal needing surgery to repair any tears or retrieving the device if it becomes lodged in the throat.

Animal experts state that nicotine ingestion can cause vomiting, tremors and an abnormal heart rate in any cat or dog.

What to do in the event of ingestion

If you believe that your pet has chewed on your electronic cigarette (or any other potentially harmful substance), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that you take 30-60 seconds to collect any of the material involved and place it in a sealable bag and then see your vet immediately.

If the potential toxin is unidentifiable, this can help the vet/toxicologist narrow down the substance.

As you can see, it isn’t just people that require attention when it comes to smoking and any decisions about how you manage vapor smoking. At eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—you can learn about the exciting world of vapor smoking and electronic cigarettes.

Am I Allergic to My E-cigarette?

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Scenario: you’ve just started e-smoking and now you’re experiencing headaches and a sore throat or other allergy symptoms and you’re wondering if your new e-cigarette is to blame. Before throwing in the towel and going back to tobacco cigarettes, you should research to ensure that you are in fact experiencing symptoms related to vaping.

Commonly, allergic reactions to e-liquid come from propylene glycol (PG), an organic compound makes up the base of most e-liquids and is responsible for holding the nicotine and flavor in suspension and causing plumes of smoke-like vapor.

The problem is, however, vaping allergic reactions and tobacco cessation symptoms can be the same. One way to check is to stop e-smoking for a couple of days and if your symptoms clear up, chances are you’re experiencing a reaction to something in your e-liquid.

For more information on e-cigarettes and allergy, please read more in our article: Problems While Vaping: Is it an Allergic Reaction or a Cessation Symptom?

EverSmoke uses a 70/30 (PG and VG respectively) blend in all of our e-cigarettes. Do not despair: if you’re experiencing adverse reactions to your e-cigarette when vaping, you should try switching flavors until you find one that works for you. It is much better to switch products until you discover the one(s) that work best for you. Going back to tobacco is the worst mistake you can make!

Eversmoke is one of the most popular e-cigarette brands on the market. Please visit our site in order to browse our selection of starter kits. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding our products, e-smoking and much more.

World Health Organization Attempts More Regulations on Electronic Cigarettes

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Over the past 9 years, the electronic cigarette industry has produced over 400 different brands of choice and has become a 3 billion dollar industry.  Despite the success of the ever popular vaping experience, it has not come without controversy and serious attempts of regulation.

On August 26th, WHO (World Health Organization) released a new report which contained the following regulation attempts.

  • Impede promotion to non-smokers and young people;
  • Minimize potential health risks to e-cig users and nonusers;
  • Prohibit unproven health claims about e-cig; and
  • Protect existing tobacco control efforts from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

The report states that these regulations are needed because electronic cigarettes represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”

The report does state that more research is needed in various areas of electronic cigarette usage but that they are highly concerned about the advertising of many fruity and candy like flavors and believe they are a serious appeal to young users.  They believe this could attract a young person to begin e-cig usage that has never even tried traditional smoking. The report also states that from the years 2008 to 2012 electronic cigarette usage has doubled among this age group.

Some other conclusions in the findings are that WHO believes there is insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes can actually help a traditional cigarette smoker quit smoking and make the switch.  WHO recommends that analog smokers be encouraged to quit through other methods of already approved treatments.

The report also states that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can’t be proven to be merely water vapor.  The WHO also believes there can still be chemicals that could potentially harm pregnant women and adolescents.

Only time will tell what will become of these regulation attempts.  There will be a meeting in October in Moscow to discuss the findings in the WHO’s report.

Whatever becomes of the regulation attempts, at Eversmoke we believe to never sell to anyone under the age of 18.

To learn more about our assortment of electronic cigarette products, continue to browse our blog and knowledge center.  We look forward to you becoming a very happy vaping customer!

Scientific Research Suggests Smokeless Cigarettes Less Harmful than Conventional

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With all the hoopla and controversy surrounding smokeless cigarettes, new scientific research is suggesting that they are likely to be much less harmful than the conventional cigarettes.  We know for a fact the statistics prove that conventional cigarettes can attribute to cancer, lung problems and overall general health issues.

Recently, an international team examined 81 studies where they focused on various issues surrounding smokeless cigarettes.  Some of the areas that were studied included:

  • Safety concerns
  • Amount and types of chemicals in the liquids and vapors
  • Use among both smokers and non-smokers

After reviewing much of the information, scientists agree that risks to passive bystanders and users are far less than the risks of conventional cigarettes.  However, they do caution that the risks for people with respiratory issues are unknown at this time.

They also concluded from the studies that there are fewer toxins in smokeless cigarettes than conventional.  Although, they contain some of the toxins from traditional cigarettes, it is at a much lower quantity.

Due to e-cigarette users breathing in vaporized liquid nicotine as opposed to tobacco smoke, scientists believe this is a healthier option.

They also conclude there is no concrete evidence suggesting teens and young adults who use smokeless cigarettes are likely to switch to traditional, and they conclude that the products do not encourage youth to begin conventional smoking habits.

Although, there is much research left to be done, this is good news for the e-cigarette smoker. There still remains much controversy as how to regulate smokeless cigarettes in the U.S. Many scientists conclude that based on their studies, smokeless cigarettes are indeed a healthier option.

For more information regarding e-cigs, please review our blog and knowledge center, or download our smokeless cigarette buying guide for everything you need to know to make an informed choice.  We at Eversmoke want to help you with the best vaping experience that you can have!

Treat Your Smile Right: Ditch the Tobacco

article-2380669-1B0C2186000005DC-893_634x395One of the most physically unattractive effects of tobacco is what it does to your face. In particular, your smile. While cigarettes are known to cause all varieties of damage to the insides of the body, laying the groundwork for a multitude of different life-altering and deadly diseases, it can also play a nasty part in turning a once beaming smile into one better off kept behind the facade of a closed-lip smirk.

What I’m talking about is dental damage, and how smoking tobacco cigarettes can damage your teeth and destroy your oral health. Read on to find out why vapor cigarettes are the better choice for protecting your teeth, and maintaining a healthy smile.

Tobacco is not good for any part of your body, but when it comes to your teeth, they are one of the most obvious places you will actually see the destruction. Regardless of how much brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings you undergo, what tobacco does to the teeth is awful. Cigarettes are known to cause garish yellow staining, plaque residue build up, tooth loss, gum infections, bad breath, and mouth and other oral cancers. Does any of this sound attractive to you?

Dental experts estimate that male smokers lose an average of 3 teeth every 10 years, and female smokers about 1-2, which is about double the average of the rate nonsmokers lose teeth due to the aging process.

Other foul contributions from cigarettes include filling your mouth with carcinogenic chemicals that stick to the mouth’s lining, causing chronic bad breath. Smoking can also restrict the blood flow to the gums, which inhibits the healing of wounds and the general health of the mouth.

When you consider all of these factors, vapor cigarettes sure seem enticing, don’t they? No smoke, tobacco, tar, or the thousands of chemicals, plus an entirely clean process make them a much smarter choice to be using as opposed to traditional cigarettes.

Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you. It’s a key to your personality, and when your teeth are irreversibly damaged, you sure can get a ton of dental work done, but you won’t get your teeth back. Protect them right, and ditch the tobacco!

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.