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The Importance of Protecting E-Cig Batteries from Heat

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Sometimes it can feel like you need advanced degree to keep our phones, P.D.A.’s and laptops working. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), lithium-ion batteries perform at their best if kept at temperatures between 14°F and 86°F. Moreover, battery experts say that the number one cause of battery problems is too much heat. Batteries that get too warm drain faster than they normally would. Therefore, you should think of electronics as if they were a baby or a dog—if it’s hot outside, don’t leave it in the car.

Batteries are also affected by humidity and other weather extremes— they can bulge, bubble, melt, damage your device, smoke, and in (very) extreme cases, even blow-up. Some examples of areas to avoid bringing lithium-ion batteries are in a non-temperature controlled room, in a closed bathroom with the shower on, in a closed car on a hot day, or in a steam-room or a sauna.

The necessity of keeping your lithium ion battery cool

Standard Li-ion battery chemistry depends on electrolytes that react with a residual moisture to create hydrofluoric acid, the most corrosive of all chemical compounds. The speed of this process doubles with every increase in temperature of 10 degrees Celsius—resulting in a reduced calendar and cycle life. Moreover, not only does this mean that there is a run-time degrade with age, but it means that each subsequent charge discharge further reduces it.

This damage occurs until the battery just doesn’t last long enough between charges. In addition, the damage created by the increase in temperature is exacerbated the more you use your battery – therefore, the more power your device needs or the faster you charge it, the hotter the battery gets.

Electronic cigarettes provide smokers a smoke free alternative nicotine delivery method. When purchasing an e-cigarette, make sure that you properly care for your battery to ensure a long-lasting life. If you are interested in delving into the world of electronic cigarettes, please visit EverSmoke’s website. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about the changing laws and evolving technology of vaping.

(Now) Made in the U.S of A: Manufacturing Changes for Smokeless Cigarettes

made-in-united-statesLeading US e-cigarette companies moving production back to the USA from China

Due to concerns over quality control and chances of even tighter federal regulations, many prominent U.S. producers of smokeless cigarettes are moving their manufacturing processes out of China (where most e-cigarettes are made) and bringing them to the United States.

These production lines will be in new, highly automated U.S. factories, thus allowing ingredients and quality to be closely monitored and tracked. Producers even expect costs to be lower than those now produced in China.

While the shift to U.S. production has been in the works, real momentum gained since the FDA proposed stricter regulations in April. The FDA proposal includes requiring manufacturers to register and list all of the ingredients in their product. As the FDA proposal would require more control over the manufacturing process, moving production to the U.S. would make compliance to the regulations easier on most e-cigarette companies.

Before thoughts of shifting the manufacturing process, many smokeless cigarette companies already produced their e-liquids in the U.S., shipped the liquid to China and the devices were assembled there. Although a majority of production will take place in the United States, most batteries will most likely continue to be made in China.

Since the U.S. sales of e-cigarettes is expected to out-gross that of tobacco cigarettes by 2020, it is crucial for the major U.S. tobacco companies to begin developing their own brands of smokeless cigarettes to offset the shrinking sales. Furthermore, since production of e-cigarettes is rising, complying with the new U.S. regulations will become top priority.

Reynolds American Inc. is the only major U.S. tobacco company that produces its e-cigarettes (Vuse brand) in the U.S. In addition, Reynolds is in discussions to acquire Lorillard Inc’s. Blu brand, which has its brand of smokeless cigarettes assembled in China but produces the e-liquid in the U.S. As of now, the producers of Mistic and White Cloud are the two biggest companies planning to shift production from China to the U.S.

While many companies plan to make the shift to U.S. production, many companies will continue to produce e-cigarettes in China.

Eversmoke already proudly produces their products in the United States. However, having other companies join them in U.S. production can help to change people’s perception of smokeless cigarettes. In addition to being able to browse our selection of starter kits, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations.

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!

Making E-cigarettes Work for the Garden State

New Jersey governor Chris Christie proposes to reduce the state’s budget through taxes on green cigarettes

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Taxation for e-cigarettes and accessories is not a new concept. In fact, a chance of high percentage taxes has been a hot button topic among vapers in the years ahead. Until recently though, there has been no mention of where this tax money would go.

In an effort to help reduce New Jersey’s $1.06 billion budget shortfall, Governor Chris Christie has proposed a new tax on e-cigarettes. It is estimated that by taxing green cigarettes, New Jersey could raise $35 million dollars in annual revenue. Under Christie’s plan, this revenue would be put toward general spending.

While New Jersey State Treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, told the Senate budget committee the motivation for the proposed tax on e-cigarettes was for public health concerns, the taxation proposal, it would seem, is less about green cigarettes (or those who use the devices) and more about finding ways to close the budget gap.

However, as of April 1, New Jersey joined other states across the nation in treating e-cigarettes as equivalent to tobacco cigarettes (i.e. restricting sales to minors and smoke-free air laws).

E-cigarette taxes are not the only revenue New Jersey brings in from a nicotine delivery system – the sate brings in considerable revenue from tobacco sales, along with and payouts from the 1998 settlement for healthcare expenses from cigarette companies—estimated to be $947.2 million this year alone.

Even though money from the settlement is applied as general revenue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New Jersey and other states spend more funds on tobacco cessation programs.

No state has allocated the full amount that the CDC recommends for tobacco cessation programs. In 2003, New Jersey spent roughly $30 million dollars on tobacco-related funding (leaning on the public’s efforts to quit) including counseling and nicotine-replacement therapy. This figure has dropped to about $1.6 million.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes about one in five of 480,000 annual U.S. deaths. Moreover, 10,000-plus New Jerseyans die every year because of tobacco-related illness.

Find information regarding laws and regulations and general e-cig news by checking our blog and knowledge center. It is important that vapers with what’s going on with green cigarettes. We aim to provide all the information you need to make a decision.

The Best and Worst Hiding Places for Your E-Cigs

hiding an e-cigIs this really a topic we need to discuss?  Absolutely!  Maybe you have been enjoying your e-cig or are thinking of investing in one and other people may have a real curiosity about your purchase as well.

Therefore, we suggest you keep this most valued possession under lock and key.

Once you begin to enjoy vaping, we believe you will feel it is of extreme value as well.  It is priority for you to know where it is at all times but for others to not know!  This “others” can include adults, kids and even pets.

Best Places for Hiding

  • In a pillow case!  Why not?  It keeps dust and other particles off of your device.
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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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Powering the Vaping World

Information about lithium-ion batteries and their usage in today’s techy world

In 1997, developers released a new battery that rather than using a liquid solvent to conduct a charge (like the nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH), they used a solid polymer composite instead.

The Workings of Lithium-ion Batteries

In addition to using solid polymer composite, the electrodes and separators that generate the charge in a lithium-ion battery are laminated to each other. This allows for a flexible wrapping casing rather than a typical metal casing.

For this reason, shaping lithium-ion batteries to specific devices is easy, which eliminates the need for one size-fits all battery.

What Lithium-ion Batteries Power

Pretty much all of the devices we use today use lithium-ion batteries for a power source—including (but not limited to):

  • Portable devices
    • For example: mobile and smartphones, laptops and tablets, digital cameras and camcorders, handheld game consoles and flashlights and most e-cigarettes on the market (including EverSmoke)
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Electronic Cigarette Etiquette

While vaping isn’t exactly new, many people still don’t know much about them. And most of the time, we are afraid of what we don’t know.

There is an amount of responsibility that comes with vaping outside of your home. At the very least, you will likely be introducing many spectators to their first live electronic cigarette. What they take away from the event is largely based on your actions.

We hate stereotyping, but it doesn’t stop us from naturally forming overall opinions based on a single interaction. Veteran vapers are well-versed in using their devices in public without causing a commotion or imposing on others’ rights.

If you are new to the world of vaping, here are some basic rules of etiquette of where you should NOT vape:

  • In any type of health care facility
  • In banks, grocery stores, or retail locations
  • Near children at family events
  • Where people can see you on planes, trains, or subways

Use Discretion

Vaping can require some covertness. You don’t need to walk down the aisles of Wal-Mart showing off and advertising the use of your device.  It’s called stealth vaping.

It’s quick and easy to make a pit stop at the restroom or corner of the room for a few puffs.  Some vapers are so slick they can position their device in the palm of their hand such that it isn’t noticeable when they use it.

Educate Yourself

Since you are somewhat of an ambassador for electronic cigarettes when you use them in public, it is highly advisable to learn as much as you can about these devices.

First, you want to be able to call someone on their erroneous statements and set the record straight. Once you know a bit about them, it is your job to nicely educate others who know nothing of what they speak.

Respect Others

Don’t get on a soap-box about e-cigs with everyone you meet; just keep people straight with honest responses and accurate information. Others have a right to disagree.

Show consideration for others by asking before you begin vaping. Chances are most people won’t object, but they will definitely appreciate being asked. It’s also a great way to start a conversation about e-cigs since many people are curious and want to know more about these amazing devices.

Set Good Examples

It all comes down to setting a good example. Remember, people unfamiliar with electronic cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/electronic-cigarettes.html) will use you as their example of a typical vaper, so be mindful of other and polite. For example, if someone asks you politely to put your e-cig out, politely do so. It’s the right thing to do when you’re in public.

We invite you to check out our latest knowledge center article, E-Cig Etiquette: Tips for Vapor Smokers, to better understand the proper places and ways to enjoy your electronic cigarette.

E-Cigarettes as Fashion Statements

1383730_558687297519371_1759808932_nE-cigarettes have proven to be quite the fashion statements over the years. From having cameos in hit movies, to being the accessory of choice among many celebrities, they are serving as so much more than alternative smoking devices! Traditional tobacco cigarettes have moved out of the spotlight in recent decades, and electronic cigarettes have really taken over when it comes to being stylish. Goodbye smoke, your ugliness is no longer necessary!

Celebrities

The list of celebrities who use e-cigarettes is long and ever growing. Having chosen the vapor alternative, whether for the fashionable factor, or wanting to have a better smoking option, new celebs are switching all the time.

Old School Glamour

Another interesting factor about electronic cigarettes is how glamorous they are, in a ‘throwback to old Hollywood’ kind of way. During Hollywood’s golden age, cigarette smoking was an evident factor of coolness, as men did it to display their macho masculinity, and women did it to exemplify their independence and a certain toughness. Obviously, through the years, these facades were torn down with the abundance of negative attitudes towards cigarettes. Presently, e-cigarettes enable users to have a similar sense of coolness, of enjoying their smoking, minus the harmful effects of tobacco, with all of the same glamour and panache.

Stylish Accessories and Devices

Tobacco simply isn’t cool anymore. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are modern, digitized, and able to be customized like so many of today’s technological gadgets. Why smoke cigarettes, with all of their limitations, and ghastly tobacco when you can vape? E-cigarettes and vaporizers happen to be incredibly stylish; they are made to look good, often with stainless steel bodies and aerodynamic design. And in using them, you have much more ability to have things your way. You can choose from endless flavors and accessories, allowing you to create your own experience in every way.

Electronic smoking is about more than just inhaling nicotine. It’s about taking part in a movement that is more than a phase; it’s a burgeoning cultural movement allowing smokers more control, more options, and more freedom without the shackles of tobacco. And, they happen to look damn good in the process!