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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!

Ways Electronic Cigarettes Can Make You Look and Feel More Attractive

Girls_Magic_of_beauty_023831_Beauty is only skin deep, and we all know that what’s on the inside is what matters most, however this doesn’t stop most of us from wanting to look our very best at all times. One of the most significant ways traditional cigarettes can affect one’s health is by tarnishing your appearance in a wide variety of unattractive ways due to tobacco and tar.

Here are a look at the different ways you can reclaim some of your exterior beauty by switching to e-cigarettes and eliminating the tobacco-look from your style regimen!

Skin: You know how tobacco tar can accumulate on walls, curtains, furniture, and other surfaces? It does the same thing to the skin, in a very unappealing way. It can cause skin to lose its luster, take on a less than healthy complexion, and speed up the aging process. By dropping the tobacco in favor of electronic cigarettes, you leave your skin less available to the harm of tar. Vapor will not sit on your skin and recreate these effects because simply, there is no tobacco or tar in it!

Teeth: One of tobacco’s most famous negative affects is the staining of teeth. Everyone wants a gleaming, beaming, pearly-white smile, and tobacco smoke’s effect on teeth is entirely negative. Without the continuous influx of tar, the stains on your teeth can fade, making way for the true color of your teeth to be exposed.

Hair: Just like with your skin, tar can leave behind a musty look on your hair. It can rob it of it’s sheen, giving it a most dull appearance. No one wants that! If you’re smoking vapor, you can keep your locks looking healthy, shiny, and more attractive without the layer of smoke and tar.

Smell: Tobacco odor is a major turnoff, no matter how much fragrance you try to mask it with. In fact, overdoing the fragrance, and the strangely gross combination of smoke-and-perfume can be even worse! E-cigarettes allow you to have a clean slate scent-wise, so if you choose to use perfume or cologne, you’ll actually be able to smell it, as opposed to smelling smoke.

When it comes to looking and feeling attractive, smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes are a great way to ruin it! If you want to preserve your looks, and avoid the continuous stream of toxins that tobacco tar can leave behind, switch to e-cigarettes. Just another reason to go with smokeless cigarettes as opposed to smoke!

Electronic Cigarette Excise Taxes on the Horizon

States have begun limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and where they can be used, and placing regulations on them similar to the strict regulations on tobacco cigarettes.

The governments rush to regulate electronic smoking devices probably has more to do with taxes than protecting public health.

According to WBUR media analyst John Carroll in a recent article, federal, state, and local government are tobacco-money addicts, which is why there’s a rush to regulate electronic cigarettes. Below outlines the money government receives from big tobacco:

  • Forty-six states receive approximately $10 billion annually from tobacco companies thanks to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement
  • Extortionate federal and state excise taxes on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. In 2007, states increased excise taxes on cigarettes by $1 billion
  • 2012 federal cigarette excise taxes equaled $14.8 billion out of a total of $43.3 billion in overall taxes and settlement payments on cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes aren’t a cash cow like traditional cigarettes because presently they’re subject only to state sales tax, but that’s about to change. USA Today reports that at least 30 states are contemplating excise taxes on electronic cigarettes.

The debate about electronic cigarette health hazards and regulation will undoubtedly continue, but one thing is certain: Government officials will soon be addicted to electronic smoking tax revenues.

Get Ready for Vapefest 2014!

c1bfa86935d27d4cc144b17fb43328b1It’s that time of year again, with e-cigarette smokers across the country getting ready for DC Vapefest 2014. 2013 proved to be very eventful, with a great turnout, and this year it’s expected to be even better. Happening from Friday, March 21, 2014 through Saturday, March 22, the event will be held at the Hyatt Dulles, in Herndon, VA, in the metro DC area. It’s one of the top events for vapers throughout the USA to connect with other vapers, experience the up and coming products, and sample different products from a multitude of brands that will be exhibiting.

There will be numerous courses occurring in subjects such as Beginners Basics, Advocacy and Activism, Battery Safety, and Legal and Political Education. However, the event is not all work and no play; there will also be social events and afterparties held on both nights, as well as a raffle with prizes exceeding over $2000. If you are considering getting involved, or attending as a guest or vendor, guest passes cost $25, and vendor passes cost $50.

If you have not yet heard of it, Vapefest is a fundraiser sponsored by the National Vapers Club. The event has been in existence since 2010, and was created to serve the national community of electronic cigarette users as a social gathering, trade show, educational convention, and event based on networking for those in the industry.

Vapefest also raises funds for vapor cigarette research, such as the IVAQS study that was published in 2012. It also raises funds that go towards public awareness and protecting the rights of vapers. Through the National Vapers Club, supporters and scientists have actively testified at hearings in support of pro-e-cigarette legislation, which has helped them to stay legal and available to users at the national, state, local, and federal levels.

Since it’s beginnings in 2010, Vapefest remains the single longest running event for e-cigarette users in America. It is in this light that the event continues, hosting events annually, funding additional beneficial research, educating people on the facts of electronic cigarettes, and fighting for the rights of vapers.

Festival Season is On, Bring Your E-Cigs!

3e04d3b3a09d5027e959832d72afd7f0SXSW, the annual music and arts festival that takes over Austin, Texas is officially going on at the moment. Running from March 7-16, it’s a cultural extravaganza, with trendsetters, hipsters, and thousands of other artsy types flocking to take part! If you are going to be hitting the scene in Austin, we strongly encourage you to bring along your e-cigs, as they are totally welcome!

Large scale music festivals have gotten more popular than ever over the past few years, and while they are all about the music, dancing, style, and the uninhibited atmosphere, what they promise festival-goers is an amazingly good time. And, just like any environment where all things fashionable and trendy are celebrated, electronic cigarettes have become a staple at festivals.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for e-cigarettes to be considered part of the event, with major e-cigarette companies as sponsors and even handing out samples. Some festivals feature vaping tents, vaping lounges, and much promotion of electronic cigarettes in general. As anyone will tell you, hanging out with thousands of other people over the course of several days often in packed, sweaty conditions is much better when smoke is not involved!

At festivals, electronic cigarettes allow you to be immersed in all of the magic, surrounded by plenty of others, without annoying anyone with smoke. You won’t have to worry about accidentally burning anyone with a cigarette cherry, nor will you have to be concerned about searching for places to dispose of your cigarettes in proper places when you’re lost in the crowd; we all know that dropping butts on the ground is entirely not socially responsible!

E-cigarettes are also easier and much more convenient to use when you’re busy enjoying yourself, especially because accessories give a lot of leeway. Batteries last a while, and if you have a Portable Charging Case, you can charge your batteries without an outlet and have great e-cigarette storage for extra cartridges. You also have the option to use a lanyard to keep your e-cig safe around your neck, which is perfect if you will be dancing, or not carrying anything extra with you.

So if this year takes you to SXSW or any of the other major music and arts festivals happening around the country this spring and summer, bring your e-cigarettes! You’ll fit right in with the progressive atmosphere, and you save yourself from the hassles of smoke!