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Update on the Debate Over Taxing Tobacco Products

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Over the last 15 years, states have been increasing taxes on the tobacco industry. In fact, the taxes on tobacco products have been raised five times more often than taxes on alcohol. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), between 2000 and the beginning of 2015, taxes on tobacco products have risen 111 times and cut four times. By comparison, taxes on alcohol were raised 23 times and cut 8 times.

Clear inequality exists between the two taxes at a state level as well. Over this 15-year period, a total of 45 states have increased their tobacco taxes at least once; however, only 16 have raised taxes on alcohol.

The sheer number of tax increases may have less to do with tobacco than most would think, though. Brian Sigritz of NASBO says most of these increases are correlated with the recessions that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. In 2003, tobacco products saw tax increases across 19 states. Another fifteen states raised tobacco taxes in 2004, and 16 states jacked up rates in 2010. The largest increases came in 2003 and 2010, during the country’s worst economic troubles.

Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are the most frequent tax increasers; each has 6 since 2000.

While the large number of tax increases means that tobacco prices have been on a steady rise, a significant portion of the taxes have gone to worthwhile causes. An 80-cent increase in Arizona in 2008 has raised $130 million for early childhood education. In addition, President Obama proposed a tax increase in 2013 to fund a universal pre-kindergarten education program.

And proposals for tax increases continue to mount. There are plans to increase Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents (the current lowest in the nation) to around 67 cents per pack. New Jersey is looking to add a tax on e-cigarettes to increase its state revenue. Tobacco taxes have gotten so high in New York that it’s estimated over half of all cigarettes smoked in the state have been illegally brought in from other states.

What does this mean for e-cigarettes?

Many government officials (at both the state and federal level) are aiming to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products and tax them accordingly. However, until policymakers and voters reach a firm decision about whether to tax e-cigarettes, those who make the switch from tobacco cigarettes can stand to save some money.

More information can be found by reading our article Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes. You can also learn more about the world of vaping by checking out our blog and knowledge center.

Rise of Vapor Cigarettes on American School Campuses

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Since 1975, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has conducted an annual study monitoring the usage of drugs among teens. Fortunately in 2014, a decrease was seen in prescription drugs, opiod and alcohol use. There was also a decrease in traditional cigarette smoking and a rise in vapor cigarette usage, or e-smoking.

This was actually the first year that vapor cigarettes were included in the study and many believe the decrease in other drugs is due to the rise of e-cig usage. The survey included 41,000 students at 377 different public and private middle and high schools.

There continues to be disagreements as to whether or not vapor cigarettes are safer than traditional smoking. However, it has been proven that traditional smoking is no doubt bad for your health. You can read more on this in our knowledge center article titled 5 Ways Smoking Damages Your Body.

Many believe that teens have quit traditional smoking to switch to the better alternative of vaporcigarettes. Some argue however, teens that never would have smoked have taken up vaping and would not have otherwise.

The NIDA Deputy Director, Wilson Compton, states that “About 8% overall of 8th graders report use of these electronic cigarettes over the past month. About half of those had never used another kind of cigarette before. So this is perhaps a concerning exposure to nicotine at quite a young age.”

As far as the high school, 16% of 10th graders and 17% of 12th graders have used vapor cigarettes within the past month. Those percentages are higher than the rate of traditional smoking in the past years.

At Eversmoke, we do not promote e-smoking among teens and only sell our products to adults. We do believe our product is a better alternative over traditional smoking. E-smoking is on the rise all around and so much so that it was selected as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor cigarettes, or check out our e-smoking and traditional smoking comparison for some other interesting facts.

Be Cautious When Using Your Vapor Cigarette around Oxygen Tanks

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Experts are cautioning those who use oxygen tanks that there is a potential for fire when using vapor cigarettes. There are reports of individuals receiving oxygen therapy being injured in fires that could have been started by (or made worse) by the devices.

Although vapor cigarettes are battery operated and have no open flame, experts suggest there is still some risk when the battery-operated devices and oxygen tanks are mixed. This is because, even without an open source of heat, e-cig batteries do heat the device enough to pose a threat if this heat gets too close to the pure oxygen stored inside a pressurized tank.

Oxygen tanks pose a fire hazard because they introduce extra oxygen into their environment – oxygen is a vital part of how fires start and grow. As patients practice oxygen therapy, amounts of oxygen escape the tank and permeate items around the home including furniture, bedding, clothing, etc. Once extra oxygen has entered these items, it will make them more flammable. In addition, the normal air we breathe contains around 21 percent oxygen; however, portable oxygen tanks contain 100 percent oxygen.

Long have those on oxygen therapy been warned of not smoking cigarettes around their oxygen tanks, which makes perfect sense. Given that vapor cigarettes do not burn, some may find these warnings overly cautious; however, some oxygen supply companies suggest that their patients refrain from using electric razors while using their oxygen tank. These companies cite that the battery-powered razors have the potential to cause sparks and the combustible nature of pure oxygen poses a risk.

If electric razors could possibly spark the oxygen flowing from a tank, then the warnings about avoiding the use of vapor cigarettes makes more sense. Moreover, in the end, the combustible nature of pure oxygen (and the results of fires involving oxygen tanks) is not worth the risk of using even an e-cig while doing oxygen therapy.

Using vapor cigarettes around a home oxygen tank is far less dangerous than using a traditional cigarette with a burning end. For those who are just beginning oxygen therapy and must quit smoking due to health concerns, switching to vapor cigarettes can help them immensely. For more information about the world of vaping, visit our vapor cigarette blog and knowledge center today.

Thanksgiving: Be Grateful for E-Cigs

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is almost here, and that means lots of celebrating and indulging in the bounty of food and drink! It also means lots of after-dinner e-cigs are going to get vaped because what closes a meal better than a rush of vapor, a blast of flavor, and the relaxing effect of nicotine? Yeah, you know what I speak: Thanksgiving e-cigs are the bomb!

E-cigs make the better choice in just about every situation, but especially when it comes to celebrating and hanging out with others. Your extended family and friends most likely will not be keen on smelling your lingering smoke odor, and don’t even think about exposing them to your second hand smoke! The holidays should be enjoyed, not spent making a nuisance of yourself!

We also know that when it comes to enjoying nicotine in large groups of people, tobacco is really not the way to go anymore. This couldn’t be more true than right now, as we approach Thanksgiving and the non stop rush of the impending holiday season. Having to smoke strictly outdoors can get very annoying, and unnecessarily repetitive, in the worst way. Having to get dressed up in all-out winter gear for just a 5 minute smoke can get old quickly, and it can often seem rude to your hosts or guests when you are constantly running back and forth and slipping out the door, favoring your cigs over the gathering.

Sometimes, we know, during those long, occasionally uncomfortable family holiday endeavors, heading outdoors to smoke can be more of a relief than having to sit through the boredom and small-talk, however e-smoking gives you the option of indoor or outdoor satisfaction. Hey, options are a great thing and being able to choose puts the power back in your hands!

Thanksgiving can be so much more enjoyable when you vape also because you’ve got so many great options of flavors to bring to the table- literally! If you want something to pair with your meal, you can choose between complementing flavors like Cherry and Golden Tobacco. If you want flavors that satisfy after a meal, Vanilla, Blue Tobacco, and Menthol match up perfectly. The choices are endless because e-cig flavors really add a fun element to any meal!

This is the week to get thankful and we are so gearing up for Thanksgiving and the season of merriment. How about you? Are you ready for feasting and enjoying time with those you love?

How Much is Traditional Smoking Costing Employers?

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When we think of traditional smoking, we often are concerned with health, the fact that smoking can cause cancer as well as damaging effects of second hand smoke.  Have you ever thought about how much cigarettes actually cost companies?  It is a staggering amount that possibly may surprise you.

What are some of the costs that a company may endure due to traditional analogue cigarette smokers?  An extensive study was conducted by Ohio State that provides a lot of valuable evidence and information.  The study researched absenteeism, loss of productivity, smoke breaks and health care costs.  They concluded that a smoker cost an employer approximately 6,000 more per year than a non- smoker.

Studies have proven that smokers are absent generally 8 more times a year than a non- smoker.  This causes the company to have to spend time finding a replacement for that day or do the work themselves.

Not only is absenteeism a big issue but the loss of productivity is high.  Most smokers are addicted to the nicotine and their body craves it after a certain period of time.  The smoker will be focused on needing a smoke break as opposed to working.  How many of these breaks do they take per day?  Is it fair that non-smokers don’t get the same amount of breaks?  The next highest expense for companies is that the health care expenses on insurance far exceed health care costs for non-smokers.

The CDC says that smoking accounts for 1 in every 5 deaths in America.  There are 443,000 deaths in the US each year that are related to someone losing their life due to smoking.  So, not only is this person’s life lost but the company could lose a very valuable employee due to a devastating habit.

If you are a smoker, have you considered an alternative such as vaping?  At Eversmoke, we pride ourselves on high quality electronic cigarettes.

It is not against the law for a company to not hire you due to the fact that you are a traditional smoker or to fire you if you lie on an application that you are not a smoker but truly are.  Consider the alternative in an e-cig and be on the safe side…

For more information on electronic cigarettes and how Eversmoke can introduce you to the vaping community, check out a great article entitled “What you can expect when transitioning to electronic cigarettes” in our knowledge center.

Don’t you want to be the employee that can say you are not a traditional smoker?

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.

Can E-Cigs Really Explode? – Just How Safe Are They?

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Since e-cigs have been on the market, there have been various views on the safety of the product.  Can an e-cigarette catch on fire or blow up in your face?  The majority of the accusations cannot be proven.   However, as with anything electrical, proper care must take place to help ensure safety.

Because the battery is the part that powers the e-cigarette, the utmost care needs to be given to that part of the device.  At Eversmoke, we use a lithium-ion battery which is safer than any other battery type.  Because of the safety of this battery it is used not only in our e-cig products but in laptops, cell phones and various other products.

First and foremost, you need to buy your e-cigarette products from a reputable company such as Eversmoke that believes in only using the safest components available. For example, we have a safety circuit microchip in our products to prevent overcharging and overheating.  This is very important when you are researching and considering what company to use when making your e-cigarette purchase.  Stay away from non-reputable type of companies that may use substandard components.

But as stated above, because these devices are run on batteries, proper care and common sense come into play.  One very important piece of advice is to never leave a battery charging unattended.  Also, a hot car is completely off limits to where you should leave a battery charging.

If the battery looks odd, swollen or feels very hot to the touch, do not use it.  It is vital to make sure it is a properly operating battery before you use it.  Also, if you take out the battery, make certain it is stored properly and has a case that can protect it.

Basically, if you have a good reputable e-cig, it has been manufactured properly and you take care of it, safety should not be an issue.  For more information regarding various safety issues, please check out our article in our knowledge center, and continue browsing blog for more information regarding electronic smoking and e-cigarettes.

E-Smoking on the High Seas

The US Navy has embraced smokeless cigarettes and is now permitting their use onboard aircraft carriers

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Gone are the days when those serving in the military were given cigarettes when they were overseas fighting wars (cigarettes used to be included in a soldier’s daily rations). Now due to rising health costs that stem from consuming tobacco products, there have been efforts to curb smoking in the military. Until recently, however, the military has not taken a stance one way or the other about smokeless cigarettes.

While the Air Force is including the devices in their no smoking policy, the U.S. Navy is beginning to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes onboard ships. Recently, the USS George Washington became one of the first aircraft carriers to permit sailors to vape on deck. Sailors have been offered a ‘smoke deck’ that is solely for e-smoking—they still are not permitted to vape anywhere they’d like.

Before making the decision to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes on board aircraft carriers, researchers made sure that there was enough demand and desire for an e-smoking deck before unveiling it.

Having a separate vaping deck will give sailors who enjoy e-smoking a social atmosphere with like-minded, vaping sailors. The creation of a designated e-smoking deck however does not mean that sailors would not be permitted to use their smokeless cigarettes on the traditional smoking deck.

When leaders decided to add an e-smoking deck to the USS George Washington, it was not their goal to promote or prohibit smoking; rather, they wanted to provide sailors with the tools they need to perform their work.

The changes made onboard the George Washington seem to be having a positive effect on those onboard. If these results continue, it is only logical that some of the Navy’s other aircraft carriers will begin providing separate vaping spaces for their sailors as well.

Cigarette Companies Start to Show Signs of Vapor Cigarette Popularity

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As the popularity and usage of vapor cigarettes rises, it is no surprise that sales of tobacco cigarettes will start to suffer. Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) has recently forecasted lower-than-expected profits for 2014. In a presentation to their investors, they cite the decline is due to headwinds from currency fluctuations and challenges in the tobacco industry.

In addition, Philip Morris stated that their troubles in Europe and Asia (specifically offering discounts in Australia), along with changes to production cuts, will also have an effect on earnings.

Philip Morris expects their full-year-per-share earnings (EPS) to be in the range of $4.87-4.97. This number is down from their previous prediction of EPS of $5.09-5.19. This announcement sent Philip Morris shares down.

This decrease in profit is including a charge of $495 million coming from the anticipated closure of their production company in the Netherlands set to occur sometime later this year. The decision to close their production facility in the Netherlands stems from challenges in Europe—specifically, problems relating to a lag in growth. This has led Philip Morris to slash their operations on the continent. Currency fluctuations in Asian developing countries have also been a drag on Philip Morris’ earnings in recent years.

As people are becoming more health conscious, the sale of cigarettes has declined worldwide. While Philip Morris is the largest tobacco company, they have not been immune to the major shift in the tobacco industry.

Vapor cigarettes and electronic smoking are one the reasons for this decline in sales.

The smoke-free nicotine delivery devices have caused concern in the long-term for the major tobacco companies. That said, most have begun moving into the vapor cigarette business themselves in order to arrest the decline. For example, Philip Morris recently announced the acquisition of Nicocigs, Ltd, a UK-based vapor cigarette company.

Even with the decline in the tobacco industry, Philip Morris is the largest publicly traded tobacco company. They are the worldwide maker and seller of Marlboro cigarettes.

If you’re looking for a smoke-free alternative, vapor cigarettes may be your answer.

Please visit our main site to browse our selection of both starter kits and disposable vapor cigarettes. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for helpful tips and insights about this revolutionary way to get the nicotine your body craves without many of the risks of traditional methods.

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!