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Big Gains in Unexpected Places from E-Cigarette Sales

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The growing e-cigarette trend is helping to put a serious dent in the number of tobacco smokers in the U.S. today, this is according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The CDC says that the 18% drop in tobacco use has been offset e-cigarette use. These rates of change have also triggered an increase in tobacco cigarette prices as cigarette companies seek to maintain their revenues.

Wells Fargo also projected that e-cigarette sales will be higher than tobacco cigarette sales in just 5 years or so. If this is true, then there is a great deal of money to be made off e-cigarettes. But who stands to profit from these increased sales? One answer could shock you.

Big tobacco companies are one of the businesses that may stand to benefit from an increase in e-cigarette sales. This is partly because some of the biggest cigarette companies have also begun getting in the e-cigarette game.

In 2014, Altria acquired Green Smoke Inc. and just this year released their brand of e-cigarettes. Likewise, Reynolds American has begun collaborating with Lorillard to produce electronic smoking devices.

States Cashing In on E-Cig Sales

On top of the profit tobacco companies stand to make off e-cigarettes sales, state governments could as well—specifically through savings from Medicaid.

According to a State Budget Solutions report, at least 45 states (plus D.C.) would gain more money through Medicaid savings than they lost from being taxed for cigarettes and settlement payments. The report also states that around 51% of those on Medicaid smoke cigarettes. By reducing the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke, it could save states billions of dollars (around 48 billion to be more specific) in healthcare costs alone. This savings more than the states collected through taxes in 2012—around $24 billion.

Read our newest article, “How E-Cigarettes Could Save the Government Money,” to learn more.

If you’re looking to kick off your vapor smoking hobby right, look no further than EverSmoke! Take some time to browse our site, check out our line of superior products and take a gander at our blog and knowledge center.

Is it Safe to Vape and Drive?

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One of the most dangerous activities you do on a daily basis is getting behind the wheel of a car.  If this were not the case, you wouldn’t cringe whenever your teen pulls out of the driveway for the first time alone.

For teens and adults alike, driving is a huge responsibility and being distracted even for one moment can have devastating consequences.  Because of the real danger of distracted driving, many states have banned the use of electronic devices, such as smart phones and mp3 players, when operating a vehicle.

However, currently, there are no laws stating that an e-cig is one of the electronic devices that is considered banned.  Whether the e-cig is considered a “handheld electronic device” would be up to each individual state.

Of course, that doesn’t mean high ohm vaping in the car is totally safe.  We all know that texting and driving is a dangerous mix, but what about vaping and driving?

Vaping and Driving Safety Tips

Anything you do while driving that doesn’t involve paying attention to the road can be considered a dangerous distraction.  This includes vaping if not done properly.  If you decide to vape while driving, consider the following safety tips below:

  • Before you vape, have the e-juice filled, battery charged and the electronic device ready.  If any of this needs to be done while you are driving, it is necessary to pull over.

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Can E-Cigs Improve My Sex Life?

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It has always been interesting to see how smoking cigarettes and sex go hand-in-hand according to Hollywood.  After all, how is smoking cigarettes that give you bad breath, turn your teeth yellow and make you prone to various diseases all that sexy? Let’s be real, it’s not.

In fact, if you want to improve your sex life, ditching the traditional cigarette should be the first thing you do.  In addition to initial attraction, many doctors agree that a person’s sex drive is reduced by smoking.  The main reason for this is the obstruction of the circulatory flow which causes soft erections in men and can cause women to have reduced sensations.  Smoking has also been blamed for being a major culprit in erectile dysfunction.

In 2007, a Chinese study found that smoking is just as bad for your sex life as it is for the body.  Over 7,500 men were involved in the study between the ages of 35-74.  None of these men had vascular disease and they were surveyed about their sex life and smoking habits.

Several important conclusions were drawn from this research, including a “statistical link between the number of cigarettes that men smoked and the likelihood they would experience erectile dysfunction.”

All of that does not sound too “sexually appealing,” does it?  Can making the switch to the vaping world actually improve your sex life? 

Let’s assume your partner is not a smoker.  Each time you have enjoyed a sexual experience together, you are releasing dangerous toxins that are not only bad for you but to them as well!  The good news is that e-cigs are odorless devices that do not release smoke into the air, but rather water vapor that won’t linger in the room or on your clothes.

Of course, there still needs to be more research conducted on the effects of e-cigs and your sex life.  However, the simple fact of not killing a romantic moment with a pungent cigarette may be appealing enough for some to make the switch now.

If you are ready, check out our e-cig starter kits at EverSmoke and begin the vaping journey!  Also, browse through our blog and learning center to discover more ways e-cigs outshine, outlast and out-perform traditional cigarettes.

Make Summertime Vaping Even More Amazing!

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Many of us can’t wait to dive into summer activities like swimming, boating, grilling out with friends and soaking up the beautiful sunshine while doing all the other things you enjoy when the weather is warm and the days are long.  And if you vape, you know how awesome those summer days can be with delicious flavors like Peach Passion and Pina Colada!

Of course, with the heat and humidity there comes a few things we should all heed when it comes to getting the most out of your favorite vaping device during the summer months.

The vapor output of your electronic cigarette can be negatively affected by high heat and humidity if you aren’t careful. Here are some tips to make sure your vaping device doesn’t come down with a case of summertime sadness:

  • Careful where you leave it.  A hot car in the summer months is the worst place to leave your vaping device lying around.  Did you know that when it is 90 degrees outside, it can be 150 degrees or more in your car? Yikes, that’s hot! This is why we never leave pets and kids (or your electronic cig) in these stifling conditions.
  • Store e -juice in a cool, dark place.  Some people go overboard and store their electronic cigarettes and e-liquid in freezers.  However, this practice is not good for your e-liquid.  We advise not to store your device below 55 degrees.  Long-term extreme cold temperatures can affect the flavor of your electronic cigarette just like heat does. See our article on properly storing your vaping supplies
  • Prepare for summer thunderstorms!  Not only do you want to protect your device from rain, but also from those power outages during summer thunderstorms.  Be prepared and make certain you have plenty of battery backup so you don’t miss a beat.
  • Stay away from sand.  While you can (and should) definitely experience the joy of vaping on the beach, try and keep the sand from getting into your device where it can clog it up.  If you are bringing a bag or purse, store it in there until you’re ready to use it.
  • Keep it safe! Lastly, make certain you safely carry your electronic cig in a special holder or carrying case so that it doesn’t accidentally get crushed or damaged during all of the summertime activity.

Go make some amazing summer memories and enjoy vaping while you’re at it!

If you are just considering the electronic cigarette alternative, we invite you to browse the many articles about vaping in our knowledge center and blog.

Where to Vape and Where NOT to Vape

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The question of whether or not e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is clear. However, the question of where to vape and where not to vape is becoming more difficult to answer. This is mostly due to city and state government’s interests in regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. As an electronic cigarette user, or as someone interested in trying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on your local vapor smoking  regulations.

The conversation surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public has expanded from city governments to state governments. California’s senate has shown interest in limiting the locations where an individual could vape in public, much the same way tobacco use is prohibited in places like restaurants, public transportation, etc.

But to better understand where to vape and where not to vape, it may be best to look at cities that have passed, or are considering passing, e-cigarette legislation.

Los Angeles, for example, banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants. Smaller cities too, such as Ashville, NC, are looking to pass city ordinances that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on public transportation or in city premises, such as the regional airport and public parks .

So, where CAN you vape?    

Ultimately, the answer to this question will be up to your local ordinances and government officials. However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid vaping in places like government buildings, schools, hospitals, and airports. By practicing good vaping etiquette  you’ll avoid any negative confrontations.

Deciding whether or not you should vape in places such as restaurants and bars might require a bit of research on your part. But if you can’t find any information for e-cigarette legislation  in your city or state, don’t be afraid to just ask the owner or manager of the business you’re visiting.

If you still have questions about where you should vape, don’t worry. Eversmoke is here to help you. Stay up-to-date on e-cigarette legislation by browsing our knowledge center or blog.

Is There Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigarette?

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Findings from a recent study conducted at Portland State University by David Peyton, a chemistry professor, contest that e-cigarette vapor may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, as many know, is a known carcinogen and the main component in embalming fluid. It is also one of the known ingredients in traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In response to these formaldehyde claims, e-cigarette manufacturers fired back that the study was conducted poorly and that the measurements used were not produced using realistic conditions.

According to Gregory Conley, a representative from the American Vaping Association, Peyton and the others conducting the study did not talk to people who use e-cigarettes before conducting the study.

In an interview with NPR, Conley told listeners: “[The researchers] think, ‘Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report’.”

Since formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, of course finding an e-cigarette—which is supposed to be better than tobacco cigarettes—producing formaldehyde would be discouraging news. However, conducting a study using inadequate research methods is not the correct way to show evidence.

According to Peyton, the hypothesis was tested by simulating vaping. This was done by “drawing the vapor…into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs.” During this process, a sample of the aerosol contained formaldehyde. More than just finding evidence of formaldehyde, Peyton concludes that the amount formaldehyde found was much higher than that in tobacco cigarettes—as much as 5-15 times higher.

Critics point out that the study was performed as if a vaper had turned up the power of their e-cigarette to its highest setting, heating the e-liquid to levels that would be much too hot for use. While formaldehyde was reportedly discovered at higher than normal outputs levels, it was not detected at a normal usage level.

Conley conceded that no vaper would actually vape under such a condition because it would make their lungs uncomfortable.

What does this all mean? E-cigarettes are relatively new and still being studied. Therefore, we will be discovering things out about them for years to come. While it is important to take this research seriously, it would be a mistake to jump to false conclusions at every study’s results. We’ve got to remember to look at the bigger picture.

If you’re into vaping, you will definitely want to stay up-to-date on the latest information and research about e-cigarettes. To do this, be sure to visit the EverSmoke blog and knowledge center.

Study Finds Difference between Dependence on Tobacco Cigarettes Compared to E-cigarettes

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Recently discovered data has found that former smokers of traditional tobacco cigarettes feel “less addicted” to e-cigarettes after they make the switch. In essence, the cravings experienced by smokers-turned-vapers are not as strong, even if they are using their e-cigarettes as much as they used to light up they’re old smokes. In addition, the study showed that the participants who used e-cigarettes felt they were less inclined to smoke and less irritable when they couldn’t.

According to Jonathan Foulds, the lead researcher and professor at Penn State College of Medicine stated, “The pattern was really very clear. The score was significantly less for e-cig use than for tobacco use.”

The method for the study involved taking an online survey of over 3,600 e-cigarette users, looking for comparisons between the users’ previous use of tobacco cigarettes (including their dependence) and how dependent they feel as e-cigarette users.

The conclusion was that peoples’ smoking habits remained roughly the same: 24 cigarettes per day and 24 vaping sessions per day. In other words, although the amount of nicotine intake did not change, their dependence did.

Here were some other interesting findings from the study about the comparisons between e-cigarettes and smoking:

  • People didn’t need to vape as soon as they woke. They were able to withhold initial nicotine consumption for the day by an average of 20 minutes.

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Big Pharma Concerned About Electronic Cigarettes

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Here at EverSmoke, we don’t promote our electronic cigarettes as a way to help quit smoking.  Nevertheless, we are pleased when someone considers us as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. But not everyone is happy about this…

Recently, a story emerged about how big pharma is getting very concerned over the fact that so many people are using electronic smoking alternatives instead of the traditional patches and gum to cease the habit.

An article on a popular e-cigarette blog states that Andrew Witty, a GlaxoSmithKline Representative, recently mentioned that his company was considering another type of smoking alternative to compete with electronic cigarettes. At one point, the company discussed inventing their own version of an electronic cigarette, but the idea was tabled for now until they are able to see what the future holds.

“Even with an abundance of evidence to suggest that e-cigs are the best avenue for smokers that want to quit,” Witty says electronic smoking remains too controversial, so GlaxoSmithKline will continue to offer traditional smoking cessation alternatives such as nicotine patches and gum.

However, many electronic cigarette manufacturers paint an entirely different picture of big pharma’s involvement in the growing electronic smoking movement than Witty suggests.

According to some, the real foe of electronic cigarettes isn’t Big Tobacco, but Big Pharma itself. As the Washington Examiner reported:

“No industry spends more on lobbying in the U.S. than the drug industry, and drugmakers’ agendas are often bigger government. Big Pharma’s shadow hangs over the rule-making [of e-cigs].”

Again, we at EverSmoke don’t promote our products as a way to kick the habit, but we do welcome you to consider our electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

If you are looking for a change, check out our blog post titled Vape Your Way to Better Shape!  Also, feel free to browse our knowledge center for more info about the harmful effects of smoking, including 5 ways smoking affects your body.

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.