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More Cities Proposing to Ban E-Cigs

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What’s eating Gilbert Ross, the Medical and Executive Director of the American Council on Science and Health and an M.D.? Apparently, it’s lawmakers and mayors in a number of major U.S. cities who are blindly jumping on the bandwagon to restrict the use of e-cigarettes.

In his Forbes’ article entitled, “Big U.S. Cities Foment Baseless, Superstitious Fear of Electronic Cigarettes,” Dr. Ross calls out city and state officials who are giving into bullying and propagating irrational fear because of pressure from other big cities.

“Whatever became of urban sophistication, especially on matters scientific and technological?” said Ross, who goes on to liken the craze to a witch hunt—with e-cigs being burned.

According to Ross, at first the Chicago City Council held strong against the demands of Mayor Rahm Emanueal, who was on a mission to ban public e-cig use last December. However, a month later, the Council caved into the Mayor’s bullying and forced e-smokers to stand out in the cold with tobacco cigarette smokers.

This move left Dr. Ross fuming:

Agenda-driven and conflicted opponents cry, “Regulate e-cigs!” They mean to regulate them off the market and into the hands of Big Tobacco. I say, Yes, regulate them, by all means: age restrictions, ingredient labels, and good manufacturing practices all need to be mandated. But making e-cigs inaccessible for desperate smokers by inane restrictions will send this message: “Keep on smoking.”

To those who say, “We just don’t know what might happen,” I respond, we sure do know what happens with the real ones: almost half a million dead American smokers every year.

Thus far, three major cities have established measures to include e-cigs in their public bans, starting with New York last December. Chicago followed suit shortly after by approving a proposal to ban e-cig use in indoor public areas like offices and within a certain distance of building entrances.

Now, the latest news out of L.A. indicates that the trend to restrict e-smoking has hit the west coast as well. A committee on the Los Angeles City Council is currently drafting a proposal to ban e-cigs in public places—including parks, recreational areas, farmer’s markets, beaches, bars, nightclubs and outdoor dining areas. Interestingly, vaping lounges and movie sets would be exempt from the proposed ban (much to Leonardo DiCaprio’s relief, undoubtedly).

To oppose the e-cig restrictions being discussed in L.A., or any other city for that matter, we encourage you to voice your concerns by calling your City Council Representative and telling them how e-smoking has affected your life.

And be sure to visit our E-Cig Resource Center to learn about the latest e-cig legislation.

The Fusion of Vaping and Art

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E-cig veterans already know that there is an art to vaping. However, as of recently, the fusion of e-cigarettes and art seems to have become a growing trend.

A brand new vape shop in Minneapolis, Minn., Infinite Vapor, opened up its doors to the public last month. But right from the start, shoppers could tell this wasn’t your typical supply shop or vapor lounge.

The store’s founders, Beecher Vaillaincourt and Gavin Rydell, wanted to create a unique­, stylized space for the fast-growing vaping community in the Twin Cities area that brought together two key facets of the human experience: recreation and culture. To do so, they enlisted the help of Tricia Khutoretsky, curator of a local art gallery. Tricia styled the shop with a collection of graphics and street art-inspired screenprints by several local artists, plus a large-scale abstract wallpaper mural.

The final result is stunning. As one reviewer put it: “[Infinite Vapor] combines electronic cigarettes with cutting edge art, so you can gape while you vape.”

Minnesota news source, Vita.mn—who posted photos of the shop’s avant-garde and imaginative interior on their website—reported that the shop “looks more like a slick design studio than a head shop.”

Not to be outdone by the Twin Cities, a New York City museum has recently announced that they will be hosting a forum on the topic of vaping in the modern world.

Entitled “This is the ENDD: The E-cigarette in Context,” the program will be showcased on Feb. 22 in Lower Manhattan’s state-of-the-art New Museum. The presentation will stage a group of artists and critics to present analyses—historical, political, social, anticipatory—of e-cigarette technology and the discursive field that is emerging around it.

The program will be put on by NYC’s art resource group Rhizome, which receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Poets and Writers, Inc., the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts—an ironic happenstance considering NYC’s (or rather: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s) recent decision to ban vaping anywhere smoking is already against the law.

Artists Matthew Dryhurst and Brian Rogers will begin the forum with a history of the e-cigarette, followed by Public Health Specialist C.A.B. Fredericks on health debates raging around the world, art critic Orit Gat on vape shops, a presentation on the “psychological drives after the cigarette,” and much more. Visit the New Museum website to learn more about the program or get tickets for the event.

It was the famous French artist Henri Matisse who once said: “Creativity takes courage.”

Our hope is that more innovative vapers like Vaillaincourt and Rydell start to discover their creative courage, fusing art into e-cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigarettes.html) more and more.

Vaping Enters the Literary World

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History has been made once again. If you thought you were going to be the first person to write a novel with a character who vapes, it’s too late.

A new book available through Amazon, Vape Mania: A Newbie’s Guide to the Evils of the Electronic Cigarette, claims to be “the first full-length literary work that has a narrative with a vaper as the main protagonist and vaping as the central theme.”

The 166-page book was published January 27, 2014, under the moniker “Melvin Provario.” The website marketing the book is cleverly titled Vaporacle. (The letter “o” is represented with an oval skull face.)

The front cover has pop-culture icons above a blaze of flames, and includes an endorsement from the “institute for preservation of the institution of cigarettes (IPIC).” The book sells for $9.99 plus a $2 shipping fee. PayPal buttons are included on the site as well as an Amazon link, which for some reason is slightly cheaper.

It should be noted that the back cover includes a parental advisory for “Explicit Vaping” and states the following: “WARNING: this memoir explicitly illustrates the possessive power of this devil drug in graphic detail and is therefore not intended for the faint of heart.”

“Enter the Seedy World of Chronic Vaping Addiction” is prominently proclaimed along with “Follow one man’s downward spiral into the seedy world of vaping addiction.”

Judging by the promo text on the website, Vape Mania hits the funny bone straight on. “Reader responses” posted on the site proclaim “I laughed so hard my tank cracked” (by ‘Professor Kanger, MVP’).

An Amazon reviewer wrote: “The main character is the perfect personification of the mass hysteria represented by the anti-vaping crowd. The commentary by “IPIC” is equally as funny, but also scary because there are really people who think that way.”

The author’s, Melvin Provario, self-description is ghoulishly haunting:  “As I write this only a few stubborn strands of hair cling to my scalp…. My eyeballs protrude like those of a lifeless doll from amidst the filthy flesh clinging to my chiseled skull. My ears have become pink and pointy like those of a pig…. Yet I have no one to blame but myself…. If only I had never put that first electronic cigarette to my mouth, I would still be the man that I once was.”

According to Vaporacle, Melvin is currently in hiding and is “hard at work documenting the instances that occurred after the tragic events depicted in Vape Mania, for a possible follow-up memoir.”

If you haven’t read an entertaining book recently, you may want to give Vape Mania a try. BEWARE! You may experience side-splitting laughter.

5 Reasons Why Electric Cigarettes Make a Great Valentine’s Day Gift

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Are you still looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day present?

For many people, February 14th is symbolic of love—a day for lovers to express their feelings in the form of gifts and attention. But the problem is that it isn’t always easy deciding what to get your Valentine to show that you are thinking about them.

Here are five reasons why electric cigarettes—along with a romantic dinner and a magical night out perhaps—can make the perfect Valentine’s gift for your special someone:

A Unique Surprise

Flowers and chocolate are nice, but they are also predictable and standard. If you want a truly unique Valentine’s gift, then give your loved one the gift of vapor smoking.

It may sound bizarre at first, but an electric cigarette is a much more surprising and unique gift than the typical flowers and chocolate.

A Gift that Lasts

Electric cigarettes truly are the gift that keeps on giving. Roses wilt, and chocolate gets eaten, but electric cigarettes are reusable, durable, and don’t disappear.

Plus, if your Valentine smokes, what could be more romantic than showing that you are so concerned about their health that you want to give them a healthier alternative and spend many more happy years together?

No Odor

Nothing kills the mood more than foul-smelling odor. While smokers may grow accustomed to cigarette stink, non-smokers are typically quite put off by it. Tobacco smoke clings to clothes, hair, skin, and can make a person’s breath intolerable and unattractive.

However, since electric cigarettes don’t burn tobacco, there is no smoke whatsoever—only odorless water vapor. This way, smokers and non-smokers can enjoy each other’s company without offending the nose, and your smoke break won’t cloud the romantic atmosphere.

Tasty Flavors

Electric cigarettes come in a variety of mouth-watering flavors. This allows you and your loved one to add some sweetness or spice (whatever you prefer) to your smoking experience.

Rather than taste the bitterness of tobacco, cuddle up with your Valentine and try out delicious flavors like Very Vanilla, Cherry Crush, and Peach Passion. Or you can stick with the tobacco taste you have learned to love without the bad odor.

Budget Friendly

Okay, we admit, this may not seem particularly romantic at first, but perhaps it will when you get to go on a romantic trip later in the year that is funded by all of the money you saved from switching to electric cigarettes.

Sure, jewelry makes a wonderful gift, but it can also put stress on your bank account, and in turn, your relationship. Not to mention, guys:  what do you think she will like more – some pretty earrings or a cruise to the Bahamas?

If you would like to show your love this Valentine’s Day by giving your special someone an electric cigarette, then browse through our variety of vapor smoking starter kits. We have four different options, from basic to expert kits, so you can delight your loved one with a gift that perfectly suits their taste.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

If you want a Valentine’s Day to remember,

Then EverSmoke can help you!

Shocking Place for Electronic Cigarettes to Sell Like Hotcakes

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The New York Times recently published an interesting article, “In Rural Jails, E-Cigarettes Are a Calming Vapor.”

The article juxtaposes government and school bans of these smokeless devices that are rapidly appearing from coast to coast, with one unusual place they are being highly welcomed… the rural county jail.

While most prisons and jails prohibit the use of traditional cigarettes due to fire hazards and secondhand smoke, more and more sheriffs are opting to sell electronic cigarettes to their inmates for practical reasons. The biggest of which is to help control the mood swings of inmates going through nicotine withdrawal.

Evidently, in at least seven states, county jails have allowed the sale of a few flavors of e-cigarettes to inmates. Not surprisingly, electronic cigarettes now top the list of the most coveted items in jail commissaries.

Even though e-cigarettes are banned in federal prisons, both Chinese and American manufacturers have started producing a “jail-safe” device using plastic instead of metal. Any why not? The inmate market is a captive audience (pun intended).

One Sheriff in Nebraska uses them as incentives—those inmates who are not a good boy or girl get theirs taken away. In December he bought 200 for the 32-prisoner jail, and sold out by mid-January.

A Tennessee Sheriff’s motive for introducing them was to create additional revenues after several years of budget cuts.

His main goal is to create a pay raise for his guards who are overworked and earn a top salary of $10.58 per hour. He hopes to collect profits of between $20 and $50,000 from the sale of electronic cigarettes this year.

The popularity of the device has earned some jails profits of more than 400 percent per e-cig. They are sold to inmates for $8 to $30 apiece depending on the number of puffs generated. Profits go either into the county’s general fund or directly into the jail’s budget.

Regardless of all the unanswered questions concerning electronic cigarettes, their popularity has increased considerably in the past three years. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, the number of varieties has now exceeded 350 and sales globally are almost $2 billion.

Many of the county sheriffs extol e-cigarettes for the reduction in tension and outright violence among their inmates. When nerves are on edge, minor disagreements can escalate quickly and get physical, which endangers the safety of both the guards and inmates.

It would appear that in jails where they sell electronic cigarettes—allowing inmates to get their nicotine fix—there are fewer altercations.

The Nebraska Sheriff believes e-cigarettes have been influential in keeping his inmates calm and orderly. “The thing I like about it is it controls the guy,” he said. “We had four or five fights last week. One guy who’d had a fight asked for an e-cigarette and it calmed him down. It’s not meant to help inmates, it’s meant to help my guys.”

A Macon County chief deputy sheriff pointed out that the reduction in inmate fights after making e-cigarettes available had led to a reduction in trips to the hospital.

He said, “The cost of fixing a broken nose is $2,000, so I figure we’re saving the county some money.”

Are You In One of the Top 5 E-Cig Groups?

E-cigs appeal to many types of people for different reasons. And their ages and professions vary as much as there are brands of smokeless cigarettes being hawked.

Interestingly though, certain groups are particularly well-suited to enjoy e-cigs. Here’s a review of the top five groups that find these smokeless gems to be their pot of gold.

Gamer Community

In the US, according to Wikipedia, the average video game player is 30 and has been playing video games for over 12 years. Gamers tend to spend a great deal of time indoors where tobacco smoking can be prohibited. But smoking tobacco in front of a computer can lead to a build-up of gunk inside the system and cause damage. Smokeless cigarettes don’t produce anything to build-up in the first place.

Many gamers play online with other opponents, and hate waiting for someone to return from a smoke break. But smokeless cigarettes are fast and easy, allowing gamers to return literally within moments.

Bartenders

The public cigarette ban has left many smokers out in the cold. Few bars allow smoking now, but most smokers want to enjoy a cigarette while drinking and socializing. These things just go together!

Patrons having to go outside for a cigarette pose several problems for the bartender (and the owner of the bar). The more time a customer spends outside, the less he drinks. Instead of making tips on drinks, bartenders polish glasses. Breaking up a customer’s steady purchase of alcohol, decreases the amount of drinks bought.

Bartenders make more money when customers are inside and comfortable, where a simple nod of the head communicates a sale.

Food Service Staff

Working in a restaurant can be a hectic job at times. Even if waiting on just a single table, there is certainly not enough time to go out back and smoke a complete cigarette—and still get a decent tip anyway.

Smokeless cigarettes, on the other hand, don’t require much time. Most of the time, two or three puffs off an e-cig is enough to satisfy any urge.

Landlords & Homeowners & Renters

Cigarette smoke leaves a film on windows and walls that can be difficult to remove. Falling asleep with a tobacco cigarette in your hand can have tragic consequences. Burn holes on tables and floors are common occurrences for those who smoke regular cigarettes.

Electronic vapor from smokeless cigarettes doesn’t have all the particulates that build up and cause damage and yellowing. E-cigs have no flame, so they can’t burn anything or anyone.

Why New York City is Banning E-Smoking in Public and Are They Alone?

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For over a decade, New York City has enforced a city-wide ban on smoking cigarettes in bars, restaurants, parks, beaches, plazas, and other public places. And as of last month, electronic cigarettes have been added to the list of publicly banned tobacco products.

New York’s City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the measure to ban e-smoking in public almost unanimously (43-8). As one of his last acts as mayor, Bloomberg, who has advocated for a number of public health initiatives during his term —like the prohibition on sodas larger than 16 ounces—passed the proposal right on the heels of making New York the first major city to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21.

Vapor smokers in the Big Apple and around the country are outraged at the new restriction, which will take effect in about three months, saying that to categorize electronic cigarettes with tobacco products is misleading and harmful to the mission of creating a smoke-free New York.

However, New York City officials don’t see it that way. In an interview with the New York Times, Councilman James Gennaro, one of the leading supporters of the ban, along with Commissioner Thomas Farley, said that the loophole allowing vapers to “light up” where smokers could not was creating confusion.

“People are lighting up electronic cigarettes in restaurants, creating conflict with other patrons and waiters who have to mediate, they said. Mr. Gennaro said children who could not differentiate between regular and electronic smoking were getting the message that smoking is socially acceptable.”

Farley admitted that although more research is need to know the potential long-term affects of e-smoking, the council decided to act now in order to prevent jeopardizing the progress they’ve made on smoking in the last few years.

Obviously, local e-cig retailers and vapers are disappointed with the ruling.

Only a handful of places have instituted public e-smoking bans or similar measures —among them Arkansas, Utah, North Dakota, and neighboring New Jersey. However, other major cities, like L.A. and Chicago, are now considering similar proposals in light of New York’s example.

Find out what e-cig supporters had to say about the New York City ban by watching this news report. Then tweet us or go to our Facebook page and tell us what you think.

E-Cigarettes Hitting the Mainstream

20130928_WBP001_0E-cigarettes have really become a mainstream occurrence as their popularity has exploded. In public places all over the country, on TV, in advertisements, in movies, their visibility has tremendously increased, and their reception is certainly prevalent as millions of people have accepted them as alternatives to traditional tobacco.

Countless celebrities are e-smoking, have been seen out and about using e-cigarettes, and certain electronic cigarette companies have even tapped celebs, such as Courtney Love and Jenny McCarthy for advertising. Stars have totally embraced the vapor cigarette as a trendy alternative to harmful tobacco, and many have been exceedingly proud to tout theirs around town. Reflecting on popular culture, it shows that not only are these products getting plenty of use in Hollywood, but people all over the world have replaced their tobacco cigarettes with them, and with exceptionally good results.

However, the popularity of electronic smoking goes far beyond the who’s-who of Hollywood. In a survey done by Wells Fargo Tobacco Talk in 2012, approximately 30,000 tobacco wholesalers, retailers and trade professionals believe that the hype around e-cigarettes is here to stay, and these alternatives are having a much greater impact than simply a current trend. As the numbers in sales have piled in, in 2013, electronic cigarettes have proven to be an industry raking in over $1 billion in sales, with more than 2.5 million users – which is not an easy feat for a fledgling industry! Suffice it to say, sales and usage of these products are expanding at a voracious rate.

As of 2011, 1 out of 5 tobacco smokers had at least tried an e-cigarette, and this figure is expected to be lower than actual 2013 numbers because many more smokers have switched to e-smoking since that time.

As expected though, with the popularity comes scrutiny, and this has led to immense discussion on whether e-cigarettes should be taxed the same as traditional cigarettes, and whether they should be regulated by government agencies. Currently, most regulation of e-cigarettes is done at the local and federal levels, and it allows for a great amount of leniency

As the industry expands in size and customers, it is expected that the FDA will begin to have more formal involvement. Expecting this, many e-cigarette companies have already begun measures to prepare themselves

As the popularity of e-cigarettes increases, right now is a great time to be an e-smoker or switching to tobacco. No matter where this industry is headed in terms of regulations, more and more people are turning to these electric alternatives and experiencing only positives.

It’s safe to say, e-cigarettes are not going anywhere! For more information on how to get started, to learn more about electronic smoking, and to check out our product offerings, visit us at www.eversmoke.com!

Celebrate the 4th, and Light that E-Cig Big and Bright!

july-4-fireworksFourth of July is a ferocious, exuberant celebration across the land, as millions get together to party it up, enjoy the warm summer temps, splash around, and light up the fireworks at the end of the night. If you’re going to be partying, let your electronic cigarettes help keep the festivities fun. Accessories were designed to keep your vaping convenient, and here is how they are perfect for any major gathering, July 4th and otherwise!

Batteries: Electronic cigarette batteries go anywhere, fit snugly in a pocket or carrying case, and can be whipped out whenever you need or want them. Batteries have long life, and are the perfect accompaniment to having a great time. Having extras prepares you for the unexpected, like losing one, or e-smoking so much you wear the battery out. Make sure you got ‘em!

Chargers: Without some sort of charging device, you’re not going to get any performance out of your battery, so a Car Charging Adapter is the right kind of mobile power hookup if you plan to be mobile on July 4th.

Personal Charging Case: If you aren’t going to be in a car, even better for charging and storing your batteries is the Personal Charging Case. It charges as it holds them, and keeps them ready to go for extended periods, all without an additional power source. Can we say it’s the accessory of your dreams?

Carrying Cases: If you keep your battery collection charged up to par on a regular basis, and most likely will not be needing extra charging when you’re out and about, a Carrying Case is always nice to hold your goods, organized and there when you need them.

Lanyard: The Lanyard gives you plenty of freedom, and is especially nice for those moments when you don’t want to keep your e-cigarettes in your pocket or purse; it lets you hold them around your neck. So when you are ready to vape, you just reach down and get busy!

Electronic cigarette accessories were made to make the experience of vaping more convenient and versatile. When it comes to parties and celebrations, they are even more useful. If you want an even simpler experience, go for e-cigarette disposables instead. This Fourth of July, don’t give in to tobacco because you want convenience, let your e-cigarettes work for you!