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Do Electronic Cigarettes Make You Sick?

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As the world turns, so does all the controversy surrounding vapor smoking.  In a recent study, critics have claimed that electronic cigarettes weaken a persons’ immune system, making them more susceptible to contracting infections and viruses such as the flu and pneumonia.

Regrettably, animals were harmed in the making of this experiment…

According to the study, which was conducted by scientists at John Hopkins University in Maryland, mice were exposed twice a day to the amount of electronic cigarette vapor that a regular vapor smoker might inhale.

A handful of mice were then administered the influenza virus, while other mice were given the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria that causes sinusitis, pneumonia, and a variety of other illnesses. Supposedly, the mice that had been exposed to vapor were less able to fight off these diseases, and some of them even died.

The senior author of the study, Professor Shyam Biswal, commented that the results of the study show that “e cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the effects on the lungs.”  However, the team agreed that much more research needs to be done to confirm any negative side effects caused by electronic cigarette use by humans.

The Industry’s Response

Many in the vapor smoking industry believe that there hasn’t been enough evidence to refute that electronic cigarettes make an excellent alternative to traditional smoking.

At EverSmoke, we always aim to keep you abreast of new information and research regarding electronic cigarettes.  As usual, the controversy rages on. For now, we know that there still isn’t enough evidence to prove that vapor smoking is unsafe for humans.  What has been proven, however, is that traditional cigarette smoking is quite harmful and can cause a variety of cancers and respiratory illnesses.

For more information on how traditional smoking damages your body, check out the articles in our knowledge center.  Also, read about how smokers that have switched to electronic cigarettes have a much better sense of taste and smell.

Don’t sacrifice your quality of life by sticking with traditional cigarette smoking.  Give Eversmoke products a try…you won’t be disappointed!

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.

Are The Republican Leaders Trying to Support Smokeless Cigarettes?

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Over the years many congressional Democrats have fought hard to put strict regulations on the smokeless cigarette industry.  Being it a multibillion dollar industry, it is no surprise that the government is interested in every facet of e-cigs.  Recently, since the November landslide election of Republicans, many have been trying to help the e-cig industry when it comes to upcoming possible FDA bans.

Many Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting a change on upcoming impending regulations that include a premarket approval from e-cig manufacturers on any devices produced after 2007.

The Republicans are trying to get the date changed from 2007 because they argue that many of the newer products also would have to go through the rigorous  approval process which is believed would cost a significant amount of time and money for the e-cig companies and could force some out of business.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association industry group, believes that if the 2007 date is not changed, then all e-cig companies would be burdened with each device needing its own application and each e-liquid flavor option would have to go through the approval process one by one.  The FDA, Conley believes, would use its’ authority to ban certain devices and flavor options.  He believes the 2007 date is vital and needs to change.

Conley also believes if the date is not changed it will be difficult to introduce new e-liquids and products. However, if the date is moved forward, all existing e-liquids would be allowed.  Click here to read further and more detailed information regarding the Republicans push to help the smokeless cigarettes industry.

There is always new information regarding the ever changing policies and regulations for the smokeless cigarette industry.  Continue to read our blog and knowledge center for a variety of updated articles regarding any changes.

Vapers May Soon Have More Options When It Comes to E-cigarettes

Patents for e-cigarette-like devices have increased to include caffeine and vitamin supplement sticks

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E-cigarettes are not only revolutionary devices for getting the nicotine your body craves, but they also bring the potential to create jobs. The technology that brings us e-cigs can easily be translated into other inhalation devices—and e-cigarette manufacturers are scrambling to be the first to cash in on variations.

According to Thomas Reuters, China leads the world in creating e-cigarettes (this is no surprise as they boast more than 300 million smokers) and spin-offs using e-cigarette technology. These other variations include an e-cigarette that allows you to “pay as you go” and another that delivers caffeine rather than nicotine.

The world of e-cigarettes has grown exponentially since 2005 when there were only eight e-cigarette-like inventions. The IP & Science business states this number rose to more than 200 by 2012 and over 500 last year. In addition, the number continues to grow and, as of now, the number has reached 650.

Experts assume that the drastic rise of e-cigarette like patents is due to the possibility that there will be firmer regulations from the World Health Organization’s battle to ban their use indoors to limiting advertising to age restrictions.

Pay As You Go

Thomas Reuters tracks over 2,000 e-cigarette-like devices and of these, about 64 percent are from China (likely, because about half of the males smoke). The US falls second with 14 percent. These devices are all different: some are designed to help smokers regulate or reduce the amount of nicotine they consume each day and others allow vapers to experience multiple flavors. For the techy among us, there is even an app available to show you your intake.

One such suggested device comes from Philip Morris International and could be developed to allow vapers to “pay as they go”. This would allow them to purchase any number of doses though an application that connects to their device. Another feature of this e-cigarette would allow the vaper to set it to shut off once they reached a set number of puffs.

Helpful Vapes?

Other vaping devices could deliver substances other than nicotine to vapers. These include doses of caffeine and even vitamin supplements. A company known as VitaCigs has suggested a device that could deliver vitamins and supplements (like valerian and collagen). A caffeinated vape stick has been patented by a company called Energy Shisha and Fuma International has filed a patent for a vape that mentions tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as an ingredient.

By e-cigarette manufacturers continuing to develop new products, it can only mean that the quality of the devices will continue to increase, as inventors and thinkers will have to keep working their hardest to think up of the newest and the greatest.

Of course, e-smokers and other users stand to benefit from these continued innovations.  EverSmoke strives to provide you with high quality e-cigarettes not just today, but for years to come. For more information, please visit or blog and knowledge center.

Senate Democrats Seeking Stiffer Warning Labels on Smokeless Cigarette Packaging

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Government officials are once again trying to make it harder to obtain and use smokeless cigarettes. Now Senate Democrats are trying to get the FDA to require warning labels on e-cigarette packaging.

Leading the way for the warning label push are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Together they have drafted a proposal to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to encourage her to finalize rules to allow the FDA the ability to regulate nicotine products further.

This group of senators is concerned over an apparent lack of regulations. Moreover, they do not feel that manufacturer’s own warning labels are adequate.

The senators wrote that because of a lack of federal regulations, smokeless cigarette companies fail to list all of the health threats. They said the pending FDA proposal warning also wouldn’t go far enough.

According to the Hill.com, this group of Democrats suggests that warning labels should read “WARNING: This product contains nicotine derived from tobacco. Nicotine is an addictive chemical”. They believe that this label will inform vapers about nicotine usage and help to bring down the recent rise in nicotine poisonings.

The problem with this kind of label is that it is much more harsh than needed. There is no denying that the label is technically true; however, the tone of the message makes it much more menacing than needed.

What’s shocking, however, is that some of the e-cigarette manufacturer’s (especially those who are also Big Tobacco companies) warning labels can be much severe—often suggesting that their products are “unsuitable for children and people with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease” according to the New York Times.

One such example is the MarkTen brand of e-cigarette, which is sold by Altria (a child company of Phillip Morris). This brand has a 117 word, non-required warning label .

The label on the company’s traditional cigarettes is the much shorter, federally mandated warning label. Such a strong warning suggests that smokeless cigarette companies are trying to avoid any future lawsuits by showing initiative.

Along with pushing to require a stricter warning label, Democratic senators are also trying to implement the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act. This act would keep e-cigarette manufacturers from marketing their products to minors.

**No e-cigarette manufacturer believes that e-cigarettes are intended for children**

EverSmoke not only strives to bring you the best quality smokeless cigarettes, but we also want to provide you with all the information you could ever want (or need) about the world of vaping. For more information, please visit or blog and knowledge center.

Positive New E-Cig Regulation hits UK!

E-cigarettes regulationThe latest international electronic cigarette regulations to come out of Europe occurred last week from England. While the subject of e-cigarette regulations have been somewhat vague, with much of the same controversy occurring internationally as in the US, these newest regulations are in favor of fairness towards alternative cigarette products.

The new laws specifically address electronic cigarettes and television ads. Previously, while it was legal to run ads for electronic cigarettes, it was illegal for them to actually feature the devices in use. Ruled in favor by the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice, this is a very positive direction for the electronic cigarette industry. The news laws that were enacted last week now allow companies to show the devices being used. This new regulation comes at a time when the industry is vying for laws and regulations that make sense. The new rules strictly state that tobacco is not permitted to be featured in a positive light in advertisements, and that is something both legislators as well as those involved in the e-cigarette industry can agree upon.

Some of the deeper details of the new UK e-cigarette regulations that have been enacted include:

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not be “likely to appeal particularly to people under 18, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture.”

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not encourage non-smokers to use e-cigarettes.They may not make claims that e-cigarettes have the ability to be “safer” or “healthier” than smoking tobacco.

  • Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers must not make any health claims without approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The announcement of these newly instituted regulations has been a very positive step in the right direction for the international vaping community. They may be only the beginning of such regulations, however it is enabling electronic cigarettes and subsequent products to be viewed in a manner separate from traditional cigarettes. Big score for the UK, enjoy the adverts!

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?

Tips for Having Proper E-Cig Etiquette

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If you have made the switch to e-cigarettes from traditional analogue ones, congrats!  Although there are many positive aspects to e-cigs such as no smoke, tar or odor, they still can receive a bad rap.  Changing the perception of e-cigs to the public can be a challenge.  However, there are some basic tips that can get you started!

First and foremost, no matter if vaping is allowed, you should always have respect of those around you.  Perhaps ask if it would bother anyone if you lit up.  This may even open up an opportunity to begin a conversation about e-cigarettes and the benefits of vaping as opposed to traditional smoking.

If you don’t want the whole world staring at you and talking about you, some advice would be not to vape in closed up, tight knit places.  Many that are not used to e-cigs may think you are about to share second hand smoke all around!  If you do start using your e-cig, be prepared to answer questions or comments.  However, answer them respectfully and not defensively.

Besides respect, education is huge.  Many don’t realize that e-cigs produce a water vapor instead of smoke or that there is no odor that will stick to their clothes if they are around you while you vape.  Educate them and maybe even take time to show an interested person how it works.  Show them how easy it is to use, talk about all the variety of yummy flavors that are made available at Eversmoke.  Most importantly, let them know how you feel and possibly the difference it has made in your life.

The biggest issue facing e-cigarettes and vapor smoking is a public image problem.  You can be a help in that!  Showing respect, educating and talking openly about e-cigs can only help the situation.  We know that e-cigs are a smarter choice than traditional smoking…we just have to help others know!  For more information on etiquette, check out this article in our knowledge center. Meanwhile, happy vaping!