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A Connection Between Vaping and Alcohol Consumption?

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A recent study is working to vilify e-cigarettes even further than the bans are currently. The study, found in Addictive Behaviors, seeks to link e-cigarette use with what they’re calling “problematic drinking.” From this study, the participating researchers—from Indiana University-Purdue University—have concluded that along with studying the immediate effects e-cigarettes can have on the human body, researchers should also study the “cause and effect” associated with vaping and drinking in the long haul.

There has long been a correlation between smoking tobacco cigarettes and drinking (i.e. the longstanding: “I only smoke when I drink”). This connection led researchers to study whether the same correlation existed with e-cigarettes.

In order to perform the study, researchers surveyed drinkers using the Nicotine and Other Substance Interaction Expectancy Questionnaire (NOSIE), which was modified for this test. In two groups, the participants were asked if they considered using e-cigarettes while they drank alcohol. A majority of participants in both groups (692 and 714 people for each) commented that after drinking they desired an e-cigarette and those who used e-cigarettes desired to drink.

The controversy with this study, however, is that participants were labeled as “two groups of people who drink alcohol,” sounding as though the participants may have already had “problematic drinking” issues prior to using e-cigarettes.

Furthermore, while studying the effects of e-cigarettes is both expected and important going forward, many may have concerns with a study like this as it sounds as if the researchers are explicitly trying to associate vaping with something they perceive as a negative activity. This is because they don’t simply state that people using e-cigarettes also drink, but that they participate in problematic drinking, which can be misconstrued as being an alcoholic.

Vaping is generally considered better for you than smoking; however, the decision to switch shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re interested in the electronic alternative, come check out EverSmoke and see what we have to offer—including information about the world of vaping via our blog and knowledge center.

Fall, Vaping and Football: A Perfect Combination!

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It is that time of year that so many look forward to…a cool breeze in the air and football fun!  We think there’s no better way to celebrate than with a group of friends where you can be yourself and enjoy what you love – the game of football and your favorite e-cig vaporizer.

Even if you aren’t a lover of the game of football, you have to admit that being involved in the competitive excitement with friends, while enjoying good eats, drinks and e-liquid flavors, is a blast.   Let’s face the fact that if you are a vaper, you know your enjoyment will be amplified if you are able to delight in your e-cig experience while partaking in some fun.

Enjoying football season as a vaper is a much better experience than as a traditional analog cigarette smoker.  As a former smoker, do you remember having to walk outside to enjoy your cigarette? You would think it was a safe time to cut out for a quick smoke break when all of sudden your friends would erupt with excitement at the play of the year.  You missed it because you had to step away!

When vaping, you don’t bother others with secondhand smoke and nasty fumes.  You can stay right where you are and enjoy your friends, football and vaporizer all at the same time.

If you prefer to go out to watch the game, many sports bars and restaurants allow vaping indoors as opposed to traditional smoking while you are munching on those wings, sipping on a beer and screaming your lungs out for your favorite team.  Also, a number of stadiums allow vaping and if not, they usually offer an area for you to vape without missing out on the game.

Want to get creative about trying new flavors of e-juice and blends while cheering on your favorite team?  The fun is no doubt in the flavor and EverSmoke offers a delicious assortment of 100 percent USA made flavor cartridges.

At Eversmoke, we are here to answer any questions you may have about transitioning to e-cig vaporizers, as well as provide you with top quality vaping devices and e-juice. Contact us if you have any questions, or continue browsing our blog and knowledge center.

The Science Behind Nicotine Addiction

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Studies have proven the destructive power that certain addictions can have on the human body. Some scientists even suggest that nicotine addiction may be the worst addiction that the world has faced.

However, have you ever wondered what makes nicotine so addictive?

If you are reading this blog, then I suppose you have…so let’s find out.

Exploring Addiction

First, nicotine addiction is not a simple addiction; it is what’s known as a physical addiction, which means that the human body experiences relief and/or pleasure upon ingesting the substance and a tangible discomfort (i.e. withdrawal) when we don’t ingest. The same can be said for other drugs like opioids, but it is suggested that nicotine is more addictive.

Nicotine addiction happens when nicotine molecules interact with receptors in the brain. Once nicotine molecules contact these receptors, a process called acetylcholine begins. Acetylcholine is responsible for making humans alert and conscious. By triggering this process, you could say that nicotine makes the mind livelier.

In addition to acetylcholine, nicotine also turns on dopamine processes. Dopamine is responsible for attraction and is the real driving force behind addiction—it is our pleasure center.

Once nicotine has entered the body, the molecules colonize our pleasure or comfort centers. When more of these comfort centers are turned on than discomfort centers, the brain (i.e. the human) does not want to quit the substance causing the pleasure. Moreover, the receptors even grow accustomed to the feeling, which is what causes humans to feel withdrawal if we take the substance away.

A Study on Addiction

American researcher Gene Heyman has studied the science behind addiction since the 1970s. In one such addiction study, he compiled information about the duration of time it takes people to give up several addictions.

According to his findings, he discovered that cocaine users were able to recover from their addiction in an average of four years, and those who were clinically dependent on marijuana took six years.

By comparison, those who were addicted to alcohol and nicotine took longer surprisingly. Alcoholics took on average 15 years to lose their dependency completely, and those with nicotine addictions took an average of 30 years.

You sure won’t see that factoid on the side of a cigarette package!

This gives scientific credence to the struggle those who wish to abstain from smoking tobacco cigarettes fight each day. Moreover, it also shows that those who struggle should not feel discouraged by setbacks.

If you’ve decided it is time for a better alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, we invite you to learn more about EverSmoke e-cigarettes. In addition to our wide range of e-liquids, we let you to pick your preferred nicotine strength—from bold (24mg) to nicotine free. After you try them, we’re sure you will be hooked (in a good way)!

Take some time to visit our site, check out our products and browse our blog and knowledge center.

San Francisco Giants Strike Out on Chewing Tobacco

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The city of San Francisco is working to pass an historic ordinance that would ban members of the Giants baseball team from using smokeless chewing tobacco during game play. This would be a first for Major League Baseball.

The ban was the result of a unanimous vote specifically geared toward MLB players’ use of smokeless tobacco and will apply to all playing fields citywide. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids helped push the law to a vote. However, it must pass one more vote and be signed by Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, before going into effect.

If passed, the law will begin next year (January 1, 2016) and the start of the 2016 MLB season.

“It’s a serious health issue,” according to Jess Montejano, legislative aide to Mark Farrell, the chief sponsor of the ban. “Kids are seeing their athletic heroes chewing tobacco on the baseball diamond.’”

Rather than being blindsided by the ban, the San Francisco Giants have been paying close attention to the talks. Moreover, the MLB is quoted as stating they have “long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level” and have even looked forward to “a ban of its use on-field in discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association.”

On April 10, 2015, the University of California San Francisco released a study focusing on baseball players’ use of chewing tobacco. The study concluded that by using chewing tobacco on the field (in front of fans, children specifically) they were acting as walking advertisements. Researcher found that more than half (52.3%) of male collegiate baseball players used smokeless tobacco at least once between 2012 and 2013.

While smokeless tobacco may be easier for baseball players to use during the game than other nicotine delivery replacements (especially while at bat!), it is much more dangerous for them. The San Francisco Giants and all MLB players (and you) should consider a safer smoke-free alternative like smokeless cigarettes from EverSmoke.

Find out why our smokeless products are homeruns by browsing our site today!

Make Summertime Vaping Even More Amazing!


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.

Pennsylvania Physicians Weigh in on Electric Cigarettes


Physicians are trying to strike yet another blow at the electric cigarette industry. As they become more and more prominent in American society, electric cigarettes are starting to show up onscreen and some doctors are against it.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is seeking the help of the American Medical Association in order to try and ban product placement of electric cigarettes, as well as keep entertainment agencies from using celebrities who endorse electronic smoking.

Some of the physicians, like pulmonologist Richard T. Bell who is leading the charge, feel that “Electronic cigarettes should not be on television or in the movies” at all.

Dr. Bell believes the health gains the U.S. has made in recent years by reducing the number of tobacco smokers would be completely undone by these same people turning to electric cigarettes.

The CDC released a study in 2013 reporting that at least a quarter of a million minors tried electric cigarettes when they had never smoked a tobacco cigarette, which e-cigarette critics contribute to product marketing in the form of social media, web ads and television spots.

In 1998, five major tobacco companies formed an agreement with forty-six states about the promotion, advertising and marketing of their tobacco products. In exchange for annual payments of $10 billion and the restriction of cigarettes from certain types of marketing, the states agreed to cancel their lawsuits for Medicaid.

The biggest factor of the settlement (known as the Master Settlement Agreement) is that cigarette manufacturers would not specifically target children (directly or indirectly). Thus, cigarette usage was banned from television, cartoons and movies.

Now, this group of Pennsylvania doctors are seeking to place the same restrictions on electric cigarettes too.

Although everyone is concerned about minors gaining access to nicotine products, completely doing away with marketing may end up doing more harm than good, specifically for legal adults who are looking for a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Only time will tell.

A reputable electric cigarette company will never target their products to people under the legal age, which is 18 years old throughout most of the country.

If you’re of legal age and are interested in electric smoking, we invite you to consider an EverSmoke electric cigarette – a smarter smoking choice. We offer a wide range of starter kits, flavors and accessories to choose from.

In addition, stop by and browse our blog and knowledge center for related topics and news.

Spring Cleaning Your E-Cig


It’s that time of the year again when the winter blues lift and the sunshine finally bursts forth. You might start to look around your house and think “Hmmm…maybe I should do some spring cleaning.”  Yes, those cobwebs and have got to go!  And if you’re a vaper, you should also consider giving your electronic cigarette a spring cleaning as well.

Electronic cigarettes aren’t perfect.  Sometimes e-liquid gets stuck and gunked up inside the cartridge, the battery can stain the inside of the device, or the mouthpiece can even become blocked.  These are just a few things that can slow down your e-cig from performing at its best.

Below are some quick and easy tips for giving your electronic cig a good cleaning.

The Battery

Cleaning between the battery and cartridge is essential.  This is where a lot of dust, debris and gunk can build up. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a week.  If you don’t, your spring cleaning may take a little longer than expected!

This is also a very important step because the connection between the battery and cartridge needs to be strong in order for it to work properly.

Some people use a light damp cloth, while others use alcohol on a swab to clean this area.  It is advised that you check your manual to see what is appropriate for your particular device.

The Cartridge (Cartomizer)

Most of the new electronic cigarettes combine the cartridge and atomizer, but some of the older ones are separate.  If you have an older model, you will need to clean both.

You can try and use a cloth, but sometimes a toothpick is necessary.

At Eversmoke, we sell prefilled flavor cartridges which create a lot less of a mess.  We also sell disposable cartridges, so no cleanup necessary!

As long as you give these two main two parts of the electronic cigarette a good spring cleaning and remember to wipe them down on a regular basis, you will ensure that your device lasts longer and performs better.

Do Electronic Cigarettes Make You Sick?

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


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

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.