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E-Smoking on the High Seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smoking’s Effect on Skin and Eyes

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Smoking can have an effect on your skin and eyes. Effects can range from minor to major. For those wishing to lower their risk of smoking-related health problems (including those that effect the skin and eyes), switching to electronic cigarettes can be a smoke-free alternative nicotine delivery system.

Eye problems

Over time, smoking cigarettes can put strain on your eyes. In fact, smoking can make you four times more likely to feel unrested after sleeping. This is probably due to a low level of withdrawal from nicotine while sleeping. Smoking can also raise your risk of developing cataracts due to more oxidative stress. Continued smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by 22 percent.

Skin ailments

Carbon monoxide, one of the chemicals produced when tobacco burns, displaces oxygen in your skin. This can leave your face wrinkled and gaunt. Smoking also robs the body of essential nutrients that help protect and repair your skin.

Certain ailments that involve skin can also be more prominent amongst smokers. Smokers suffering from psoriasis (an autoimmune skin condition) can aggravate their condition by exposing their systems to the chemicals in tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the longer you smoke, the higher the chance you could develop psoriasis.

Another way smoking can affect your skin is increasing your risk of skin cancer. While most people associate skin cancer with sun exposure, smokers are actually three times as likely to develop skin cancer as nonsmokers are.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular electronic cigarette brands on the market. You can browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

Dutch Company Marketing E-Cigarette for Cannabis

The E-Njoint company is marketing an E-Joint that allows people in Europe to electronically smoke cannabis products

While not available in the United States, a Dutch company has taken the same technology used to create traditional electronic cigarettes and is marketing a vaporizer for the cannabis industry. Labeled the world’s first electronic joint, its creators are calling the devices “E-Joints”.

Designed in the cig-a-like or stick e-cigarette form, the e-joint allows users to fill the device with their own cannabis liquid or dry herbs. E-Njoint BV is manufacturing the e-joint—a company that currently manufactures roughly 10,000 fruit-flavored joints every day to ship across Europe.

Is this good or bad for the electronic cigarette industry?

State and federal government officials, pharmaceutical companies, and anti-tobacco groups have put E-cigarettes under the microscope in recent months. E-Joints could end up being one more problem for the e-cigarette industry—especially amongst those who will be put off by being associated with cannabis. In fact, the online e-cigarette community has been fighting hard to distance themselves from cannabis-flavored e-liquids.

The real question is whether e-cigarettes can handle the backlash that could come from being associated with the cannabis industry. Those in the e-cigarette industry (as well as those loyal to the devices) have fought hard to present the world with a device that is intended to reduce the stigma surrounding cigarette smoking. However, this new cannabis tool could unravel all of their hard work.

This is especially true in the United States where the cannabis industry has been met with (in certain instances) fierce opposition. The worst part is that since government officials, pharmaceutical companies and anti-tobacco groups have searched for any ammo they can fire at the e-cigarette industry, an E-Joint may be the right information to start a “war”.

Or Are E-Joints a Bad Idea in General?

Chances are E-Joints will not catch on; given the legality issues of cannabis in the United States. This is especially true due to the bad reputation that cannabis has. In my opinion, E-Joints will always simply be looked at as a way to hide the fact that an individual is using cannabis and as long as cannabis use continues to be frowned upon.

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Franchise Opportunities through Sister Company

Vapor Zone announces e-cig franchise opportunities

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In a recent press release, Vapor Zone (based in Miami, Florida) announced they are beginning to offer franchising opportunities allowing entrepreneurs to open brick-and-mortar e-cigarette shops. These franchises will offer the same merchandise (across all price points) and features (including a custom e-liquid blending bar) as the company’s flagship store in Miami.

In addition to being able to include products and features, franchisees will also be able to access on-site training and support—including help with store location and format. Franchisees can also take advantage of the industry-exclusive revenue sharing program, which will allow them to benefit from online sales in their area.

Vapor Zone is a sister company to Ever Smoke within the parent company International Vapor Group. To learn more about e-cigarette franchising by visiting http://www.vaporzone.com/our-company/franchising.html or call (855) 93-VAPOR for location-specific information.

(Now) Made in the U.S of A: Manufacturing Changes for Smokeless Cigarettes

made-in-united-statesLeading US e-cigarette companies moving production back to the USA from China

Due to concerns over quality control and chances of even tighter federal regulations, many prominent U.S. producers of smokeless cigarettes are moving their manufacturing processes out of China (where most e-cigarettes are made) and bringing them to the United States.

These production lines will be in new, highly automated U.S. factories, thus allowing ingredients and quality to be closely monitored and tracked. Producers even expect costs to be lower than those now produced in China.

While the shift to U.S. production has been in the works, real momentum gained since the FDA proposed stricter regulations in April. The FDA proposal includes requiring manufacturers to register and list all of the ingredients in their product. As the FDA proposal would require more control over the manufacturing process, moving production to the U.S. would make compliance to the regulations easier on most e-cigarette companies.

Before thoughts of shifting the manufacturing process, many smokeless cigarette companies already produced their e-liquids in the U.S., shipped the liquid to China and the devices were assembled there. Although a majority of production will take place in the United States, most batteries will most likely continue to be made in China.

Since the U.S. sales of e-cigarettes is expected to out-gross that of tobacco cigarettes by 2020, it is crucial for the major U.S. tobacco companies to begin developing their own brands of smokeless cigarettes to offset the shrinking sales. Furthermore, since production of e-cigarettes is rising, complying with the new U.S. regulations will become top priority.

Reynolds American Inc. is the only major U.S. tobacco company that produces its e-cigarettes (Vuse brand) in the U.S. In addition, Reynolds is in discussions to acquire Lorillard Inc’s. Blu brand, which has its brand of smokeless cigarettes assembled in China but produces the e-liquid in the U.S. As of now, the producers of Mistic and White Cloud are the two biggest companies planning to shift production from China to the U.S.

While many companies plan to make the shift to U.S. production, many companies will continue to produce e-cigarettes in China.

Eversmoke already proudly produces their products in the United States. However, having other companies join them in U.S. production can help to change people’s perception of smokeless cigarettes. In addition to being able to browse our selection of starter kits, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations.

Are Vapers Considered Smokers?

The answer could be “yes” in the eyes of many insurance companies and could end up costing you more for premiums.

In an effort to get smokers to drop the habit, insurance companies are taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act bylaw that allows them to charge smokers and other tobacco product users more for the cost of their healthcare. These charges for smokers could be upwards of 50 percent more than a non-smoker pays for their health insurance policy.

But where does this leave e-cigarette users (known as vapers)?

As you may well know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. They have a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge (known as a cartomizer) and an LED that simulates the lit end of a tobacco cigarette. These devices contain no tobacco (and cause no combustion); however, the FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same ways they do tobacco cigarettes.

Rather than help insurance companies, a change in FDA ruling may end up complicating things further as there is no clear definition under the law of what constitutes a smoker.

Insurance companies could simply lump e-cigarettes with tobacco products—resulting in vapers being subject to higher premiums just like cigarette smokers. On the other hand, insurance companies could decide to cover the cost of e-cigarettes—treating them as a means to help people quit smoking. However, this move seems unlikely since the Affordable Care Act does not specify this action, nor does the FDA allow e-cigarettes to be labeled as such. Moreover, insurance companies could also simply choose to ignore e-cigarettes altogether.

Any changes that will be made on the part of insurance companies probably will not go into effect until the official FDA ruling about e-cigarettes. After that, insurance companies could change any of their current policies to reflect FDA rulings. Until then, most insurance companies claim they have too little experience with e-cigarettes to have an official position.

One problem vapers face, according to Carrie McLean, director of customer care for eHealth (an online health insurance brokerage), is that if they ask “is vaping an e-cig considered tobacco use” insurance agents are obliged to add on a smoking surcharge to their insurance premium. One reason for this is that customers are not asked specifically what kind of tobacco product they use—just whether they use them at all.

Having a clear definition as to whether vaping is considered smoking is important because the insurance premium price difference can be significant.

It’s an important question to settle, as the price differential can be significant.

A typical insurance plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker who has a $35,000 income would cost $3,857 a year after a $532 tax credit. This plan would rise to $5,254 if they’re labeled as a smoker according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s exchange subsidy calculator. The smoker rate increase may end up being greater than the 50 percent the ACA allows since the government tax credits apply to base premiums—not the tobacco surcharge.

This leaves vapers facing higher insurance premiums and it has them fuming.

Eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—can allow you to learn about the exciting world of vaping and e-cigarettes. In addition, you can find information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations. It is important that vapers are familiar with laws regarding e-cigarettes, and we aim to provide them with all the knowledge you need.

Making E-cigarettes Work for the Garden State

New Jersey governor Chris Christie proposes to reduce the state’s budget through taxes on green cigarettes

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Taxation for e-cigarettes and accessories is not a new concept. In fact, a chance of high percentage taxes has been a hot button topic among vapers in the years ahead. Until recently though, there has been no mention of where this tax money would go.

In an effort to help reduce New Jersey’s $1.06 billion budget shortfall, Governor Chris Christie has proposed a new tax on e-cigarettes. It is estimated that by taxing green cigarettes, New Jersey could raise $35 million dollars in annual revenue. Under Christie’s plan, this revenue would be put toward general spending.

While New Jersey State Treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, told the Senate budget committee the motivation for the proposed tax on e-cigarettes was for public health concerns, the taxation proposal, it would seem, is less about green cigarettes (or those who use the devices) and more about finding ways to close the budget gap.

However, as of April 1, New Jersey joined other states across the nation in treating e-cigarettes as equivalent to tobacco cigarettes (i.e. restricting sales to minors and smoke-free air laws).

E-cigarette taxes are not the only revenue New Jersey brings in from a nicotine delivery system – the sate brings in considerable revenue from tobacco sales, along with and payouts from the 1998 settlement for healthcare expenses from cigarette companies—estimated to be $947.2 million this year alone.

Even though money from the settlement is applied as general revenue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that New Jersey and other states spend more funds on tobacco cessation programs.

No state has allocated the full amount that the CDC recommends for tobacco cessation programs. In 2003, New Jersey spent roughly $30 million dollars on tobacco-related funding (leaning on the public’s efforts to quit) including counseling and nicotine-replacement therapy. This figure has dropped to about $1.6 million.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking causes about one in five of 480,000 annual U.S. deaths. Moreover, 10,000-plus New Jerseyans die every year because of tobacco-related illness.

Find information regarding laws and regulations and general e-cig news by checking our blog and knowledge center. It is important that vapers with what’s going on with green cigarettes. We aim to provide all the information you need to make a decision.

Can Electronic Cigarettes Give You a Six-Pack?

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According to recent statistics, the United States has over 45 million people that use electronic cigarettes. With over $3 billion dollars in sales, it seems to be a popular concept that many are trying.

Could some people possibly be making the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs because they feel they are able to stay physically fit using this alternative?

According to a detailed study of 1000 electronic cigarette smokers, many suggested they had increased their lung capacity after making the switch from traditional to e-cigs.  Three fourths of the people surveyed claimed that they are able to handle strenuous tasks, including exercise, much better.

Below are more results from the study

  • 98% of all participants claimed their tobacco usage decreased after taking up electronic smoking.
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Electronic Cigarette Etiquette

While vaping isn’t exactly new, many people still don’t know much about them. And most of the time, we are afraid of what we don’t know.

There is an amount of responsibility that comes with vaping outside of your home. At the very least, you will likely be introducing many spectators to their first live electronic cigarette. What they take away from the event is largely based on your actions.

We hate stereotyping, but it doesn’t stop us from naturally forming overall opinions based on a single interaction. Veteran vapers are well-versed in using their devices in public without causing a commotion or imposing on others’ rights.

If you are new to the world of vaping, here are some basic rules of etiquette of where you should NOT vape:

  • In any type of health care facility
  • In banks, grocery stores, or retail locations
  • Near children at family events
  • Where people can see you on planes, trains, or subways

Use Discretion

Vaping can require some covertness. You don’t need to walk down the aisles of Wal-Mart showing off and advertising the use of your device.  It’s called stealth vaping.

It’s quick and easy to make a pit stop at the restroom or corner of the room for a few puffs.  Some vapers are so slick they can position their device in the palm of their hand such that it isn’t noticeable when they use it.

Educate Yourself

Since you are somewhat of an ambassador for electronic cigarettes when you use them in public, it is highly advisable to learn as much as you can about these devices.

First, you want to be able to call someone on their erroneous statements and set the record straight. Once you know a bit about them, it is your job to nicely educate others who know nothing of what they speak.

Respect Others

Don’t get on a soap-box about e-cigs with everyone you meet; just keep people straight with honest responses and accurate information. Others have a right to disagree.

Show consideration for others by asking before you begin vaping. Chances are most people won’t object, but they will definitely appreciate being asked. It’s also a great way to start a conversation about e-cigs since many people are curious and want to know more about these amazing devices.

Set Good Examples

It all comes down to setting a good example. Remember, people unfamiliar with electronic cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/electronic-cigarettes.html) will use you as their example of a typical vaper, so be mindful of other and polite. For example, if someone asks you politely to put your e-cig out, politely do so. It’s the right thing to do when you’re in public.

We invite you to check out our latest knowledge center article, E-Cig Etiquette: Tips for Vapor Smokers, to better understand the proper places and ways to enjoy your electronic cigarette.

Money Makes the (E-Cigarette) World Go ‘Round

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What states are looking to tax e-cigarettes and what the vaping community can expect from taxation.

The regulations surrounding smokeless cigarettes are a hot-button topic currently involved on many state (and federal) legislatures. One such item of contention is whether e-cigarettes will be treated like tobacco cigarettes. This includes banning their use in public places and levying taxes on their sale.

The forerunner amongst states taxing electronic cigarettes is Minnesota – however, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington are all considering taxing smokeless cigarettes and accessories. The taxes levied would be anywhere from 20-95%.

Given the odds, each state in the U.S. will eventually debate whether to levy special taxes on e-cigarettes…

Smokeless cigarette taxes would bring in high revenues from their sales. For example, Minnesota’s Department of Revenue estimates that tobacco sales taxes will bring in $1.16 billion during the 2014-2015 fiscal year—which makes taxing attractive with many states still in economic woes.

Wells Fargo states that current sales of electronic cigarettes are around $2 billion annually – however, Wells Fargo suggests that the worldwide profits from the sale of electronic cigarettes may exceed $10 billion by 2017.

Problems with Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes

While the added money that e-cigarette taxes would bring in could help the economy, taxation does come with some problems—mostly in the form of opposition from those affected by the taxes. Heavy taxes would cripple small businesses who specialize in vaping products. Another problem that could arise from taxing e-cigarettes is backlash from the vaping community.

One example of a city that is imposing a high tax on smokeless cigarettes and accessories is Olympia, Washington. The Olympia House approved a 75% tax. However, the committee is looking to amend the bill. This amendment would raise taxes on a $10 bottle of e-liquid to $20. This level of taxation is double what the state levies on marijuana, alcohol, and (in some cases) tobacco cigarettes.

After all is said and done, this proposed raise in smokeless cigarette tax could bring $35 million a year to the city of Olympia.

Current vapers can keep themselves informed on the changing laws surrounding the world of vaping by checking our blog. And for more in-depth analysis on e-cigarettes and taxes, we invite you to read Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes in our knowledge center today.

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