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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.

And if you’re ready to consider a new alternative way of getting the nicotine your body craves, click on over to EverSmoke’s main site for more about smokeless cigarettes.

10 Best Ever Electric Cigarette Quotes

For such a small and simple device, electric cigarettes get a great deal of attention. Unfortunately, much of the attention is negative.

News about e-cigs, whether positive or negative, seems to pop-up daily. Some of the news explores different legislative and regulatory activity (…some good, some bad), while other news discusses research and social studies.

With such an interconnected world, it’s easy to see how different opinions about a given topic can get out there.

Here’s a taste of some of the top e-cig quotes found in the article Quotes from the Experts: a selection of quotes from the world’s most renowned experts in public health and tobacco issues.

  1.  “E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA.” By Dr. Joel Nitzkin, Chair, Tobacco Control Task Force, American Association of Public Health Physicians.
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What’s in Your E-Cig? Lets Discuss Liquid

EverSmoke-Pro-Kit1There has been a lot of discussion occurring as of late about e-liquids. Some reports claim it is dangerous, hazardous, and is not safe for exposure, however most e-smokers will disagree with that based on experience. Here is a look at e-liquid facts, and some info on safe use of it, just so you know truth from fiction.

PG or Vg e-liquid? The main ingredients in e-liquid are generally vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), water, flavoring and liquid nicotine. There can be additional ingredients, however the quantities are usually minute.

Our cartridges are available in varying amounts of e-liquid, ranging from 0mg to 24mg (Bold). Other amounts available include 18mg (Full Flavored), 12mg (Light) and 6mg (Ultra Light). The nicotine is diluted in the solution of water, PG, and/or VG, and in actuality, very little nicotine is contained within each cartridge; it takes so little to be adequate.

Our cartridges contain a combination of VG and PG, in a 30/70 mix, which we concluded was the ideal balance of these liquids to create a satisfying experience for the user, giving large, thick vapor hits. VG is a thick liquid derived from plant sources, and it has the ability to produce thick, heavy, smooth-hitting vapor with a sweet taste. PG is a rather thin liquid, and it contributes to a very powerful throat hit, which is why many people find it the right consistency for vaping.

While PG is considered a generally safe ingredient, it should be noted that some individuals have sensitivities to it, which can result in allergic reactions. It is an ingredient found quite commonly in skincare products and food products as a preservative. If you have an intolerance to propylene glycol, it is best to avoid e-liquids containing it.

Because our cartridges come pre-filled with e-liquid, you really have no way of physically coming into contact with the liquid, contrary to using actual e-liquids for filling your e-cigarettes yourself. However, if for some reason you do, it is best not to handle it with your bare hands or any exposed skin. It is meant only for inhalation, and not meant to touch skin.

Knowing the basics of e-liquids are one of the keys to understanding and feeling comfortable with electronic smoking, whether or not you are filling tanks or using pre-filled cartridges. Understanding what your liquid contains is essential, and can help you make the best decisions when choosing a brand. Hope this info shed some light on a much confused topic, and as always, if you want to know more about our particular e-liquids, fee free to contact us with any questions regarding them!

Things Not to Do with Your E-cigarette

1236915_10152234354499358_581977267_n1Vaping is fun, it’s enjoyable, and it offers all the pleasure of smoking without the negatives that come with tobacco. For some e-smokers, things can get a little too comfortable, and some of their old tobacco habits can come creeping out with bad results. Here are a list of things not to do with your e-cig!

- Don’t keep it behind your ear; it weighs a bit more than a traditional cigarette and it can drop to its demise. If you want to display your e-cig as an accessory, enhance your personal style with an e-cig lanyard.

-Don’t toss it out the car window. Why were you doing that with your traditional cigarette anyway? Cigarette pollution is not cool, and neither is e-cigarette pollution (even if it’s devilishly humorous to consider how many people have done this only to lose their beloved e-cigs!). Simply, it’s an easy way to lose your e-cig and pollute the environment in one shot.

-Don’t assume your pocket is a safe storage location for an extended amount of time. Things fall out of pockets, and you never know what could be going on if you’re busy. Storage cases can be your best friends.

-Don’t store it in a bag, in a random pocket, in your luggage without protection, or in any other careless location, even if you are in a rush. This leaves your e-cigarette susceptible to damage; especially if your mind is on other things. It also can put your e-cig in a position to get harmfully dirty, which can affect performance or literally leave a bad taste in your mouth.

-Don’t leave it hanging in your mouth when you’re not using it. Seriously, it’s been done before and isn’t a smart idea. It’s not a papery, lightweight traditional cig, and it can drop without hesitation. Why risk it?

Protecting your e-cigarette, and treating it right can make it last a very long time, and it can ensure it performs with optimal results for as long as possible. If you want additional information on how to store your e-cigs safely, or to know more about protecting them, feel free to browse through our resources!

Be Proper: E-Cig Etiquette

1193561000Just because you vape instead of smoke doesn’t mean there isn’t some sort of social protocol you should follow. While manners are not essential to daily life, they certainly help when you’re around others. If you’re a vaper, you wouldn’t want a cigarette smoker sputtering smoke and dropping ash in your personal space, would you?

An issue to consider with e-cigarettes, as new as they are, is the strange reputation they have acquired with vapers using their alternative smoking devices as openly as possible. While that is awesome, and one of the best benefits to using e-cigarettes is that they can be used in many public places and amongst groups of people, it’s important for e-smokers to be responsible ambassadors for the products!

Here are some tips for vaping in public that will help you handle your e-cigarette etiquette and remain an excellent representative for the vaping community.

Be Respectful

Being loud ‘n proud is fine in some circumstances, however if you are vaping, you are an adult and that means you don’t need to be obnoxious or unnecessarily ruffle any feathers. In public, keep your vaping to a minimum in large crowds and do your best to avoid situations that are not well ventilated. Why annoy others if you don’t need to? While you know vapor is absolutely different than smoke, not everyone does and respecting their differences is the right thing to do.

Promote Education

Change comes with awareness, and one way to get those around you to be more open and understanding of electronic cigarettes is to educate them politely. E-cigarettes are still very much new products in the scope of smoking, and even with their many benefits, there is still room to be misunderstood. All e-smokers want them to gain mainstream acceptance, so do your best to explain their many benefits, dispel rumors, and give your own positive experiences so that others will have a firsthand account of the great aspects.

Ask if You Aren’t Sure

If you aren’t sure about vaping in a certain public environment, the best solution to the issue is to ask others around you. If you want to get technical, if there is no sign posted “No E-Cigarettes Allowed” (or similar semantics) then you are most likely free to vape, however it never hurts to make sure. It will help to avoid an awkward situation for yourself, and lessen the risk of offending others in your space.

E-cigarette etiquette doesn’t have to be complicated, however having some manners never hurt anyone! If you aren’t sure where to begin when educating others on the positives and truths regarding electronic cigarettes, feel free to use the EverSmoke Knowledge Center as a starting point. We look forward to the future of e-cigs, especially in regards to their public acceptance!

The E-Cig Weight Loss Program

An article I read recently suggests an interesting idea: using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight. Evidently, folks like Aja Duff are doing just that.

In an attempt to lose baby weight and to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes at the same time, Duff is turning to flavored e-cigs as a solution.

But can smoking flavored electronic cigarettes satisfy your sweet tooth and help shed a few pounds?

Duff said, “I still eat a little here and there, but not what I used to. It suppresses that feeling because you have all the different flavors and it kind of tricks your taste buds and stomach.”

The article doesn’t state how much weight she has lost, but Duff’s comments seem to suggest she is having an amount of success.

Vape store owner Joel Vinson currently sells the product he credits with helping him quit traditional cigarettes. He has dozens of vials of flavored liquids, and he has become a sort of “mixologist” who specializes in creating exotic dessert and cocktail reminiscent flavors.

For happy hours, he offers a candy lime martini flavor. Vinson’s store is also popular among diabetics seeking a sweet tooth fix.

Flavored electronic cigs—with zero nicotine—can act as a substitute for the sweets diabetics can’t actually eat.

Duff and Vinson are just a few of the many who are thinking outside the box when it comes to the use of electronic cigarettes.

You have to admit—using flavored electronic cigarettes to lose weight would be highly popular if it works. Whether or not it works is also likely to be highly dependent on the individual. Will power is always a factor.

Duff is certainly aware of the (illogical) controversy surrounding e-cigs and the supposed possible long-term health effects of inhaling the e-cig vapors, but not enough to stop her efforts to quit tobacco and to lose weight.

The appeal of using e-cigs (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigs.html) as a method to lose weight is simply going to outweigh any fear of risks, and may, in fact, help solidify the device’s reputation as the useful tool that it is.