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Electric Cigarettes Treated as Tobacco Product by CVS

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CVS, one of America’s most popular drug stores, has quit selling tobacco one month prior to the anticipated October 1st date.  This halt of tobacco sales will result in a $2 billion dollar loss for the company ($1.5 billion loss in direct tobacco sales and $500,000 in related products).

CVS executives though are passionate about their decision and believe that the halting of tobacco product sales in addition to their services offered to help others quit will help more people kick the smoking habit.

Multiple electric cigarette companies were hoping the halting of tobacco sales would actually help the industry gain access into CVS.  There had been multiple conversations with CVS in hopes t this would occur.  However, the company has decided to also not sell any green cigarettes either and treat them as a tobacco product.

CVS spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis, told ABC News that “CVS Stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.”

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, says he is disappointed to hear of this as well, especially since there had been multiple conversations with CVS about the possibility of electric cigarettes being on the store’s shelves.  However, he says “Considering that CVS wants to rebrand itself it would completely make sense that they would want low risk alternatives to the product they just removed from the shelves.”

The President of CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association), Julie Woessner, says that she thinks it is a shame that CVS is not considering selling electric cigarettes as an alternative choice to traditional analog cigarettes.   She believes smoking is the problem, not the alternative methods such as electric cigarettes.

The debate continues as to whether or not green cigarettes should be treated as a tobacco product.  The FDA has already begun to regulate the industry from advertising and marketing that the e-cig product helps one quit smoking – only time will tell how much regulation will affect the electric cigarette industry.

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Scientific Research Suggests Smokeless Cigarettes Less Harmful than Conventional

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With all the hoopla and controversy surrounding smokeless cigarettes, new scientific research is suggesting that they are likely to be much less harmful than the conventional cigarettes.  We know for a fact the statistics prove that conventional cigarettes can attribute to cancer, lung problems and overall general health issues.

Recently, an international team examined 81 studies where they focused on various issues surrounding smokeless cigarettes.  Some of the areas that were studied included:

  • Safety concerns
  • Amount and types of chemicals in the liquids and vapors
  • Use among both smokers and non-smokers

After reviewing much of the information, scientists agree that risks to passive bystanders and users are far less than the risks of conventional cigarettes.  However, they do caution that the risks for people with respiratory issues are unknown at this time.

They also concluded from the studies that there are fewer toxins in smokeless cigarettes than conventional.  Although, they contain some of the toxins from traditional cigarettes, it is at a much lower quantity.

Due to e-cigarette users breathing in vaporized liquid nicotine as opposed to tobacco smoke, scientists believe this is a healthier option.

They also conclude there is no concrete evidence suggesting teens and young adults who use smokeless cigarettes are likely to switch to traditional, and they conclude that the products do not encourage youth to begin conventional smoking habits.

Although, there is much research left to be done, this is good news for the e-cigarette smoker. There still remains much controversy as how to regulate smokeless cigarettes in the U.S. Many scientists conclude that based on their studies, smokeless cigarettes are indeed a healthier option.

For more information regarding e-cigs, please review our blog and knowledge center, or download our smokeless cigarette buying guide for everything you need to know to make an informed choice.  We at Eversmoke want to help you with the best vaping experience that you can have!

Cigarette Advertising: Marlboro Man

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From 1954 through 1999, Philip Morris & Co. used a cowboy coined “The Marlboro Man” as their spokesman in  advertising campaign. This campaign originated in part to try to popularize filtered cigarettes amongst men, as they were first considered a feminine product when they came out in the 1940s and 50s.

In fact, from 1924 until 1954, Marlboro was marketed as a woman’s cigarette using the slogan “Mild as May”; however, within a matter of months, the brand was given a masculine makeover.

During this span of time, most cigarette companies tried to falsely market filtered cigarettes as a safer alternative by using complex terminology and scientific claims. Philip Morris & Co., however, took a different method and the Marlboro man was born.

When the campaign was proposed, the company planned to use a variety of “manly” figures, including sea captains, weightlifters, war correspondents, construction workers, etc.  The cowboy was the first in the new advertising and marketing campaign.

Within a year, Marlboro’s market share rose from less than one percent to becoming the fourth best-selling brand. This led Philip Morris to drop the other manly figures and stick with the cowboy alone.

The Marlboro man campaign depicts a rugged, masculine cowboy figure (usually shown riding a horse through a barren landscape) with nothing but his cigarette. The actor who popularized the cowboy image in the mid-fifties was Paul Birch—he was featured in 3 page magazine ads and TV ads.

In the early 1960s, Marlboro reinvented their ad campaign again. They replaced the actors and began using real working cowboys, rodeo riders or stuntmen. One such cowboy was Carl “Big-un” Bradley from Guthrie, Texas. By 1972, the popularity of the Marlboro man campaign was so popular that Marlboro cigarettes captured the top of the tobacco industry.

The popularity of the Marlboro Man peaked during the 1960s and 1970s. However, the increasing evidence linking cigarette smoking to disease led to a decline in smoking and changed the way cigarettes were be advertised. At least three of the men who portrayed the Marlboro man have died of smoking related illnesses—lung cancer and COPD specifically.

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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.

Can Vapor Cigarettes Damage the Lungs?

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Many media reports about a University of Athens study from 2012 give the impression that vapor cigarettes cause just as much lung damage as traditional cigarettes do.

These reports in the DailyMail, Bloomberg and Science Daily illustrate the power of headlines to shape perceptions about these revolutionary devices.

While we maintain that vapor cigarettes are likely a safer alternative to “lighting up,” we remain very cautious and understand that long-term research is needed to determine what, if any, effects e-smoking has on the user’s health.

The study these media reports are referring to came from the University of Athens in Greece. The goal according to researchers was to study the short term effects of using a vapor cigarette.

Participants were broken into group – non-smokers, smokers and people with chronic conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Each were asked to use a vapor cigarette for 10 minutes, after which several tests measuring airway resistance were administered, including a spirometry test.

The tests showed that both healthy smokers and non-smokers using the vapor e-cig showed a fairly significant, yet temporary, increase in airway resistance. The participants with asthma or COPD showed no discernable increase.

While some of the media reports and the study’s abstract make the claim that airway resistance translates into lung damage, Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health says not so fast.

For starters, an increase in airway resistance can happen in a variety of situations, including breathing hot, humid air. Now certainly, smoking a regular cigarette over a long period of time can increase airway inflammation and ultimately lead to lung damage. However, the study results showed a temporary increase, which Dr. Siegel believes is caused by the propylene glycol in the vapor.

Once the irritation is gone, the airways return to normal.

Dr. Siegel also takes issue with media claims that vapor cigarettes lower the level of oxygen in the blood, a condition known as hypoxemia. The study didn’t even measure oxygen levels in the blood. And according to Dr. Siegel, a mild increase in airway resistance doesn’t lead to hypoxemia. If increased airway resistance had this effect, millions of people in Florida and other humid climates would suffer from this condition.

While it is true that more study is needed to determine the long-term effects of vapor cigarettes, we can’t conclusively say that e-smoking harms the lungs, at least in the short-term.

Perhaps the media took the abstract’s title and ran with it since the findings clearly demonstrate a temporary increase in airway resistance. But as Dr. Siegel points out, this doesn’t necessarily translate into lung damage.

We invite you to continue browsing our e-smoking blog and knowledge center, or click on over to our main site to learn more about vapor cigarettes today!

Health Effects of Cigarettes: Serious Reasons to Switch

13552230-13552230-deadly-cigaretteSo you most likely already know at this point about all the ways traditional cigarettes are really bad for the body. In addition to being tremendously costly, they cause a massive amount of harm to every system and area of the body, internally and externally. If you value your body, pay close attention to the following; tobacco is one of those things better not used. Why allow tobacco to affect your body in all these different ways if you have an alternative?

Bones: Tobacco has been found to decrease the density of bones, leading to osteoporosis. Of course, it cannot be blamed entirely for this, as there are many things that cause the disease, however smoking tobacco can exacerbate the risk, especially for women. Along these lines, smoking is also known to reduce estrogen production, which can lead to the early onset of menopause.

Heart and Blood Vessels: The way tobacco affects the heart and blood vessels is exceptionally devastating, increasing the risk of a variety of different conditions, including:

Atherosclerosis, which causes plaque to build up in the arteries.

Aneurysms, which are deadly.

Coronary Heart Disease, which causes blood clots to form, and can in turn, get stuck to artery walls.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) which can include heart attacks, high blood pressure, and chest pain directly related to the condition of the heart.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), an additional condition that causes the build up of plaque in the arteries.

Stroke, which is typically triggered by blood clots and bleeding.

Lungs and Respiratory System: The lungs are the most evident organs to be affected by tobacco smoke, for obvious reasons, as cigarette smoke is directly breathed into the lungs. Diseases of the lungs caused by cigarette smoke include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease that causes wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath in addition to other symptoms.

Chronic Bronchitis, which causes less air to flow to and from the lungs, as it causes the lining of the bronchial tubes to swell.

Emphysema, which irreparably destroys the tissue of the lungs, restricting (or destroying entirely) the ability to breathe. It causes the walls between the sacs in the lungs to lose their ability to stretch and retract.

Additional diseases of the lungs tobacco can contribute to include Pneumonia, Asthma, and Tuberculosis.

Cancers: It’s not news that smoking and consuming tobacco can cause a wide variety of different cancers. A lot of this is due to the thousands of chemicals contained in tobacco, including 70 that are known carcinogens. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer, however here is a list of cancers that tobacco can contribute to causing:

Bladder, Bronchus, Colon, Esophagus, Kidney, Larynx, Lips, Liver, Nasal Cavity, Nasopharynx, Oral Cavity, Pancreas, Rectum, Stomach, Trachea, and Uterine Cervix.

When you remove the tobacco from your life, you begin to improve your chances of developing any of these conditions. While it’s not exactly easy, it is worth every speck of effort involved. If you are interested in alternatives, electric cigarettes are an enjoyable way to satisfy your cravings for nicotine in a smoke, and tobacco-free way. If you would like more information in regards to electronic alternatives, please browse through our e-cigarette knowledge center.

E-Cigs’ Second-hand Exposure 10 Times Safer Than Tobacco

There is good news for the vaping community: research shows second-hand vapor is 10 times safer than second-hand tobacco smoke.

The results of two studies of second-hand exposure to e-cigarette vapors were recently published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Yes, while you are enjoying your e-cig, others near you are exposed to nicotine-rich vapor when you exhale. The 64-thousand-dollar question: How dangerous is second-hand nicotine vapor to non-vaping family, friends and the general public?

The 2 Studies

Goniewicz was one of the lead researchers and is a cancer researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

“E-cigarettes contain variable amounts of nicotine and some traces of toxicants. But very little is known to what extent non-users can be exposed to nicotine and other chemicals in situations when they are present in the same room with users of e-cigarettes,” Goniewicz told the NY Daily News.

He and his colleagues conducted two separate studies. In the first, vapor was generated from an e-cigarette smoking machine in a sterile room. Then, measurements were taken such as amount of nicotine, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases and particulates in the room.

The second study involved five men who were regular smokers of both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs. Each of the men was asked to smoke his normal brand of e-cigarette for two five-minute intervals over a period of an hour.

During each man’s visit to the room, researchers diligently measured air quality. After each session, the room was sterilized and ventilated, and the experiment was repeated having the men smoke their regular brand of tobacco cigarettes.

The 2 Results

In the first study, nicotine levels measured 2.5 micrograms per cubic meter. In the second study, the number rose to 3.3 micrograms per cubic meter from e-cigarette.

When they compared these two readings to the tobacco cigarette, however, they found 32 micrograms per cubic meter—that’s 10 times the amount as from vaporized nicotine!

Basically, the results show that non-smokers are exposed to 10 times less nicotine from e-cigs than from tobacco cigarettes.

As for particulate matter, tobacco cigarettes have roughly seven times more than e-cigs. Levels of carbon monoxide and other gases in the air were unchanged.

Goniewicz said, “What we found is that non-users of e-cigarettes might be exposed to nicotine but not to many toxicants when they are in close proximity to e-cigarette users.”

Of course, more research is needed in such as what happens in a room with restricted ventilation, for example.

“It is currently very hard to predict what would be the health impact of such exposure,” he added.

What Next?

This study might bring good news for the e-cigarette community. We’ve been taught to hate the word cigarette for so long many people are reluctant to accept e-cigs in a positive light.

More studies will continue to shed light on the many advantages of e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes: More Reason to Smile!

Your smile is among the first things people will notice about, and if you smoke tobacco cigarettes, it will be evident.

One of the most significant reasons to switch to electric cigarettes smile-and-dental-mirror1is that tobacco is simply atrocious to your oral health. Every smoker knows how difficult it is to maintain great looking teeth when they’re continuously bombarded with smoke and tar. No matter how excessive you go with teeth whiteners plus daily brushing and flossing, you make little headway against the harm cigarette smoke and tar lay down.

Here is a look at why smoking tobacco is not in your best interest when protecting your pearly whites, and how e-cigarettes make a better, smoke-free option.

Smoking and oral hygiene are two things that do not coincide well. Smoking can do a number to your teeth, wreak havoc on your gums,

Smoking also leaves you with bad breath, plaque buildup, yellowed teeth, gum issues, and possibly even tooth loss. Tar and ash are absolutely awful for your mouth and teeth as well. They cause residue and tartar to buildup rather quickly throughout your mouth as well as on the surface of your teeth.

Smoking has a tendency to restrict blood flow to the gums, and this can create a very unhealthy situation in the mouth. It hinders the healing of wounds in the gums, and can be very negative in relation to gum disease.

Yellow teeth are not attractive on any level, and people wouldn’t be spending millions upon millions of dollars on expensive teeth whitening treatments to keep theirs white if it wasn’t a major influence on their overall attractiveness!

Bad breath is another issue your mouth has with cigarettes. Smoker’s breath is highly unattractive, and e-cigarettes help you avoid it entirely. Having no smell at all, vaping never leaves your breath stinking like smoke, nor will you have to be self-conscious about it!

So how can a smoker avoid the negatives of smoke and tar on their teeth, mouth, and gums? Go with vapor. E-cigarettes burn nothing when smoked, use no tobacco, create no tar, so therefore they leave nothing behind to accumulate on your teeth. They allow you to escape the problems of tobacco when it comes to saving your smile, and oral health.

E-cigarettes and your teeth: while they are not a guarantee effort to avoid tooth and mouth problems, they definitely offer a great alternative to tobacco. If you’re interested in making the switch, and experiencing the many benefits of going using EverSmoke, check out our awesome selection of e-cigarette starter kits today!

New Study: E-Cigarettes and the Lungs

Chemical Magazine 2008Positive results from a new study on the effect of electronic cigarettes on the lungs have emerged. The study was done by researchers in Greece, and sheds light on the effects of smoke compared to the effects of e-cigarette nicotine on lung function. It was the first study of its kind, offering new standardized research on the acute impact of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes, both passively and actively.

Since electronic cigarettes began gaining popularity, critics have questioned their safety and whether or not they are worth using due to the lack of scientific studies. However, as time has passed, their popularity has only increased. Studies are happening rather regularly and they are proving some benefits of electronic cigarettes, as well as exposing their lack of negative effects on the body.

In this latest research, a controlled study was conducted. 15 smokers and 15 nonsmokers (as in, never have used cigarettes for any period of time) underwent a series of different tests. The main focus of the study was to test the serum cotinine, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and lung function. The smokers went through an active tobacco smoking session, and then an active e-cigarette smoking session. The nonsmokers underwent a similar series of tests, where they did a passive tobacco smoking session, and then a passive e-cigarette session.

The results comparing e-cigarette use to tobacco cigarette use were certainly of interest. The active and passive smoking sessions, with both e-cigarette and tobacco, yielded similar results on the effects of serum cotinine. However, neither a brief active e-cigarette smoking session, nor a passive 1 hour e-cigarette smoking session affected the lungs in any significant manner; a contrast to tobacco.

The outcome of the study leaned favorably towards electronic cigarette usage, in terms of changes in lung function. However, they do have similar effects in regards to how nicotine impacts the lungs. The study did say that in the future, studies should focus on examining nicotine dosage and its effect, in addition to the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage.

What this study means for users is that it is one step in the right direction for e-smokers everywhere. Considering the controversy surrounding their use, and users being told to avoid using them due to a lack of research, studies exposing the positive effects and lack of negative effects are greatly contributing to the industry as a whole.

We, at International Vapor Group, have always embraced all research, as we think it makes us a stronger company and industry. In such a new industry, long term studies and conclusive research take time, but we aim to continuously learn more and share with you.

Electronic cigarettes and Research: Where We Stand

imagesOne of the biggest topics when it comes to electronic cigarette debates is research. The FDA says enough research has not been done, and consumers are always curious about advancements.

Because we are still in the early stages of electronic cigarettes, there is nothing that can negate the fact that large amounts of extensive research have yet to be done.

As it progresses, we are sure further testing will get more and more in depth, both in respect to the effects of e-cigarettes medically and environmentally. Here is a look at what currently know in regards to medical research.

Medical Research

Thus far, the majority of the research on electronic cigarettes has been focusing on their effects on health, especially in regards to their risks and benefits. These have been done by a number of institutions, including government, universities, and those sponsored by the industry itself.

Toxicology and Carcinogens

Another major area of focus when it comes to e-cigarettes is the subject of carcinogens. Enormous amounts of research have been done on cigarettes and their carcinogenic properties, and people want to know where e-cigarettes lie in the matter. Studies have been done to test the chemical composition of electronic cigarettes, and one of these, done by the Roswell Parker Cancer Institute surveyed the chemical output of 12 electronic cigarette brands. They screened for toxins and potentially cancer-causing substances, including volatile organic compounds, nitrosamines, carbonyls, and heavy metals. All 12 brands were compared to the production of a medical nicotine inhaler, and the results of toxic findings ranged from 9 to 450 times less than those from cigarette smoke, and with some toxic levels that were comparable to the trace amounts that were produced by the inhaler.

Lungs and Heart

The effects of e-cigarettes on the heart and lungs have had a decent amount of scientific research coverage, as traditional tobacco cigarettes do the most damage to the these areas. In a study done in Greece, by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, the heart’s reaction to electronic cigarette use was measured and compared to how it reacted after cigarette use. Interestingly, when using vapor, users experienced just a slight increase in blood pressure, and very little increase in heart rate. By comparison, however, after smoking a tobacco cigarette, the smoker’s heart rate and blood pressure would soar. The conclusion of this study did not promote the use of electronic cigarettes, however the physician, Dr. Farsalinos did validate them as suitable alternatives to tobacco.

Other studies looking at the effect of vapor smoking on the heart and lungs have been performed, however most lack research and data.

Electronic cigarettes have gotten big, so big in fact that people want more thorough research, and it will most certainly be needed to aid in legislative efforts. Research is essentially a great thing, as the more we know, the better products we can develop.