Tag Archives: Health

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?

lungs

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 saferalternative 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 cigarettessmile-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 cigaretteshas 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.

 

Saving Money with Vapor Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have so many benefits to offer that it can seem mind-blowing when you really consider all of them. Every single complaint a smoker has about traditional cigarettes can be taken down by e-cigs, tha’s how amazing they are. Sick of the smoke and tar? There is none with vapor. Tired of always having to clean up after yourself, sick of the ash everywhere and the pile up if butts? E-cigarettes are cleaner and greener, greatly reducing the amount of waste and filth smokers create. Tired of hearing your friends and family members tell you all about the awful ways you can meet your end because of cigarettes? And what about money? Aren’t you tired of spending a fortune on cigarettes?

Of all the problems smokers face with tobacco cigarettes, money is often one of the most annoying. You work hard for your money; why let it go to a wasted habit that really brings about so many negative circumstances? It’s bad enough that cigarettes are unhealthy in a severe way, and that they are a worldwide problem when it comes to pollution, but on a dat to day level, an individual level, cigarettes do no one any favors. So how do e-cigs save you money?It happens in a few ways, and can be felt almost immediately. E-cig cartridges cost enormously less than a pack of cigarettes, and they can often go a lot farther too. The way e-cigs are designed to be used, they offer the user more freedom in how they smoke, so many often vape much less than they previously smoked because a little vapor can go a really long way. Extra costs most smokers might not even consider, like having to purchase extra perfume and cologne, as well as things like air fresheners, gum, teeth whiteners, and a whole slew of beauty products to fix all the damage caused by smoking are abe to be cut down significantly when the smoke is gone.

Some smokers see the price of e-cigarette starter kits and get dismayed with doubts. That’s the wrong mindset to have because at least with a good company you will have the ability to send the products back for a refund if you aren’t satisfied. Starter kits can range from very low cost to pretty pricey, and it all depends on what kinds of products you are going for. Our Reusable Express Kits offer smokers the very basic essentials to get started, and with very low prices they pose little risk involved.

Most people are all about saving money, especially smokers who are sick of seeing their money literally go up in smoke! Why not give e-cigarettes a try; the money you save is yours after all!

What Makes Electronic Cigarettes a Safer Alternative?

So you know how very unhealthy and unsafe tobacco cigarettes are. In fact, you’d have to live under a rock to really not understand the magnitude. And if you have heard that electronic cigarettes are “safer,” do you know why that is? In simple terms, they produce none of the dangerous components, no combustion occurs, no smoke is emitted, no tar remains, and no carcinogens get pumped into your body when you use them. Isn’t that reason enough to give them a try?

As for the history of the electronic cigarette, they were designed to challenge traditional cigarettes. The first known incarnation of an electronic cigarette model was patented in 1963, but the public interest and the technology was lacking, so the idea was shelved. The modern version was invented by a man who saw his father die of lung cancer, and wanted to change the fate of smokers. As a smoker himself, and also a pharmacist, Han Lik of China was able to turn this vision into a global phenomenon. From the time they hit the Chinese market, they took off to immediate success. In just a few short years, Europe and North America began to take notice.

What is so different and appealing about electronic cigarettes is that they let the user enjoy an experience that is so similar to smoking, yet has none of the negative side effects. And if you know anything about cigarettes, it’s that there are an awful lot of negatives. While with e-cigs, you get modern convenience and none of the unwanted things. They are simpler to use, and still let you enjoy all the little things about cigarettes you don’t want to miss. In terms of the habit of actually smoking, having the e-cigarette in hand, having the ability to use it exactly the same way, and even being able to exhale large amounts of vapor that look and feel like smoke, you miss out on nothing. As for flavors, you can still enjoy the robust richness of tobacco in plenty of varieties, as well as numerous others if you are up for experimenting adventurously! Imagine simpler, safer, and just as enjoyable… why wouldn’t you want to grab an e-cigarette starter kit and start vaping!?

The President’s Day Sale is ON!

Today is the last day of our President’s Day Sale, so if you’re looking to take advantage of the big, fat discount, you’d better get on it! President’s Day always halts bank, postal, and government workings, as we pay homage to our great elected leaders. So while you won’t be getting mail or hitting the bank, most retailers are open for business and most are offering up nice steals and deals!

In this light, we are having a very nice President’s Day sale ourselves! All of our e-cigarette starter kits are specially priced at 30% off today, and you know how it goes; it’s a great time to get a kit if you’ve been wanting one! Need an extra? Currently using e-cigs from another brand and want to try the amazing products from EverSmoke? Want to increase your personal assortment of accessories and options? Got a friend who smokes cigarettes and would benefit from switching to e-smokes?

Smokers who are new to vaping are often reluctant in trying out the whole e-smoking thing because they get intimidated by the prices of e-cig starter kits. People are often afraid of getting burned if they find out they don’t like something about it. It’s new, it can be scary, and EverSmoke understands this fully; which is why a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee is offered. So, getting a very high-quality starter kit at a nicely reduced price, and being able to return it if you aren’t satisfied is as good as it gets! No commitments, and great prices.

President’s Day: the perfect time to start vapor smoking!