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Pennsylvania Physicians Weigh in on Electric Cigarettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is There Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigarette?

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Findings from a recent study conducted at Portland State University by David Peyton, a chemistry professor, contest that e-cigarette vapor may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, as many know, is a known carcinogen and the main component in embalming fluid. It is also one of the known ingredients in traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In response to these formaldehyde claims, e-cigarette manufacturers fired back that the study was conducted poorly and that the measurements used were not produced using realistic conditions.

According to Gregory Conley, a representative from the American Vaping Association, Peyton and the others conducting the study did not talk to people who use e-cigarettes before conducting the study.

In an interview with NPR, Conley told listeners: “[The researchers] think, ‘Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report’.”

Since formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, of course finding an e-cigarette—which is supposed to be better than tobacco cigarettes—producing formaldehyde would be discouraging news. However, conducting a study using inadequate research methods is not the correct way to show evidence.

According to Peyton, the hypothesis was tested by simulating vaping. This was done by “drawing the vapor…into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs.” During this process, a sample of the aerosol contained formaldehyde. More than just finding evidence of formaldehyde, Peyton concludes that the amount formaldehyde found was much higher than that in tobacco cigarettes—as much as 5-15 times higher.

Critics point out that the study was performed as if a vaper had turned up the power of their e-cigarette to its highest setting, heating the e-liquid to levels that would be much too hot for use. While formaldehyde was reportedly discovered at higher than normal outputs levels, it was not detected at a normal usage level.

Conley conceded that no vaper would actually vape under such a condition because it would make their lungs uncomfortable.

What does this all mean? E-cigarettes are relatively new and still being studied. Therefore, we will be discovering things out about them for years to come. While it is important to take this research seriously, it would be a mistake to jump to false conclusions at every study’s results. We’ve got to remember to look at the bigger picture.

If you’re into vaping, you will definitely want to stay up-to-date on the latest information and research about e-cigarettes. To do this, be sure to visit the EverSmoke blog and knowledge center.

Do Electronic Cigarettes Make You Sick?

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As the world turns, so does all the controversy surrounding vapor smoking.  In a recent study, critics have claimed that electronic cigarettes weaken a persons’ immune system, making them more susceptible to contracting infections and viruses such as the flu and pneumonia.

Regrettably, animals were harmed in the making of this experiment…

According to the study, which was conducted by scientists at John Hopkins University in Maryland, mice were exposed twice a day to the amount of electronic cigarette vapor that a regular vapor smoker might inhale.

A handful of mice were then administered the influenza virus, while other mice were given the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria that causes sinusitis, pneumonia, and a variety of other illnesses. Supposedly, the mice that had been exposed to vapor were less able to fight off these diseases, and some of them even died.

The senior author of the study, Professor Shyam Biswal, commented that the results of the study show that “e cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the effects on the lungs.”  However, the team agreed that much more research needs to be done to confirm any negative side effects caused by electronic cigarette use by humans.

The Industry’s Response

Many in the vapor smoking industry believe that there hasn’t been enough evidence to refute that electronic cigarettes make an excellent alternative to traditional smoking.

At EverSmoke, we always aim to keep you abreast of new information and research regarding electronic cigarettes.  As usual, the controversy rages on. For now, we know that there still isn’t enough evidence to prove that vapor smoking is unsafe for humans.  What has been proven, however, is that traditional cigarette smoking is quite harmful and can cause a variety of cancers and respiratory illnesses.

For more information on how traditional smoking damages your body, check out the articles in our knowledge center.  Also, read about how smokers that have switched to electronic cigarettes have a much better sense of taste and smell.

Don’t sacrifice your quality of life by sticking with traditional cigarette smoking.  Give Eversmoke products a try…you won’t be disappointed!

Love Your Body: Why 2015 is the Best Time to Switch to E-Cigs

How Smoking Affects the HeartNew year got you thinking about resolutions? Well, if you are looking to get fit, get healthy, or take better care of  your body, doing so without tobacco smoke is the way to go! Here are 5 ways cigarettes affect the body. Every major system of the body is affected by cigarette smoke and it isn’t pretty, so you may really want to consider an alternative!

Bones:

Research recently found a link between tobacco smoke and osteoporosis. While there are many other attributing causes of this awful disease, smoking is one of them.

Reproductive Health & Pregnancy:

Everyone knows one of the worst things a pregnant woman can do is expose herself, and her unborn child to cigarette smoke. Those who irresponsibly take the chance and smoke while carrying endanger their baby’s life in so many ways. Risks include low birth weight, preterm birth, chances of baby being stillborn, ectopic pregnancy, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the risk of the child being born with orofacial clefts. Additionally, smoking can also have a negative effect on men’s reproductive health by decreasing fertility.

Cancer:

Smoking causes cancer. We can’t get more blunt than that. Here are some of the top varieties of cancer known to be caused by the 70+ carcinogens found among the 7000 chemicals in cigarettes:

  • Trachea

  • Bronchus

  • Esophagus

  • Oral Cavity

  • Lip

  • Nasopharynx

  • Nasal Cavity

  • Larynx

  • Stomach

  • Bladder

  • Pancreas

  • Kidney

  • Liver

  • Uterine Cervix

  • Colon

  • Rectum

Lungs & Respiratory System:

Cigarette smoke has the potential to destroy the lungs and respiratory system, as it is well documented. Here are a list of the illnesses known to be caused by smoking that affect the lungs and breathing (not including lung cancer):

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chronic Bronchitis

Heart & Blood Vessels

The negative effect of smoking on the heart is also common knowledge. The diseases it can cause include: atherosclerosis, aneurysms, coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke, as well as varieties of cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, heart-related chest pain, heart attack and/or damage to the arteries, and coronary heart disease (CHD).

So, if you love your body, stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. If you’re trying to take better care of your body this year, drop the cigs for good. If you’re looking for a better way to have nicotine and keep up with the hand-to-mouth habit, consider the option of smoke free, tobacco free electronic cigarettes. For more informations on buying e-cigarettes, or to learn more about them, look no further than the EverSmoke Learning Center! Options await you!

Vapor Smoking and Your Pets

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For the health of smokers everywhere, the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes is a good statistic. Furthermore, vapor smoking not only has a positive effect smokers first hand, but it effects those around them. Although there is study material on the effects of tobacco cigarettes use on smokers and their families, what is often overlooked (at least by smokers) is the effect they have on our four-legged children: the family pet.

The positive effects of vapor smoking on the family pet

Just as people are negatively affected by secondhand smoke, pets are affected as well. However, while some pets are known to leave the area when an owner is smoking, most stay close and; thus, continue to breathe in harmful secondhand smoke.

In addition to breathing in secondhand smoke, dogs can also suffer from allergic dermatitis (a skin condition characterized by an inflammation of the skin). Moreover, pets can develop cancer from tobacco cigarettes just like their owners. A pet owner who switches to electronic cigarettes does not have to worry about increased vet bills trying to ease their pet suffering from an allergic reaction or even different forms of secondhand smoke-related cancers.

Cats in particular are susceptible to third-hand smoke (the smell and toxins that cling to surfaces exposed to tobacco smoke) because they are meticulous groomers—licking themselves to stay clean and ingesting the deadly cocktail.

With a switch from traditional cigarettes to vapor smoking, however, Fido or Fluffy can continue to curl up in your lap without fear of becoming sick.

A Word of Caution

However, whether you smoke traditional or electronic cigarettes, pet owners must be mindful of where their devices are stored because the nicotine—whether in liquid form or tobacco—is potentially fatal to animals. In recent months, there have been instances where animals have picked up and punctured an e-liquid cartridge and have become seriously ill or died due to acute nicotine poisoning.

Vapers should also be mindful of where they store their electronic cigarettes because the device itself, if ingested, could result in an animal needing surgery to repair any tears or retrieving the device if it becomes lodged in the throat.

Animal experts state that nicotine ingestion can cause vomiting, tremors and an abnormal heart rate in any cat or dog.

What to do in the event of ingestion

If you believe that your pet has chewed on your electronic cigarette (or any other potentially harmful substance), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that you take 30-60 seconds to collect any of the material involved and place it in a sealable bag and then see your vet immediately.

If the potential toxin is unidentifiable, this can help the vet/toxicologist narrow down the substance.

As you can see, it isn’t just people that require attention when it comes to smoking and any decisions about how you manage vapor smoking. At eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—you can learn about the exciting world of vapor smoking and electronic cigarettes.

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.

EverSmoke is an industry-leader in providing alternative nicotine options to adult users. We invite you to check out our extensive selection of electric cigarettes, and learn more about common regulations affecting e-smokers by visiting our knowledge center.

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.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular disposable green cigarette brands on the market. Please visit our blog and knowledge center to learn more about these revolutionary alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

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!