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Call to Action: Don’t Let the FDA Ban Vapor Products!

Vapor Products Call to Action!Do you use vapor products? Are you a big fan of vapor products? Do you know that the future of e-cigarettes is on the line? Are you aware that your ability to use them freely may not exist if the FDA’s Tobacco Deeming Regulations stand?

Last week the CASAA, (the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) made an urgent Call to Action in efforts to get everyone involved in this industry to make it known to Washington, local senators and congressional representatives that this kind of action would be a major detriment. In the first few days of the announcement, tens of thousands of e-cigarette and vapor product users stormed the White House with calls and emails, pleading for support of a Bill that will change how the FDA regards alternative tobacco products.

If you are just now hearing about this call to action, or the imposed amendment to the FDA’s proposal, the vapor products industry is asking for support of Bill HR 2058, which will work to keep vapor products available to all adults who use them. Otherwise, within the next 2 – 4 years, 99.9% of all electronic cigarette and vapor related products will be off the market, and not available for sale.

Seems entirely unfair, unjust, and simply wrong, right? What would your life be like if you were placed in a position that gave you only the option of switching back to tobacco because you had no other choice? Well, we urge you to speak up! It is absolutely necessary to make your voice heard, and we highly encourage you to call the White House, as well as email your Congressional Representative and Senators to ask for their support in this extremely important effort of Bill HR 2058. The banning of vapor products will come at a devastating cost to everyone in this industry. Denying users of a valid alternative to the dangers of tobacco, while destroying countless businesses, and impeding innovation that has come so far in just a few years are but a few examples; we can do something to avoid this! Let your voice be heard!

E-cigarette activism may seem like a minimal effort, but it is vastly important as it is a newer industry and it is susceptible to attack. For more ways on how to become more involved in protecting your rights as a vaper and to make voice your heard, here are our tips on how to get involved in supporting the vapor industry.

Where to Call: The White House: (202) 456-1111

Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

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Excise E-Cigarette Tax Hits Washington DC

Crippling E-Cig Excise Tax in DCAs of October 1, 2015 electronic cigarettes are no longer categorized as tobacco products, or subject to sales tax in Washington DC. Sounds great, right? Wrong. The latest in e-cigarette regulations has taken a turn for the worst. The new excise tax now adds a 67% tax on electronic cigarette, e-liquid, and all other vapor-related products, and will be imposed upon the party in possession, or selling the products in actual location in District of Columbia. Should a retailer purchase any such items from a wholesaler or vendor who does not pay the excise tax, the retailer will be responsible for it.

The tax extends to all varieties of products under the category of “vapor products,” including electronic cigarette devices, batteries, atomizers, tanks, cartridges, cartomizers, mouthpieces and all other related accessories, with the exception of chargers which will not be included. The regulation regards all items categorized under the term “vapor product,” and this is in regards to any item that is non-lighting, noncombustible, utilizes a mechanical heating element, battery, electrical circuit, regardless of the shape and/ or size that can be used in a manner to produce a nicotine aerosol from a solution, held within a tank or cartridge, that is intended to be used in conjunction with an electronic cigarette, or any type of related device.

This mighty ruling of a regulation comes as part of a budget proposal, intended to rake in around $400,000 for public spending in DC. For what seems like a relatively small amount of funding, the capitol is willing to attack small businesses, hinder growth, and quite possibly leave many people without jobs, all on the grounds of a regulation created to generate additional income.

How unfortunate it is that our nation’s capitol is going to such lengths to create regulations that do not serve the public, present extremely unfair taxation, and create a complete injustice to those looking for alternatives to tobacco. Previous nationwide e-cig taxes were always a hot topic, however DC has taken it to new levels of extreme. Regulations that serve the purpose to offer standards, safety, and fairness to all parties involved make absolute sense; but to single out one niche market, potentially driving business away from small businesses, and making it harder for consumers to access these items is an absolute injustice. It is our hope that more locales do not follow in the disgraceful footsteps of Washington DC!

E-Cigarettes Banned in National Parks

National Parks Ban Electronic CigarettesThe great outdoors. Nature’s way of telling us to slow down, relax and immerse ourselves within its surroundings. Our nation’s National Parks are the perfect venue for a good time away from the concrete chaos, and it never hurts to have a little motivation in the chillax department with a good vape in hand. Yet the aforementioned is all fine and well, so long as the vape stays out of site – as in off-site.

As of now, the National Park Service has issued a ban on all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), better known as e-cigs and vaporizers, within the U.S. National Parks system.

Put into action immediately, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis released a statement citing the health of visitors and employees as the goal behind this regulation. This law echoes the National Park’s stance on traditional cigarettes, which have been entirely banned from use on all National Park property.  This extends to all government facilities, concessions, and vehicles. As noble of a regulation it may appear to be, it is misleading for a government agency to institute a law based on comparison to an entirely separate product, which is used in an entirely different manner.

What the National Parks Service fails to recognize is that the vapor emitted from ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, is an entirely separate, entirely different substance. It is not in any way, nor can it be classified in any way, as smoke. No tobacco is contained in these products, no tobacco is lit with fire, burned, or emitted in any way. If the aim was to legitimately protect guests and employees from smoke, (which is obviously proven to be dangerous) the measure should have been tailored to restrict smoke. Vapor, on the other has not, and it is an absolutely misrepresentation to classify it the same. Doing so removes options for visitors who choose not to smoke, yet still wish to enjoy an alternative product.

The bottom line here is that while e-cigarette regulations are necessary, particularly regarding  e-cig regulations and public usage, it is a sad day when government entities create regulations that are based on erroneous assumptions, and leave users without options. Perhaps this is an instance that will get modified in the future. Until then, however, vapers will have to enjoy the National Parks vapor-less.


Popular UK E-Cig Site Introducing Research and Resource List to Keep Public Informed

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One of the biggest e-cigarette blogs in the United Kingdom, www.Ecigclick.co.uk, is debuting a new section of their website dedicated to international e-cigarette legislation. This resource will not only ensure that all known e-cig laws are located in one place on the web, but also help people traveling around the world know where they can and cannot use their e-cigarettes. The site strives to provide information not only to vapers (their obvious target audience), but to non-vapers as well.

Ecigclick.co.uk gathers information from respectable sources—such as the British Medical Journal, Health Policy Research Centers around the world and other reputable news sources—and posts them on the site’s Research and Resource List in order to keep their readers informed and engaged.

The caliber of information now being posted by Ecigclick.co.uk will not only be able to inform the public in general, but it can also be helpful to researchers, academics and journalists who are interested in the world of e-cigarettes.

Those who want additional resources or need to ensure the credibility of a given resource are even encouraged to contact the Research and Resource List’s editor, who vows to work to trace the source and then relay this information back to the public as a whole.

The owner of Ecigclick.co.uk, Jon Williams, feels that the sheer amount of information floating around the web about e-cigarettes can be both confusing and potentially harmful. This is because in one minute e-cigs are being praised as being an alternative for smoking tobacco cigarettes and the next minute they are being criticized as just another way to get people addicted to smoking. (We certainly know the truth but that doesn’t mean much to science, where objectivity reigns supreme.)

“By making available the latest public research on the subject we can try to clear up some of the confusion for people and, at the same time, encourage them to inform themselves and make their own minds up,” Williams said.

Making the decision to switch from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes can be a difficult decision. With tools like Ecigclick.co.uk and learning resources from reputable e-cigarette vendors like EverSmoke, your choice can be much more informed.

Still need more information? Visit our site and check out our smokeless cigarette products. While you’re here, stop by and browse our blog and knowledge center. We work hard to keep our customers informed with superior content as well!

FDA Requests Public Opinion About E-liquid Packaging

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One of the biggest issues driving the debate about e-cigarettes is minors being able to access the products. One aspect of this debate is young children accidently ingest e-liquid. That is one of the big reasons why it’s so important to store your e-cig supplies properly.

This June, the FDA released new rules regarding how it plans to regulate e-liquid labeling, child-proofing and packaging. They’re calling it an advance notice of proposed rulemaking. Currently, this is just an open dialogue with public of what the FDA is considering and the release of this document is intended to generate comments from the public.

In the document, which is broken into sections, the FDA shows that they remain curious about how the public feels regarding the treatment and sales of e-liquid, as well as how other tobacco-like products are marketed.

Specifically, the FDA wants public opinion and additional information about:

  • The warnings that should be included on e-liquid containers (specifically the level of detail they should go into);
  • Any dangers of e-liquid they should specify (This could be anything from keeping e-liquid out of the reach of kids and pets to nicotine-related dangers.); and
  • Data and research results pertaining to nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant backpacking on existing products.

This latest release gives no indication of the plan that the FDA has for e-cigarette product label regulation. Proposals so far have included making uniform flavor names or even colors of the liquids themselves. Some say that this information would be helpful since there is still much concern and controversy present in the vaping industry—namely over using recognizable images on e-liquid bottles.

The thoroughness of this document shows that the FDA is growing ever closer to finalizing their plans for regulating e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories. Expect, when the regulations do come out, that they require warnings about nicotine (like those found on tobacco cigarettes) and bottles that are childproof.

In reality, none of the items up for regulation discussions are groundbreaking or detrimental to leading vaping companies like EverSmoke. When the time for regulation finally comes, we’ll make all the necessary updates and keep selling you high performing e-cigarettes with delicious e-liquid.

To keep abreast on any changes made to these plans, check back with EverSmoke’s blog and knowledge center.

New Indiana Regulation has E-Liquid Manufacturers and Vape Shop Owners Steaming

Next July, Indiana will start enforcing a new law regarding e-cigarette sales. House Enrolled Act 1432 will require manufacturers in the state to have a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in order to continue producing e-liquid.

In addition, to having to obtain a permit, companies that produce e-liquid will also have to hire 24/7 security on site where the e-liquid is produced and stored, as well as have their blueprints on file. As an unintended consequence, the new regulation could lead vape storeowners to lose part of their inventory if manufacturers fail to meet the requirements.

According to at least one local vape storeowner, Troy Leblanc, this could mean that upwards of “[f]ifty to 60 percent of the liquids that we sell would have to be taken off the shelf because they come from companies who use certified labs, who use clean rooms, but don’t have the money to take security measures the Indiana state is requiring.”

Vape storeowners like Leblanc probably won’t lose all of their e-liquid, as companies that produce e-liquid in sealed (filled) cartridges are exempt from these rules; however, this is a fairly dull silver lining.

Leblanc feels the new restrictions will prevent vape shops from opening in Indiana, saying instead they will cross the border into Kentucky and take their valuable tax dollars with them.

The attorney general will be in charge of the state’s defense. According to Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General: “The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is fully prepared to defend state laws the Legislature passed from legal challenges that plaintiffs’ lawyers file.”

This is just one of the many challenges that e-cigarette producers, sellers and vapors smokers are facing right now all across the country. To keep abreast in the changes happening in the world of e-cigarettes, browse EverSmoke’s blog and learning center.

After you’ve studied up, don’t forget to check out our awesome vaping products, accessories and supplies in our online store.

British TV Allowing E-Cigarette Advertising

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E-cigarette advertisements have become much more commonplace in the U.S. in the last few years as smokeless nicotine delivery devices become increasingly popular. Until recently though (the end of 2014 to be exact), e-cigarettes were banned from British television programming altogether.

Now, however, the rules are changing and e-cigarette manufactures will be allowed to expand their advertisements on British TV.

Before now, British rules for e-cigarette advertisements did not differentiate between electronic and tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette manufacturers were allowed to advertise their brand on British TV; however, it was illegal actually to show an actual e-cigarette.

Under the new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) guidelines, in order to show an e-cigarette on TV the advertisement needs to follow certain rules. For example:

  • E-cigarettes cannot be presented in a way that appeal to minors. The CAP rules mention specifically that e-cigarette adverts can’t look like they’re suggesting a “youth culture”
  • Adverts cannot suggest non-smokers take up vaping
  • The words ‘safer’ and/or ‘healthier’ cannot be used
  • The adverts also cannot make health claims, unless they have special permissions

The BBC reported on one of the first e-cigarette advertisements to appear on British television. The TV ad showed a group of friends seen vaping and exchanging information about how e-cigarettes have changed their lives while enjoying a meal together.

Many e-cigarette manufacturers feel that this first step in lightening vaping restrictions is not only good for business, but also good for the public. A chief executive of one e-cigarette maker stated, “The new advertising rules are a positive step to show people how vaping can help them move away from tobacco products.”

Here at EverSmoke, we agree that it’s a positive thing to be able to show people that there are better options when it comes to nicotine delivery. If you’re looking for a high-quality alternative nicotine delivery system, look no further than EverSmoke!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to check out our diverse selection of vaping products. Plus, be sure to browse our vaping blog and knowledge center for more info about vaping in general.

It’s All About Control; Not Quitting

E-Cigarette ResearchIn response to a recent article published by Health Day and US News Health, we would like to take this opportunity to address their statements regarding electronic cigarette users and their lack of critical thinking when it comes to their smoking and usage of these products.

The article attempts to label electronic cigarette users as delusional and foolish. Specifically stating that those who use these devices are not in tune with reality, and they erroneously believe that these products will assist them with quitting smoking, when in actuality it is not possible. It’s such a shame when even major publications cannot distinguish e-cigarette myths from reality.

Our take? It’s rather disturbing when an established news publication prints falsifications, generalizations, and commentary that lacks substance, goes heavy on speculation, and overdoses on fluff. They further their argument by “backing up” their claims with more biased opinions, not actual facts, from so-called scientists. Statistics are one way of proving a fact, however making a broad generalization about the entire vaping population, (we’re talking millions of people here, within a several billion dollar industry) holds no water.

Electronic cigarettes are not cessation devices. They are marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and most users are aware of this. Along the same lines, many users have been able to switch completely to vaping, and consciously decrease not only their nicotine intake but also their frequency of smoking. There is a higher level of control for those who opt for vapor, and most users will praise the amount of control they gain over their habits as a result of switching.

One of the big differences between traditional cigarettes and electronic, is that with e-cigarettes you can call the shots on almost every single aspect. You choose the style of device you’d like, your flavor, your nicotine level, the accessories would like to use, in addition to a host of others. It’s an experience that caters to the individual, while filling the void of smoking. While traditional cigarettes offer basically one style, and one way to use them, e-cigarettes put the control into users hands. And while this article aims to shine a negative light on those who use these products, cast a shadow of fear for those who may be interested in switching, glorify speculation for those have issues with e-smoking, it doesn’t mar the truth that many smokers have been able to decrease their nicotine levels so drastically they were able to quit smoking due to having full control back in their hands.

Delusion? Not within a population who readily research everything with authority. Misunderstanding? Not the majority of vapers when it comes to what products they use. This is one demographic who does not take general statements at face value. These are thinkers, doers, and outright seekers; vapers are not ones to stay in the dark. When it comes to e-cigarette research, medical, environmental, and otherwise, you bet these guys are on it!

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes a 40 Percent Tax Increase on E-Cigarettes

angry-man-shouting-at-chalk-income-taxGovernment taxation (on both the state and federal levels) continues to be one of the most discussed issues in the e-cigarette community.

Since his election last November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been adding budget proposals to the books – one of which involves a controversial tax increase on e-cigarettes. Wolf has proposed increasing this tax in his state by 40 percent, which has angered Pennsylvanian e-cigarette users, the local vaping industry and anti-smoking organizations.

The proposal aims to increase the taxes of wholesale vaping products, cigars, loose and smokeless tobacco.

According to a survey conducted by the National Tobacco Behavior Monitor (and released during the conference for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco), roughly 3 million people in the United States have begun using e-cigarettes or other vapor smoking products.

Bill Godshall, executive director and founder of Smokefree Pennsylvania, feels that taxing e-cigarettes at 40 percent is ridiculous considering that no other product has a tax that high. Godshall is also confused by Wolf’s desire to tax e-cigarettes but not tax any other products that contain nicotine, like nicotine gum, lozenges and patches.

In addition to taxing e-cigarettes, Wolf also wants to levy a price increase on tobacco cigarettes of $1 per pack. Godshall, however, is in favor of this increase, stating, “Cigarettes cause 99 percent of call tobacco-attributable morbidity, mortality and health care costs.” If this increase passes, Pennsylvania smokers will be paying $2.60 in taxes alone on their cigarettes.

The American Vaping Association (AVA) is also against Pennsylvania’s proposed tax. AVA president Gregory Conley feels that given the state’s smoking population (more than 2 million), it is wrong to deny these smokers a safe nicotine alternative.

In addition to vapers suffering from the tax increase, the owners and workers of Pennsylvania’s vaping retail stores will suffer because Pennsylvanians will likely start shopping across the borders or online to avoid taxation.

Of course, in the event that Wolf’s taxation proposal passes and you’re unwilling to pay the exorbitant price that your e-cigarettes will cost you, you still have the option of purchasing affordable, high quality vaping devices right here.

We invite you to browse our selection of premium e-cigarette starter kits, as well as our blog and knowledge center for other e-cigarette topics, legislation and news.

Rise in E-cigarette Counterfeiting


Counterfeit merchandise is not uncommon. Everyone is familiar with the concept of people selling cheaply produced products by passing them off as high-end brands like Rolex, Ray-ban and Louis Vuitton.

Well it seems British e-cigarette manufacturer Liberty Flights Ltd. is now facing a similar problem.

Let’s face it, most people like to save money. Therefore, as the popularity of e-cigarettes rise, there is higher demand for a cheaper way to gain access to these vaping product. Those in the counterfeiting business are more than willing to provide such a product as long as there’s demand for it.

Imitation Liberty Flights have been discovered in several worldwide markets. Like other counterfeit products, these e-cigarette clones are made of cheaper materials and sold well below retail prices.

While counterfeiting in many other instances won’t harm a consumer (i.e. knock-off sunglasses or purse are unlikely to cause you physical harm), using low quality materials can seriously damage e-cigarette users (particularly e-cigarette batteries). In addition, counterfeit e-liquid often contains much higher than normal levels of nicotine.

Some brands, like British American Tobacco PLC, are partnering with forensic experts to research instances of counterfeiting. In these instances, some manufacturers have noticed e-cigarettes that falsely use their traditional tobacco brands (for example, Kent and Vogue).

For now, e-cigarette counterfeiting is a new concept and still being considered a minor problem. Nevertheless, experts feel that the trade of illicit e-cigarettes will continue to grow along with increased demand.

This rise in counterfeiting will only add to the already long list of aspects of e-cigarette regulation that weighs heavy on the shoulders of the vaping industry.

Typically, having a product counterfeited is viewed as a negative (and yes, it is when you consider that a business loses out on money and has their product’s copyright infringed upon); however, it could be interpreted at least as further proof that e-cigarettes are in high demand.

That’s our “glass half full” take on it anyway…

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