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Vaping & Romance: The Better Duo

urlWhat does vaping have to do with your love life? A whole lot, especially if you are a smoker who is looking for love and finding a difficult time working around the smoking factor. Sure, there are plenty of smokers out there who are also looking for love, but why limit your options? Here is a look at how switching to e-cigarettes can benefit your love life!

Being a smoker puts a label on you, whether you like it or not. And many nonsmokers see it as a marker of a stereotype, regardless of whether or not you live up to those things.

It is a common perception that smokers smell bad, are always looking for a chance to sneak away to go smoke, they spend too much money on cigarettes, they have bad teeth, and the fact that smoking comes with a long term risk of health problems and possibly even deadly circumstances; so why would someone who is playing the field want to settle down with someone who comes with all this baggage? Being realistic, yes, there are those who will overlook something like smoking for a chance at a meaningful connection, but there are many others who won’t. Dating can be all about strategic moves!

Smoking is an awful habit, and it is generally frowned upon by nonsmokers, and even former smokers themselves. In fact, many former smokers would not ever consider dating a smoker because they prefer to avoid the temptation of cigarettes altogether.

And then there is the discussion of compatibility. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to be really into someone, and then find out they would not be willing to date you because you are a smoker?

When you make the life-altering switch to vapor cigs, you remove yourself from the smoking bracket. You allow yourself to be classified as a vaper, and as a potential partner you are free from being looked at as a smoker. Yes, there may still be those unwilling to date even a vaper, but you will no longer smell like an ashtray, have to excuse yourself for a dalliance with a cigarette, and you can begin to enjoy all the many ways life gets nicer without the smoke.

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.

Vape Talk

cloudchasersVaping culture has it’s own lingo, and if you’re new to this scene, you may need a few of these slang terms interpreted! If you spend any amount of time online in the typical haunts for vaping folks, you’ve probably come across more than a few acronyms and/or abbreviations you weren’t sure of, so here’s your e-cig terminology cheat sheet!

Acronyms

APV: Advanced Personal Vaporizer. Larger, advanced vape pens that have serious batteries, LED screens, and offer a huge amount of control options.

DCC: Dual Coil Cartomizer. Cartomizers that are designed with 2 heating components. They produce incredible amounts of vapor.

DCT: Dual Coil Tank. Tanks are what hold e-liquid in vaporizers, and dual coil means they have two heating elements.

PCC: Personal Charging Case. A type of case that charges batteries without an outlet.

PG: Propylene Glycol. Used as a carrier substance in e-liquid.

RDA: Rebuildable Atomizer: One of the more popular types of atomizers at the moment, these require you to build them yourself.

VG: Vegetable Glycerin. Used as a carrier substance in e-liquid.

Vape-Specific Terms

Analog: Traditional cigarettes; basically they are considered “analog” because they are not digital, like electronic cigarettes.

Atomizer: The part included in electronic cigarettes that heats the liquid and vaporizers it.

Carto: Short for cartomizer or e-cigarette cartridge.

Cartomizer: The element of the e-cigarette that holds the liquid and vaporizes the liquid; with e-cigs cartridges can also be called cartomizers.

Cart(s): Short for cartridge.

Digital Cigarette: Another name for electronic cigarettes.

E-Juice: A term for e-liquid, which is what carries the nicotine.

Throat Hit: The feeling of the force of vapor hitting the throat when vaping.

Vape: The act of vaping.

Vaping: Similar to smoking, it is literally the act of using an e-cigarette.

When you’re just starting out with e-cigarettes, a vaper’s dictionary comes in so handy, and we know you want to know what people are talking about! You will now officially be able to participate in conversations and not sound like a cigarette smoker.

E-Smoking on the High Seas

The US Navy has embraced smokeless cigarettes and is now permitting their use onboard aircraft carriers

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Gone are the days when those serving in the military were given cigarettes when they were overseas fighting wars (cigarettes used to be included in a soldier’s daily rations). Now due to rising health costs that stem from consuming tobacco products, there have been efforts to curb smoking in the military. Until recently, however, the military has not taken a stance one way or the other about smokeless cigarettes.

While the Air Force is including the devices in their no smoking policy, the U.S. Navy is beginning to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes onboard ships. Recently, the USS George Washington became one of the first aircraft carriers to permit sailors to vape on deck. Sailors have been offered a ‘smoke deck’ that is solely for e-smoking—they still are not permitted to vape anywhere they’d like.

Before making the decision to allow sailors to use smokeless cigarettes on board aircraft carriers, researchers made sure that there was enough demand and desire for an e-smoking deck before unveiling it.

Having a separate vaping deck will give sailors who enjoy e-smoking a social atmosphere with like-minded, vaping sailors. The creation of a designated e-smoking deck however does not mean that sailors would not be permitted to use their smokeless cigarettes on the traditional smoking deck.

When leaders decided to add an e-smoking deck to the USS George Washington, it was not their goal to promote or prohibit smoking; rather, they wanted to provide sailors with the tools they need to perform their work.

The changes made onboard the George Washington seem to be having a positive effect on those onboard. If these results continue, it is only logical that some of the Navy’s other aircraft carriers will begin providing separate vaping spaces for their sailors as well.

Smoking’s Effect on Skin and Eyes

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Smoking can have an effect on your skin and eyes. Effects can range from minor to major. For those wishing to lower their risk of smoking-related health problems (including those that effect the skin and eyes), switching to electronic cigarettes can be a smoke-free alternative nicotine delivery system.

Eye problems

Over time, smoking cigarettes can put strain on your eyes. In fact, smoking can make you four times more likely to feel unrested after sleeping. This is probably due to a low level of withdrawal from nicotine while sleeping. Smoking can also raise your risk of developing cataracts due to more oxidative stress. Continued smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by 22 percent.

Skin ailments

Carbon monoxide, one of the chemicals produced when tobacco burns, displaces oxygen in your skin. This can leave your face wrinkled and gaunt. Smoking also robs the body of essential nutrients that help protect and repair your skin.

Certain ailments that involve skin can also be more prominent amongst smokers. Smokers suffering from psoriasis (an autoimmune skin condition) can aggravate their condition by exposing their systems to the chemicals in tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the longer you smoke, the higher the chance you could develop psoriasis.

Another way smoking can affect your skin is increasing your risk of skin cancer. While most people associate skin cancer with sun exposure, smokers are actually three times as likely to develop skin cancer as nonsmokers are.

Eversmoke is one of the most popular electronic cigarette brands on the market. You can browse our blog and knowledge center to learn more about vapor smoking.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing an E-Cig

5-Movie-Geek-Questions-2012Before you invest in, and choose an  e-cigarette starter kit, consider the brand and its products. Here are some things to consider when choosing a particular product.

How powerful and long lasting is the battery?

The battery is the main part of an e-cigarette, and there are some things to think about before choosing one. Those of the lithium-ion variety are known and loved for their long life and ability to perform well, plus last a while. They charge quickly and offer a solid experience.

How does the e-cigarette work?

There are so many types of e-cigarettes, and obviously they all do the same thing when it’s all said and done. For example, some types require you to fill liquids yourself and others use pre-filled cartridges. Some are 2-piece units, some have a variety of different parts that can changed. You should research the different offerings before choosing, and find a brand known for it’s quality products.

How versatile are the accessories?

Accessories are a vital part of using e-cigarettes, and they make life wonderful. Choose a starter kit that comes with the accessories you want, such as different chargers, perhaps a carrying case, maybe a Personal Charging Case.

What are the cartridge flavor options?

Flavor is a huge part of the enjoyment of electronic cigarettes, and you definitely want to be able to enjoy what you use. Try different cartridges, and go after a brand with a decent selection to avoid limited options. You may get bored with even a single favorite flavor, so being able to try new ones and having a few that you like on rotation is great.

What is the cost; both in the short-term for the kit, and the long run for the cartridges and additional accessories?

This is a big thing to consider and very much a personal decision, but typically the cost of electronic cigarettes is much less than traditional. Brands all vary in price. Sometimes you have to pay more for good quality, but that will usually lead to more savings in the long term because you won’t be chucking out money all the time.

What are the policies in terms of warranties, money back, and refunds?

Protect yourself when making purchases; not all companies genuinely take care of their customers. EverSmoke does, however. With a 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime warranties available through their Home Delivery Program, when you purchase e-cigarettes from them, you can be sure you are dealing with a great brand.

What about customer service; how does this company value customers?

We’re talking about a long term relationship here, so you don’t want to give your money to a brand that doesn’t value you. Make sure the brand you choose has a variety of ways you can contact them, and that they treat their customers well. Social media can be a great inclination as to how well their customers are satisfied and how likely the company communicates with them.

In essence, you will be investing in the e-cigarette company you choose and should it be for the long-term, you will want a satisfying experience throughout the duration. Choose wisely, consider your options, and go for a brand that has your best interests in mind!

Electronic Cigarettes Extending into the Mainstream

MN--E-Cigarette-BoomThe popularity of electronic cigarettes has exploded in the last few years, considering how popular they have been since they first emerged. Smokers have taken to these alternatives wholeheartedly, and their presence in the mainstream has become quite solidified. So why are smokers switching like there’s no tomorrow? Here is a look at some of the reasons!

E-Cigarettes are alternative cigarettes. They combine the latest technology to recreate and simulate the experience of smoking. They are comprised of a battery, an atomizer, a vessel that holds e-liquid (such as a cartridge, tank, or cartomizer), and a part to puff on. They contain no tobacco, burn nothing, produce no smoke, leave behind no tar, have no odor, and are not made with thousands of added chemicals. In fact, they contain very few ingredients, and truly simplify the whole concept of smoking. They are pretty straight forward devices, and the only things they have in common with traditional cigarettes are that they offer a similar experience and give you the option of having nicotine if you want it.

One of the most obvious reasons smokers switch to vaping is that they have the option to smoke as they please, without many of the negative aspects that come with smoking traditional cigarettes. For instance, they can achieve the same sensations, feeling, and process as smoking cigarettes without any smoke. The burning of tobacco is replaced with vaporizing the e-liquid, and the entire experience of vaping is cleaner, simpler, and actually more convenient than smoking traditional cigarettes. They don’t leave any odor, can be used nearly anywhere, and they create no trail of mess behind them.

The current exodus of smokers switching to vapor is not expected to slow anytime soon. Rather, the growth is predicted to expand immensely, with experts considering the present time to be merely the beginning. They are predicting an unprecedented number of smokers to become vapers this year, numbers are expected somewhere in the range of 10 million!

Why vaping has become so popular and is becoming a part of mainstream American culture is obvious. The logic is simple; they provide something people love and enjoy in a more convenient package, without the major negatives. Why wouldn’t smokers switch if they have the option?

E-Cigs May Spell the End for Tobacco Bonds

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For years now, economists have been seeing signs that traditional tobacco cigarettes are gradually going the way of the dinosaurs—a.k.a. extinct. This downward trend is likely due to the fact that many Americans are discovering that the many harmful side effects of smoking simply aren’t worth the risk.

To solidify this fact, recent data indicates that traditional cigs may actually be in trouble much sooner than anticipated thanks to the fast rising tide of demand for smoking alternatives—the most popular of which is electronic cigs.

Already Endangered

Last month, Reuters published a report saying the first tobacco bond defaults could be right around the corner.

In 1998, Big Tobacco made an agreement between 46 U.S. states essentially stating they would pay compensation each year for additional healthcare costs incurred through smoking. These payments are based on annual cigarette sales and run into the billions of dollars. As a result, the states sold bonds that would keep paying out as long as Big Tobacco made a profit. Up till now, tobacco has been a safe investment.

However, forecasters are warning investors that some tobacco bonds may start defaulting as soon as 2020 since Americans are giving up smoking at a faster rate than previously estimated.

Most bonds were only structured to withstand a 2 to 3 percent annual decline. Yet since 2000, cigarette sales have dropped an annual average of 3.4 percent.

“If the decline goes to 6 or 7 percent, it will be very quick,” said Tom Metzold, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. “I think that the first [defaults] are probably five years away,” he said.

The Rise of the E-Cig

Meanwhile, as tobacco sales plummet, the e-cig industry is thriving due to a growing number of Americans switching to a less risky and more enjoyable smoking experience.

Currently, electronic cigs only make up a fraction of the market compared to Big Tobacco, but the industry is still so young. Four years ago, e-cigs were a niche subculture for just a handful of hobbyists. But in only a few years, sales of e-cigs have grown to more than $2.2 billion annually and the number of e-cigs sold has skyrocketed from 50,000 units to over 3.5 million by 2012, according to some estimates.

If this trend continues, it won’t be long before electronic cigs take control over a majority share of the market.

“We believe consumption of e-vapor will eclipse consumption of combustible cigs over the next decade as technology improves,” wrote Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo who has tracked the tobacco industry for years, in a recent report.

In other words, it is an exciting time to be an e-smoker! Learn more about how e-cigs are becoming the new normal and where they might be headed by reading our related article in the Eversmoke Knowledge Center.

If you would like to try out e-cigs for yourself, take a look at our popular electronic cig starter kits today!

Keeping Things Green with E-Cigarettes

Cigarette_ButtsElectronic cigarettes are considered better than traditional cigarettes for plenty of different reasons: they are more convenient, e-cigs cost a lot less than tobacco, they are able to be used in many places traditional cigs aren’t, and they are better for the environment and the planet.

While many smokers are not aware of the plight cigarettes contribute to, they are among the most littered items in the world. They are environmental hazards, and they pose a tremendous danger to wildlife. If you are interested in living more eco-consciously, consider switching your tobacco cigs for electronic cigs. Among all of their many improvements on the original analog design, being better for the earth is one of their best assets.

To understand why cigarettes are such a problem, you have to consider what they are made of: tobacco that is grown in pesticide-laden conditions and then laced with countless other harmful chemicals, and set with filters that include thousands of toxic chemicals. The filters do not biodegrade, and when they get strewn into the environment, they begin to release these chemicals, creating very unsavory conditions. They find their way into the mouths and digestive tracts of wildlife such as fish and birds, as well as polluting water systems and the ground.

Cigarettes also place a problem environmentally because they are a non-reusable item. Cigarette packs continuously get purchased, and waste gets tossed. It is a constant stream of use and discard, adding to landfill waste, and in more unfortunate circumstances, adding to the world’s pollution problem.

By using electronic cigarettes you can cut down drastically on these negatives. A single e-cigarette cartridge is equivalent to anywhere from one to two packs of cigarettes, and cartridges are among the only parts that get replaced with any sense of frequency. Other e-cigarette parts, such as batteries and chargers go a very long distance, especially with proper care, enabling users to significantly reduce the amount of waste they generate due to their nicotine habit.

E-cigarettes and the environment are a much batter match than tobacco. For all of their many benefits, being gentler on the earth is among their very best. If you are considering the more eco-friendly nicotine option, have a look at the entire range of EverSmoke products to enlighten your smoking in a positive direction!

(Now) Made in the U.S of A: Manufacturing Changes for Smokeless Cigarettes

made-in-united-statesLeading US e-cigarette companies moving production back to the USA from China

Due to concerns over quality control and chances of even tighter federal regulations, many prominent U.S. producers of smokeless cigarettes are moving their manufacturing processes out of China (where most e-cigarettes are made) and bringing them to the United States.

These production lines will be in new, highly automated U.S. factories, thus allowing ingredients and quality to be closely monitored and tracked. Producers even expect costs to be lower than those now produced in China.

While the shift to U.S. production has been in the works, real momentum gained since the FDA proposed stricter regulations in April. The FDA proposal includes requiring manufacturers to register and list all of the ingredients in their product. As the FDA proposal would require more control over the manufacturing process, moving production to the U.S. would make compliance to the regulations easier on most e-cigarette companies.

Before thoughts of shifting the manufacturing process, many smokeless cigarette companies already produced their e-liquids in the U.S., shipped the liquid to China and the devices were assembled there. Although a majority of production will take place in the United States, most batteries will most likely continue to be made in China.

Since the U.S. sales of e-cigarettes is expected to out-gross that of tobacco cigarettes by 2020, it is crucial for the major U.S. tobacco companies to begin developing their own brands of smokeless cigarettes to offset the shrinking sales. Furthermore, since production of e-cigarettes is rising, complying with the new U.S. regulations will become top priority.

Reynolds American Inc. is the only major U.S. tobacco company that produces its e-cigarettes (Vuse brand) in the U.S. In addition, Reynolds is in discussions to acquire Lorillard Inc’s. Blu brand, which has its brand of smokeless cigarettes assembled in China but produces the e-liquid in the U.S. As of now, the producers of Mistic and White Cloud are the two biggest companies planning to shift production from China to the U.S.

While many companies plan to make the shift to U.S. production, many companies will continue to produce e-cigarettes in China.

Eversmoke already proudly produces their products in the United States. However, having other companies join them in U.S. production can help to change people’s perception of smokeless cigarettes. In addition to being able to browse our selection of starter kits, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for more information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations.