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Update on the Debate Over Taxing Tobacco Products

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Over the last 15 years, states have been increasing taxes on the tobacco industry. In fact, the taxes on tobacco products have been raised five times more often than taxes on alcohol. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), between 2000 and the beginning of 2015, taxes on tobacco products have risen 111 times and cut four times. By comparison, taxes on alcohol were raised 23 times and cut 8 times.

Clear inequality exists between the two taxes at a state level as well. Over this 15-year period, a total of 45 states have increased their tobacco taxes at least once; however, only 16 have raised taxes on alcohol.

The sheer number of tax increases may have less to do with tobacco than most would think, though. Brian Sigritz of NASBO says most of these increases are correlated with the recessions that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. In 2003, tobacco products saw tax increases across 19 states. Another fifteen states raised tobacco taxes in 2004, and 16 states jacked up rates in 2010. The largest increases came in 2003 and 2010, during the country’s worst economic troubles.

Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are the most frequent tax increasers; each has 6 since 2000.

While the large number of tax increases means that tobacco prices have been on a steady rise, a significant portion of the taxes have gone to worthwhile causes. An 80-cent increase in Arizona in 2008 has raised $130 million for early childhood education. In addition, President Obama proposed a tax increase in 2013 to fund a universal pre-kindergarten education program.

And proposals for tax increases continue to mount. There are plans to increase Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents (the current lowest in the nation) to around 67 cents per pack. New Jersey is looking to add a tax on e-cigarettes to increase its state revenue. Tobacco taxes have gotten so high in New York that it’s estimated over half of all cigarettes smoked in the state have been illegally brought in from other states.

What does this mean for e-cigarettes?

Many government officials (at both the state and federal level) are aiming to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products and tax them accordingly. However, until policymakers and voters reach a firm decision about whether to tax e-cigarettes, those who make the switch from tobacco cigarettes can stand to save some money.

More information can be found by reading our article Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes. You can also learn more about the world of vaping by checking out our blog and knowledge center.

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!

How Much is Traditional Smoking Costing Employers?

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When we think of traditional smoking, we often are concerned with health, the fact that smoking can cause cancer as well as damaging effects of second hand smoke.  Have you ever thought about how much cigarettes actually cost companies?  It is a staggering amount that possibly may surprise you.

What are some of the costs that a company may endure due to traditional analogue cigarette smokers?  An extensive study was conducted by Ohio State that provides a lot of valuable evidence and information.  The study researched absenteeism, loss of productivity, smoke breaks and health care costs.  They concluded that a smoker cost an employer approximately 6,000 more per year than a non- smoker.

Studies have proven that smokers are absent generally 8 more times a year than a non- smoker.  This causes the company to have to spend time finding a replacement for that day or do the work themselves.

Not only is absenteeism a big issue but the loss of productivity is high.  Most smokers are addicted to the nicotine and their body craves it after a certain period of time.  The smoker will be focused on needing a smoke break as opposed to working.  How many of these breaks do they take per day?  Is it fair that non-smokers don’t get the same amount of breaks?  The next highest expense for companies is that the health care expenses on insurance far exceed health care costs for non-smokers.

The CDC says that smoking accounts for 1 in every 5 deaths in America.  There are 443,000 deaths in the US each year that are related to someone losing their life due to smoking.  So, not only is this person’s life lost but the company could lose a very valuable employee due to a devastating habit.

If you are a smoker, have you considered an alternative such as vaping?  At Eversmoke, we pride ourselves on high quality electronic cigarettes.

It is not against the law for a company to not hire you due to the fact that you are a traditional smoker or to fire you if you lie on an application that you are not a smoker but truly are.  Consider the alternative in an e-cig and be on the safe side…

For more information on electronic cigarettes and how Eversmoke can introduce you to the vaping community, check out a great article entitled “What you can expect when transitioning to electronic cigarettes” in our knowledge center.

Don’t you want to be the employee that can say you are not a traditional 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.

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.

Cigarette Companies Start to Show Signs of Vapor Cigarette Popularity

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As the popularity and usage of vapor cigarettes rises, it is no surprise that sales of tobacco cigarettes will start to suffer. Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) has recently forecasted lower-than-expected profits for 2014. In a presentation to their investors, they cite the decline is due to headwinds from currency fluctuations and challenges in the tobacco industry.

In addition, Philip Morris stated that their troubles in Europe and Asia (specifically offering discounts in Australia), along with changes to production cuts, will also have an effect on earnings.

Philip Morris expects their full-year-per-share earnings (EPS) to be in the range of $4.87-4.97. This number is down from their previous prediction of EPS of $5.09-5.19. This announcement sent Philip Morris shares down.

This decrease in profit is including a charge of $495 million coming from the anticipated closure of their production company in the Netherlands set to occur sometime later this year. The decision to close their production facility in the Netherlands stems from challenges in Europe—specifically, problems relating to a lag in growth. This has led Philip Morris to slash their operations on the continent. Currency fluctuations in Asian developing countries have also been a drag on Philip Morris’ earnings in recent years.

As people are becoming more health conscious, the sale of cigarettes has declined worldwide. While Philip Morris is the largest tobacco company, they have not been immune to the major shift in the tobacco industry.

Vapor cigarettes and electronic smoking are one the reasons for this decline in sales.

The smoke-free nicotine delivery devices have caused concern in the long-term for the major tobacco companies. That said, most have begun moving into the vapor cigarette business themselves in order to arrest the decline. For example, Philip Morris recently announced the acquisition of Nicocigs, Ltd, a UK-based vapor cigarette company.

Even with the decline in the tobacco industry, Philip Morris is the largest publicly traded tobacco company. They are the worldwide maker and seller of Marlboro cigarettes.

If you’re looking for a smoke-free alternative, vapor cigarettes may be your answer.

Please visit our main site to browse our selection of both starter kits and disposable vapor cigarettes. In addition, you can also browse our blog and knowledge center for helpful tips and insights about this revolutionary way to get the nicotine your body craves without many of the risks of traditional methods.

World Health Organization Attempts More Regulations on Electronic Cigarettes

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Over the past 9 years, the electronic cigarette industry has produced over 400 different brands of choice and has become a 3 billion dollar industry.  Despite the success of the ever popular vaping experience, it has not come without controversy and serious attempts of regulation.

On August 26th, WHO (World Health Organization) released a new report which contained the following regulation attempts.

  • Impede promotion to non-smokers and young people;
  • Minimize potential health risks to e-cig users and nonusers;
  • Prohibit unproven health claims about e-cig; and
  • Protect existing tobacco control efforts from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

The report states that these regulations are needed because electronic cigarettes represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”

The report does state that more research is needed in various areas of electronic cigarette usage but that they are highly concerned about the advertising of many fruity and candy like flavors and believe they are a serious appeal to young users.  They believe this could attract a young person to begin e-cig usage that has never even tried traditional smoking. The report also states that from the years 2008 to 2012 electronic cigarette usage has doubled among this age group.

Some other conclusions in the findings are that WHO believes there is insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes can actually help a traditional cigarette smoker quit smoking and make the switch.  WHO recommends that analog smokers be encouraged to quit through other methods of already approved treatments.

The report also states that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can’t be proven to be merely water vapor.  The WHO also believes there can still be chemicals that could potentially harm pregnant women and adolescents.

Only time will tell what will become of these regulation attempts.  There will be a meeting in October in Moscow to discuss the findings in the WHO’s report.

Whatever becomes of the regulation attempts, at Eversmoke we believe to never sell to anyone under the age of 18.

To learn more about our assortment of electronic cigarette products, continue to browse our blog and knowledge center.  We look forward to you becoming a very happy vaping customer!

Money Makes the (E-Cigarette) World Go ‘Round

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What states are looking to tax e-cigarettes and what the vaping community can expect from taxation.

The regulations surrounding smokeless cigarettes are a hot-button topic currently involved on many state (and federal) legislatures. One such item of contention is whether e-cigarettes will be treated like tobacco cigarettes. This includes banning their use in public places and levying taxes on their sale.

The forerunner amongst states taxing electronic cigarettes is Minnesota – however, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington are all considering taxing smokeless cigarettes and accessories. The taxes levied would be anywhere from 20-95%.

Given the odds, each state in the U.S. will eventually debate whether to levy special taxes on e-cigarettes…

Smokeless cigarette taxes would bring in high revenues from their sales. For example, Minnesota’s Department of Revenue estimates that tobacco sales taxes will bring in $1.16 billion during the 2014-2015 fiscal year—which makes taxing attractive with many states still in economic woes.

Wells Fargo states that current sales of electronic cigarettes are around $2 billion annually – however, Wells Fargo suggests that the worldwide profits from the sale of electronic cigarettes may exceed $10 billion by 2017.

Problems with Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes

While the added money that e-cigarette taxes would bring in could help the economy, taxation does come with some problems—mostly in the form of opposition from those affected by the taxes. Heavy taxes would cripple small businesses who specialize in vaping products. Another problem that could arise from taxing e-cigarettes is backlash from the vaping community.

One example of a city that is imposing a high tax on smokeless cigarettes and accessories is Olympia, Washington. The Olympia House approved a 75% tax. However, the committee is looking to amend the bill. This amendment would raise taxes on a $10 bottle of e-liquid to $20. This level of taxation is double what the state levies on marijuana, alcohol, and (in some cases) tobacco cigarettes.

After all is said and done, this proposed raise in smokeless cigarette tax could bring $35 million a year to the city of Olympia.

Current vapers can keep themselves informed on the changing laws surrounding the world of vaping by checking our blog. And for more in-depth analysis on e-cigarettes and taxes, we invite you to read Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes in our knowledge center today.

And if you’re ready to consider a new alternative way of getting the nicotine your body craves, click on over to EverSmoke’s main site for more about smokeless cigarettes.

CVS is Dropping the Habit

cvs_logo_largeRecent news to hit the tobacco cigarette industry was that CVS has decided to drop tobacco sales from all of their 7,600 locations throughout the country. Set to go into effect on October 1, the move marks the company’s decision to create a more healthful image. CVS Caremark is the nation’s largest pharmacy, based on their prescription revenue, and this move to end tobacco sales has been praised by both President Obama and a variety of different health organizations.

While CVS cultivates a healthier image, they are facing a loss of approximately $2 billion yearly. Some industry experts see that number as being on the lower end, and depending on market conditions they may face even greater losses as a result of the change.

CVS cites the Affordable Care Act as their main motive in changing, however they have long stood by prevention as the best health strategy. Despite the financial ramifications, CVS’s president and CEO, Larry J. Merlo, has stated that selling tobacco is not in line with their values. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” he said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

Interestingly, none of CVS’s competitors are considering the same cessation of tobacco sales. Considering that tobacco sales internationally topped the $554 billion mark in 2012, CVS tobacco sales account for a minute amount of that total.

Perhaps, however, it is time that CVS followed the lead of some of their competitors, such as Walgreens, which has sold electronic cigarettes for several years. While they are similar to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes would have no problems fitting in with their more progressive image.

Even though this move is extremely bold, it certainly makes sense in terms of responsibility. It is obvious that the tobacco industry, as well as the electronic cigarette industry are in a point of major transition, and it will surely be interesting to see which retailers in the near future take the same stance as CVS. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing an e-cigarette starter kit, or want to learn more about them, feel free to browse our resources as well as products!

Ways the Body Improves Post Tobacco

cigarettes_17r90ns-17r90ouThere are a lot of ways the body begins to recover when tobacco is no longer being funneled in on a regular basis. If you are thinking about making the switch to electronic cigarettes, here are some of the ways you can expect your body to react when no longer having the toxins of smoke and tar building up in your system. The following is a timeline of how the body repairs over time, showing how amazing the human body is, after all!

20 Minutes: Yes, your body’s chemistry changes in just 20 minutes after smoking a cigarette, with heart rate and blood pressure levels returning to their normal settings.

12 Hours: In 12 hours after your last tobacco cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal.

2 Weeks: In just two weeks, lung function and circulation begin to improve.

1-9 Weeks: In this time period, the body begins to recover from typical symptoms of smoking like the infamous smoker’s cough and having shortness of breath. The cilia lining the lungs begin to function normally again, and they get to work cleaning the lungs, lessening the risk of infection.

1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50%, making it half as high as a smoker’s risk.

5 Years: Your risk of certain cancers is now at a dramatically lower rate than that of a smoker’s. The risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophagus cancer, and bladder cancer is now 50% less than that of smokers’. The risk of stroke and cervical cancer have also lowered  as well.

10 Years: The risk of pancreatic and larynx cancer has now decreased, and the risk of fatal lung cancer is now cut in half compared to smokers’ risks.

15 Years: The risk of heart disease is now the same as what nonsmokers face.

We all know tobacco is harmful, but being able to see exactly how the body takes care of itself over time is rather impressive. The human body is an amazing vessel, and taking care of it over the long run is so worth the while. If you are interested in switching to smoke-free, tobacco-free alternatives, please have a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Starter Kits, which has been designed to assist anyone in making the switch to vapor!