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

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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.

Let’s Talk About Nicotine

What is Nicotine? Nicotine Molecular StructureNicotine is a huge topic of discussion as of late. It’s a hot button issue, and big debates involving this substance are currently occurring at the legislative levels. Obviously, it relates directly to the electronic cigarette industry and culture, as our products involve voluntary usage of it, and put the control into people’s hands to determine whether or not, as well as, how they opt to use it. As with much regarding laws and electronic cigarette regulation, is it becoming a question of taking power away from people, or is it truly for their benefit that nicotine is gaining so much attention?

With that in mind, let’s discuss nicotine. Here is a closer look at this substance, often given so much negative press.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a naturally-occurring substance, found in nature, derived from the nightshade plant family, most obviously within the tobacco plant. It is considered a stimulant in mammals, and can be harmful in excessive doses. Other natural sources of (trace amounts of) nicotine include, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green pepper, and the leaves of to coca plant, which contains nicotine alkaloids.

How Does it Feel?

Nicotine is the most widely used nootropic substance, behind caffeine, in the world. It gives users feelings of alertness, awareness, boosting focus and cognition, plus enabling better performance overall.

How is it Used?

Medically and recreationally, nicotine is used in countless ways. Everyday users, who smoke cigarettes, use electronic cigarettes, gums, nicotine patches, and cigars enjoy it for the pleasant feelings as well as the boosted mindset. Medically, nicotine has been used in treatments designed to help smokers reduce dependence, as well as in ailments such as ulcerative colitis. Furthermore, research indicates that there is potential for nicotine to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, attributed to how nicotine aids in enhancing focus and concentration.

Is Nicotine Carcinogenic?

While this misunderstanding pervades common knowledge of nicotine, it is not a carcinogenic substance.

Is Nicotine Dangerous?

Generally no, but like many other substances, it can be overdosed on. If you are using e-liquids instead of e-cig nicotine cartridges, purchase from brands that sell them in childproof bottles, and under all circumstances, keep them out of reach of children. Just as you would with alcohol or other drugs and medicines.

So, what are your thoughts on nicotine now that you know more about it? When it comes to electronic cigarettes, nicotine e-liquids are used in lieu of actual tobacco. Users are able to choose their own level, and have the option to use no nicotine at all if they prefer. The difference between vaping and smoking is the availability of choices, giving users the power and option to decide on their own. Bottom line: nicotine is not the bad guy.

Optimistic News for E-cigarette Usage: Recent Study Finds Teens Uninterested in Flavored E-liquids

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A recent study conducted by Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that teens who don’t smoke may not be overly attracted to the flavors of e-cigarette liquid as some e-cigarette critics suggest. This data is great news for e-cigarette supporters who stick fast to their beliefs that the smokeless electric cigs contains less hazards than the tobacco counterparts.

These findings and others have not quieted fears that e-cigarettes could tempt non-smokers (teens especially) to pick up the devices and start vaping.

Saul Shiffman, PhD., of the University of Pittsburgh psychology professor and Pinney Associates, stated: “Concerns about initiation of e-cigarette use by nonsmoking teens have focused on the expected and assumed appeal of flavors. It is important to replace assumptions with data. Our study shows that flavor descriptors, even those expected to appeal to youth, do not do so.”

He goes on to suggest that these though e-cigarettes provide no health benefits to the growing teen body, they are still considered less dangerous than traditional tobacco cigarettes and therefore can offer a safer smoking option for adult smokers.

Nearly 650 people—216 nonsmoking teenagers (between 13 and 17) and 432 cigarette-smoking adults—participated in the study. All participants had expressed an interest in using e-cigarettes. Researchers asked them to rank their interest in e-cigarettes (on a 1-10 scale), then the participants were offered a flavor list. The results found that the 216 teens showed only minimal interest in the e-cigarettes and this interest did not change with e-liquid flavors.

The desire to use e-cigarettes was greatest amongst adults who had recently tried a smokeless electric cig. In addition, these smoking adults showed the most interest in e-liquid flavors, including double espresso, raspberry and vanilla bean.

Studying the appeal of certain e-liquid flavors to minors is helpful because researchers can learn which flavors will lead to less minors using e-cigarettes.

If you’re still on the fence about trying e-cigarettes, consider visiting EverSmoke.com and browse our selection of e-cigarette starter kits. You can also find more information about our e-cigarettes and vaping in general by browsing our blog and knowledge center.

Electronic Cigarettes: Everyday Environmental Choices

Cigarette PollutionWant to be more environmentally conscious? Drop the tobacco and use e-cigarettes.

Well e-cigarettes are not typically considered a typical eco-friendly item, there are many benefits to using them that go easy on the environment. Especially when compared to traditional cigarettes, if you’re going to make a choice based on personal responsibility and the desire to opt for the smoking method with the least impact, vaping is the way to go.

As a smoker one of the best things you can do to do your part in making wiser choices is to stop using tobacco and switch to e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are better for the environment, and a fantastic alternative because they are reusable, they don’t contain tobacco, they do not produce a fraction of the trash that traditional cigarettes produce, and they do not pose same threat as being so easily littered like traditional cigarettes.

Tobacco cigarettes pollute a massive amount throughout the world, ending up in rivers, lakes, streams, as well as plenty of other wildlife habitats. They are considered the most polluted items in the world and unfortunately the pollution does not end when the cigarette is strewn on the floor after a smoker is finished with the butt. Cigarette butts do not decompose efficiently, and as they slowly break down, they begin to release all of their toxic compounds, polluting on a smaller, yet still toxic, scale. They constantly end up  in the digestive systems of wild animals, and contribute to countless deaths in the natural world.

While e-cigarettes do contain some disposable components, such as cartridges, these are used and changed less frequently, they are harder to ignorantly toss on the ground, and just for perspective, one e-cigarette cartridge is equal to about 20 traditional cigarettes.

Being more eco-conscious is about making wise decisions and improving your daily choices. And with all of the other other many benefits of electronic smoking compared to the countless negatives of traditional smoking, being able to use the method that offers similar experience with so many more benefits as well as being better for the environment makes vaping the smart way to smoke.

Ways Vaping Can Help You Live Better

feeling-good-living-betterOf all the reasons people make the decision to leave tobacco behind in favor of the electronic smoking option, having a better quality of life is probably the best of them all. Have you considered all of the ways that smoking brings you down? Whether it’s the insane expense, the horrid smell, or the stigma attached to you just for being a smoker, these little things add up big time, and sometimes you don’t realize how annoying it is until they’re gone. So if you need a reason to make the switch, here are some of the amazing ways e-smoking can help you live better. How you spend your days is essentially how you spend your life; make everyday wonderful without smoke!

-A Cleaner Life

Smoke is filthy, smelly, and its tar accumulates on everything it comes into contact with; whether it’s your Dupioni silk drapes, or your lungs, it is nothing good. When you halt the smoke and tobacco, you halt the dirty aspects too. Vapor is clean, odorless, and does not come with the baggage of tar. Vapers who vape indoors have reported no negative side effects!

-Freedom

When you switch to vaping, you get so many freedoms! Like freedom from the endless butts, the freedom to vape in so many more places than previously welcome, the freedom from constantly worrying about running out of cigarettes, the freedom from worrying about whether you smell bad, if your breath is unpleasant, or if others will look down on you because of your habit.

-Modern Methods for Modern Times

Vaping is utterly modern. It’s a very tech thing, allowing you all the digital control you’ve come to expect in today’s day and age. Vaping can be easily integrated into daily life so easily, and it cuts out so many of the annoying aspects of smoking. Being able to charge batteries, often from your digital devices, having a variety of accessories that can take your e-cigs anywhere with you, and being able to lessen your carbon footprint by using reusable, non-polluting e-cigs just fits modern life so much better than traditional cigarettes!

CDC Paints a Target on Electronic Cigarettes

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently targeted the electronic cigarette industry with negative advertising cautioning people against nicotine delivery devices, highlighting the various diseases associated with tobacco use.  It appears that once again the vaping industry is being lumped in with the tobacco industry – even though they are two entirely separate entities.

The CDC contends that since there isn’t enough information about the long-term safety and effects of electronic cigarette usage, they should not be promoted.  Of course, many vapor smokers think that’s the point exactly—that there is not enough known about the devices to compare them to traditional cigarettes.

One electronic cigarette shop owner named John McCullough said to reporters that he would never tell a customer that vaping is 100% safe (and neither would EverSmoke), but the industry is too young for unbiased research to show how good or bad electronic cigarettes are.

“The industry is 7 or 8-years-old,” he said.  “We need another 20 before we can actually say, ‘This product is safe,’ or ‘This product is bad,’ and why it is safe or bad.”

Millions of people have begun turning to electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to traditional smoking, which is proven to be harmful to your health and home.  The e-cig alternative has also opened up more doors for people to be able to vape in places that otherwise are banned from traditional smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are considered a breath of fresh air because the vapor released is not an offensive smell like the smoke from cigarettes.

While more research needs to be done, there are countless vaping existing studies that has been conducted on these devices up to this point which we encourage you to read so that you can form your own opinion rather than mistaking misinformation for fact.

At EverSmoke, we have worked hard to provide a library of online resources for smokers trying to get better educated about electronic cigarettes. For starters, visit our blog and knowledge center. Also, feel free to contact us about any questions you have about our products or vaping in general.

Spring Cleaning Your E-Cig

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It’s that time of the year again when the winter blues lift and the sunshine finally bursts forth. You might start to look around your house and think “Hmmm…maybe I should do some spring cleaning.”  Yes, those cobwebs and have got to go!  And if you’re a vaper, you should also consider giving your electronic cigarette a spring cleaning as well.

Electronic cigarettes aren’t perfect.  Sometimes e-liquid gets stuck and gunked up inside the cartridge, the battery can stain the inside of the device, or the mouthpiece can even become blocked.  These are just a few things that can slow down your e-cig from performing at its best.

Below are some quick and easy tips for giving your electronic cig a good cleaning.

The Battery

Cleaning between the battery and cartridge is essential.  This is where a lot of dust, debris and gunk can build up. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a week.  If you don’t, your spring cleaning may take a little longer than expected!

This is also a very important step because the connection between the battery and cartridge needs to be strong in order for it to work properly.

Some people use a light damp cloth, while others use alcohol on a swab to clean this area.  It is advised that you check your manual to see what is appropriate for your particular device.

The Cartridge (Cartomizer)

Most of the new electronic cigarettes combine the cartridge and atomizer, but some of the older ones are separate.  If you have an older model, you will need to clean both.

You can try and use a cloth, but sometimes a toothpick is necessary.

At Eversmoke, we sell prefilled flavor cartridges which create a lot less of a mess.  We also sell disposable cartridges, so no cleanup necessary!

As long as you give these two main two parts of the electronic cigarette a good spring cleaning and remember to wipe them down on a regular basis, you will ensure that your device lasts longer and performs better.

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!