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Big Pharma Concerned About Electronic Cigarettes

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Here at EverSmoke, we don’t promote our electronic cigarettes as a way to help quit smoking.  Nevertheless, we are pleased when someone considers us as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. But not everyone is happy about this…

Recently, a story emerged about how big pharma is getting very concerned over the fact that so many people are using electronic smoking alternatives instead of the traditional patches and gum to cease the habit.

An article on a popular e-cigarette blog states that Andrew Witty, a GlaxoSmithKline Representative, recently mentioned that his company was considering another type of smoking alternative to compete with electronic cigarettes. At one point, the company discussed inventing their own version of an electronic cigarette, but the idea was tabled for now until they are able to see what the future holds.

“Even with an abundance of evidence to suggest that e-cigs are the best avenue for smokers that want to quit,” Witty says electronic smoking remains too controversial, so GlaxoSmithKline will continue to offer traditional smoking cessation alternatives such as nicotine patches and gum.

However, many electronic cigarette manufacturers paint an entirely different picture of big pharma’s involvement in the growing electronic smoking movement than Witty suggests.

According to some, the real foe of electronic cigarettes isn’t Big Tobacco, but Big Pharma itself. As the Washington Examiner reported:

“No industry spends more on lobbying in the U.S. than the drug industry, and drugmakers’ agendas are often bigger government. Big Pharma’s shadow hangs over the rule-making [of e-cigs].”

Again, we at EverSmoke don’t promote our products as a way to kick the habit, but we do welcome you to consider our electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

If you are looking for a change, check out our blog post titled Vape Your Way to Better Shape!  Also, feel free to browse our knowledge center for more info about the harmful effects of smoking, including 5 ways smoking affects your body.

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.

Be Cautious When Using Your Vapor Cigarette around Oxygen Tanks

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Experts are cautioning those who use oxygen tanks that there is a potential for fire when using vapor cigarettes. There are reports of individuals receiving oxygen therapy being injured in fires that could have been started by (or made worse) by the devices.

Although vapor cigarettes are battery operated and have no open flame, experts suggest there is still some risk when the battery-operated devices and oxygen tanks are mixed. This is because, even without an open source of heat, e-cig batteries do heat the device enough to pose a threat if this heat gets too close to the pure oxygen stored inside a pressurized tank.

Oxygen tanks pose a fire hazard because they introduce extra oxygen into their environment – oxygen is a vital part of how fires start and grow. As patients practice oxygen therapy, amounts of oxygen escape the tank and permeate items around the home including furniture, bedding, clothing, etc. Once extra oxygen has entered these items, it will make them more flammable. In addition, the normal air we breathe contains around 21 percent oxygen; however, portable oxygen tanks contain 100 percent oxygen.

Long have those on oxygen therapy been warned of not smoking cigarettes around their oxygen tanks, which makes perfect sense. Given that vapor cigarettes do not burn, some may find these warnings overly cautious; however, some oxygen supply companies suggest that their patients refrain from using electric razors while using their oxygen tank. These companies cite that the battery-powered razors have the potential to cause sparks and the combustible nature of pure oxygen poses a risk.

If electric razors could possibly spark the oxygen flowing from a tank, then the warnings about avoiding the use of vapor cigarettes makes more sense. Moreover, in the end, the combustible nature of pure oxygen (and the results of fires involving oxygen tanks) is not worth the risk of using even an e-cig while doing oxygen therapy.

Using vapor cigarettes around a home oxygen tank is far less dangerous than using a traditional cigarette with a burning end. For those who are just beginning oxygen therapy and must quit smoking due to health concerns, switching to vapor cigarettes can help them immensely. For more information about the world of vaping, visit our vapor cigarette blog and knowledge center today.

Are The Republican Leaders Trying to Support Smokeless Cigarettes?

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Over the years many congressional Democrats have fought hard to put strict regulations on the smokeless cigarette industry.  Being it a multibillion dollar industry, it is no surprise that the government is interested in every facet of e-cigs.  Recently, since the November landslide election of Republicans, many have been trying to help the e-cig industry when it comes to upcoming possible FDA bans.

Many Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting a change on upcoming impending regulations that include a premarket approval from e-cig manufacturers on any devices produced after 2007.

The Republicans are trying to get the date changed from 2007 because they argue that many of the newer products also would have to go through the rigorous  approval process which is believed would cost a significant amount of time and money for the e-cig companies and could force some out of business.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association industry group, believes that if the 2007 date is not changed, then all e-cig companies would be burdened with each device needing its own application and each e-liquid flavor option would have to go through the approval process one by one.  The FDA, Conley believes, would use its’ authority to ban certain devices and flavor options.  He believes the 2007 date is vital and needs to change.

Conley also believes if the date is not changed it will be difficult to introduce new e-liquids and products. However, if the date is moved forward, all existing e-liquids would be allowed.  Click here to read further and more detailed information regarding the Republicans push to help the smokeless cigarettes industry.

There is always new information regarding the ever changing policies and regulations for the smokeless cigarette industry.  Continue to read our blog and knowledge center for a variety of updated articles regarding any changes.

Tips for Having Proper E-Cig Etiquette

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If you have made the switch to e-cigarettes from traditional analogue ones, congrats!  Although there are many positive aspects to e-cigs such as no smoke, tar or odor, they still can receive a bad rap.  Changing the perception of e-cigs to the public can be a challenge.  However, there are some basic tips that can get you started!

First and foremost, no matter if vaping is allowed, you should always have respect of those around you.  Perhaps ask if it would bother anyone if you lit up.  This may even open up an opportunity to begin a conversation about e-cigarettes and the benefits of vaping as opposed to traditional smoking.

If you don’t want the whole world staring at you and talking about you, some advice would be not to vape in closed up, tight knit places.  Many that are not used to e-cigs may think you are about to share second hand smoke all around!  If you do start using your e-cig, be prepared to answer questions or comments.  However, answer them respectfully and not defensively.

Besides respect, education is huge.  Many don’t realize that e-cigs produce a water vapor instead of smoke or that there is no odor that will stick to their clothes if they are around you while you vape.  Educate them and maybe even take time to show an interested person how it works.  Show them how easy it is to use, talk about all the variety of yummy flavors that are made available at Eversmoke.  Most importantly, let them know how you feel and possibly the difference it has made in your life.

The biggest issue facing e-cigarettes and vapor smoking is a public image problem.  You can be a help in that!  Showing respect, educating and talking openly about e-cigs can only help the situation.  We know that e-cigs are a smarter choice than traditional smoking…we just have to help others know!  For more information on etiquette, check out this article in our knowledge center. Meanwhile, happy vaping!

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!

Franchise Opportunities through Sister Company

Vapor Zone announces e-cig franchise opportunities

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In a recent press release, Vapor Zone (based in Miami, Florida) announced they are beginning to offer franchising opportunities allowing entrepreneurs to open brick-and-mortar e-cigarette shops. These franchises will offer the same merchandise (across all price points) and features (including a custom e-liquid blending bar) as the company’s flagship store in Miami.

In addition to being able to include products and features, franchisees will also be able to access on-site training and support—including help with store location and format. Franchisees can also take advantage of the industry-exclusive revenue sharing program, which will allow them to benefit from online sales in their area.

Vapor Zone is a sister company to Ever Smoke within the parent company International Vapor Group. To learn more about e-cigarette franchising by visiting http://www.vaporzone.com/our-company/franchising.html or call (855) 93-VAPOR for location-specific information.

Are Vapers Considered Smokers?

The answer could be “yes” in the eyes of many insurance companies and could end up costing you more for premiums.

In an effort to get smokers to drop the habit, insurance companies are taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act bylaw that allows them to charge smokers and other tobacco product users more for the cost of their healthcare. These charges for smokers could be upwards of 50 percent more than a non-smoker pays for their health insurance policy.

But where does this leave e-cigarette users (known as vapers)?

As you may well know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers. They have a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge (known as a cartomizer) and an LED that simulates the lit end of a tobacco cigarette. These devices contain no tobacco (and cause no combustion); however, the FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same ways they do tobacco cigarettes.

Rather than help insurance companies, a change in FDA ruling may end up complicating things further as there is no clear definition under the law of what constitutes a smoker.

Insurance companies could simply lump e-cigarettes with tobacco products—resulting in vapers being subject to higher premiums just like cigarette smokers. On the other hand, insurance companies could decide to cover the cost of e-cigarettes—treating them as a means to help people quit smoking. However, this move seems unlikely since the Affordable Care Act does not specify this action, nor does the FDA allow e-cigarettes to be labeled as such. Moreover, insurance companies could also simply choose to ignore e-cigarettes altogether.

Any changes that will be made on the part of insurance companies probably will not go into effect until the official FDA ruling about e-cigarettes. After that, insurance companies could change any of their current policies to reflect FDA rulings. Until then, most insurance companies claim they have too little experience with e-cigarettes to have an official position.

One problem vapers face, according to Carrie McLean, director of customer care for eHealth (an online health insurance brokerage), is that if they ask “is vaping an e-cig considered tobacco use” insurance agents are obliged to add on a smoking surcharge to their insurance premium. One reason for this is that customers are not asked specifically what kind of tobacco product they use—just whether they use them at all.

Having a clear definition as to whether vaping is considered smoking is important because the insurance premium price difference can be significant.

It’s an important question to settle, as the price differential can be significant.

A typical insurance plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker who has a $35,000 income would cost $3,857 a year after a $532 tax credit. This plan would rise to $5,254 if they’re labeled as a smoker according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s exchange subsidy calculator. The smoker rate increase may end up being greater than the 50 percent the ACA allows since the government tax credits apply to base premiums—not the tobacco surcharge.

This leaves vapers facing higher insurance premiums and it has them fuming.

Eversmoke.com—along with our blog and knowledge center—can allow you to learn about the exciting world of vaping and e-cigarettes. In addition, you can find information regarding e-cigarette laws and regulations. It is important that vapers are familiar with laws regarding e-cigarettes, and we aim to provide them with all the knowledge you need.

The Best and Worst Hiding Places for Your E-Cigs

hiding an e-cigIs this really a topic we need to discuss?  Absolutely!  Maybe you have been enjoying your e-cig or are thinking of investing in one and other people may have a real curiosity about your purchase as well.

Therefore, we suggest you keep this most valued possession under lock and key.

Once you begin to enjoy vaping, we believe you will feel it is of extreme value as well.  It is priority for you to know where it is at all times but for others to not know!  This “others” can include adults, kids and even pets.

Best Places for Hiding

  • In a pillow case!  Why not?  It keeps dust and other particles off of your device.
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The Fusion of Vaping and Art

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E-cig veterans already know that there is an art to vaping. However, as of recently, the fusion of e-cigarettes and art seems to have become a growing trend.

A brand new vape shop in Minneapolis, Minn., Infinite Vapor, opened up its doors to the public last month. But right from the start, shoppers could tell this wasn’t your typical supply shop or vapor lounge.

The store’s founders, Beecher Vaillaincourt and Gavin Rydell, wanted to create a unique­, stylized space for the fast-growing vaping community in the Twin Cities area that brought together two key facets of the human experience: recreation and culture. To do so, they enlisted the help of Tricia Khutoretsky, curator of a local art gallery. Tricia styled the shop with a collection of graphics and street art-inspired screenprints by several local artists, plus a large-scale abstract wallpaper mural.

The final result is stunning. As one reviewer put it: “[Infinite Vapor] combines electronic cigarettes with cutting edge art, so you can gape while you vape.”

Minnesota news source, Vita.mn—who posted photos of the shop’s avant-garde and imaginative interior on their website—reported that the shop “looks more like a slick design studio than a head shop.”

Not to be outdone by the Twin Cities, a New York City museum has recently announced that they will be hosting a forum on the topic of vaping in the modern world.

Entitled “This is the ENDD: The E-cigarette in Context,” the program will be showcased on Feb. 22 in Lower Manhattan’s state-of-the-art New Museum. The presentation will stage a group of artists and critics to present analyses—historical, political, social, anticipatory—of e-cigarette technology and the discursive field that is emerging around it.

The program will be put on by NYC’s art resource group Rhizome, which receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Poets and Writers, Inc., the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts—an ironic happenstance considering NYC’s (or rather: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s) recent decision to ban vaping anywhere smoking is already against the law.

Artists Matthew Dryhurst and Brian Rogers will begin the forum with a history of the e-cigarette, followed by Public Health Specialist C.A.B. Fredericks on health debates raging around the world, art critic Orit Gat on vape shops, a presentation on the “psychological drives after the cigarette,” and much more. Visit the New Museum website to learn more about the program or get tickets for the event.

It was the famous French artist Henri Matisse who once said: “Creativity takes courage.”

Our hope is that more innovative vapers like Vaillaincourt and Rydell start to discover their creative courage, fusing art into e-cigarettes (http://www.eversmoke.com/e-cigarettes.html) more and more.