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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 Museumwebsite 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.

Vaping Enters the Literary World

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History has been made once again. If you thought you were going to be the first person to write a novel with a character who vapes, it’s too late.

A new book available through Amazon, Vape Mania: A Newbie’s Guide to the Evils of the Electronic Cigarette, claims to be “the first full-length literary work that has a narrative with a vaper as the main protagonist and vaping as the central theme.”

The 166-page book was published January 27, 2014, under the moniker “Melvin Provario.” The website marketing the book is cleverly titled Vaporacle. (The letter “o” is represented with an oval skull face.)

The front cover has pop-culture icons above a blaze of flames, and includes an endorsement from the “institute for preservation of the institution of cigarettes (IPIC).” The book sells for $9.99 plus a $2 shipping fee. PayPal buttons are included on the site as well as an Amazon link, which for some reason is slightly cheaper.

It should be noted that the back cover includes a parental advisory for “Explicit Vaping” and states the following: “WARNING: this memoir explicitly illustrates the possessive power of this devil drug in graphic detail and is therefore not intended for the faint of heart.”

“Enter the Seedy World of Chronic Vaping Addiction” is prominently proclaimed along with “Follow one man’s downward spiral into the seedy world of vaping addiction.”

Judging by the promo text on the website, Vape Mania hits the funny bone straight on. “Reader responses” posted on the site proclaim “I laughed so hard my tank cracked” (by ‘Professor Kanger, MVP’).

An Amazon reviewer wrote: “The main character is the perfect personification of the mass hysteria represented by the anti-vaping crowd. The commentary by “IPIC” is equally as funny, but also scary because there are really people who think that way.”

The author’s, Melvin Provario, self-description is ghoulishly haunting:  “As I write this only a few stubborn strands of hair cling to my scalp…. My eyeballs protrude like those of a lifeless doll from amidst the filthy flesh clinging to my chiseled skull. My ears have become pink and pointy like those of a pig…. Yet I have no one to blame but myself…. If only I had never put that first electronic cigarette to my mouth, I would still be the man that I once was.”

According to Vaporacle, Melvin is currently in hiding and is “hard at work documenting the instances that occurred after the tragic events depicted in Vape Mania, for a possible follow-up memoir.”

If you haven’t read an entertaining book recently, you may want to give Vape Mania a try. BEWARE! You may experience side-splitting laughter.

Shocking Place for Electronic Cigarettes to Sell Like Hotcakes

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The New York Times recently published an interesting article, “In Rural Jails, E-Cigarettes Are a Calming Vapor.”

The article juxtaposes government and school bans of these smokeless devices that are rapidly appearing from coast to coast, with one unusual place they are being highly welcomed… the rural county jail.

While most prisons and jails prohibit the use of traditional cigarettes due to fire hazards and secondhand smoke, more and more sheriffs are opting to sell electronic cigarettes to their inmates for practical reasons. The biggest of which is to help control the mood swings of inmates going through nicotine withdrawal.

Evidently, in at least seven states, county jails have allowed the sale of a few flavors of e-cigarettes to inmates. Not surprisingly, electronic cigarettes now top the list of the most coveted items in jail commissaries.

Even though e-cigarettes are banned in federal prisons, both Chinese and American manufacturers have started producing a “jail-safe” device using plastic instead of metal. Any why not? The inmate market is a captive audience (pun intended).

One Sheriff in Nebraska uses them as incentives—those inmates who are not a good boy or girl get theirs taken away. In December he bought 200 for the 32-prisoner jail, and sold out by mid-January.

A Tennessee Sheriff’s motive for introducing them was to create additional revenues after several years of budget cuts.

His main goal is to create a pay raise for his guards who are overworked and earn a top salary of $10.58 per hour. He hopes to collect profits of between $20 and $50,000 from the sale of electronic cigarettes this year.

The popularity of the device has earned some jails profits of more than 400 percent per e-cig. They are sold to inmates for $8 to $30 apiece depending on the number of puffs generated. Profits go either into the county’s general fund or directly into the jail’s budget.

Regardless of all the unanswered questions concerning electronic cigarettes, their popularity has increased considerably in the past three years. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, the number of varieties has now exceeded 350 and sales globally are almost $2 billion.

Many of the county sheriffs extol e-cigarettes for the reduction in tension and outright violence among their inmates. When nerves are on edge, minor disagreements can escalate quickly and get physical, which endangers the safety of both the guards and inmates.

It would appear that in jails where they sell electronic cigarettes—allowing inmates to get their nicotine fix—there are fewer altercations.

The Nebraska Sheriff believes e-cigarettes have been influential in keeping his inmates calm and orderly. “The thing I like about it is it controls the guy,” he said. “We had four or five fights last week. One guy who’d had a fight asked for an e-cigarette and it calmed him down. It’s not meant to help inmates, it’s meant to help my guys.”

A Macon County chief deputy sheriff pointed out that the reduction in inmate fights after making e-cigarettes available had led to a reduction in trips to the hospital.

He said, “The cost of fixing a broken nose is $2,000, so I figure we’re saving the county some money.”

Are You In One of the Top 5 E-Cig Groups?

E-cigs appeal to many types of people for different reasons. And their ages and professions vary as much as there are brands of smokeless cigarettes being hawked.

Interestingly though, certain groups are particularly well-suited to enjoy e-cigs. Here’s a review of the top five groups that find these smokeless gems to be their pot of gold.

Gamer Community

In the US, according to Wikipedia, the average video game player is 30 and has been playing video games for over 12 years. Gamers tend to spend a great deal of time indoors where tobacco smoking can be prohibited. But smoking tobacco in front of a computer can lead to a build-up of gunk inside the system and cause damage. Smokeless cigarettes don’t produce anything to build-up in the first place.

Many gamers play online with other opponents, and hate waiting for someone to return from a smoke break. But smokeless cigarettes are fast and easy, allowing gamers to return literally within moments.

Bartenders

The public cigarette ban has left many smokers out in the cold. Few bars allow smoking now, but most smokers want to enjoy a cigarette while drinking and socializing. These things just go together!

Patrons having to go outside for a cigarette pose several problems for the bartender (and the owner of the bar). The more time a customer spends outside, the less he drinks. Instead of making tips on drinks, bartenders polish glasses. Breaking up a customer’s steady purchase of alcohol, decreases the amount of drinks bought.

Bartenders make more money when customers are inside and comfortable, where a simple nod of the head communicates a sale.

Food Service Staff

Working in a restaurant can be a hectic job at times. Even if waiting on just a single table, there is certainly not enough time to go out back and smoke a complete cigarette—and still get a decent tip anyway.

Smokeless cigarettes, on the other hand, don’t require much time. Most of the time, two or three puffs off an e-cig is enough to satisfy any urge.

Landlords & Homeowners & Renters

Cigarette smoke leaves a film on windows and walls that can be difficult to remove. Falling asleep with a tobacco cigarette in your hand can have tragic consequences. Burn holes on tables and floors are common occurrences for those who smoke regular cigarettes.

Electronic vapor from smokeless cigarettes doesn’t have all the particulates that build up and cause damage and yellowing. E-cigs have no flame, so they can’t burn anything or anyone.

Taking Care of Your E-Cigarettes

While e-cigarettes are generally low maintenance products, there is good reason to take good care of them, and sometimes go a little out of your way to show them some love. After all, they do offer so many benefits, and they work exceptionally hard to satisfy your nicotine cravings. Fortunately, taking care of your e-cigarettesdoes not have to be a science, or take a dramatic amount of energy.

EverSmoke e-cigarettes are technological marvels, and they are designed to be exceptionally durable. However, knowing how to take care of them from day one will help make them last as long as possible and sure to give you the great performance and exquisite vapor you’ve come to expect.

Start from the Beginning

Good care should start as soon as you get your e-cigarettes. When you first receive your starter kit, while you may be tempted to start vaping right away, don’t. Instead, charge your batteries up to 100% before you start, as this ensures your batteries’ performance over the long run.

When it comes to charging after the first time, the best way to know it’s time to charge up is when the indicator light shows that it’s needed. This will be before your battery gets down to 0%, which is the ideal time to charge for long lasting battery strength.

Concerning Cartridges

Do not try to open cartridges; it will most likely damage them!

Cartridges are going to be continuously changed out. When attaching them, make sure not to tighten them too tightly, because this will cause them to be difficult to remove, and they will not function up to par.

When it comes to storing your cartridges, cool, dry places are ideal. It’s best to keep them away from direct sunlight, high temperatures, and moisture for the best functioning and performance.

So there you have it! A few tips to prolong your e-cigarettes and ensure they offer you plenty of vapor, great performance, excellent flavor, and a very cigarette-like experience! Hopefully these tips will come in handy, and give you the kind of satisfaction you’re deserving!

New Study: E-Cigarettes and the Lungs

Chemical Magazine 2008Positive results from a new study on the effect of electronic cigarettes on the lungs have emerged. The study was done by researchers in Greece, and sheds light on the effects of smoke compared to the effects of e-cigarette nicotine on lung function. It was the first study of its kind, offering new standardized research on the acute impact of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes, both passively and actively.

Since electronic cigarettes began gaining popularity, critics have questioned their safety and whether or not they are worth using due to the lack of scientific studies. However, as time has passed, their popularity has only increased. Studies are happening rather regularly and they are proving some benefits of electronic cigarettes, as well as exposing their lack of negative effects on the body.

In this latest research, a controlled study was conducted. 15 smokers and 15 nonsmokers (as in, never have used cigarettes for any period of time) underwent a series of different tests. The main focus of the study was to test the serum cotinine, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and lung function. The smokers went through an active tobacco smoking session, and then an active e-cigarette smoking session. The nonsmokers underwent a similar series of tests, where they did a passive tobacco smoking session, and then a passive e-cigarette session.

The results comparing e-cigarette use to tobacco cigarette use were certainly of interest. The active and passive smoking sessions, with both e-cigarette and tobacco, yielded similar results on the effects of serum cotinine. However, neither a brief active e-cigarette smoking session, nor a passive 1 hour e-cigarette smoking session affected the lungs in any significant manner; a contrast to tobacco.

The outcome of the study leaned favorably towards electronic cigarette usage, in terms of changes in lung function. However, they do have similar effects in regards to how nicotine impacts the lungs. The study did say that in the future, studies should focus on examining nicotine dosage and its effect, in addition to the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage.

What this study means for users is that it is one step in the right direction for e-smokers everywhere. Considering the controversy surrounding their use, and users being told to avoid using them due to a lack of research, studies exposing the positive effects and lack of negative effects are greatly contributing to the industry as a whole.

We, at International Vapor Group, have always embraced all research, as we think it makes us a stronger company and industry. In such a new industry, long term studies and conclusive research take time, but we aim to continuously learn more and share with you.

E-Cigs: Commuting and Car Travel

uk-electronic-cigarettesYou know how it goes when smoking in your car. If you’ve got nonsmokers traveling or commuting with you, and you opt to smoke, it may create some conflict.

Even if you don’t have passengers and you smoke in the car, you probably know all too well all the negatives that come along with it. Annoying things like burning your seats or upholstery, dropping your ash all over the place, the smell that never seems to go away, and the most detrimental possibility being the distraction they can cause.

While you may not consider the many benefits of e-cigsin their other contexts, when it comes to smoking in the car they are so much more convenient than smoking tobacco.

E-cigs in the car can save you the trouble and stress of the mess, as well as possibly downgrading your car’s value due to cigarette damage. You won’t be dropping ash, burning anything, or permeating your seats with the tobacco odor. Your passengers; whether they’re friends or carpoolers, won’t be disgruntled over the offensive toxic smoke and odor. Plus, none of these negatives will be distracting you!

Having the right accessories is one of the best features of using e-cigs in any situation.

In the car, they allow you so much freedom and can ensure you’re always set to vape. The car adapter charger allows you to charge your batteries from your car’s outlet.

Whether you are commuting or traveling long distances, you have the ability to make the most of your time by charging up. Another option that works really well when you know you’re going to be in the car for a long period of time is using the Personal Charging Case. This case charges batteries as it holds them, without an additional power source, giving you the freedom of wireless, mobile charging!

When it comes to enjoying nicotine in the car, the only way to do it right is with e-cigs. They are simply better for you, the people carpooling with you, your car, and having all around convenience!

Check our excellent selection of accessories to make it all work for you! Smoking in your car just got very interesting!