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Nicotine Addiction Begins Early

Nicotine Addiction Begins Early

Although fewer people smoke cigarettes today than in previous generations, the rate for smoking in the United States continues to run in the 20% range, according to the American Heart Association. The Association also notes that more than four out of every five smokers express a desire to quit smoking with many actively or passively trying to kick the habit at any given time, especially with the extra government cigarette sin taxes pushing the price of a pack of cigarettes over $5 a pack and considerably more in some areas.

Most Smokers Start Before Age 20

According to The Teenagers Guide to the Real World, almost all smokers begin smoking before the age of 20. Reasoning and decision-making abilities are not fully developed during these years, and a simple act of rebellion or an attempt to “fit in” with peers, for many teens, leads to a long-term physical and emotional addiction to nicotine.

Once an addiction to nicotine is established, it is very difficult to break the habit as noted by the U.S. Library of Medicine. A certain level of nicotine and at fairly consistent intervals is required to feel “normal” once nicotine dependence is established.

So, teenagers who experiment with smoking cigarettes enter adulthood with an actual physical dependence on a drug – nicotine but also with a number of psychological and social attachments to smoking. Continue reading

Vaping in Public

Vaping in Public

According to the smoke ban laws, it is legal to vape pretty much anywhere you want. You can whip out your electronic cigarette in your car, in a bar, in a classroom, in a theater, in outer space, and even in airplanes (except for Southwest which allows you to take them on planes but not use them). There simply is no legal language that explicitly says that you cant vape places.  Anywhere besides New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania does not have laws that prohibit e-cig usage and sale. And to me, this is completely logical. Vapor does not project second hand smoke and there is no lingering or offensive odor, nor a fire or burn hazard.

But does this mean that you should go to a club and start blowing fat plumes of vapor in peoples faces? Definitely not. If a security sees you smoking something out of a strange device, he will most likely think you are smoking weed. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. When I explain to him its merely an electronic cigarette, they always back off.

I personally dont believe people should be vaping conspicioulsy in public establishments in general. Its simply obnoxious. It will annoy people. As vapers, we dont want to be considered annoying people.

In short, I think that we should all feel free to vape pretty much anywhere we want, but do so discretely.  I take ghost hits on the BART (The bay areas subway system), in bars, in clubs, restaurants pretty much anywhere, but I do so discretely and respectfully.

And theres another plus side to forcing yourself to vape discretely: when you step outside you will no longer have to limit yourself and it will allow you to have that fresh air break that you used to take when you smoked analogs. Continue reading

Adapt and cope

Adapt and cope

This has probably happened at least once to any vaper. Everything is going great. Youre in control of your life. Maybe you just got a new job offer or you just got an A on your exam. Or maybe your life isnt going so well. Youve just lost your job or maybe youre failing all your classes.

But then, it happens. Your last atomizer breaks. Your battery stops working all of a sudden. You misplace your charger. Or (like me), you gave away your backup device and you left your Mod in the back of a taxi cab.

Your life spirals into crisis. You think to yourself: How the hell am I going to get through this 15-page paper without nicotine?

Nonetheless, you must adapt and cope.

Clearly, the best thing to do is to have a backup device. I always have backup attys and juice so thats never the problem, but when I lost my only device, things were difficult. Continue reading

Saving Money and Saving Lives

Saving Money and Saving Lives

Electronic cigarettes aren’t truly “cigarettes” at all. They’re small machines designed to look and feel like a cigarette. Rather than tar, chemicals and smoke, however, e-cigarettes produce water vapor through the use of an atomizer. The smoker inhales and exhales the vapor just as he would the smoke from a conventional cigarette. Electronic cigarettes are surging in popularity as more and more smokers recognize the considerable benefits they offer.

E-Cigarettes Are Less Toxic

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that some e-cigarettes may contain a toxic substance known as diethylene glycol, conventional cigarettes contain over 4,000 known carcinogens – making electronic cigarettes a clearly less-toxic alternative.

See: How Safe is the Electronic Cigarette Nicotine Inhaler?

E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers Quit

Electronic cigarettes were originally marketed as smoking cessation device until FDA restrictions dictated that personal vaporizers were not officially approved as a medicinal device. Regardless, users of electronic cigarettes can opt to purchase “e-liquid” for their vaporizers that does not contain nicotine.

This provides a clear benefit to smokers who aren’t only addicted to the nicotine, but to the motions associated with smoking. E-cigarettes allow smokers and former smokers access to the psychological needs that go along with smoking without exposing those individuals to the cigarettes themselves. Continue reading

Tariff Classifications for E-Cigarettes

Tariff Classifications for E-Cigarettes

Importers should always verify with customs officials the international tariff classification for products they propose to import. The tariff classification determines the amount of any customs duties payable for a shipment.

In the case of a new product like electronic cigarettes, most importers apply for an advance ruling for that tariff classification because the tariff classification can change as more facts about the innovation become known.

The Canada Border Services Agency has issued two different advanced rulings on the tariff classification for e-cigarettes. The latest considers e-cigarettes as an electric nicotine delivery system under tariff item 8543.70.00 which is tariff-free.

After the Health Canada warning about importing e-cigarettes, some critics have said that electronic cigarettes may one day be subject to the same 12.5% customs duty as currently imposed on regular cigarettes containing tobacco under tariff item 2402.20.00. Continue reading