Second hand vapor? Results from a new study on “passive vaping”.

If you are anything like me just reading those two terms…”second hand vapor” and “passive vaping” probably left you shaking your head. But for once the news is good! Because according to this story from Dr. Siegel, who is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, the study couldn’t find anything concrete to complain about. The study did however coin a phrase that had me cracking up.

“Analysis of indoor air quality during vaping sessions showed that e-cigarettes are not emission-free.”

Noand neither are cows. LOL

You can read the article as well as some very entertaining reader posts here:

http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-study-of-passive-vaping-shows.html

 

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Happy Halloween from SmokeStik, Hollywood style!

SmokeStik celebrated Halloween this past weekend in Hollywood style by helping to sponsor :

Just Jared’s Halloween Party 2013

 

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Hilary Duff and Camilla Bellesandwich in JustJared.com‘s very ownJared Eng at the 2013 Just Jared Halloween Party held at Beacher’s Madhouse at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Thursday (October 24) in Hollywood.

Also joining us to celebrate one of our favorite holidays were Ashley Greene,Krysten RitterTim TebowAhna O’ReillyAshley MadekwePatrick ScwarzeneggerJoey KingHolland RodenMax CarverCharlie Carver,Daniel SharmanJayson Blair,Wilson BethelLacey ChabertAvan JogiaJean-Luc BilodeauGarrett ClayonClaudia LeeShawn Pyfrom,Becca TobinCarter JenkinsChris GalyaIan BohenRyan Rottman, and Zelda Williams. The evening also featured a very special performance from Bonnie McKee.

All of the celebs at the party carved and decorated pumpkins that were donated to a children’s special needs center via The Art of Elysium, a charity which encourages working actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their talent to children with serious medical conditions.

Thanks for all the love from our sponsors – FIJI Water for keeping all of our guests hydrated and for the super fun glow-in-the-dark cotton candy, Wonka for the awesome candy bar that satisfied our sweet tooth, BiteSizeTV for helping us present a fun photo booth, and SmokeStik.

Many thank-yous to the following vendors for providing delicious food and beverage: Fat Sal’s,Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila, Yacht Club Vodka, and Stella Artois.

Many thanks to Beacher’s Madhouse for hosting us and allowing us to transform the space into a spooktacular environment. Big thank yous to LA’s hot new DJ Nikki Pennie for playing the best music in the DJ booth all evening long and to Angie Banicki for her amazing tarot card readings that our guests were lined up for all night. And last but not least, thank you to Courtney Walter for creating all of the invitations and menus for the event!

 

Thanks Jared for keeping your parties smoke free with SmokeStik!!!

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Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!

 

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Columbus Day reminder and Fall Savings!!!! Sign up for the newsletter today!

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Well it’s official..summer is over and fall is here! Columbus Day always reminds us of that with the last potential nice weather holiday of the year.:) Since Monday, Oct 14th will be a postal holiday with no shipping possible SmokeStik will be closed. You may leave voice mail or send us an email and we will get back to you first thing Tuesday morning.

 

Be sure to watch for our newsletter to come out next Wednesday with great Fall savings and everyone’s favorite offer….get a free disposable!!! If you have missed our newsletter in the past it’s probably because it ends up in your spam/junk folder. So be sure to put us on your white/safe list in your email client so you don’t don’t miss out!!! Here is the address if you think you have been missing them: newsletter@smokestikblog.com

http://www.smokestik.com/pages/Newsletter-Signup.html

 

 

Choosing your first electronic cigarette. Who do you trust?

The electronic cigarette world is much different today than it was just 5 years ago. Then there were a couple big companies selling basically the same product…the mini and super mini ecig. SmokeStik was one of them. We were considered a “super mini” because we had some of the smallest batteries available at the time, the RN4081.

Today there are dozens and dozens of companies to choose from and all different kinds of ecig models. Making a first time buying decision can be very confusing. Many companies make wildly exaggerated claims about what their product will deliver. Some are so cheap it makes you wonder how they can afford to sell at such a “discount”. Others claim to be “made in the USA” and try to make you believe that somehow makes it a better product. So let’s take a quick look at some of these issues and see what the truth behind them is.

Exaggerated claims:

I see some companies out there with product comparable to SmokeStik, in other words a mini ecig, claiming you will get up to 300…even 400 puffs off a cartomizer. How can this be true, right? Well it actually IS true….if you take a one second puff. That is the only “secret” to puff counts…..the length of the puff. It’s what no one ever tells you…..but SmokeStik has no problem telling you because our puff counts are realistic. In fact we don’t rely on machines for our puff counts, we do them ourselves. Real people sitting at a desk with a click counter taking puffs under realistic conditions. So our puffs last 3-4 seconds, just like you would take. And when reporting those counts we ere on the side of caution and reduce them. So the old saying still applies…if it looks too good to be true…it probably is.

Cheaper Price:

There’s a “trick” to this one too as you might have expected. You may see some companies saying that they have a “lifetime” warranty and yet they are cheaper than SmokeStik to get started. The cartomizers are all relatively the same price but the starter kits and batteries seem much cheaper. There is the obvious….because theirs are lower quality in every way. The switches are cheaper and don’t produce as nice of a draw, the look of them is just cheap looking with no attention to aesthetics or detail, etc. But what’s the trick? The trick is the fine print on their warranty. SmokeStik defines lifetime warranty as your lifetime as a customer. As long as you are still buying our product your in the lifetime warranty. They define lifetime as the “expected lifetime of the product”. In other words…..if they intended a battery to only last 60 days then that’s how long it’s warranted fro. Tricky, eh?

Made in the USA:

By now you should be expecting this….yes…another trick. :) There are laws that govern exactly what certain terms mean. And the term “made in the USA” has a legal definition. So does assembled in the USA as well as manufactured in the USA. A good example is a product I recently bought that has a big label on it…”Made in the USA”….it’s a textile product and I was looking for something made in the USA. I had to dig very deep and read their descriptions word by word to figure out the truth. And that is that the fibers, the yarn to make this item was imported from Asia and then the item was weaved here in the USA. Well I bought it anyway and I’m glad I did because it’s simply gorgeous. But I’m still a little unhappy about the deceptive advertising and labeling. With electronic cigarettes the truth is that there is no such thing as an ecig 100% manufactured in the USA. It’s simply impossible because we don’t make Lithium batteries here. And it’s also exceedingly difficult to buy nicotine manufactured in the USA. 99% of nicotine is imported from some other country. But the bottom line is none of that really means anything. It’s the companies attitude and attention to quality control that matters. And it’s their level of service to you when there is a failure in the product.

To make this all come together is customer service. That is what you should look at first. How long has the company been in business? Do they have a telephone number that you can call and talk to a real person who works for that company and not just a call center? When you ask them pointed questions about their product does it sound like you’re getting the truth or just a canned sales pitch. The best advice I can give anyone looking for an electronic cigarette is that if you can’t get an immediate response from the company that sounds personal and caring…don’t buy from them. And ask yourself, does this look like a company I can trust? What is their motivation? Are they an electronic cigarette company that has been in business for over 5 years, like SmokeStik. With a long and stable history. Started and run by people who use their own product and are passionate about it? Or is it a big tobacco company whose motivation is questionable at best?

The real danger of electronic cigarettes

I make it a habit to glance through the news a couple times a week just to see if there is anything new being published about electronic cigarettes or about SmokeStik. Several years ago you could go weeks without seeing anything new. Now though it seems like there is a plethora of erroneous, ignorant and hysterical articles being published on a daily basis. That’s fine with me…it gives me something to rant about. But in all seriousness, what about the people who are nonsmokers and have never heard about ecigs? If the only source of information they have are these ridiculous pseudo-science articles how are they supposed to make an informed decision when it’s time to vote on the issue of banning flavored eliquid, banning ecig use in public, or worse yet, banning ecigs altogether?

I believe it’s going to be up to us….the real life ecig users, to politely and courteously educate people about our SmokeStiks or other ecigs. Especially now that Big Tobacco has entered the picture. Rightfully so, there is an inherent distrust of anything Big Tobacco says or does. So producing their own ecigs is not really doing us any favors. And their slick advertising campaigns may further serve to vilify the electronic cigarette before all the facts are even in. So what can we do to counter all this?

Get the real facts. Hold journalists accountable for what they write. Do not be willing to accept vague statements like…”a recent study shows….”. Demand that they publish a reference to the actual study, then read it yourself to see if it’s being misrepresented. Which it most certainly is. Here are some resources you might like to visit to find out for yourself what the facts are.

http://casaa.org/  CASAA – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association

http://www.ecigarette-research.com/web/

Your probably wondering at this point about the title of this post….the real danger of electronic cigarettes? Well after 3 plus years of being tobacco free thanks to SmokeStik and electronic cigarettes the most dangerous thing I have found is that I really enjoy it! That’s the bottom line and the truth about ecigs…..we do it because we like it! It’s fun, it’s relaxing, it tastes good and it’s clean! So the thing I am the most worried about in terms of ecigs? Is that someone is going to take them away from me. If that were to happen would I start smoking again? NO WAY….never. But it would make me sad not only for myself but for the millions of people whose lives could be changed and even saved that won’t get the chance to give up tobacco for this enjoyable alternative.

Scientific proof that electronic cigarettes are not dangerous to you or others

Finally! A real, scientific study that proves what we have all know all along. Ecigs really ARE a safer, healthier alternative to smoking.

Below you will find the press release that summarizes this study. It also contains links to the actual published document from that study. If you live in a state that is seeking to ban or curtail your right to vape please send this study to your local lawmakers. Print it out and carry it with you to show to the doubters and the people who are having knee jerk reactions to electronic cigarettes simply because they “look” like smoking. Above all else, print it out and take it to your doctor!

And continue to ENJOY your SmokeStik…..guilt free!

CASAA: New study confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose minimal health risk

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CASAA is a consumer-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure the availability of low-risk alternatives to smoking and to provide the public with truthful information about such alternatives. (PRNewsFoto/Consumer Advocates for …

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today. A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) pose no health concern for users or bystanders. This is the first definitive study of e-cigarette chemistry, and finds that there are no health concerns based on generally accepted exposure limits.

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a nicotine solution to create an aerosol (called “vapor”) that the user inhales, similar to smoking a cigarette. They are used as a low-risk substitute for smoking by millions of former smokers, and their increasing popularity seems to account for the current downward trend in smoking in the <st1_country-region>U.S. and some other countries. While experts agree that the risks posed by e-cigarettes are significantly less than those posed by smoking, there had been some debate about how much lower the risk was.

By reviewing over 9,000 observations about the chemistry of the vapor and the liquid in e-cigarettes, Dr. Burstyn was able to determine that the levels of contaminants e-cigarette users are exposed to are insignificant, far below levels that would pose any health risk. Additionally, there is no health risk to bystanders. Proposals to ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned have been based on concern there is a potential risk to bystanders, but the study shows there is no concern.

This was the first study funded by the by The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives (CASAA) Research Fund. CASAA, the leading consumer advocacy group promoting the availability and use of low-risk alternatives to smoking, is an all-volunteer, donation-funded organization. CASAA President Elaine Keller said of the study, “Over the years, there have been a lot of small studies of e-cigarette liquid and vapor, but those studies were either ignored or misinterpreted. Those that showed even the slightest contamination were used for propaganda by those who object to e-cigarettes because they look like smoking. We realized that an expert review was needed to give an unbiased explanation of the available scientific evidence for our membership and policy makers. We reached out to our membership and they enthusiastically donated to make it possible.”

CASAA Scientific Director, Carl V. Phillips, summarized the importance of the study, saying “It has always been clear that e-cigarettes were much lower risk than smoking, but there was uncertainty about whether continuing to inhale a mix of chemicals posed a measurable risk. Even those of us who have long encouraged smokers to switch are a bit surprised that even the worst-case-scenario risks are so low. This study assures us that e-cigarettes are as low risk as other smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products, like smokeless tobacco and NRT.  All of these products are about 99% less harmful than smoking, and so smokers who switch to them gain basically the same health benefits as if they quit tobacco and nicotine entirely.”

Dr. Phillips added that “there has been a call for ‘regulatory science’ by the FDA.  This is exactly the type of science that is needed to make good regulation and informed individual decisions: it summarizes all of the available knowledge and puts the numbers in a useful perspective.”

The study did caution that e-cigarette users are inhaling substantial quantities of the main chemicals in e-cigarette liquid (propylene glycol and glycerin).  While these chemicals are not considered dangerous and the levels are far below occupational exposure limits, Dr. Burstyn did suggest ongoing monitoring to confirm that there is no risk.  The chemical contaminants are of even less concern.  While there have been many claims that formaldehyde, acrolein, nitrosamines, metals, and ethylene glycol found in e-cigarette vapor poses a health hazard, the study concluded that all of these have been found only at trivial levels that pose no health concern.

The study did not address the effects of nicotine because e-cigarette users are consuming it intentionally.  Nicotine, when it does not involve smoking, is very low risk and has not been clearly shown to cause any disease. However, like caffeine and other common indulgences, it may cause some tiny risk of heart attack and stroke, and so e-cigarettes, along with other tobacco and nicotine products, are probably not risk-free.  If there is any risk from nicotine, however, it is so low that it is similar to everyday hazards like drinking coffee or eating dessert, and is far less than the risk from smoking.

The study is available at http://publichealth.drexel.edu/SiteData/docs/ms08/f90349264250e603/ms08.pdf.

 

SOURCE Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association

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Electronic cigarette batteries. Keep them fresh all summer.

SmokeStik electronic cigarettes contain lithium ion batteries inside the SmokeStik tube. Lithium batteries have many advantages over traditional batteries but they also require some special care to keep them fresh and working up to capacity.

The three biggest enemies of your SmokeStik batteries are moisture, dirty threads and exposure to excessive environmental heat. All three of these things can be overcome with a little care to make your batteries last longer before you need to replace them and work harder.

Moisture: There are two sources of moisture that can get inside a battery and cause it to either fail prematurely or to perform poorly.In the summer time especially one source is the eliquid itself. When eliquid heats up it gets thinner. The other source is your own breath. When you combine those two for extended periods of time the resulting liquid can drip down into the battery. So if your the type of user that likes to hold the SmokeStik in your mouth a lot instead of taking several puffs and then putting it down just try to be conscious of the fact that the longer you do this the greater the chance of getting moisture inside the battery. I found for myself that using a lanyard stopped me from having the SmokeStik hanging out of my mouth all day…LOL I can just take a few puffs and let it drop and it’s right there when I want it again.

Dirty Threads: The threads of batteries become covered with dirt over time. This dirt can interfere with the transfer of electricity and cause your batteries to seem weak when they are not. Occasionally cleaning them with a plain dry cotton swab, (Qtip) will go a long way to keeping them working well. A good practice is to clean them each time you order new cartomizers.

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Heat: The most common source of damaging levels of heat is your car. On an 80degree day the temperature inside your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of hours. This level of heat can dramatically shorten the life of your battery. You should never leave your SmokeStik in the car and never leave it plugged in to the car charger unattended. We now offer an XL carry case that will hold both the XL batteries and the XL chargers. They are still only $5.99 and these are a very nice high quality case. Pick one up so you always have a safe, convenient way to carry your SmokeStik.

Follow these simple tips and keep your SmokeStik working like a charm all summer long so you can relax and enjoy the outdoors!!!!

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Justin Neill-SmokeStik partner and executive was Cory Monteith’s roommate

Perhaps you have wondered exactly what does it mean when we say someone is a “friend to SmokeStik”. Does it mean they endorse our product? Is it just wishful thinking on our part to try and garner business like so many other companies do? Well, no and no. It means exactly what it says. The person is truly considered a friend to our company because of their relationship to someone who works here. Sometimes they use our product and sometimes they don’t. In the case of Cory Monteith I personally really don’t know if he used it or not. That isn’t why he was our friend.

Justin Neill is a corporate partner and is the executive director of our Southern California branch office of SmokeStik. Justin also makes his home in the Hollywood area where he has lived for many years along with Cory Monteith as one of his roommates. But they were much more than just roommates. They were buddies, “bros”…..true friends. Justin Neill’s loss is profound and as a part of the SmokeStik family, we share that loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Cory. In fact for the longest time I had no idea who he was. When I talked to Justin he would tell me about his roommate…what a great guy he was, how kind and down to earth he was….and “oh btw….he works as a cast member for Glee”. Because the fact that Cory had become so successful on a hit TV show was incidental. Cory Monteith and Justin Neill were friends and that’s all there was to it.

US Weekly contacted Justin and asked him if he would be willing to give them an interview earlier this week. Today Justin finally felt up to talking about Cory and US Weekly published a short interview.

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“To most of the world, Cory Monteith was Finn Hudson, his character on the hit TV show Glee. To Justin Neill, though, he was a roommate and a friend — and a good one, at that.

Neill, who lived with Monteith in L.A. until the actor’s death on July 13 at the age of 31, spoke to Us Weekly about his beloved pal just a couple of days after Vancouver Police announced the tragedy in a press conference. “Cory was a wonderful person and a truly great friend,” Neill told Us of the star, who was found dead of “mixed drug toxicity” involving heroin and alcohol. “He was incredibly generous and always wanted his friends to share and experience his passions and interests.”

Those passions and interests included winter sports and exotic vacations. “Snowboarding trips to Mammoth or Big Bear, traveling around Australia…these are experiences that I shared with Cory and will never forget,” Neill said. “He loved his friends unconditionally and will forever be in our hearts.”
Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/cory-monteiths-friend-roommate-justin-neill-cory-was-a-wonderful-person-2013177#ixzz2ZMV1vXkz

SmokeStik is a very unique company and if we have a business model it would be that of a family business. Because that is how we all are treated, like part of the family. Justin, we know that nothing can fill the hole Cory’s passing has left in your life. But I have personally spoken to almost everyone here from the folks that work in the warehouse to the CEO and we all share in your grief.

SmokeStik says goodbye to a friend….R.I.P Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith was a friend of SmokeStik and we mourn his passing. The only real facts known to this writer are that he was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver after spending a night partying with friends. Initial police investigation confirm that he was alone at the time of his death and no foul play is suspected.

Here’s a nice little bio for Cory taken from TV Guide:

  • Birth Name: Cory Allan Monteith
  • Birth Place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/11/1982, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 07/13/2013
  • Profession: Actor
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Cory Monteith Fast Facts:

  • Started playing drums at age 7, a talent he later used in the role of Gunnar, a drummer, on the MTV series Kaya.
  • Dropped out of school in ninth grade, eventually earning his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Worked as a Wal-Mart greeter before finding success as an actor.
  • Had a recurring role on Kyle XY in 2006.
  • Auditioned for Glee with a video of him playing the drums on a set of Tupperware.
  • Cory Monteith Relationships:
  • Lea Michele – Significant Other
  • Shaun Monteith – Brother
  • Ann McGregor – Mother
  • Joe Monteith – Father
  • Cory Monteith Awards:
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Winner
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Nominee
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Nominee
  • 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Nominee

Cory was 31 years old. What a sad, sad thing for such a talented young life to end. Our sincere condolences go out to Cory’s family and friends.


WARNING: SmokeStik® products are intended for use by persons of legal smoking age, NOT BY nonsmokers or by children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or persons with or at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or taking medicine for depression or asthma. Consult a physician if you experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, weakness and rapid heartbeat. If you smoke tobacco products, you are encouraged to stop.

SmokeStik® products are NOT smoking cessation products, have NOT been approved by the FDA, and have NOT been tested as such. Please keep SmokeStik® products out of the reach of children and pets; ingestion of certain pieces can present a choking hazard, and ingestion of large amounts of non‐vaporized concentrated ingredients in the cartridges can be poisonous.These statements and SmokeStik® products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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