Mar 25, 2013

Social Smoking? Even One Cig a Day Elevates Your Risk

Social Smoking is Still Smoking And It's Still Bad For You.

Social smoking may be social and it may be infrequent, but it’s still smoking.

Studies have shown that women who are social smokers or light smokers – even if they just smoke one cigarette a day – double their chances of sudden death.

That was the finding of a study tracking the health of over 100,000 U.S. nurses over three decades. In fact, during the study, 315 nurses died suddenly when their hearts stopped working.

Another reason to quit: Women who smoke just one cigarette a day double their risks of sudden death 

Of the women who died, 75 were smokers and 148 had smoked in the past. After factoring in other risk factors such as family history, high blood pressure and cholesterol, researchers found that women who had ever smoked were twice as likely to die as non-smokers, even if they had smoked as little as one cigarette a day.

Age, of course, was a factor. Smoking exacerbated congenital heart conditions in women under age 35, while with older nurses, smoking compounded the early stages of coronary heart disease, where fatty deposits block the heart’s arteries.

For every five years they smoked, their risks grew by another 8 percent.

But there's good news, too. Women who quit smoking reduced their risks almost to the level of women who had never smoked.

It kills me when women say, “I’m just a social smoker,” and I want to scream, “Yes, but you’re still a smoker. You're taking the same chances with your life as any woman who smokes.”

My daughter Emma was a "social smoker" but now she enjoys vaping when she's drinking

That included my daughter, Emma, up until a couple of years ago, when I gave her an e-cigarette.

The good news is that women who quit smoking reduced their risk of sudden death dramatically, according to the journal of the American Heart Association.

“What this study really tells women is how important it is to stop smoking,” said Dr. Roopinder Sandhu of the University of Alberta, Canada, who authored the study. “The benefits in terms of sudden cardiac death reduction are there for all women – not just those with established heart disease.”

Another study of 1.2 million women found that women who gave up smoking by age 30 could avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases almost entirely.

We need to help women understand that “social smoking” is NOT harmless fun. It’s a little like intercourse without using proper protection and precautions. When you engage in risky behaviors, you take serious risks with your health.

You’re literally screwing with your health (pun intended).

Mar 21, 2013

Free E-Cigarette Starter Kits? Don't Get Sucked In!

Free E-Cigarette Starter Kits!! 

We love free stuff, don’t we? But we also know from experience that nothing comes for free. And yet, I still click on those freebies!

That’s exactly what I did. I obviously don’t need a new e-cigarette starter kit (we have plenty of e-cigarette starter kits right here in our inventory!). But I wanted to follow through on this offer to see exactly what would happen.  

I clicked to get my “free e-cigarette starter kit.”
Turns out it wasn’t free after all…

I quickly clicked on “Get a Free Trial Today” because I wanted to make sure I “acted fast before they were all gone!” (Yeah, right. We all know that ruse!)

And sure enough, my credit card was only charged $4.95 to cover shipping costs. About a week later, an e-cigarette starter kit with a single battery, 2 cartomizers, and chargers arrived. (FYI, this is basically the same as our “Try Me” E-Cigarette Starter Kits that we charge $34.95 for – only with an extra wall charger).

So you get 14 days to try it. Well, I didn’t realize that, and I made the mistake of keeping the kit. And guess what?! 

I got charged $119.95 exactly two weeks later. Yikes! THAT's not free!

Let’s do a quick calculation: $119.95 plus $4.95 equals $124.90, compared to our price of $34.95 (our e-cigarette starter kits ship for free). That’s $90 more!

These are the charges that showed up on my credit card
So I call. And I explain that I don’t really understand why I’m being charged such a high price for their single battery e-cigarette starter kit. Their phone banks are clearly very busy, as I can hear lots of other people on the phone in the background. The poor customer rep. explained that I should’ve read the fine print, but offered to put 50% back on my credit card.

But wait! It gets worse!

Less than a month later, a tiny box of cartomizers arrived.

 And another not-so-tiny charge shows up on my credit card – this time, for $69.90! 

This morning, I finally checked my credit card to see if they had issued the 50% refund. (Late, I know, but I’ve been busy!) I found out that they had indeed issued a 50% refund – but on the cost of the cartomizers, not on the starter kit. Out of the whopping total of $194.80 they charged me, I was given a $29.98 refund.

When I called the second time, I asked why they charged so much for cartomizers. The going rate (see page "Compare E-Cigarette Brands") for a box of cartomizers typically is between $11 and $17. Our cartomizers are due in by the end of March, and our prices will be reasonable, just like our other products: $9.95 + $2.00 shipping for one box, and $8.95 + $2 shipping for two or more boxes (with the code "Vamp1").

So I asked the poor customer service rep why they charged $69.90 for a box of five cartomizers. Here’s what he said:

“Our customers think ours taste better and it doesn’t make them cough. They don’t feel it in their throat. Some of the other e-cigarette brands aren’t as smooth and some of them will break.” (I’m thinking: “Seriously? They’ll break?! I have never in my life heard of a cartomizer breaking!”)

And then he made me a deal that I absolutely CAN refuse: if I buy more than three packs, they’ll drop the price to $39.95 per pack. I forgot to ask about shipping. But let’s just say they’re shipped for free. That’s $119.85 for three packs of cartomizers (the exact same kind we sell at Vaping Vamps), compared to our pricing of $32.85 ($8.95 x 3 + $6 shipping). That’s more than three times the cost!!

So the lesson we have to learn once again?

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

And there’s certainly no such thing as a free e-cigarette starter kit!

P.S. ALWAYS make sure you read the fine print. Regal is just one of several e-cigarette brands that are running this type of scam. Google the name of the company with the word scam to see what pops up. 

Here’s another similar ad, with the fine print (I printed it as close as the original as I could: dark gray tiny print on a black background. Talk about hard to read):

Membership Terms and Conditions: If I enroll in the refill membership program I am agreeing to be charged $79.99 + S&H in 15 days and each 30 days thereafter for a 10-filter refill pack. My credit card will be billed and my shipment will be sent automatically at those times. Refill shipments will continue until I call to cancel my Membership at 1-866-830-2464 Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm CST or by emailing us at By clicking to order I represent that I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and full Terms and Conditions of this offer and I understand that I will be liable for payment of product that was shipped to me, and future shipments of product, if I fail to notify customer service to stop supplying the product to me.

Mar 11, 2013

Women and Lung Cancer: Going in the Wrong Direction

"If Women Smoke Like Men, They Die Like Men" 

Women smokers are more likely to die as a result of their habit today than they were in the 1960’s.

That’s the finding of a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which examined data from more than two million women in the U.S.

"If women smoke like men, they die like men," said Prof Sir Richard Peto of Oxford University about the study.

Deaths from lung cancer are rising dramatically
The fact that women are starting to smoke at a younger age and are smoking more cigarettes is being blamed for the dramatic increase in lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leader cancer killer of both men and women, claiming the lives of over 72,000 women last year.

And while the rate of lung cancer has dropped by 22% for men, this horrific disease has risen by a whopping 106% among women. It makes me wonder why we pay so much attention to breast cancer, but precious little to the leading cancer killer of women.

British Women Also Dying of Lung Cancer 

Across the pond, research published in the Annals of Oncology reports that lung cancer claims the lives of almost 16,000 UK women a year compared with 12,000 who die from breast cancer.

Ironically, advances in treatment and management helped decrease the number of cancer deaths overall – with the exception of lung cancer in women. Deaths from lung cancer are expected to continue rising because women took up smoking later than men, and cancer develops later in life.

Studies show that more young British women started smoking in the late 1960’s and 70’s, possibly due to changing socio-cultural attitudes at that time.

An Obvious Link Between Smoking and Lung Cancer 

While it’s more difficult to identify the causal agents of breast cancer, there is an obvious correlation between smoking and lung cancer. To raise awareness and support smokers who want to quit, the UK is hosting a “No Smoking Day” on Wed., March 13.

Women who smoke should get more than a nasty glance.
They need tools such as e-cigarette starter kits! 
No Smoking Days and Great American Smokeouts may raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking. But my question is: do they really help people who are addicted to smoking?

Dr. Michael Thun, lead researcher of the NEJM study, said: "The steep increase in risk among female smokers has continued for decades after the serious health risks from smoking were well established, and despite the fact that women predominantly smoked cigarette brands marketed as lower in 'tar' and nicotine.

The good news is that people who gave up smoking by the age of 30 almost completely avoided the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases.

I dream of the day when e-cigarettes will completely replace all tobacco cigarettes for those who just can’t quit altogether. The best e-cigarettes are here, and they help addicted smokers.

I look forward to the day when tobacco cigarettes finally take their rightful place in the scrap heap of worst products of all time.

When there’s no longer innocent people who are killed by secondhand smoke.

When we finally get rid of a product that kills more people than AIDS, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, vehicular accidents, homicide and suicide combined.

When we finally wake up to realize that we can easily prevent 87% of all lung cancers.

We simply need to rid ourselves of a horrible, outdated product whose time has come -- and gone.