FDA Backs Down In E-Cig Battle

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Girl Smoking Electronic Cigarette.jpgIn a move that surprised everyone, the FDA on Monday announced they would stop trying to regulate the e-cig as drug delivery devices. They will instead be considered Tobacco products and fall under the jurisdiction of the "Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act". Enacted in 2009, this act gave the FDA power to regulate several aspects of the tobacco industry such as how they market and sell their products.

Until now, smokeless cigarettes were in a sort of grey-area of the law. The FDA originally tried to classify them as drug delivery devices and require them to pass extensive clinical trials and an application process just like prescription medications. The electronic cigarette companies fought back and won an appellate court decision in December of 2010 blocking the FDA from categorizing them as drug delivery devices. Many thought the FDA's attempt to control e-cigs was motivated by pressure from big tobacco.

Monday was the deadline for the FDA to decide whether to appeal last December's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court and classify ecigs as a drug. Knowing they would likely lose another court battle, they decided to go with the tobacco classification. Electric cigarette manufacturers and vendors world wide applaud the new decision.

I spoke with the owner of the USA's largest E-Cig/E-Liquid supplier Jeffrey Eaton. He said "We are all ecstatic over here at WordUpEcig.com. We have worked so hard to put our brand on top of the others and now we no longer have to worry about the FDA putting unnecessary restrictions on us." He also believes this will put pressure on the many sellers of counterfeit products to either step up their act or get out of the business. His sentiments are likely shared among all ecig suppliers.

For now it looks like e-cigarettes are here to stay. The FDA say's on their website that as long as smoke-free cigarettes are not marketed as having any type of therapeutic value, such as a nicotine replacement or smoking cessation device, they will treated as a tobacco product. I think we should all give a big thumbs up to the many users, sellers and manufacturers of electric cigarettes that fought for this ground breaking decision!

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Laser Hair Removal Units.jpgBikini season is just around the corner so it's time to get serious about some landscaping down under we've been neglecting over the past few months. We all dread this ritual but fortunately I can offer a little advice to make it easier, faster and painless.

It's 2011 so I'm not going to talk about waxing, shaving or creams. These methods are outdated and today's technology offers 3 new tools you can use at home for a fraction of the cost of a set of visits to a laser clinic. Let's take a look.

First is the No No hair remover. It is a neat little unit about the size of a really small electric shaver. It is cordless and rechargeable. The No No works using their patented Thermicon technology. The Thermicon tip is an ultra fine wire that heats and removes the hair upon contact. The heat then transfers down the hair shaft to kill the follicle. You move the unit over your skin and it painlessly removes the hair instantly. It is also great for your upper lip due to it's light weight and easy maneuverability. The only down side users report is the smell of burning hair. if you are sensitive to this odor, don't try no no hair removal. You can find them for about $250 at amazon.

Next is the Silk'n Sensepil. It works just like a laser but uses IPL or Intense Pulsed Light technology. IPL employs a high intensity xenon flash tube to supply the light bursts that will kill the hair follicles. Just like lasers, it is not recommended for dark skin or light hair. The Silkn is a corded handheld unit about the size of a cell phone. What makes the Silk n stand out is the huge treatment area that is about 1 inch by 1 & 1/4. The only complaint users have is the inconveinance of the power cord. You can find a Sensepil for about $500 at Amazon.

Lastly is the Tria hair remover. The Tria is an actual laser just like those used in a beauty salon. It is a hand held, cordless, rechargeable unit about the size of small hair dryer. Like a salon laser, it works best on dark hair and light skin and is not recommended for grey or blond hair or very dark skin. This is because it works by passing a burst of laser light through the skin that kills the hair follicle. The best feature about the Tria is it actually tests your skin before it "unlocks" to allow use. If your hair is too light or your skin too dark, the Tria will not unlock and you will not be able to use it. Tria laser reviews criticize the size of the treatment area which is approximately a 1/4 circle. You can find the Tria on Amazon for about $400.

One final note is the maintenance cost for each unit. The flash tubes for the silkn last approximately 750 flashes which is enough to do both legs for most women. The replacement cost is about $45. The no no's thermicon tips last a really long time and will do both legs upwards of 20 times and you can purchase 3 replacement tips for about $30. The Tria is a true diode type laser with an estimated life of approximately 300 to 400 charge cycles with each cycle being between 30 and 45 minutes.

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Ebay Puts Another Nail In Their Own Coffin

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Ebay Auction.jpegFirst off, this is not going to be a whine fest about ebay, or feebay as some call it. I want to tell you about their newest, and most covert yet, attempt to increase their revenue while repeating their mantra "The change is to benefit the ebay users." Here is an exact quote from the ebay spring newsletter:

We know that online buyers pay attention to the total cost of an item--including shipping--when deciding what and where to buy. That's why, to encourage low-cost shipping, starting July 6 Final Value Fee rates for Store sellers--Fixed Price and Auction-style--will be reduced and then applied to the total amount of the sale--including shipping.

Read More Here: eBay Fee Changes Hit Auction Sellers Hard

What will happen now is that the fee you pay ebay when you sell an item will also be applied to the shipping cost as well. For example, if you sell an item for $20 and shipping is $10 you will now pay an additional $1 (10% of the shipping) for having the extreme privilege of selling on ebay. Ebay claims they are trying to get sellers to lower or even eliminate the shipping charged for each item they sell. If you're a buyer, this sounds like a awesome idea. What's better than free shipping right? Well, it's not going to be that simple.

So now, ebay sellers have 2 choices. Leave their shipping cost the same and pay an additional 10% or sell their items with "Free Shipping". If they don't sell their items with free shipping, their listings will be pushed to the bottom of the page as ebay gives preference to listings that have free shipping. They will sell less due to decreased visibility and when they do sell it will cost them more -- ebay Profits and Sellers lose money. And if sellers absorb the cost of shipping and list their items with free shipping -- ebay Profits (free shipping sells more items) and Sellers lose money.

But I think something else will happen. I sell on ebay and I will certainly not be absorbing any shipping costs. So after much consideration, the only solution I can come up with is to raise the price of my items the amount of the shipping cost and sell the item as "Free Shipping". But here's the problem. Shipping cost varies depending on the distance an item is shipped. So an item shipped from the West Coast to the East Coast would cost more than an item shipped from the West Coast to the middle of the U.S.

So what I have to do is add the highest possible shipping charge to all of my items. The net cost will rise for all buyers with those who would normally pay the least for shipping (those closest to me) will now be paying the highest shipping rate. Now add to this the fact that I can't use this method on international sales. The shipping cost for international orders is to high to add into the price of the item. So for international shipping, I have to add an additional handling charge to make up for the extra fees I will be paying on the shipping.

Now I'm not saying I have decided upon the best way to deal with ebay's newest fees but after 3 years of increasing fees, I can't come up with an alternative that will make selling on ebay worth the trouble. So what happens when all sellers on ebay either leave because they can't make a profit or raise their prices so high that it's cheaper to shop on Amazon? Ironically, shoppers will flock to Amazon.... the exact company ebay is trying emulate.



Quitting Smoking Better Second Time Around

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If you are among the millions of Americans who have tried to quit smoking and failed, The Stop Smoking.jpgAmerican Lung Association (ALA) has released a study indicating your failure may actually be a sign of future success. According to the ALA, smokers that have failed to quit in the past have a higher success rate on future attempts. They believe there may be several reasons for these findings but their study focused on these specific reasons.

Analysis of data shows that 60% to 70% of smokers fail and require multiple attempts to successfully quit their unhealthy habit. The failure can leave the smoker feeling frustrated and discouraged. But in most cases, even those who are feeling frustrated and discouraged also fell a stronger sense of determination. Smokers having this increased sense of determination have only a 40% to 60% chance of failure and these figures fall even lower as the number of attempts increases.

The ALA believes that each time you try to quit smoking, you learn more about what it will take and how attempting to quit effects you personally. Increasing your knowledge about your specific situation allows you to make better informed decisions about your personal quitting plan. It also appears that your level of determination will increase with each attempt to quit.

It is also interesting to note that when attempting to quit smoking, using multiple methods at one time greatly increase your chance of success. In other words, combining cold turkey with NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), counseling, prescriptions medications or the E-Cigarette can increase your chances of success by 20% to 30%. Most importantly, before you begin any smoking cessation program, you should always consult your physician.


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Welplex Injection.jpgMost cigarette smokers have attempted at least once to quit their habit. Nicotine gum, e-cigarette, lasers and hypnosis are just a few of the many smoking cessation tools available. If you've tried one or more of these and failed, you may want to take a look at a new product called Welplex. It is a program based on an FDA approved injection and claims to be the best stop smoking method yet.

Welplex is actually a 3 step process that begins with a visit to the administration clinic. Here, the patient must complete a medical questionnaire receive a physical exam focusing on heart and lung function. If the patient passes the exam, the next step is the injection.

The injection itself is composed of 2-3 anticholinergic drugs often adjusted to the patients smoking history. The most common medications found in the injection are atropine, scopolamine, atarax and promethazine. Side effects of the injection can include drowsiness, agitation and unusual behavior or hallucinations. A prescription sleep aid is often prescribed for the first night after the injection in case of insomnia.

Following the shot, the patient is counseled on the psychological aspects of nicotine addiction and prescribed two weeks of anticholinergic medication to prevent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The complete process takes about 2 hours.

The cost of the program varies but is about $500 and most clinics offer re-treatments for little to no cost should you relapse and restart smoking. Success rates vary with the history and determination of the patient and are reported to be between 50% and 90%.

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Ecig Smoker.jpgThe Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has completed a study concluding the electronic cigarette is safer than tobacco cigarettes when used properly. They also concluded the new smoking replacement device could be of major importance in reducing morbidity and mortality related to cigarette smoking and tobacco use.

The BUSPH study, published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, is the first comprehensive scientific analysis of the health effects associated with the e-cig said Dr. Michael Siegel Associate Chairman Community Health Services. The personal vaporizer is intended to give the user a dose of inhaled nicotine without the toxins and carcinogens associated with tobacco.

The report completed by BUSPH concluded the level of chemicals found in the e-cig do not pose any health concerns for the user. The report also states that further clinical study is warranted to completely assess how the nicotine only vapor effects the user in the long term. The BUSPH article examined a compilation of clinical studies identifying the components within the nicotine fluid (e-liquid) used in the electronic cigarette and found the level of toxins to be 1000 times less than traditional cigarettes.

The smokeless cigarette has been in a constant battle with the FDA since its introduction in 2005. The FDA asserts they are a drug delivery device and should be regulated as such calling for their immediate withdrawal from the consumer market. Opponents say that removing the ecig form the public market would only push its users back to traditional cigarettes and tobacco and this would only benefit the big tobacco companies.

Last December, the Federal Court of Appeals struck down the FDA's attempt to regulate ecigs. The court said e-cigarettes should be considered nicotine replacement therapy, like nicotine gum or patches, and not labeled as drug delivery devices. Currently, the FDA is appealing this verdict.

Whatever the final outcome, it is clear we currently know more about the ingredients contained in the electronic cigarette that we do about those in tobacco. We also know that ecigs are very successful at suppressing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Until proven otherwise, it only makes sense to allow use of the ecig as all evidence points to a reduction in adverse health effects.

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Hypnotherapy For Smoking Cessation

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Quit SmokingIf you have ever considered stopping tobacco, maybe you have thought about hypnosis to help you give up tobacco. It is likely you already know hypnosis has a track record of enabling smokers kick the habit quickly and with no nicotine withdrawal difficulties or side effects. But do you really understand how hypnosis acts in the subconscious mind to help make stopping cigarettes extremely easy? Let's see whether we can help make the confusing procedure a little easier to understand.

Hypnosis depends upon interacting with the portion of the mind that retains subconscious feelings and also habitual activity. The subconscious mind is extremely powerful and enables you to assist the conscious mind whilst attempting demanding activities. Many of us smoke because of habit or perhaps because of psychological signals like stress. Which means if we could effect the area of your brain in control of both dependence along with feelings, this might be a valuable component of a stopping cigarette treatment.

Your feelings and emotions are both influenced by your subconscious mind. In fact, science has proven your subconscious even communicates with you through your feelings. For example, let's say you are experiencing an emotion like sadness or anxiety but you are not sure of the cause. Studies have shown that careful examination will reveal something you have experienced is the root cause of these feelings. Even though you were not aware of it, your subconscious has notified you of an issue that needs to be addressed.

Now that we understand how the subconscious works and that we can tap into it using hypnosis, we can start to see how hypnosis can be used to reprogram the behavior and emotions that drive us to smoke. Addicted smokers continue their unhealthy behavior because if they don't, they begin to feel nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms often include anxiety, irritability, confusion and depression. With hypnosis, you attempt to stop these symptoms before they begin. It is very difficult to completely eliminate nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Normally, hypnosis used along with other smoking cessation aids is the most successful. Nicotine gum, e cig and nicotine patches combined with hypnotherapy have been found to be very successful for smoking cessation.

It is important to understand that to successfully quit smoking, more than one technique or tool used together is more efficient than using only one by itself. So no matter which smoking cessation aid you choose (NRT, e-cig, hypnotherapy), you should consider combining two or more for the most success. It is also important to speak with your physician before using any kind of nicotine replacement.
Electronic Cigarette.jpgThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to ban the sale of a brand-new type of electronic cigarette offered as being able to administer pot to buyers on the job, in planes and other public places. A majority of these ads tend to be highly suggestive for the buyer insinuating the newest design of e-cig enables you to get high in public without being detected. With its focus on providing doses of psychoactive THC, this type of electronic cigarette is clearly meant to get users high and should be regarded as against the law.

Advertisements for the latest electronic cigarette device apparently invite consumers not only to violate regulations concerning cigarette smoking in public areas but in addition laws against the use of cannabis itself. The ads suggest the new product permits you to now smoke weed in public areas without attracting any unwanted attention. They have already turned out to be the most current news in the weed community as the freshest method to smoke pot. Distributors state that with the newest marijuana e-cigarette, you're able to smoke the criminal ingredient at any place without a lighter, smell or even smoke. Potential buyers are enticed because of the advertisers promise that you're going to get a cannabis high from the 3 different varieties for sale. All three types are supposedly obtained from potent sativa and indica strains of weed.

There can also be hidden dangers as users of the product breathe out the by products in public areas. What must be considered will be the issue of subjecting bystanders to the residue given off by the product. Persons most at risk from this exposure consist of kids, seniors and people having medical issues that may be exacerbated by the residue given off. This is the real issue and may be used by the Food and drug administration to win their argument that the e-cigarette is a drug delivery product.

Even the web pages and vendors who promote and are generally supportive of e-cigarettes that administer nicotine admit the advertising and marketing of this product will certainly take the discussion over electronic cigarettes to a whole new level. The FDA has ruled that e-cigarettes built to provide nicotine are drug-delivery products and therefore are against the law as they never have been authorized by the organization for distribution. Though it is apparent that the FDA possesses jurisdiction over these types of devices, there's question if the legal statute providing the FDA jurisdiction over cigarettes relates to nicotine containing e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes which provide marijuana, or ingredients other than nicotine, typically are not impacted by the federal statute dealing with tobacco cigarettes and nicotine administration products. The FDA's failure to immediately prohibit this new device and start proper enforcement procedures is undoubtedly a problem. Sustained inability to adopt any sort of productive steps against this type of e-cig will only further undermine the groups reputation and authority.

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Try The Silk N Laser

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silkn laser.jpgThe Silk N Laser Hair Removal system is a small gadget that you can use to remove bothersome hair from your body. It promises to make the process easy and long lasting. If you actually hate to shave, wax, or pluck, this product might just be for you. Here are the latest top reasons why you should give it a try.

Developers of the product say that the Silkn removes hair by using  IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology to apply heat and inhibit the hair follicle cells. You use the it by slowly moving it along the area that you want to remove hair. The light energy from the IPL penetrates the skin and acts on the melanin of the hair follicle. Melanin is also present in dark skin and those with very dark skin tones will not respond to laser hair removal.

Silkn Sensepil is about the size of a cell phone. People have said it is a piece of cake to hold and simple to use. Your skin could feel like you have been in a tanning booth after use but this wears off in about an hour. Most reports from users say their was very little or no discomfort.

People using Silkn every 2 weeks have noticeably less hair six weeks after treatment. At the six week mark, more than 50 percent less hair was noticeable, and after 12 weeks, more than 70 percent less hair was noticed. Most dermatologists agree the results are similar to those achieved using a traditional laser treatment.

Some people have a lot of trouble with shaving. Shaving can cause thick stubble with itching, rashes, and ingrown hairs. Nicks and cuts in the skin are also a big problem. But the the IPL process avoids all these problems. Some users report that their hair grows in much finer and slower than it does after shaving. You can also forget the huge mess of waxing. Silk n laser is no mess at all and users say they would easily trade a painful waxing for a few minutes of warmed skin.

The silkn has a no frills cost as well, only about $200. This might seem like a small price compared to waxing frequently and traditionally cost prohibitive office laser treatments. Maintenance is required for the units lamps, but is easily worth it when the amount of hairless time is considered. The IPL unit is considered to be a useful and safe product for home use. It is easy to use and easy to maintain. It is a reasonable price for many people. The dermatologists and developers agree and average people are noticing the astonishing results. The silkn hair remover seems to be rising through the ranks as a beauty must have for women.

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Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal.jpgBoth women and men are turning to Laser Hair Removal as a more effective means to permanently remove hair. So let's spend a little time and look at the pricing and cost, popular reviews and side effects of the most popular brands of hair removers.

Personal laser hair removal systems for home use have realized dramatic improvements over the past few years. Advancements in electronics (specifically micro-electronics) haves put the laser hair remover in a smaller package at a lower price than ever before. The new models are also lighter and easier to handle providing results equal to or better than professionally applied laser treatments. The price of a personal hair laser hair remover is between $200 and $1000 depending on the specific accessories you need.

Like most products, laser hair removers come in many styles. We reviewed the three most popular which are Tria, Silk n and No No. All of these remove hair through the same process of heating the hair follicle repeatedly which eventually inhibits the follicle from producing hair. This will result in permanent hair removal. The Tria is a true diode laser. The high intensity light from the laser penetrates the skin to act on the hair follicle. Lasers work on the melanin in the follicle so they work best on those with light skin and dark hair. Like the Tria, the Silk n uses high intensity light to generate heat that acts on the hair follicle. The difference is that it uses a xenon flash tube as opposed to a laser. It also works best on light skined dark haired users. Lastly is the No No. It use a totally new and different method known as Thermicon Heat Technology. The Thermicon technology of the No No uses a micro filament that actually touches the hair and transmits heat down the hair shaft to the follicle.The end result is the same of follicle inhibition. The benefit of the No No is that it can be used on any skin or hair tone.

Side effects most often associated with laser hair removal are a tingling sensation during use and possible discomfort after use. After treatment, some users report a sunburn like feel and redness of the skin. The side effects can usually be eliminated by adjusting the hair remover to a lower level. Both types of hair removers that use high intensity light (Tria & Silk n) are adjustable for this purpose. As the No No does not contact the skin, there is no discomfort during or after use.

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