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How E-Cigs Have Pharmaceutical Companies Worried

How E-Cigs Have Pharmaceutical Companies Worried

I’ve always stated that technology is changing the way we interact with each other. It’s also changed the way we take part in conventional activities. For example, online gaming has changed the way we interact with other sports enthusiasts because you simply log into a gaming portal. You no longer make several trips to the bank to transfer money and pay bills because you now have the concept of online banking. However, technology hasn’t only changed what we do online because it’s changed the way we indulge in our pleasures – good and bad.

Over the years, the concept of e-cigs and vapes has become very popular in society. No matter where you look, you’ll see someone smoking an e-cig. Even manufacturers of vapes have found creative ways to appeal to both hard smokers and those you haven’t smoked a cigarette in their lives. For example, hardcore smokers can purchase vapes with different degrees of nicotine to help them quit, and non-smokers can purchase them without tobacco but different flavors for recreation. Let’s just say e-cigs are increasing in popularity each year with online sales totaling 3.5 billion.

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At this point, it’s time to step back and wonder who are the ones feeling the pressure from increasing e-cig sales? I once thought it was the government, but I’m sure they’ll find creative ways to tax the vape industry gaining much of the taxes lost. Could it be tobacco companies? They too are finding ways to enter the market so they can compete and stay up to date with the changing trends. Not to mention most people buying vapes do so with nicotine liquid, and some big tobacco companies have started to create liquid nicotine as an alternative to actual tobacco. This means they too will find ways to recover profits, however, pharmaceutical companies have a big battle going forward. These companies spend billions of dollars developing drugs to help people quit smoking, and have invested money in “the patch” and “nicotine” gum too. But, even with aggressive lobbying, the vape industry continues to grow each year.

Here’s something from reuters.com

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Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog estimates the entire U.S. market for “vapor devices” will grow to $3.5 billion by the end of the year

This is great news for e-cig sellers since the profit margins will continue to grow throughout the year. However, Big Pharma (who represents drug manufacturers) and tobacco companies are trying to find ways to eliminate the vaping industry because it’s now cutting into their profits. In my eyes, the vaping industry has two major wars they’ll keep fighting for a long time – one against the tobacco industry who can’t find ways to compete in the vaping industry, and the other against pharmaceutical companies who have spent millions of dollars towards nicotine replacement therapies.

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The government who regulates the industry is also worried, but not as much because they’ll just find ways to tax the vaping industry for lost income from conventional tobacco sales. Even though they are feeling the pressure from large tobacco companies to regulate vape usage, it’s not aggressive as before since companies like R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Philip Morris have already jumped into the e-cigarette game years ago.

The Pharmaceutical Companies

Big Pharma is one company who has a lot to lose from vapes entering the market, and they are investing enormous money trying to get stricter regulations put on the sales. Big Pharma is responsible for representing some of the largest drug and medical devices companies in the United States. For example, they represent Nicorette gum by GlaxoSmithKline, and “the patch” by Johnson & Johnson. Both which have a lot to lose if e-cig popularity continues to grow over the years. Think about it, smokers will no longer require the patch or nicotine gum if they have found a safer alternative to smoking.

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Big Pharma companies are responsible for manufacturing some of the most popular drugs in the market. These medications cost hundreds and/or even thousands of dollars per pill. If you compare this to the cost of a cigarette pack, it’s but a tiny fraction of what tobacco companies profit per sale. Big Pharma makes more money than big tobacco and can afford to pay off as many politicians as it wants to win the War on Vaping. I’ll be surprised to see how this will play out throughout the years.

Bad News for Small Tobacco Companies

The big tobacco companies are investing money in vapes and liquid nicotine, however, what about the smaller companies that can’t expand just yet? They have two options, first lobby with the big pharmaceutical companies for stricter regulations against vapes. This will aggressive pushdown vape availability and keep tobacco sales steady. Secondly, sell and join a larger tobacco company who can afford to manufacture vape products and compete in a growing industry. Either way, I believe the smaller companies will lose because on one hand you have a lengthy battle which costs millions of dollars, and on the other, you are giving up ownership to larger companies and this means you’ll lose control of your company.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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