Johnson campaign first to condemn FDA vaping regs

October 4, 2016



Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign has now officially gone on the record condemning the FDA’s regulation of the vaping industry.

To date, no other candidate has weighed in on the issue.Gary Johnson

“In the first debate, voters listened to two candidates dance around the American economy,” said Jim Wallace, national director of the Johnson-Weld campaign. “What you’ll never hear from those candidates is how the economy is being killed by excessive regulation. That just doesn’t make any sense.”

He said that he believes vaping is about to be regulated out of existence.

“The vaping industry currently counts about nine million customers, producing about $4 billion a year in annual sales,” he said, citing figures from industry sources. “With the excessive regulation recently introduced by the FDA, as many as 12,000 vaping businesses will be put out of business.”

The regulations require manufacturers to go through a costly pre-market approval process estimated to cost as much as $300,000 to $1 million per SKU. Most believe that such regulations will simply crush the industry, regulating it out of existence.

“As Gov. Gary Johnson has said, the free market and entrepreneurial spirit should be encouraged, not destroyed,” Wallace said. “Nowhere is this more obvious than the vaping industry.”

Corey Noles is the Editor in Chief of VAPE Magazine. He is also the owner of Inked Up E-Liquid Co. and Busted Knuckle Vapor Fluids. Contact him at

A Staggered Mess

October 20, 2016



In the last two articles we’ve covered the Fused Clapton in two variations. This article we’ll be covering yet another variation but a variation that, much like the tri-core alien, brings what seems to be a depth to the flavor production that the “standard” Fused Clapton just doesn’t offer and is somewhat of a markable difference.

As I stated previously, the Fused Clapton is in fact a much more flavorful vaping coil than your standard macro coil. After all,, the wetter the coil the cooler the coil will be which allows a much more flavorful experience. However, when that vapor production is happening with a “standard” Fused Clapton the two cores are making direct contact with one another. Hence the term, “fused.” The contact that is made with some other variations of builds can allow for a bit of clogging of vapor exhaustion which will heat up that vapor. So, staggering the Clapton is the solution to what some may view as an issue.

The issue being that when e-juice reaches a high temperature it can become unsafe so we as builders, well some of us, seek out ways to keep those builds cool while keeping a consistent and even wicking ability to the coil itself.

Staggering or spacing higher gauge wire over a lower gauge core wire then fusing that wire together will create a space where the fused portion is the is what is touching and leaves a bit of breathing room in-between. This boule type will still achieve the desired capability that the “standard” fused Clapton offers as far as trapping juice and wicking well but those spaces that are created seem to add that depth of flavor by allowing a bit more juice to be trapped in-turn allowing the coil to stay cooler during its ramp up until finally VAPORS!

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This type of build during its conception was some what of a wasteful build type. While this coil type was innovated by @squidoode on Instagram I personally learned how to build this type of coil by watching the Staggered Clapton build video tutorial on TwistedMesses YouTube channel where Kent shows how to parallel wrap the wire and then remove one of them to create the spacing. Again, this method is how I make these coils to this day. However, @r4yb4d_tvl introduced a loop method for creating that same consistent spacing that most builders use and is much more efficient in the usage of wire. To see this method in use check The Art of Vaping and Effect Coil Art on YouTube where @squidoode and @d4vidsm17h show how this loop method can be applied.

The staggered fused Clapton because of not only its functionality but sexiness brought on an onslaught of variations with staggering such as, the staggered framed staple, the staple staggerton, half stagger, staggered framed multicore, multicore stagger where up to 13 cores of 30 gauge have been used, staggered aliens etc, etc…

My suggestion, if you’re a new builder, be sure to know your batteries limits and the limits of your device.

Don’t be silly and go messing up that pretty face that your mother worked so hard on creating by experimenting with low ohm builds in an unsafe manor.

Also, take a few minutes and check out those tutorial videos. They are well worth your time and those gentlemen know what they are talking about when it comes to successfully pulling off these builds and are doing you a great service by telling you what you’ll need know in order to do so.

Please advocate for your right to continue vaping with the latest products on the market! Write letters, send emails, do all you can to keep this industry alive. Thank you.

Sam McClelland
@Build_Mode Hunk

Vaping Less Harmful To Lung Cells Than Smoking, Study Shows


(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Amid conflicting studies regarding the harmfulness of vapor products and their effects on the health of those vapers that regularly use them, a new study testing both e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on lung cells yielded results suggesting that vapor products are far less harmful.

The study also found that e-cigarette vapor only had the potential to damage healthy lung cells when tested at unrealistically high levels, which isn’t achievable by normal means and further suggests that vapor product use is not toxic.

This study was peer-reviewed, but naysayers err on the side of skepticism since the study was funded by a tobacco company that recently started selling e-cigarettes, according to AOL News.

Opponents to this study and others like it suggest that while vapor products may reduce some of the health risks that tobacco cigarettes are known for, like lung disease, too little is known about the long-term health effects of vaping, which could introduce new health problems to long-time users.

While public opinion towards the safety of vapor products seems to be split between supporters and opponents of the smoking alternative, only time will tell of any damaging long-term health effects that vaping may cause.

To read more about this story, click here.

Let’s Ask GrimmGreen

October 19, 2016


By Nick Green Photo by Metal Jeff

Grimm, I keep seeing people get bent out of shape about these closed systems like the Juul and the Cync, but I don’t understand the debate. What’s all the fuss about?

Stef Youngblood
Augusta, Maine

Hey Stef! I truly and honestly don’t know what all the fuss is about. I think vapers have the association that small “cig-alike” devices are associated somehow with big tobacco. While that might be true for lots of models like the Mark10, The newer closed system devices like the Cync or the VonErl are made by vapers and for vapers.

We need to remember that while fun and satisfying to a lot of people. Sub-Ohm cloud chasing hardware will generally not be appealing to current smokers. Something like the Cync or the JUUL could quite literally save someone’s life. Vapers just need to relax.


Hi Nick! What do you think is the best tank on the market today for clouds and flavor?
Petros Ryers
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hey Petros! Lots of really great tanks on the market these days. “Tanks” is such a vague term though. Are you after a rebuildable? RTA, RDTA? Sub-Ohm coil heads? Genesis style?

In my opinion a good all around cloud / flavor tank is the Mage From Coilart. I still also love the Kayfun V5 for pure flavor, as well as the Serpent Mini 24mm from Wotofo. Any of the above would be a very solid purchase.


I love my new Recoil!! How does a project like that come together?

Terry Acheson
Palm Beach, Florida

Hey Terry! Only two things are needed for a project like that. Creativity and money. Lots and lots of money. The Recoil RDA was a bit unique in that it was all self funded. We created the design, the logos, the airflow. Did all the marketing ourselves, and contracted a manufacturer for the production process. This way we could have the final say in everything that went into the RDA.

Often times people will contact a large manufacturer like Wismec or Wotofo for help in production and creation. Going down that road is a lot less costly, but also a lot less “hands on” in my opinion. We wanted everything on the RDA to be exactly the way we wanted, and the only way to truly accomplish that, without compromises, is to fund it yourself. Glad you’re enjoying the RDA!



Vapor Hub Int’l Reports Sales Gains Topping $6.5 Million In Yearly Report


vapor_hub_group_logoVapor Hub International Inc., a leading vapor product company based in Simi Valley, Calif., announced Monday that it has made a significant improvement in gross profits, with expected sales growth anticipated for the new fiscal year thanks to the company’s increased marketing efforts.

Founded in 2008, Vapor Hub is responsible for releasing the Limitless Mechanical Mod and Binary Premium e-liquid brands, and claims that its revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30 rose to $6.5 million. That’s compared to $5.3 million, which was earned by the company in a comparable period ending late last June.

“Gross profit totaled $2.9 million for the fiscal year ended in 2016, and gross margins improved to 45.3 percent from 39.5 percent as [Vapor Hub] is now distributing more of its proprietary products rather than purchasing products for resale,” reads a statement released by the Southern California company.

Vapor Hub reported that 28 percent of its sales are international, a percentage it anticipates to increase with new marketing initiatives; with Euromonitor International, a London-based market research firm, predicting vaping sales to exceed $20 billion worldwide by 2020.

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting ten years ago. Contact him at

Demand High For JUUL Cartridges, Scarcity Causes Price Gouging In NY Smoke Shops


The success of the JUUL vaporizer over the past year has translated to higher profits for parent company Pax Labs, but the demand for the device’s replacement cartridges, which are in short supply, has allowed for high markups at the expense of the customers who frequent the New York smoke shops that sell them.

Throughout the city, a large number of tobacconists have increased the sales price of the cartridges, commonly called “pods”, which contain flavored nicotine and house a heating element that is activated when users of the JUUL take a drag on the mouthpiece.

According to a New York Post survey of smoke shops in the East Village taken just over a week ago, many businesses found selling the four-pack JUUL pods were marking them up by as much as 88 percent. Suggested retail price for a pack of pods is $15.99, but some customers were forced to pay almost double.

Pax Labs is attempting to solve the price gouging crisis by increasing the supply of the pods, rather than targeting those distributors and smoke shops that insist on jacking up their prices, the Post reports.

“We’ve tried to police it, but it’s obviously a game of Whack-A-Mole to some extent,” says Tyler Goldman, Pax Lab’s chief executive.

Pax Labs has doubled monthly production and hopes to produce 5 million JUUL pods by January.

“We want to be in 20,000 NYC smoke shops and bodegas by next year,” Goldman said.

To read the full article click here.

Scenic Vapers: In Pursuit of the Shoot With Tyler Price

October 18, 2016


By Chris Mellides

Photographer: Tyler Price (@dripping_balls)
In Frame: Leah Allison (@printcessleah)
Location: A Field Just Outside Cranberry Township, PA

Traveling and photography are two activities that often go hand-in-hand. Photographers of varying skill don’t necessarily need to leave their immediate surroundings in order to get the perfect shot, but for Scenic Vapers co-founder Tyler Price, leaving his town in West Virginia in search of new photo destinations has always been well worth the effort.

Together with his partner and fellow photographer Ian Silver, Price set out to encapsulate his love for the outdoors and his passion for vaping in the form of a photo project he and Silver call Scenic Vapers—where beautiful outdoor locations serve as the backdrop in photos that show vapers enjoying their hobby in the foreground.

Price has visited a number of different locations, setting up his tripod to capture life moments in cities like Chicago, Manhattan, Houston and Pittsburgh.

While he makes the effort to embark on as many long-distance trips as his work schedule allows, Price says that he will often “look up all of the top tourist locations” around him to “help [him] find new locations to shoot.”

“I find a lot of luck with State Parks,” Price said. “They are maintained and patrolled to ensure cleanliness and respect for Mother Nature.”

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Photographer: Chris Starcher (@dripmedia)
In Frame: Tyler Price (@dripping_balls)
Location: Cooper’s Rock State Forest, WV

He added, “Some of my most favorite State Parks in West Virginia would have to be Blackwater Falls State Park for its well knows waterfalls, Babcock State Park for its beautiful water wheel mill, and Coopers Rock State Park for its gorgeous out-looks and trails.”

Often joining him on his car rides to various photo destinations are a number of Price’s friends who usually serve as the models in his photography.

“If not by myself, I always travel with friends to go shoot be-cause it’s way more fun,” Price said. “Occasionally, I will meet a random person along the way and snap their photo, but for the most part it’s just me and my friends.”

The 25-year-old photographer says that he tends to rely mostly on natural lighting in whatever environment he finds himself shooting in, and that the challenge is making sure that all of the key components are in place in order for him to get the most out of his photography.

If he had to choose, Price said that his ideal time to shoot is during the golden hour, which refers to the time of day shortly before sunset when the daylight is redder and softer, which often translates to richer colors in photos.

“My second favorite time is when I’m under the tree canopy with the sun high in the sky,” Price said. “This creates wonderful shadows and light to play with.”

No matter the time of day, Price stresses the importance of always being prepared for a shoot, and that planning ahead of time and rounding up appropriate equipment beforehand can “make or break your day out in the field.”

“You want to make sure your camera batteries are charged, that your SD card is formatted and in your camera, you have your tripod, all the gear you might need for the day’s shoot, and proper clothing/ gear to match the weather out there,” Price said.

Always looking forward to future shoots and the challenges that come with them, Price is convinced that he’ll never be sat-isfied with simply returning to the places he’s visited and that the desire to explore new places is strong within him.

“Besides getting that perfect shot you envisioned, the journey and memories you make along the way, to me, is the best part [of traveling],” Price said.

“Travel and the love I have for this beautiful world will keep me busy for the rest of my life. Even if I get to see the whole world, I’ll be looking for that ticket to space.”

No matter how experienced, all photographers are encouraged to join Tyler in enjoying the outdoors and including vapers as subjects in their work.

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Vapers Seek Damages For Injuries Sustained In E-Cigarette Fires, Explosions


A small group of Washington and Oregon residents have emerged with lawsuits targeting the manufacturers and sellers of vapor products they each purchased, and that they say either caught fire or exploded during use.

The four alleged victims claim to have suffered burns and other serious injuries when their devices failed, some so severe that skin and bone graft surgeries were required, according to The Seattle Times.

The group of Northwest residents are represented by James S. Rogers, a lawyer based in Seattle, who will be seeking damages on behalf of his clients. Rogers recently joined California attorney Gregory Bentley at a news conference, where his clients’ accounts were used as proof that vapor products can render significant harm to their users.

Bentley represents dozens of people claiming that they have been injured when the lithium-ion batteries housed in their purported defective devices failed.

The California-based lawyer once represented a woman who was burned and permanently scarred by a vaporizer she was operating, and was later awarded nearly $1.9 million by a jury last year after suing the manufacturer, wholesaler and storefront she purchased the product from, The Times also reports.

“These batteries are a ticking time bomb and they’re causing harm all over the country,” Bentley told reporters.

The lawsuits in play all seek damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical care, property damage, legal fees and other costs.

To read more about this issue check out The Seattle Times article, “Vapers sue e-cigarette makers, sellers after explosions, burns.”

Deliberate Practice: Survival in the Post Regulatory World

October 17, 2016



“It’s the end of the world as we know it,” claimed Michael Stipe from the rock group REM in 1987, and it seems that every decade an event or occasion pops up that makes us believe it.

This year it happened in the form of the FDA deeming regulations.

We were given a glimpse of these proposed guidelines in April 2014, and many speculated about whether the final decision would follow the initial draft document, or if it would be radically altered.

There were concerns over the grandfather date, also known as the predicate date, and if it would be moved from February 2007 to August 2016. We wondered if guidelines would be created regarding the manufacturing of e-liquids, online sales and flavoring.

The conclusion is that some things were addressed and others were not. In addition, some issues that were covered seemed vague. So now what?

Deliberate Practice

Some people are fortunate enough to be born with natural skills. Child prodigies that play piano before they can walk, runners that are naturally swift and beat everyone in the neighborhood, and savants that can recall where they were every day of their lives. These are natural born talents and are difficult if not impossible to learn.

So how do we become “good” business people?

For most, smart business sense is not a God-given talent, but is a skill honed by experience, by education, and by failure.

It is said that experts are experts at maintaining high-levels of practice and improving performance, and that is the core of developing a smart business mind and a successful business.

If you practice the wrong way, you will almost certainly be guaranteed to fail. The finance blog, Financial Digest defines “deliberate practice” as being “…a highly structured activity with the specific goal of improving performance.” Sounds simple enough, right?

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Here are some easy and quick steps for running a successful vape business, or for that matter, any business:

  • Understand your market; which means, who you are and how you fit into the big picture. That includes business out-side your city, state or country.
  • Learn from those who are doing it right and better than you. Don’t copy them exactly, but pull out valuable lessons that you can incorporate into your business.
  • Surround yourself with a team that aligns with you. “You can fail by yourself, but you cannot succeed alone” is a quote I have repeated many times.
  • Find experts’ help and listen to them. These are usually people that can share “life lessons,” and they don’t have to be in your field.
  • Be open to and willing to partner, collaborate, work with others, etc. Use whatever terms you feel most comfortable using. “Let’s work together, dammit!”

Action Steps

These are all good in concept, so let’s drill them down.

Understanding your market: Look outside your particular piece of the universe and understand what the vape space is doing. That means domestically,
as well as internationally. This small circus run by cowboys just a few years ago is now a mainstream industry. We have advocates and political connections and legal teams and obstacles on a daily basis.

Learn from others: If you are in the e-liquid industry or have a retail shop, you will see others that are crushing it and do-ing it right. That doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing it wrong; it just means they may be better. Find out how and why. Don’t copy, but look at the lessons that can be learned.

Your team is vital and you can only be a control freak for so long. Delegation and trust can be difficult, but it’s important that you find a team of rowers to help you row your boat in tandem.

Finding expert help can mean industry specific help or generic help. I have worked with over 800 different businesses in hundreds of different areas and found that most face the exact

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same challenges and have the identical problems. There is no lack of educational material and be sure to look outside the vaping industry. There are lessons to be learned that go back dozens if not hundreds of years. Think “The Art of War” or “Think and Grow Rich.”

Collaboration is vital in today’s world. I can share a personal story of my business model called “Level 13 Liquids.” This is a private label store brand of dozens of flavors that any shop can offer. I almost abandoned the idea due to the August 8 product deadline since I was unable to bring my concept to market. Enter my new partners, “Small Batch” that had a business model which needed flavors and a quality laboratory. Now enter the third component, e-Pure Labs. They were able to offer flavors for my B2B model as well as Small Batches’ B2C model. It’s a win-win situation.

Are You Here to Stay?

When VapeMentors began in 2013, there were an estimated 1,500 vape shops in the nation and less than 500 e-liquid companies.

Within a few years both these numbers grew exponentially and at our peak may have reached 9,000 each. Those numbers will never reach that lofty plateau again and the space is shrinking already.

By 2017 we may see those number cut by 50 percent and a year later, cut another 50 percent.

Who will survive? Will it be you? Will you be crushing the competition and making a good living? Or will you look back and say, “I remember when…,” or “If only…”Don’t live in regret; the answers are in you. Let your mindset motivate you and allow deliberate practice to take you there.

See you in 2018!

Norm Bour is the founder of VapeMentors and creator of the VAPE U online programs. They offer services & resources for anyone in the vape space, including vape shops, online stores and e-liquid brands. He’s also the host of Vape Radio, the largest vaping radio show in the world with more than 1.3 M down-loads. Norm interviews the masters of vape and thought leaders in the vape space. Contact him at

State Board Of Health Approves Indoor Vaping Ban In Itasca County Minnesota


Minnesota’s Board of Health passed an ordinance in Itasca County banning the indoor use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited. The measure is moving to a work session slated for Oct. 18, with a public commenting period to follow.

A new ordinance banning the indoor use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited was recently approved in Itasca County, an area located in the northeastern region of Minnesota.

Authorized by the county’s board of health department, the new ordinance will be moving to a work session presided over by the Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the work session is for moving the ordinance to a public hearing, and is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is urging Minnesota citizens and residents of Itasca County to follow the Call To Action and to contact their county commissioners ahead of the public hearing to voice their opposition towards the ordinance.

CASAA will be posting the date and time for public commenting just as soon as the information is made available.

To keep up-to-date on vaping bans and legislation in your state that could threaten your access to life-saving vapor products, follow CASAA and its Calls To Action by registering for free at

Pro-vaping Advocates Held Wisconsin Rally To Protest Government Overreach


The Johnson Creek Enterprises team poses for a group shot at their headquarters located in Hartland, Wisconsin. Photograph by Aaron Biebert.

Vapor product manufacturers throughout the country are now having to contend with a feeling of uncertainty, as it applies to the future of their businesses in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory authority over the vape industry.

Founded in 2008, Johnson Creek Enterprises has been serving a varied selection of e-liquid flavors to vapers nation-wide, and was the first e-liquid company to craft its flavors in the U.S., use child-resistant safety caps and list all product ingredients on its e-liquid bottles.

The company’s founder, Christian Berkie, took the responsible route at the dawn of what would become a multi-billion dollar industry, where the early measures he applied to his products have now become standard practice among companies like his.

The entrepreneur from Wisconsin who has created dozens of jobs during his company’s wake, now worries that his business might fold due in large part to weighty federal regulations.

On Saturday, he fought back.

With Berkie at the helm, Johnson Creek Enterprises held a large vape advocacy event called Vape Rally 2016 at his Hartland, Wisconsin-based plant, for the express purpose of drawing as much attention to the issue of overregulation as he could. With special attention paid to how government agencies like the FDA can potentially decimate small businesses through regulatory overreach.

Among the featured guests during the two-hour event were Ron Johnson (R-WI) an advocate for vaping in the U.S. Senate, and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), the leading vaping advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives, and author of legislation written to counteract the FDA’s deeming regulations.

Also appearing at the event was the Right to Vape Bus Tour, which leads a cross-country campaign to engage vapor product users politically, and is a joint project of The American Vaping Association (AVA), the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), and the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA).

Radio host Vicki McKenna emceed the event and music was provided by Chris McKinley.

For more on Johnson Creek Enterprises and its founder’s efforts to push back against burdensome government regulations, click here.

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