The Juice Judge: Clever Vape, Fluid, FanceeJuice, Avail, Vapor Shark
August 30th, 2013
The Juice Judge: Clever Vape, Fluid, FanceeJuice, Avail, Vapor Shark
August 30, 2013
Juices are rated on a scale of 1-5 based on flavor, vapor production and throat-hit.
Clever Vape’s Brooklyn Pop
Clever Vape’s Brooklyn Pop, presented in a glass eye dropper bottle with an eye-catching label, won me over before I even tasted the juice. I am a sucker for unique labeling and packaging and Clever Juice has provided a strong case in this area. Brooklyn Pop, true to its description, is a refreshing cola juice with a subtle black cherry tone. It tastes fresh and light and may become a staple in my juice rotation.Vapor clouds were gorgeous and satisfying on this 50/50 mix while throat hit was above average. You can grab a 30ml bottle for $14.99 or flavor boost it for an additional $4 at clevervape.com.
VAPE VERDICT = 4.6
Flavor=5, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=4
Fluid’s Tangsicle is a tasty orange dreamsicle juice that is more reminiscent of Hi-C than Tang with a cream accent on the backend, most noticeably on the exhale.If you like orange this juice is pretty tasty. Some folks at the table found the orange a little overpowering while others found it spot on in terms of its name and description. Our tester bottle was a 50/50 mix of PG/VG and vapor clouds were large and chewy. Throat hit was average. A 30ml bottle costs $15.99 and vapers can select PG/VG mix or add menthol at no additional cost at fluidvaper.com.
VAPE VERDICT = 4.0
Flavor=4, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=3
It took a little bit of vaping and some at the table never got it, but this juice does taste exactly like a lime margarita. The flavor is there, but at first it was a little faint. Toward the end we could nearly taste the salt on the end of the drip tip. This was an overall very tasty juice and receives high marks in the flavor category. Vapor production was stellar with voluminous clouds pouring from a fresh cartomizer. The only area it was average in was throat hit. On their website vaper scan select cloudiness, (PG/VG mix) and they also offer a margarita box where you can get a big juice of Cloudarita and blueberry, lime, watermelon, strawberry and mango mixers to mix a perfect margarita in the atomizer.FanceeJuicetouts their juice as premium e-liquid, and it costs $20.99 for a 30ml bottle. fanceejuice.com.
VAPE VERDICT = 4.3
Flavor=5, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=3
Avail’s Piña Colada
If you like Piña Colada and getting caught in the rain … I can’t recommend getting it from Avail. This juice tastes like it’s large batch created, rebranded and resold. In a word, it’s gross. It only tasted marginally like coconut to one person at the table while others mentioned that it was unvapeable. Vapor production is average and we cannot say why as the bottle did not represent the mix of PG and VG. Throat hit was nonexistent. Their site currently is in launch status and has no pricing information.But, you can view their other juices, which are hopefully better, at availvapor.com
VAPE VERDICT = 1.6
Flavor=1, Vapor=3, Throat Hit=1
Vapor Shark’s Ice Tart
Vapor Shark’s Ice Tart is a mentholated Pixie Stix juice. The jury is out on this one as the menthol is not very fresh or crisp and fades very quickly while the Pixie Stix flavor is very muted. Vapor production is average and the bottle did not represent the mix of PG and VG. Throathit was average for a mentholated juice. While vapers can choose the level of nicotine on the site it does not appear you can select the mix of PG/VG. A 30ml bottle is approximately $14.99 and is sold at vaporshark.com.
VAPE VERDICT = 3.0
Flavor=3, Vapor=3, Throat Hit=3
Oklahoma Bans E-Cig Sales to Minors
November 28, 2014
With a large Midwest vaper following, the state of Oklahoma has taken a step to protect minors.
ENIDNews.com reports that legislation went into effect earlier this month banning the sales of vapor products to minors.
The legislation was drafted by Rep. Mike Jackson (R-Enid), and was named the Oklahoma Senate Bill 1602. In addition, if minors are caught with e-cigs purchased by someone else, the purchaser could be faced with misdemeanor charges. The minor will be charged with possession punishable by fine or imprisonment.
The Winnipeg Free Press has shared a nifty infographic slideshow regarding vaping news and regulations across the county.
“E-Cigarette Regulations Across Canada” takes a look at proposals to regulate e-cigarettes and vaping across Canada via an interactive slideshow map, which includes various stories about each province.
SFATA Report: FDA Seeking Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Noms
A recent SFATA newsletter reports that the FDA is looking for a few good men and women to be a part of the Tobacco Products Scientific Committee.
Small business tobacco manufacturing industry organizations interested in serving on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for Tobacco Products should notify FDA in writing. The FDA also is requesting nominations for nonvoting industry representatives to be included in a pool of individuals to represent the interests of the small business tobacco manufacturing industry on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.
A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. This position may be filled on a rotating, sequential basis by representatives of different small business tobacco manufacturers based on areas of expertise relevant to the topics being considered by the Advisory Committee. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies effective with this notice.
Any small business tobacco manufacturing industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent the interests of the small business tobacco manufacturing industry, must send a letter stating that interest to FDA by December 1, 2014 (see sections I and II for details). Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by December 1, 2014.
Vapor Shows Debut Jan. 21 – 22 in Miami Beach
November 25, 2014
The Agent received this press release today and is excited to announce six new Vapor Shows in the New Year!
Vapor Shows LLC debuts its first trade show in Miami Beach, Jan. 21-22, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The first to bring regional business-to-business trade shows closer to retailers who sell vapor products, Vapor Shows LLC will host six events throughout the year in top U.S. metro areas.
Exhibitor registration is now open for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, e-liquid manufacturers and others. The trade event is exclusively for businesses that want to showcase their products, services and new technology to retailers in the vapor market and not intended for consumers. A 10×10-foot exhibit space is $1995, with larger sizes available. Reduced rates are offered to companies exhibiting at all six shows.
Retailers interested in attending Vapor Shows’ Miami Beach event can register online beginning Dec. 8 or in person at the Miami Beach Convention Center on the days of the event. Visit www.VaporShows.com, click on Attendees, Miami Beach to register online. Cost is $20 to visit exhibit trade show floor or $50 to visit floor and attend educational sessions. Attendees can attend educational sessions alone for $30.
“With a high concentration of vapor product retailers in the area, Miami Beach is the perfect place to kick off our 2015 regional trade events,” said president and CEO of Vapor Shows LLC, Richard Perkins. “Vapor Shows offers businesses the networking and educational benefits found at large national shows, without hefty travel expenses or extended time away from their retail shops.”
Three hours of educational sessions will be offered during the two-day event. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the six trade event series include: Using Technology to Automate Sales; How the European Market May Signal Our Future Regulations; How to Start, Grow, Brand and Maximize Your Vape Business; Customer Service Missteps and Easy Fixes; The Growing Medical Marijuana Market and What it Means to You, Clean Rooms 101: Create Your Own or Contract Out?; Doing Business with China: Should You? How to Guide for Making the Process Easier; and Panel: Clones vs. Authentics.
Vapor Shows has partnered with NaylorCMG, a show management firm that will help streamline the registration process. A mobile app also has been developed to guide attendees around the exhibit floor.
In addition to Miami Beach, the five other regional Vapor Shows in 2015 will be: Long Beach, Calif., March 11-12; Frisco, Texas, May 18-19; Valley Forge, Penn., August 12-13; Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 16-17; and Denver, Colo., Nov. 18-19.
Connecting your e-cigarette to a USB to charge may be a cool new technology, but Yahoo.com reports that an e-cigarette manufactured from China recently “infected” a user’s computer with a virus.
The source? A $5 e-cig bought from a Chinese manufacturer through eBay. The Yahoo story says that “the e-cigarette was found to have malware hard-coded into the charger, which ‘phoned home’ and infected the system when plugged into the computer’s USB port.”
Spain is facing a decline in e-cigarette product sales, and the reason is lobbying by pharmaceutical companies, according to TheLocal.es.
Sales have dropped nearly 90 percent in just a year; this time last year there were 3,000 shops selling the product in Spain and now the number is a paltry 300, according to Spain’s National E-Cigarettes Association.
Top pharma, namely GlaxoSmithKline, have lobbied for stricter e-cig regulations in Spain, and while e-cigs aren’t regulated as of yet, public banning is occurring similarly to cities in the United States. Spain does have one of the strictest anti-tobacco laws in Europe, however.
Another reason for the decline, according to the article, is the oversaturation of shops in too short of a period of time. Too many staffers were inexperienced and too many shops were seen in a small geographical space.
Researchers who want to raise funds to delve further into the world of e-cigarettes may have more financial support. The E-Research Foundation has been established, according to a recent SFATA newsletter, to assist researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use.
The goal for these independent researchers is both find potential benefits and harm stemming from the electronic cigarette.
The newsletter’s copy reads:
ERF’s mission is to foster independent research focused on understanding the potential health benefits, and potential consequences, related to these products. ERF will not participate in advocacy efforts.
The ERF Board of Directors assembled recognized leaders from all categories of the e-vapor products market place, including consumer advocates, to participate on the Grant Committee. The committee members include leading representatives from: e-vapor device manufacturing, e-liquid manufacturing, non-manufacturing vendors, leading advocacy association senior executives, knowledgeable consumers, the leading international vapor forum, and public policy.
Independent researchers, seeking funding for their e-vapor product studies, will be able to request grants from the ERF. The ERF Grant Committee will determine which research endeavors receive funding.
All potential grant recipients, as a prerequisite to receiving ERF funds, must commit to submitting their research for peer-reviewed publication ensuring all ERF-funded research receives transparent scrutiny by the professional medical and scientific communities. ERF will not be involved in the design of study protocols or the performance of the research itself. From time to time, ERF may initiate Requests for Proposals on specific research topics of interest.
The ERF website provides an extensive list of existing peer-reviewed and published studies as well as a wide variety of video presentations by globally recognized experts speaking at leading industry conferences.
The ERF is in the process for filing for recognition as an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. ERF is seeking 501(c)(3) status.
Click here for additional information.
Barbados E-Cig Laws May Change in 2015
November 22, 2014
If you’re planning on vaping during your island vacation to Barbados next year, take note that the rules might be changing. BarbadosAdvocate.com reports that the Minister of Health revealed the new plan at the subregional workshop on Tobacco Taxation for English-speaking Caribbean countries.
E-cigarettes would be regulated under the new draft of legislation, along with legislation to “adopt the Caricom Standard on Packaging and Labelling of Tobacco Products.”
Both amendments, which will go into consideration in the New Year, were prompted by the recent World Health Organization report urging for governmental regulation on tobacco products. E-cigarettes, for now, are grouped into that category for this purpose.
We had a great 2014, due in part to our wonderful core team of writers who made it all possible. We’re looking to add to this team, so we’re seeking stellar vape wordsmiths who can craft a well-written story and submit photos along with his or her work.
We’re looking for:
events coverage writers/photographers
If you display vast knowledge of the industry and wish to join the VAPE team as a contract writer, please send a resume, your area of expertise/interest and some writing clips to email@example.com with “writer” in the subject line.
We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
‘Vaping Brain’ Study Takes a Look at Addiction
November 20, 2014
British scientsts are researching the effects of smoking on the brain, according to FoxNews.com.
The pilot study used e-cigarettes and functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan vapers while they took puffs. The aim is to understand why smoking is addictive. The lead scientist, Matt Wall from Imperial College in London, says that since other nicotine replacement therapies havent had the success to kick the smoking habit like vaping has. Therefore, he’s digging a bit deeper to see where the addiction(s) are coming from.
While there are no specific conclusions of the study yet, Wall says that there is somewhat of a link in the brain area that controls taste and smell with reward and addiction.
Wall plans on conducting larger vaper studies in the future to learn more.