The Juice Judge: Clever Vape, Fluid, FanceeJuice, Avail, Vapor Shark

The Juice Judge

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

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

FanceeJuice’s Cloudarita

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

Could E-Cigs Be Classified As Flight Hazards?

smolderingEcigThe New York Times is reporting that an e-cigarette may be the smoldering substance found in a bag removed from a jet bound for Buffalo, N.Y. last week at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

According to the newspaper, airport officials are asking the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials.

“It was not clear if the combustion had reached the stage of fire,” The Times reports. “The episode raises the question of whether e-cigarettes that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries should be added to the list of banned items, which already includes matches, flares and most batteries that are ‘spillable.’”

Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, was quoted in the Times saying that it was clear that lithium-ion batteries posed a hazard.

“The more you see these type of items sold out there, the more our industry has to take a closer look at them, as we’ve done with other hazardous materials,” he said.

Now the investigation is on, with airport officials and the Federal Aviation Administration taking a closer look. Banned items on airplanes is controlled by the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and they are the ones who will see if in fact an e-cig caused the smolder. The investigation is not yet complete.

For a complete look at this story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/business/e-cigarettes-under-scrutiny-for-listing-as-flight-hazard.html?_r=1.

Get Ready for VapeMania 14!

vapemania-14-80The largest Vape Con in the history of the Southeast is coming to North Carolina Aug. 29 and 30, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

As of press time, more than 70 vendors have signed on exhibit at the event. Highlights include:

*Live performances of popular vaping broadcasts
*raffles and giveaways
*$500 wrestling costume contest Friday night at 8 p.m. with a large prize
*special guests and vaping personalities (Grimmgreen, Vapor Joe and the TVA show are confirmed)
*live music
*national event coverage with on-site media
*a cloud competition

The official after party will be at Ziggy’s (about blocks down the road) from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. each night. The after party will include live music, the costume contest results and a VapeMania discount at the door.

For more information and updates on this event, join the TVA group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/traidvaping/ or visit www.vapemaniacon.com.

Smoke Smart Announces Grand Opening Celebration

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You are cordially invited! Smoke Smart has opened its third store, in Valley Park, Mo., which happens to be the biggest one of the franchise in the Midwest. The grand opening will be Sunday, Aug. 24.

The new space contains 4,400 sq. ft. of lobby and game room space, allowing for plenty of room and seating. Customers can show up, hang out, meet up with friends, or be active participants by playing pool, air hockey or foosball. There also is a 185” big screen for your viewing pleasure.

Nationally recognized special guests from the vaping community will be in attendance at the grand opening, along with giveaways, specials, food and adult beverages.

“We wanted to create a fun environment at our new location for our fellow vapors to enjoy,” Jim Buchanan, owner, said. “There are two Vicious Ant Variants that will be part of a live auction and raffle. All proceeds for the Variants will go to CASSA to help fight for our rights as vapers.”

Visit Smoke Smart’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smokesmartllc for details and updates.

 

SFATA’s News Update: Smoking Down in Youth, Proposed E-Cig Workplace Bans, E-Cig’s Hit $2.5 Billion in Nationwide Sales

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Fears that electronic cigarettes could become a gateway into smoking for young people have not materialized so far, according to the BBC. The station added that the industry needs to keep monitoring use in young people, making sure advertising and promotion of electronic cigarettes doesn’t glamorize their use. The percentage of pupils who said they smoked at least one cigarette a week in 2003 fell by two-thirds, to three percent in 2013. Also, over the past decade, the proportion of young people who said they had tried smoking halved from 42 percent in 2003 to 22 percent in 2013—the lowest level since the survey began in 1982.

E-cigarettes hit $2.5 billion in nationwide sales

The Register-Guard
E-cigarettes recently hit $2.5 billion in nationwide sales. The public health debate rages on, with supporters arguing that the devices are a less dangerous alternative to cigarettes and critics warning that there is insufficient evidence about their health risk and whether e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. Major U.S. tobacco companies continue to make their mark in the e-cigarette market. R.J. Reynolds is going nationwide with its Vuse e-cigarette, and Altria plans to begin selling its own product, the MarkTen, later this year. 

Altria: Time to get going

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As tobacco companies offer high dividends, they have stayed the preferred stock of choice among dividend investors. As tougher regulations, higher taxes and increasing acceptance of alternate tobacco products have adversely affected the sales volume of the industry, companies are relying on price hikes to support top-line growth. Altria Group recently reported a satisfactory financial performance for 2Q14, despite the challenges faced in increasing volumes.  

Cigars, hookah more popular than cigarettes among local high school students, survey shows

The Plain Dealer, Angela Townsend
One in five high school students in Cuyahoga County uses tobacco, with flavored cigars and hookah the most popular ways to smoke it, according to new data released by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University. Students are smoking at the same rate as adult residents in the county, according to a data brief of the research, which can be found on the center’s web site.

E-cigarette ban from indoor workplaces?

Appleton Post Crescent
The FDA has proposed regulations that would set an age limit for buying them and require them to have a warning label about nicotine addiction. The agency also has done a study that found half of the e-cigarettes tested contained cancer-causing substances. Wisconsin not only has a ban on selling them to minors, enacted in 2012, but the state also has an indoor workplace ban on tobacco cigarettes—and a question about whether it should include e-cigarettes.

NicoBurst Stealth Blasts Onto Vaping Scene

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Vaporizer and e-cig lovers will have a device that does double duty by the end of August.

Arco Health Inc. has unveiled NicoBurst® Stealth™, the World’s first and only electronic vaporizer to achieve the size and shape of a regular cigarette.

Through its proprietary “micro” technology, the Stealth offers the consumer a product that feels and looks like a regular cigarette, while at the same time delivering a smoking experience without the flame, ash or any second hand smoke. The Stealth is rechargeable, easy to use and because of its size, allows consumers to vape virtually anywhere, anytime.

Arco Health believes the Stealth will become a game changer in the e-cigarette and vapor industry, as it has the capability of vaping other oils besides e-juice.

The NicoBurst Stealth is sold in a starter kit, which includes two mini clearomizers, one rechargeable battery, one USB charger and one small carrying case, which stores everything conveniently offered in the kit. MSRP for the starter kit is $29.95 with replacement mini clearomizers retailing at $5.95.

The company expects to have NicoBurst Stealth available in stores and vapor shops nationwide by the end of August.

NicVape Launches E-Liquid Line Designed to Improve Taste

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NicVape announces the launch of E-Flavor, a new line of flavorings developed specifically for the electronic cigarette industry. The brand’s initial batch features 24 flavors designed to improve users’ taste experiences. NicVape claims to be the first manufacturer to engineer its own e-liquid flavoring product line, with sustainable, safe production methods.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., NicVape opened its 28,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a 5,000-square-foot clean room in 2010. The company performs both internal quality assurance checks and third party testing through Enthalpy Analytical Inc. on each ingredient. The Durham, N.C.-based laboratory specializes in analysis of air and tobacco products. Test data led NicVape to take the first steps toward designing its own flavorings in October 2013.

“Test results showed us that flavorings designed for use in food products either didn’t meet our quality standards, or contained some components we were concerned about,” Linc Williams, executive vice-president for NicVape, said. “We were especially interested in looking at alternatives that could eliminate Diacetyl, a chemical that is used to give food a buttery flavor, and Acetyl Propionyl, commonly found in dairy and custard–flavored products.”

NicVape’s team of engineers worked closely with top flavorists and manufacturing flavoring experts to develop the recipe it uses for its E-Flavor line.

“Our first offering is a mix of unique tobacco flavors as well as fruit flavors,” Williams said. “They are also more concentrated. We’re able to produce them at a 10 percent dilution rate instead of the industry’s standard 20 percent dilution rate.”

Certificates of Analysis for each lot will be available for review through NicTrace, (http://www.nicvape.com/Nictrace ) the company’s online documentation system. NicVape is making E-Flavor available to distributors and other e-juice manufacturers and expects to release additional flavors under its brand over the next few quarters.

For more information, visit www.nicvape.com.

NEW E-FLAVORS

Turkish Tobacco

Spearmint

Carolina Tobacco

Fine Cuban

Tobacco

Sweet Tobacco

Dark Raz

Subtle Cinnamon

Gourmet Cinnamon

Raspberry

Peppermint

Real Watermelon

Strawberry

Crème De Menthe

Green Apple

French Vanilla

Bubblegum

Red Apple

Ripe Strawberry

Vanilla

Root Beer

Lime

Clementine

Orange

Grape

 

‘Smokio’ Partners with AATAC, Commits to U.S. Distribution

Photo by Vaperanks.com

Smokio, the world’s first connected electronic cigarette that synchronizes automatically with users’ smartphones, recently announced a partnership with Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC), an organization designed to build partnerships between convenience stores and manufacturers.

This partnership is representative of Smokio’s commitment to distribution in the United States.

 

National Institutes of Health Seeks E-Cig Research Proposals

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking proposals to develop a standardized electronic cigarette to be used in clinical research. As part of the NIH, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is leading this research effort because electronic cigarette use is rapidly increasing and the devices may have a potential role for harm reduction and smoking cessation.

The currently available research data on electronic cigarettes are insufficient to fully understand their impact on public health. Research is hampered by the limited information available on the nicotine delivery characteristics of devices, as well as uncertainty that any specific electronic cigarette will be available for the full term of a multi-year study. Furthermore, available devices cannot be used in many clinical studies because they lack the required product data and manufacturing documentation that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires to issue an Investigational New Drug approval.

To address these issues, NIDA is seeking proposals to develop a standardized device with the appropriate product data and manufacturing documentation needed for clinical research. This request for proposals may be most relevant (but not limited) to electronic cigarette manufacturers, provided they are eligible to apply for Small Business Administration sponsored programs.

The solicitation notice can be found here:
https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/NIDA-01/N43DA-15-8921/listing.html
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Sept. 30, 2015.

Virgin Vapor Releases New Organic Juices

Three new organic juice flavors are out on the market just in time to enjoy the rest of summer, thanks to Virgin Vapor.

Organic Strawberry Granita
This flavor has long been one of the company’s most popular, with customers coming back for more every time. This is a juice that bursts with an abundance of fresh, ripe, sweet strawberries. You won’t find a more delicious pure strawberry vape!

Organic Coconut Breeze 
Think of smooth, cooling, sweet coconut, wafting by on the lazy ocean breeze. This flavor will transport your customers straight to a sublime tropical locale.

Organic Best Damn Tobacco
Best Damn Tobacco is a one-of-a-kind e-juice. Extracted from certified organic or wild crafted, pesticide-free tobacco without the use of hexane, this flavor hits your taste buds with the bold, sweet notes of damn good tobacco.

To order these and other juices, email wholesale@virginvapor.com or call (707) 263-5977.

E-Cigarette Market Interactive State Legislation Map Available for Download

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An interactive map has been created in preparation for the eCig Vegas: Industry Conference event. The U.S. E-Cigarette Market: State Legislation Map highlights the legal status of the electronic cigarette in the United States at the state, county and city levels.

The conference brings together retailers and influential policymakers to discuss the impacts of proposed regulations and also will take an in-depth look at the core functions of the e-cig retail business.

To access the interactive map, click here. To receive a copy of the map via email, click here.

Don’t forget to book your place now for the eCig Vegas: Industry Conference, taking place Sept. 24-25 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. To book, email enquire@iqpc.co.uk, call +1 646 378 6026 or visit www.ecig-vegas.com. Follow the conference on Twitter via hashtag #ecigvegas or @ecigVegas.