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

Help Support H.R. 2058

photoThe Americans for Tax Reform organization is asking for your help with new legislation, and this one is of particular importance.

Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently introduced H.R. 2058, the “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015.” This legislation would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning tobacco products and 99 percent of the innovative vapor and electronic cigarette products that have hit the market since 2007.

The Americans for Tax Reform story reads:

“The FDA is finalizing a regulatory framework for premium cigars and vapor products that stands to require pre-market approval for all products that have hit the market since Feb. 15, 2007. Any product on the market prior to that date would largely be exempt and any product that has hit the market since then would be given two years to apply for approval.

H.R. 2058 moves up the 2007 date to the date of the announced ‘deeming regulation,’ which is likely to occur later this year. This would permit products that have hit the market since 2007 to remain on the shelves, pending approval. This is important for a number of reasons. First, nearly every vapor product on the market today did not exist in 2007. The thousands of e-liquids and countless versions of electronic cigarettes available to smokers looking for an effective way to quit would be banned pending FDA approval without a change to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or subsequent Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which established the 2007 date.

That Act was intended to apply to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and roll your own products. The FDA’s attempt to categorize new products under the authority given to them by that legislation lays out two pathways to “legalization” for new products on the market. The first is ‘substantial equivalence,‘ whereby a manufacturer must file for a tobacco product application, which includes clinical trials and would be relatively expensive for small and medium sized businesses.

Rep. Cole’s common-sense legislation moves up this substantial equivalence 2007 date to date of deeming regulation in 2015 and would prevent countless companies from having to cease operations given the cost of compliance for products that are already being sold to consumers.

If this legislative change if not made, and for the companies who could afford compliance, the FDA would be inundated with applications that the agency is not equipped to fast-track for approval. For combustible cigarette smokers looking to or considering quitting with e-cigarettes, this would be a tragedy as countless innovative smoking cessation devices would be at risk of never being sold.

The FDA has claimed that it does not have the power to modify the Feb. 15, 2007 date, making a Congressional solution imperative. Americans for Tax Reform supports H.R. 2058 and urges more members to join on as co-sponsors in the coming weeks. This legislation will encourage innovation and teardown an unnecessary federal barrier to the sale of many products that stand to improve public health.”

To learn more about his important cause, visit http://www.atr.org/atr-supports-rep-tom-cole-s-fda-deeming-authority-clarification-act-2015.

Chicago Suburb’s City Council Passes New Vaping Ordinances

Photo by Pulte.com

Photo by Pulte.com

Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is changing things up a little in terms of vaping laws. Two ordinances recently were passed by Naperville’s City Council, according to ChicagoTribune.com. The first is that retailers who sell e-cigarettes must have a $200 annual license that is the same requirement of regular tobacco shops.

The second is that sales to those under 18 were officially banned (many shops self-regulate prohibiting sales to minors).

Both ordinances passed unanimously, however some of the council members told the Tribune that they wanted to know more when it comes to research and education. Others want to push further and ban vaping altogether, grouping it in with the established smoke-free laws.

For the full story, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-ecigs-st-0522-20150520-story.html.

 

SFATA Publishes Story on New Aldehyde Research

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1SFATA recently shared a special story about a controversial e-cigarette study in its newsletter:
In January 2015 a report published as a research letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a third generation e-cigarette (an e-cigarette with variable power settings) set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes.

Media worldwide accordingly reported this new health hazard of e-cigarettes. A new study published online in the scientific journal “Addiction” took a closer look at the NEJM findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that third generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes—but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.

Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.K., says of the “Addiction” study: “These findings emphasise the importance of making clear the conditions in which tests of this kind are undertaken and avoiding sweeping assertions that can mislead the public. Vapers are not exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. My reading of the evidence is that e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than smoking. Smokers should be encouraged to switch to vaping.”

Author Aggregates E-Cigarette Research

Photo by TIME.com

Photo by TIME.com

A reporter at Vox.com took a closer look at various research reports regarding vaping. The reporter read through more than 60 studies, articles and reviews, and interviewed nine researchers and health experts about their work.

The research showed, overall, that vaping is less harmful than smoking. But, if never having done both, it’s probably best to not pick up either habit. Long-term effects obviously are unknown, and a lot of research is either incomplete or misreported by the media.

For a look at the reporter’s key findings within the research and an answer to hot questions such as “Do e-cigarettes actually help people stop smoking?” and “Could e-cigarettes ‘re-normalize’ smoking?” visit http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8832337/e-cigarette-health-fda-smoking-safety.

V2 E-Cigs CEO and Co-Founder Shares Industry Predictions

cspnetJan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of V2 E-Cigs, recently shared with CSPNet.com his three predictions for the vaping industry by the end of the year. With $3.5 billion in retail sales predicted by Wells Fargo Securities by the end of 2015, our industry has a lot of change ahead.

Verleur says that 1: Big Tobacco Will Spur the Vaporizer Market’s Growth. He believes that open system vaporizers will grow, with Big Tobacco doing its best to get into the mix.

He also believes that 2. Rapid Innovation Will Drive Device Democratization. Our industry changes almost daily, with a wide array of innovation at our fingertips—for now. We still don’t know what will happen regulation-wise, and Verleur thinks that prices will fall once more common e-cigs are available.

Finally, 3. Record Investments in R&D. Verleur shares that open system vaporizers will “become the driver in the electronic vapor industry.” He calls for more research and development ahead to convert as many cigarette smokers as possible. He sees an improvement happening in both e-cigs and vaporizers.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/opinion-3-predictions-e-cig-industry.

 

Recent Survey Asks, ‘Why Do You Vape?’

lAvail Vapor recently conducted a two-week survey about why vapers do just that—vape. Approximately 8,500 vapers responded to the survey, according to Richmond.com. Avail is a Richmond-based vaping retailer.

Here is what the survey found:

  • 94 percent of respondents already used tobacco products before starting e-cigs, with the length of time they used conventional products varying widely from less than one year to more than 30 years.
  • 5.8 percent of respondents said they started using e-cigs without using traditional tobacco products first.
  • Almost 80 percent of the survey respondents said they started using e-cigs as a way to quit using conventional tobacco products, and 85 percent said they did quit using conventional tobacco products, with 69 percent quitting within a month.
  • About 13 percent said they had reduced their consumption of conventional products.
  • More than 70 percent said they consider it “very important” to have a variety of flavors to choose from.
  • Almost 76 percent of respondents said they started vaping with higher levels of nicotine in their e-cig devices but cut back over time. Only 2 percent said they increased nicotine intake.
James Xu, Avail co-owner, told Richmond.com that this survey “indicates that e-cigs are not a gateway to traditional smoking,” however those 18 and above were the only survey respondents. And, surprisingly there wasn’t much dual use among the vapers surveyed. 

The survey was adapted from a 50-question list that the FDA has asked to be answered about e-cigs, and Avail plans to submit its findings to the Food and Drug Administration.

Ohio Battles Tax Legislation

images1The cost of vaping products in the state of Ohio could more than double, if a new measure passes, according to FoxNews.com.

The e-cigarette tax was proposed by Gov. John Kasich, and businesses are worried. The new tax would include cigarettes, which would be taxed at $1 per pack. Vaping products would in theory be taxed at the same rate.

For the full story, visit http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/15/e-cigarette-tax-would-destroy-ohio-small-businesses/.

 

Maryland County Council Opts to Further Tax E-Cigs

1198-1-896bMontgomery County, Maryland may have a new tax hike on the way. The County Council last month unanimously approved a 30 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes, according to WashingtonPost.com.

Now the new measure just has to be signed into law by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who supports the measure, according to the Post. If this happens, Montgomery will be one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to impose a tax this high.

Citing revenue as a main reason, the new tax could bring in $1.5 to $2.5 million annually. Montgomery County already has an e-cig ban in place, grouping vaping with the smoking ban.

For the full story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-council-passes-new-taxes-on-e-cigarettes-private-lodgings/2015/05/13/249db1bc-f98b-11e4-9ef4-1bb7ce3b3fb7_story.html.

 

 

Breaking News: Hawaii Changes Smoking Age to 21

under21_not_smoking-650x400The first state of the union to do so, Hawaii has raised its smoking age to 21. Gov. David Ige signed the bill into law Friday, according to CBSNews.com.

Ige also signed another anti-smoking measure Friday to make Hawaii’s state parks and beaches smoke-free.

HawaiiNewsNow.com reports that the ban will include electronic smoking devices for anyone under age 21.

For more information about how local vape shops are reacting, visit http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29365804/gov-ige-signs-bill-raising-legal-smoking-age-in-hawaii-to-21.

 

The Vapour Lounge Releases Wholesale Information

unnamedThe Vapour Lounge is selling VS-1 AND THE KROWN JEWEL ATTY at wholesale pricing. Wholesale price is $85 and retail price is $135.

The VS-1 paired with The Krown Jewel is an elegant set up for a very affordable price. From its beautifully machined stainless steel accents to its divine feel in the buttery smooth switch, this mod is nothing less than worth your interest.

On the VS-1 the top and bottom cap are made from 304 stainless steel with solid copper contacts with a fully self adjusting switch design for easy battery and atomizer changes. The tube is a special extrusion of billet aluminum with high quality anodizing finished off with bright dipped threading which creates a lower voltage drop and better longevity and strength for overall wear on the threading over time.

On The Krown Jewel the company offers 304 stainless steel base with natural peek insulators and a user friendly two piece cap for easy dripping access. Finished off on the top of this set up there is a tip designed by Mod Inc. that stops the juice from splashing up threw the tip with no loss of air flow. It’s made with a delrin center with a press-fit stainless top to stop the heat transfer from the top cap to the tip for a more enjoyable vaping experience.

For more information on wholesale purchases, email thevapourlounge@gmail.com.