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

German Vaping Market Booming

logo-prnAn estimated two million Germans vape electronic cigarettes, and the number is growing by leaps and bounds, according to a recent article on PRNewswire.com.

An infograph of vapers’ profiles, why they started vaping and why they switched to e-cigs can be found in conjunction with the upcoming eCig Germany: Industry Conference. Almost 800 German, Austrian and Swiss vapers comprised the infograph, which also looks at the quality and manufacture of e-liquids.

Ahead of the eCig Germany: Industry Conference, eCig Global in conjuction with PowerCigs’ created an infographic to highlight some of the key user trends in this market.

To see the infograph, click here.

For more information about the Industry Conference, visit http://www.ecig-germany.com.

Breaking Call to Action: Oregon’s Legislative Session Begins Monday

CASAA Color Logo High Res 500pxThe Agent has received this note, as multiple bills in Oregon threaten access, awareness and availability of vapor products.

Oregon’s legislative session begins Monday, Feb. 2, and already a handful of damaging e-cigarette related bills have been pre-filed. This year, Oregon vapers are facing flavor bans, taxes, use bans, packaging restrictions, and the introduction of a new and exciting derogatory term (“Inhalant Delivery System”) used to define the vapor product category. Advocates are anticipating updating this call to action several times.

HB 2546 has been scheduled for a hearing Monday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.
at the Oregon State Capitol (900 Court Street NE, Room 453, Salem, Oregon 97301). Please plan to attend this hearing.
Although CASAA generally supports banning sales to minors, HB 2546 would include provisions that ban indoor use in public places (which includes privately-owned businesses) as well as in personal vehicles where a minor is present. Please take action now to oppose this bill.
Other bills of note in Oregon:
    • Prohibits online sales of electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
  • SB 340 (same as HB 2546)
    • Prohibits sales to minors
    • Adds use of e-cigarettes to Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act
    • And prohibits use of e-cigarettes in a motor vehicle where a minor is present.
    • Flavor Ban.
    • Requires vapor retailers to acquire a license from the OR Liquor Control Commission
    • Stipulates distances from schools (1000ft, no grandfather clause) as well as allocating funds collected from licensing fees to the state’s tobacco control fund.
    • Prohibits free giveaways, discounts, and coupons.
  • HB 2074 (same as HB 2134)
    • Imposes 65 percent wholesale tax on vapor products (including devices)
    • Would classify nicotine as a schedule III controlled substance

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Says E-Cigs Are ‘Danger in the Making’

urlA blog, “The Doctor’s Tablet,” from doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says that e-cigarettes are a “danger in the making,” based on one article about Chinese manufacturing practices reported on in the New York Times. The blog goes on to urge the FDA to regulate e-cigs as swiftly as possible. Below is an exerpt from the blog:

E-cigarettes: A danger in the making
A new danger was revealed in an article in the New York Times on December 13: the unregulated manufacture of e-cigarettes in China poses significant health risks to consumers. The article notes that heavy metals, carcinogens and other dangerous compounds, such as lead, tin and zinc, have been detected in some e-cigarettes. The suspicion is that shoddy manufacturing practices contribute to this contamination.

The article notes that more than 300 million e-cigarettes from China are expected to be shipped to the United States and Europe this year. Some of the Chinese manufacturing plants are legitimate operations that produce name brands, while others are operated by counterfeiters. The industry is entirely unregulated in China at present, and in the U.S. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving slowly toward issuing rules that would require producers of e-cigarettes to provide details about ingredients and the manufacturing process.

Who should regulate e-cigarettes?
Despite the views of politicians who have strongly supported deregulation of industry in the United States, regulatory agencies exist to protect the health of the public. The FDA is responsible for overseeing the safety of many foods and all drugs, medical devices and biologicals; since 2009 the agency has also regulated the tobacco industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of monitoring the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. The Environmental Protection Agency has had the mandate to ensure safe drinking water in the country for the past 40 years. These agencies conduct activities that it would be impossible for consumers to carry out on their own. Without the scrutiny and actions of governmental regulatory agencies, public health would suffer a devastating blow.

The need for speed
This new information about risks posed by e-cigarettes from the manufacturing process underscores the need for the FDA to move swiftly. Recent studies have shown a significant rise in the use of e-cigarettes by high school students even as their use of tobacco cigarettes has declined. While such studies can help determine whether vaping increases, decreases or has no effect on the rate of tobacco consumption among young people, it is an open question whether the risks from poor manufacturing of e-cigarettes will reach the majority of users or prompt them to change their behavior.

The wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly in Washington, but we can only hope that the FDA can meet this new challenge with timely action to regulate the importation of e-cigarettes containing ingredients that are known health hazards.

This post was originally featured on The Doctor’s Tablet, the blog of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Vapor Hub International Markets ‘Strongest Battery Available for Vaping’

vaporHubLogo_mediumVapor Hub International Inc. announces development of a 26650 battery for vaping, believed to be the strongest battery on the market, and one of only three brands of 26650 batteries in the world.

The product has been trademarked under the name “vamped” according to Vapor Hub’s CEO, Kyle Winther. He said in a statement that the company realized the strong desire for a larger battery in the marketplace.

For more information, visit www.vapor-hub.com.

New Orleans Business Leaders Feel ‘Unfairly Targeted’

Photo by Yelp

Photo by Yelp

While the City Council votes on whether e-cigarettes are banned along with analogs in the City of New Orleans, vape shop owners feel unfairly targeted, according to BestOfNewOrleans.com.

Minors already are banned from buying e-cigs, along with local universities including e-cigs in smoke-free campus policies, the site reports. Cigar and hookah bars are currently exempt from the ordinance, and shop owners say that e-cigs do not pose a health risk because they aren’t tobacco products. Health officials argue that the vapor does produce harmful second-hand chemicals.

The issue is being voted on this month. For the full story, visit http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/vape-no-more/Content?oid=2564987.

VaporFair Frankfurt Vendor Opportunities Available

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International VaporFair Frankfurt, held May 2-3, invites all to exhibit at this year’s event. The self-proclaimed No. 1 international trade show specializing in hookah and vapor/e-cig products, this show provides a unique opportunity for industry specialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors etc. to showcase new products, innovations, establish business contacts and broaden market share.

In addition, exhibitors already have increased by almost 400 percent and attendees by 170 percent. Show’s organizers predict an even higher turnout at May’s show—160 to 200 exhibitors and more than 9,000 attendees.

Last year’s show was broadcasted by national TV channels and international trade magazines, reviewers, online video channels and more.

Indiana Attorney General Urges FDA to ‘Step Up’

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The Indiana Journal Gazette reports that State Attorney General Greg Zeller wants e-cigarettes taxed like tobacco products; put under the restaurant and public places ban; and for vape shops to be licensed.

Zoeller told the Gazette: ”We’ve tried with some frustration to get the FDA to regulate. Things for ingestion by humans in the United States are regulated. But with e-cigarettes, there’s no quality control. I really wish the FDA would step up.”

Zoller went so far as to say that the “new nicotine addiction” with youth stems from e-cigarettes, and that the product is marketed “deceptively.” He said that they aren’t a way to break a habit, instead they encourage more tobacco usage.

For the full story, visit http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/editorials/E-cig-action-plan-4320307.

 

American Lung Association Visits Various Minnesota Businesses

Erin Simmons of the American Lung Association gives a talk. Photo by Crow River Media

Erin Simmons of the American Lung Association gives a talk. Photo by Crow River Media

Program Manager of the American Lung Association, Erin Simmons, says that e-cigarettes need to have their own category and own language when it comes to banning within public places. CrowRiverMedia.com reports that e-cigarettes are not covered under Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act, therefore vaping in businesses is not against the Minnesota state law.

Simmons visited local business as part of a “Litchfield Chamber of Commerce seminar on e-cigarettes in the workplace,” and she specified that no-smoking or no-tobacco policies need to be tailored to e-cigarettes by adding new language to the bans.

“It needs to be specified as an electronic cigarette. We need to see it in the definition section, and we need to see it added to the language itself,” she told Crow River media.

Minnesota’s American Lung Association maintains that while e-cigs don’t contain tobacco, they do have levels of nicotine, and that the vapor itself could be harmful. She said that second-hand vape isn’t just “somebody’s boiling water.”

Minnesota law does not require that e-cigs sales must be behind a counter and licensed, along with childproof packaging mandates and an 18 and over buying restrictions.

The site reports that Simmons wants lawmakers to increase restrictions on e-cigs in 2015.

For the full story, visit

http://www.crowrivermedia.com/hutchinsonleader/news/business/article_b1145ac9-31d3-5083-a335-919e622db1d6.html.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll Says Six of 10 Want E-Cigs FDA Regulated

Photo by www.healthy-ky.org

Photo by www.healthy-ky.org

A new poll is out according to WMKY.org and it says that six in 10 adults in the Commonwealth want the FDA to regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.

The site says that the rise of poison control center calls regarding e-cigarettes pertaining to children is one of the reasons for the call for more regulatory laws.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Vice President Vince Willmore echoed the poll’s results, stating to the stie that there also needs to be a “crack down on companies’ marketing and flavors, such as ‘gummy bear’ and bubble gum.” He urged for childproof packaging and for adults to keep more watch over their products if children are in the home.

The toxicity and addiction factor of nicotine also weighed into those polled.

For data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, visit http://aapcc.org.

For results of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, click here: http://healthy-ky.org.

For the full story, visit http://wmky.org/post/concerns-rise-over-e-cig-exposure.

Virgin Vapor Founder, CEO Annette Rogers Hosting TPC Booth

TPC_2015_logo_Final_wDates-H3_webThis year’s TPC in Las Vegas is shaping up to be a big event, and Virgin Vapor’s CEO and founder Annette Rogers is hosting Booth 2044 at the show.

Virgin Vapor will be offering free e-liquid tastings, T-shirts and raffles at next week’s event, Jan. 28-29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information, visit Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo