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
E-Cig Vending Machine Wars Continue in California
September 2, 2014
To vend or not to vend? Vending machines, long known for snacks, soda, cigarettes and other miscellaneous items are venturing out into the vaping world, however the state of California is looking at a possible ban.
Lawmakers in the state recently voted down a bill that would ban e-cig sales through vending machines, according to vendingtimes.com. While the FDA has released proposed rules that call for regulation of electronic cigarettes through vending machines, they currently are just propositions and nothing concrete.
Meanwhile in San Diego, the City Council unanimously passed legislation that indeed does ban the sale of e-cigs in vending machines. Vendingtimes.com reports that e-cigs also are banned in all other places where conventional cigarettes are banned. Los Angeles and Long Beach also have banned e-cigs in indoor public places, beaches and parks. This includes vending machines.
New Product Alert: V2 Pro Portable Vaporizer
If you’re into large-scale vapor devices, the V2 Pro may be for you. The newest e-cigarette from VMR Products, this new “multi-medium vaporizer is a result of more than two years of research and development.
According to csdecisions.com, 30 engineers and scientists worked on the product development, and the new line will feature three models of varying sizes. All three can vaporize e-liquid, loose leaf tobacco and essential oils.
Retail price currently is set around $59.99.
Vaping News From Across the Pond—E-Cig Users May Need Medicinal License
September 1, 2014
In a recent article posted on London-based CityAm.com, a new legal challenge involving e-cigarettes is on the horizon. TOTALLY Wicked is targeting the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, which would make e-cigs users required to obtain a medicinal license similar to nicotine patches and gums. The directive would take place May 2016.
A hearing regarding the challenge will take place on Oct. 6 in London, where a judge will determine if the case will go higher to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Traveling This Holiday Weekend? Watch Out For E-Cig Fees
August 31, 2014
Those traveling this Labor Day may want to ask ahead when it comes to hotel/motel and car rental companies’ views are on vaping.
A recent article in the Washington Post raises questions about cleaning fees in certain hotels and motels. Should e-cig vapor be considered the same as smoke? Whether you use a tobacco product or vape, those quoted in the article said that vapor can and has been viewed as a cleaning fee hazard.
The story goes on to say that rental car companies aren’t sure what to do about the “no smoking” policy in vehicles either when it comes to vaping.
For the full story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/travel-industry-to-smokers-puff-at-your-own-risk/2014/08/14/b323763e-23cf-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html.
FDA Making Major Assumptions, Las Vegas Review-Journal Says
August 29, 2014
The debate rages on, however the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that the Food and Drug Administration is making one assumption in regards to pending e-cigarette regulations—placing health risk before public health improvement.
According to the newspaper, more studies than not are proving that e-cigs are at least, if not more, effective than approved smoking cessation methods. The American Medical Association also may be on the vaping side of things, stating that vapor is less toxic than secondhand smoke and that while e-cigs do contain nicotine, it “probably doesn’t contribute nearly as much to smoking-related diseases as tobacco.”
A recent Gallup poll stated that 74 percent of smokers in the United States. That’s a huge market for the e-cigarette industry to claim, if the FDA sees fit. Regulations are inevitable, but what exactly is to be regulated is yet to be seen.
VAPE News Magazine Major ECC Announcements!
We’re definitely not blowing smoke–this year’s Electronic Cigarette Convention is going to be bigger and better than ever before, and VAPE will be there to cover every inch of the Ontario Convention Center Sept. 5-7.
Visit VAPE’s outdoor booth 2816-B, and take part in the Juice Judge Blind Taste Test Bracket Challenge. Before the show we will ask every vendor to submit his or her best flavor. The contest will run throughout the weekend, with the champion announced on Sunday. Participant testers get a free copy of VAPE News. And, the best part? *A perfect bracket received $5,000!
VAPE also is giving away a free trip to an upcoming national vaping event in October via raffle to any subscribers during ECC. Winner will be chosen on Sunday. (Restrictions may apply. Must be 18 to enter or win.)
Lastly, VAPE News will be LIVE Tweeting from the show during its entirety. Follow us on Twitter @VapeMZ for breaking news, show highlights and much more!
*Brackets must be submitted by the Friday morning of the show. Brackets and further info will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Must be 18 to enter or win. Restrictions may apply.
Agent Vape’s Secret Deal 10% off Sale at The Vape Mall
The Vape Mall is having their Labor Day sale! From now through Monday all single bottles of juice, DIY, Tanks, & Batteries will be 10%.
Use code vapemz at checkout.
17ml will be $4.49, 32ml will be $6.29, 70ml for $9.89, and 125ml for $17.09. Their DIY, Tanks, & Batteries are already pretty cheap but now even cheaper.
Former Smokers Sound Off: E-Cig Is Favorite Way to Quit
August 28, 2014
According to Time.com, smokers who are aiming to quit don’t care about stats, regulations or proof that vaping is healthier—they are using e-cigs as smoking cessation tools anyway.
A new study from Kantar Media notes that e-cigs now are more popular to help kick the habit than nicotine gums or patches, now becoming a $2 billion industry (and rapidly climbing).
Another poll on nydailynews.com saw more than half of those surveyed stating that they used e-cigs to help quit smoking. While there is no scientific evidence that the e-cigs actually helped these people kick regular cigarettes, more people now than ever are turning to vaping anyway.
The nydailynews article goes on to say that six million Americans now use electronic cigarettes. More than seven times that use a tobacco or nicotine product, leaving plenty of room for vaping to skyrocket even further.
Industry Questions Raised by MSA Senior VP
Don Burke, the senior vice president of Management Science Associates, took a closer look at trends in the e-cigarette and tobacco industries as a whole. Tobacco E-News broke it down for readers in a recent article reran on CSP.net.
E-cigs aren’t just a trend anymore—they are real competition, especially in the convenience store sector. In 2013, 70 percent of e-vapor sales came from c-stores. Only 20 percent of the share came from tobacco.
Data is all over the place. With so much research and so many conflicting reports, retailers are having a tough time understanding the vaping world. Even the way e-cigs are distributed varies from traditional wholesalers, online and direc0to-store. Retailers are hoping for trending research that simplifies the industry in 2015.
What are the true best sellers? Burke reports that everyone says cigalikes are dying, but sale volumes of the traditional e-cigs actually are climbing steadily. Simply put, world of mouth isn’t meshing with the actual numbers.
University of Rochester Focusing on E-Cig Research
August 27, 2014
We’ve been seeing a lot of e-cigarette research happening internationally, and the University of Rochester Medical Center is putting its name in the hat to the tune of $2.1 million.
The university was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. Researchers will have five years of study according to the grant terms, and the research will help shape future regulations on e-cigs, hookas and miniature cigars.
Researchers will look at the effects of e-cigs not only on humans, but in rodents as well. In addition, studies will look at exposure to newborns and children. Head researcher, Thomas Mariani, Ph.D., has studied cigarettes and lung disease for more than a decade.