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

Washington State Officials Propose Strictest Laws Yet

 

Photo by WashingtonStateWire.com

Photo by WashingtonStateWire.com

KGW.com reports that Washington State e-cigarette laws could be changing, and in turn could make the state the strictest in the nation.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, (D-Seattle) is the bill sponsor. The bill, if passed, would:

  1. Require special licenses for all retailers
  2. Require manufacturers to list all ingredients in its e-liquid
  3. Ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products
  4. Tax e-cigarettes and the supplies at the same rate as tobacco products, which stands at 95 percent.

Pollet told KGW that he aims to reduce youth smoking with the bill. He says that vaping is not safe and is highly addictive. Pollet also is a public health teacher at the University of Washington.

Vapers and shop owners testified against the bill at a public hearing last week in Olympia.

“Vapers told lawmakers the proposal would make e-cigarettes more expensive, harder to find and would eliminate flavors popular with adult customers,” KGW reported.

Shop owners agreed that they do not sell to minors, would pay for the special license and even pay higher taxes, but they said eliminating flavors and raising the sales tax to too high of an amount would put vape shops out of business, effectively running customers right back to analogs.

For the full story, visit http://www.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/wash-e-cig-rules-could-become-toughest-in-us/24925489/.

University of Wisconsin Researchers Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant

program_CTRI_optNo matter which side of the e-cigarette you are on, we can all agree that more research is needed to formulate regulations moving forward in the vaping industry.

The Badger Herald reports that The Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin has received a $3.7 million federal grant. The awarded money will go toward studying e-cigarette use patterns and “health-related issues.”

The study will span over several years, and researchers will focus on two groups: those who smoke only traditional cigarettes and those who smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Doug Jorenby, co-principal investigator, told the Badger Herald that the study will focus on those who both smoke and vape over a long period of time. The grant, awarded from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, is for five years.

The university hopes to recruit participants this fall, with the pilot study already complete.

For more details about the study, visit https://badgerherald.com/news/2015/02/18/uw-receives-federal-grant-to-study-e-cigarette-use/#.VO9HiUJurdl.

 

ITMGroup Launches E-Cig Platform

unnamedWhat is happening in the e-cigarette industry?

Technical Development Corporation (TDC) wants to help answer that question with www.ecigmachinery.com. As part of the ITMGroup, TDC specializes in machinery for the tobacco industry, and the company has announced to Agent VAPE that it has stepped in the e-cigarette segment.

“We have developed a solution for automated e-cigarette production, the Genesis. But, we realized that the industry needs more than just machinery. The industry needs information and relevant data. This is where we want to help you,” TDC told the Agent in a statement.

By publishing a free online e-cigarette magazine every two months, TDC wants to educate the public about the current and future developments in the industry.

The “ECig by TDC” will be sent every two months. To learn more, visit www.ecigmachinery.com.

Illinois Representative Seeking E-Cig Ban

E-Cig-Ban-Considered-By-NYC-Authorities-120x120One person truly can make a difference, and in this case the Illinois vaping community may suffer.

State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, introduced House Bill 2404 recently, according to TheSouthern.com. The bill, if passed, would effectively ban indoor vaping and amend the Smoke Free Illinois Act, which currently does not include e-cigarettes.

“It is not necessarily that I want to totally ban electronic cigarettes,” Willis told The Southern. “I just feel that there is residue that comes off of them, and while I certainly agree they are a better alternative than traditional cigarettes, I don’t necessarily want to eat my meal next to somebody that is vaping.”

The bill would exclude shops that sell the devices.

Shop owners are concerned about the long-term effects of the bill, including grouping e-cigs with tobacco products, which would then eventually set a new tax. One shop owner said that Willis is “demonizing” e-cigs to get revenue and that there is no scientific evidence that has yet to prove that vaping is harmful.

The Southern reports that since Willis introduced the bill in early February, five lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors: Emanuel Chris Welch, D-Westchester, Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, and Martin J. Moylan, D-Des Plaines.

For the full story, visit http://thesouthern.com/news/local/e-cig-ban-would-force-smokers-outside/article_9d3d8d60-c1c8-5c86-aac1-b8def2f166ba.html.

Vape Summit Returns to Las Vegas

Building off the success of the first two conventions of its kind, the Vape Summit will return to Las Vegas for a three-day event from Thursday, April 30, through Saturday, May 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

The Vape Summit will build upon previous events to become the largest vaping convention to date with more than 300,000 square feet of event space. More than 300 vendors and exhibitors from across the country will come together to showcase their products, share ideas and host discussions to further unify the industry and break into mainstream culture. The most recent event drew more than 20,000 attendees during a two-day period.

The first half of the Vape Summit will be a business-to-business format featuring keynote speakers and provide an opportunity for industry professionals to experience products and vendors from around the country. The business-to-business portion of the event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, and continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2.

Friday evening and Saturday at the summit will be open to the general public for those 18 years of age and older to experience all of the exhibits, test and purchase products and experience speeches and seminars about the industry. The event will also feature The Gallery, which will highlight high-end and unique MODs (the device used for vaping) from across the world and a variety of new releases, limited editions and product debuts. Pre-Registration for business and general admission tickets is available now at www.thevapesummit.com. Open registration for all attendees will be available beginning Friday, March 27.

The Vape Summit is presented by Suicide Bunny and will once again partner with Hot Import Nights, a custom concept car show, for a cross-industry experience with unique cars and hot promotional models.

Proposals Sought for Standardized Clinical E-Cig Study

574819_10151467419728571_858226277_nSFATA reports that The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking proposals from small businesses to develop a standardized electronic cigarette for use in clinical studies. The goal is to evaluate the harm reduction benefits/risks of e-cigarettes, as well as their potential as smoking cessation aids.
The release in a recent SFATA newsletter says that there is insufficient data to assess the overall impact of e-cigarettes on public health or to fully inform public policy. E-cigarettes on the market today do not have the product and manufacturing documentation the FDA usually requires to allow clinical trials to proceed. To accelerate e-cigarette research, NIDA is therefore seeking to develop a well characterized product for use in clinical research.
This opportunity is only open to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

The full solicitation can be found using a search engine with the keywords “SBIR Topic 156b” or by going to:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=b13729ba9ad6a1df0b734ea2a9e0c4cb&tab=core&_cview=1

Questions should be addressed to Brian O’Laughlin, bo50d@nih.gov(301) 443-6677.

E-Cigarettes Wearing Counterfeit Mask, Hitting Black Market

cspnetAcross the world, a problem is emerging: counterfeit and black market vaping products. CSPNet.com reports that Matthew Moden, England-based Liberty Flights founder, spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Moden said that black market versions of his company’s vapor products have popped up in markets across the globe.

Unlicensed e-cigs of British American Tobacco PLC’s products have shown up, with the black market options made with cheaper materials and sold at a cheaper rate. Of course with that comes its own problems such as possible dangerous e-liquids or faulty equipment.

“Black market concern is expected to grow with the e-cigarette market: global sales of legitimate vapor products were valued at $7 billion in 2014 (compared with $800 billion for the regular tobacco market), but Euromonitor International predicts vapor sales will reach $51 billion by 2030,” CSPNet reports. “The European Union is attempting to curb the vapor black market through stricter regulations and a standardization of products sold in the region, such as setting maximum nicotine content and a reduction in maximum cartridge size. EU officials argue these new regulations (which take effect next year) will protect consumers and keep lower-quality products out of the area.”

We have no way of knowing if regulations will curb black market sales or make the lower-priced options more appealing.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/counterfeit-e-cigs-hit-europe-us.

Texas Legislative Organizational Meeting Scheduled for Monday

Photo by HattrickVapor.com

Photo by HattrickVapor.com

Bills HB 170, HB 81, HB 970 and HB 2321 all contain language that would impact consumer access, choice and awareness of vapor products. While CASAA, The Vapor Bar and more oppose these bills, they urge support of HB 647, a common sense bill that only seeks to prohibit sales to minors.

Please take action now by sending a message to your representatives urging them to oppose these bills and adopt an appropriate rule prohibiting sales to minors.

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For those wishing to testify or otherwise attend the hearing, an organizational meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. Austin, Texas 78701. Meet up the stairs in the lounge area. This meeting is for anyone interested in testifying or attending the hearing. Remember, even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is valuable as it demonstrates the large number of people affected by and engaged in this issue.

Click HERE to watch Schell testify in front of the Texas House of Rep’s Public Health Meeting in Austin, Texas.

 

VAPE Magazine to Sponsor AZVapeXpo Vape-Off E-Liquid Competition

Vape-Off Logo 2015-VapeNewsMagazineYou’re invited to the E-Liquid Vape-Off competition May 1-3 at the AZVapeXpo 2015 in Tucson, Ariz.

The Vape-Off is organized by industry-leading vapers and sponsored by Spinfuel, VAPE Magazine and other major vape publications.

The contest will introduce the newest and the most popular premium e-liquids with a unique selection of creative flavors made in the United States with only the finest ingredients.

E-liquids will be judged under following categories:

Taste 

Sensation

Uniqueness

Flavor Complexity 

Flavor Truth to Description

The AZVapeXpo will bring top industry manufacturers and distributors with the largest selection of the vapes, e-cigs, e-liquids and accessories offered at the lowest wholesale prices on the market today.

If you are interested in joining the AZVapeXpo, pre-register online at www.AZVapeXpo.com or call (213) 629-3030.

 

Health Canada Hiring Secret Shoppers

health-canadaDo stores really sell e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors? Health Canada went undercover to find out. The organization recently hired secret shoppers to see if stores were selling products to minors.

According to news.nationalpost.com, there has been a delay in scientific studies about e-cigarettes in Canada, blamed mainly on the federal government. Nicotine-containing e-cigs and e-liquids are outlawed in Canada. Scientists are getting increasingly frustrated, especially due to the public outcry for an alternative to smoking.

Health Canada has issued $350,000 for a contractor to hire secret shoppers, teenagers who will act like customers to try to buy e-cigarette products in stores. The news source says that 4,000 retailers will be targeted.

For the full story, visit http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/16/health-canada-hiring-secret-shoppers-to-find-out-if-stores-sell-e-cigarettes-to-teens/.