Vooping Not Pooping
September 8th, 2013
New Product: Vapor Hub Launches Bandana Print Mod Design
Vapor Hub International Inc. announces the launch of mechanical mods with a new sleeve design featuring a bandana print in a press release sent to the Agent. They are available in multiple colors including zombie green, black, white, blue and real wood bandana print.
Vapor Hub is offering retail vapor shops the opportunity to create custom design sleeves that feature their shop logo. Vapor store owners can order through VHUB and get a custom mod in two to three weeks.
These are examples of products made for retail vapor shops:
For a look at the new products, www.vapor-hub.com/product-
E-Cigarettes Contain ‘Virtually No Toxins,’ Recent Studies Find
A new study is out that surely will help vaping advocates fight for the cause. A blog in a recent Reason.com reports that a 2013 study reported in Tobacco Control looked at 12 e-cigarette brands available in Poland and found that “the levels of potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor are 9–450-fold lower than those in the smoke from conventional cigarettes, and in many cases comparable with the trace amounts present in pharmaceutical preparations [of nicotine].”
Another new study of leading American and British brands, reported in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, confirms this point, finding that the levels of potentially problematic substances in e-cigarette aerosol are about the same as those detected in ambient air. Reason says that researchers picked three flavors of Blu e-cigs and two flavors of SKYCIGS. After comparing these popular e-cigarettes with air samples and smoke generated by Marlboro Golds and two varieties of Lambert & Butler cigarettes, their findings were:
Analysis of the smoke from conventional cigarettes showed that the mainstream cigarette smoke delivered approximately 1500 times more harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) tested when compared to e-cigarette aerosol or to puffing room air. The deliveries of HPHCs tested for these e-cigarette products were similar to the study air blanks rather than to deliveries from conventional cigarettes; no significant contribution of cigarette smoke HPHCs from any of the compound classes tested was found for the e-cigarettes. Thus, the results of this study support previous researchers’ discussion of e-cigarette products’ potential for reduced exposure compared to cigarette smoke.
While Reason’s blog agrees that vapor isn’t as safe as pure air, it is night and day compared to second-hand smoke.
For Reason’s full blog, visit http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/04/study-confirms-that-e-cigarettes-generat.
New Product: JWELL France’s Box Mod Alesia
This mini box has a 40 W PCB and a battery of 2600 mAh. Turn the central button to change Watts. Its design will seduce you and it will fit easily in the palm of your hand.
For more information, visit http://www.jwellstores.com/en/accurate/alesia-box/.
New Life Being Breathed Into Smoking Cessation Products
It looks like the vaping industry has another competitor on its hands. As tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma urge smokers to quit, cigarette company Reynolds American Inc. plans to partner with pharmaceutical consultancy Pinney Associates to develop new smoking cessation products.
According to The Washington Times, Reynolds aims to breathe new life into the tobacco industry with more health-conscious products, as well as new policies that will hopefully reduce tobacco’s harmful effects.
The partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates hopes to develop a new type of nicotine gum, and perhaps even a new line of electronic cigarettes. Camel and Pall Mall, meanwhile, are also expanding their product lines and urging the pharmaceutical industry to develop more smoking cessation products.
The Times reports that, in an interview with The Associated Press, Pinney Associates CEO John Pinney said, “While what we’ve been doing in tobacco control is working, it’s just not working fast enough. We’ve got a lot of people who I believe probably need nicotine for the rest of their lives and the goal here would be … [to] get them a product that’s not going to kill them.”
Reynolds has become a more prominent feature in the market ever since the Food and Drug Administration reported that nicotine replacement products are safe to use for longer periods of time than previously thought.
Time will tell what effect the partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates has on the vaping industry.
For the full story, click here.
Washington State Officials Propose Strictest Laws Yet
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:
- Require special licenses for all retailers
- Require manufacturers to list all ingredients in its e-liquid
- Ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products
- 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
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
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
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.
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
The full solicitation can be found using a search engine with the keywords “SBIR Topic 156b” or by going to: