E-Cig Vending Machine Wars Continue in California
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
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
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
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
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.
For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/vapor-trends-watch.
University of Rochester Focusing on E-Cig Research
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.
For the full story, visit http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=4129.