Vooping Not Pooping
September 8th, 2013
Powell, Wyoming’s Police Chief Calls for E-Cig Minor Ban
Casper, Wyo.’s Star Tribune reports that the city of Powell may be one step closer to a minor law. Police Chief Roy Eckerdt recently asked the City Council to ban electronic cigarettes to minors under the age of 18.
The Star Tribune reports that minors already can’t use e-cigarettes with nicotine, however Eckerdt told the council that the police can’t tell what contains nicotine and what doesn’t.
Most of Powell’s vape retailers already don’t sell to minors.
One Half Million Brits Have Switched to Vaping, Report Says
Inquisitr.com reports that approximately one half million people in Britain have switched from analog cigarettes to e-cigarettes in the last year. This equates to more than 2.6 million British vapers, up from 2.1 million at the beginning of last year.
“Research carried out at King’s College London found that electronic cigarette use increased among ex-smokers from 4.5 percent in 2014 to 6.7 percent in 2015,” the story says.
New ISO Vapor Standards Proposed
In recognition of the growing popularity of the vapor industry, a proposal for a new field of technical activity at the ISO has been filed for vape and vapor products. The proposed committee for vapor products would look to standardize the requirements and test methods, product information and related services.
The setting of standards is an important step forward for the industry as more levels of governments pass regulations. The proposed ISO standards would be created in a process open to input from the industry to ensure that all voices are heard. Mods and liquids, emissions during use, and a standardized terminology are among the proposed goals.
“One of the major areas to be considered is the mission testing which aims to analyse and quantify the substances released during the process of vaping,” the proposal reads. “The standard has therefore to address the definition of a “vaping” cycle, a standard reference flavouring, standard reference liquids. It will also determine testing facilities and propose methods for measurement/qualification of the emissions.”
For more information, visit sfata.org.
Cafe Racer Joins Blue Orb Family
Cafe Racer announces that it has joined the Blue Orb family. A release sent to Agent VAPE said that Cafe Racer produces artfully crafted, complex, unique e-liquid blends that are classic, timeless and bold—much like the rebellious street racers who inspired the brand. This handcrafted e-liquid is made in a GMP and ISO certified lab located in Southern California. Every batch of e-liquid produced is date and batch coded for strict quality control.
Cafe Racer’s team uses the finest USP/food grade ingredients and the best premium pharmaceutical grade nicotine available. Its blends are rigorously tested and are diacetyl free. Cafe Racer’s flavors are in a 70 percent VG/30 percent PG combination.
For more information, visit BlueOrbVapor.com.
Parrot Vapers Announces ECC Giveaway Winner
One lucky winner is headed to the Electronic Cigarette Convention in August, courtesy of Parrot Vapors.
Brian Holloway of Connecticut was entered into a drawing at World Vapor Expo to win a free trip to ECC, and he won two round trip airline tickets, three nights at a local hotel and a $250 gift card.
Help Support H.R. 2058
The Americans for Tax Reform organization is asking for your help with new legislation, and this one is of particular importance.
Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently introduced H.R. 2058, the “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015.” This legislation would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning tobacco products and 99 percent of the innovative vapor and electronic cigarette products that have hit the market since 2007.
The Americans for Tax Reform story reads:
“The FDA is finalizing a regulatory framework for premium cigars and vapor products that stands to require pre-market approval for all products that have hit the market since Feb. 15, 2007. Any product on the market prior to that date would largely be exempt and any product that has hit the market since then would be given two years to apply for approval.
H.R. 2058 moves up the 2007 date to the date of the announced ‘deeming regulation,’ which is likely to occur later this year. This would permit products that have hit the market since 2007 to remain on the shelves, pending approval. This is important for a number of reasons. First, nearly every vapor product on the market today did not exist in 2007. The thousands of e-liquids and countless versions of electronic cigarettes available to smokers looking for an effective way to quit would be banned pending FDA approval without a change to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or subsequent Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which established the 2007 date.
That Act was intended to apply to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and roll your own products. The FDA’s attempt to categorize new products under the authority given to them by that legislation lays out two pathways to “legalization” for new products on the market. The first is ‘substantial equivalence,‘ whereby a manufacturer must file for a tobacco product application, which includes clinical trials and would be relatively expensive for small and medium sized businesses.
Rep. Cole’s common-sense legislation moves up this substantial equivalence 2007 date to date of deeming regulation in 2015 and would prevent countless companies from having to cease operations given the cost of compliance for products that are already being sold to consumers.
If this legislative change if not made, and for the companies who could afford compliance, the FDA would be inundated with applications that the agency is not equipped to fast-track for approval. For combustible cigarette smokers looking to or considering quitting with e-cigarettes, this would be a tragedy as countless innovative smoking cessation devices would be at risk of never being sold.
The FDA has claimed that it does not have the power to modify the Feb. 15, 2007 date, making a Congressional solution imperative. Americans for Tax Reform supports H.R. 2058 and urges more members to join on as co-sponsors in the coming weeks. This legislation will encourage innovation and teardown an unnecessary federal barrier to the sale of many products that stand to improve public health.”
To learn more about his important cause, visit http://www.atr.org/atr-supports-rep-tom-cole-s-fda-deeming-authority-clarification-act-2015.
Chicago Suburb’s City Council Passes New Vaping Ordinances
Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is changing things up a little in terms of vaping laws. Two ordinances recently were passed by Naperville’s City Council, according to ChicagoTribune.com. The first is that retailers who sell e-cigarettes must have a $200 annual license that is the same requirement of regular tobacco shops.
The second is that sales to those under 18 were officially banned (many shops self-regulate prohibiting sales to minors).
Both ordinances passed unanimously, however some of the council members told the Tribune that they wanted to know more when it comes to research and education. Others want to push further and ban vaping altogether, grouping it in with the established smoke-free laws.
For the full story, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-ecigs-st-0522-20150520-story.html.
SFATA Publishes Story on New Aldehyde Research
Media worldwide accordingly reported this new health hazard of e-cigarettes. A new study published online in the scientific journal “Addiction” took a closer look at the NEJM findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that third generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes—but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.
Author Aggregates E-Cigarette Research
A reporter at Vox.com took a closer look at various research reports regarding vaping. The reporter read through more than 60 studies, articles and reviews, and interviewed nine researchers and health experts about their work.
The research showed, overall, that vaping is less harmful than smoking. But, if never having done both, it’s probably best to not pick up either habit. Long-term effects obviously are unknown, and a lot of research is either incomplete or misreported by the media.
For a look at the reporter’s key findings within the research and an answer to hot questions such as “Do e-cigarettes actually help people stop smoking?” and “Could e-cigarettes ‘re-normalize’ smoking?” visit http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8832337/e-cigarette-health-fda-smoking-safety.
V2 E-Cigs CEO and Co-Founder Shares Industry Predictions
Jan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of V2 E-Cigs, recently shared with CSPNet.com his three predictions for the vaping industry by the end of the year. With $3.5 billion in retail sales predicted by Wells Fargo Securities by the end of 2015, our industry has a lot of change ahead.
Verleur says that 1: Big Tobacco Will Spur the Vaporizer Market’s Growth. He believes that open system vaporizers will grow, with Big Tobacco doing its best to get into the mix.
He also believes that 2. Rapid Innovation Will Drive Device Democratization. Our industry changes almost daily, with a wide array of innovation at our fingertips—for now. We still don’t know what will happen regulation-wise, and Verleur thinks that prices will fall once more common e-cigs are available.
Finally, 3. Record Investments in R&D. Verleur shares that open system vaporizers will “become the driver in the electronic vapor industry.” He calls for more research and development ahead to convert as many cigarette smokers as possible. He sees an improvement happening in both e-cigs and vaporizers.
For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/opinion-3-predictions-e-cig-industry.