Military Bases, Ships Face Potential Tobacco Sales Ban
Politico.com reports that military bases and ships may face a potential ban on selling tobacco products onsite. For now this includes cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, however since many nationwide smoking bans include vaping, the potential sales halt could include e-cigs and subsequent products.
Congress and the Defense Department are the government sectors seeking the ban, citing an effort to curb smoking. However, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) is a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Politico.com story says that he has inserted an amendment in the House-passed defense authorization bill that would block the department from banning tobacco sales at exchange stores. Hunter argues that “we are fighting for your freedom, and you’re taking away ours.”
The review is expected to take place in November.
For the full story, visit http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/military-smoking-congress-111671.html#ixzz3FYfqxdH7.
NJOY Releases Artists Collection
NJOY has a new line of e-liquids catering to the refined side of vaping. The Artist Collection is a self-described “sophisticated suite of masterful taste sensations, pushing the limits of experiential flavor indulgence.”
The Artist Collection is a curated collection of flavors from different e-liquid manufacturers in the country. They are:
Daniel – FlavorZ Academy
Anne-Claire – Vaponaute
Randy – P.O.E.T.
Jeremy – Goodlife Vapor
George – Mr. Goodvape
For information about how to carry the collection or find an NJOY Artist Collection liquid near you, visit NJOYAC.com.
Electronic Cigarettes International Group Readies IPO
Calling all stock market watchers, SeekingAlpha.com reports that Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. is set for its IPO of 33.3M shares of common stock at a prospective price, which is $4.50 per share.
The website states that “the firm is selling 28,443,133 shares and selling shareholders are offering 4,890,200. NASDAQ listing terms will be set at $150 million, according to NASDAQ.com.
The Nunica, Mich.-based company markets and distributes electronic cigarettes and accessories through more than 50,000 outlets worldwide. The company currently trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol ECIG.
For a closer look at the financials, visit http://seekingalpha.com/news/2027905-e-cig-firm-on-deck-for-ipo.
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Louisville City Council Votes Unanimously Against E-Cig Ban
In a move that isn’t following suit with the rest of the state of Kentucky, Louisville’s City Council voted earlier this month to not ban e-cigarettes, according to wfpl.com. The vote was a unanimous 8-0. Louisville has a smoking ban set in place since 2003, and one councilwoman said that grouping e-cigs in with the ban was not “on the to-do list.”
The site quoted the councilwoman as saying that there isn’t enough evidence that e-cigarettes put nonsmokers at the same risk of secondhand smoke exposure as cigarettes. Until there is refutable research that leans in the other direction, it looks like the council is staying firm on its decision.
To read the full story, visit http://wfpl.org/post/e-cigarette-bans-gain-steam-across-state-no-such-plans-louisville.
HookahFair Meets VaporFair in Frankfurt
Just announced: The International VaporFair 2015 will be held May 2-3 at the Trade Fair Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The self-procliamed No. 1 international trade show specializes in hookah and vapor/e-cig products. The show provides a unique opportunity for industry specialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors etc. to showcase new products, innovations, establish business contacts and broaden market share.
Show organizers said in a press release that the increase of exhibitors for 2014′s event climbed to almost 400 percent, and visitors increased 170 percent. For May’s show, they expect about 160 to 200 exhibitors and more than 9,000 visitors.
To register or attend, visit www.shishamesse.de, www.hookahfair.com or www.vaporfair.eu.
Parents Concerned Over Online Underage E-Cig, Liquid Sales
New York State parents have spoken out to WNYT.com, and they aren’t happy. While state law says that brick and mortar stores can’t sell e-cigarette products to underage children (18 and under), this isn’t stopping teens from finding their way to vaping.
Parents quoted in the article said that their children are buying online or getting products from underage friends, and with no national regulation as of yet, it’s an increasing concern. While there is age verification on sites, that doesn’t stop a teenager from lying and clicking the “yes” box, stating that he or she is over the age of 18.
For the full story, visit http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3580995.shtml?cat=256.
Behavioral Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution Study Seeks Donations
Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health has launched BSCiTS, or The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Stimulation, according to SFATA’s October newsletter. The new study is in response to the FDA’s deeming regulations that will require all e-cigarette products to demonstrate their public health benefits.
In order to meet this requirement, further research is required. SFATA reports that the aim of the research is “to study the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking behavior, using the nicotine patch as a comparison.”
In order to complete the study in the way Siegel intends, upwards of $4.5 million is needed. The study design and sample size will depend on the total amount of donations received, and could range from a complex behavioral study to a simpler survey study, depending on the amount of funds raised.
Siegel’s ideal study design would be a randomized controlled behavioral trial involving 800 participants given either the e-cigarette or the nicotine patch for 10 weeks with follow-up for six months. If funds are not met, the study will be altered and conducted with funds received.
To donate, contact Dr. Siegel.
VapeBlast 2.0 Video Hits Airwaves
San Antonio’s first big vaping convention came to town recently, and VAPE’s own Chris Bolton was on hand to cover every cloud comp, big name and goings on in the Alamo City.
Bolton took a stroll through the show floor, interviewing multiple vendors and attendees, highlighting what was brand new at the show for this year. Accessory innovations and new e-liquid flavors abounded at Vape Blast 2.0, as well as multiple advocacy groups sharing their visi
At the end, vape love seemed to be the theme, and Bolton had a “hell of a time,” as well as Phil Busardo, who as usual fit right in with the scene, admitting that he purchased a cowboy hat and rode a mechanical bull.
To view Bolton’s video, visit .
Child-Resistant Liquid Nicotine Bottle Legislation Passes
SFATA reports in its latest newsletter that last month the Senate Commerce Committee, approved legislation to require child-resistant packaging for any liquid nicotine sold to consumers. The committee voted unanimously on the change, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
“S. 2581, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue regulations to require child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers,” SFATA’s report read.
Senator Nelson, as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD) all spoke in support of the bill.
In addition, the newsletter says that Chairman Rockefeller also committed to marking up a bill by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), S. 2047, the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, which aims to address marketing practices in the vapor industry before the end of the Congress.