Deadline Approaching for FDA Workshop Panelists, Presenters
Agent VAPE recently reported about the FDA’s impending workshops coming up in December.
The FDA also is seeking presenters and panelists for the workshops. The deadline for presenters and panelists is sooner than the registration deadline, Nov. 4.
To be considered to serve as a presenter on the technical topics to be discussed at the workshop, you must submit a brief abstract and a one-page bio-sketch that describes and supports your scientific expertise on the topic(s) being presented. To serve as a panelist, you must provide a one-page bio-sketch that describes and supports the speakers’ scientific expertise, experience, research, etc. This information must be submitted to workshop.CTPOS@fda.hhs.gov by the deadline to be considered.
FDA Issues Grandfather Date Guidance
SFATA’s recent newsletter reports that the FDA has issued final guidance that provides information on how manufacturers may demonstrate that a tobacco product was commercially marketed in the United States as of Feb. 15, 2007.
“Tobacco products commercially marketed as of Feb. 15, 2007 are known as ‘grandfathered tobacco products,’ and are not considered new tobacco products. As a result, grandfathered tobacco products are not subject to the premarket requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C),” the newsletter reads.
SFATA reports that the FDA intends to limit its review of grandfathered status to regulated tobacco products—cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. For more information on the guidance, including how to submit a tobacco product for consideration, please visit the Guidance web page.
E-Liquids Made in Calgary ‘Basements, Bathrooms’ Due to Lack of Regulation
A lack of regulations on e-liquids in Canada, particularly Calgary, has everyone playing manufacturer, according to a recent interview in the Calgary Herald.
Travis Gerlitz, owner of Global Haze Electronic Cigarettes, told the Herald that “anybody and their dog can make this stuff” and even though some e-liquid manufacturers do make product in sterile environments, that there also are liquids that have no known origin.
Gerlitz urged the government to regulate to “stamp out shady operations brewing liquids without the same level of care” as those who do produce safe products and take precautions.
Mistic Moves Production From China to United States
From China to Charlotte, Mistic Electronic Cigarettes has made the move to the United States. With 60,000 retail stores to distribute to, Mistic claims to be the first national, independent e-cig company to fill, produce and assemble its entire product domestically, according to NewsObserver.com, based out of Greenville, N.C.
Mistic will share space with flavor company Purilum in the self described “tobacco country” of Greenville. Reasons cited for the move include better quality control and inventory management. Purilum also owns machines that assemble cartomizers, two of which replace about 300 Chinese factory workers. In the unofficial merge, Purilum also hopes to improve quality control and costs, in preparation for FDA regulations.
Some materials, such as batteries, still will be imported from China, and the company plans on releasing new products in time for the holidays.
For the full story, visit http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/30/4196366_e-cig-maker-mistic-shifts-production.html?rh=1.
Newest Public Health Supporters: Big Tobacco?
We’ve all seen the warning labels on analog cigarette packs: smoking is bad for your health; pregnant women should not smoke; nicotine is bad; keep out of reach of children. It may come as a surprise that Big Tobacco makers of e-cigarettes are shouting their biggest warnings yet on e-cig labels, or does it?
NYTimes.com reports that Big Tobacco is putting out the strongest health warnings in the e-cig market, “going even further than the familiar ones on actual cigarettes.”
Since the FDA has yet to regulate e-cigs, warnings are voluntary, and could be a maneuver to make Big Tobacco seem like the good guys, also adding warnings that e-cigs are not smoking cessation devices.
Whether this is a sincere attempt at honesty or an attempt to use reverse psychology remains to be seen.
For the full story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/business/dire-warnings-by-big-tobacco-on-e-smoking-.html?_r=1.
France Plans to Selectively Ban Public Vaping
France24.com reports that e-cigarettes will be banned in “certain” public places, in an effort to make smoking less attractive. Smoking numbers in France are on the rise, 13 million adults and counting, amounting to one of the highest smoking rates in Europe.
New research finds that 18 percent of French people between the ages of 18 and 75 have tried electronic cigarettes, and while the publication’s reporting concludes that it’s better to vape than to smoke, cigarette smoking also will be banned in an effort to curb the gateway effect in non-smokers/vapers.
For more information, visit http://www.france24.com/en/20140925-france-wants-e-cig-ban-public-plain-cigarette-packs/,
Democrats Attack Magazines For E-Cig Ads Targeting Teens
RBR.com reports that the Democratic group found that “tobacco companies continue to glamorize smoking in advertisements in magazine with large youth readership.”
The group urges magazines to cut the number of images regarding all cigarette, e-cigarette and tobacco product advertising, saying that this will help reduce teen smoking.
For the full story, visit http://rbr.com/mags-taken-to-task-for-e-cig-ads/.
Davidoff London Removes Tobacco Brands, Ushers in Vapelux
In a press release sent to Agent VAPE from SilverEGG Media in the UK, Davidoff London has announced to remove several brands of cigarettes and instead make the shift to vaping hardware and e-liquids from Vapelux.
Eddie Sahakian, Managing Director of the flagship Davidoff store, said in the statement: “We have been advised and work closely with Nick Roman from Vapelux Ltd. to ensure we have a complete range of high quality and genuine products suitable for the novice to intermediate user. Our customers are impressed by the selection, which includes the popular Vapelux disposables, starter kits and the premium e-liquids, together with genuine hardware and accessories from various international brands.”
Clive Bates, public health blogger, weighed in on the shift: “This looks like a very interesting move, to the extent that tobacco vendors replace their cigarette brands with vapor products, they are shifting into a better, more credible business model. The customers are looking for a new value proposition—from vapour products they can find much of what they like about smoking, but without the serious health risks and other downsides of smoking.”
Also a London-based company, Vapelux Ltd was launched in 2012 as it saw a gap in the market for superior and well-designed e-cigarettes, which not only tasted good, but also were attractively packaged. Other clients include Harrods, Selfridges and Partridges of Sloane Square to Cirque du Soir.
A report by Public Health England, part of the Dept of Health, earlier this year, stipulates that there are an estimated 1.3 million e-cigarette users in the UK with the e-cigarette market expected to be worth £340 million by 2015.
Agent VAPE Investigates: 2015 New Products
Agent VAPE is on the prowl for the hottest new vaping items to hit the shelves. Do you have the newest mod, the tastiest e-liquid or a brand new item yet to be seen? Let VAPE know, and your product may be featured in an upcoming issue of VAPE Magazine.
To submit, please email a short description of the product, a link where it can be purchased, the retail price and a high resolution photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Agent apologizes, due to the amount of submissions received, all products may not make it in the magazine.
Corporate Counsel Talks Patents
Herbert Gilbert filed for the first U.S. Patent, NO. 3,200,819 in fact, regarding the electronic cigarette, according to a recent story on CorporateCounsel.com. Even though his idea was never manufactured, this historic moment set the benchmark for intellectual property rights in the vaping world.
Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik is credited with the actual invention-come-to-life concept of the e-cig, and currently has 12 U.S. design and utility patents. With that being said, his company also has filed a dozen lawsuits in 2011 and 2012. Copycats in the industry, especially in China, abound.
Corporate Counsel goes on to report that there are more than 90 issued patents and hundreds awaiting approval related to e-cigs.
It’s an exciting time for the electronic cigarette industry, however making sure an idea is protected is of utmost importance with the number of companies “ripping off” great plans.
For the full story, visit http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202671171378/Intellectual-Property-and-the-Ecigarette-Boom.