Every individual has requirements for what they would call the “perfect vape.” For some it’s all about flavor and it just has to taste good. For others it’s juice heated to a precise wattage in a fresh cartomizer and the resulting plume. For some it’s being able to blow massive clouds on a mechanical mod after toiling over sub ohm coils, repetitiously working with wire and cotton until they get the math right. These are the cloud chasers.
Cloud chasing, as the practice has been coined, is the art of using sub ohm coiled atomizers on mechanical mods. The coils can be single, dual or multi configurations. Some cloud chasers are using ribbon wire and others are configuring their setups with nifty micro-coils. They spend their time talking on message boards and subreddits about their .8 ohm coils, showing pictures of his or her builds, coils aglow resembling the color of the sun, gloating about the lack of hot spots. On YouTube you can find the cloud chasers recording themselves expelling clouds so voluminous that if you watch long enough you’ll eventually think you see an animal form. There is no wispiness in the world of the cloud chaser. I am in awe and I am jealous.
What is utterly remarkable about the cloud chasers is how, in each posting or thread, they explain that safety cannot be overemphasized. There is an inherent risk of having a mod blow up in your face and your body covered in scarring battery acid if you are not careful, do not have your math correct, or are not aware of the amp limit or discharge rate of your battery. If you do not understand Ohm’s Law and how that correlates to the drain of your battery, then cloud chasing is likely not for you. It is dangerous if not done correctly and can cause serious bodily harm or burn your house down.
There are a lot of subcultures that make up the vape community. There are folks perfectly content with their streamlined eGo setups, the juice heads that have every flavor imaginable and the mod collectors that can tell you every spec of each device they own. The cloud chasers are the builders or Pecos Bill of vapor, wrangling their equipment to tame the perfect cloud.
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Hey Colorado—Fort Collins Newest City to Ban E-Cigs
August 21, 2014
Fort Collins City Council members have spoken, and restrictions on e-cigarettes continue in Colorado. They now are banned in all places where traditional cigarettes are, including hotel rooms, according to Collegian.com.
The report said that factors in the decision included “evidence regarding safety, complaints about indoor use and confusion about why e-cigarettes are allowed in some areas where traditional cigarettes are not.” Since the FDA has not yet regulated e-cigarettes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is supporting the council’s efforts. A department spokesperson said that there “is no evidence so far that e-cigs help people quit smoking.” And “there is not enough known about them yet.”
The Collegian also spoke with store owner Shane Stringer of Colorado Vapors, and he told the Collegian that the new restrictions are not fair and are a result of ignorance. He said that e-cigs get a bad reputation they don’t deserve and there is an uneducated fear in banning them.
Fort Collins joins Edgewater, Lakewood and Durango as Colorado cities that support the e-cig ban. By the looks of things, Golden, Louisville and Commerce City will follow until the FDA gives its highly-anticipated ruling about the future of the product.
Congrats to McE’s Vapor Lounge, New Shop in New Mexico
Owner of McE’s, Sean McCracken, demonstrates how an e-cig works. Photo by Elva K. Österreich—Ruidoso News
There’s something new in the air of the Land of Enchantment, and that’s McE’s Vapor Lounge. New Mexico’s latest family-owned business opened its doors Aug. 9. According to the Ruidoso News, the shop sells different types of mechanical mods, rebuildables and more than 50 types of juices.
The newspaper reports that starter kits at McE’s range from $50-$60, which includes a tank and vaporizer. The store sells something for everyone, from the new vapor to the experienced cloud chaser. McE’s prides itself on its wide range of flavors, something they say was lacking in other local shops. Juices carried at McE’s include Goodfellas, Space Jam, Obsession and Suicide Bunny. Flavors range from fruity to bakery, and customers can opt to mix flavors.
McE’s Vapor Lounge is located in the 2700 block of Sudderth Drive.
SFATA Reports Democrats Pushing for E-Cig Regulations, Some East Texas School Districts Banning E-Cigs
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Some East Texas school districts are banning electronic cigarettes, while others don’t see a need to change policy regarding the devices. This past school year, Sabine ISD was the first area district to take a stance on e-cigarettes. “Electronic cigarettes are to be enforced as if they were a tobacco product, and they are not allowed on campus at any time,” said Superintendent Stacey Bryce. The policy extends to adults at football games and other extracurricular events on district property.
With only eight state legislatures still in session this year, a clearer picture of the outcome of tobacco and e-cigarette legislation is emerging. So far this year, very few tobacco and e-cigarette bills have been passed and enacted into law despite the fact that 25 state legislatures considered cigarette and/or tobacco tax-rate increases, 16 states debated bills to assess a tax on e-cigarettes, and 14 states deliberated bills to restrict the use of e-cigarettes/vaping in public places.
Just one month into the national rollout of MarkTen, Altria Group Inc. already is establishing itself as a leader of the electronic-cigarette segment. According the latest Nielsen data, MarkTen jumped to the No. 3 c-store seller with a 13.6 percent dollar share and 11.4 percent unit share for the four-weeks ending July 5, 2014, up from a 1.4 percent dollar and 1.5 percent unit share in the prior four-week period.
A group of senators has ramped up concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes. CQ Roll Call’s Melissa Attias reports that the Democrats, who previously focused on the children’s health concerns related to e-cigarette flavorings, are now focusing on new legislation that seeks to target the packaging containing the liquid that fuels e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration in April issued proposed rules seeking comments on extending its authority to cover e-cigarettes, but the rule proposal does not address poisonings from liquid nicotine—which are particularly dangerous for children.
Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment Suing NYC Over E-Cig Public Venue Ban
Reason.com reports that Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment is suing New York City over the city’s new ban on e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and everywhere else regular smoking is banned. This includes outdoor venues such as beaches and parks. Former Mayor Bloomberg passed the smoking ban bill last year, which for now includes e-cigarettes.
According to the story, the group filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court that the ban is illegal. Simply put, the group’s argument states that the ban has nothing to do with New Yorkers being protected from second hand smoke because vaping doesn’t produce smoke. It produces water-based vapor.
Could E-Cigs Be Classified As Flight Hazards?
August 19, 2014
The New York Times is reporting that an e-cigarette may be the smoldering substance found in a bag removed from a jet bound for Buffalo, N.Y. last week at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
According to the newspaper, airport officials are asking the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials.
“It was not clear if the combustion had reached the stage of fire,” The Times reports. “The episode raises the question of whether e-cigarettes that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries should be added to the list of banned items, which already includes matches, flares and most batteries that are ‘spillable.’”
Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, was quoted in the Times saying that it was clear that lithium-ion batteries posed a hazard.
“The more you see these type of items sold out there, the more our industry has to take a closer look at them, as we’ve done with other hazardous materials,” he said.
Now the investigation is on, with airport officials and the Federal Aviation Administration taking a closer look. Banned items on airplanes is controlled by the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and they are the ones who will see if in fact an e-cig caused the smolder. The investigation is not yet complete.
The largest Vape Con in the history of the Southeast is coming to North Carolina Aug. 29 and 30, at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.
As of press time, more than 70 vendors have signed on exhibit at the event. Highlights include:
*Live performances of popular vaping broadcasts
*raffles and giveaways
*$500 wrestling costume contest Friday night at 8 p.m. with a large prize
*special guests and vaping personalities (Grimmgreen, Vapor Joe and the TVA show are confirmed)
*national event coverage with on-site media
*a cloud competition
The official after party will be at Ziggy’s (about blocks down the road) from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. each night. The after party will include live music, the costume contest results and a VapeMania discount at the door.
You are cordially invited! Smoke Smart has opened its third store, in Valley Park, Mo., which happens to be the biggest one of the franchise in the Midwest. The grand opening will be Sunday, Aug. 24.
The new space contains 4,400 sq. ft. of lobby and game room space, allowing for plenty of room and seating. Customers can show up, hang out, meet up with friends, or be active participants by playing pool, air hockey or foosball. There also is a 185” big screen for your viewing pleasure.
Nationally recognized special guests from the vaping community will be in attendance at the grand opening, along with giveaways, specials, food and adult beverages.
“We wanted to create a fun environment at our new location for our fellow vapors to enjoy,” Jim Buchanan, owner, said. “There are two Vicious Ant Variants that will be part of a live auction and raffle. All proceeds for the Variants will go to CASSA to help fight for our rights as vapers.”
Fears that electronic cigarettes could become a gateway into smoking for young people have not materialized so far, according to the BBC. The station added that the industry needs to keep monitoring use in young people, making sure advertising and promotion of electronic cigarettes doesn’t glamorize their use. The percentage of pupils who said they smoked at least one cigarette a week in 2003 fell by two-thirds, to three percent in 2013. Also, over the past decade, the proportion of young people who said they had tried smoking halved from 42 percent in 2003 to 22 percent in 2013—the lowest level since the survey began in 1982.
E-cigarettes recently hit $2.5 billion in nationwide sales. The public health debate rages on, with supporters arguing that the devices are a less dangerous alternative to cigarettes and critics warning that there is insufficient evidence about their health risk and whether e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. Major U.S. tobacco companies continue to make their mark in the e-cigarette market. R.J. Reynolds is going nationwide with its Vuse e-cigarette, and Altria plans to begin selling its own product, the MarkTen, later this year.
As tobacco companies offer high dividends, they have stayed the preferred stock of choice among dividend investors. As tougher regulations, higher taxes and increasing acceptance of alternate tobacco products have adversely affected the sales volume of the industry, companies are relying on price hikes to support top-line growth. Altria Group recently reported a satisfactory financial performance for 2Q14, despite the challenges faced in increasing volumes.
The Plain Dealer, Angela Townsend
One in five high school students in Cuyahoga County uses tobacco, with flavored cigars and hookah the most popular ways to smoke it, according to new data released by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University. Students are smoking at the same rate as adult residents in the county, according to a data brief of the research, which can be found on the center’s web site.
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The FDA has proposed regulations that would set an age limit for buying them and require them to have a warning label about nicotine addiction. The agency also has done a study that found half of the e-cigarettes tested contained cancer-causing substances. Wisconsin not only has a ban on selling them to minors, enacted in 2012, but the state also has an indoor workplace ban on tobacco cigarettes—and a question about whether it should include e-cigarettes.
NicoBurst Stealth Blasts Onto Vaping Scene
August 17, 2014
Vaporizer and e-cig lovers will have a device that does double duty by the end of August.
Arco Health Inc. has unveiled NicoBurst® Stealth™, the World’s first and only electronic vaporizer to achieve the size and shape of a regular cigarette.
Through its proprietary “micro” technology, the Stealth offers the consumer a product that feels and looks like a regular cigarette, while at the same time delivering a smoking experience without the flame, ash or any second hand smoke. The Stealth is rechargeable, easy to use and because of its size, allows consumers to vape virtually anywhere, anytime.
Arco Health believes the Stealth will become a game changer in the e-cigarette and vapor industry, as it has the capability of vaping other oils besides e-juice.
The NicoBurst Stealth is sold in a starter kit, which includes two mini clearomizers, one rechargeable battery, one USB charger and one small carrying case, which stores everything conveniently offered in the kit. MSRP for the starter kit is $29.95 with replacement mini clearomizers retailing at $5.95.
The company expects to have NicoBurst Stealth available in stores and vapor shops nationwide by the end of August.
NicVape Launches E-Liquid Line Designed to Improve Taste
August 16, 2014
NicVape announces the launch of E-Flavor, a new line of flavorings developed specifically for the electronic cigarette industry. The brand’s initial batch features 24 flavors designed to improve users’ taste experiences. NicVape claims to be the first manufacturer to engineer its own e-liquid flavoring product line, with sustainable, safe production methods.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., NicVape opened its 28,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a 5,000-square-foot clean room in 2010. The company performs both internal quality assurance checks and third party testing through Enthalpy Analytical Inc. on each ingredient. The Durham, N.C.-based laboratory specializes in analysis of air and tobacco products. Test data led NicVape to take the first steps toward designing its own flavorings in October 2013.
“Test results showed us that flavorings designed for use in food products either didn’t meet our quality standards, or contained some components we were concerned about,” Linc Williams, executive vice-president for NicVape, said. “We were especially interested in looking at alternatives that could eliminate Diacetyl, a chemical that is used to give food a buttery flavor, and Acetyl Propionyl, commonly found in dairy and custard–flavored products.”
NicVape’s team of engineers worked closely with top flavorists and manufacturing flavoring experts to develop the recipe it uses for its E-Flavor line.
“Our first offering is a mix of unique tobacco flavors as well as fruit flavors,” Williams said. “They are also more concentrated. We’re able to produce them at a 10 percent dilution rate instead of the industry’s standard 20 percent dilution rate.”
Certificates of Analysis for each lot will be available for review through NicTrace, (http://www.nicvape.com/Nictrace ) the company’s online documentation system. NicVape is making E-Flavor available to distributors and other e-juice manufacturers and expects to release additional flavors under its brand over the next few quarters.