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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SFATA’s October newsletter expressed concern about anti-vapor regulations going into effect, especially in Texas and Massachusetts. SFATA’s president and CEO, Phil Daman, Esq., has been in contact with the Attorney General’s office to discuss possible changes to regulations that restrict access to vapor products and businesses’ ability to sell to adult consumers.
Daman is hosting a call at noon EST Monday, Oct. 5, to discuss the matter with members.
Texas, which has faced many regulations that could have cripped its industry, fought back with help of SFATA’s Texas chapter. The rules that did pass went into effect Oct. 1, but according to SFATA’s newsletter, implementation practically is muddy.
If you aren’t a subscriber to SFATA’s monthly newsletter, you should be. But, if you aren’t, Agent VAPE is here to share with you the latest interview between SFATA and Tim Phillips of ECigIntelligence. Recently, ECigIntelligence, Roebling Research, E-Cigarette Forum and SFATA partnered to create the first independent analysis of the U.S. vapor shop industry with the launch of “Project Vape Manifest.” SFATA spoke with ECigIntelligence’s Tim Philips on the genesis of the survey, shared here:
SFATA: Why did you create the survey?
Tim: As consumer preferences evolve and the category continues its growth, we saw a need for accurate data on sales, trends, preferences and attitudes, as well as insight in to actual economic impact from the category on a local, state, regional and national level.
SFATA: What is the aim of the project?
Tim: This really is the first time that the industry will have independent data from vape shops, where most of the growth is now occurring, which we think will be helpful to shop owners to better compete in today’s marketplace, and regulators and other constituents to make informed decisions.
SFATA: Why partner with SFATA?
Tim: SFATA is the largest trade association to the e-cig industry with strong ties to the vape shop community. With SFATA, Roebling and E-Cigarette Forum, we have brought together a great mix of industry leaders to start tracking important trends in the vapor industry.
SFATA: What are some of the benefits of participating in the study?
Tim: Participants will receive a customized report that will include best practices and key economic trends and insights into the vape shop market. We are also extending SFATA members a 50 percent discount on the full final report, which we intend to conduct regularly to track longitudinal changes in the sector. Finally, by tracking the vape shop industry and making public the key findings of the report to U.S. regulators and media, we will contribute to a better understanding of this part of the sector to the benefit of its long-term future.
SFATA Utah Chapter Press Secretary Sends Due Diligence Release
October 1, 2015
Shilo Platts, SFATA Utah’s press secretary and sales team lead at Tronic Vape, has sent Agent VAPE a press release titled, “Practicing Due Diligence in Vaping.”
“With myriad options from which to select your next e-liquid products, whether it be as a retail or wholesale customer, allow me to offer you a comment on practicing due diligence prior to making your decision. As the SFATA Utah Chapter press secretary, I’m more intimately familiar with the inner workings of e-liquid manufacturing than the average consumer, which is why I am freely offering up my perspective. For full disclosure, I am also the lead account executive for Drapor Vapor, a subsidiary company of Tronic Vape. In other words, if you’re a liquid manufacturer, I’m in the trenches with you every day, all day. Yes, I realize flavor is of paramount importance to most consumers. However, as you may well know, flavor is but one minuscule piece of the overall picture. To make informed decisions about what you buy and vape, you must ensure that a company practices due diligence by researching three things: the product, the business and the business’ procedures.
When assessing the overall quality of a product, my attention turns to suppliers of raw ingredients. I am invariably concerned with the quality of nicotine, VG, PG and flavoring. Let’s face it, better ingredients yield better final products, and I am safe in assuming most consumers would tend to agree with me. Cheaper priced, bargain brand nicotine is not conducive to premium e-liquids. In fact, the variation in taste is typically noticeable.
Perhaps more crucial than the quality of a product is the caliber of the business making it. For my own peace of mind, I demand to know whether a manufacturer establishes two very simple—yet rarely achieved—safeguards on the back end: insurance and toxicology reports. Reputable companies should be carrying liability coverage policies on their e-liquids to protect both the retailer and consumer against potential medical claims. More to the point, regular, thorough toxicology reports conducted on e-liquid products should be readily available to retailers who are carrying the product line. Although these toxicology reports are not cheap, by any means, can we really put a price tag on the health of consumers? Obviously, the question is rhetorical, yet I find myself frustrated that so few of the companies with whom I’m familiar are doing these things.
Finally, due diligence involves being compliant with current regulations and policies at both the state and federal levels. Childproof caps, shrink bands, and Prop 65 warnings are the obvious essentials, but I tend to favor doing business with companies who stay ahead of the regulatory curve. For instance, implementing labels that list exact percentages of raw ingredients, along with the flavor profile, is not only more informative and convenient, but also going above and beyond what is currently mandated by law. Purchasing a SFATA membership, or even subscribing to the free CASAA email newsletter, are great tools to gain more insight into how this industry will be regulated. Remember, it isn’t a question of if, but when and to what degree.
So, in summation, be vigilant, informed and smart in deciding to whom you will give your business.
Passenger Faces Charges After Allegedly Vaping, Flashing on Allegiant Air Flight
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The results are in—don’t vape and fly. In addition, don’t flash and fly. According to a story on News.Yahoo.com, Kristin Sharp, a Kona, Hawaiian-based woman, was allegedly drunk and disorderly on a recent Allegiant Air flight.
According to witnesses, the 34-year-old realtor boarded the flight while vaping. She was asked by a flight attendent to put away her e-cigarette and did so. However, she took it back out. Witnesses say “she flashed the cabin and swore at the flight attendant before throwing a half-empty soda can at him.”
Sharp denies that she threw the soda can at the attendant. She says she was trying to hit the trash can next to him. The Yahoo story says that Sharp and her boyfriend were moved away from the first row and things calmed, however the FBI questioned her upon landing. She was not arrested, and Sharp claims that the flight attendant was rude.
The case is not over yet, therefore Allegiant Air declined comment to Yahoo.
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FIVAPE Reacts to Recent DGCCRF E-Cig Safety Results
September 30, 2015
The FIVAPE Interprofessional Federation of Vape, based in Europe, denounced the press release issued yesterday by the DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control) concerning the results of its investigation on the safety of electronic cigarettes, conducted in 2014. This statement was sent to Agent VAPE today:
“The DGCCRF is guilty of a serious omission in the presentation of its results, she never specifies that controls and analyzes were effected in respect of a non-existent or inadequate regulation, and whose application was contradictory of a Directorate county to another! How to respect the rules when they do not exist? The second anomaly ignores the DGCCRF, so this is the serious lack of legal certainty professionals vape, notwithstanding that the e-cigarette is trusted by more than three million users in France, of which 400,000 have quit.
To address the shortcomings of the French and European law, French professionals have taken steps to secure products on the market and inform consumers. The Fivape, unlike the DGCCRF is the initiator of the AFNOR standardization work, which culminated in April 2015 with the publication of two standards, hardware and e-liquid, a world first!
Amalgams and alarmist DGCCRF now generate an unacceptable disorder, referring to a study carried out there over a year! The “permanent contact with professionals in the sector” touted by the DGCCRF is ultimately an illusion, these reports are based on outdated observations that fail to consider the progress made, and that the DGCCRF is alleged to have participated. This misinformation contributes to deceive public opinion about the revolution of the vape, while France has 34% of smokers and 78, 000 annual deaths related to tobacco premature.
While the e-cigarette has been analyzed as 95% less harmful than smoking by the British Ministry of Health, the DGCCRF and the French Government are continuing their sense of denial facing a formidable public health tool.”
FIVAPE brings together nearly 500 independent professional e-cigarette and e-liquid businesses in France. Organized in four secretariats—manufacturers, distributors, relations with users, Europe and international—the organization acts in consultation with businesses and experts of vape and aims to unite, represent, develop, standardize and defend vaping.
Revol E-Liquid Confirmed as Poland Vape Expo Gold Sponsor
Revol E-Liquid has confirmed its participation as a Gold Sponsor of Vape Expo Poland, coming up Nov. 20-21 in Warsaw.
Revol is a new e-liquid line co-founded by Austin Hopper. According to the note sent to Agent VAPE, Hopper will be at the show to meet the masses, along with offering testing of Revol E-Liquid.
National Park Service Bans E-Cigarettes in Limited Parks
September 29, 2015
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Parks in Washington County, Md. are vape-free, now that the National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has prohibited vaping in all places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, according to a story on HeraldMailMedia.com.
The news site reports that e-cigarettes are no longer allowed in interior spaces, vehicles, watercraft and within 25 feet of any public park entrances or exits.
Park spokesman Jeremy Barnum cites “scientific findings and uncertainty” of long-term effects of vaping, while SFATA debated that the park service’s rationale was “misguided and based on misleading data.” SFATA’s argument is a long-standing one in the vaping community—vaping products are not tobacco products and should not be treated as such.
Parks affected include: Antietam National Battlefield and parts of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and, via the canal towpath, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, parts of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Monocacy National Battlefield and Catoctin Mountain Park.
Those caught vaping in prohibited areas face varying fines depending on individual park policy.
Vapers who live in Massachusetts have some new laws effective this week. According to Boston.CBSLocal.com, anyone under the age of 18 no longer can buy e-cigarettes legally. E-liquid bottles now must have child-resistant packaging. Additionally, e-cigarettes can not be used in promotional giveaways or for free distribution.
The attorney general’s law for most of the changes went into effect Sept. 25, while the packaging law will take place March 15, 2016.
Attorney General Maura Healey told the news site that the regulations also ban most sales of e-cigarettes except through face-to-face purchases and not through vending machines except in adults-only establishments. She cites a public health risk of e-cigarettes as the main reason for the new laws.