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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The Agent received this press release today and is excited to announce six new Vapor Shows in the New Year!
Vapor Shows LLC debuts its first trade show in Miami Beach, Jan. 21-22, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The first to bring regional business-to-business trade shows closer to retailers who sell vapor products, Vapor Shows LLC will host six events throughout the year in top U.S. metro areas.
Exhibitor registration is now open for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, e-liquid manufacturers and others. The trade event is exclusively for businesses that want to showcase their products, services and new technology to retailers in the vapor market and not intended for consumers. A 10×10-foot exhibit space is $1995, with larger sizes available. Reduced rates are offered to companies exhibiting at all six shows.
Retailers interested in attending Vapor Shows’ Miami Beach event can register online beginning Dec. 8 or in person at the Miami Beach Convention Center on the days of the event. Visit www.VaporShows.com, click on Attendees, Miami Beach to register online. Cost is $20 to visit exhibit trade show floor or $50 to visit floor and attend educational sessions. Attendees can attend educational sessions alone for $30.
“With a high concentration of vapor product retailers in the area, Miami Beach is the perfect place to kick off our 2015 regional trade events,” said president and CEO of Vapor Shows LLC, Richard Perkins. “Vapor Shows offers businesses the networking and educational benefits found at large national shows, without hefty travel expenses or extended time away from their retail shops.”
Three hours of educational sessions will be offered during the two-day event. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the six trade event series include: Using Technology to Automate Sales; How the European Market May Signal Our Future Regulations; How to Start, Grow, Brand and Maximize Your Vape Business; Customer Service Missteps and Easy Fixes; The Growing Medical Marijuana Market and What it Means to You, Clean Rooms 101: Create Your Own or Contract Out?; Doing Business with China: Should You? How to Guide for Making the Process Easier; and Panel: Clones vs. Authentics.
Vapor Shows has partnered with NaylorCMG, a show management firm that will help streamline the registration process. A mobile app also has been developed to guide attendees around the exhibit floor.
In addition to Miami Beach, the five other regional Vapor Shows in 2015 will be: Long Beach, Calif., March 11-12; Frisco, Texas, May 18-19; Valley Forge, Penn., August 12-13; Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 16-17; and Denver, Colo., Nov. 18-19.
Connecting your e-cigarette to a USB to charge may be a cool new technology, but Yahoo.com reports that an e-cigarette manufactured from China recently “infected” a user’s computer with a virus.
The source? A $5 e-cig bought from a Chinese manufacturer through eBay. The Yahoo story says that “the e-cigarette was found to have malware hard-coded into the charger, which ‘phoned home’ and infected the system when plugged into the computer’s USB port.”
Spain is facing a decline in e-cigarette product sales, and the reason is lobbying by pharmaceutical companies, according to TheLocal.es.
Sales have dropped nearly 90 percent in just a year; this time last year there were 3,000 shops selling the product in Spain and now the number is a paltry 300, according to Spain’s National E-Cigarettes Association.
Top pharma, namely GlaxoSmithKline, have lobbied for stricter e-cig regulations in Spain, and while e-cigs aren’t regulated as of yet, public banning is occurring similarly to cities in the United States. Spain does have one of the strictest anti-tobacco laws in Europe, however.
Another reason for the decline, according to the article, is the oversaturation of shops in too short of a period of time. Too many staffers were inexperienced and too many shops were seen in a small geographical space.
Researchers who want to raise funds to delve further into the world of e-cigarettes may have more financial support. The E-Research Foundation has been established, according to a recent SFATA newsletter, to assist researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use.
The goal for these independent researchers is both find potential benefits and harm stemming from the electronic cigarette.
The newsletter’s copy reads:
ERF’s mission is to foster independent research focused on understanding the potential health benefits, and potential consequences, related to these products. ERF will not participate in advocacy efforts.
The ERF Board of Directors assembled recognized leaders from all categories of the e-vapor products market place, including consumer advocates, to participate on the Grant Committee. The committee members include leading representatives from: e-vapor device manufacturing, e-liquid manufacturing, non-manufacturing vendors, leading advocacy association senior executives, knowledgeable consumers, the leading international vapor forum, and public policy.
Independent researchers, seeking funding for their e-vapor product studies, will be able to request grants from the ERF. The ERF Grant Committee will determine which research endeavors receive funding.
All potential grant recipients, as a prerequisite to receiving ERF funds, must commit to submitting their research for peer-reviewed publication ensuring all ERF-funded research receives transparent scrutiny by the professional medical and scientific communities. ERF will not be involved in the design of study protocols or the performance of the research itself. From time to time, ERF may initiate Requests for Proposals on specific research topics of interest.
The ERF website provides an extensive list of existing peer-reviewed and published studies as well as a wide variety of video presentations by globally recognized experts speaking at leading industry conferences.
The ERF is in the process for filing for recognition as an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. ERF is seeking 501(c)(3) status.
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Barbados E-Cig Laws May Change in 2015
November 22, 2014
If you’re planning on vaping during your island vacation to Barbados next year, take note that the rules might be changing. BarbadosAdvocate.com reports that the Minister of Health revealed the new plan at the subregional workshop on Tobacco Taxation for English-speaking Caribbean countries.
E-cigarettes would be regulated under the new draft of legislation, along with legislation to “adopt the Caricom Standard on Packaging and Labelling of Tobacco Products.”
Both amendments, which will go into consideration in the New Year, were prompted by the recent World Health Organization report urging for governmental regulation on tobacco products. E-cigarettes, for now, are grouped into that category for this purpose.
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‘Vaping Brain’ Study Takes a Look at Addiction
November 20, 2014
British scientsts are researching the effects of smoking on the brain, according to FoxNews.com.
The pilot study used e-cigarettes and functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan vapers while they took puffs. The aim is to understand why smoking is addictive. The lead scientist, Matt Wall from Imperial College in London, says that since other nicotine replacement therapies havent had the success to kick the smoking habit like vaping has. Therefore, he’s digging a bit deeper to see where the addiction(s) are coming from.
While there are no specific conclusions of the study yet, Wall says that there is somewhat of a link in the brain area that controls taste and smell with reward and addiction.
Wall plans on conducting larger vaper studies in the future to learn more.
Morning coffee and a cigarette, or an e-cigarette in our world, is no more inside of the walls of the popular chain Starbucks. UK site Metro.co.uk reports that the move stemmed from the recent World Health Organization claim that e-cigarettes may not be the healthy alternative to analog cigarettes. The report also attacked the vapor emitted from e-cigs, saying that it contains toxins that create a health risk to second-hand breathers.
Registration Opens Dec. 1 for Paris Innovaping Days
November 19, 2014
Vapexpo’s first Bordelaise edition (3.780 visitors from 25 countries) followed by its Parisian edition (6.431 visitors from 57 countries) have proven a real interest for this booming sector and the confidence of the prime actors in the expertise of the Vapexpo team.
In the increasingly dynamic and innovative market, it is important for manufacturers to be visible and stand out as often as possible. Facing this innovation and novelty race, Vapexpo wants to create a new event that will facilitate professional meetings. This event will take place in an exclusive and privileged framework between the two editions of the September exhibition.
“INNOVAPING DAYS” will unite national and international distributors searching for innovations and new partners. Following the same goals as Vapexpo, quality and qualified meetings, these two days will be an advantage for the commercial development of the manufacturers fostering innovation and novelties (e-liquids, equipment, modders, accessories…).
Two days where products innovation and professional contacts will be the key words.
- A 100 percent professional meeting based on innovation and novelty
- An accessible place, with elegant surroundings favouring negotiations
- An international opening with the presence of foreign visitors
- A reduced investment compared to a traditional exhibition
- Simplified logistic: no bare stands, only key-ready stands
- One place to display your novelties to all of your distributors
- The opportunity (option) for e-liquid manufacturers to test samples anonymously via a selected panel of
professionals (reviewers, distributors, medias…)
Are you marketing a new product, a new range, a new brand, a new equipment design?
Do you want to propose a specific commercial offer to your distributors?
Do you want to reach new prospects, French or foreigners?
Do you wish to reduce the cost of a product launch while exploiting your contact opportunities?
THE “INNOVAPING DAYS” ARE MADE FOR YOU!
Registration opens Monday, Dec. 1st on www.vapexpo-france.com.
California City Raises Tobacco Sales Age
Anyone under 21 in Healdsburg, Calif. who smokes is going to have a rude awakening the next time he or she attempts to buy cigarettes. The Huffington Post reports that the city’s council voted 4-1 to raise the age of cigarette purchasers to 21. Electronic cigarettes are included in the new mandate.
The legislation will ban pharmacies and supermarkets that have pharmacies from selling cigarettes and also requires current retailers that sell tobacco products to obtain a new license. The new legislation goes into effect at the beginning of December.