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 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.
VAPE News Radio Now on Spreaker
October 23, 2014
VAPE News Radio listeners, and those who want to join the ranks, are in luck. Spreaker.com approached VAPE News Radio, asking the show to post onto the site.
Spreaker.com gives listeners access to “audio creators” who broadcast shows, tracks and playlists. Listeners also can upload their own muses and can share with other blogs, sites and social media.
The web and mobile app brings broadcasting tools and social networks to the masses, and allows creators to broadcast internationally. The application also streamlines the distribution process, allowing for easy sharing across all the major social networks, as well as providing attractive embeddable players onto any website.
SFATA’s October newsletter was full of great information, but perhaps one of the most important notes was that more than 70,000 comments were made during the public comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s set of proposed deeming regulations. In fact, so many people commented that the initial public comment deadline, which was supposed to end in July, was extended an extra 30 days “after intense pressure on the agency given the broad scope of the regulation; its major potential economic impact on a variety of industries; and outstanding questions regarding the public health benefit.”
Regulations would extend the FDA’s authority to other tobacco products: cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco and dissolvables. So, it comes to no surprise that the most comments concerned premium cigars and vapor products.
For the latest news on FDA regulations in our industry, check back with Agent VAPE.
Deadline Approaching for FDA Workshop Panelists, Presenters
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
October 21, 2014
Travis Gerlitz smokes an e-cigarette at his shop Global Haze Electric Cigarette. Photo by Leah Hennel
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
October 20, 2014
Sergio Garcia, a lab technician, prepares flavor samples for customers during a tour of the Purilum facility in Greenville. Photo by Jill Knight of the News Observer.
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.
Replacement cartridges for MarkTen e-cigarettes, by the tobacco giant Altria, bear warnings far starker than cigarettes do. Photo by James Nieves/The New York Times
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.
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
October 17, 2014
Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, People and Time magazines are running ads that glorify the use of e-cigarettes, according to a recent report by Democratic legislators.
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.