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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Even though you can’t puff on a plane, the Federal Aviation Administration wants you to be able to carry your e-cig on instead of checking, according to a recent story in the Washington Post. In fact, they want it to be a requirement.
E-cigarettes in checked bags seem to be more hazardous, according to the FAA, after two incidents where e-cigs caused checked bags to catch fire. One was at Boston’s Logan Airport and the other at Los Angeles International Airport. The Boston incident caused the aircraft to be evacuated, the other happened in a luggage area in a bag that missed its flight.
The Post reports that U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) took the first step by asking the U.S. Department of Transportation whether e-cigarettes should be allowed on airplanes at all. He and other senators also had urged the USDOT to ban e-cigarette use on board airliners.
While this isn’t a hard and fast rule yet, the FAA wants airlines to publicize the potential problem on web sites and at airport check-in counters.
Saskatchewan Adds Itself to Booming E-Cig Industry
Our friends to the north love vaping, and comes as no surprise that they are dealing with the same regulation and public health battle that we are stateside.
Adam Churchman, owner of Vapourdawg in Saskatoon, told GlobalNews.ca that business is booming and that many Canadians are trying to kick the smoking habit. He also said that vaping is “the new trend.”
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan does not recommend vaping to quit smoking mainly due to the fact that they aren’t regulated and that their hasn’t been enough research to see what exactly is “in them.” A nurse speaking for the organization said that she can’t recommend them to patients until both long-term and short-term effects are known.
Other areas of Saskatchewan agree, starting to self-regulate with anti-vaping bylaws similar to those in various cities and counties in the states. Vaping is treated like smoking in these areas, and prohibited as such.
Vapor Hub International Launches Social Media Campaign
February 26, 2015
Vapor Hub International Inc. announces the launch of a worldwide social media marketing campaign to increase both its retail and wholesale sales.
“The e-cig, vapor industry is driven by a younger demographic of retail customers, vapor store employees and owners who are constantly on social media. We get both exposure and new customers from our social media marketing,” VHUB’s president said in a statement.
“We will continue to use and increase our social media efforts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as it is a proven way for VHUB to increase revenues,” Jake Perlingos, president and chief technology officer, said.
E-Cig Global Interviews Altria Group Director of Public Affairs
With the FDA still locked in reviewing the thousands of comments given in response to proposed regulations, state policymakers are rushing to fill the regulatory void, with often strict and potentially damaging laws.
What can the industry do in the face of these rapid changes, and should it be viewed as a threat, or can it be turned into an opportunity?
E-Cig Global spoke with Steve Callahan, director of public affairs of Altria Group, about these challenges and what trends will affect your business in the coming months and years.
Don’t miss your chance to speak with Callahan and hear from Pamela Gorman from NJOY; Michel Zampa, director, Flavour Power; Steve Hong, principal, Roebling Research; and Geoff Habicht, COO, Smoking Vapor; among others as they discuss the state of the e-cig market and give you the strategies to shape the future of e-cigarettes.
Chemist Who Found Formaldehyde Asked to Further Study
February 25, 2015
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OPB.org reports that a Portland State chemistry professor, David Peyton, found formaldehyde in one e-cigarette vapor’s solvent. Since that study, Peyton has been asked by liquid producers to further test their products. The story did not cite which companies have reached out to Peyton.
“Peyton found the carcinogen in vapor drawn at a high temperature from the Halo brand cafe mocha e-cigarette,” the OPB story reads. “Now he wants to see if anything else is contained in the vapor’s nicotine or flavoring.”
Peyton told OPB that we got “distracted” by the formaldehyde, and now it’s time to study vapor even further. The e-cigarette industry, including leading e-cigarette researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, have dismissed the formaldehyde study.
Peyton’s findings are described in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“Evolution & Revolution: Next Steps for the Vapor Industry” is coming to Chicago May 4 and 5, courtesy of SFATA.
The vapor industry is facing its most crucial year yet. In 2015, vaping will face significant challenges from federal regulations, taxation, legislation, prohibitions and bans.
Join SFATA—the leading and largest vapor trade association—for a two-day event designed to provide attendees with the information and tools needed in 2015 to make the right business and investment decisions for the states where you operate and in advance of the FDA’s final deeming rule.
Some Presentations Include:
FDA and Intellectual Property Litigation Options
Anticipating FDA’s Final Rule: What to Do Now and After
Taxation: Tactics and Strategy for Fighting
How The Tobacco War Became the Vapor War
Meeting E-Liquid Quality and Standards
This conference is a unique chance to meet vapor industry leaders who will share perspectives and information to help you build institutional knowledge of current policies and regulation.
Who Should Attend:
Vapor storeowners, manufacturers, distributors, investors, wholesalers, legislators, and other industry interested parties.
SFATA Chapter members are invited to attend a chapter networking event on May 5.
Washington State Looking to Raise Smoking Age to 21
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Since e-cigarettes are being lumped into smoking rules in many states across the nation, it’s important to keep a watch on Washington State. KentReporter.com reports that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a bill that would make the state the first to raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobaccor and vapor products to 21.
The bill, named Senate Bill 5494 and House Bill 1458 is sponsored by Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) and Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines).
The story says that the percentage of middle and high school students who have used vapor products has more than doubled in recent years, and 17 percent of high school seniors have tried e-cigs. The story does not say where that data came from.
E-Cigarette Industry Hurting Nicotine Gum, Patch Sales
February 23, 2015
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Whether you agree or disagree if vaping helps smokers quit, one thing is clear—official smoking cessation products sales are down.
DailyNews.com reports that GlaxoSmithKline, a British drugmaker of nicotine patches and gum, refused to compete directly with the e-cigarette industry. It’s CEO, Andrew Witty, told Reuters that e-cigs have “definitely taken a bit of our market, no question at all, but there’s a lot of competition in that space anyway.”
GlaxoSmith Kline sells Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and the medicine Zyban, which are allowed to offically be called smoking cessation products. The company also is in the process of forming a consumer health joint venture with Novartis, whose brands include Nicotinell, making the combined business the market leader in the $3 billion-a-year smoking cessation market, according to Daily News.
Witty added that “e-cigarettes were ‘just too controversial’ for GSK to want to get involved in at this stage, adding that ‘there’s not enough data,’ to provide robust evidence of the products’ risks and benefits.”
New York Governor Proposes E-Cigs Treated as Tobacco Products in Public
Syracuse.com reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new budget, and in it electronic cigarettes would ideally be banned in restaurants, offices and other places. Essentially, wherever smoking tobacco is banned, so would e-cigs.
In addition, banning flavored nicotine and limited marketing to youths is included in the governor’s proposal. The site reports that Cuomo has already signed a bill requiring that liquid nicotine is sold in childproof containers in New York state.