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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New Life Being Breathed Into Smoking Cessation Products
March 27, 2015
Photo courtesy of Reynolds American Inc.
It looks like the vaping industry has another competitor on its hands. As tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma urge smokers to quit, cigarette company Reynolds American Inc. plans to partner with pharmaceutical consultancy Pinney Associates to develop new smoking cessation products.
According to The Washington Times, Reynolds aims to breathe new life into the tobacco industry with more health-conscious products, as well as new policies that will hopefully reduce tobacco’s harmful effects.
The partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates hopes to develop a new type of nicotine gum, and perhaps even a new line of electronic cigarettes. Camel and Pall Mall, meanwhile, are also expanding their product lines and urging the pharmaceutical industry to develop more smoking cessation products.
The Times reports that, in an interview with The Associated Press, Pinney Associates CEO John Pinney said, “While what we’ve been doing in tobacco control is working, it’s just not working fast enough. We’ve got a lot of people who I believe probably need nicotine for the rest of their lives and the goal here would be … [to] get them a product that’s not going to kill them.”
Reynolds has become a more prominent feature in the market ever since the Food and Drug Administration reported that nicotine replacement products are safe to use for longer periods of time than previously thought.
Time will tell what effect the partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates has on the vaping industry.
Washington State Officials Propose Strictest Laws Yet
March 26, 2015
Photo by WashingtonStateWire.com
KGW.com reports that Washington State e-cigarette laws could be changing, and in turn could make the state the strictest in the nation.
Rep. Gerry Pollet, (D-Seattle) is the bill sponsor. The bill, if passed, would:
Require special licenses for all retailers
Require manufacturers to list all ingredients in its e-liquid
Ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products
Tax e-cigarettes and the supplies at the same rate as tobacco products, which stands at 95 percent.
Pollet told KGW that he aims to reduce youth smoking with the bill. He says that vaping is not safe and is highly addictive. Pollet also is a public health teacher at the University of Washington.
Vapers and shop owners testified against the bill at a public hearing last week in Olympia.
“Vapers told lawmakers the proposal would make e-cigarettes more expensive, harder to find and would eliminate flavors popular with adult customers,” KGW reported.
Shop owners agreed that they do not sell to minors, would pay for the special license and even pay higher taxes, but they said eliminating flavors and raising the sales tax to too high of an amount would put vape shops out of business, effectively running customers right back to analogs.
University of Wisconsin Researchers Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant
No matter which side of the e-cigarette you are on, we can all agree that more research is needed to formulate regulations moving forward in the vaping industry.
The Badger Herald reports that The Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin has received a $3.7 million federal grant. The awarded money will go toward studying e-cigarette use patterns and “health-related issues.”
The study will span over several years, and researchers will focus on two groups: those who smoke only traditional cigarettes and those who smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Doug Jorenby, co-principal investigator, told the Badger Herald that the study will focus on those who both smoke and vape over a long period of time. The grant, awarded from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, is for five years.
The university hopes to recruit participants this fall, with the pilot study already complete.
Technical Development Corporation (TDC) wants to help answer that question with www.ecigmachinery.com. As part of the ITMGroup, TDC specializes in machinery for the tobacco industry, and the company has announced to Agent VAPE that it has stepped in the e-cigarette segment.
“We have developed a solution for automated e-cigarette production, the Genesis. But, we realized that the industry needs more than just machinery. The industry needs information and relevant data. This is where we want to help you,” TDC told the Agent in a statement.
By publishing a free online e-cigarette magazine every two months, TDC wants to educate the public about the current and future developments in the industry.
One person truly can make a difference, and in this case the Illinois vaping community may suffer.
State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, introduced House Bill 2404 recently, according to TheSouthern.com. The bill, if passed, would effectively ban indoor vaping and amend the Smoke Free Illinois Act, which currently does not include e-cigarettes.
“It is not necessarily that I want to totally ban electronic cigarettes,” Willis told The Southern. “I just feel that there is residue that comes off of them, and while I certainly agree they are a better alternative than traditional cigarettes, I don’t necessarily want to eat my meal next to somebody that is vaping.”
The bill would exclude shops that sell the devices.
Shop owners are concerned about the long-term effects of the bill, including grouping e-cigs with tobacco products, which would then eventually set a new tax. One shop owner said that Willis is “demonizing” e-cigs to get revenue and that there is no scientific evidence that has yet to prove that vaping is harmful.
The Southern reports that since Willis introduced the bill in early February, five lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors: Emanuel Chris Welch, D-Westchester, Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, and Martin J. Moylan, D-Des Plaines.
Vape Summit Houston Crowd, Photo courtesy of Wicked Creative
Vape Summit Houston Exhibits, Photo courtesy of Wicked Creative
Vape Summit Houston Exhibits, Photo courtesy of Wicked Creative
Building off the success of the first two conventions of its kind, the Vape Summit will return to Las Vegas for a three-day event from Thursday, April 30, through Saturday, May 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.
The Vape Summit will build upon previous events to become the largest vaping convention to date with more than 300,000 square feet of event space. More than 300 vendors and exhibitors from across the country will come together to showcase their products, share ideas and host discussions to further unify the industry and break into mainstream culture. The most recent event drew more than 20,000 attendees during a two-day period.
The first half of the Vape Summit will be a business-to-business format featuring keynote speakers and provide an opportunity for industry professionals to experience products and vendors from around the country. The business-to-business portion of the event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, and continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2.
Friday evening and Saturday at the summit will be open to the general public for those 18 years of age and older to experience all of the exhibits, test and purchase products and experience speeches and seminars about the industry. The event will also feature The Gallery, which will highlight high-end and unique MODs (the device used for vaping) from across the world and a variety of new releases, limited editions and product debuts. Pre-Registration for business and general admission tickets is available now at www.thevapesummit.com. Open registration for all attendees will be available beginning Friday, March 27.
The Vape Summit is presented by Suicide Bunny and will once again partner with Hot Import Nights, a custom concept car show, for a cross-industry experience with unique cars and hot promotional models.
Proposals Sought for Standardized Clinical E-Cig Study
March 23, 2015
SFATA reports that The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking proposals from small businesses to develop a standardized electronic cigarette for use in clinical studies. The goal is to evaluate the harm reduction benefits/risks of e-cigarettes, as well as their potential as smoking cessation aids.
The release in a recent SFATA newsletter says that there is insufficient data to assess the overall impact of e-cigarettes on public health or to fully inform public policy. E-cigarettes on the market today do not have the product and manufacturing documentation the FDA usually requires to allow clinical trials to proceed. To accelerate e-cigarette research, NIDA is therefore seeking to develop a well characterized product for use in clinical research.
This opportunity is only open to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
E-Cigarettes Wearing Counterfeit Mask, Hitting Black Market
Across the world, a problem is emerging: counterfeit and black market vaping products. CSPNet.com reports that Matthew Moden, England-based Liberty Flights founder, spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Moden said that black market versions of his company’s vapor products have popped up in markets across the globe.
Unlicensed e-cigs of British American Tobacco PLC’s products have shown up, with the black market options made with cheaper materials and sold at a cheaper rate. Of course with that comes its own problems such as possible dangerous e-liquids or faulty equipment.
“Black market concern is expected to grow with the e-cigarette market: global sales of legitimate vapor products were valued at $7 billion in 2014 (compared with $800 billion for the regular tobacco market), but Euromonitor International predicts vapor sales will reach $51 billion by 2030,” CSPNet reports. “The European Union is attempting to curb the vapor black market through stricter regulations and a standardization of products sold in the region, such as setting maximum nicotine content and a reduction in maximum cartridge size. EU officials argue these new regulations (which take effect next year) will protect consumers and keep lower-quality products out of the area.”
We have no way of knowing if regulations will curb black market sales or make the lower-priced options more appealing.
Texas Legislative Organizational Meeting Scheduled for Monday
March 22, 2015
Photo by HattrickVapor.com
Bills HB 170, HB 81, HB 970 and HB 2321 all contain language that would impact consumer access, choice and awareness of vapor products. While CASAA, The Vapor Bar and more oppose these bills, they urge support of HB 647, a common sense bill that only seeks to prohibit sales to minors.
Please take action now by sending a message to your representatives urging them to oppose these bills and adopt an appropriate rule prohibiting sales to minors.
For those wishing to testify or otherwise attend the hearing, an organizational meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. Austin, Texas 78701. Meet up the stairs in the lounge area. This meeting is for anyone interested in testifying or attending the hearing. Remember, even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is valuable as it demonstrates the large number of people affected by and engaged in this issue.
Click HERE to watch Schell testify in front of the Texas House of Rep’s Public Health Meeting in Austin, Texas.
VAPE Magazine to Sponsor AZVapeXpo Vape-Off E-Liquid Competition
You’re invited to the E-Liquid Vape-Off competition May 1-3 at the AZVapeXpo 2015 in Tucson, Ariz.
The Vape-Off is organized by industry-leading vapers and sponsored by Spinfuel, VAPE Magazine and other major vape publications.
The contest will introduce the newest and the most popular premium e-liquids with a unique selection of creative flavors made in the United States with only the finest ingredients.
E-liquids will be judged under following categories:
Flavor Truth to Description
The AZVapeXpo will bring top industry manufacturers and distributors with the largest selection of the vapes, e-cigs, e-liquids and accessories offered at the lowest wholesale prices on the market today.
If you are interested in joining the AZVapeXpo, pre-register online at www.AZVapeXpo.com or call (213) 629-3030.