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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Agent VAPE thanks the E-Research Foundation for sending this press release to us. The Agent is happy to share this with the readers of VAPE Magazine:
The E-Research Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit foundation designed to be a collective funding portal. As such, ERF will provide financial assistance to researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use. ERF is seeking 501(c)(3) status.
Global concerns over the safety of e-vapor products, including e-liquids, mandates a clear need to further advance scientific data to satisfy potential regulatory requirements. Continuing to identify and evaluate any health implications will remain important to ongoing consumer education as well. ERF’s mission is to foster independent research focused on understanding the potential health benefits, and potential consequences, related to these products. As a non-profit foundation seeking 501(c)(3) status, the ERF will not participate in advocacy efforts.
Unlike other industries, which have the financial ability to fund their own research, most Electronic Vapor Products (EVPs) industry stakeholders are smaller entrepreneurial vendors and manufacturers. Smaller businesses do not have the ability to individually fund independent scientific research; thus, in the spirit of a professionally guided crowd-funding equivalent tool, ERF was formed to help raise the necessary funds.
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. This requirement ensures all ERF-funded research will receive transparent scrutiny by the professional medical and scientific communities. In its capacity as a funding portal, 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed “Deeming Regulation,” which seeks to regulate nicotine-containing e-vapor products as tobacco products, is already being considered by the Agency and could be finalized in the next 1-2 years. Research to understand the public health impact of these products, to help industry stakeholders prepare premarket authorization applications, and to provide consumers with information to make informed decisions is needed immediately.
The ERF is in the process for filing for recognition as an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The E-Research Foundation encourages all donors to consult their tax advisors regarding the making of donations to the foundation pending recognition of its IRC Section 501(c)(3) status. International (non-U.S.) donors should likewise consult their tax advisors about making donations to an organization located in the United States.
Lou Ritter, AEMSA president, said in a statement: “We believe this is a groundbreaking effort and hope to achieve substantial forward progress funding the essentially needed ongoing medical/science research related to these products and their use.”
eCig Global presents its first newsletter to the vaping community. In a recent email, the company shared that its goal is to keep the vaping public informed on the latest news in the electronic cigarette industry and to offer unique content, information and updates relevant to the eCig Global Industry Conferences portfolio.
The hope is to continue to help make vaping communities strong by bringing helpful information, ideas and product updates.
Throughout the year, the newsletter will contain stories and insights from the eCig Global staff and community leaders as well as from its partners and Advisory Board.
Do you have an idea or a success story to share? Did you just find a solution you’d like to suggest to others? If so, visit http://www.ecig-global.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Bases, Ships Face Potential Tobacco Sales Ban
October 30, 2014
Photo by the Associated Press
Politico.com reports that military bases and ships may face a potential ban on selling tobacco products onsite. For now this includes cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, however since many nationwide smoking bans include vaping, the potential sales halt could include e-cigs and subsequent products.
Congress and the Defense Department are the government sectors seeking the ban, citing an effort to curb smoking. However, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) is a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Politico.com story says that he has inserted an amendment in the House-passed defense authorization bill that would block the department from banning tobacco sales at exchange stores. Hunter argues that “we are fighting for your freedom, and you’re taking away ours.”
The review is expected to take place in November.
For the full story, visit http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/military-smoking-congress-111671.html#ixzz3FYfqxdH7.
NJOY Releases Artists Collection
NJOY has a new line of e-liquids catering to the refined side of vaping. The Artist Collection is a self-described “sophisticated suite of masterful taste sensations, pushing the limits of experiential flavor indulgence.”
The Artist Collection is a curated collection of flavors from different e-liquid manufacturers in the country. They are:
Daniel – FlavorZ Academy
Anne-Claire – Vaponaute
Randy – P.O.E.T.
Jeremy – Goodlife Vapor
George – Mr. Goodvape
For information about how to carry the collection or find an NJOY Artist Collection liquid near you, visit NJOYAC.com.
Electronic Cigarettes International Group Readies IPO
October 29, 2014
Calling all stock market watchers, SeekingAlpha.com reports that Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. is set for its IPO of 33.3M shares of common stock at a prospective price, which is $4.50 per share.
The website states that “the firm is selling 28,443,133 shares and selling shareholders are offering 4,890,200. NASDAQ listing terms will be set at $150 million, according to NASDAQ.com.
The Nunica, Mich.-based company markets and distributes electronic cigarettes and accessories through more than 50,000 outlets worldwide. The company currently trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol ECIG.
For a closer look at the financials, visit http://seekingalpha.com/news/2027905-e-cig-firm-on-deck-for-ipo.
Eventige Media Group Offers Marketing, Ad Services
Eventige Media Group has contacted the Agent, and they are offering strategic consulting and industry insights to vaping business owners.
Eventige works exclusively with e-cigarette and vapor clients to determine the most cost effective path to elevated sales and sustainable profits. In addition, they take a look at the competition and see what you can be doing better. The company will build a custom solutions plan tailored to your marketing and media needs.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Louisville City Council Votes Unanimously Against E-Cig Ban
October 28, 2014
Photo by wfpl.com.
In a move that isn’t following suit with the rest of the state of Kentucky, Louisville’s City Council voted earlier this month to not ban e-cigarettes, according to wfpl.com. The vote was a unanimous 8-0. Louisville has a smoking ban set in place since 2003, and one councilwoman said that grouping e-cigs in with the ban was not “on the to-do list.”
The site quoted the councilwoman as saying that there isn’t enough evidence that e-cigarettes put nonsmokers at the same risk of secondhand smoke exposure as cigarettes. Until there is refutable research that leans in the other direction, it looks like the council is staying firm on its decision.
Just announced: The International VaporFair 2015 will be held May 2-3 at the Trade Fair Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The self-procliamed No. 1 international trade show specializes in hookah and vapor/e-cig products. The show provides a unique opportunity for industry specialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors etc. to showcase new products, innovations, establish business contacts and broaden market share.
Show organizers said in a press release that the increase of exhibitors for 2014′s event climbed to almost 400 percent, and visitors increased 170 percent. For May’s show, they expect about 160 to 200 exhibitors and more than 9,000 visitors.
To register or attend, visit www.shishamesse.de, www.hookahfair.com or www.vaporfair.eu.
Parents Concerned Over Online Underage E-Cig, Liquid Sales
October 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of WNYT.com.
New York State parents have spoken out to WNYT.com, and they aren’t happy. While state law says that brick and mortar stores can’t sell e-cigarette products to underage children (18 and under), this isn’t stopping teens from finding their way to vaping.
Parents quoted in the article said that their children are buying online or getting products from underage friends, and with no national regulation as of yet, it’s an increasing concern. While there is age verification on sites, that doesn’t stop a teenager from lying and clicking the “yes” box, stating that he or she is over the age of 18.
Behavioral Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution Study Seeks Donations
October 26, 2014
Photo courtesy of whichecigarette.com.
Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health has launched BSCiTS, or The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Stimulation, according to SFATA’s October newsletter. The new study is in response to the FDA’s deeming regulations that will require all e-cigarette products to demonstrate their public health benefits.
In order to meet this requirement, further research is required. SFATA reports that the aim of the research is “to study the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking behavior, using the nicotine patch as a comparison.”
In order to complete the study in the way Siegel intends, upwards of $4.5 million is needed. The study design and sample size will depend on the total amount of donations received, and could range from a complex behavioral study to a simpler survey study, depending on the amount of funds raised.
Siegel’s ideal study design would be a randomized controlled behavioral trial involving 800 participants given either the e-cigarette or the nicotine patch for 10 weeks with follow-up for six months. If funds are not met, the study will be altered and conducted with funds received.