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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While one would think most vaping shop owners would be against banning of e-cigarettes of any kind, Andy Han, owner of the Vape Unit in Monterey Park, Cali. agrees with the city’s recent ban, according to egpnews.com. However, he has his reasons.
Han is quoted in the story as saying “You shouldn’t vape where you’re not allowed to smoke.” However, he also said that “he disagrees with perceptions that electronic cigarettes contain the same health risks as traditional cigarettes.”
While Han says that he wants to promote vaping as an alternative to smoking, he does believe that vaping is a lifestyle, not a trend. Ultimately, Han wants to change where vaping takes place, change the vaping perception and make it a more “classy” alternative.
For the full story, visit http://egpnews.com/2014/08/monterey-park-adds-e-cigarettes-to-smoking-ban/.
Vapor Dynasty Expo Storms Phoenix Oct. 24-26
September 18, 2014
The Phoenix Convention Center is going to be even hotter in late October when the Vapor Dynasty Expo comes to town. Oct. 24-26 will be filled with featured guest speakers, including Michael Guasch of Molecule Labs, Lou Ritter of AEMSA and Joe Barnett of The Vaping Militia. B2B and B2C sessions, a Modder Kombat tournament and a cash grab booth will be on hand for the public. More than 150 exhibitors will fill the expo floor, the first of its kind to come to Phoenix.
Since the expo is so close to Halloween, wear a costume and win a prize! All-day costume party participants will be entered to win juice, mods and more.
For more information, visit http://www.vapordynastyexpo.com/.
Utah Cracks Down on Online E-Cig Marketers, Claims False Advertising
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection has filed charges against Vapex LLC, Sinless Vapor LLC and OZN Web LLC for violating the Sales Practices Act.
According to the entity, the companies made false claims and offered free product trials, “which in reality were not free as the online marketers racked up pricey automatic shipments to credit cards without consumers’ knowledge or their consent.” This consisted of 451 claimed violations.
The three companies face fines of more than $1.1 million.
For the full story, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58343358-79/utah-act-consumer-llc.html.csp.
Can You Name the Next Big Vaping Trend?
The vaping industry is moving at lightning speed, and even though there are daily changes, everyone always wants to know what the next trend will be.
Cspnet.com and Tobacco E-News also took a closer look, stating that tanks and liquids were all the rage in 2014. But, what’s the new thing going to be?
Management Science Associates senior vice president Don Burke said during the annual CSP Tobacco Category Review Meeting that noncombustible actual tobacco products will be the “in” thing next year. Vaporizers will be used to heat tobacco, but not make it combust. Naturally, Phillip Morris and other Big Tobacco companies agree.
For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/vape-update-heat-not-burn-tobacco.
VAPE Summit Houston Offers Early Bird Pricing
September 17, 2014
The Vape Summit in Houston, Texas will be held Nov. 7 and 8 at The NRG Stadium. This just happens to be where the Houston Texans play!
The last Vape Summit, held in Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Hotel on June 13 and 14, was a success. More than 250 vendors exhibited to an attendance of more than 15,000 people. More than 1,000 of those were confirmed buyers and decision makers. Vendors have acquired numerous accounts, multiple pre-sale orders and valuable networking opportunities with manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world due to Vegas’ Vape Summit.
In addition, the Las Vegas show served as a platform of information. Advocacy leaders in the vaping community were able to speak. Those speakers were Grey Conley, legal counsel for e-cig regulations; Oliver Kershaw, founder of www.e-cigarette-forum.comand a major proponent in combating Regulations in Europe; Doug, Brent, and Cynthia, President of SFATA; Dimitris, “The Vapingreek,” a reviewer and member of multiple advocacy groups; Phil Busardo, a pioneer in the vaping community; and Roy, of Vapelyfe, a profound enthusiast group.
Want more reach? We are going to be partnering up with SFATA, which provides access to over 60 percent of the vaping industry’s market share.
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A recent opinion piece in the British publication www.spiked-online.com touts e-cigarettes as “one of the greatest inventions ever.”
The columnist smoked for 20 years before quitting, and he praises vaping as the result of giving up his smoking habit. He calls the campaign against e-cigs “ludicrous” and a symptom of a ban-happy culture that wants to hop too quickly. His argument goes on to say further that e-cigs do not glamorize smoking, in fact he calls them a “miracle cure.”
After a Twitter inquiry, the columnist received tons of feedback from smokers who have turned to vaping to kick the habit.
For the full story, visit http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/e-cigs-one-of-the-greatest-inventions-ever/15764#.VBiZrYUmXx1.
Wyoming City Teens Receiving E-Cig Citations
Ecigadvanced.com has news coming out of Sheridan, Wyo. There is a new city bill in effect that makes possession of e-cigarettes by minors illegal.
This is a win for the industry that largely only wants to promote its products to those 18 and over. However, reasoning behind the citations, according to the article, include e-cigs looking like drug paraphernalia and an effort to curb traditional smoking.
So, this begs the question: Would these same teens be cited for smoking analog cigarettes?
E-Cigs Named As Last-Resort Smoking Cessation Product by AHA, But Still Recognized
September 15, 2014
If you’re not first, you’re last in many cases, however being last in this case may be better than nothing at all. The American Heart Association says that vaping is a last-resort method to quit smoking, however the AHA recognizes it as a method, nonetheless.
AssociationsNow.com reports that if nothing else works, the AHA has given its stamp of approval to vaping. While it still feels that vaping includes tobacco, therefore is recommending the FDA treat e-cigs in the same regard, the AHA says vaping is a less harmful means than cigarettes. This could mean a step in the right direction for the vaping world.
For the full story, visit http://associationsnow.com/2014/08/heart-association-cancer-society-see-e-cigarettes-last-resort/.
E-Cigs and Kids—How Do You Play Keep Away?
According to a recent USAToday.com article, more than 263,000 kids tried e-cigarettes in 2013.
While the industry may be doing its part to sway kids from being tempted to try vaping, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sees things a bit differently. Their newest study says that more than a quarter million adolescents and teens who have never smoked used an electronic cigarette in 2013.
The story goes on to say that “among non-smoking youth who had tried electronic cigarettes, 43.9 percent said they intended to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year, compared with 21.5 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes.”
Personal Vaporizer Market Continues to Grow, Primed to Overtake Traditional E-Cigarettes
September 13, 2014
It’s no secret that everyone is fighting for shelf space right now, from Big Tobacco, to smaller e-cigarette companies, to vaporizers, to hookahs and everyone in between. Stockhouse.com reports that while Blu e-cig sales are dropping, the vapor category as a whole is on the rise.
Convenience stores still rank as a huge place to buy e-cigarettes, but personal vaporizers are making waves in the industry. Everyone wants to be seen as an individual, and it’s showing in overall sales. Even though traditional e-cigarettes still are a $1.4 billion industry, vaporizers are hot on the heels at $1.1 billion.
The article notes that customized vaporizers allow vapers to adjust nicotine levels and varying flavors, whereas with e-cigs you get what you get. Retailers are taking note and making shelf space for a larger variety of options.
For the full story, visit http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2014/08/25/as-e-cigs-begin-to-take-a-back-seat-to-vaporizers-the-market-looks-for-a-leader.