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’s latest newsletter is out, and in it there’s a report about new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) vapor standards being shopped around.
In recognition of the growing popularity of the vapor industry, a proposal for a new field of technical activity at the ISO has been filed for vape and vapor products. The proposed committee for vapor products would look to standardize the requirements and test methods, product information and related services.
The setting of standards is an important step forward for the industry as more levels of governments pass regulations. The proposed ISO standards would be created in a process open to input from the industry to ensure that all voices are heard. Mods and liquids, emissions during use, and a standardized terminology are among the proposed goals.
“One of the major areas to be considered is the mission testing which aims to analyse and quantify the substances released during the process of vaping,” the proposal reads. “The standard has therefore to address the definition of a “vaping” cycle, a standard reference flavouring, standard reference liquids. It will also determine testing facilities and propose methods for measurement/qualification of the emissions.”
Cafe Racer announces that it has joined the Blue Orb family. A release sent to Agent VAPE said that Cafe Racer produces artfully crafted, complex, unique e-liquid blends that are classic, timeless and bold—much like the rebellious street racers who inspired the brand. This handcrafted e-liquid is made in a GMP and ISO certified lab located in Southern California. Every batch of e-liquid produced is date and batch coded for strict quality control.
Cafe Racer’s team uses the finest USP/food grade ingredients and the best premium pharmaceutical grade nicotine available. Its blends are rigorously tested and are diacetyl free. Cafe Racer’s flavors are in a 70 percent VG/30 percent PG combination.
Brian Holloway (middle) with the Parrot Vapors crew
One lucky winner is headed to the Electronic Cigarette Convention in August, courtesy of Parrot Vapors.
Brian Holloway of Connecticut was entered into a drawing at World Vapor Expo to win a free trip to ECC, and he won two round trip airline tickets, three nights at a local hotel and a $250 gift card.
Help Support H.R. 2058
July 1, 2015
The Americans for Tax Reform organization is asking for your help with new legislation, and this one is of particular importance.
Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently introduced H.R. 2058, the “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015.” This legislation would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning tobacco products and 99 percent of the innovative vapor and electronic cigarette products that have hit the market since 2007.
The Americans for Tax Reform story reads:
“The FDA is finalizing a regulatory framework for premium cigars and vapor products that stands to require pre-market approval for all products that have hit the market since Feb. 15, 2007. Any product on the market prior to that date would largely be exempt and any product that has hit the market since then would be given two years to apply for approval.
H.R. 2058 moves up the 2007 date to the date of the announced ‘deeming regulation,’ which is likely to occur later this year. This would permit products that have hit the market since 2007 to remain on the shelves, pending approval. This is important for a number of reasons. First, nearly every vapor product on the market today did not exist in 2007. The thousands of e-liquids and countless versions of electronic cigarettes available to smokers looking for an effective way to quit would be banned pending FDA approval without a change to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or subsequent Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which established the 2007 date.
That Act was intended to apply to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and roll your own products. The FDA’s attempt to categorize new products under the authority given to them by that legislation lays out two pathways to “legalization” for new products on the market. The first is ‘substantial equivalence,‘ whereby a manufacturer must file for a tobacco product application, which includes clinical trials and would be relatively expensive for small and medium sized businesses.
Rep. Cole’s common-sense legislation moves up this substantial equivalence 2007 date to date of deeming regulation in 2015 and would prevent countless companies from having to cease operations given the cost of compliance for products that are already being sold to consumers.
If this legislative change if not made, and for the companies who could afford compliance, the FDA would be inundated with applications that the agency is not equipped to fast-track for approval. For combustible cigarette smokers looking to or considering quitting with e-cigarettes, this would be a tragedy as countless innovative smoking cessation devices would be at risk of never being sold.
The FDA has claimed that it does not have the power to modify the Feb. 15, 2007 date, making a Congressional solution imperative. Americans for Tax Reform supports H.R. 2058 and urges more members to join on as co-sponsors in the coming weeks. This legislation will encourage innovation and teardown an unnecessary federal barrier to the sale of many products that stand to improve public health.”
Chicago Suburb’s City Council Passes New Vaping Ordinances
June 30, 2015
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Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is changing things up a little in terms of vaping laws. Two ordinances recently were passed by Naperville’s City Council, according to ChicagoTribune.com. The first is that retailers who sell e-cigarettes must have a $200 annual license that is the same requirement of regular tobacco shops.
The second is that sales to those under 18 were officially banned (many shops self-regulate prohibiting sales to minors).
Both ordinances passed unanimously, however some of the council members told the Tribune that they wanted to know more when it comes to research and education. Others want to push further and ban vaping altogether, grouping it in with the established smoke-free laws.
SFATA recently shared a special story about a controversial e-cigarette study in its newsletter:
In January 2015 a report published as a research letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a third generation e-cigarette (an e-cigarette with variable power settings) set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes.
Media worldwide accordingly reported this new health hazard of e-cigarettes. A new study published online in the scientific journal “Addiction” took a closer look at the NEJM findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that third generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes—but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.
Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.K., says of the “Addiction” study: “These findings emphasise the importance of making clear the conditions in which tests of this kind are undertaken and avoiding sweeping assertions that can mislead the public. Vapers are not exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. My reading of the evidence is that e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than smoking. Smokers should be encouraged to switch to vaping.”
Author Aggregates E-Cigarette Research
June 27, 2015
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A reporter at Vox.com took a closer look at various research reports regarding vaping. The reporter read through more than 60 studies, articles and reviews, and interviewed nine researchers and health experts about their work.
The research showed, overall, that vaping is less harmful than smoking. But, if never having done both, it’s probably best to not pick up either habit. Long-term effects obviously are unknown, and a lot of research is either incomplete or misreported by the media.
V2 E-Cigs CEO and Co-Founder Shares Industry Predictions
June 26, 2015
Jan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of V2 E-Cigs, recently shared with CSPNet.com his three predictions for the vaping industry by the end of the year. With $3.5 billion in retail sales predicted by Wells Fargo Securities by the end of 2015, our industry has a lot of change ahead.
Verleur says that 1: Big Tobacco Will Spur the Vaporizer Market’s Growth. He believes that open system vaporizers will grow, with Big Tobacco doing its best to get into the mix.
He also believes that 2. Rapid Innovation Will Drive Device Democratization. Our industry changes almost daily, with a wide array of innovation at our fingertips—for now. We still don’t know what will happen regulation-wise, and Verleur thinks that prices will fall once more common e-cigs are available.
Finally, 3. Record Investments in R&D. Verleur shares that open system vaporizers will “become the driver in the electronic vapor industry.” He calls for more research and development ahead to convert as many cigarette smokers as possible. He sees an improvement happening in both e-cigs and vaporizers.
Avail Vapor recently conducted a two-week survey about why vapers do just that—vape. Approximately 8,500 vapers responded to the survey, according to Richmond.com. Avail is a Richmond-based vaping retailer.
Here is what the survey found:
94 percent of respondents already used tobacco products before starting e-cigs, with the length of time they used conventional products varying widely from less than one year to more than 30 years.
5.8 percent of respondents said they started using e-cigs without using traditional tobacco products first.
Almost 80 percent of the survey respondents said they started using e-cigs as a way to quit using conventional tobacco products, and 85 percent said they did quit using conventional tobacco products, with 69 percent quitting within a month.
About 13 percent said they had reduced their consumption of conventional products.
More than 70 percent said they consider it “very important” to have a variety of flavors to choose from.
Almost 76 percent of respondents said they started vaping with higher levels of nicotine in their e-cig devices but cut back over time. Only 2 percent said they increased nicotine intake.
James Xu, Avail co-owner, told Richmond.com that this survey “indicates that e-cigs are not a gateway to traditional smoking,” however those 18 and above were the only survey respondents. And, surprisingly there wasn’t much dual use among the vapers surveyed.
The survey was adapted from a 50-question list that the FDA has asked to be answered about e-cigs, and Avail plans to submit its findings to the Food and Drug Administration.
The cost of vaping products in the state of Ohio could more than double, if a new measure passes, according to FoxNews.com.
The e-cigarette tax was proposed by Gov. John Kasich, and businesses are worried. The new tax would include cigarettes, which would be taxed at $1 per pack. Vaping products would in theory be taxed at the same rate.