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 Product: Vapor Savor Protective Case Debuts Today
April 18, 2015
The Vapor Saver is a patented protective case designed to prevent damage to vaporizers from impact, water and debris. Creating an encapsulating shell around a vapor pen, the Vapor Saver is a product that shields vaporizers.
The Vapor Saver protects a vaporizer from snow, ice, water, dirt, dust, mud, sand and impact on hard surfaces, thus preserving the investment in the device, as well as any liquids contained within. The case expands the portability and potential use of vapor devices to environments that may not be compatible with electronic use due to potential damaging or weather hazards.
The Vapor Saver case includes a hood that covers and seals off the mouthpiece, reservoir and atomizer portions of a vaporizer. A handle region covers the remaining portions of the vaporizer and forms an airtight seal. A check valve over the mouthpiece only opens when the operator takes a drag from the vaporizer. There is a flexible pad over the activation button of the vaporizer allows an operator to activate the vaporizer while it is still inside the case. An optional lanyard is included to enable ease of carrying.
“Much like the functionality of a protective cell phone case, we have created an airtight casing that will protect the investment in a vapor device from contamination,” Joey Doyle, the inventor of The Vapor Saver, said. “The Vapor Saver truly expands the nature and enjoyment of a vaping experience, because it eliminates any fear of damage.”
The Vapor Saver was developed by Vapor Nature, an emerging technology firm based in Longmont, Colo. Initially, it will be available online at www.vapornature.com and at select retail outlets. For more informattion, visit www.vapornature.com.
Washington Legislation Could Make it Strictest State
April 16, 2015
Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) is proposing a bill that could make Washington State have the strictest vaping laws in the nation.
KGW.com reports that the proposed bill would require special licenses for all retailers, require manufacturers to list all ingredients in e-juice, ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products, and tax e-cigarettes and the supplies at the same rate as tobacco products. That tax would stand at 95 percent.
Pollet, who also teaches public health at the University of Washington, said that he wants to reduce youth smoking by raising prices and eradicating flavors. He also told the news site that vaping is not safe and that it’s highly addictive. Shop owners in the state are fighting back, afraid that if the bill passes they will go out of business.
SFATA Executive Director Cites ‘Major Turning Point’ in Vaping Industry
April 15, 2015
Below is a note sent to Agent VAPE from SFATA Executive Director, Cynthia Cabrera:
We are at a major turning point in the vapor industry. You may know that the FDA has begun sending warning letters to vapor companies about the marketing of their products. The Center for Tobacco Products warned these companies that using language or graphics implying FDA approval of the products is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This is only the beginning of enforcement actions.
The FDA’s actions, coupled with the increased activity against vapor products at the state level indicates we are about to see a fundamental shift in vapor landscape. With the deeming rule decision likely to be finalized this June, our member companies across the nation are going to face needing FDA approval of marketing materials, including packaging, for products that were not on the market before Feb. 15, 2007. They are also going to have to try to maintain compliance with all the different state and local legislation that is cropping up and balance it against federal guidelines.
Every day SFATA works with businesses to advance the vapor industry. All of them are small businesses started in the last few years. They are e-Liquid companies in California and Utah. Mom and pop retail shops in Delaware and Illinois. And FDA’s decision about how to treat vapor products could likely put them out of business. If the states handled properly they may do it first.
You can be part of vapor history – Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, JD, has never before addressed a vapor audience. Until now.
Attending trade shows and vape fairs can be fun but getting the information you need to make the right decisions for your business’s future is essential.
The insight Zeller will offer on into the FDA’s thinking will be a valuable tool to everyone in the room and we will have a wealth of sessions that everyone working in the vapor industry should hear:
John Fuisz’s presentation “Protecting Your Intellectual Property” is an important message for small business owners in a crowded industry constantly threatened by lawsuits.
Les Weinstein, Senior Consultant, EAS Consulting Group, will present “Navigating FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)” and is not to be missed.
The State Advocacy Panel will offer insight on how to most effectively work at the state level where we are seeing new burdensome regulations far too often.
Many more presentations are scheduled and all designed to inform you and assist with long-term decisions.
After an intense day of learning and strategizing, join us on May 4 for an open bar reception where you can mix and mingle with potential business partners and colleagues. May 5 will be another half day packed with information while the afternoon of May 5 is reserved for special training for all SFATA Chapters.
Nicopure’s Halo brand aims to be different, standing out in the electronic cigarette/e-liquid industry.
Halo’s packaging conveys an edge vibe, with vibrant vapor-inspired graphics, foil and gloss UV accents. A wrap around rigid window showcases the generic bottle, while color coding creates flavor cues for e-liquid consumers.
The MPS pre-press team in Carlstadt, Calif. evaluated the artwork on its 144 SKUs, translating it into G7 calibrated proofs to ensure the expected colors were achieved on the press.
MPS Toronto executed a hard-window-application process through management of various components, as well as assembling the rigid windowed carton to exact product dimensions. Toronto also applied a matte/gloss combination on various title treatments, and silver fire graphics are embossed with a touch of UV gloss to add a shimmering reflection.
With this new packaging, Halo Cigs has established design consistency across its wide range of award-winning flavors.
Vapefest Ireland Coming Nov. 15
April 13, 2015
Did you know that e-cigarette market sales in Ireland grew by a whopping 478 percent in 2013, generating €7.3 million? There is an active and thriving vaping community in Ireland, and Vapefest Ireland is coming Nov. 15.
Steve Barrett is the managing director of Purplebox Vapours, a vaping and e-cigarette ecommerce store and shop based in Temple Bar in Dublin. Barrett has shared with Agent VAPE an infographic outlining everything to know about Vapefest.
North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce SB 286
April 12, 2015
A new Senate Bill has been introduced in North Carolina, which would require child-resistant packaging and warning labels on e-liquids, if passed.
Sens. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) and Don Davis (D-Pitt) are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 286, as reported by JournalNow.com. The law would ban the sale of any product in the state that does not comply with the new law, which would take effect Dec. 1 if passed.
The N.C. Commisssion for Public Health’s rules would be the benchmark for the warning labels, and anyone who doesn’t comply would face misdemeanor charges.
North Carolina does have a minor sales law already in place of under 18.
A press release sent to Agent VAPE says that a new study finds that electronic cigarettes could hae saved Medicaid as much as $48 billion in Fiscal Year 2012.
The estimated savings from e-cig utilization is 87 percent higher than all revenue generated by state cigarette taxes and tobacco settlement payments combined.
According to the study, published by State Budget Solutions, e-cigs hold the promise of dramatically improved health outcomes for today’s smokers. Consequently, smoking-related healthcare costs should decline as more traditional smokers convert to e-cigs.
Medicaid is disproportionately comprised of smokers—at levels twice that of the nation at large (51 versus 21 percent). The potential cost savings to the Medicaid system is therefore vast.
Notwithstanding the benefits of e-cigs, government at various levels might discourage their use—whether it is the FDA regulating them as a drug or states heavily taxing e-cigs as if they are traditional cigarettes.
State Budget Solutions is a national nonprofit organization with a research focus on the fiscal responsibility of state and local governments. To read the full study on e-cigs and Medicaid savings, CLICK HERE.
Connecticut Lawmakers, Vapers Battle
April 10, 2015
The fight is on in Connecticut, as lawmakers are arguing that electronic cigarettes should be included in the state’s smoking ban. Of course, vapers in the state oppose the proposed legislation, arguing that vaping is a way to stop smoking analog tobaco products. Their argument is that e-cigs don’t burn tobacco or emit smoke.
A recent story on CTNewsJunkie.com reports that Rep. Jay Case (R-Torrington) proposed HB 5449 would define vaping as smoking. A group moving for the bill wrote testimony stating that “nicotine delivered electronically is just as addictive and damaging as nicotine inhaled or otherwise absorbed by means of traditional tobacco products.” The group added that flavoring added to e-liquids are enticing our youth. Others stated that allowing e-cigs to be vaped publicly shows that it’s OK to be addicted to nicotine and tobacco.
Smoking is prohibited in most public places in the state of Connecticut, along with several outdoor spaces.
Vapers who oppose the bill ranged from cancer survivors to those who have stopped smoking completely with the help of vaping. They testified at a recent hearing that vaping has proven to improve their overall health.
‘Mistic Machine’ to Debut New Livery At Grand Prix Of Louisiana
Four-time Series champ Sebastien Bourdais will pilot KVSH Racing’s No. 11 Mistic E-Cigs car with a new livery at the 2015 Grand Prix of Louisiana being held at NOLA Motorsports Park from April 10-12.
Mistic®, independent maker of electronic cigarettes, vapor products and U.S.-made e-liquids, will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 11 car (aka Mistic Machine) during the Grand Prix of Louisiana. The Mistic Machine’s new livery will include an updated version of the car’s iconic white and green scheme, as well as the addition of the 2015 Chevy Aero Kit, which was introduced this year to improve performance by lowering drag and increasing downforce.
Mistic serves as co-primary sponsor for the No. 11 car driven by KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. With 32 career wins and 33 career poles, Bourdais currently sits in sixth place in IndyCar’s overall standings and is coming off his best finish in five starts last month at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Race fans also will be able to enjoy Mistic’s brand experience at IndyCar racetracks during the 2015 season. Adult smokers can visit the Mistic-HAUS kiosk and engage with members of the Mistic Pit Crew to learn more about the company’s products, while fans can ride in virtual race simulators and get the chance to compete against Sebastien Bourdais in mock competitions.