VapeBash 2 in Chicago was by far the biggest Vaping event we've been to yet. There were more than 1600 in attendance with the main ballrooms overflowing into the halls, lobby area and bar. The large ballroom had vendors booth lining all four walls. There was an almost palpable haze from a combination of vaping and smoke machines.
There was no order and the air felt clean, but the hotel apparently changed their stance on vaping half way though and designated some areas to be "vape free."
VAPE News magazine talked to a number of vendors and attendees, here are their quotes and more photos from the event!
"VapeBash, where do I begin? First thing that comes to mind is "EPIC" I mean so many amazing people, tons of vaping gear and E-Liquids, the reviewers we all watch via YouTube, the hosts of our favorite vaping networks, our favorite modders and devices. I mean it's on the verge of vaper overload! All that being said, the best part for me was finally meeting some of the people that I interact with through the web. The only thing I regret is not having enough time to spend with everyone, but hey, there's always next year! Big thanks to Sgt.Taz, DangerGirl, Scott(MrEcig) Weeeeee!, and Ed The Green for all their hard work on putting such an amazing event together!" - Rob Ermolovich
Fluid Flask, a unique, modular cartomizer tank. Prior to VapeBash 2 they were only available in polished aluminum finish, for VapeBash we debuted Gunmetal,Black,Red, and Blue anodized finishes along with the original polished aluminum. Also debuted at VapeBash is the PowerPro, which is a 26650 Provari conversion kit for modders.
Also at VapeBash were two prototypes of the upcoming CyBorg, which is a DNA20 driven Advanced Personal Vaporizer System. Its the first DNA20 device in tube form intended for production.
The Fluid V.A.V (Vaping Assault Vehicle), a right hand drive Jeep with a 6-inch lift, 35-inch tires wrapped around 20-inch rims, and one hell of a sexy body wrap!
Left to right: Adam (production manager), Toni (owner/partner), Adam Knudsen (me, owner/partner)
"VapeBash was a fantastic success. As far as I can tell, there were more vapers in attendance than any other large meet. The list of vendors was impressive and the room accommodated everyone well. The Windy City Vapers did an amazing job and their dedication shows in the level of organization they bring to these meets- registration table, etc. Completely outside of their control was the way the hotel changed their stance on vaping midway through the event. That was disappointing. Of course, that is nothing to dwell on. WCV hit a home run!"
" Generally, I am positive about the entire industry's future. I believe there will be regulation, but it will be somewhat reasonable and malleable. Vapers need to be vocal and refuse to be classified into an existing bucket- this is new territory and with that comes uncertainty. But generally, I am quite positive. On a more micro level, I see a return to more mechanical mods with an emphasis on rebuilding coils- within the community, of course. E-cigs can be found all over our town now- from the grocery store to the gas station. Sure, they aren't what I vape but who knows- that will slowly evolve as well." - Adam Knudsen
Keith Mautner talks about his products at VapeBash 2:
"We are the inventors of the infamous Drip Shield. We also came out with the Empire Mod, a telescoping bottom button tube device which made in very limited runs. We have been selling them and they utilize the 901 atomizer standard native connection. We have a premium 901 made for them and comes with them as well which is well known for great flavor and vapor production. The drip shield was made around the 901 atomizer but also will work for 510 and 306 with a 510-510 sealed adapter or raised connection like a eGo battery."
Keith Mautner, owner (left) and EmpireMods employee Dave Borrero (right).
Limited edition "Empire Mods" only available at Vapebash.
LEFT: Joe battista, owner and founder of iVape. iVape had a varity of products on display including the Tesla, Evic, Zmax variable wattage, Tec Mod Mechanicals and very realistic looking E-Cigars.
"Vapebash was a very successful event for us. We were very busy!"
RIGHT: "VapeBash was an amazing experience for the Mister-E-Team. We all had a wonderful time and meeting all the wonderful vapers at Bash was out of this world. There were so many people! We released a new juice called Blue Voodoo which became very popular as we sold out, in a matter of hours the first day. Apparently the Vapebash released Blue Voodoo, was so popular that a customer came up to us on day 2 and discretely showed us his 36ml bottle, (which was already half gone) mentioning he was worried about getting jumped if someone saw the bottle of delicious blue juice! " - Dan Lawitzke, Mister-E-Liquid Founder
LEFT: Ty, Katie, Adam & Mike from RoarVapor
RoarVapor specializes in items for the beginner vaper. Quitters is the brick and mortar business of RoarVapor, which specializes in online sales.
RIGHT: Delaware Vapor has been in business since October 2011 and sells liquids and vape accessories, batteries, cartos, clearos, tanks, atties, drip tips, and APVs.
"I thought Vape Bash was an excellent event. Probably the best one I have been to yet. Great turnout of people." - Andrew Wolford
Honest Vapor co-owner, Violet Nole talks about Vapebash and gives us a little background in her company.
"I thought VapeBash was incredible, I did attend last year and this event was definitely 3 times the size! I have 2 partners in Honest Vapor, my boyfriend Luciano Manente ,who is also the sole owner of the largest Vaping social network- VapeTV.com, and his sister, Rosanna Manente. We are an online store and hope to have a brick and mortar store before our 2nd Anniversary of HonestVapor. What separates us from other vendors, aside from the fact that our juice is made in a sterile lab (which is SLOWLY becoming more common) is the fact that our bottling and packaging not only meet but EXCEED the standards of what is expected from an ejuice company. As well as the fact that our liquid is made with much attention to detail and only the top quality ingredients are used to create each and every one of my flavors."
"VapeBash was Amazing! Great People and tons of them Over 1600 in Attendance! I met lots of great friends and met many of our existing customers." - Jason Cornfeld, President of ElectronicStix Corp.
"Vapebash 2 was a great experience for me in general. This was my first actual Vape Meet that I attended. All of the fellow Vapers I meet were very nice and really seemed to be enjoying themselves at the meet. I am a blogger/reviewer of sorts and also host a weekly spot on VapeTv.com (9pm PST Fridays) and I had many people come up and say high and also thank me for my YouTube videos (youtube.com/crashvapes). I got to meet Mike from houseofhybrids.com (Zen) and that made me very happy. I am a hybrid Genesis style vaper and without him we may not be vaping the way we do because he really was one of if not the first guy to make a Genesis style device publicly available." - James “Crash” Vapes
"Vapebash 2013 was truly an event to set the bar for next year! Being in the business for over 4 years this years Vapebash was the biggest. As a business owner and has attended previous vaping events, this hands done was not only the best, but done 100% perfectly. The WCVC crew organized and ran the event without a hitch! The only thing I regret is that we have to wait another year for vapebash 2014! Vapebash and other vaping events help my business by getting us not only to promote in states and locations we may not be known, but to also get to meet our online customers face to face. Which honestly meeting your customers is one of the highlights of this business." - Chris Ray, founder/owner of Cigtechs
"We were blown away from the turn out this year, HUGE jump from the 600 they had last year. Events like Bash allow us to talk to customers who we normally only interact on line with. We like the pre event gatherings because as a vendor its our chance to hang out with everyone and not be behind our table." - NatureVaper
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FDA Making Major Assumptions, Las Vegas Review-Journal Says
August 29, 2014
The debate rages on, however the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that the Food and Drug Administration is making one assumption in regards to pending e-cigarette regulations—placing health risk before public health improvement.
According to the newspaper, more studies than not are proving that e-cigs are at least, if not more, effective than approved smoking cessation methods. The American Medical Association also may be on the vaping side of things, stating that vapor is less toxic than secondhand smoke and that while e-cigs do contain nicotine, it “probably doesn’t contribute nearly as much to smoking-related diseases as tobacco.”
A recent Gallup poll stated that 74 percent of smokers in the United States. That’s a huge market for the e-cigarette industry to claim, if the FDA sees fit. Regulations are inevitable, but what exactly is to be regulated is yet to be seen.
VAPE News Magazine Major ECC Announcements!
We’re definitely not blowing smoke–this year’s Electronic Cigarette Convention is going to be bigger and better than ever before, and VAPE will be there to cover every inch of the Ontario Convention Center Sept. 5-7.
Visit VAPE’s outdoor booth 2816-B, and take part in the Juice Judge Blind Taste Test Bracket Challenge. Before the show we will ask every vendor to submit his or her best flavor. The contest will run throughout the weekend, with the champion announced on Sunday. Participant testers get a free copy of VAPE News. And, the best part? *A perfect bracket received $5,000!
VAPE also is giving away a free trip to an upcoming national vaping event in October via raffle to any subscribers during ECC. Winner will be chosen on Sunday. (Restrictions may apply. Must be 18 to enter or win.)
Lastly, VAPE News will be LIVE Tweeting from the show during its entirety. Follow us on Twitter @VapeMZ for breaking news, show highlights and much more!
*Brackets must be submitted by the Friday morning of the show. Brackets and further info will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Must be 18 to enter or win. Restrictions may apply.
Agent Vape’s Secret Deal 10% off Sale at The Vape Mall
The Vape Mall is having their Labor Day sale! From now through Monday all single bottles of juice, DIY, Tanks, & Batteries will be 10%.
Use code vapemz at checkout.
17ml will be $4.49, 32ml will be $6.29, 70ml for $9.89, and 125ml for $17.09. Their DIY, Tanks, & Batteries are already pretty cheap but now even cheaper.
Former Smokers Sound Off: E-Cig Is Favorite Way to Quit
August 28, 2014
According to Time.com, smokers who are aiming to quit don’t care about stats, regulations or proof that vaping is healthier—they are using e-cigs as smoking cessation tools anyway.
A new study from Kantar Media notes that e-cigs now are more popular to help kick the habit than nicotine gums or patches, now becoming a $2 billion industry (and rapidly climbing).
Another poll on nydailynews.com saw more than half of those surveyed stating that they used e-cigs to help quit smoking. While there is no scientific evidence that the e-cigs actually helped these people kick regular cigarettes, more people now than ever are turning to vaping anyway.
The nydailynews article goes on to say that six million Americans now use electronic cigarettes. More than seven times that use a tobacco or nicotine product, leaving plenty of room for vaping to skyrocket even further.
Industry Questions Raised by MSA Senior VP
Don Burke, the senior vice president of Management Science Associates, took a closer look at trends in the e-cigarette and tobacco industries as a whole. Tobacco E-News broke it down for readers in a recent article reran on CSP.net.
E-cigs aren’t just a trend anymore—they are real competition, especially in the convenience store sector. In 2013, 70 percent of e-vapor sales came from c-stores. Only 20 percent of the share came from tobacco.
Data is all over the place. With so much research and so many conflicting reports, retailers are having a tough time understanding the vaping world. Even the way e-cigs are distributed varies from traditional wholesalers, online and direc0to-store. Retailers are hoping for trending research that simplifies the industry in 2015.
What are the true best sellers? Burke reports that everyone says cigalikes are dying, but sale volumes of the traditional e-cigs actually are climbing steadily. Simply put, world of mouth isn’t meshing with the actual numbers.
University of Rochester Focusing on E-Cig Research
August 27, 2014
We’ve been seeing a lot of e-cigarette research happening internationally, and the University of Rochester Medical Center is putting its name in the hat to the tune of $2.1 million.
The university was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. Researchers will have five years of study according to the grant terms, and the research will help shape future regulations on e-cigs, hookas and miniature cigars.
Researchers will look at the effects of e-cigs not only on humans, but in rodents as well. In addition, studies will look at exposure to newborns and children. Head researcher, Thomas Mariani, Ph.D., has studied cigarettes and lung disease for more than a decade.
World Health Organization Calls for Stiff E-Cig Regulations
Reuters.com reported yesterday that the World Health Organization (WHO) not only wants restrictions placed on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors, but also wants a ban placed on indoor use.
The health organization comprised of members of the United Nations released their latest report that will be debated at an October meeting in Moscow.
Reuters says that WHO’s biggest issue is that e-cigarettes and “similar devices pose a risk to public health” due to the lack of scientific evidence that either shows responsible usage or a lack thereof. They are simply, too new.
The e-cigarette poses a threat to tobacco control, according to WHO’s report, although they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes. The report does argue that other substances other than water vapor are produced, and there is no way of knowing for certain what the threats are until further research is done.
Another argument was the age-old “flavors appeal to children” one, and WHO called for further proof that flavors such as bubble gum are not targeted to those under 18
The American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association has a new member—Virgin Vapor.
Founder Annette Rogers made the announcement on Virgin Vapor’s website, saying that the company is dedicated to providing quality e-liquids that meet the highest industry standards. She finished the statement by saying that the company strongly believes that consumers need professional and responsible standards.
Virgin Vapor, founded in 2010, sells USDA certified organic e-liquid to more than 50 countries. The company was voted one of the top 30 Elite E-Liquid Manufacturers in the world by Vapor Digest Magazine and was the winner of the 13 Spinfuel Choice Awards.
For more information about AEMSA and the requirements for membership, please check out www.aemsa.org.
Are You Ready for the Electronic Cigarette Convention?
There’s fewer than two weeks until the Electronic Cigarette Convention in Ontario, Calif., and Steve Mac has some requests.
According to Mac, there still are several major announcements to make regarding the event, and the pre-ECC contests are “on fire” right now. Online registration is booming.
In Mac’s email, he asks everyone for his or her help with two things:
1) To help stoke the fire of ECC excitement, I’m personally asking you to share the ECC 2014 preview video in your channels (Facebook, website, email list, etc). The video leaves viewers in anticipation of something grand, and the production style represents the industry to the outside world in a highly positive way.
2) Help us get the word out that ECC has two B2B sessions this year. We have found that many people in our industry do not know what B2B means, so if everyone starts talking about it then maybe we can help get them some answers by posting about it. If you plan on taking advantage of the B2B sessions then one idea is to announce to shop owners and distributors that you are taking appointments and how to set an appointment with you. This can be posted on your FB/IG/Website/Email list. It should generate some action.
Mac said that if anyone needs any graphics or promotion help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Cig Ad Gets Voice of Disapproval
August 25, 2014
A new e-cig poster by London-based LeoLites telling viewers to “Love Your Lungs” has been nixed, according to AdWeek.com.
The Advertising Standard Authority didn’t approve of the tagline in the ad, saying that it was misleading. According to the article, the ad wouldn’t have been censored if it more clearly stated that e-cigs pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, rather than claiming they are a benign product or alternative to regular cigarettes.
The world, it seems, is awaiting to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s rule that will in effect clear up ambiguity on the technology product.