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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American Lung Association Visits Various Minnesota Businesses
January 26, 2015
Erin Simmons of the American Lung Association gives a talk. Photo by Crow River Media
Program Manager of the American Lung Association, Erin Simmons, says that e-cigarettes need to have their own category and own language when it comes to banning within public places. CrowRiverMedia.com reports that e-cigarettes are not covered under Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act, therefore vaping in businesses is not against the Minnesota state law.
Simmons visited local business as part of a “Litchfield Chamber of Commerce seminar on e-cigarettes in the workplace,” and she specified that no-smoking or no-tobacco policies need to be tailored to e-cigarettes by adding new language to the bans.
“It needs to be specified as an electronic cigarette. We need to see it in the definition section, and we need to see it added to the language itself,” she told Crow River media.
Minnesota’s American Lung Association maintains that while e-cigs don’t contain tobacco, they do have levels of nicotine, and that the vapor itself could be harmful. She said that second-hand vape isn’t just “somebody’s boiling water.”
Minnesota law does not require that e-cigs sales must be behind a counter and licensed, along with childproof packaging mandates and an 18 and over buying restrictions.
The site reports that Simmons wants lawmakers to increase restrictions on e-cigs in 2015.
Kentucky Health Issues Poll Says Six of 10 Want E-Cigs FDA Regulated
January 25, 2015
Photo by www.healthy-ky.org
A new poll is out according to WMKY.org and it says that six in 10 adults in the Commonwealth want the FDA to regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.
The site says that the rise of poison control center calls regarding e-cigarettes pertaining to children is one of the reasons for the call for more regulatory laws.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Vice President Vince Willmore echoed the poll’s results, stating to the stie that there also needs to be a “crack down on companies’ marketing and flavors, such as ‘gummy bear’ and bubble gum.” He urged for childproof packaging and for adults to keep more watch over their products if children are in the home.
The toxicity and addiction factor of nicotine also weighed into those polled.
For data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, visit http://aapcc.org.
Ozark Vape and Supply will open its third retail location in March in Springfield, Mo. The success and growth of the Ozark Vape and Supply brand has created an opportunity for owner Keaton Davis and his team to bring a stellar vaping experience to Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas residents.
Current plans are to place a total of six retail outlets in the area. All stores feature modern decor, a relaxing atmosphere and full flavor bar for sampling. In addition, Ozark Vape and Supply stores will bring the industry a new line of vaping products including innovative new equipment like Atom and OVS.
Owner Keaton Davis said in a release that his mission is to be the most innovative and well-researched vendor in the field of vaping. Davis, working with manufacturers, has designed a new battery that will be coming to the market later this year under the OVS brand.
After trying many different ways to quit smoking himself, Keaton decided that vaping offered a viable alternative to smoking tobacco. His mission began by committing to change his life and the lives of others through vaping. Davis’ mission led to international research trips to Europe and Asia. Davis’ research evolved into a partnership with a long-time established company Yuan-yi, more commonly know as YY E-cig. Working with Yuan-Yi, Davis is crafting a new brand and company poised to bring an international line of innovative vaping products to the market.
Last year 15 states tried to enact bills that would add taxes onto e-cigarettes, according to a recent story on CSPNet.com. North Carolina was the only state to come through in some sense, adding a five cent per milliliter tax on liquid nicotine.
Legislative sessions for 2015 are under way, and 10 states are heavily considering tax legislation on e-cigarettes.
Here is the rundown of the list as reported by CSPNet.com:
Indiana: The Indiana Attorney General has proposed taxing e-cigarettes at the current state tobacco tax rate of 24 percent of the wholesale price.
Nevada: Senate Bill No. 79 provides for the taxation of liquid nicotine at 30 percent of the wholesale price.
New Hampshire: A legislative request has been made for a bill to increase the state’s tobacco tax and dedicate the increase to tobacco prevention and control programs. The bill has not yet been drafted and details on the actual proposed tax increase have not been made available.
New Jersey: Three carryover bills from the 2014 legislative session include Bill No. A 1308 that would tax little cigars at the same rate as cigarettes (13.5 cents per little cigar), Bill Nos. A 1944 and S 1213 that would raise the tobacco products tax rate to 90 percent of the wholesale price and tax moist snuff at $2.25 per ounce, and Bill No. A 2021 that would reduce the cigarette tax by 30 cents per pack.
New Mexico: Bill No. S 65 would impose an excise tax at the rate of four cents per milligram of liquid nicotine solution contained in alternative nicotine products.
New York: Bill No. A 296 would assess a tax on electronic cigarettes and electronic cigarette nicotine cartridges at a tax rate of 75 percent of the wholesale price.
North Dakota: Bill No. H 1133 would change the method of taxation on other tobacco products, not including moist snuff or chewing tobacco, to 28 percent of the wholesale price.
Oregon: Bill Nos. D 1037 and D 2268 expand the definition of tobacco products for purposes of taxation to include electronic cigarettes and nicotine solution. Bill No. D 2565 increases the tax on cigarettes from $1.31 per pack to $2.56 per pack while Bill No. D 317 increases the tax on cigarettes from $1.31 per pack to $3.15 per pack.
Virginia: Bill No. HB 1310 imposes a tax on electronic cigarettes and other vapor products at a rate of 40 cents per millimeter of nicotine liquid solution or other material containing nicotine and authorizes certain cities and certain counties to impose a tax on vapor products.
Wyoming: Bill No. D 316 raises the tax on cigarettes from 60 cents per pack to $1.00 per pack and increases the tax on other tobacco products from 20 percent to 33 percent of the wholesale price.
Vape On the Bay Event Announcement
Our friends to the Northeast, in Green Bay, Wis. in fact, are having a vape event! Vape On the Bay will take place on March 21 frm 2-7 p.m., and show organizers are expecting more than 1,000 attendees. As of the time the Agent received this information, 13 vendors were confirmed.
To all you modders out there, now’s the time to show off. We want to see what you’re made of!
Do you have a unique device that you want to talk about? Send us a photo (of just the mod or of you and your mod—be creative!), your first and last name, the name of the mod manufacturer and any other specs you’d like for us to know. If chosen, you and your mod could be featured in the next issue of VAPE Magazine!
Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Mod!” in the subject line.
Flavour Art Brings ‘Flavours’ to North America
For many years Flavour Art Italy has specialized in premium flavors specifically made for e-liquids for the vaping community. Flavour Art has been a leader in safety, the first to remove Diacetyl and AP from their vaping flavors in 2011 and clearly note where they are still present in our food flavors. Flavour Art has grown across Europe to become the leading e-cigarette e-liquid flavor manufacturer of choice.
Flavour Art has led the industry in the investment in research with professionals like Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos in its Clearstream e-cigarette research projects and continue today to further invest in more new vital evidence based research of vaping as a safer alternative to tobacco.
In 2015 Flavour Art will invest in North America and open in Q1 2015 its first offices and distribution center in North America. Specifically, the company aims to only sell its flavorings to a growing list of e-liquid manufacturers and DIY flavoring vendors wanting to have safe, trusted premium flavorings.
Shaun Casey (aka Niagara Kayaker) has been recruited and hired as the North American president for Flavour Art. Casey brings decades of successful senior business executive experience in chemical manufacturing and distribution working with retailers, along with his passion for vaping and dedication in advocacy to the community.
In addition, a North American Flavour Art website will soon launch, adding ordering, tier one professional marketing programs, support and logistics to clients in the United States and Canada. Flavour Art will continue to lead the market in support of research and advocacy for the industry’s future.
Vaping Industry Forecasted to Reach $3.5 Billion in 2015
January 20, 2015
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Way back in 2013, the vaping industry was forecasted to reach $1.7 billion by the year 2015. In fact, our industry is set to more than double that this year, according to Bonnie Herzog, Wells Fargo Securities’ senior tobacco and beverage analyst.
A story that ran on CNBC.com took a closer look at multiple smokers-turned-vapers stories from the past year. Reasons cited for turning to vaping included weaning oneself off of nicotine, saving money and turning vaping into a hobby.