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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Cafe Racer Joins Blue Orb Family
July 2, 2015
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
Photo by Pulte.com
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
Photo by TIME.com
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.
Maryland County Council Opts to Further Tax E-Cigs
June 23, 2015
Montgomery County, Maryland may have a new tax hike on the way. The County Council last month unanimously approved a 30 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes, according to WashingtonPost.com.
Now the new measure just has to be signed into law by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who supports the measure, according to the Post. If this happens, Montgomery will be one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to impose a tax this high.
Citing revenue as a main reason, the new tax could bring in $1.5 to $2.5 million annually. Montgomery County already has an e-cig ban in place, grouping vaping with the smoking ban.