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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How Should/Do You Approach Smokers?
October 6, 2015
As vapers, we have a responsibility both to our industry and to smokers out there to simply do the right thing. GuideToVaping.com recently outlined some great reasons why.
Every smoker is a potential future vaper.
Vapers are douche bags. Are we? Are you? What have you witnessed that should change?
Our industry isn’t helping matters. We’re failing in education.
How can we do it right? Conversation, communication and friendliness.
Pierce County, Wash. Facing Ban, City Council Taking Public Comments
Photo by Epodunk.com
For those who live in Pierce County, Wash., now is the time to speak up. Kirotv.com reports that a proposed ban on vaping in public and work places (or 25 feet away from the property) has been brought to a Tacoma Pierce County Health Department meeting late last month. The ban includes stores that sell nicotine products and selling to minors
“The health department says it wants to bring electronic cigarette regulations in line with cigarettes, in part to cut down on teenagers using e-cigs,” the story says.
Vape shop owners were strongly opposed, saying that they do not sell to minors. The health department cited supposed chemicals found in e-cigs as another reason, while only one person in the crowd spoke in favor of the proposed bans.
The health department will take public input until Oct. 19, and the five-member board will vote in November.
Agent VAPE has received word about new exhibitors at Vape Expo Poland, which will be held Nov. 20-21.
Heartlandvapes is one of America’s largest wholesale manufacturers and distributors of e-liquid products.
Pacific Packaging Components, Inc. has been supplying customers with access to new and innovative packaging solutions since 1970 and has been one of the American industry leaders in vape/e-cigarette packaging for the past five years.
Revol Vapors is a new e-liquid company that was founded by Austin Hopper.
Chicago is the highest-taxed cigarette city in the United States, according to a recent article on ATR.org, the Americans for Tax Reform site. And, according to the story, the taxes may go even higher in the form of e-cigarette taxing.
Democrats in the city are moving to tax electronic cigarettes the same as analog, tobacco filled cigarettes.
Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno is looking at an excise tax on e-cigs, amounting to $1.25 for each e-cigarette and 25 cents per mL of e-liquid. A hole in the budget is cited as one of the main reasons for the tax hike proposal, however ATR’s writer said that “Moreno’s proposal would do very little to fill the budget hole—it is projected to bring in less than $1 million, compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to balance the budget and make public employee pension payments.”
At both the national and the European level, our organization is committed to supporting the vaping revolution, a disruptive innovation that has the power to end the global smoking epidemic, which constitutes the first European cause of preventable death.
Despite its potential, the vaping revolution is currently facing serious challenges. We believe that misleading information, fear of change and assimilation to tobacco products have already endangered vapor products, thereby jeopardising further harm reduction for the 10 million of European vapers. Today’s hearing of Totally Wicked at the CJEU might mark a starting point for a more appropriate legislation, aiming to prevent subjecting e-cigarettes to a stricter regulation than that for conventional tobacco products.
As expressed by Totally Wicked, Fivape believes that the health and well-being of millions of Europeans is at stake today in Luxembourg. Article 20 of the TPD might cripple efforts to offer a 95% less harmful alternative to tobacco products: vapers and independent vaping companies have the right to call for proportionate and reasonable regulations.
Today, making available high-quality and secure electronic cigarettes as well as e-liquids is the independent vaping sector’s highest priority: Fivape and many other European companies have committed themselves to long-term and open partnerships with universities, laboratories and public authorities. The independent vaping companies have further initiated national standardization procedures, which have already considerably raised product standards in France and the UK, and have moreover established a new technical committee at the European Committee for Standardization. All these efforts reflect the determination of our sector to engage itself in favour of a renewed and proportionate legal framework, at both national and European level.
Jean Moiroud, President of Fivape, said:
Fivape believes that sustainable open systems, freedom of choice and responsibility for consumers are key to successfully reduce tobacco-related harm. In order to achieve these aims, a sound legal framework is indispensable. Fivape maintains that Article 20 of the TPD is disproportionate and jeopardises the promising future of electronic cigarettes and professionals vapers in which European private sector, scientists, universities are showing a growing interest.
Fivape represents more than 500 French vape companies, among them the leading French producers and distributors. We strive to provide highest-quality electronic cigarettes and e-liquids to the currently three million French users. Fivape has committed itself to full independence from the tobacco industry and therefore has each member sign a declaration of absence of interests with manufacturers of conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Vape Radio Hits All-Time High in September
Vape Radio hit an all-time one month high in September of 82,563 worldwide downloads, a 25 percent increase from the August total of 65,549.
Norm Bour, host of the podcasts, thanks all of his faithful listeners—700,000 coming up soon!
SFATA’s October newsletter expressed concern about anti-vapor regulations going into effect, especially in Texas and Massachusetts. SFATA’s president and CEO, Phil Daman, Esq., has been in contact with the Attorney General’s office to discuss possible changes to regulations that restrict access to vapor products and businesses’ ability to sell to adult consumers.
Daman is hosting a call at noon EST Monday, Oct. 5, to discuss the matter with members.
Texas, which has faced many regulations that could have cripped its industry, fought back with help of SFATA’s Texas chapter. The rules that did pass went into effect Oct. 1, but according to SFATA’s newsletter, implementation practically is muddy.
If you aren’t a subscriber to SFATA’s monthly newsletter, you should be. But, if you aren’t, Agent VAPE is here to share with you the latest interview between SFATA and Tim Phillips of ECigIntelligence. Recently, ECigIntelligence, Roebling Research, E-Cigarette Forum and SFATA partnered to create the first independent analysis of the U.S. vapor shop industry with the launch of “Project Vape Manifest.” SFATA spoke with ECigIntelligence’s Tim Philips on the genesis of the survey, shared here:
SFATA: Why did you create the survey?
Tim: As consumer preferences evolve and the category continues its growth, we saw a need for accurate data on sales, trends, preferences and attitudes, as well as insight in to actual economic impact from the category on a local, state, regional and national level.
SFATA: What is the aim of the project?
Tim: This really is the first time that the industry will have independent data from vape shops, where most of the growth is now occurring, which we think will be helpful to shop owners to better compete in today’s marketplace, and regulators and other constituents to make informed decisions.
SFATA: Why partner with SFATA?
Tim: SFATA is the largest trade association to the e-cig industry with strong ties to the vape shop community. With SFATA, Roebling and E-Cigarette Forum, we have brought together a great mix of industry leaders to start tracking important trends in the vapor industry.
SFATA: What are some of the benefits of participating in the study?
Tim: Participants will receive a customized report that will include best practices and key economic trends and insights into the vape shop market. We are also extending SFATA members a 50 percent discount on the full final report, which we intend to conduct regularly to track longitudinal changes in the sector. Finally, by tracking the vape shop industry and making public the key findings of the report to U.S. regulators and media, we will contribute to a better understanding of this part of the sector to the benefit of its long-term future.
SFATA Utah Chapter Press Secretary Sends Due Diligence Release
October 1, 2015
Shilo Platts, SFATA Utah’s press secretary and sales team lead at Tronic Vape, has sent Agent VAPE a press release titled, “Practicing Due Diligence in Vaping.”
“With myriad options from which to select your next e-liquid products, whether it be as a retail or wholesale customer, allow me to offer you a comment on practicing due diligence prior to making your decision. As the SFATA Utah Chapter press secretary, I’m more intimately familiar with the inner workings of e-liquid manufacturing than the average consumer, which is why I am freely offering up my perspective. For full disclosure, I am also the lead account executive for Drapor Vapor, a subsidiary company of Tronic Vape. In other words, if you’re a liquid manufacturer, I’m in the trenches with you every day, all day. Yes, I realize flavor is of paramount importance to most consumers. However, as you may well know, flavor is but one minuscule piece of the overall picture. To make informed decisions about what you buy and vape, you must ensure that a company practices due diligence by researching three things: the product, the business and the business’ procedures.
When assessing the overall quality of a product, my attention turns to suppliers of raw ingredients. I am invariably concerned with the quality of nicotine, VG, PG and flavoring. Let’s face it, better ingredients yield better final products, and I am safe in assuming most consumers would tend to agree with me. Cheaper priced, bargain brand nicotine is not conducive to premium e-liquids. In fact, the variation in taste is typically noticeable.
Perhaps more crucial than the quality of a product is the caliber of the business making it. For my own peace of mind, I demand to know whether a manufacturer establishes two very simple—yet rarely achieved—safeguards on the back end: insurance and toxicology reports. Reputable companies should be carrying liability coverage policies on their e-liquids to protect both the retailer and consumer against potential medical claims. More to the point, regular, thorough toxicology reports conducted on e-liquid products should be readily available to retailers who are carrying the product line. Although these toxicology reports are not cheap, by any means, can we really put a price tag on the health of consumers? Obviously, the question is rhetorical, yet I find myself frustrated that so few of the companies with whom I’m familiar are doing these things.
Finally, due diligence involves being compliant with current regulations and policies at both the state and federal levels. Childproof caps, shrink bands, and Prop 65 warnings are the obvious essentials, but I tend to favor doing business with companies who stay ahead of the regulatory curve. For instance, implementing labels that list exact percentages of raw ingredients, along with the flavor profile, is not only more informative and convenient, but also going above and beyond what is currently mandated by law. Purchasing a SFATA membership, or even subscribing to the free CASAA email newsletter, are great tools to gain more insight into how this industry will be regulated. Remember, it isn’t a question of if, but when and to what degree.
So, in summation, be vigilant, informed and smart in deciding to whom you will give your business.