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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Military Bases, Ships Face Potential Tobacco Sales Ban
October 30, 2014
Photo by the Associated Press
Politico.com reports that military bases and ships may face a potential ban on selling tobacco products onsite. For now this includes cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, however since many nationwide smoking bans include vaping, the potential sales halt could include e-cigs and subsequent products.
Congress and the Defense Department are the government sectors seeking the ban, citing an effort to curb smoking. However, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) is a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Politico.com story says that he has inserted an amendment in the House-passed defense authorization bill that would block the department from banning tobacco sales at exchange stores. Hunter argues that “we are fighting for your freedom, and you’re taking away ours.”
The review is expected to take place in November.
For the full story, visit http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/military-smoking-congress-111671.html#ixzz3FYfqxdH7.
NJOY Releases Artists Collection
NJOY has a new line of e-liquids catering to the refined side of vaping. The Artist Collection is a self-described “sophisticated suite of masterful taste sensations, pushing the limits of experiential flavor indulgence.”
The Artist Collection is a curated collection of flavors from different e-liquid manufacturers in the country. They are:
Daniel – FlavorZ Academy
Anne-Claire – Vaponaute
Randy – P.O.E.T.
Jeremy – Goodlife Vapor
George – Mr. Goodvape
For information about how to carry the collection or find an NJOY Artist Collection liquid near you, visit NJOYAC.com.
Electronic Cigarettes International Group Readies IPO
October 29, 2014
Calling all stock market watchers, SeekingAlpha.com reports that Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. is set for its IPO of 33.3M shares of common stock at a prospective price, which is $4.50 per share.
The website states that “the firm is selling 28,443,133 shares and selling shareholders are offering 4,890,200. NASDAQ listing terms will be set at $150 million, according to NASDAQ.com.
The Nunica, Mich.-based company markets and distributes electronic cigarettes and accessories through more than 50,000 outlets worldwide. The company currently trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol ECIG.
For a closer look at the financials, visit http://seekingalpha.com/news/2027905-e-cig-firm-on-deck-for-ipo.
Eventige Media Group Offers Marketing, Ad Services
Eventige Media Group has contacted the Agent, and they are offering strategic consulting and industry insights to vaping business owners.
Eventige works exclusively with e-cigarette and vapor clients to determine the most cost effective path to elevated sales and sustainable profits. In addition, they take a look at the competition and see what you can be doing better. The company will build a custom solutions plan tailored to your marketing and media needs.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Louisville City Council Votes Unanimously Against E-Cig Ban
October 28, 2014
Photo by wfpl.com.
In a move that isn’t following suit with the rest of the state of Kentucky, Louisville’s City Council voted earlier this month to not ban e-cigarettes, according to wfpl.com. The vote was a unanimous 8-0. Louisville has a smoking ban set in place since 2003, and one councilwoman said that grouping e-cigs in with the ban was not “on the to-do list.”
The site quoted the councilwoman as saying that there isn’t enough evidence that e-cigarettes put nonsmokers at the same risk of secondhand smoke exposure as cigarettes. Until there is refutable research that leans in the other direction, it looks like the council is staying firm on its decision.
Just announced: The International VaporFair 2015 will be held May 2-3 at the Trade Fair Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The self-procliamed No. 1 international trade show specializes in hookah and vapor/e-cig products. The show provides a unique opportunity for industry specialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors etc. to showcase new products, innovations, establish business contacts and broaden market share.
Show organizers said in a press release that the increase of exhibitors for 2014′s event climbed to almost 400 percent, and visitors increased 170 percent. For May’s show, they expect about 160 to 200 exhibitors and more than 9,000 visitors.
To register or attend, visit www.shishamesse.de, www.hookahfair.com or www.vaporfair.eu.
Parents Concerned Over Online Underage E-Cig, Liquid Sales
October 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of WNYT.com.
New York State parents have spoken out to WNYT.com, and they aren’t happy. While state law says that brick and mortar stores can’t sell e-cigarette products to underage children (18 and under), this isn’t stopping teens from finding their way to vaping.
Parents quoted in the article said that their children are buying online or getting products from underage friends, and with no national regulation as of yet, it’s an increasing concern. While there is age verification on sites, that doesn’t stop a teenager from lying and clicking the “yes” box, stating that he or she is over the age of 18.
Behavioral Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution Study Seeks Donations
October 26, 2014
Photo courtesy of whichecigarette.com.
Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health has launched BSCiTS, or The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Stimulation, according to SFATA’s October newsletter. The new study is in response to the FDA’s deeming regulations that will require all e-cigarette products to demonstrate their public health benefits.
In order to meet this requirement, further research is required. SFATA reports that the aim of the research is “to study the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking behavior, using the nicotine patch as a comparison.”
In order to complete the study in the way Siegel intends, upwards of $4.5 million is needed. The study design and sample size will depend on the total amount of donations received, and could range from a complex behavioral study to a simpler survey study, depending on the amount of funds raised.
Siegel’s ideal study design would be a randomized controlled behavioral trial involving 800 participants given either the e-cigarette or the nicotine patch for 10 weeks with follow-up for six months. If funds are not met, the study will be altered and conducted with funds received.
San Antonio’s first big vaping convention came to town recently, and VAPE’s own Chris Bolton was on hand to cover every cloud comp, big name and goings on in the Alamo City.
Bolton took a stroll through the show floor, interviewing multiple vendors and attendees, highlighting what was brand new at the show for this year. Accessory innovations and new e-liquid flavors abounded at Vape Blast 2.0, as well as multiple advocacy groups sharing their visi
At the end, vape love seemed to be the theme, and Bolton had a “hell of a time,” as well as Phil Busardo, who as usual fit right in with the scene, admitting that he purchased a cowboy hat and rode a mechanical bull.
SFATA reports in its latest newsletter that last month the Senate Commerce Committee, approved legislation to require child-resistant packaging for any liquid nicotine sold to consumers. The committee voted unanimously on the change, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
“S. 2581, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue regulations to require child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers,” SFATA’s report read.
Senator Nelson, as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD) all spoke in support of the bill.
In addition, the newsletter says that Chairman Rockefeller also committed to marking up a bill by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), S. 2047, the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, which aims to address marketing practices in the vapor industry before the end of the Congress.