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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10% off at The Vape Mall
July 22, 2014
The Vape Mall is offering 10% off their liquid and DIY accessories for today and tomorrow. Use coupon code vapemz at checkout.
17ml bottles become $4.49, 32ml bottles $6.29, 70ml for $9.89, and 125ml for $17.09
The Vape Summit will take place in Houston, Texas at the NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) on November 7 & 8, 2014.
The Vape Summit, Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Hotel on June 13 & 14, 2014 was a huge success. They had over 210 vendors exhibited to an attendance of over 10,000 people, over 1,000 of which were confirmed industry personnel. Vendors have clamored-acquiring numerous accounts, multiple pre-sale orders, and valuable networking opportunities around the world.
MJS PACKAGING CREATES COMPLETE LINE OF E-LIQUID PACKAGING
July 19, 2014
MJS Packaging proudly announces the introduction of its new line of E-Liquid Packaging for the growing vaping and e-cigarette markets. This line of bottles, tips and child resistant closures will be completely in stock by June; samples are available immediately. Sizes run from 7ml to 30 ml and include Boston Rounds, Ovals and Cylinders, along with 15mm LDPE snap-fit pointed tips and 15-415 PP CR closures. These CR closures are two-piece, push down & turn, and have passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) protocol for child resistant packaging. All components are manufactured in the United States, and will be sold as a complete package (bottle, tip and cap).
These products offer the perfect packaging for this evolving market as it comes under more scrutiny by the FDA. The closures are child resistant while remaining easy for adults to use. Since they are available in existing materials and styles, the need for packaging stability testing is minimized. Labeling and decorating options are also available through MJS Packaging.
Michigan VapeXpo 2014
July 17, 2014
Michigan VapeXpo 2014, Ann Arbor, MI, October 3-4
Vapexpo has been signed and sealed. Get ready to get your socks knocked off and have a amazing time. This year will be again in Ann Arbor Michigan at the Clarion Hotel. Expect an awesome turnout!
E-Cigarette Makers Are in an Arms Race for Exotic Vapor Flavors
July 16, 2014
Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue. Exotic cigarette flavors like those were banned in 2009 out of concern they might tempt young people.
But the flavors tobacco companies once sold look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer — legally — by the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.
News on Tuesday that Reynolds American had agreed to buy Lorillard, uniting two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies, highlighted how important e-cigarettes have become to the declining tobacco industry. Both Reynolds and Lorillard have pushed hard into e-cigarettes, which offer a new way of delivering a puff of nicotine.
For now, those companies’ flavors are relatively modest, though they may feel pressure to expand into the explosion of competition for the consumer palate, with e-cigarette flavors such as banana cream pie and cotton candy.
Reynolds American agreed to buy Lorillard for $27.4 billion, uniting two of the country’s largest tobacco producers.DealBook: To Compete With Altria, Reynolds American Is Buying LorillardJULY 15, 2014
Across the e-cigarette industry, more than 7,000 flavors are now available and, by one estimate, nearly 250 more are being introduced every month. The array of tastes goes far beyond anything cigarette companies ever tried.
A technician filling bottles with the flavored nicotine-laced liquid for electronic cigarettes at a plant in Miami. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Flavors have become central to the conversation because e-cigarette makers say that the rainbow of tastes differentiates them from deadly cigarettes.
But the claim that e-cigarette flavors won’t attract children has prompted an outcry from some policy makers, who say consumers have been down this road before with tobacco. Federal health authorities have outlawed most cigarette flavorings except menthol, arguing that they lure the young into nicotine addiction. While the Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulations for e-cigarettes, it has not limited marketing or flavors, which the agency is studying.
At a Senate committee hearing in late June, lawmakers denounced manufacturers for marketing practices that they said appealed to children, including the embrace of flavors that are forbidden in ordinary cigarettes.
“I’m ashamed of you,” Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, told several executives. “You’re what’s wrong with this country.”
Jason Healy, the president of Blu eCigs, told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that the average age of people using cherry flavored e-cigarettes, for example, was 40. Such flavors “decrease the ability or possibility of adult users who use e-cigs switching back” to cigarettes, he said. Blu eCigs, a subsidiary of Lorillard, is being sold to the British company Imperial as part of the deal announced on Tuesday. Lorillard and Reynolds said they would focus their e-cigarette efforts on Reynolds’ product Vuse, which in June was introduced in 15,000 stores nationwide.
For now, Vuse has only two flavors, original cigarette flavor and menthol, but the market is changing quickly as evidenced by the experience of other leading e-cigarette companies. Most notable is the experience of NJOY, which has turned to flavors to help stanch plummeting market share.
Ten months ago, NJOY’s chief executive, Craig Weiss, said in an interview that other manufacturers used flavorings “to attract children.” NJOY, he said then, was avoiding candy- and fruit-like flavorings, in part because “they drive regulators crazy.”
NJOY’s investors include Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder and former president of Facebook, and Bruno Mars, the pop star.
But NJOY’s share of the convenience store market has gone into free fall, dropping more than half in the last year to less than 10 percent, according to Wells Fargo Securities. Consumer surveys suggest that most people who use e-cigarettes — including those who have smoked — tend to prefer flavors other than tobacco. In the next few weeks, NJOY plans to expand into flavors like “Butter Crumble” and “Black and Blue Berry.” Mr. Weiss said in an interview that the company had little choice after focus groups showed that flavors were “critical.”
A growing number of e-cigarette users are ordering their products online and in specialized stores, instead of convenience stores.
“Flavor is essential to vapers’ satisfaction,” Mr. Weiss said. He added that research funded by his company showed that flavors “provide no additional appeal to youth.”
The e-cigarette market is rapidly shifting, and flavors are central to that. Viking Vapor, one of hundreds of websites selling e-cigarettes, offers 13 pages of alphabetized flavors, from Apple to Watermelon Menthol. But the market for disposable e-cigarettes, commonly found in convenience stores and sold by the likes of NJOY, Vuse and Blu eCigs, appears to be slowing — consumers seemed to be switching to more powerful devices, analysts said. According to Wells Fargo, consumer sales of e-cigarettes at convenience stores fell 17 percent in the month that ended June 7, after falling 10 percent the month earlier — the first time since e-cigarettes came onto the market that consumers spent less at convenience stores. Wells Fargo hypothesized that sales were gravitating to the Internet and “vape” stores, where figures are harder to measure.
Some in public health circles see the debate over flavorings as a sideshow. The central question, they say, is whether e-cigarettes are effective tools to get people to stop smoking tobacco. Others say the issue of flavors crystallizes the debate about the risks and benefits of these products, which many consider far safer than conventional cigarettes. At the same time, there is widespread concern that use of e-cigarettes will renormalize the act of smoking and invite in a new generation of participants, particularly through the lure of flavors.
Flavors like “Banana Split,” are more popular than traditional tobacco tastes. Credit Nick Oxford for The New York Times
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”It defies logic to think that such flavors would not make e-cigarette use more appealing and even normal for children,” said James Pankow, a chemistry professor at Portland State University in Oregon, who has studied cancer risk from cigarettes.
Mr. Weiss of NJOY, hoping to address personal concerns about flavors, funded a study this year to see if the company’s new flavors would appeal to young nonsmokers. The study, an online survey conducted by Saul Shiffman, a pharmaceutical industry consultant and psychology professor at the University of Pittsburgh, found that young people were not particularly attracted to the flavors. Flavors did make e-cigarettes more attractive to adult smokers, Professor Shiffman concluded.
Senator Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who has called for e-cigarettes to be regulated like conventional cigarettes, said that those results came as no surprise given that NJOY paid for the research.
R.J. Reynolds recently introduced its Vuse line of electronic cigarettes, in just two flavors, original and menthol. Credit RJ Reynolds
“Let me be as dismissive as possible: When they start talking about their own research, I say ‘been there, done that,’ “ Mr. Durbin said in an interview. “We listened to those tobacco companies for decades while their so-called experts tried to divert our attention from the obvious.”
Mr. Weiss said NJOY did not influence the findings. “I get the appearance of a — ‘quote-un-quote’ — industry funded study,” he said. “But we didn’t have time to get it funded by a third party.”
In reality, the study took only a few weeks, Mr. Shiffman said, allowing for the possibility that other studies could be done quickly by independent sources. Asked about that prospect, Mr. Weiss said: “What’s the magic number of studies? Two studies? Four studies?”
r ago, NJOY, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., named to its board Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the former surgeon general who had been an ardent foe of tobacco companies. Before joining the NJOY board, Dr. Carmona said he asked the company about the use of flavors and was told it “was not on the table at that time.”
Dr. Carmona, who also works at a nonprofit health organization, the Canyon Ranch Institute, said that NJOY’s research was a good start but that it was critical that independent researchers validate the findings. Like Mr. Weiss, Dr. Carmona said he was willing to take the chance and go forward, given that e-cigarettes have the potential to get people to stop smoking conventional cigarettes.
“Research like that could take months or years,” Dr. Carmona said. “So we go with a theory, we go with a hypothesis. It’s no different than any other market.”
Vapor Dynasty Expo 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, October 24-26
Located in the Heart of Downtown Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center. Get ready for over 150 exhibitors with 34,000 sq ft of vaping attractions. This will be Two Electrifying Days of Vaping Madness. Exhibitors from all over the world will be showing off their amazing sizzling products and accessories that will leave you in a haze. Trying to cut back on cigarettes and/or quit? Or if you are a pro that is looking to find the upcoming and latest vapor products then Vapor Dynasty Expo is for you. They will be having numerous vapor industry celebrities speaking on various topics including vaping safety and awareness. There will be raffles, giveaways and a prized re-builders and cloud chasing battle competition. Vapor Dynasty Expo 2014 will take you on the most enchanted vapor journey of your life, introduce to you all the finest electronic cigarette & vaping products on the market, and teach our vaping community about safety, building and benefits of choosing vapor.
How An EU Ecig Ban Could Send One Million People Back To Smoking
In January, ecigarettedirect.co.uk conducted a survey of 1600 vapers to get their reaction to a vaping ban. Why this survey? The EU government and the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) have been pushing for the medicalisation of electronic cigarettes. The MHRA has said this would mean a ban on every electronic cigarette device available today. Even if companies can invent a device which can meet the requirements, refillable devices are likely to be banned. To our knowledge, no impact assessment as been carried out which will assess the effect on vapers. At the very least, we hope this survey will encourage authorities to look at the impact of an effective ban on ecigarettes. Who took the survey? A total of 1651 people took the survey (if you were one of them – thank you!) 18 were disqualified because they did not use electronic cigarettes. Respondents were recruited via social media, our blog and our newsletters.
What Vapers Said:
“If you could no longer buy electronic cigarettes, would you return to traditional tobacco cigarettes?”
61.4% of people replied yes, 12.9% said no and 25.6% weren’t sure.
If everyone who said yes returned to cigarettes, 921,000 ex-smokers would return to cigarettes (based on Professor West’s of SmokingInEngland‘s estimate of 1,500,000 vapers in the UK today).
However, if some of the people who answered “not sure” returned to cigarettes, that could mean that an EU Ban would lead to million vapers returning to smoking tobacco.
“If you couldn’t buy refillable ‘Tank’ style electronic cigarettes , but you could still buy the traditional looking ‘cigalike’ style electronic cigarettes, would you return to tobacco cigarettes?”
Refillable ecigarettes have worked for many people who didn’t find cigalikes a satisfying alternative to smoking.
46.5% of vapers said they would return to tobacco cigarettes if refillable ecigs are banned.
This is the first real Vape expo in the midwest! This Salt Lake City, Utah Vapor trade show will be something to remember!
ViP Events is holding its First Annual ViP Vape Street! It will be held at the nationally known Utah State Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City, UT. This is a 3 day outdoor event, hosting over 100 local and nationwide vendors. ViP Vape Street 2014 will attract many Customers, eJuice Companies, Distributors, Manufacturers, Retailers & most importantly MEDIA! ViP Vape Street is going to be awesome, controversial, fun, attention grabbing, loud, smoky, sexy, new, profitable and enlightening! There will be food & concessions, Your Favorite Vendors, Local Bands & Live Music, Event Contests, Vendor giveaway’s, Sexy ViP Vixens, Lots of Vapor, Beer Garden, New Products and accessories, Vendor Specials & Discounts, & Tons of FUN! There will be plenty of sponsors, radio ads, banner ads and word of mouth marketing to make sure this event will be huge. There really hasn’t been anything like this in this state. That alone will draw a lot of attention and we are very excited! It will be the 1st of many more ViP Vape Street’s here in Utah and around the country! Don’t miss out on the action! Spread the word! Friend’s don’t let friend’s miss out on a good time!!
Date’s and Time’s:
Friday: Doors open at 2 p.m. and Close at 10 p.m.
Saturday: Doors open at 10 a.m. and Close at 10 p.m.
Sunday: Doors open at 10 a.m. and Close at 6 p.m.
On the Stage:
Live Music Starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening.
Huge cloud contests – Winner gets a mod kit, 50ml of gourmet eJuice and a trophy
Trick cloud contests – Winner gets a mod kit, 50ml of gourmet eJuice and a trophy
Best of show: eJuice – Winner gets the Platinum Sponsor package for the next ViP Vape Street, T-Shirts, 5 gallon bucket of vegetable glycerin and a Best of Show trophy!
Best of show: Vendor booth – Winner gets the Platinum Sponsor package for the next ViP Vape Street, T-Shirts, 5 gallon bucket of vegetable glycerin and a Best of Show trophy!
Sexiest ViP Vixen contest – Winner gets a ViP Vape Street Vixen outfit, a photoshoot, eJuice and a Mod starter kit.
General Admission tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking “Get a Ticket“. The button is also on the home page. Tickets will also be sold at the door during ViP Vape Street.
General Admission Ticket Price:
Friday, July 25, 2014: $10.00
Saturday, July 26, 2014: $12.00
Sunday, July 27, 2014: $12.00
3-Day Weekend Pass: $20.00
3-Day Vendor Pass: $25.00
Please Note: ViP Event’s Management will be checking I.D.’s at the door, only admitting people 19 years of age and older. 21 if you will be consuming alcohol.
eLiquid Monster launches smartphone app
The App allows the user to browse easily through a large selection of e-liquids from different vendors around the world. It will sort the e-eliquids by price, country, vendor and flavour. The aim of the app is to quickly and easily let the user discover new flavours. Each product shows the nicotine strength, bottle size and price. By clicking Buy the user will be taken to the vendor’s page providing more information and the option to buy.