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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I-PLEDGE Program Implemented in Iowa City
December 20, 2014
A press release out of Davenport, Iowa announces that the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Scott County youth.
The release says:
“The I-PLEDGE program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Due to a change in Iowa law, alternative nicotine and vapor products are now considered age-restricted products and will be part of the I-PLEDGE program’s compliance initiatives this year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 93 percent. By participating in the program, the Sheriff’s Office has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.
I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. Although not required to retake the training if currently certified, ABD encourages clerks to repeat the training after October 3rd, in order to familiarize themselves with the newly age-restricted products.
Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.
Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.”
To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to www.iowaabd.com.
Miami Beach Vapor Show Postponed Until December 2015
December 19, 2014
Vapor Shows LLC have promised six world class events in 2015, and show organizers are standing by their word. In order to do this, the Jan. 21-22 Miami Beach event has been postponed until December 2015.
Richard Perkins, Vapor Shows LLC president, said in a statement:
“We have run into a myriad of logistical and timing obstacles related to the Miami Beach Show, which prevent us from putting on the first class event we intended. Because of that, we are postponing the Miami event to December 2015. We have already staffed our educational forum faculty with vapor industry leaders for the Del Mar, Calif. event and are finalizing speakers on all subsequent events in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and the December 2015 event in Florida.”
Preregistration to all of the Vapor Show events now is available, along with complimentary preregistration to all of the educational forums. Onsite registration at the events will be: Trade Show Floor $15 and Educational Forum $10. Preregistration for all Vapor Show events is available at www.vaporshows.com. For a list of speakers and bios, visit www.vaporshows.com. For space at the Show, call Lou Brandow at 352-333-3399 or at email@example.com to negotiate more space for your marketing dollars.
Perkins continues on to say that he promised a world class event, along with a world class editorial forum. If you have any questions, he invites readers to call him directly at 847-894-3425.
UK Office for National Statistics Releases First E-Cig Numbers
BBC.com reports that the first UK figures are in from the Office for National Statistics. First and foremost, the data shows that almost everyone in the study who now vape were or are now smokers, indicating that vaping isn’t a gateway to smoking.
The ONS study, with data from 2013, suggests that users saw e-cigarettes as less harmful than smoking and were using them to quit smoking.
Other data includes:
The proportion of adults who smoked cigarettes had fallen to 19 percent.
The proportion of smokers had plummeted from 46 percent in 1974 to 19 percent in 2013.
Not only had fewer people taken up smoking, but more smokers had quit.
About one in 10 current cigarette smokers surveyed and one in 20 of the former smokers said they now were using e-cigarettes.
More than half of e-cigarette users surveyed said their main reason was to stop smoking, and about one in five said it was because they thought they were less harmful than cigarettes.
Vapor Hub International Inc. announces that its recently launched Ar Cannon vape mod device is proving to be popular among consumers and is expected to contribute to improved profit margins for the company during the remainder of its fiscal year ending on June 30, 2015.
A press release sent to the Agent from E&E Communications read:
“The Ar Cannon mod, available in a wide variety of colors at an affordable price, is a larger version of the company’s top-selling Ar Mod product.
Vapor Hub’s president said that the new AR Cannon mod is indicative of the company’s ability to stay ahead of trends rather than simply trying to catch up later.
The company, having achieved profitability in less than one year of operation, recently announced revenues of $1.37 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014.
Vapor Hub International Inc. is a California-based company engaged in the development, production and sales of electronic cigarette products, including high quality e-liquids, custom vaporizers, and unique personal vaporizer modifications.”
This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future.
Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the statements contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our most recent annual report for our last fiscal year, our quarterly reports, and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vapor-hub-internationals-new-product-a-winner-for-consumers-and- company-300011740.html.
SFATA Announces End-Of-Year Fundraising Efforts
The Agent has received a note to our readers from Cynthia Cabrera, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association executive director.
Moving into its third year, SFATA fights daily for the businesses in the vapor industry, in pursuit of appropriate and proportionate regulations for vapor products like electronic cigarettes, vaping pens and e-liquids. Our goal is to ensure access to these products and continued innovations survive.
Cabrera’s note continues:
“We have worked very hard to for the industry we serve and believe in the potential vapor products offer. We are proud of our results and to be the largest trade association in the world representing this amazing technology.
This past year was busy and we thank everyone who supported our efforts. In 2014 we:
Welcomed 247 new members (now over 300 members!)
Held two “fly-ins” to Washington, DC, that included 33 businesses and over 62 meetings with elected representatives and day long training in advocacy
Held over 30 lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill to promote the vapor industry
Represented the vapor industry at ten different conferences
Exhibited and promoted advocacy at eleven industry tradeshows
Presented on behalf of the industry at nine different events worldwide
Held the first industry conference providing strategies for dealing with the proposed deeming regulation to 141 attendees
Rolled out Age to Vape™, the first ever age verification program designed specifically for the vapor industry, with over 220 participating vendors to date
Hosted the first ever strategy meeting that included industry and consumer advocates, PR firms and government relations experts
Responded to dozens of negative media stories with positive and fact filled press releases and statements
Conducted multiple media interviews to promote and defend the vapor industry
Rolled out five local SFATA Chapters
Attended or submitted comments to over 23 public hearings on various e-cig regulations
Co-sponsored the first “I AM” rally in Los Angeles
Submitted 94 pages worth of comments to FDA on behalf of business owners and the vapor community
2015 is going to be an even more important and challenging year for our growing industry. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events we will be offering in 2015 and experience firsthand the pride we take in supporting and helping to shape the vapor industry.
It is our mission to promote industry wide principles and to foster communication and engage in meaningful dialogue with the public health community, regulators and industry stakeholders.
In order to meet our mission and continue doing what we do, we rely on membership funds and special donations for support. Without the assistance of advocacy-minded businesses and stakeholders just like you, we would not be able to produce the results that we do.
This is a special request to contribute to SFATA before 2014 ends so that we can be financially prepared to start 2015. If you have supported us through your membership we thank you.
If you are a business stakeholder and have not supported us or would like to make an additional contribution before the year’s end, we are requesting donations in the amount of $50 to end the year off as a “Friend of SFATA”.
Every $50 donation (or higher) will be recognized as a Friend of SFATA and displayed on a special page on our website.
Your generosity right now will make a difference in the vapor industry by allowing us to continue in our work to support and promote the industry.
Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.
To donate $50, click here.
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Thank you in advance for your continued support!”
Quit Smoking Network Chooses Smith and Ramsay Brands as Primary Supplier
December 17, 2014
The Agent received a press release this morning, announcing that Avalanche Int’l subsidiary will provide Avatar Vape Pens and Signature e-liquids to program participants.
Avalanche International, Corp. announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, has been selected as the primary supplier of the Quit Smoking Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternatives to those seeking to reduce or quit smoking tobacco products. The Quit Smoking Network has indicated it will feature the Avatar Vape Pen and the Smith and Ramsay brand of premium naturally flavored e-liquids as their recommended choices in their “harm reduction” program. The company recently announced that an Italian government sanctioned and sponsored clinical study released Nov. 15, 2014 found that as much as 92 percent of the study’s participants experienced a reduction in smoking traditional tobacco products over four months from a group of life long smokers with individual histories of 20 years or more and labeled as smoking-cessation resistant.
Philip E. Mansour, president and CEO of Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, was quoted in the release: “Current estimates are 42.1 million people, or 18.1 percent of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (20.5 percent) than women (15.8 percent). Mostly importantly, 68.9 percent of adult smokers want to stop smoking with even more wanting to reduce their use. Given these simple statistics, we believe we have a wonderful opportunity to help the Quit Smoking Network positively affect American lives and grow our business in providing quality products as vaping continues to become more popular and traditional in our society.”
The release continued:
The company disclosed that the Quit Smoking Network was impressed with the clinical study by the Italian Observatory for Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the Institute of Health (ISS) in collaboration with the San Giovanni Bosco Hospital Smoking Center ASL TO2 of Turin. The four-month study chose 34 volunteers, 18 men and 16 women, with histories of smoking 20 cigarettes or more a day for at least 20 years and a mean age of 40. The experiment measured many factors including the amount of carbon monoxide in the breath and blood to demonstrate the degree of toxins absorbed in the body. The study used only the Avatar vape pen and e-Liquids along with proprietary replacement components supplied by the manufacturing and distribution partners of Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC. Smith and Ramsay Brands is the distributor of the Avatar line of products throughout the United States as featured at www.AvatarVapePen.com. The presentation of the test results are available atwww.AvalancheInternationalCorp.com/ItalianClinicalStudyResults11152014.
Smith and Ramsay Brands is a manufacturer and distributor of flavored “smoking” vaporizer liquids for electronic vaporizers and cigarettes and recently began its national rollout of its signature branded, premium e-Liquid, Smith and Ramsay along with the distribution of the innovative Avatar vapor pen and premium e-Liquids. Both product lines now featured online atwww.SmithandRamsay.com and the Avatar vapor pen and e-Liquids are available at www.AvatarVapePen.com. The company’s web domain is www.AvalancheInternationalCorp.com.
About Avalanche International Corp
Avalanche International, Corp is a Nevada corporation and holding company currently with one wholly owned subsidiary, Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of e-Liquids for the burgeoning e-Vapor marketplace. The e-Vapor marketplace serves as an alternative to cigarettes and other traditional tobacco smoking habits and has been rapidly expanding over the past 5 years. The Company manufactures its signature brand of e-Liquid, Smith and Ramsay, a line that features all natural flavors that are produced in an environment formerly FDA approved. The Company’s goal is to maintain a high standard of quality including to always ensure that the environment, processes and procedures continue to meet or exceed guidelines of the FDA, and are in line with ISO and cGMP standards.
About Quit Smoking Network
A nonprofit organization of individuals focused on the education of tobacco smokers about harm reduction and minimizing the use of traditional tobacco products. We provide support and information to anyone who has the desire to reduce or quit smoking, conduct advocacy efforts on behalf of vaping, and harm reduction efforts. This includes support of candidates and legislation that supports harm reduction practices or eliminates their prohibition. We conduct fundraising campaigns and activities to finance our operations as well as sales of products and services.
Forward-looking & Safe Harbor Statement Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and those statements are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the Company, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company cautions that these forward-looking statements are further qualified by other factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Tobacco Scientist, Toxicology Consultant Presents at FDA E-Cig Workshop
December 16, 2014
Sole member and principal, chemistry and toxicology at Lauterbach & Associates LLC Dr. John H. Lauterbach, was one of the presenters at the recent FDA Public Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes and Public Health, according to a release sent to the Agent.
“Keeping it Cheap and Simple While Others Call for Costly Complexity,” showed how the safety of some types of e-cigarettes had improved to the point where such products could be regulated by consensus standards instead of by complex and costly testing that is currently required for conventional tobacco-burning cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The release stated that Lauterbach’s proposal would reduce the need for vape shops and other small e-cigarettes to have to test their products by costly and complex chemical analyses and biological assays.
“Scientists from L&ALLC had already made presentations this year on the testing of e-cigarettes and e-liquids (aka e-juice) at the CORESTA Congress, the 68th Tobacco Science Research Conference, the 248th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, and the 53rd Annual L&ALLC was established in 2004 to provide chemistry, toxicology, tobacco science and regulatory affairs support to the small business tobacco manufacturers and importers,” the release said.
For more information, visit www.lauterbachandassociates.net.
Ontario, Canada Vaping Restrictions Under Heavy Consideration
Toronto, Canada-based BlogTO.com reports that restrictions in Ontario are being heavily considered. New legislation would ban the sale of flavored tobacco, which includes menthol cigarettes.
E-cigs will be banned in the same places analog cigs are (i.e. restaurants, bars, parks and more). Minors under the age of 19 can’t buy any tobacco or e-cigarette products.
If the legislation passes, the age restriction portion goes in to effect Jan. 1, 2016, while the public vaping and flavored tobacco ban wouldn’t take place until January 2017. There is, however, a patio smoking ban that will go into effect Jan. 1 of 2015.
The weather outside is gearing up to be frightful, and during these chilly months vapers have an advantage—they don’t have to go outside to vape. Except, in many towns across the nation, they do.
Just as swiftly as vaping has taken over the nation, so have the subsequent banning of vaping in places where analog cigarettes are banned. They are being treated as one in the same, making for a tough battle for the American Vaping Association. AssociationsNow.com reports that Gregory Conley, president of the AVA, spoke out last month about proposed banning legislation in Madison, Wis. in particular.
“It is especially cruel to ban vaping in a city known for its frigid temperatures. For many smokers, the ability to stay out of the cold acts as a powerful incentive to give up cigarettes and switch to vaping,” AVA President Gregory Conley said in a statement. “This ordinance would senselessly ban vaping in all of Madison’s seven dedicated vape shops. … Many bars and restaurants in Madison welcome vaping, while others do not. In light of the complete absence of evidence showing harm from e-cigarette vapor, Madison should continue to allow businesses to set their own policies.”
The AVA celebrated the Great American Smokeout last month, and Conley said that the AVA had the same goal in mind—to reduce and eliminate smoking. However, the ACS Cancer Action Network didn’t share his sentiments. Their organization urges the regulation of e-cigarettes, citing them as tobacco products just the same.
Buffalo, N.Y.; Boulder, Colo.; and Bloomington, Minn. are the latest cities with vaping ban news.
In Buffalo, all vaping products are illegal if sold to minors, due to an ordinance passed on the third reading at a recent City Council meeting. The vote was unanimous, according to SheridanMedia.com. It also is illegal to purchase and then give products to minors.
The Boulder City Council still is in “consideration mode” of two versions of banning, reported by the Daily Camera. The versions both vary on an outdoor smoking ban, “one that includes e-cigarettes and one that does not.” Both will be voted on Jan. 20. Several public places already have bans in place, and the Boulder County Public Health department has went on record saying it supports banning e-cigs.
The Star Tribune in Bloomington reports that its City Council also recently voted 7-0 to ban e-cigs in public places. The ban extends to sampling in the two vaping shops currently in the city, making this the strictest ban in our wrap-up list.