VapeBash 2 Photos and Quotes

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."

MORE QUOTES

"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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Deadline Approaching for FDA Workshop Panelists, Presenters

FDA-U-S-Food-and-Drug-AdministrationAgent VAPE recently reported about the FDA’s impending workshops coming up in December.

The FDA also is seeking presenters and panelists for the workshops. The deadline for presenters and panelists is sooner than the registration deadline, Nov. 4.

To be considered to serve as a presenter on the technical topics to be discussed at the workshop, you must submit a brief abstract and a one-page bio-sketch that describes and supports your scientific expertise on the topic(s) being presented. To serve as a panelist, you must provide a one-page bio-sketch that describes and supports the speakers’ scientific expertise, experience, research, etc. This information must be submitted to workshop.CTPOS@fda.hhs.gov by the deadline to be considered.

FDA Issues Grandfather Date Guidance

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1SFATA’s recent newsletter reports that the FDA has issued final guidance that provides information on how manufacturers may demonstrate that a tobacco product was commercially marketed in the United States as of Feb. 15, 2007.

“Tobacco products commercially marketed as of Feb. 15, 2007 are known as ‘grandfathered tobacco products,’ and are not considered new tobacco products. As a result, grandfathered tobacco products are not subject to the premarket requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C),” the newsletter reads.

SFATA reports that the FDA intends to limit its review of grandfathered status to regulated tobacco products—cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. For more information on the guidance, including how to submit a tobacco product for consideration, please visit the Guidance web page.

E-Liquids Made in Calgary ‘Basements, Bathrooms’ Due to Lack of Regulation

Travis Gerlitz smokes an e-cigarette at his shop Global Haze Electric Cigarette. Photo by Leah Hennel

Travis Gerlitz smokes an e-cigarette at his shop Global Haze Electric Cigarette. Photo by Leah Hennel

A lack of regulations on e-liquids in Canada, particularly Calgary, has everyone playing manufacturer, according to a recent interview in the Calgary Herald.

Travis Gerlitz, owner of Global Haze Electronic Cigarettes, told the Herald that “anybody and their dog can make this stuff” and even though some e-liquid manufacturers do make product in sterile environments, that there also are liquids that have no known origin.

Gerlitz urged the government to regulate to “stamp out shady operations brewing liquids without the same level of care” as those who do produce safe products and take precautions.

For the full story, visit http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/store+owner+says+lack+regulations+results+production+basements+bathrooms/10253447/story.html.

Mistic Moves Production From China to United States

Sergio Garcia, a lab technician, prepares flavor samples for customers during a tour of the Purilum facility in Greenville. Photo by Jill Knight of the News Observer.

Sergio Garcia, a lab technician, prepares flavor samples for customers during a tour of the Purilum facility in Greenville. Photo by Jill Knight of the News Observer.

From China to Charlotte, Mistic Electronic Cigarettes has made the move to the United States. With 60,000 retail stores to distribute to, Mistic claims to be the first national, independent e-cig company to fill, produce and assemble its entire product domestically, according to NewsObserver.com, based out of Greenville, N.C.

Mistic will share space with flavor company Purilum in the self described “tobacco country” of Greenville. Reasons cited for the move include better quality control and inventory management. Purilum also owns machines that assemble cartomizers, two of which replace about 300 Chinese factory workers. In the unofficial merge, Purilum also hopes to improve quality control and costs, in preparation for FDA regulations.

Some materials, such as batteries, still will be imported from China, and the company plans on releasing new products in time for the holidays.

For the full story, visit http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/30/4196366_e-cig-maker-mistic-shifts-production.html?rh=1.

 

Newest Public Health Supporters: Big Tobacco?

Replacement cartridges for MarkTen e-cigarettes, by the tobacco giant Altria, bear warnings far starker than cigarettes do. Photo by James Nieves/The New York Times

We’ve all seen the warning labels on analog cigarette packs: smoking is bad for your health; pregnant women should not smoke; nicotine is bad; keep out of reach of children. It may come as a surprise that Big Tobacco makers of e-cigarettes are shouting their biggest warnings yet on e-cig labels, or does it?

NYTimes.com reports that Big Tobacco is putting out the strongest health warnings in the e-cig market, “going even further than the familiar ones on actual cigarettes.”

Since the FDA has yet to regulate e-cigs, warnings are voluntary, and could be a maneuver to make Big Tobacco seem like the good guys, also adding warnings that e-cigs are not smoking cessation devices.

Whether this is a sincere attempt at honesty or an attempt to use reverse psychology remains to be seen.

For the full story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/business/dire-warnings-by-big-tobacco-on-e-smoking-.html?_r=1.

France Plans to Selectively Ban Public Vaping

2014-04-17T064039Z_1_CBREA3G0IJU00_RTROPTP_4_USA-HEALTH-ECIGARETTES-e1398281814345France24.com reports that e-cigarettes will be banned in “certain” public places, in an effort to make smoking less attractive. Smoking numbers in France are on the rise, 13 million adults and counting, amounting to one of the highest smoking rates in Europe.

New research finds that 18 percent of French people between the ages of 18 and 75 have tried electronic cigarettes, and while the publication’s reporting concludes that it’s better to vape than to smoke, cigarette smoking also will be banned in an effort to curb the gateway effect in non-smokers/vapers.

For more information, visit http://www.france24.com/en/20140925-france-wants-e-cig-ban-public-plain-cigarette-packs/,

Democrats Attack Magazines For E-Cig Ads Targeting Teens

Photo courtesy of RBR.com.Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, People and Time magazines are running ads that glorify the use of e-cigarettes, according to a recent report by Democratic legislators.

RBR.com reports that the Democratic group found that “tobacco companies continue to glamorize smoking in advertisements in magazine with large youth readership.”

The group urges magazines to cut the number of images regarding all cigarette, e-cigarette and tobacco product advertising, saying that this will help reduce teen smoking.

For the full story, visit http://rbr.com/mags-taken-to-task-for-e-cig-ads/.

Davidoff London Removes Tobacco Brands, Ushers in Vapelux

VapeluxIn a press release sent to Agent VAPE from SilverEGG Media in the UK, Davidoff London has announced to remove several brands of cigarettes and instead make the shift to vaping hardware and e-liquids from Vapelux.

Eddie Sahakian, Managing Director of the flagship Davidoff store, said in the statement: “We have been advised and work closely with Nick Roman from Vapelux Ltd. to ensure we have a complete range of high quality and genuine products suitable for the novice to intermediate user. Our customers are impressed by the selection, which includes the popular Vapelux disposables, starter kits and the premium e-liquids, together with genuine hardware and accessories from various international brands.”

Clive Bates, public health blogger, weighed in on the shift: “This looks like a very interesting move, to the extent that tobacco vendors replace their cigarette brands with vapor products, they are shifting into a better, more credible business model. The customers are looking for a new value proposition—from vapour products they can find much of what they like about smoking, but without the serious health risks and other downsides of smoking.”

Also a London-based company, Vapelux Ltd was launched in 2012 as it saw a gap in the market for superior and well-designed e-cigarettes, which not only tasted good, but also were attractively packaged. Other clients include Harrods, Selfridges and Partridges of Sloane Square to Cirque du Soir.

A report by Public Health England, part of the Dept of Health, earlier this year, stipulates that there are an estimated 1.3 million e-cigarette users in the UK with the e-cigarette market expected to be worth £340 million by 2015.

Agent VAPE Investigates: 2015 New Products

VAPE-Magazine-2015-logoAgent VAPE is on the prowl for the hottest new vaping items to hit the shelves. Do you have the newest mod, the tastiest e-liquid or a brand new item yet to be seen? Let VAPE know, and your product may be featured in an upcoming issue of VAPE Magazine.

To submit, please email a short description of the product, a link where it can be purchased, the retail price and a high resolution photo to content@vapemz.com.

The Agent apologizes, due to the amount of submissions received, all products may not make it in the magazine.

Corporate Counsel Talks Patents

US3200819-1Herbert Gilbert filed for the first U.S. Patent, NO. 3,200,819 in fact, regarding the electronic cigarette, according to a recent story on CorporateCounsel.com. Even though his idea was never manufactured, this historic moment set the benchmark for intellectual property rights in the vaping world.

Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik is credited with the actual invention-come-to-life concept of the e-cig, and currently has 12 U.S. design and utility patents. With that being said, his company also has filed a dozen lawsuits in 2011 and 2012. Copycats in the industry, especially in China, abound.

Corporate Counsel goes on to report that there are more than 90 issued patents and hundreds awaiting approval related to e-cigs.

It’s an exciting time for the electronic cigarette industry, however making sure an idea is protected is of utmost importance with the number of companies “ripping off” great plans.

For the full story, visit http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202671171378/Intellectual-Property-and-the-Ecigarette-Boom.