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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U.S. Senator Asks Top E-Cigarette Companies Not to Advertise on TV
May 27, 2015
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Executives from the top five e-cigarette manufacturers received a letter last month from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), urging them not to advertise on television.
According to OutbreakNewsToday.com, the danger of advertising to young people was one of the main causes of her concern.
The letter was sent to top-level execs of NJOY, Lorillard Inc., Altria Group Inc., LOGIC Technology and Reynolds American Inc.. “Senator Boxer highlighted the danger of this advertising on adolescents, and cited evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that e-cigarette use among high schoolers tripled from 2011 to 2013. The Senator also criticized the companies for ignoring the increased rate of adolescent exposure to their advertising,” Outbreak News Today reports.
Boxer told the executives that if they didn’t repond within 30 days with a pledge to not advertise, that their industry “will be responsible for the consequences.”
The full text of the letter follows:
April 15, 2015
I write today to ask you to protect our nation’s youth and the public health by refraining from advertising e-cigarettes on television.
Last year, the Surgeon General noted in “The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress” that nicotine has known harmful health effects, including consequences for adolescent brain development. Yet the popularity of e-cigarettes is on the rise among youth. In November, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that e-cigarette use among high schoolers tripled over two years from 2011 to 2013. And these children are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals, including nicotine, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde, propylene glycol and nanoparticles that are present in traditional cigarettes, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Considering these risks, youth exposure to advertising, particularly on television, is happening at an alarming rate. Last June, a study by RTI International published in the journal Pediatrics found that youth exposure to television e-cigarette advertisements increased 256% from 2011 to 2013. The study also found that e-cigarette television ads appeared on broadcast network programs that were among the 100 highest rated youth programs for the 2012-2013 TV season.
Many e-cigarette advertisements currently on air make clear companies are trying to target a wider audience than what many in your industry claim is the intended market: those who are looking to quit smoking. For nearly 45 years, manufacturers of traditional cigarettes have agreed to a ban on television advertising. I merely ask that you restrict advertising of e-cigarettes in the same manner.
Please respond to me within 30 days as to whether your company will pledge to refrain from advertising on television. Believe me, your positive response will save lives. If you don’t agree, your industry will be responsible for the consequences.
Blue Orb Vapor Trading Offers Memorial Weekend Discount
May 23, 2015
Blue Orb Vapor Trading is offering a discount now between May 25. Customers receive $100 off $1,000 spent, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to Wounded Warriors.
Use the coupon code REDWHITE&BLUEORB to receive the discount.
Blue Orb’s mission is to provide quality e-liquids to vape shops across the globe. The company travels across this big, Blue Orb we call home and find the best e-liquids out there! They are constantly striving to improve and streamline the process and welcome any feedback you have. If you’d like to sample one of Blue Orb’s lines, please email Sales@BlueOrbVapor.com.
Nicotine, E-Cigs Attacked, Cited As Gateway Drug, Vessels
May 22, 2015
Photo by Inquisitr.com
Nicotine and e-cigarettes are “more dangerous than the substance they’re marketed to replace,” says a release posted on the Free Press Release Center by Drug Rehab Chicago, a drug and rehab facility in Chicago. The center claims that vaping is a growing trend among teens in Chicago, and that devices are “new vessels” that teenagers are using to smoke addictive substances. Appealing e-liquid flavors and a designer drug, flakka, are cited as some of the “dangerous pop culture” draws.
The Chicago Tribune went so far as to say that nicotine is a “gateway drug” that leads to other substances such as heroin and cocaine. The Chicago Tribune states, “The case against e-cigarettes concluded that they are harmful and the full impact of their harm is not yet known; that they are marketed toward younger people; and that it is often under-reported that nicotine is a ‘gateway drug’ to other addictions such as cocaine and heroin.”
Drug Rehab associates say that ”The longer we leave the variable of e-cigarettes unaddressed, the more we increase the chances of young people becoming exposed to highly addictive substances right in front of us. Any addictive substance that can be smoked is easily hidden in an e-cigarette. The fact that we, as a collective society, are allowing our children to have steady access to flavored nicotine, the more we encourage their use of a known gateway and addictive drug.”
A new video recently was shared with the Agent. Please take a moment to watch this video and share it with your friends, families and social media outlets. We have to do our part to keep vaping alive, and hopefully, this short inspirational video featuring prominent members of the community will put us one step closer to success. Thank you for you time and dedication.
AskMen Reports: Another New Study Praises E-Cigs Vs. Analogs
May 21, 2015
Even though some e-cigarette e-liquids contain nicotine, a new German study has come out backing what vapers have been saying all along: e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than cigarette tobacco smoke.
While e-cigarettes are grouped in with the smoking ban in Madison, Wis. the future may look a little different. There is a new bill proposed by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) that would “prevent local governments from enacting ordinances that would broadly ban e-cigarettes from being used in indoor public spaces,” according to BadgerHerald.com.
Kleefisch’s spokesperson told the news source that individual businesses should decide whether vaping is allowed indoors, not government legislatiion. No scientific proof that vaping is harmful was cited as the main reason.
The decision to add vaping to the overall smoking ban passed in January.
Mistic E-Cigs Sole E-Cig Co-Sponsor in 99th Indianapolis 500
May 19, 2015
Photo by Indycar.com
Mistic E-Cigs, the co-primary sponsor of the No. 11 car in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be making history again as the only e-cig company to co-sponsor a car running in the 99th Indianapolis 500, also known as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”
In a recent press release, Mistic e-cigs shared that the No. 11 will be piloted by four-time series champ Sebastien Bourdais. KVSH Racing’s No. 11 Indy 500 superspeedway car will feature the HAUS Personal Vaporizer by Mistic logo, along with an updated black and white “shattered” theme highlighted by green- and red-colored accents.
Mistic served as co-primary sponsor of KVSH Racing’s No. 11 car in last year’s Indy 500 driven by Bourdais. Starting P17, the French-born “bespectacled badass” finished an impressive seventh in the annual 200-lap race with an average lap speed of 186.511 mph. Bourdais has qualified P7 for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average speed of 225.193 mph.
E-Cigarette Industry Predicted to Save Medicaid Billions
A recent in-depth report by State Budget Solutions took a look at cigarette smoking costs vs. vaping, and the results show that not only will vaping save users’ health, but also their dollars.
“The game-changing potential for dramatic harm reduction by current smokers using e-cigs will flow directly into lower healthcare costs dealing with the morbidity and mortality stemming from smoking combustible cigarettes. These benefits will particularly impact the Medicaid system where the prevalence of cigarette smoking is twice that of the general public (51% versus 21%, respectively),” the story says.
A study on the impact of cigarette smoking on Medicaid spending looked at potential savings of the e-cig in Fiscal Year 2012, which could have been up to $48 billion. This is 87 percent higher than state cigarette tax and tobacco settlements.
The study broke down state-by-state savings and harm reduction benefits of quitting smoking. Currently, the study found that 11 percent of all Medicaid expenditures can be attributed to smoking. Smoking not only increases first- and second-hand health care costs, but also increases renovation costs in smoking-permitted areas and causes costly fires. The study predicts that the potential savings to Medicaid could significantly exceed state revenue raised from the cigarette excise tax and tobacco settlement payments by 87 percent.
The entire Ontario Convention Center is booked for Halloween weekend’s Vape Nights, Oct. 30 and 31. Early bird registration is open, with the discount ending June 15.
Norm Bour of Vape Mentors will be heading educational seminars with guest speakers from all angles of the vape space. In addition, event coordinators are working on obtaining buyers not only from the United States, but from Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and more.
Vape Nights will be setting up an area so that manufacturers, retailers, media/press can meet the ones who have helped our industry grow exponentially. The show coordinators are working on growing this list of “stars.”
To register, visit http://vapenights.com/exhibitors/.
Vaping the Coast Marks Largest Convention to Date in Gulf Coast
May 17, 2015
Vaping the Coast will take place in Mobile, Ala. July 31-Aug. 2. The Mobile Convention Center will take center stage as Vaping the Coast L.L.C. takes over the building. They are suspending the indoor ban on vaping just for the event, and participants will be able to vape indoors for the entire event. Competitions, giveaways and more freebies will be on hand, but all of that pales in comparison to the industry experts and plethora of veterans and newbies alike who will be on site for everyone to teach and learn together. It gives networking opportunities to established industry professionals as well as those new to the vape community at large and provides a fun environment for fostering both business and personal relationships. Vaping the Coast L.L.C. is both business and pleasure for vaping enthusiasts and provides a wealth of knowledge for those that are unfamiliar with the latest breakthroughs in smoking cessation and harm reduction technologies.
Vaping the Coast will be the largest vape convention to date in Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The exhibit is more than 100,000 sq. ft. with more than 300 vendors expected to exhibit their product. Be part of Vaping the Coast by filling out the registration form.
For more information, visit http://vapethesouth.com/.