Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming

We Are Vapers to complete filming by end of April 2013

Tshirt2We Are Vapers: An Exploration into the World of Harm Reduction is a documentary chronicling the stories of e-cigarette users that have switched from tobacco use and its effect on their lives.

The film will cover the history of E-Cigarettes, personal stories, the concept of harm reduction, personalities and health implications. Filming is expecting to end in April 2013. You can expect to see the film at various film festival in the near future.

For more information, check out the We Are Vapers website.

Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs

65343-down-graph[1]nacsonline.com – Big Tobacco is seeing a dent in their sales numbers and are expecting that electronic cigarettes are the reason. Analog cigarettes saw more than $80 billion is sales for 2013 but have noticed the recent interest by consumers of electronic cigarettes and are taking action. Lorillard captured Blu, an e-cig manufacturer with around 25 percent of the market share while Reynolds American has been testing Vuse, another e-cig. Electronic cigarettes are expected to have sales close to $1 billion by the end of 2013.

Indiana Votes on E-Cig Use by Minors

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nwitimes.com – The Indiana House decided in late January that electronic cigarettes should be treated the same as analog cigarettes and users younger than 18 should be prohibited from buying or possessing them. Lawmakers voted 96-0 to send the Senate House Bill 1225 making it a Class C infraction. It is an offense for a minor to have or use an electronic cigarette, e-liquid, or electronic cigarette accessories and is punishable by a $500 fine.

My Vapor Record 1.2

mvr_mac[1]joyetech.com – Joyetech released MVR 1.2, a software update for Windows and Mac.  Joyetech’s My Vapor Record is used to update the firmware and view the usage of the eVic variable wattage electronic cigarette. The update offers the ability to gather more usage information from the eVic. Also included in this software update is a firmware update for the eVic, which allows the user to customize this or her home screen by adding the ability to view the puff counter, time, voltage/wattage or ohm resistance on the screen.

eCigs HQ Publishes New Report: “The FDA’s War on E-cigarettes”

the-fdas-war-on-e-cigarettes[1]As an ever-increasing number of studies conclude that e-cigarettes are no more dangerous than their FDA-approved, big-pharma product counterparts, physicians are beginning to recognize that electronic cigarettes represent our best hope against the scourge of tobacco-related disease. Despite all this, the FDA has failed to alter its outdated and misguided stance against electronic smoking products, further jeopardizing the lives of millions of US smokers.

eCigs HQ (http://www.ecigshq.com) , a user-centric website featuring e-cigarette reviews, industry news, coupon codes, special offers and exclusive discounts, has published a new report on the FDA’s ongoing war on e-cigarettes.

The report reviews the most recent scientific findings related to the health effects of electronic cigarettes; the relative safety of these products when compared to tobacco cigarettes; their efficacy as a nicotine replacement therapy; their role in tobacco harm reduction efforts; as well as the differences between e-cigarettes and their tobacco counterparts.

“FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies, such as the patch, inhalers and nicotine gum, have proven largely ineffective, as they fail to address the psychological and tactile aspects of the smoking habit,” said eCigs HQ editor, Laura Conzo Brady. “Electronic smoking products offer a far more convincing ‘smoking’ experience, making them our best hope against the myriad of the often-lethal diseases associated with tobacco use.”

The report goes on to question why the FDA has failed to embrace the technology as a way to save the lives of millions of addicted US smokers, while it continues to plead ignorance—relying on the same “we just don’t know enough about them” excuse.

It has been more than three years since the FDA’s produced a single study of two electronic cigarette brands. Limited in scope, the study raised as many questions as it answered. The nascent electronic smoking industry has changed much during the ensuing three years. As the lives of millions of Americans hang in the balance, the report concludes that it is time for the FDA took a long, hard second look at e-cigarettes.

To read the complete report, “The FDA’a War on E-cigarettes,” visit: http://www.ecigshq.com/the-fdas-war-on-e-cigarettes. Photo courtesy ecigshq.com

US Consumers Warned Off E-Cigarettes, Steered Toward Pharma Products

ecigs-large[1]Tobaccoreporter.com—The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website aimed at offering the ‘best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies.’

BeTobaccoFree.gov is said to provide information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

‘The site’s social media dashboard, “Say it—Share it,” provides real-time updates from HHS’ tobacco-related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Infographics, podcasts, and Tumblr,’ the website’s announcement said.

One section of the website seems aimed at discouraging people from using e-cigarettes and promoting the use of nicotine gum, nicotine skin patches, nicotine lozenges, nicotine oral inhaled products, nicotine nasal spray, Zyban and Chantix.

New Best Electronic Cigarette Review Website Offers Electronic Cigarette CouponsgI_101485_rjrossecigreviews

PRWEB—There is a brand new best electronic cigarette review website that is offering readers electronic cigarette coupons to accompany their reviews. The website is RJ Ross Best Electronic Cigarette Review. RJ Ross is a former Connecticut computer parts salesman who decided he was bored of the computer parts biz and became an electronic cigarette reviewer instead. His most famous review is his V2 Cigs review, which he calls the best electronic cigarette in the industry. Readers will be able find reviews and deals out there for brands like V2 Cigs, Smokeless Image and SmokeStik. Visit his website at: http://rjross.com.

Smokers Utopia E-Cigarette Reviews Features Green Smoke Electronic Cigarettes

greenPRNewswire—The most brutal electronic cigarette review website in the industry is now featuring Green Smoke so that smokers can take a full disclosure look into the company, its products and the pros and cons that go along with choosing this company as your e-cigarette supplier.

Green smoke has been around since the beginning of the smokeless cigarette movement in the U.S. and has been a major player since the start and continues to reign in the top in sales volume of online sales.

Although the company has a great history there are still facts and practices that consumers need to be aware of before investing their hard earned money into their products and company.

“We just believe that people should have all of the information available before spending their money,” states Teresa Peach of Smokers Utopia. “We completed the Green Smoke Review so that smokers know what they are getting into before they make the switch, without sugar coated sales jargon that is the norm with most e-cig reviews sites.”

Unlike other review sites in the industry, Smokers Utopia is known for pointing out shortfalls of smokeless cigarette companies that could change minds on their buying decision with brutal facts that no others dare point out.

Smokers Utopia covers the top brands like their South Beach Smoke review, news and openly explains how they review products so that customers can make an informed decision.

For more information, visit http://www.smokersutopia.com.

E-cigarettes now commonplace

urbantulsa.com – You've seen them, and you've seen a couple of different versions of them. There's the electronic cigarette that looks like an actual cigarette, complete with a battery-powered orange glow coming from the end of it. Then there's the giant nicotine vaporizer that looks like it's actually a duck call, even more so when people wear them on lanyards around their necks.

"Those are modified electronic cigarettes," said Thomas Kiklas, director of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA). "They have a bigger tank in them and hold a little more power. And they generate a little bit more vapor. But the average user uses the smaller one."

Whichever one people choose, there are all manner of choices for them when they use them, a process sometimes referred to as "vaping." There are flavors that people can use when they reload their units -- from run-of-the-mill things like menthol and regular old tobacco to Cuban cigar and more baffling choices like banana cream pie, peanut butter, and blueberry -- and it seems that as e-cigarettes grow in popularity, the more options are coming open to the consumer -- and prices are dropping, too.

That's not to say that there are no controversies surrounding e-cigarettes and their larger, more powerful counterparts.

 

New Life Being Breathed Into Smoking Cessation Products

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Photo courtesy of Reynolds American Inc.

It looks like the vaping industry has another competitor on its hands. As tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma urge smokers to quit, cigarette company Reynolds American Inc. plans to partner with pharmaceutical consultancy Pinney Associates to develop new smoking cessation products.

According to The Washington Times, Reynolds aims to breathe new life into the tobacco industry with more health-conscious products, as well as new policies that will hopefully reduce tobacco’s harmful effects.

The partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates hopes to develop a new type of nicotine gum, and perhaps even a new line of electronic cigarettes. Camel and Pall Mall, meanwhile, are also expanding their product lines and urging the pharmaceutical industry to develop more smoking cessation products.

The Times reports that, in an interview with The Associated Press, Pinney Associates CEO John Pinney said, “While what we’ve been doing in tobacco control is working, it’s just not working fast enough. We’ve got a lot of people who I believe probably need nicotine for the rest of their lives and the goal here would be … [to] get them a product that’s not going to kill them.”

Reynolds has become a more prominent feature in the market ever since the Food and Drug Administration reported that nicotine replacement products are safe to use for longer periods of time than previously thought.

Time will tell what effect the partnership between Reynolds American and Pinney Associates has on the vaping industry.

For the full story, click here.

Washington State Officials Propose Strictest Laws Yet

 

Photo by WashingtonStateWire.com

Photo by WashingtonStateWire.com

KGW.com reports that Washington State e-cigarette laws could be changing, and in turn could make the state the strictest in the nation.

Rep. Gerry Pollet, (D-Seattle) is the bill sponsor. The bill, if passed, would:

  1. Require special licenses for all retailers
  2. Require manufacturers to list all ingredients in its e-liquid
  3. Ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products
  4. Tax e-cigarettes and the supplies at the same rate as tobacco products, which stands at 95 percent.

Pollet told KGW that he aims to reduce youth smoking with the bill. He says that vaping is not safe and is highly addictive. Pollet also is a public health teacher at the University of Washington.

Vapers and shop owners testified against the bill at a public hearing last week in Olympia.

“Vapers told lawmakers the proposal would make e-cigarettes more expensive, harder to find and would eliminate flavors popular with adult customers,” KGW reported.

Shop owners agreed that they do not sell to minors, would pay for the special license and even pay higher taxes, but they said eliminating flavors and raising the sales tax to too high of an amount would put vape shops out of business, effectively running customers right back to analogs.

For the full story, visit http://www.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/wash-e-cig-rules-could-become-toughest-in-us/24925489/.

University of Wisconsin Researchers Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant

program_CTRI_optNo matter which side of the e-cigarette you are on, we can all agree that more research is needed to formulate regulations moving forward in the vaping industry.

The Badger Herald reports that The Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin has received a $3.7 million federal grant. The awarded money will go toward studying e-cigarette use patterns and “health-related issues.”

The study will span over several years, and researchers will focus on two groups: those who smoke only traditional cigarettes and those who smoke both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Doug Jorenby, co-principal investigator, told the Badger Herald that the study will focus on those who both smoke and vape over a long period of time. The grant, awarded from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, is for five years.

The university hopes to recruit participants this fall, with the pilot study already complete.

For more details about the study, visit https://badgerherald.com/news/2015/02/18/uw-receives-federal-grant-to-study-e-cigarette-use/#.VO9HiUJurdl.

 

ITMGroup Launches E-Cig Platform

unnamedWhat is happening in the e-cigarette industry?

Technical Development Corporation (TDC) wants to help answer that question with www.ecigmachinery.com. As part of the ITMGroup, TDC specializes in machinery for the tobacco industry, and the company has announced to Agent VAPE that it has stepped in the e-cigarette segment.

“We have developed a solution for automated e-cigarette production, the Genesis. But, we realized that the industry needs more than just machinery. The industry needs information and relevant data. This is where we want to help you,” TDC told the Agent in a statement.

By publishing a free online e-cigarette magazine every two months, TDC wants to educate the public about the current and future developments in the industry.

The “ECig by TDC” will be sent every two months. To learn more, visit www.ecigmachinery.com.

Illinois Representative Seeking E-Cig Ban

E-Cig-Ban-Considered-By-NYC-Authorities-120x120One person truly can make a difference, and in this case the Illinois vaping community may suffer.

State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, introduced House Bill 2404 recently, according to TheSouthern.com. The bill, if passed, would effectively ban indoor vaping and amend the Smoke Free Illinois Act, which currently does not include e-cigarettes.

“It is not necessarily that I want to totally ban electronic cigarettes,” Willis told The Southern. “I just feel that there is residue that comes off of them, and while I certainly agree they are a better alternative than traditional cigarettes, I don’t necessarily want to eat my meal next to somebody that is vaping.”

The bill would exclude shops that sell the devices.

Shop owners are concerned about the long-term effects of the bill, including grouping e-cigs with tobacco products, which would then eventually set a new tax. One shop owner said that Willis is “demonizing” e-cigs to get revenue and that there is no scientific evidence that has yet to prove that vaping is harmful.

The Southern reports that since Willis introduced the bill in early February, five lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors: Emanuel Chris Welch, D-Westchester, Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, and Martin J. Moylan, D-Des Plaines.

For the full story, visit http://thesouthern.com/news/local/e-cig-ban-would-force-smokers-outside/article_9d3d8d60-c1c8-5c86-aac1-b8def2f166ba.html.

Vape Summit Returns to Las Vegas

Building off the success of the first two conventions of its kind, the Vape Summit will return to Las Vegas for a three-day event from Thursday, April 30, through Saturday, May 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

The Vape Summit will build upon previous events to become the largest vaping convention to date with more than 300,000 square feet of event space. More than 300 vendors and exhibitors from across the country will come together to showcase their products, share ideas and host discussions to further unify the industry and break into mainstream culture. The most recent event drew more than 20,000 attendees during a two-day period.

The first half of the Vape Summit will be a business-to-business format featuring keynote speakers and provide an opportunity for industry professionals to experience products and vendors from around the country. The business-to-business portion of the event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, and continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2.

Friday evening and Saturday at the summit will be open to the general public for those 18 years of age and older to experience all of the exhibits, test and purchase products and experience speeches and seminars about the industry. The event will also feature The Gallery, which will highlight high-end and unique MODs (the device used for vaping) from across the world and a variety of new releases, limited editions and product debuts. Pre-Registration for business and general admission tickets is available now at www.thevapesummit.com. Open registration for all attendees will be available beginning Friday, March 27.

The Vape Summit is presented by Suicide Bunny and will once again partner with Hot Import Nights, a custom concept car show, for a cross-industry experience with unique cars and hot promotional models.

Proposals Sought for Standardized Clinical E-Cig Study

574819_10151467419728571_858226277_nSFATA reports that The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking proposals from small businesses to develop a standardized electronic cigarette for use in clinical studies. The goal is to evaluate the harm reduction benefits/risks of e-cigarettes, as well as their potential as smoking cessation aids.
The release in a recent SFATA newsletter says that there is insufficient data to assess the overall impact of e-cigarettes on public health or to fully inform public policy. E-cigarettes on the market today do not have the product and manufacturing documentation the FDA usually requires to allow clinical trials to proceed. To accelerate e-cigarette research, NIDA is therefore seeking to develop a well characterized product for use in clinical research.
This opportunity is only open to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

The full solicitation can be found using a search engine with the keywords “SBIR Topic 156b” or by going to:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=b13729ba9ad6a1df0b734ea2a9e0c4cb&tab=core&_cview=1

Questions should be addressed to Brian O’Laughlin, bo50d@nih.gov(301) 443-6677.

E-Cigarettes Wearing Counterfeit Mask, Hitting Black Market

cspnetAcross the world, a problem is emerging: counterfeit and black market vaping products. CSPNet.com reports that Matthew Moden, England-based Liberty Flights founder, spoke to the Wall Street Journal. Moden said that black market versions of his company’s vapor products have popped up in markets across the globe.

Unlicensed e-cigs of British American Tobacco PLC’s products have shown up, with the black market options made with cheaper materials and sold at a cheaper rate. Of course with that comes its own problems such as possible dangerous e-liquids or faulty equipment.

“Black market concern is expected to grow with the e-cigarette market: global sales of legitimate vapor products were valued at $7 billion in 2014 (compared with $800 billion for the regular tobacco market), but Euromonitor International predicts vapor sales will reach $51 billion by 2030,” CSPNet reports. “The European Union is attempting to curb the vapor black market through stricter regulations and a standardization of products sold in the region, such as setting maximum nicotine content and a reduction in maximum cartridge size. EU officials argue these new regulations (which take effect next year) will protect consumers and keep lower-quality products out of the area.”

We have no way of knowing if regulations will curb black market sales or make the lower-priced options more appealing.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/counterfeit-e-cigs-hit-europe-us.

Texas Legislative Organizational Meeting Scheduled for Monday

Photo by HattrickVapor.com

Photo by HattrickVapor.com

Bills HB 170, HB 81, HB 970 and HB 2321 all contain language that would impact consumer access, choice and awareness of vapor products. While CASAA, The Vapor Bar and more oppose these bills, they urge support of HB 647, a common sense bill that only seeks to prohibit sales to minors.

Please take action now by sending a message to your representatives urging them to oppose these bills and adopt an appropriate rule prohibiting sales to minors.

Please share this post on your Facebook wall and in groups:

For those wishing to testify or otherwise attend the hearing, an organizational meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. Austin, Texas 78701. Meet up the stairs in the lounge area. This meeting is for anyone interested in testifying or attending the hearing. Remember, even if you are not planning to testify, your attendance is valuable as it demonstrates the large number of people affected by and engaged in this issue.

Click HERE to watch Schell testify in front of the Texas House of Rep’s Public Health Meeting in Austin, Texas.

 

VAPE Magazine to Sponsor AZVapeXpo Vape-Off E-Liquid Competition

Vape-Off Logo 2015-VapeNewsMagazineYou’re invited to the E-Liquid Vape-Off competition May 1-3 at the AZVapeXpo 2015 in Tucson, Ariz.

The Vape-Off is organized by industry-leading vapers and sponsored by Spinfuel, VAPE Magazine and other major vape publications.

The contest will introduce the newest and the most popular premium e-liquids with a unique selection of creative flavors made in the United States with only the finest ingredients.

E-liquids will be judged under following categories:

Taste 

Sensation

Uniqueness

Flavor Complexity 

Flavor Truth to Description

The AZVapeXpo will bring top industry manufacturers and distributors with the largest selection of the vapes, e-cigs, e-liquids and accessories offered at the lowest wholesale prices on the market today.

If you are interested in joining the AZVapeXpo, pre-register online at www.AZVapeXpo.com or call (213) 629-3030.