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.

 

Canadian Website Condenses Regulation Info

Photo by EmbassyWorld.comThe Winnipeg Free Press has shared a nifty infographic slideshow regarding vaping news and regulations across the county.

“E-Cigarette Regulations Across Canada” takes a look at proposals to regulate e-cigarettes and vaping across Canada via an interactive slideshow map, which includes various stories about each province.

To view the Free Press’ map, click here.

SFATA Report: FDA Seeking Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Noms

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1A recent SFATA newsletter reports that the FDA is looking for a few good men and women to be a part of the Tobacco Products Scientific Committee.

Small business tobacco manufacturing industry organizations interested in serving on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for Tobacco Products should notify FDA in writing. The FDA also is requesting nominations for nonvoting industry representatives to be included in a pool of individuals to represent the interests of the small business tobacco manufacturing industry on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. This position may be filled on a rotating, sequential basis by representatives of different small business tobacco manufacturers based on areas of expertise relevant to the topics being considered by the Advisory Committee. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies effective with this notice.

Any small business tobacco manufacturing industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent the interests of the small business tobacco manufacturing industry, must send a letter stating that interest to FDA by December 1, 2014 (see sections I and II for details). Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by December 1, 2014.

Vapor Shows Debut Jan. 21 – 22 in Miami Beach

VaporShowsThe Agent received this press release today and is excited to announce six new Vapor Shows in the New Year!

Vapor Shows LLC debuts its first trade show in Miami Beach, Jan. 21-22, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The first to bring regional business-to-business trade shows closer to retailers who sell vapor products, Vapor Shows LLC will host six events throughout the year in top U.S. metro areas.

Exhibitor registration is now open for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, e-liquid manufacturers and others. The trade event is exclusively for businesses that want to showcase their products, services and new technology to retailers in the vapor market and not intended for consumers. A 10×10-foot exhibit space is $1995, with larger sizes available. Reduced rates are offered to companies exhibiting at all six shows.

Retailers interested in attending Vapor Shows’ Miami Beach event can register online beginning Dec. 8 or in person at the Miami Beach Convention Center on the days of the event. Visit www.VaporShows.com, click on Attendees, Miami Beach to register online. Cost is $20 to visit exhibit trade show floor or $50 to visit floor and attend educational sessions. Attendees can attend educational sessions alone for $30.

“With a high concentration of vapor product retailers in the area, Miami Beach is the perfect place to kick off our 2015 regional trade events,” said president and CEO of Vapor Shows LLC, Richard Perkins. “Vapor Shows offers businesses the networking and educational benefits found at large national shows, without hefty travel expenses or extended time away from their retail shops.”

Three hours of educational sessions will be offered during the two-day event. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the six trade event series include: Using Technology to Automate Sales; How the European Market May Signal Our Future Regulations; How to Start, Grow, Brand and Maximize Your Vape Business; Customer Service Missteps and Easy Fixes; The Growing Medical Marijuana Market and What it Means to You, Clean Rooms 101: Create Your Own or Contract Out?; Doing Business with China: Should You? How to Guide for Making the Process Easier; and Panel: Clones vs. Authentics.

Vapor Shows has partnered with NaylorCMG, a show management firm that will help streamline the registration process. A mobile app also has been developed to guide attendees around the exhibit floor.

In addition to Miami Beach, the five other regional Vapor Shows in 2015 will be: Long Beach, Calif., March 11-12; Frisco, Texas, May 18-19; Valley Forge, Penn., August 12-13; Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 16-17; and Denver, Colo., Nov. 18-19.

For more information, go to www.vaporshows.com or www.facebook.com/vaporshows.

Know Before You Connect to USB

Photo by Yahoo.comConnecting your e-cigarette to a USB to charge may be a cool new technology, but Yahoo.com reports that an e-cigarette manufactured from China recently “infected” a user’s computer with a virus.

The source? A $5 e-cig bought from a Chinese manufacturer through eBay. The Yahoo story says that “the e-cigarette was found to have malware hard-coded into the charger, which ‘phoned home’ and infected the system when plugged into the computer’s USB port.”

For the full story, visit https://www.yahoo.com/tech/e-cigarette-from-china-infected-mans-computer-with-103466334849.html.

 

 

E-Cig Market in Spain Plummets

BBC_EcigSpain is facing a decline in e-cigarette product sales, and the reason is lobbying by pharmaceutical companies, according to TheLocal.es.

Sales have dropped nearly 90 percent in just a year; this time last year there were 3,000 shops selling the product in Spain and now the number is a paltry 300, according to Spain’s National E-Cigarettes Association.

Top pharma, namely GlaxoSmithKline, have lobbied for stricter e-cig regulations in Spain, and while e-cigs aren’t regulated as of yet, public banning is occurring similarly to cities in the United States. Spain does have one of the strictest anti-tobacco laws in Europe, however.

Another reason for the decline, according to the article, is the oversaturation of shops in too short of a period of time. Too many staffers were inexperienced and too many shops were seen in a small geographical space.

For the full story, visit http://www.thelocal.es/20141103/spain-turns-back-on-e-cigarettes-ance-who.

 

SFATA Announces Non-Profit Funding Portal

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1Researchers who want to raise funds to delve further into the world of e-cigarettes may have more financial support. The E-Research Foundation has been established, according to a recent SFATA newsletter, to assist researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use.

The goal for these independent researchers is both find potential benefits and harm stemming from the electronic cigarette.

The newsletter’s copy reads:

ERF’s mission is to foster independent research focused on understanding the potential health benefits, and potential consequences, related to these products. ERF will not participate in advocacy efforts.
The ERF Board of Directors assembled recognized leaders from all categories of the e-vapor products market place, including consumer advocates, to participate on the Grant Committee. The committee members include leading representatives from:  e-vapor device manufacturing, e-liquid manufacturing, non-manufacturing vendors, leading advocacy association senior executives, knowledgeable consumers, the leading international vapor forum, and public policy.
Independent researchers, seeking funding for their e-vapor product studies, will be able to request grants from the ERF. The ERF Grant Committee will determine which research endeavors receive funding.
All potential grant recipients, as a prerequisite to receiving ERF funds, must commit to submitting their research for peer-reviewed publication ensuring all ERF-funded research receives transparent scrutiny by the professional medical and scientific communities. ERF will not be involved in the design of study protocols or the performance of the research itself. From time to time, ERF may initiate Requests for Proposals on specific research topics of interest.
The ERF website provides an extensive list of existing peer-reviewed and published studies as well as a wide variety of video presentations by globally recognized experts speaking at leading industry conferences.
The ERF is in the process for filing for recognition as an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. ERF is seeking 501(c)(3) status.
Click here for additional information.

Barbados E-Cig Laws May Change in 2015

BarbadosIf you’re planning on vaping during your island vacation to Barbados next year, take note that the rules might be changing. BarbadosAdvocate.com reports that the Minister of Health revealed the new plan at the subregional workshop on Tobacco Taxation for English-speaking Caribbean countries.

E-cigarettes would be regulated under the new draft of legislation, along with legislation to “adopt the Caricom Standard on Packaging and Labelling of Tobacco Products.”

Both amendments, which will go into consideration in the New Year, were prompted by the recent World Health Organization report urging for governmental regulation on tobacco products. E-cigarettes, for now, are grouped into that category for this purpose.

For the full story, visit http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=local&NewsID=39639.

Wanted: VAPE Writers

hiring-writersWe had a great 2014, due in part to our wonderful core team of writers who made it all possible. We’re looking to add to this team, so we’re seeking stellar vape wordsmiths who can craft a well-written story and submit photos along with his or her work.

We’re looking for:

  • regular columnists
  • feature writers
  • technical experts
  • events coverage writers/photographers

If you display vast knowledge of the industry and wish to join the VAPE team as a contract writer, please send a resume, your area of expertise/interest and some writing clips to content@vapemz.com with “writer” in the subject line.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

‘Vaping Brain’ Study Takes a Look at Addiction

Photo by http://www.icbs-peclub.com/imperial-college-facts/British scientsts are researching the effects of smoking on the brain, according to FoxNews.com.

The pilot study used e-cigarettes and functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan vapers while they took puffs. The aim is to understand why smoking is addictive. The lead scientist, Matt Wall from Imperial College in London, says that since other nicotine replacement therapies havent had the success to kick the smoking habit like vaping has. Therefore, he’s digging a bit deeper to see where the addiction(s) are coming from.

While there are no specific conclusions of the study yet, Wall says that there is somewhat of a link in the brain area that controls taste and smell with reward and addiction.

Wall plans on conducting larger vaper studies in the future to learn more.

For the full story, visit http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/11/studies-vaping-brain-may-offer-clues-on-smoking-addiction/.

Starbucks Bans E-Cigarettes

StarbucksMorning coffee and a cigarette, or an e-cigarette in our world, is no more inside of the walls of the popular chain Starbucks. UK site Metro.co.uk reports that the move stemmed from the recent World Health Organization claim that e-cigarettes may not be the healthy alternative to analog cigarettes. The report also attacked the vapor emitted from e-cigs, saying that it contains toxins that create a health risk to second-hand breathers.

For more information on the Starbucks ban, visit http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/19/starbucks-has-banned-e-cigarettes-after-health-worries-4912414/.