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.

 

Chicago Suburb’s City Council Passes New Vaping Ordinances

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Photo by Pulte.com

Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is changing things up a little in terms of vaping laws. Two ordinances recently were passed by Naperville’s City Council, according to ChicagoTribune.com. The first is that retailers who sell e-cigarettes must have a $200 annual license that is the same requirement of regular tobacco shops.

The second is that sales to those under 18 were officially banned (many shops self-regulate prohibiting sales to minors).

Both ordinances passed unanimously, however some of the council members told the Tribune that they wanted to know more when it comes to research and education. Others want to push further and ban vaping altogether, grouping it in with the established smoke-free laws.

For the full story, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-ecigs-st-0522-20150520-story.html.

 

SFATA Publishes Story on New Aldehyde Research

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1SFATA recently shared a special story about a controversial e-cigarette study in its newsletter:
In January 2015 a report published as a research letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a third generation e-cigarette (an e-cigarette with variable power settings) set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes.

Media worldwide accordingly reported this new health hazard of e-cigarettes. A new study published online in the scientific journal “Addiction” took a closer look at the NEJM findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that third generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes—but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.

Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.K., says of the “Addiction” study: “These findings emphasise the importance of making clear the conditions in which tests of this kind are undertaken and avoiding sweeping assertions that can mislead the public. Vapers are not exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. My reading of the evidence is that e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than smoking. Smokers should be encouraged to switch to vaping.”

Author Aggregates E-Cigarette Research

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Photo by TIME.com

A reporter at Vox.com took a closer look at various research reports regarding vaping. The reporter read through more than 60 studies, articles and reviews, and interviewed nine researchers and health experts about their work.

The research showed, overall, that vaping is less harmful than smoking. But, if never having done both, it’s probably best to not pick up either habit. Long-term effects obviously are unknown, and a lot of research is either incomplete or misreported by the media.

For a look at the reporter’s key findings within the research and an answer to hot questions such as “Do e-cigarettes actually help people stop smoking?” and “Could e-cigarettes ‘re-normalize’ smoking?” visit http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8832337/e-cigarette-health-fda-smoking-safety.

V2 E-Cigs CEO and Co-Founder Shares Industry Predictions

cspnetJan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of V2 E-Cigs, recently shared with CSPNet.com his three predictions for the vaping industry by the end of the year. With $3.5 billion in retail sales predicted by Wells Fargo Securities by the end of 2015, our industry has a lot of change ahead.

Verleur says that 1: Big Tobacco Will Spur the Vaporizer Market’s Growth. He believes that open system vaporizers will grow, with Big Tobacco doing its best to get into the mix.

He also believes that 2. Rapid Innovation Will Drive Device Democratization. Our industry changes almost daily, with a wide array of innovation at our fingertips—for now. We still don’t know what will happen regulation-wise, and Verleur thinks that prices will fall once more common e-cigs are available.

Finally, 3. Record Investments in R&D. Verleur shares that open system vaporizers will “become the driver in the electronic vapor industry.” He calls for more research and development ahead to convert as many cigarette smokers as possible. He sees an improvement happening in both e-cigs and vaporizers.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/opinion-3-predictions-e-cig-industry.

 

Recent Survey Asks, ‘Why Do You Vape?’

lAvail Vapor recently conducted a two-week survey about why vapers do just that—vape. Approximately 8,500 vapers responded to the survey, according to Richmond.com. Avail is a Richmond-based vaping retailer.

Here is what the survey found:

  • 94 percent of respondents already used tobacco products before starting e-cigs, with the length of time they used conventional products varying widely from less than one year to more than 30 years.
  • 5.8 percent of respondents said they started using e-cigs without using traditional tobacco products first.
  • Almost 80 percent of the survey respondents said they started using e-cigs as a way to quit using conventional tobacco products, and 85 percent said they did quit using conventional tobacco products, with 69 percent quitting within a month.
  • About 13 percent said they had reduced their consumption of conventional products.
  • More than 70 percent said they consider it “very important” to have a variety of flavors to choose from.
  • Almost 76 percent of respondents said they started vaping with higher levels of nicotine in their e-cig devices but cut back over time. Only 2 percent said they increased nicotine intake.
James Xu, Avail co-owner, told Richmond.com that this survey “indicates that e-cigs are not a gateway to traditional smoking,” however those 18 and above were the only survey respondents. And, surprisingly there wasn’t much dual use among the vapers surveyed. 

The survey was adapted from a 50-question list that the FDA has asked to be answered about e-cigs, and Avail plans to submit its findings to the Food and Drug Administration.

Ohio Battles Tax Legislation

images1The cost of vaping products in the state of Ohio could more than double, if a new measure passes, according to FoxNews.com.

The e-cigarette tax was proposed by Gov. John Kasich, and businesses are worried. The new tax would include cigarettes, which would be taxed at $1 per pack. Vaping products would in theory be taxed at the same rate.

For the full story, visit http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/15/e-cigarette-tax-would-destroy-ohio-small-businesses/.

 

Maryland County Council Opts to Further Tax E-Cigs

1198-1-896bMontgomery County, Maryland may have a new tax hike on the way. The County Council last month unanimously approved a 30 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes, according to WashingtonPost.com.

Now the new measure just has to be signed into law by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who supports the measure, according to the Post. If this happens, Montgomery will be one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to impose a tax this high.

Citing revenue as a main reason, the new tax could bring in $1.5 to $2.5 million annually. Montgomery County already has an e-cig ban in place, grouping vaping with the smoking ban.

For the full story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-council-passes-new-taxes-on-e-cigarettes-private-lodgings/2015/05/13/249db1bc-f98b-11e4-9ef4-1bb7ce3b3fb7_story.html.

 

 

Breaking News: Hawaii Changes Smoking Age to 21

under21_not_smoking-650x400The first state of the union to do so, Hawaii has raised its smoking age to 21. Gov. David Ige signed the bill into law Friday, according to CBSNews.com.

Ige also signed another anti-smoking measure Friday to make Hawaii’s state parks and beaches smoke-free.

HawaiiNewsNow.com reports that the ban will include electronic smoking devices for anyone under age 21.

For more information about how local vape shops are reacting, visit http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29365804/gov-ige-signs-bill-raising-legal-smoking-age-in-hawaii-to-21.

 

The Vapour Lounge Releases Wholesale Information

unnamedThe Vapour Lounge is selling VS-1 AND THE KROWN JEWEL ATTY at wholesale pricing. Wholesale price is $85 and retail price is $135.

The VS-1 paired with The Krown Jewel is an elegant set up for a very affordable price. From its beautifully machined stainless steel accents to its divine feel in the buttery smooth switch, this mod is nothing less than worth your interest.

On the VS-1 the top and bottom cap are made from 304 stainless steel with solid copper contacts with a fully self adjusting switch design for easy battery and atomizer changes. The tube is a special extrusion of billet aluminum with high quality anodizing finished off with bright dipped threading which creates a lower voltage drop and better longevity and strength for overall wear on the threading over time.

On The Krown Jewel the company offers 304 stainless steel base with natural peek insulators and a user friendly two piece cap for easy dripping access. Finished off on the top of this set up there is a tip designed by Mod Inc. that stops the juice from splashing up threw the tip with no loss of air flow. It’s made with a delrin center with a press-fit stainless top to stop the heat transfer from the top cap to the tip for a more enjoyable vaping experience.

For more information on wholesale purchases, email thevapourlounge@gmail.com.

New Product: ESSENTRA LAUNCHES RECHARGEABLE, DISPOSABLE E-CIGARETTE SOLUTIONS

ESSENTRA_Corporate-LogoEssentra, a global supplier of essential components, has launched two e-cigarette solutions—the company’s first “full service” white-label products in the category.

The new e-cigarettes—a rechargeable and a disposable option—have been developed in response to Essentra’s extensive customer research and industry insights, and both deliver a high performing and consistent “extraction efficiency” for optimum taste and nicotine release.

Essentra’s rechargeable portfolio ranges from a traditional cigarette size through to its most powerful cigar size. Essentra provides entire e-cigarette kits, which include battery units, refill cartridges and a USB charging device.

The disposable e-cigarette is a more convenient solution for the consumer. This product will be available as a single unit or as multiples. These are packaged into a branded outer carton or blister carton.

The products have been developed using Essentra’s specialist knowledge, innovation and sector expertise—one example being its patent-pending reservoir technology. The reservoir can be manufactured without the use of processing aids such as antistatic, lubricate, bonding agent or surfactant, meaning that it does not interfere with the chemistry of the e-liquid it holds, ensuring a more pure experience.

Essentra continues to research new materials and processes through their research center. All Essentra products are stringently tested against industry leaders and customer benchmarks to guarantee both quality and safety.

Essentra prints on a wide variety of materials to create prominent packaging. Additionally, they provide performance varnishes, security and tamper-evident features and Braille embossing.

For more information, visit www.essentra.com.