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.

 

Vapor Hub International Launches Social Media Campaign

vaporHubLogo_mediumVapor Hub International Inc. announces the launch of a worldwide social media marketing campaign to increase both its retail and wholesale sales.

“The e-cig, vapor industry is driven by a younger demographic of retail customers, vapor store employees and owners who are constantly on social media. We get both exposure and new customers from our social media marketing,” VHUB’s president said in a statement.

“We will continue to use and increase our social media efforts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as it is a proven way for VHUB to increase revenues,” Jake Perlingos, president and chief technology officer, said.

For more information, visit www.vapor-hub.com.

E-Cig Global Interviews Altria Group Director of Public Affairs

newlogoWith the FDA still locked in reviewing the thousands of comments given in response to proposed regulations, state policymakers are rushing to fill the regulatory void, with often strict and potentially damaging laws.

What can the industry do in the face of these rapid changes, and should it be viewed as a threat, or can it be turned into an opportunity?

E-Cig Global spoke with Steve Callahan, director of public affairs of Altria Group, about these challenges and what trends will affect your business in the coming months and years.

Download the interview here: http://bit.ly/1wiJyZC.

Don’t miss your chance to speak with Callahan and hear from Pamela Gorman from NJOY; Michel Zampa, director, Flavour Power; Steve Hong, principal, Roebling Research; and Geoff Habicht, COO, Smoking Vapor; among others as they discuss the state of the e-cig market and give you the strategies to shape the future of e-cigarettes.

For more information download the agenda here: http://bit.ly/1DtCoa0.

Chemist Who Found Formaldehyde Asked to Further Study

Photo by OregonLive.com

Photo by OregonLive.com

OPB.org reports that a Portland State chemistry professor, David Peyton, found formaldehyde in one e-cigarette vapor’s solvent. Since that study, Peyton has been asked by liquid producers to further test their products. The story did not cite which companies have reached out to Peyton.

“Peyton found the carcinogen in vapor drawn at a high temperature from the Halo brand cafe mocha e-cigarette,” the OPB story reads. “Now he wants to see if anything else is contained in the vapor’s nicotine or flavoring.”

Peyton told OPB that we got “distracted” by the formaldehyde, and now it’s time to study vapor even further. The e-cigarette industry, including leading e-cigarette researcher Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, have dismissed the formaldehyde study.

Peyton’s findings are described in the New England Journal of Medicine.

For the full story, visit http://www.opb.org/news/article/psu-chemist-says-e-cigarette-producers-want-him-to-test-their-vapor/.

Save the Date for SFATA Event!

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1“Evolution & Revolution: Next Steps for the Vapor Industry” is coming to Chicago May 4 and 5, courtesy of SFATA.

The vapor industry is facing its most crucial year yet. In 2015, vaping will face significant challenges from federal regulations, taxation, legislation, prohibitions and bans.

Join SFATA—the leading and largest vapor trade association—for a two-day event designed to provide attendees with the information and tools needed in 2015 to make the right business and investment decisions for the states where you operate and in advance of the FDA’s final deeming rule.
Some Presentations Include:
  • FDA and Intellectual Property Litigation Options
  • Anticipating FDA’s Final Rule: What to Do Now and After
  • Taxation: Tactics and Strategy for Fighting
  • How The Tobacco War Became the Vapor War
  • Meeting E-Liquid Quality and Standards
This conference is a unique chance to meet vapor industry leaders who will share perspectives and information to help you build institutional knowledge of current policies and regulation.

Who Should Attend:
Vapor storeowners, manufacturers, distributors, investors, wholesalers, legislators, and other industry interested parties.

SFATA Chapter members are invited to attend a chapter networking event on May 5.
Please email info@sfata.org with questions.

Washington State Looking to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Photo by Tobacco21.org

Photo by Tobacco21.org

Since e-cigarettes are being lumped into smoking rules in many states across the nation, it’s important to keep a watch on Washington State. KentReporter.com reports that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a bill that would make the state the first to raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobaccor and vapor products to 21.

The bill, named Senate Bill 5494 and House Bill 1458 is sponsored by Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) and Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines).

The story says that the percentage of middle and high school students who have used vapor products has more than doubled in recent years, and 17 percent of high school seniors have tried e-cigs. The story does not say where that data came from.

For the full story, visit http://www.kentreporter.com/news/289359641.html.

 

E-Cigarette Industry Hurting Nicotine Gum, Patch Sales

Photo by Telegraph.co.uk

Photo by Telegraph.co.uk

Whether you agree or disagree if vaping helps smokers quit, one thing is clear—official smoking cessation products sales are down.

DailyNews.com reports that GlaxoSmithKline, a British drugmaker of nicotine patches and gum, refused to compete directly with the e-cigarette industry. It’s CEO, Andrew Witty, told Reuters that e-cigs have “definitely taken a bit of our market, no question at all, but there’s a lot of competition in that space anyway.”

GlaxoSmith Kline sells Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and the medicine Zyban, which are allowed to offically be called smoking cessation products. The company also is in the process of forming a consumer health joint venture with Novartis, whose brands include Nicotinell, making the combined business the market leader in the $3 billion-a-year smoking cessation market, according to Daily News.

Witty added that “e-cigarettes were ‘just too controversial’ for GSK to want to get involved in at this stage, adding that ‘there’s not enough data,’ to provide robust evidence of the products’ risks and benefits.”

For the full story, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/nicotine-patch-gum-sales-drop-rise-e-cigarettes-article-1.2081018.

 

New York Governor Proposes E-Cigs Treated as Tobacco Products in Public

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo victory celebrationSyracuse.com reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new budget, and in it electronic cigarettes would ideally be banned in restaurants, offices and other places. Essentially, wherever smoking tobacco is banned, so would e-cigs.

In addition, banning flavored nicotine and limited marketing to youths is included in the governor’s proposal. The site reports that Cuomo has already signed a bill requiring that liquid nicotine is sold in childproof containers in New York state.

For the full story, visit http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/ny_would_ban_e-cigarette_use_in_restaurants_offices_under_cuomo_proposal.html.

Daytona International Speedway Includes E-Cigs in Grandstand Policy

Daytona-International-Speedway-July-1-2005For those of you heading to the grandstands for the Daytona 500 today, remember that Daytona International Speedway does not allow smoking in its grandstands. This includes electronic cigarettes.

Fans who wish to “smoke” must go to designated areas throughout the property.

For more information on all of the Speedway’s rules and regulations, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/Sprint-Unlimited/Event-Info.aspx.

Scenic Vapers #CloudCheck Social Media Contest Adds Prizes

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The guys at Scenic Vapers are pitching in even more as an incentive to find the best #CloudCheck photo in the world!

Added to the list of prizes is a full line of Chakra Joose (https://instagram.com/chakra_joose)(@Chakra_Joose) and a Kennedy RDA by (@themachinist12) (https://instagram.com/themachinist12).

For more information about the contest, click on the original story link.

California Department of Health Releases ‘Fact’ Brochure

logo_CDPH_v.1_colorThe California Department of Health (CDHS) has come out with a brochure—”Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes: The Facts You Need to Know.” The problem is, according to TobaccoAnalysis.Blogspot.com, is that the brochure’s facts are not factual at all.

The site breaks down four of the CDHS’ claims and goes so far as to say that the CDHS is lying to the public:

1. “The aerosol is a mixture of chemicals and small particles that can hurt the lungs just like cigarette smoke.”

2. “E-cigarettes are just as addictive as regular cigarettes.”

3. “People can become addicted to nicotine from e-cigarettes and they may start using regular cigarettes.”

4. “Studies show that e-cigarettes do not help people quit smoking cigarettes.”

For a breakdown of Tobacco Analysis’ counterarguments, visit http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/california-department-of-health.html.