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.

 

Blu UK’s New Digital Campaign Targets Younger Crowd

BLUAlmost everyone wants to seem young and fun, but in the case of vaping, should that be a marketing strategy? Blu UK thinks so, and has centered its recent social media campaign around targeting the younger vaping generation.

After Lorillard acquired Skycig and rebranded it to Blu in May, new marketing obviously was needed to boost the brand. According to MarketingMagazine.com.uk, £20 was the budget.

Naturally, thousands of followers flocked to Facebook and Twitter, but what’s the real cost? Launch parties, partnering with Lady Gaga and tickets to O2 academy were up for grabs, all targeting the younger demographic.

For the full marketing campaign, visit http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1310462/e-cigarette-brand-blus-new-digital-plan-gone-smoke.

HealthDay Reports Second-Hand Vapor Not as Hazardous

-1Even though e-cigarettes still aren’t totally done being vilified by any means, researchers at the University of Southern California have found that second-hand vapor is less hazardous than that of cigarette smoke.

Of course there are caveats to the research, however the researchers have concluded that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative in general. Care2.com also reported on the research, and that publication says that the study found that “people subjected to the secondhand smoke from e-cigarettes are exposed to only 10 percent of the gross chemicals found in normal cigarettes.

This study echoes thousands of others, according to Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Assocation. He says that e-cigarettes are at least 98 to 99 percent safer than regular cigarettes.

For the full story, visit http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/09/03/e-cigarette-vapor-may-be-less-toxic-than-tobacco-smoke-study.

Poison Center Calls Regarding E-Cigs On the Rise

Infographic courtesy of the CDCWHBL.com, based out of Wisconsin, reports that the Centers for Disease Control claims the number of e-cigarette related calls to poison centers are on the rise. Specifically, those containing nicotine-infused liquids rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. In short, that’s more than 51 percent of the poison center calls.

The CDC says that the demographic of calls varies, but more than half of them involved children under the age of 5.

“The CDC also says the number of young Americans who have tried electronic cigarettes but never used conventional tobacco tripled in 2013 from 2011,” the story reports. This now totals more than 250,000 people.

To read the full story, visit http://whbl.com/news/articles/2014/aug/28/health-groups-applaud-recent-challenges-to-e-cigarette-safety-claims/.

Vape Shop Owner Agrees with City Ban

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Vape Unit Owner Andy Han

While one would think most vaping shop owners would be against banning of e-cigarettes of any kind, Andy Han, owner of the Vape Unit in Monterey Park, Cali. agrees with the city’s recent ban, according to egpnews.com. However, he has his reasons.

Han is quoted in the story as saying “You shouldn’t vape where you’re not allowed to smoke.” However, he also said that “he disagrees with perceptions that electronic cigarettes contain the same health risks as traditional cigarettes.”

While Han says that he wants to promote vaping as an alternative to smoking, he does believe that vaping is a lifestyle, not a trend. Ultimately, Han wants to change where vaping takes place, change the vaping perception and make it a more “classy” alternative.

For the full story, visit http://egpnews.com/2014/08/monterey-park-adds-e-cigarettes-to-smoking-ban/.

Vapor Dynasty Expo Storms Phoenix Oct. 24-26

VaporDynasty2014The Phoenix Convention Center is going to be even hotter in late October when the Vapor Dynasty Expo comes to town. Oct. 24-26 will be filled with featured guest speakers, including Michael Guasch of Molecule Labs, Lou Ritter of AEMSA and Joe Barnett of The Vaping Militia. B2B and B2C sessions, a Modder Kombat tournament and a cash grab booth will be on hand for the public. More than 150 exhibitors will fill the expo floor, the first of its kind to come to Phoenix.

Since the expo is so close to Halloween, wear a costume and win a prize! All-day costume party participants will be entered to win juice, mods and more.

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

Utah Cracks Down on Online E-Cig Marketers, Claims False Advertising

UtahConsumerProtectionThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection has filed charges against Vapex LLC, Sinless Vapor LLC and OZN Web LLC  for violating the Sales Practices Act.

According to the entity, the companies made false claims and offered free product trials, “which in reality were not free as the online marketers racked up pricey automatic shipments to credit cards without consumers’ knowledge or their consent.” This consisted of 451 claimed violations.

The three companies face fines of more than $1.1 million.

For the full story, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58343358-79/utah-act-consumer-llc.html.csp.

Can You Name the Next Big Vaping Trend?

Photo by CityLab.comThe vaping industry is moving at lightning speed, and even though there are daily changes, everyone always wants to know what the next trend will be.

Cspnet.com and Tobacco E-News also took a closer look, stating that tanks and liquids were all the rage in 2014. But, what’s the new thing going to be?

Management Science Associates senior vice president Don Burke said during the annual CSP Tobacco Category Review Meeting that noncombustible actual tobacco products will be the “in” thing next year. Vaporizers will be used to heat tobacco, but not make it combust. Naturally, Phillip Morris and other Big Tobacco companies agree.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/vape-update-heat-not-burn-tobacco.

VAPE Summit Houston Offers Early Bird Pricing

vapesummit_logo_mediumThe Vape Summit in Houston, Texas will be held Nov. 7 and 8 at The NRG Stadium. This just happens to be where the Houston Texans play!

The last Vape Summit, held in Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Hotel on June 13 and 14, was a success. More than 250 vendors exhibited to an attendance of more than 15,000 people. More than 1,000 of those were confirmed buyers and decision makers. Vendors have acquired numerous accounts, multiple pre-sale orders and valuable networking opportunities with manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the world due to Vegas’ Vape Summit.

In addition, the Las Vegas show served as a platform of information. Advocacy leaders in the vaping community were able to speak. Those speakers were Grey Conley, legal counsel for e-cig regulations; Oliver Kershaw, founder of www.e-cigarette-forum.com and a major proponent in combating Regulations in Europe; Doug, Brent, and Cynthia, President of SFATA; Dimitris, “The Vapingreek,” a reviewer and member of multiple advocacy groups; Phil Busardo, a pioneer in the vaping community; and Roy, of Vapelyfe, a profound enthusiast group.

Want more reach?  We are going to be partnering up with SFATA, which provides access to over 60 percent of the vaping industry’s market share.

For a booth space with the Early Bird Special Price, click here:

Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

Former Smokers Unite in E-Cig Solidarity

spikedLogo2013_for_facebookA recent opinion piece in the British publication www.spiked-online.com touts e-cigarettes as “one of the greatest inventions ever.”

The columnist smoked for 20 years before quitting, and he praises vaping as the result of giving up his smoking habit. He calls the campaign against e-cigs “ludicrous” and a symptom of a ban-happy culture that wants to hop too quickly. His argument goes on to say further that e-cigs do not glamorize smoking, in fact he calls them a “miracle cure.”

After a Twitter inquiry, the columnist received tons of feedback from smokers who have turned to vaping to kick the habit.

For the full story, visit http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/e-cigs-one-of-the-greatest-inventions-ever/15764#.VBiZrYUmXx1.

Wyoming City Teens Receiving E-Cig Citations

sheridan2Ecigadvanced.com has news coming out of Sheridan, Wyo. There is a new city bill in effect that makes possession of e-cigarettes by minors illegal.

This is a win for the industry that largely only wants to promote its products to those 18 and over. However, reasoning behind the citations, according to the article, include e-cigs looking like drug paraphernalia and an effort to curb traditional smoking.

So, this begs the question: Would these same teens be cited for smoking analog cigarettes?