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.

 

FDA Making Major Assumptions, Las Vegas Review-Journal Says

FDAecigsThe debate rages on, however the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that the Food and Drug Administration is making one assumption in regards to pending e-cigarette regulations—placing health risk before public health improvement.

According to the newspaper, more studies than not are proving that e-cigs are at least, if not more, effective than approved smoking cessation methods. The American Medical Association also may be on the vaping side of things, stating that vapor is less toxic than secondhand smoke and that while e-cigs do contain nicotine, it “probably doesn’t contribute nearly as much to smoking-related diseases as tobacco.”

A recent Gallup poll stated that 74 percent of smokers in the United States. That’s a huge market for the e-cigarette industry to claim, if the FDA sees fit. Regulations are inevitable, but what exactly is to be regulated is yet to be seen.

VAPE News Magazine Major ECC Announcements!

Picture 1We’re definitely not blowing smoke–this year’s Electronic Cigarette Convention is going to be bigger and better than ever before, and VAPE will be there to cover every inch of the Ontario Convention Center Sept. 5-7.

Visit VAPE’s outdoor booth 2816-B, and take part in the Juice Judge Blind Taste Test Bracket Challenge. Before the show we will ask every vendor to submit his or her best flavor. The contest will run throughout the weekend, with the champion announced on Sunday. Participant testers get a free copy of VAPE News. And, the best part? *A perfect bracket received $5,000!

VAPE also is giving away a free trip to an upcoming national vaping event in October via raffle to any subscribers during ECC. Winner will be chosen on Sunday. (Restrictions may apply. Must be 18 to enter or win.)

Lastly, VAPE News will be LIVE Tweeting from the show during its entirety. Follow us on Twitter @VapeMZ for breaking news, show highlights and much more!

*Brackets must be submitted by the Friday morning of the show. Brackets and further info will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Must be 18 to enter or win. Restrictions may apply.

Agent Vape’s Secret Deal 10% off Sale at The Vape Mall

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Use code vapemz at checkout.

17ml will be $4.49, 32ml will be $6.29, 70ml for $9.89, and 125ml for $17.09. Their DIY, Tanks, & Batteries are already pretty cheap but now even cheaper.

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Former Smokers Sound Off: E-Cig Is Favorite Way to Quit

stop_smokingAccording to Time.com, smokers who are aiming to quit don’t care about stats, regulations or proof that vaping is healthier—they are using e-cigs as smoking cessation tools anyway.

A new study from Kantar Media notes that e-cigs now are more popular to help kick the habit than nicotine gums or patches, now becoming a $2 billion industry (and rapidly climbing).

Another poll on nydailynews.com saw more than half of those surveyed stating that they used e-cigs to help quit smoking. While there is no scientific evidence that the e-cigs actually helped these people kick regular cigarettes, more people now than ever are turning to vaping anyway.

The nydailynews article goes on to say that six million Americans now use electronic cigarettes. More than seven times that use a tobacco or nicotine product, leaving plenty of room for vaping to skyrocket even further.

Industry Questions Raised by MSA Senior VP

msaLogoDon Burke, the senior vice president of Management Science Associates, took a closer look at trends in the e-cigarette and tobacco industries as a whole. Tobacco E-News broke it down for readers in a recent article reran on CSP.net.

E-cigs aren’t just a trend anymore—they are real competition, especially in the convenience store sector. In 2013, 70 percent of e-vapor sales came from c-stores. Only 20 percent of the share came from tobacco.

Data is all over the place. With so much research and so many conflicting reports, retailers are having a tough time understanding the vaping world. Even the way e-cigs are distributed varies from traditional wholesalers, online and direc0to-store. Retailers are hoping for trending research that simplifies the industry in 2015.

What are the true best sellers? Burke reports that everyone says cigalikes are dying, but sale volumes of the traditional e-cigs actually are climbing steadily. Simply put, world of mouth isn’t meshing with the actual numbers.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/vapor-trends-watch.

 

University of Rochester Focusing on E-Cig Research

UofRMedicalCenterWe’ve been seeing a lot of e-cigarette research happening internationally, and the University of Rochester Medical Center is putting its name in the hat to the tune of $2.1 million.

The university was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. Researchers will have five years of study according to the grant terms, and the research will help shape future regulations on e-cigs, hookas and miniature cigars.

Researchers will look at the effects of e-cigs not only on humans, but in rodents as well. In addition, studies will look at exposure to newborns and children. Head researcher, Thomas Mariani, Ph.D., has studied cigarettes and lung disease for more than a decade.

For the full story, visit http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=4129.

World Health Organization Calls for Stiff E-Cig Regulations

WHOLogo_400x400Reuters.com reported yesterday that the World Health Organization (WHO) not only wants restrictions placed on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors, but also wants a ban placed on indoor use.

The health organization comprised of members of the United Nations released their latest report that will be debated at an October meeting in Moscow.

Reuters says that WHO’s biggest issue is that e-cigarettes and “similar devices pose a risk to public health” due to the lack of scientific evidence that either shows responsible usage or a lack thereof. They are simply, too new.

The e-cigarette poses a threat to tobacco control, according to WHO’s report, although they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes. The report does argue that other substances other than water vapor are produced, and there is no way of knowing for certain what the threats are until further research is done.

Another argument was the age-old “flavors appeal to children” one, and WHO called for further proof that flavors such as bubble gum are not targeted to those under 18

For the full story, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/us-health-who-ecigarettes-idUSKBN0GQ0PF20140826.

 

Virgin Vapor Announces AEMSA Membership

Virgin_Vapor_logo6AAA-500x500The American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association has a new member—Virgin Vapor.

Founder Annette Rogers made the announcement on Virgin Vapor’s website, saying that the company is dedicated to providing quality e-liquids that meet the highest industry standards. She finished the statement by saying that the company strongly believes that consumers need professional and responsible standards.

Virgin Vapor, founded in 2010, sells USDA certified organic e-liquid to more than 50 countries. The company was voted one of the top 30 Elite E-Liquid Manufacturers in the world by Vapor Digest Magazine and was the winner of the 13 Spinfuel Choice Awards.

For more information about AEMSA and the requirements for membership, please check out www.aemsa.org.

Are You Ready for the Electronic Cigarette Convention?

There’s fewer than two weeks until the Electronic Cigarette Convention in Ontario, Calif., and Steve Mac has some requests.

According to Mac, there still are several major announcements to make regarding the event, and the pre-ECC contests are “on fire” right now. Online registration is booming.

In Mac’s email, he asks everyone for his or her help with two things:

1) To help stoke the fire of ECC excitement, I’m personally asking you to share the ECC 2014 preview video in your channels (Facebook, website, email list, etc). The video leaves viewers in anticipation of something grand, and the production style represents the industry to the outside world in a highly positive way.

2) Help us get the word out that ECC has two B2B sessions this year. We have found that many people in our industry do not know what B2B means, so if everyone starts talking about it then maybe we can help get them some answers by posting about it. If you plan on taking advantage of the B2B sessions then one idea is to announce to shop owners and distributors that you are taking appointments and how to set an appointment with you. This can be posted on your FB/IG/Website/Email list. It should generate some action.

Mac said that if anyone needs any graphics or promotion help, email hello@ecc-expo.com.

 

E-Cig Ad Gets Voice of Disapproval

ecig-ad-hed-2014A new e-cig poster by London-based LeoLites telling viewers to “Love Your Lungs” has been nixed, according to AdWeek.com.

The Advertising Standard Authority didn’t approve of the tagline in the ad, saying that it was misleading. According to the article, the ad wouldn’t have been censored if it more clearly stated that e-cigs pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, rather than claiming they are a benign product or alternative to regular cigarettes.

The world, it seems, is awaiting to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s rule that will in effect clear up ambiguity on the technology product.

For the full story, visit http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/asa-stamps-out-e-cig-makers-ad-159512.