Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming
March 1, 2013
We Are Vapers to complete filming by end of April 2013
We 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.
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
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
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”
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.
US Consumers Warned Off E-Cigarettes, Steered Toward Pharma Products
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 Coupons
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
PRNewswire—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.
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.
Agent VAPE received this email from SFATA President Cynthia Cabrera, asking that YOU take action immediately:
Now that the FDA deeming regulations have been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB/OIRA) the response from the business community for meetings with OMB/OIRA has been overwhelming. Initially intending to cease taking appointments by Dec. 11, OMB/OIRA has extended the date to accommodate additional requests. We hope they will continue to extend the date until all requests have been met.
In the interim, we turn our attention to other action items; specifically to preserve the language regarding the FDA’s grandfather date in Sec. 747 of the House Agriculture appropriations bill in any final funding bill.
The February 15, 2007 grandfather date acts as a de-facto ban on vapor products and has the potential to severely reduce the amount of products on the market today.
Do not be misled! The appropriations language does NOT defund the FDA. The FDA would receive the full funding of the bill, but would be prohibited from using any of the funds to implement February 15, 2007 as the deeming date. The language specifically states:
“SEC. 747. For each tobacco product, which the Secretary of Health and Human Services, by regulation under section 901(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, deems to be subject to chapter IX of such Act, none of the funds made available in this Act or any other Act may be used to treat any reference in sections 905 and 910 of such Act to February 15, 2007, as other than a reference to the effective date of the regulation under which a tobacco product is deemed subject to the requirements of such Act pursuant to section 901(b)(1) of such Act, and any reference in such sections to 21 months after the date of enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act as other than a reference to 21 months after the date of such final deeming regulation.”
The House has already included this language in their version of the appropriations bill but the Senate version does NOT contain this type of language so they would need to “recede” to the House provision in the final conference (where they work out differences in the two bills and agree on final language to send to the President).
1. Check the list below to see if any US Senators on the committee are from your state.
2. Contact them and request they support inclusion of the Cole bill language currently in Section 747 of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill in the final enacted bill.
Without a change to the grandfather date, the FDA Deeming Regulation would:
Cost >$20 million to submit each ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) Pre-Market Tobacco Application that FDA would actually accept for review. FDA has claimed previously that it estimated a cost of just $333,554 per PMTA
Ban the sale of >99.9% of nicotine vapor products to adults
Put >99% of estimated 10,000 vapor companies (including vape shops) out of business
Put 50,000+ vaping industry employees out of work
Create a monopoly or oligopoly of just one or several legal (i.e. FDA approved) electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) manufacturers and products – with large tobacco companies the most likely winners
Create a multibillion dollar black market for totally unregulated vapor products
Force millions of vapers to go back to smoking cigarettes, switch to an FDA approved ENDS, or buy totally unregulated vapor products from newly created black markets
Protect cigarettes and threaten the lives of millions of vapers and smokers
Senate Full Committee Members:
Cochran, Thad (MS) , Chairman
McConnell, Mitch (KY)
Shelby, Richard C. (AL)
Alexander, Lamar (TN)
Collins, Susan M. (ME)
Murkowski, Lisa (AK)
Graham, Lindsey (SC)
Kirk, Mark (IL)
Blunt, Roy (MO)
Moran, Jerry (KS)
Hoeven, John (ND)
Boozman, John (AR)
Capito, Shelley Moore (WV)
Cassidy, Bill (LA)
Lankford, James (OK)
Daines, Steve (MT)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (MD), Ranking Member
Leahy, Patrick J. (VT)
Murray, Patty (WA)
Feinstein, Dianne (CA)
Durbin, Richard J. (IL)
Reed, Jack (RI)
Tester, Jon (MT)
Udall, Tom (NM)
Shaheen, Jeanne (NH)
Merkley, Jeff (OR)
Coons, Christopher A. (DE)
Schatz, Brian (HI)
Baldwin, Tammy (WI)
Murphy, Christopher (CT)
Despite the tremendous support shown for HR 2508, there is no guarantee that it will pass, so we must put our efforts everywhere that can be helpful.
Please feel free to share this guidance with others who may not be SFATA members. We know this is a stressful time and we know that working in unison and cooperatively the best bet we have as an industry to survive this and other challenges that will come our way.
Cosmic Fog, Liquid State and Traditional Juice have been added as exhibitors at Vape Expo Poland, to be held March 4-6 in Warsaw.
Founded in sunny Orange County Calif., Cosmic Fog Vapors was created with a mission: To craft only the most unique, thoroughly tested, highest quality e-liquids the vaping world has ever seen.
Liquid State Vapors is committed to high quality e-liquid and responsible packaging, branding and marketing. They are a max VG line, using only the highest quality ingredients, flavorings and nicotine. They draw their inspirations from U.S. states and the special flavors of each state that make them unique and memorable.
Traditional Juice was founded in June of 2014 in Orange County, Calif. by Conor and Bob Denmark. Working for months on flavors alone, they took the time to make each flavor true to its description. They launched with three unique and delicious flavors, Lola, Indian Giver and Black and Blue.
Do you want to be an exhibitor? Fill out the application here.
To get acquainted with the participants and to try their unique liquids, register here.
A new tax hike on wholesale e-cig purchases has happened in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough, according to News.Heartland.org. The new excise tax will be 55 percent to the price of the wholesale purchase.
While revenue is said to be going to the borough government’s general fund, Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told the news site that the tax hike will backfire.
“We know that governments in the United States and around the world have raised excise taxes to such degree that one of the major unintended consequences is rampant smuggling that undermines the health goals that have been cited as the reason to impose those taxes in the first place,”LaFaive told the news site. “With flammable tobacco, the tax rates have gotten so high that it’s been estimated recently by scholars that it would take a 100 percent increase in current excise taxes to get just a 5 percent improvement in the quit rate.” He also said the direction is an “illegal market.”
By Susan Oser
Photos by Michelle Valentino Name: Craig Scoppa Screen Name: Scope666 Company: Scope Juice Channel: VULive Shows: Co-Host on Squirreling Out and Mod Envy
Craig Scoppa, known as Scope666, is not just the owner of Scope Juice, which features popular flavors such as Apricot Dreams and Popping Cherry. He’s also an online host for the VULive (Vaping Underground Live) network on http://vapers.tv, a father, a husband, a systems engineer and a drummer.
SUSAN: How did your juice line get started? CRAIG: Two people actually pushed me into it. There was a guy named Wayne, who goes by the screen name of Vape- Medic, and also Robyn from the Vaping Militia. I met both of them at a meet here in Jersey about a year and a half ago. It was there that I also met people like Vapor Joe (Joe Petner), Smokie, TowerofVape (Rich Gavina) and a few others. At the time, I was still DIYing, and I let Wayne and Joe try my cola juice. They both liked it a lot. However, the one who pushed me really hard was Robyn. After she tried my juice, she told me that it would be a sin for others not to try it.
SUSAN: What has been the best thing about creating Scope Juice? CRAIG: I love the positive feedback and the direct connection with people that I interact with on my shows (Mod Envy and Squirreling
Out). It is also from that interaction that I get feedback on the flavors, ideas for new flavors, enhancements, etc.
SUSAN: How did you get involved with hosting? CRAIG: I first got into this vaping thing as a viewer and hung out in Nova where I would watch a lot of shows. I would watch Mod Envy all the time. Around the time I was getting into DIY, Mandycat of Timeless Vapor was doing a DIY show on the NOVA network where she asked chatters to come on as guests. After I was a guest on her show, it led to the idea of hosting.
SUSAN: How did you get hooked up to do Squirreling Out? CRAIG: Originally, it was a show that I did myself. As I said before, after being a host on Mandycat’s show (on NOVA) and having other people push me to do it, I just decided to take the plunge. William from Maddcatt Vapors (who is my cohost now) was one of my first guests. Five or six months later, I saw ImahFokker in a hangout, sent him an IM and then started talking to him. Then it just kind of evolved and we had William as a guest again. Originally, the show was called Scope it Out when I moved to VULive [on vapers.tv]. During one of the shows, Vapor Joe said, “You guys are always squirreling out.” So the name fit, because while doing a giveaway, we would start talking about something related to it and then just lose track of time and forget about the giveaway until someone reminds us we have to do one.
SUSAN: What about Mod Envy? CRAIG: This was a weird one but also a surprise because I was just a viewer for a year and a half. When I first started vaping, I would watch the show on my laptop while my wife watched on her laptop. The first prize that I won on the show was a subscription to VAPE Magazine. Then one day, while the show was having tech issues, they contacted me and asked if I could help broadcast the show. This happened a few times and I was a guest quite a lot. At the time, I didn’t know Joe [Vapor Joe] well until we did a couple fill-in shows together and discovered that we had a lot in common. Thus, adding me to the show made sense because I had a good rapport with the gang. This also has given Nitro- Bex a chance to be more of a host as he’s not tied up with technical issues behind the scenes. It still hasn’t sunk in yet … Sometimes on a Saturday I catch myself thinking, “I can’t wait to watch Mod Envy tonight. Oh, wait …”
SUSAN: What has it been like hooking up with VULive or going to various meets to get exposure to your product? CRAIG: I love interacting with others that are like me—into vaping on a level that is higher than most. It’s fun to discuss the latest gear, newest juices, etc. with likeminded people.
SUSAN: How did vaping change your life? CRAIG: I feel like I am one of those that is lucky to have discovered vaping. It’s made my kids [7, 10 and 14] happy. Granted, my wife and I always went outside to smoke, but my kids would look outside the window at us while we did it. It certainly wasn’t setting a good example. As for health benefits, I love that I can take a FULL deep breath in the morning without my lungs hurting, and having your taste buds come back to full strength is an added plus.
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I got my wife into vaping around the same time I started. She had bought a cigalike and felt like it was pretty weak, but it planted a seed. Then, when I was on a business trip for work, I saw someone with a device and saw this rather large cloud of vapor it produced. I didn’t know that something like this existed at the time, and everything about his device fascinated me. He let me try it, and suddenly it occurred to me, “E cigs don’t suck, just the cigalike that we tried to quit with did.” That’s when I decided to order from Halo. The day the Halo package arrived was the last day I ever smoked. The wife had tried a drag or two after she started vaping, but was disgusted by the taste and definitely preferred vaping more.
That’s when I really got into it and read everything there was about vaping, including hanging out in shows. I’d watch videos from GrimmGreen and Phil Busardo, learned how to build coils, rebuild tanks and then got into DIY. Smoking is directly responsible for the deaths of my mother and both grandmothers. The one thing that really kicks me and that I will never forget was when I went to visit my mom toward the end and showed her a device that I was using. I let her try it and she loved it. She said that she could’ve done this instead of the smoking. Had devices like this existed sooner, I think it would have saved her. That’s what drives my passion for this community.
SUSAN: What has been the biggest surprise you’ve seen with the vaping community? CRAIG: How incredibly giving some vapers can be. I’m amazed at how generous vapers can be, especially with donating personal mods and auctioning those things off for those in need. On the other side of that, the biggest disappointment and something that really pisses me off is how some people try to scam their way into getting free product, saying things such as, “I can’t afford to buy juice.” If you were a smoker, I’m sure you always found a way to buy a pack of smokes. There’s no excuse for that.
SUSAN: How do you feel about vaping activism? CRAIG: It’s unfortunate that there are people out there that constantly threaten our right to vape. We are very lucky to have people like Greg Conley and groups like the Vaping Militia. Where I am in New Jersey (the first one to ban vaping in the entire country on Nov. 13, 2009) is the capital of Big Pharma, and they would rather have us buy the patch, Chantix etc. and not lose that revenue.
SUSAN: So how have you managed to survive as a vaper? CRAIG: I’m very good at stealth vaping.
SUSAN: Why should people care about the vaping community? CRAIG: It might help others quit. A lot of people don’t know what it is. The average person thinks an e -cig is something like a VUSE (cigalike). They have no idea that devices exist today that can deliver far more satisfaction. That’s why I try to educate people and try to vape where the smokers are in public places. I have even let smokers try my mod and answer questions, like the guy who first introduced me to “real” vaping. Just take the time to explain how it works and that there’s more to vaping than using a VUSE.
SUSAN: What do you see with the future of vaping? CRAIG: Devices are going to get way better; those with temperature control will be able to use any kind of wire. I also envision a point where vapor can be produced without using a conventional wick and coil. It’s a big enough industry for companies to push the envelope. If I look at how far devices have come in the last two years, it blows my mind.
To catch Craig Scoppa on Mod Envy (Saturday nights from
10 p.m. midnight) and Squirreling Out (Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. midnight), visit http://vapers.tv/vulive or http://vapingundergroundlive.com. If you would like to check out his company Scope Juice, visit http://www.scopejuice.com.