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.

 

New Product: Vapor Savor Protective Case Debuts Today

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 9.14.38 AMThe Vapor Saver is a patented protective case designed to prevent damage to vaporizers from impact, water and debris. Creating an encapsulating shell around a vapor pen, the Vapor Saver is a product that shields vaporizers.

The Vapor Saver protects a vaporizer from snow, ice, water, dirt, dust, mud, sand and impact on hard surfaces, thus preserving the investment in the device, as well as any liquids contained within. The case expands the portability and potential use of vapor devices to environments that may not be compatible with electronic use due to potential damaging or weather hazards.

The Vapor Saver case includes a hood that covers and seals off the mouthpiece, reservoir and atomizer portions of a vaporizer. A handle region covers the remaining portions of the vaporizer and forms an airtight seal. A check valve over the mouthpiece only opens when the operator takes a drag from the vaporizer. There is a flexible pad over the activation button of the vaporizer allows an operator to activate the vaporizer while it is still inside the case. An optional lanyard is included to enable ease of carrying.

“Much like the functionality of a protective cell phone case, we have created an airtight casing that will protect the investment in a vapor device from contamination,” Joey Doyle, the inventor of The Vapor Saver, said. “The Vapor Saver truly expands the nature and enjoyment of a vaping experience, because it eliminates any fear of damage.”

The Vapor Saver was developed by Vapor Nature, an emerging technology firm based in Longmont, Colo. Initially, it will be available online at www.vapornature.com and at select retail outlets. For more informattion, visit www.vapornature.com.

 

Washington Legislation Could Make it Strictest State

polletRep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) is proposing a bill that could make Washington State have the strictest vaping laws in the nation.

KGW.com reports that the proposed bill would require special licenses for all retailers, require manufacturers to list all ingredients in e-juice, ban non-tobacco flavored vaping products, and tax e-cigarettes and the supplies at the same rate as tobacco products. That tax would stand at 95 percent.

Pollet, who also teaches public health at the University of Washington, said that he wants to reduce youth smoking by raising prices and eradicating flavors. He also told the news site that vaping is not safe and that it’s highly addictive. Shop owners in the state are fighting back, afraid that if the bill passes they will go out of business.

For the full story, visit http://www.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/wash-e-cig-rules-could-become-toughest-in-us/24925489/.

SFATA Executive Director Cites ‘Major Turning Point’ in Vaping Industry

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1Below is a note sent to Agent VAPE from SFATA Executive Director, Cynthia Cabrera:

We are at a major turning point in the vapor industry. You may know that the FDA has begun sending warning letters to vapor companies about the marketing of their products. The Center for Tobacco Products warned these companies that using language or graphics implying FDA approval of the products is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This is only the beginning of enforcement actions.

The FDA’s actions, coupled with the increased activity against vapor products at the state level indicates we are about to see a fundamental shift in vapor landscape. With the deeming rule decision likely to be finalized this June, our member companies across the nation are going to face needing FDA approval of marketing materials, including packaging, for products that were not on the market before Feb. 15, 2007. They are also going to have to try to maintain compliance with all the different state and local legislation that is cropping up and balance it against federal guidelines.

Every day SFATA works with businesses to advance the vapor industry. All of them are small businesses started in the last few years. They are e-Liquid companies in California and Utah. Mom and pop retail shops in Delaware and Illinois. And FDA’s decision about how to treat vapor products  could likely put them out of business.  If the states handled properly they may do it first.

You can be part of vapor history – Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, JD, has never before addressed a vapor audience. Until now. 

Business owners have a unique opportunity to represent themselves and the industry at the only conference designed especially for them at the 2015 SFATA Conference May 4 & 5 in Chicago.

Attending trade shows and vape fairs can be fun but getting the information you need to make the right decisions for your business’s future is essential.

The insight Zeller will offer on into the FDA’s thinking will be a valuable tool to everyone in the room and we will have a wealth of sessions that everyone working in the vapor industry should hear:

  • John Fuisz’s presentation “Protecting Your Intellectual Property” is an important message for small business owners in a crowded industry constantly threatened by lawsuits.
  • Les Weinstein, Senior Consultant, EAS Consulting Group, will present “Navigating FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)” and is not to be missed.
  • The State Advocacy Panel will offer insight on how to most effectively work at the state level where we are seeing new burdensome regulations far too often.
  • Many more presentations are scheduled and all designed to inform you and assist with long-term decisions.

After an intense day of learning and strategizing, join us on May 4 for an open bar reception where you can mix and mingle with potential business partners and colleagues. May 5 will be another half day packed with information while the afternoon of May 5 is reserved for special training for all SFATA Chapters.

Register today and we are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Nicopure Revamps Halo Cigs Premium E-Liquid Packaging

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 10.33.12 AMNicopure’s Halo brand aims to be different, standing out in the electronic cigarette/e-liquid industry.

Halo’s packaging conveys an edge vibe, with vibrant vapor-inspired graphics, foil and gloss UV accents. A wrap around rigid window showcases the generic bottle, while color coding creates flavor cues for e-liquid consumers.

The MPS pre-press team in Carlstadt, Calif. evaluated the artwork on its 144 SKUs, translating it into G7 calibrated proofs to ensure the expected colors were achieved on the press.

MPS Toronto executed a hard-window-application process through management of various components, as well as assembling the rigid windowed carton to exact product dimensions. Toronto also applied a matte/gloss combination on various title treatments, and silver fire graphics are embossed with a touch of UV gloss to add a shimmering reflection.

With this new packaging, Halo Cigs has established design consistency across its wide range of award-winning flavors.

Vapefest Ireland Coming Nov. 15

Vapefest-Ireland-InfographicDid you know that e-cigarette market sales in Ireland grew by a whopping 478 percent in 2013, generating €7.3 million? There is an active and thriving vaping community in Ireland, and Vapefest Ireland is coming Nov. 15.

Steve Barrett is the managing director of Purplebox Vapours, a vaping and e-cigarette ecommerce store and shop based in Temple Bar in Dublin. Barrett has shared with Agent VAPE an infographic outlining everything to know about Vapefest.

North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce SB 286

2000px-Flag_of_North_Carolina.svgA new Senate Bill has been introduced in North Carolina, which would require child-resistant packaging and warning labels on e-liquids, if passed.

Sens. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) and Don Davis (D-Pitt) are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 286, as reported by JournalNow.com. The law would ban the sale of any product in the state that does not comply with the new law, which would take effect Dec. 1 if passed.

The N.C. Commisssion for Public Health’s rules would be the benchmark for the warning labels, and anyone who doesn’t comply would face misdemeanor charges.

North Carolina does have a minor sales law already in place of under 18.

New Study Says E-Cigs Will Save Medicaid Billions

imgresA press release sent to Agent VAPE says that a new study finds that electronic cigarettes could hae saved Medicaid as much as $48 billion in Fiscal Year 2012.

The estimated savings from e-cig utilization is 87 percent higher than all revenue generated by state cigarette taxes and tobacco settlement payments combined.

According to the study, published by State Budget Solutions, e-cigs hold the promise of dramatically improved health outcomes for today’s smokers. Consequently, smoking-related healthcare costs should decline as more traditional smokers convert to e-cigs.

Medicaid is disproportionately comprised of smokers—at levels twice that of the nation at large (51 versus 21 percent). The potential cost savings to the Medicaid system is therefore vast.

Notwithstanding the benefits of e-cigs, government at various levels might discourage their use—whether it is the FDA regulating them as a drug or states heavily taxing e-cigs as if they are traditional cigarettes.

State Budget Solutions is a national nonprofit organization with a research focus on the fiscal responsibility of state and local governments. To read the full study on e-cigs and Medicaid savings, CLICK HERE.

Connecticut Lawmakers, Vapers Battle

12311701-growing-movement-to-ban-cigarette-use-in-publicThe fight is on in Connecticut, as lawmakers are arguing that electronic cigarettes should be included in the state’s smoking ban. Of course, vapers in the state oppose the proposed legislation, arguing that vaping is a way to stop smoking analog tobaco products. Their argument is that e-cigs don’t burn tobacco or emit smoke.

A recent story on CTNewsJunkie.com reports that Rep. Jay Case (R-Torrington) proposed HB 5449 would define vaping as smoking. A group moving for the bill wrote testimony stating that “nicotine delivered electronically is just as addictive and damaging as nicotine inhaled or otherwise absorbed by means of traditional tobacco products.” The group added that flavoring added to e-liquids are enticing our youth. Others stated that allowing e-cigs to be vaped publicly shows that it’s OK to be addicted to nicotine and tobacco.

Smoking is prohibited in most public places in the state of Connecticut, along with several outdoor spaces.

Vapers who oppose the bill ranged from cancer survivors to those who have stopped smoking completely with the help of vaping. They testified at a recent hearing that vaping has proven to improve their overall health.

For the full story, visit http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/should_e-cigarettes_be_added_to_smoking_ban.

‘Mistic Machine’ to Debut New Livery At Grand Prix Of Louisiana

unnamedFour-time Series champ Sebastien Bourdais will pilot KVSH Racing’s No. 11 Mistic E-Cigs car with a new livery at the 2015 Grand Prix of Louisiana being held at NOLA Motorsports Park from April 10-12.

Mistic®, independent maker of electronic cigarettes, vapor products and U.S.-made e-liquids, will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 11 car (aka Mistic Machine) during the Grand Prix of Louisiana. The Mistic Machine’s new livery will include an updated version of the car’s iconic white and green scheme, as well as the addition of the 2015 Chevy Aero Kit, which was introduced this year to improve performance by lowering drag and increasing downforce.

Mistic serves as co-primary sponsor for the No. 11 car driven by KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. With 32 career wins and 33 career poles, Bourdais currently sits in sixth place in IndyCar’s overall standings and is coming off his best finish in five starts last month at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Race fans also will be able to enjoy Mistic’s brand experience at IndyCar racetracks during the 2015 season. Adult smokers can visit the Mistic-HAUS kiosk and engage with members of the Mistic Pit Crew to learn more about the company’s products, while fans can ride in virtual race simulators and get the chance to compete against Sebastien Bourdais in mock competitions.

For more information, visit www.misticecigs.com and www.HAUSvape.com, follow on Twitter @MisticEcig and @HAUSpv, watch on YouTube, or like on Facebook at MisticElectronicCigarettes and HAUS.

eCig Global Releases Canadian Market Insights Report

logoeCig Global explores key trends and challenges impacting the Canadian market in a new report, Canadian Market Insights, including insight from e-cigarette retailers and influencers. This report takes a closer look at harm reduction and regulation; regulatory framework for e-cigarettes; growth and restriction; eCig Canada market snapshot and retail trends.

Download the report here: http://bit.ly/1CYyqq6.

eCig Global’s inaugural eCig Canada conference is the only meeting in Canada that provides answers and real user case study experiences in the e-cigarette industry. The uncertainty surrounding the current regulations, differentiating yourself in a highly-competitive market, understanding tobacco harm reduction and reaching your target audience are all challenges e-cigarettes companies are facing.

Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1Js635L.