Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming
March 1st, 2013
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.
eCig Global Series, Las Vegas, September 24-25
July 24, 2014
Hot off the back of the sell out London and France editions, the eCig Global Series is now crossing the ocean and arrives to Vegas this September 24th & 25th!
The eCig Vegas: Industry Conference brings together retailers and influential policymakers to discuss the impacts of the proposed regulations, and also take a in-depth look at the core functions of the e-cig retail business including M&A, IP, product marketing and supply chain management.
Three days brimming with exclusive case studies, workshops, interactive sessions, debates and more will deliver the vision, strategy and contacts to drive the electronic cigarette community to a higher level in 2015!
The Vape Summit will take place in Houston, Texas at the NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) on November 7 & 8, 2014.
The Vape Summit, Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Hotel on June 13 & 14, 2014 was a huge success. They had over 210 vendors exhibited to an attendance of over 10,000 people, over 1,000 of which were confirmed industry personnel. Vendors have clamored-acquiring numerous accounts, multiple pre-sale orders, and valuable networking opportunities around the world.
MJS PACKAGING CREATES COMPLETE LINE OF E-LIQUID PACKAGING
July 19, 2014
MJS Packaging proudly announces the introduction of its new line of E-Liquid Packaging for the growing vaping and e-cigarette markets. This line of bottles, tips and child resistant closures will be completely in stock by June; samples are available immediately. Sizes run from 7ml to 30 ml and include Boston Rounds, Ovals and Cylinders, along with 15mm LDPE snap-fit pointed tips and 15-415 PP CR closures. These CR closures are two-piece, push down & turn, and have passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) protocol for child resistant packaging. All components are manufactured in the United States, and will be sold as a complete package (bottle, tip and cap).
These products offer the perfect packaging for this evolving market as it comes under more scrutiny by the FDA. The closures are child resistant while remaining easy for adults to use. Since they are available in existing materials and styles, the need for packaging stability testing is minimized. Labeling and decorating options are also available through MJS Packaging.
Michigan VapeXpo 2014
July 17, 2014
Michigan VapeXpo 2014, Ann Arbor, MI, October 3-4
Vapexpo has been signed and sealed. Get ready to get your socks knocked off and have a amazing time. This year will be again in Ann Arbor Michigan at the Clarion Hotel. Expect an awesome turnout!
E-Cigarette Makers Are in an Arms Race for Exotic Vapor Flavors
July 16, 2014
Twista Lime, Kauai Kolada, Caribbean Chill, Mintrigue. Exotic cigarette flavors like those were banned in 2009 out of concern they might tempt young people.
But the flavors tobacco companies once sold look like plain vanilla compared with the flavor buffet now on offer — legally — by the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.
News on Tuesday that Reynolds American had agreed to buy Lorillard, uniting two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies, highlighted how important e-cigarettes have become to the declining tobacco industry. Both Reynolds and Lorillard have pushed hard into e-cigarettes, which offer a new way of delivering a puff of nicotine.
For now, those companies’ flavors are relatively modest, though they may feel pressure to expand into the explosion of competition for the consumer palate, with e-cigarette flavors such as banana cream pie and cotton candy.
Reynolds American agreed to buy Lorillard for $27.4 billion, uniting two of the country’s largest tobacco producers.DealBook: To Compete With Altria, Reynolds American Is Buying LorillardJULY 15, 2014
Across the e-cigarette industry, more than 7,000 flavors are now available and, by one estimate, nearly 250 more are being introduced every month. The array of tastes goes far beyond anything cigarette companies ever tried.
A technician filling bottles with the flavored nicotine-laced liquid for electronic cigarettes at a plant in Miami. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Flavors have become central to the conversation because e-cigarette makers say that the rainbow of tastes differentiates them from deadly cigarettes.
But the claim that e-cigarette flavors won’t attract children has prompted an outcry from some policy makers, who say consumers have been down this road before with tobacco. Federal health authorities have outlawed most cigarette flavorings except menthol, arguing that they lure the young into nicotine addiction. While the Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulations for e-cigarettes, it has not limited marketing or flavors, which the agency is studying.
At a Senate committee hearing in late June, lawmakers denounced manufacturers for marketing practices that they said appealed to children, including the embrace of flavors that are forbidden in ordinary cigarettes.
“I’m ashamed of you,” Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, told several executives. “You’re what’s wrong with this country.”
Jason Healy, the president of Blu eCigs, told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that the average age of people using cherry flavored e-cigarettes, for example, was 40. Such flavors “decrease the ability or possibility of adult users who use e-cigs switching back” to cigarettes, he said. Blu eCigs, a subsidiary of Lorillard, is being sold to the British company Imperial as part of the deal announced on Tuesday. Lorillard and Reynolds said they would focus their e-cigarette efforts on Reynolds’ product Vuse, which in June was introduced in 15,000 stores nationwide.
For now, Vuse has only two flavors, original cigarette flavor and menthol, but the market is changing quickly as evidenced by the experience of other leading e-cigarette companies. Most notable is the experience of NJOY, which has turned to flavors to help stanch plummeting market share.
Ten months ago, NJOY’s chief executive, Craig Weiss, said in an interview that other manufacturers used flavorings “to attract children.” NJOY, he said then, was avoiding candy- and fruit-like flavorings, in part because “they drive regulators crazy.”
NJOY’s investors include Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder and former president of Facebook, and Bruno Mars, the pop star.
But NJOY’s share of the convenience store market has gone into free fall, dropping more than half in the last year to less than 10 percent, according to Wells Fargo Securities. Consumer surveys suggest that most people who use e-cigarettes — including those who have smoked — tend to prefer flavors other than tobacco. In the next few weeks, NJOY plans to expand into flavors like “Butter Crumble” and “Black and Blue Berry.” Mr. Weiss said in an interview that the company had little choice after focus groups showed that flavors were “critical.”
A growing number of e-cigarette users are ordering their products online and in specialized stores, instead of convenience stores.
“Flavor is essential to vapers’ satisfaction,” Mr. Weiss said. He added that research funded by his company showed that flavors “provide no additional appeal to youth.”
The e-cigarette market is rapidly shifting, and flavors are central to that. Viking Vapor, one of hundreds of websites selling e-cigarettes, offers 13 pages of alphabetized flavors, from Apple to Watermelon Menthol. But the market for disposable e-cigarettes, commonly found in convenience stores and sold by the likes of NJOY, Vuse and Blu eCigs, appears to be slowing — consumers seemed to be switching to more powerful devices, analysts said. According to Wells Fargo, consumer sales of e-cigarettes at convenience stores fell 17 percent in the month that ended June 7, after falling 10 percent the month earlier — the first time since e-cigarettes came onto the market that consumers spent less at convenience stores. Wells Fargo hypothesized that sales were gravitating to the Internet and “vape” stores, where figures are harder to measure.
Some in public health circles see the debate over flavorings as a sideshow. The central question, they say, is whether e-cigarettes are effective tools to get people to stop smoking tobacco. Others say the issue of flavors crystallizes the debate about the risks and benefits of these products, which many consider far safer than conventional cigarettes. At the same time, there is widespread concern that use of e-cigarettes will renormalize the act of smoking and invite in a new generation of participants, particularly through the lure of flavors.
Flavors like “Banana Split,” are more popular than traditional tobacco tastes. Credit Nick Oxford for The New York Times
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”It defies logic to think that such flavors would not make e-cigarette use more appealing and even normal for children,” said James Pankow, a chemistry professor at Portland State University in Oregon, who has studied cancer risk from cigarettes.
Mr. Weiss of NJOY, hoping to address personal concerns about flavors, funded a study this year to see if the company’s new flavors would appeal to young nonsmokers. The study, an online survey conducted by Saul Shiffman, a pharmaceutical industry consultant and psychology professor at the University of Pittsburgh, found that young people were not particularly attracted to the flavors. Flavors did make e-cigarettes more attractive to adult smokers, Professor Shiffman concluded.
Senator Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who has called for e-cigarettes to be regulated like conventional cigarettes, said that those results came as no surprise given that NJOY paid for the research.
R.J. Reynolds recently introduced its Vuse line of electronic cigarettes, in just two flavors, original and menthol. Credit RJ Reynolds
“Let me be as dismissive as possible: When they start talking about their own research, I say ‘been there, done that,’ “ Mr. Durbin said in an interview. “We listened to those tobacco companies for decades while their so-called experts tried to divert our attention from the obvious.”
Mr. Weiss said NJOY did not influence the findings. “I get the appearance of a — ‘quote-un-quote’ — industry funded study,” he said. “But we didn’t have time to get it funded by a third party.”
In reality, the study took only a few weeks, Mr. Shiffman said, allowing for the possibility that other studies could be done quickly by independent sources. Asked about that prospect, Mr. Weiss said: “What’s the magic number of studies? Two studies? Four studies?”
r ago, NJOY, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., named to its board Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the former surgeon general who had been an ardent foe of tobacco companies. Before joining the NJOY board, Dr. Carmona said he asked the company about the use of flavors and was told it “was not on the table at that time.”
Dr. Carmona, who also works at a nonprofit health organization, the Canyon Ranch Institute, said that NJOY’s research was a good start but that it was critical that independent researchers validate the findings. Like Mr. Weiss, Dr. Carmona said he was willing to take the chance and go forward, given that e-cigarettes have the potential to get people to stop smoking conventional cigarettes.
“Research like that could take months or years,” Dr. Carmona said. “So we go with a theory, we go with a hypothesis. It’s no different than any other market.”
Vapor Dynasty Expo 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, October 24-26
Located in the Heart of Downtown Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center. Get ready for over 150 exhibitors with 34,000 sq ft of vaping attractions. This will be Two Electrifying Days of Vaping Madness. Exhibitors from all over the world will be showing off their amazing sizzling products and accessories that will leave you in a haze. Trying to cut back on cigarettes and/or quit? Or if you are a pro that is looking to find the upcoming and latest vapor products then Vapor Dynasty Expo is for you. They will be having numerous vapor industry celebrities speaking on various topics including vaping safety and awareness. There will be raffles, giveaways and a prized re-builders and cloud chasing battle competition. Vapor Dynasty Expo 2014 will take you on the most enchanted vapor journey of your life, introduce to you all the finest electronic cigarette & vaping products on the market, and teach our vaping community about safety, building and benefits of choosing vapor.
How An EU Ecig Ban Could Send One Million People Back To Smoking
In January, ecigarettedirect.co.uk conducted a survey of 1600 vapers to get their reaction to a vaping ban. Why this survey? The EU government and the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) have been pushing for the medicalisation of electronic cigarettes. The MHRA has said this would mean a ban on every electronic cigarette device available today. Even if companies can invent a device which can meet the requirements, refillable devices are likely to be banned. To our knowledge, no impact assessment as been carried out which will assess the effect on vapers. At the very least, we hope this survey will encourage authorities to look at the impact of an effective ban on ecigarettes. Who took the survey? A total of 1651 people took the survey (if you were one of them – thank you!) 18 were disqualified because they did not use electronic cigarettes. Respondents were recruited via social media, our blog and our newsletters.
What Vapers Said:
“If you could no longer buy electronic cigarettes, would you return to traditional tobacco cigarettes?”
61.4% of people replied yes, 12.9% said no and 25.6% weren’t sure.
If everyone who said yes returned to cigarettes, 921,000 ex-smokers would return to cigarettes (based on Professor West’s of SmokingInEngland‘s estimate of 1,500,000 vapers in the UK today).
However, if some of the people who answered “not sure” returned to cigarettes, that could mean that an EU Ban would lead to million vapers returning to smoking tobacco.
“If you couldn’t buy refillable ‘Tank’ style electronic cigarettes , but you could still buy the traditional looking ‘cigalike’ style electronic cigarettes, would you return to tobacco cigarettes?”
Refillable ecigarettes have worked for many people who didn’t find cigalikes a satisfying alternative to smoking.
46.5% of vapers said they would return to tobacco cigarettes if refillable ecigs are banned.
This is the first real Vape expo in the midwest! This Salt Lake City, Utah Vapor trade show will be something to remember!
ViP Events is holding its First Annual ViP Vape Street! It will be held at the nationally known Utah State Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City, UT. This is a 3 day outdoor event, hosting over 100 local and nationwide vendors. ViP Vape Street 2014 will attract many Customers, eJuice Companies, Distributors, Manufacturers, Retailers & most importantly MEDIA! ViP Vape Street is going to be awesome, controversial, fun, attention grabbing, loud, smoky, sexy, new, profitable and enlightening! There will be food & concessions, Your Favorite Vendors, Local Bands & Live Music, Event Contests, Vendor giveaway’s, Sexy ViP Vixens, Lots of Vapor, Beer Garden, New Products and accessories, Vendor Specials & Discounts, & Tons of FUN! There will be plenty of sponsors, radio ads, banner ads and word of mouth marketing to make sure this event will be huge. There really hasn’t been anything like this in this state. That alone will draw a lot of attention and we are very excited! It will be the 1st of many more ViP Vape Street’s here in Utah and around the country! Don’t miss out on the action! Spread the word! Friend’s don’t let friend’s miss out on a good time!!
Date’s and Time’s:
Friday: Doors open at 2 p.m. and Close at 10 p.m.
Saturday: Doors open at 10 a.m. and Close at 10 p.m.
Sunday: Doors open at 10 a.m. and Close at 6 p.m.
On the Stage:
Live Music Starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening.
Huge cloud contests – Winner gets a mod kit, 50ml of gourmet eJuice and a trophy
Trick cloud contests – Winner gets a mod kit, 50ml of gourmet eJuice and a trophy
Best of show: eJuice – Winner gets the Platinum Sponsor package for the next ViP Vape Street, T-Shirts, 5 gallon bucket of vegetable glycerin and a Best of Show trophy!
Best of show: Vendor booth – Winner gets the Platinum Sponsor package for the next ViP Vape Street, T-Shirts, 5 gallon bucket of vegetable glycerin and a Best of Show trophy!
Sexiest ViP Vixen contest – Winner gets a ViP Vape Street Vixen outfit, a photoshoot, eJuice and a Mod starter kit.
General Admission tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking “Get a Ticket“. The button is also on the home page. Tickets will also be sold at the door during ViP Vape Street.
General Admission Ticket Price:
Friday, July 25, 2014: $10.00
Saturday, July 26, 2014: $12.00
Sunday, July 27, 2014: $12.00
3-Day Weekend Pass: $20.00
3-Day Vendor Pass: $25.00
Please Note: ViP Event’s Management will be checking I.D.’s at the door, only admitting people 19 years of age and older. 21 if you will be consuming alcohol.
Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming