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.
I-PLEDGE Program Implemented in Iowa City
December 20, 2014
A press release out of Davenport, Iowa announces that the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Scott County youth.
The release says:
“The I-PLEDGE program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Due to a change in Iowa law, alternative nicotine and vapor products are now considered age-restricted products and will be part of the I-PLEDGE program’s compliance initiatives this year. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 93 percent. By participating in the program, the Sheriff’s Office has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.
I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale. Although not required to retake the training if currently certified, ABD encourages clerks to repeat the training after October 3rd, in order to familiarize themselves with the newly age-restricted products.
Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.
Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.”
To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to www.iowaabd.com.
Miami Beach Vapor Show Postponed Until December 2015
December 19, 2014
Vapor Shows LLC have promised six world class events in 2015, and show organizers are standing by their word. In order to do this, the Jan. 21-22 Miami Beach event has been postponed until December 2015.
Richard Perkins, Vapor Shows LLC president, said in a statement:
“We have run into a myriad of logistical and timing obstacles related to the Miami Beach Show, which prevent us from putting on the first class event we intended. Because of that, we are postponing the Miami event to December 2015. We have already staffed our educational forum faculty with vapor industry leaders for the Del Mar, Calif. event and are finalizing speakers on all subsequent events in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and the December 2015 event in Florida.”
Preregistration to all of the Vapor Show events now is available, along with complimentary preregistration to all of the educational forums. Onsite registration at the events will be: Trade Show Floor $15 and Educational Forum $10. Preregistration for all Vapor Show events is available at www.vaporshows.com. For a list of speakers and bios, visit www.vaporshows.com. For space at the Show, call Lou Brandow at 352-333-3399 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to negotiate more space for your marketing dollars.
Perkins continues on to say that he promised a world class event, along with a world class editorial forum. If you have any questions, he invites readers to call him directly at 847-894-3425.
UK Office for National Statistics Releases First E-Cig Numbers
BBC.com reports that the first UK figures are in from the Office for National Statistics. First and foremost, the data shows that almost everyone in the study who now vape were or are now smokers, indicating that vaping isn’t a gateway to smoking.
The ONS study, with data from 2013, suggests that users saw e-cigarettes as less harmful than smoking and were using them to quit smoking.
Other data includes:
The proportion of adults who smoked cigarettes had fallen to 19 percent.
The proportion of smokers had plummeted from 46 percent in 1974 to 19 percent in 2013.
Not only had fewer people taken up smoking, but more smokers had quit.
About one in 10 current cigarette smokers surveyed and one in 20 of the former smokers said they now were using e-cigarettes.
More than half of e-cigarette users surveyed said their main reason was to stop smoking, and about one in five said it was because they thought they were less harmful than cigarettes.
Vapor Hub International Inc. announces that its recently launched Ar Cannon vape mod device is proving to be popular among consumers and is expected to contribute to improved profit margins for the company during the remainder of its fiscal year ending on June 30, 2015.
A press release sent to the Agent from E&E Communications read:
“The Ar Cannon mod, available in a wide variety of colors at an affordable price, is a larger version of the company’s top-selling Ar Mod product.
Vapor Hub’s president said that the new AR Cannon mod is indicative of the company’s ability to stay ahead of trends rather than simply trying to catch up later.
The company, having achieved profitability in less than one year of operation, recently announced revenues of $1.37 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014.
Vapor Hub International Inc. is a California-based company engaged in the development, production and sales of electronic cigarette products, including high quality e-liquids, custom vaporizers, and unique personal vaporizer modifications.”
This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future.
Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the statements contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our most recent annual report for our last fiscal year, our quarterly reports, and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vapor-hub-internationals-new-product-a-winner-for-consumers-and- company-300011740.html.
SFATA Announces End-Of-Year Fundraising Efforts
The Agent has received a note to our readers from Cynthia Cabrera, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association executive director.
Moving into its third year, SFATA fights daily for the businesses in the vapor industry, in pursuit of appropriate and proportionate regulations for vapor products like electronic cigarettes, vaping pens and e-liquids. Our goal is to ensure access to these products and continued innovations survive.
Cabrera’s note continues:
“We have worked very hard to for the industry we serve and believe in the potential vapor products offer. We are proud of our results and to be the largest trade association in the world representing this amazing technology.
This past year was busy and we thank everyone who supported our efforts. In 2014 we:
Welcomed 247 new members (now over 300 members!)
Held two “fly-ins” to Washington, DC, that included 33 businesses and over 62 meetings with elected representatives and day long training in advocacy
Held over 30 lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill to promote the vapor industry
Represented the vapor industry at ten different conferences
Exhibited and promoted advocacy at eleven industry tradeshows
Presented on behalf of the industry at nine different events worldwide
Held the first industry conference providing strategies for dealing with the proposed deeming regulation to 141 attendees
Rolled out Age to Vape™, the first ever age verification program designed specifically for the vapor industry, with over 220 participating vendors to date
Hosted the first ever strategy meeting that included industry and consumer advocates, PR firms and government relations experts
Responded to dozens of negative media stories with positive and fact filled press releases and statements
Conducted multiple media interviews to promote and defend the vapor industry
Rolled out five local SFATA Chapters
Attended or submitted comments to over 23 public hearings on various e-cig regulations
Co-sponsored the first “I AM” rally in Los Angeles
Submitted 94 pages worth of comments to FDA on behalf of business owners and the vapor community
2015 is going to be an even more important and challenging year for our growing industry. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events we will be offering in 2015 and experience firsthand the pride we take in supporting and helping to shape the vapor industry.
It is our mission to promote industry wide principles and to foster communication and engage in meaningful dialogue with the public health community, regulators and industry stakeholders.
In order to meet our mission and continue doing what we do, we rely on membership funds and special donations for support. Without the assistance of advocacy-minded businesses and stakeholders just like you, we would not be able to produce the results that we do.
This is a special request to contribute to SFATA before 2014 ends so that we can be financially prepared to start 2015. If you have supported us through your membership we thank you.
If you are a business stakeholder and have not supported us or would like to make an additional contribution before the year’s end, we are requesting donations in the amount of $50 to end the year off as a “Friend of SFATA”.
Every $50 donation (or higher) will be recognized as a Friend of SFATA and displayed on a special page on our website.
Your generosity right now will make a difference in the vapor industry by allowing us to continue in our work to support and promote the industry.
Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.
To donate $50, click here.
To donate a different amount, click here.
Thank you in advance for your continued support!”
Quit Smoking Network Chooses Smith and Ramsay Brands as Primary Supplier
December 17, 2014
The Agent received a press release this morning, announcing that Avalanche Int’l subsidiary will provide Avatar Vape Pens and Signature e-liquids to program participants.
Avalanche International, Corp. announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, has been selected as the primary supplier of the Quit Smoking Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternatives to those seeking to reduce or quit smoking tobacco products. The Quit Smoking Network has indicated it will feature the Avatar Vape Pen and the Smith and Ramsay brand of premium naturally flavored e-liquids as their recommended choices in their “harm reduction” program. The company recently announced that an Italian government sanctioned and sponsored clinical study released Nov. 15, 2014 found that as much as 92 percent of the study’s participants experienced a reduction in smoking traditional tobacco products over four months from a group of life long smokers with individual histories of 20 years or more and labeled as smoking-cessation resistant.
Philip E. Mansour, president and CEO of Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, was quoted in the release: “Current estimates are 42.1 million people, or 18.1 percent of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (20.5 percent) than women (15.8 percent). Mostly importantly, 68.9 percent of adult smokers want to stop smoking with even more wanting to reduce their use. Given these simple statistics, we believe we have a wonderful opportunity to help the Quit Smoking Network positively affect American lives and grow our business in providing quality products as vaping continues to become more popular and traditional in our society.”
The release continued:
The company disclosed that the Quit Smoking Network was impressed with the clinical study by the Italian Observatory for Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the Institute of Health (ISS) in collaboration with the San Giovanni Bosco Hospital Smoking Center ASL TO2 of Turin. The four-month study chose 34 volunteers, 18 men and 16 women, with histories of smoking 20 cigarettes or more a day for at least 20 years and a mean age of 40. The experiment measured many factors including the amount of carbon monoxide in the breath and blood to demonstrate the degree of toxins absorbed in the body. The study used only the Avatar vape pen and e-Liquids along with proprietary replacement components supplied by the manufacturing and distribution partners of Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC. Smith and Ramsay Brands is the distributor of the Avatar line of products throughout the United States as featured at www.AvatarVapePen.com. The presentation of the test results are available atwww.AvalancheInternationalCorp.com/ItalianClinicalStudyResults11152014.
Smith and Ramsay Brands is a manufacturer and distributor of flavored “smoking” vaporizer liquids for electronic vaporizers and cigarettes and recently began its national rollout of its signature branded, premium e-Liquid, Smith and Ramsay along with the distribution of the innovative Avatar vapor pen and premium e-Liquids. Both product lines now featured online atwww.SmithandRamsay.com and the Avatar vapor pen and e-Liquids are available at www.AvatarVapePen.com. The company’s web domain is www.AvalancheInternationalCorp.com.
About Avalanche International Corp
Avalanche International, Corp is a Nevada corporation and holding company currently with one wholly owned subsidiary, Smith and Ramsay Brands, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of e-Liquids for the burgeoning e-Vapor marketplace. The e-Vapor marketplace serves as an alternative to cigarettes and other traditional tobacco smoking habits and has been rapidly expanding over the past 5 years. The Company manufactures its signature brand of e-Liquid, Smith and Ramsay, a line that features all natural flavors that are produced in an environment formerly FDA approved. The Company’s goal is to maintain a high standard of quality including to always ensure that the environment, processes and procedures continue to meet or exceed guidelines of the FDA, and are in line with ISO and cGMP standards.
About Quit Smoking Network
A nonprofit organization of individuals focused on the education of tobacco smokers about harm reduction and minimizing the use of traditional tobacco products. We provide support and information to anyone who has the desire to reduce or quit smoking, conduct advocacy efforts on behalf of vaping, and harm reduction efforts. This includes support of candidates and legislation that supports harm reduction practices or eliminates their prohibition. We conduct fundraising campaigns and activities to finance our operations as well as sales of products and services.
Forward-looking & Safe Harbor Statement Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and those statements are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the Company, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company cautions that these forward-looking statements are further qualified by other factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Tobacco Scientist, Toxicology Consultant Presents at FDA E-Cig Workshop
December 16, 2014
Sole member and principal, chemistry and toxicology at Lauterbach & Associates LLC Dr. John H. Lauterbach, was one of the presenters at the recent FDA Public Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes and Public Health, according to a release sent to the Agent.
“Keeping it Cheap and Simple While Others Call for Costly Complexity,” showed how the safety of some types of e-cigarettes had improved to the point where such products could be regulated by consensus standards instead of by complex and costly testing that is currently required for conventional tobacco-burning cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The release stated that Lauterbach’s proposal would reduce the need for vape shops and other small e-cigarettes to have to test their products by costly and complex chemical analyses and biological assays.
“Scientists from L&ALLC had already made presentations this year on the testing of e-cigarettes and e-liquids (aka e-juice) at the CORESTA Congress, the 68th Tobacco Science Research Conference, the 248th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, and the 53rd Annual L&ALLC was established in 2004 to provide chemistry, toxicology, tobacco science and regulatory affairs support to the small business tobacco manufacturers and importers,” the release said.
For more information, visit www.lauterbachandassociates.net.
Ontario, Canada Vaping Restrictions Under Heavy Consideration
Toronto, Canada-based BlogTO.com reports that restrictions in Ontario are being heavily considered. New legislation would ban the sale of flavored tobacco, which includes menthol cigarettes.
E-cigs will be banned in the same places analog cigs are (i.e. restaurants, bars, parks and more). Minors under the age of 19 can’t buy any tobacco or e-cigarette products.
If the legislation passes, the age restriction portion goes in to effect Jan. 1, 2016, while the public vaping and flavored tobacco ban wouldn’t take place until January 2017. There is, however, a patio smoking ban that will go into effect Jan. 1 of 2015.
The weather outside is gearing up to be frightful, and during these chilly months vapers have an advantage—they don’t have to go outside to vape. Except, in many towns across the nation, they do.
Just as swiftly as vaping has taken over the nation, so have the subsequent banning of vaping in places where analog cigarettes are banned. They are being treated as one in the same, making for a tough battle for the American Vaping Association. AssociationsNow.com reports that Gregory Conley, president of the AVA, spoke out last month about proposed banning legislation in Madison, Wis. in particular.
“It is especially cruel to ban vaping in a city known for its frigid temperatures. For many smokers, the ability to stay out of the cold acts as a powerful incentive to give up cigarettes and switch to vaping,” AVA President Gregory Conley said in a statement. “This ordinance would senselessly ban vaping in all of Madison’s seven dedicated vape shops. … Many bars and restaurants in Madison welcome vaping, while others do not. In light of the complete absence of evidence showing harm from e-cigarette vapor, Madison should continue to allow businesses to set their own policies.”
The AVA celebrated the Great American Smokeout last month, and Conley said that the AVA had the same goal in mind—to reduce and eliminate smoking. However, the ACS Cancer Action Network didn’t share his sentiments. Their organization urges the regulation of e-cigarettes, citing them as tobacco products just the same.
Buffalo, N.Y.; Boulder, Colo.; and Bloomington, Minn. are the latest cities with vaping ban news.
In Buffalo, all vaping products are illegal if sold to minors, due to an ordinance passed on the third reading at a recent City Council meeting. The vote was unanimous, according to SheridanMedia.com. It also is illegal to purchase and then give products to minors.
The Boulder City Council still is in “consideration mode” of two versions of banning, reported by the Daily Camera. The versions both vary on an outdoor smoking ban, “one that includes e-cigarettes and one that does not.” Both will be voted on Jan. 20. Several public places already have bans in place, and the Boulder County Public Health department has went on record saying it supports banning e-cigs.
The Star Tribune in Bloomington reports that its City Council also recently voted 7-0 to ban e-cigs in public places. The ban extends to sampling in the two vaping shops currently in the city, making this the strictest ban in our wrap-up list.
Big Tobacco Feeling the Steam of E-Cigs, We Are Vaping to Complete Filming