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E-cigs could be a game changer

The tobacco industry has long searched for a holy grail – a product that would give nicotine addicts their fix without also causing disease and death.

The jury is still out on whether e-cigarettes could be that change. Public health groups are highly skeptical, but few doubt that the technology represents a potential sea change.

Some industry observers view e-cigs as potentially the most disruptive force to hit the U.S. tobacco industry since the invention of the cigarette rolling machine.

The market potential for e-cigs has become big enough that major tobacco companies are now entering the category, and even the world’s largest tobacco leaf company has announced plans to become a supplier of nicotine for e-cigs.

While still only a small portion of the overall $80 billion U.S. cigarette market, e-cig sales could surpass traditional cigarette sales within the next decade as cigarette sales continue to decline while e-cig sales grow.

Analysts with Goldman Sachs wrote in late 2012 that if the e-cig market takes off, “there is potential for a big shake-up in the tobacco hierarchy.”

Altria Group consumer research shows that about 50 percent of adult cigarette smokers are interested in alternative products.

California city governments pondering what to do about E-cigs

Seal Beach, Calif., recently passed a 45-day moratorium halting any new e-cigarette and smoke shops from opening in the small beach community.

With fresh memories of how rapidly marijuana dispensaries multiplied and generated controversy, many cities want to slow the spread of electronic cigarette stores until they can figure out the ramifications.

For Jim Basham, Seal Beach's director of community development, the distinguishing line between pot dispensaries and vaping outlets is a bit blurry. He's seen e-cigarette stores evolve into hemp shops — and draw with them a ragtag crowd.

"You have other folks with different intentions," Basham said, "and you can have secondary adverse effects, like crime."

In August, Temple City passed a zoning ordinance that keeps all smoke shops, including those that sell only e-cigarettes, at least 1,000 feet from parks and schools. About a month earlier, Duarte passed an urgency ordinance that temporarily halted any new shops from opening there. And the city of Pico Rivera passed an ordinance that treats the vapor devices like traditional cigarettes.

Some city officials said they want more information about the devices and their health effects.

"I'm not saying you're going to die and go to hell if you use them," said Pico Rivera Councilman Gregory Salcido, who backed the city's decision to treat the devices as regular cigarettes. "But we don't know enough about them, and as a result we're going to cover our bases."

E-cig exploded, Atlanta woman claims

One Atlanta woman claims she's happy to be alive after a very difficult electronic smoking experience.

As WSB-TV reports, Elizabeth Wilkowski is sure that what she experienced was no ordinary event.

"I didn't hear a boom. It wasn't a pop. It was a kaboom!" she said.

Wilkowski claims that she had simply plugged the e-cigarette into her computer's USB port in order to charge it.

This particular e-cigarette was a Seego EHit, manufactured in China.

Are e-cigs harmful? Nobody knows for sure

The jury is still out on whether vaping is dangerous. And there are still plenty of conflicting opinions.

“People are inhaling some type of chemical vaporized compound into their lungs without really knowing what's in it," said Dr. Mike Feinstein, a spokesman for the American Lung Association.

Last year, the American Lung Association issued its own warning about e-cigarettes: “This is a buyer stay-away, a buyer health hazard, potentially."

Dr. Robert Greene, who treats lung cancer patients at Florida’s Palm Beach Cancer Institute, said the product is potentially a health hazard. “There really is no information about whether they're safe or not, and that's part of the problem," said Greene.

He says with no real data on e-cigarettes, the three-year-old tobacco alternative may actually be more harmful that traditional cigarettes.

"The doses of nicotine that you get could conceivably be higher than what you would get in a typical cigarette," said Greene.

According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, e-cigarettes contain just five ingredients, all approved by the FDA. Recently, the FDA announced it will begin to regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

Future of e-cigs hinges on regulation

There’s been little research done on e-cigarettes, but among those studying the devices is Dr. Greg Connolly, professor of public health at Harvard University.

The future of e-cigarettes, Connolly said, hinges on how the FDA approaches regulation of them.

"This could be a tool — if it's regulated correctly — to help end dependence on cigarettes and nicotine. This is probably the best quitting device known to man," said Connolly, who co-authored an early study on e-cigarettes.

But they just as easily could become a means to hook more people on nicotine, he said.

If the technology continues to develop...they could become even more addictive than the conventional cigarette — that's frightening," Connolly said.

Connolly plans to publish research on a set of habit-forming compounds, or so-called "super juices," that have been in conventional cigarettes like Merit and Marlboro since the late 1970s — and that he has found to be present in some popular e-cigarettes.

These super juices — which aren't present in nicotine gum or patches — could help make e-cigarettes a more effective quitting aid because they would deliver the kick of a regular cigarette, Connolly said. And like the patch, he said, users could wean themselves off nicotine by stepping down the dosage — that is, provided e-cigarettes are regulated such that graduated doses of nicotine are required to be availed.

But Connolly, who has served on FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, said the agency does not seem poised to regulate e-cigarettes as a quitting aid. Rather, he said, FDA seems headed toward regulating them as tobacco products, which would leave the companies free to market the highest allowable dosages and essentially assure an ongoing supply of addicts or customers.

"FDA seems to be poised to ban Internet sales, which is exactly what (big tobacco companies) want," Connolly said. "That will only destroy competition and hand the market over to (the big three companies) whose only mission is to make the most addictive product they can."

The three major companies are Lorillard, Philip Morris, and Reynolds American.

BBC News Shares Research Video on Facebook

_67373987_09f1654a-e583-4b5f-bfc4-f05850c6d3ceThe number of people using electronic cigarettes in the UK has tripled over the past two years but the British Medical Association says there is not enough evidence to show they are safe.

The BBC’s Graham Satchell observed a university lab test comparing traditional smoking with e-cigarettes. Click below to view the video.

Research Finds E-Cigs Less Addicting

E-CigaretteFormer cigarette smokers find e-cigarettes “less addictive” than their former habits, according to research reported by Diabetes Insider. The research comes from the Penn State College of Medicine. Professor of public health sciences and psychiatry, Jonathan Foulds, served as lead researcher on the project.

“The pattern was really very clear,” Foulds told Diabetes Insider. “The score was significantly less for e-cig use than for tobacco use. E-cig users feel less addicted.”

In his research, Foulds found that a single dose of nicotine from an e-cig is typically much higher than that of a traditional cigarette, and that blood nicotine levels get a much higher boost with smoking.

He continues:

“Much of the cause of this has to do with the fact that smokers use e-cigarettes differently than regular cigarettes. He describes: ‘When you smoke cigarettes, you smoke it in one go. You go outside from your workplace and you take 10 puffs, you smoke it until it’s three-quarters done and then you throw it away. With e-cigs, they take two or three puffs, and then wait 10 or 15 minutes and have another two or three puffs. It’s kind of like they’re grazing on it, rather than binging on it.’”

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Cherry Vape Announces Fifth Anniversary Party

facebook event page anniversary2Cherry Vape celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 27, at its vape shop and lounge, Vape Den at 108 Adee Street, Port Chester, N.Y. Adults over 18 are invited throughout the day beginning at noon, and the evening party is slated to begin at 7 p.m. where adults over 21 are invited. Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and other great food from neighborhood restaurants will be served, plus there will be door prizes, giveaways, and rare products will be raffled.
Area natives Christopher Mikovits and Cheryl Richter started the business in 2009 when the use of electronic cigarettes was very rare. After the success they found switching to vaping from decades of smoking cigarettes, they began the company as a service to their family and friends to help them get off of combustible tobacco.
Today, the company is well known in the vaping industry for designing accessories, “drip tips,” which are manufactured in Westchester and distributed globally. The company also has its own extensive line of premium e-liquids, Nicter. They opened their first vape shop, Vape Den, last February in Port Chester, N.Y where they already had a large customer base, after having served Westchester, N.Y. and Fairfield County, Conn. customers for years.
Now, Chris and Cheryl educate lawmakers and the public health community on the benefits of e-cigarettes. This past year they traveled to Washington, D.C. three times to meet with congressmen and senators including a Senate Educational Forum in which Cheryl was a panelist. They’ve also fought bans and outrageous taxes by testifying at numerous hearings from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
“Technology has made vaping products more viable and very effective in helping smokers switch from inhaling combustible tobacco. Today scientists and doctors world-wide have publicly agreed they are in orders of magnitude 90-99% less harmful then smoking and the industry should not be squashed in its infancy.” Unfortunately, certain large industries consider this threat to their livelihood,” said Chris who includes Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and numerous multi-million dollar Public Health organizations as entities that are threatened by the e-cig boom.
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I-PLEDGE Program Implemented in Iowa City

Photo by ECig Daily NewsA 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.”

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Miami Beach Vapor Show Postponed Until December 2015

imagesVapor 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 For a list of speakers and bios, visit For space at the Show, call Lou Brandow at 352-333-3399 or at 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.

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UK Office for National Statistics Releases First E-Cig Numbers 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.
Graph showing change in cigarette smoking habits over time


Chart showing proportion who use e-cigarettes by smoker status

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Vapor Hub’s Ar Cannon Vape Mod Deemed Successful

vaporHubLogo_mediumVapor 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.”

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SFATA Announces End-Of-Year Fundraising Efforts

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1The 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
  • Addressed conflicts directly with big tobacco companies
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.
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Thank you in advance for your continued support!”

Quit Smoking Network Chooses Smith and Ramsay Brands as Primary Supplier

hqdefaultThe 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 The presentation of the test results are available

As previously published, “the data from the study demonstrates that the Avatar has a negligible toxicity or at least extremely lower than the toxicity of normal cigarettes,” said Umberto Roccatti, chairman of SET, srl, holding company of the Puff brand. Roccatti said, “The transition to the electronic cigarette by a cessation-resistant smoker is a real hope for all smokers frustrated by the difficulty in giving up smoking and for all those who do not attempt to quit due to the fear of failing.” The study results were presented at the 10th Congress of the Italian Society of Tobaccology (SITAB) held in Turin from November 14 through November 15, 2014.

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 and the Avatar vapor pen and e-Liquids are available at The company’s web domain is

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.

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Tobacco Scientist, Toxicology Consultant Presents at FDA E-Cig Workshop

image3191Sole 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.

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