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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.


FDA Making Major Assumptions, Las Vegas Review-Journal Says

FDAecigsThe debate rages on, however the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that the Food and Drug Administration is making one assumption in regards to pending e-cigarette regulations—placing health risk before public health improvement.

According to the newspaper, more studies than not are proving that e-cigs are at least, if not more, effective than approved smoking cessation methods. The American Medical Association also may be on the vaping side of things, stating that vapor is less toxic than secondhand smoke and that while e-cigs do contain nicotine, it “probably doesn’t contribute nearly as much to smoking-related diseases as tobacco.”

A recent Gallup poll stated that 74 percent of smokers in the United States. That’s a huge market for the e-cigarette industry to claim, if the FDA sees fit. Regulations are inevitable, but what exactly is to be regulated is yet to be seen.

VAPE News Magazine Major ECC Announcements!

Picture 1We’re definitely not blowing smoke–this year’s Electronic Cigarette Convention is going to be bigger and better than ever before, and VAPE will be there to cover every inch of the Ontario Convention Center Sept. 5-7.

Visit VAPE’s outdoor booth 2816-B, and take part in the Juice Judge Blind Taste Test Bracket Challenge. Before the show we will ask every vendor to submit his or her best flavor. The contest will run throughout the weekend, with the champion announced on Sunday. Participant testers get a free copy of VAPE News. And, the best part? *A perfect bracket received $5,000!

VAPE also is giving away a free trip to an upcoming national vaping event in October via raffle to any subscribers during ECC. Winner will be chosen on Sunday. (Restrictions may apply. Must be 18 to enter or win.)

Lastly, VAPE News will be LIVE Tweeting from the show during its entirety. Follow us on Twitter @VapeMZ for breaking news, show highlights and much more!

*Brackets must be submitted by the Friday morning of the show. Brackets and further info will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Must be 18 to enter or win. Restrictions may apply.

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Former Smokers Sound Off: E-Cig Is Favorite Way to Quit

stop_smokingAccording to Time.com, smokers who are aiming to quit don’t care about stats, regulations or proof that vaping is healthier—they are using e-cigs as smoking cessation tools anyway.

A new study from Kantar Media notes that e-cigs now are more popular to help kick the habit than nicotine gums or patches, now becoming a $2 billion industry (and rapidly climbing).

Another poll on nydailynews.com saw more than half of those surveyed stating that they used e-cigs to help quit smoking. While there is no scientific evidence that the e-cigs actually helped these people kick regular cigarettes, more people now than ever are turning to vaping anyway.

The nydailynews article goes on to say that six million Americans now use electronic cigarettes. More than seven times that use a tobacco or nicotine product, leaving plenty of room for vaping to skyrocket even further.

Industry Questions Raised by MSA Senior VP

msaLogoDon Burke, the senior vice president of Management Science Associates, took a closer look at trends in the e-cigarette and tobacco industries as a whole. Tobacco E-News broke it down for readers in a recent article reran on CSP.net.

E-cigs aren’t just a trend anymore—they are real competition, especially in the convenience store sector. In 2013, 70 percent of e-vapor sales came from c-stores. Only 20 percent of the share came from tobacco.

Data is all over the place. With so much research and so many conflicting reports, retailers are having a tough time understanding the vaping world. Even the way e-cigs are distributed varies from traditional wholesalers, online and direc0to-store. Retailers are hoping for trending research that simplifies the industry in 2015.

What are the true best sellers? Burke reports that everyone says cigalikes are dying, but sale volumes of the traditional e-cigs actually are climbing steadily. Simply put, world of mouth isn’t meshing with the actual numbers.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/vapor-trends-watch.

 

University of Rochester Focusing on E-Cig Research

UofRMedicalCenterWe’ve been seeing a lot of e-cigarette research happening internationally, and the University of Rochester Medical Center is putting its name in the hat to the tune of $2.1 million.

The university was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. Researchers will have five years of study according to the grant terms, and the research will help shape future regulations on e-cigs, hookas and miniature cigars.

Researchers will look at the effects of e-cigs not only on humans, but in rodents as well. In addition, studies will look at exposure to newborns and children. Head researcher, Thomas Mariani, Ph.D., has studied cigarettes and lung disease for more than a decade.

For the full story, visit http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=4129.

World Health Organization Calls for Stiff E-Cig Regulations

WHOLogo_400x400Reuters.com reported yesterday that the World Health Organization (WHO) not only wants restrictions placed on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors, but also wants a ban placed on indoor use.

The health organization comprised of members of the United Nations released their latest report that will be debated at an October meeting in Moscow.

Reuters says that WHO’s biggest issue is that e-cigarettes and “similar devices pose a risk to public health” due to the lack of scientific evidence that either shows responsible usage or a lack thereof. They are simply, too new.

The e-cigarette poses a threat to tobacco control, according to WHO’s report, although they are likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes. The report does argue that other substances other than water vapor are produced, and there is no way of knowing for certain what the threats are until further research is done.

Another argument was the age-old “flavors appeal to children” one, and WHO called for further proof that flavors such as bubble gum are not targeted to those under 18

For the full story, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/us-health-who-ecigarettes-idUSKBN0GQ0PF20140826.

 

Virgin Vapor Announces AEMSA Membership

Virgin_Vapor_logo6AAA-500x500The American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association has a new member—Virgin Vapor.

Founder Annette Rogers made the announcement on Virgin Vapor’s website, saying that the company is dedicated to providing quality e-liquids that meet the highest industry standards. She finished the statement by saying that the company strongly believes that consumers need professional and responsible standards.

Virgin Vapor, founded in 2010, sells USDA certified organic e-liquid to more than 50 countries. The company was voted one of the top 30 Elite E-Liquid Manufacturers in the world by Vapor Digest Magazine and was the winner of the 13 Spinfuel Choice Awards.

For more information about AEMSA and the requirements for membership, please check out www.aemsa.org.

Are You Ready for the Electronic Cigarette Convention?

There’s fewer than two weeks until the Electronic Cigarette Convention in Ontario, Calif., and Steve Mac has some requests.

According to Mac, there still are several major announcements to make regarding the event, and the pre-ECC contests are “on fire” right now. Online registration is booming.

In Mac’s email, he asks everyone for his or her help with two things:

1) To help stoke the fire of ECC excitement, I’m personally asking you to share the ECC 2014 preview video in your channels (Facebook, website, email list, etc). The video leaves viewers in anticipation of something grand, and the production style represents the industry to the outside world in a highly positive way.

2) Help us get the word out that ECC has two B2B sessions this year. We have found that many people in our industry do not know what B2B means, so if everyone starts talking about it then maybe we can help get them some answers by posting about it. If you plan on taking advantage of the B2B sessions then one idea is to announce to shop owners and distributors that you are taking appointments and how to set an appointment with you. This can be posted on your FB/IG/Website/Email list. It should generate some action.

Mac said that if anyone needs any graphics or promotion help, email hello@ecc-expo.com.

 

E-Cig Ad Gets Voice of Disapproval

ecig-ad-hed-2014A new e-cig poster by London-based LeoLites telling viewers to “Love Your Lungs” has been nixed, according to AdWeek.com.

The Advertising Standard Authority didn’t approve of the tagline in the ad, saying that it was misleading. According to the article, the ad wouldn’t have been censored if it more clearly stated that e-cigs pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, rather than claiming they are a benign product or alternative to regular cigarettes.

The world, it seems, is awaiting to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s rule that will in effect clear up ambiguity on the technology product.

For the full story, visit http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/asa-stamps-out-e-cig-makers-ad-159512.