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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.


Blue Orb Vapor Trading Offers Memorial Weekend Discount

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Nicotine, E-Cigs Attacked, Cited As Gateway Drug, Vessels

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Nicotine and e-cigarettes are “more dangerous than the substance they’re marketed to replace,” says a release posted on the Free Press Release Center by Drug Rehab Chicago, a drug and rehab facility in Chicago. The center claims that vaping is a growing trend among teens in Chicago, and that devices are “new vessels” that teenagers are using to smoke addictive substances. Appealing e-liquid flavors and a designer drug, flakka, are cited as some of the “dangerous pop culture” draws.

The Chicago Tribune went so far as to say that nicotine is a “gateway drug” that leads to other substances such as heroin and cocaine. The Chicago Tribune states, “The case against e-cigarettes concluded that they are harmful and the full impact of their harm is not yet known; that they are marketed toward younger people; and that it is often under-reported that nicotine is a ‘gateway drug’ to other addictions such as cocaine and heroin.”

Drug Rehab associates say that ”The longer we leave the variable of e-cigarettes unaddressed, the more we increase the chances of young people becoming exposed to highly addictive substances right in front of us. Any addictive substance that can be smoked is easily hidden in an e-cigarette. The fact that we, as a collective society, are allowing our children to have steady access to flavored nicotine, the more we encourage their use of a known gateway and addictive drug.”

For the full story, visit http://www.free-press-release-center.info/pr00000000000000303221_chicago-adopts-e-cig-regulation-citing-nicotine-as-a-gateway-drug-to-heroin–cocaine.html.

 

Vaping with Friends: Our Time is Now PSA Released

A new video recently was shared with the Agent. Please take a moment to watch this video and share it with your friends, families and social media outlets. We have to do our part to keep vaping alive, and hopefully, this short inspirational video featuring prominent members of the community will put us one step closer to success. Thank you for you time and dedication.

AskMen Reports: Another New Study Praises E-Cigs Vs. Analogs

imgresEven though some e-cigarette e-liquids contain nicotine, a new German study has come out backing what vapers have been saying all along: e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than cigarette tobacco smoke.

While research has been going back and forth for years, especially during this volitale legislative time, this study only looked at lung tissue from two donors. For study information and results, visit http://www.askmen.com/news/sports/study-finds-e-cigarettes-are-less-harmful-to-lung-tissue.html.

The AskMen article says that e-liquid is not totally harmless, however vapor emitted is safer than cigarette smoke.

 

Madison, Wis. Continues Indoor Vaping Legislative Battle

badgerherald2_logoWhile e-cigarettes are grouped in with the smoking ban in Madison, Wis. the future may look a little different. There is a new bill proposed by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) that would “prevent local governments from enacting ordinances that would broadly ban e-cigarettes from being used in indoor public spaces,” according to BadgerHerald.com.

Kleefisch’s spokesperson told the news source that individual businesses should decide whether vaping is allowed indoors, not government legislatiion. No scientific proof that vaping is harmful was cited as the main reason.

The decision to add vaping to the overall smoking ban passed in January.

For the full story, visit https://badgerherald.com/news/2015/04/09/bill-would-prevent-local-governments-from-banning-e-cigarettes-in-indoor-public-spaces/.

 

Mistic E-Cigs Sole E-Cig Co-Sponsor in 99th Indianapolis 500

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Mistic E-Cigs, the co-primary sponsor of the No. 11 car in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be making history again as the only e-cig company to co-sponsor a car running in the 99th Indianapolis 500, also known as “the greatest spectacle in racing.”

In a recent press release, Mistic e-cigs shared that the No. 11 will be piloted by four-time series champ Sebastien Bourdais. KVSH Racing’s No. 11 Indy 500 superspeedway car will feature the HAUS Personal Vaporizer by Mistic logo, along with an updated black and white “shattered” theme highlighted by green- and red-colored accents.

Mistic served as co-primary sponsor of KVSH Racing’s No. 11 car in last year’s Indy 500 driven by Bourdais. Starting P17, the French-born “bespectacled badass” finished an impressive seventh in the annual 200-lap race with an average lap speed of 186.511 mph. Bourdais has qualified P7 for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average speed of 225.193 mph.

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

 

E-Cigarette Industry Predicted to Save Medicaid Billions

20150331_EcigTable2A recent in-depth report by State Budget Solutions took a look at cigarette smoking costs vs. vaping, and the results show that not only will vaping save users’ health, but also their dollars.

“The game-changing potential for dramatic harm reduction by current smokers using e-cigs will flow directly into lower healthcare costs dealing with the morbidity and mortality stemming from smoking combustible cigarettes. These benefits will particularly impact the Medicaid system where the prevalence of cigarette smoking is twice that of the general public (51% versus 21%, respectively),” the story says.

A study on the impact of cigarette smoking on Medicaid spending looked at potential savings of the e-cig in Fiscal Year 2012, which could have been up to $48 billion. This is 87 percent higher than state cigarette tax and tobacco settlements.

The study broke down state-by-state savings and harm reduction benefits of quitting smoking. Currently, the study found that 11 percent of all Medicaid expenditures can be attributed to smoking. Smoking not only increases first- and second-hand health care costs, but also increases renovation costs in smoking-permitted areas and causes costly fires. The study predicts that the potential savings to Medicaid could significantly exceed state revenue raised from the cigarette excise tax and tobacco settlement payments by 87 percent.

For the full story, visit http://www.statebudgetsolutions.org/publications/detail/e-cigarettes-poised-to-save-medicaid-billions#ixzz3abLxEU6F.

Ontario Convention Center Readies for Vape Nights

unnamedThe entire Ontario Convention Center is booked for Halloween weekend’s Vape Nights, Oct. 30 and 31. Early bird registration is open, with the discount ending June 15.

Norm Bour of Vape Mentors will be heading educational seminars with guest speakers from all angles of the vape space. In addition, event coordinators are working on obtaining buyers not only from the United States, but from Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and more.

Vape Nights will be setting up an area so that manufacturers, retailers, media/press can meet the ones who have helped our industry grow exponentially. The show coordinators are working on growing this list of “stars.”

To register, visit http://vapenights.com/exhibitors/.

Vaping the Coast Marks Largest Convention to Date in Gulf Coast

logo1aVaping the Coast will take place in Mobile, Ala. July 31-Aug. 2. The Mobile Convention Center will take center stage as Vaping the Coast L.L.C. takes over the building. They are suspending the indoor ban on vaping just for the event, and participants will be able to vape indoors for the entire event. Competitions, giveaways and more freebies will be on hand, but all of that pales in comparison to the industry experts and plethora of veterans and newbies alike who will be on site for everyone to teach and learn together. It gives networking opportunities to established industry professionals as well as those new to the vape community at large and provides a fun environment for fostering both business and personal relationships. Vaping the Coast L.L.C. is both business and pleasure for vaping enthusiasts and provides a wealth of knowledge for those that are unfamiliar with the latest breakthroughs in smoking cessation and harm reduction technologies.

Vaping the Coast will be the largest vape convention to date in Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The exhibit is more than 100,000 sq. ft. with more than 300 vendors expected to exhibit their product. Be part of Vaping the Coast by filling out the registration form.

For more information, visit http://vapethesouth.com/.

Free-to-Download Interview with Vice President of AIDUCE Available

415259-440x305As the e-cigarette industry adapts and develops, it is more important than ever to stay on top of the European landscape, and look to both internal and external changes affecting your business.

In this in-depth E-Cig Global interview, Alan Depauw, AIDUCE vice president, provides his insights on the consumer market landscape for electronic cigarettes in France. AIDUCE is the Franco-Belgian vapers’ association.

Depauw discusses the impact of future regulatory changes, online trends and buyer behavior in the French market, and he also shares his perspectives on the main market opportunities and threats that will face key vendors in the market.

Download the free interview transcript here: http://bit.ly/1DYYUF6.

Alternatively, email enquire@iqpc.co.uk for a copy.