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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.


Military Bases, Ships Face Potential Tobacco Sales Ban

 

Photo by the Associated Press

Photo by the Associated Press

Politico.com reports that military bases and ships may face a potential ban on selling tobacco products onsite. For now this includes cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, however since many nationwide smoking bans include vaping, the potential sales halt could include e-cigs and subsequent products.

Congress and the Defense Department are the government sectors seeking the ban, citing an effort to curb smoking. However, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) is a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Politico.com story says that he has inserted an amendment in the House-passed defense authorization bill that would block the department from banning tobacco sales at exchange stores. Hunter argues that “we are fighting for your freedom, and you’re taking away ours.”

The review is expected to take place in November.

For the full story, visit http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/military-smoking-congress-111671.html#ixzz3FYfqxdH7.

NJOY Releases Artists Collection

NJOYACNJOY has a new line of e-liquids catering to the refined side of vaping. The Artist Collection is a self-described “sophisticated suite of masterful taste sensations, pushing the limits of experiential flavor indulgence.”

The Artist Collection is a curated collection of flavors from different e-liquid manufacturers in the country. They are:

Daniel – FlavorZ Academy
Anne-Claire – Vaponaute
Randy – P.O.E.T.
Jeremy – Goodlife Vapor
George – Mr. Goodvape

For information about how to carry the collection or find an NJOY Artist Collection liquid near you, visit NJOYAC.com.

Electronic Cigarettes International Group Readies IPO

ECIG_logo_horizontal_(1)Calling all stock market watchers, SeekingAlpha.com reports that Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. is set for its IPO of 33.3M shares of common stock at a prospective price, which is $4.50 per share.

The website states that “the firm is selling 28,443,133 shares and selling shareholders are offering 4,890,200. NASDAQ listing terms will be set at $150 million, according to NASDAQ.com.

The Nunica, Mich.-based company markets and distributes electronic cigarettes and accessories through more than 50,000 outlets worldwide. The company currently trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol ECIG.

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/need-a-light-electronic-cigarette-international-sets-terms-for-150-million-nasdaq-listing-cm399797#ixzz3HZDhtKGc

For a closer look at the financials, visit http://seekingalpha.com/news/2027905-e-cig-firm-on-deck-for-ipo.

Eventige Media Group Offers Marketing, Ad Services

EventigeMediaGroupEventige Media Group has contacted the Agent, and they are offering strategic consulting and industry insights to vaping business owners.

Eventige works exclusively with e-cigarette and vapor clients to determine the most cost effective path to elevated sales and sustainable profits. In addition, they take a look at the competition and see what you can be doing better. The company will build a custom solutions plan tailored to your marketing and media needs.

For more information, contact info@eventige.com.

Louisville City Council Votes Unanimously Against E-Cig Ban

Photo by wfpl.com.

Photo by wfpl.com.

In a move that isn’t following suit with the rest of the state of Kentucky, Louisville’s City Council voted earlier this month to not ban e-cigarettes, according to wfpl.com. The vote was a unanimous 8-0. Louisville has a smoking ban set in place since 2003, and one councilwoman said that grouping e-cigs in with the ban was not “on the to-do list.”

The site quoted the councilwoman as saying that there isn’t enough evidence that e-cigarettes put nonsmokers at the same risk of secondhand smoke exposure as cigarettes. Until there is refutable research that leans in the other direction, it looks like the council is staying firm on its decision.

To read the full story, visit http://wfpl.org/post/e-cigarette-bans-gain-steam-across-state-no-such-plans-louisville.

HookahFair Meets VaporFair in Frankfurt

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 11.37.11 AMJust announced: The International VaporFair 2015 will be held May 2-3 at the Trade Fair Center in Frankfurt, Germany. The self-procliamed No. 1 international trade show specializes in hookah and vapor/e-cig products. The show provides a unique opportunity for industry specialists, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors etc. to showcase new products, innovations, establish business contacts and broaden market share.

Show organizers said in a press release that the increase of exhibitors for 2014′s event climbed to almost 400 percent, and visitors increased 170 percent. For May’s show, they expect about 160 to 200 exhibitors and more than 9,000 visitors.

To register or attend, visit www.shishamesse.de, www.hookahfair.com or www.vaporfair.eu.

Parents Concerned Over Online Underage E-Cig, Liquid Sales

Photo courtesy of WNYT.com.

Photo courtesy of WNYT.com.

New York State parents have spoken out to WNYT.com, and they aren’t happy. While state law says that brick and mortar stores can’t sell e-cigarette products to underage children (18 and under), this isn’t stopping teens from finding their way to vaping.

Parents quoted in the article said that their children are buying online or getting products from underage friends, and with no national regulation as of yet, it’s an increasing concern. While there is age verification on sites, that doesn’t stop a teenager from lying and clicking the “yes” box, stating that he or she is over the age of 18.

For the full story, visit http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3580995.shtml?cat=256.

Behavioral Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution Study Seeks Donations

Photo courtesy of whichecigarette.com.

Photo courtesy of whichecigarette.com.

Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health has launched BSCiTS, or The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Stimulation, according to SFATA’s October newsletter. The new study is in response to the FDA’s deeming regulations that will require all e-cigarette products to demonstrate their public health benefits.

In order to meet this requirement, further research is required. SFATA reports that the aim of the research is “to study the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking behavior, using the nicotine patch as a comparison.”

In order to complete the study in the way Siegel intends, upwards of $4.5 million is needed. The study design and sample size will depend on the total amount of donations received, and could range from a complex behavioral study to a simpler survey study, depending on the amount of funds raised.

Siegel’s ideal study design would be a randomized controlled behavioral trial involving 800 participants given either the e-cigarette or the nicotine patch for 10 weeks with follow-up for six months. If funds are not met, the study will be altered and conducted with funds received.

To donate, contact Dr. Siegel.

VapeBlast 2.0 Video Hits Airwaves

San Antonio’s first big vaping convention came to town recently, and VAPE’s own Chris Bolton was on hand to cover every cloud comp, big name and goings on in the Alamo City.

Bolton took a stroll through the show floor, interviewing multiple vendors and attendees, highlighting what was brand new at the show for this year. Accessory innovations and new e-liquid flavors abounded at Vape Blast 2.0, as well as multiple advocacy groups sharing their visi

At the end, vape love seemed to be the theme, and Bolton had a “hell of a time,” as well as Phil Busardo, who as usual fit right in with the scene, admitting that he purchased a cowboy hat and rode a mechanical bull.

To view Bolton’s video, visit .

Child-Resistant Liquid Nicotine Bottle Legislation Passes

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1SFATA reports in its latest newsletter that last month the Senate Commerce Committee, approved legislation to require child-resistant packaging for any liquid nicotine sold to consumers. The committee voted unanimously on the change, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

“S. 2581, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue regulations to require child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers,” SFATA’s report read.

Senator Nelson, as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD) all spoke in support of the bill.

In addition, the newsletter says that Chairman Rockefeller also committed to marking up a bill by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), S. 2047, the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, which aims to address marketing practices in the vapor industry before the end of the Congress.