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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.


Chicago Suburb’s City Council Passes New Vaping Ordinances

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Photo by Pulte.com

Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is changing things up a little in terms of vaping laws. Two ordinances recently were passed by Naperville’s City Council, according to ChicagoTribune.com. The first is that retailers who sell e-cigarettes must have a $200 annual license that is the same requirement of regular tobacco shops.

The second is that sales to those under 18 were officially banned (many shops self-regulate prohibiting sales to minors).

Both ordinances passed unanimously, however some of the council members told the Tribune that they wanted to know more when it comes to research and education. Others want to push further and ban vaping altogether, grouping it in with the established smoke-free laws.

For the full story, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-ecigs-st-0522-20150520-story.html.

 

SFATA Publishes Story on New Aldehyde Research

SFATA_Capitol-Hill_LOGO1113-A1SFATA recently shared a special story about a controversial e-cigarette study in its newsletter:
In January 2015 a report published as a research letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that a third generation e-cigarette (an e-cigarette with variable power settings) set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde that, if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes.

Media worldwide accordingly reported this new health hazard of e-cigarettes. A new study published online in the scientific journal “Addiction” took a closer look at the NEJM findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that third generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes—but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects.

Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.K., says of the “Addiction” study: “These findings emphasise the importance of making clear the conditions in which tests of this kind are undertaken and avoiding sweeping assertions that can mislead the public. Vapers are not exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. My reading of the evidence is that e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than smoking. Smokers should be encouraged to switch to vaping.”

Author Aggregates E-Cigarette Research

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Photo by TIME.com

A reporter at Vox.com took a closer look at various research reports regarding vaping. The reporter read through more than 60 studies, articles and reviews, and interviewed nine researchers and health experts about their work.

The research showed, overall, that vaping is less harmful than smoking. But, if never having done both, it’s probably best to not pick up either habit. Long-term effects obviously are unknown, and a lot of research is either incomplete or misreported by the media.

For a look at the reporter’s key findings within the research and an answer to hot questions such as “Do e-cigarettes actually help people stop smoking?” and “Could e-cigarettes ‘re-normalize’ smoking?” visit http://www.vox.com/2015/6/26/8832337/e-cigarette-health-fda-smoking-safety.

V2 E-Cigs CEO and Co-Founder Shares Industry Predictions

cspnetJan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of V2 E-Cigs, recently shared with CSPNet.com his three predictions for the vaping industry by the end of the year. With $3.5 billion in retail sales predicted by Wells Fargo Securities by the end of 2015, our industry has a lot of change ahead.

Verleur says that 1: Big Tobacco Will Spur the Vaporizer Market’s Growth. He believes that open system vaporizers will grow, with Big Tobacco doing its best to get into the mix.

He also believes that 2. Rapid Innovation Will Drive Device Democratization. Our industry changes almost daily, with a wide array of innovation at our fingertips—for now. We still don’t know what will happen regulation-wise, and Verleur thinks that prices will fall once more common e-cigs are available.

Finally, 3. Record Investments in R&D. Verleur shares that open system vaporizers will “become the driver in the electronic vapor industry.” He calls for more research and development ahead to convert as many cigarette smokers as possible. He sees an improvement happening in both e-cigs and vaporizers.

For the full story, visit http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/opinion-3-predictions-e-cig-industry.

 

Recent Survey Asks, ‘Why Do You Vape?’

lAvail Vapor recently conducted a two-week survey about why vapers do just that—vape. Approximately 8,500 vapers responded to the survey, according to Richmond.com. Avail is a Richmond-based vaping retailer.

Here is what the survey found:

  • 94 percent of respondents already used tobacco products before starting e-cigs, with the length of time they used conventional products varying widely from less than one year to more than 30 years.
  • 5.8 percent of respondents said they started using e-cigs without using traditional tobacco products first.
  • Almost 80 percent of the survey respondents said they started using e-cigs as a way to quit using conventional tobacco products, and 85 percent said they did quit using conventional tobacco products, with 69 percent quitting within a month.
  • About 13 percent said they had reduced their consumption of conventional products.
  • More than 70 percent said they consider it “very important” to have a variety of flavors to choose from.
  • Almost 76 percent of respondents said they started vaping with higher levels of nicotine in their e-cig devices but cut back over time. Only 2 percent said they increased nicotine intake.
James Xu, Avail co-owner, told Richmond.com that this survey “indicates that e-cigs are not a gateway to traditional smoking,” however those 18 and above were the only survey respondents. And, surprisingly there wasn’t much dual use among the vapers surveyed. 

The survey was adapted from a 50-question list that the FDA has asked to be answered about e-cigs, and Avail plans to submit its findings to the Food and Drug Administration.

Ohio Battles Tax Legislation

images1The cost of vaping products in the state of Ohio could more than double, if a new measure passes, according to FoxNews.com.

The e-cigarette tax was proposed by Gov. John Kasich, and businesses are worried. The new tax would include cigarettes, which would be taxed at $1 per pack. Vaping products would in theory be taxed at the same rate.

For the full story, visit http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/15/e-cigarette-tax-would-destroy-ohio-small-businesses/.

 

Maryland County Council Opts to Further Tax E-Cigs

1198-1-896bMontgomery County, Maryland may have a new tax hike on the way. The County Council last month unanimously approved a 30 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes, according to WashingtonPost.com.

Now the new measure just has to be signed into law by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who supports the measure, according to the Post. If this happens, Montgomery will be one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to impose a tax this high.

Citing revenue as a main reason, the new tax could bring in $1.5 to $2.5 million annually. Montgomery County already has an e-cig ban in place, grouping vaping with the smoking ban.

For the full story, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-council-passes-new-taxes-on-e-cigarettes-private-lodgings/2015/05/13/249db1bc-f98b-11e4-9ef4-1bb7ce3b3fb7_story.html.

 

 

Breaking News: Hawaii Changes Smoking Age to 21

under21_not_smoking-650x400The first state of the union to do so, Hawaii has raised its smoking age to 21. Gov. David Ige signed the bill into law Friday, according to CBSNews.com.

Ige also signed another anti-smoking measure Friday to make Hawaii’s state parks and beaches smoke-free.

HawaiiNewsNow.com reports that the ban will include electronic smoking devices for anyone under age 21.

For more information about how local vape shops are reacting, visit http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29365804/gov-ige-signs-bill-raising-legal-smoking-age-in-hawaii-to-21.

 

The Vapour Lounge Releases Wholesale Information

unnamedThe Vapour Lounge is selling VS-1 AND THE KROWN JEWEL ATTY at wholesale pricing. Wholesale price is $85 and retail price is $135.

The VS-1 paired with The Krown Jewel is an elegant set up for a very affordable price. From its beautifully machined stainless steel accents to its divine feel in the buttery smooth switch, this mod is nothing less than worth your interest.

On the VS-1 the top and bottom cap are made from 304 stainless steel with solid copper contacts with a fully self adjusting switch design for easy battery and atomizer changes. The tube is a special extrusion of billet aluminum with high quality anodizing finished off with bright dipped threading which creates a lower voltage drop and better longevity and strength for overall wear on the threading over time.

On The Krown Jewel the company offers 304 stainless steel base with natural peek insulators and a user friendly two piece cap for easy dripping access. Finished off on the top of this set up there is a tip designed by Mod Inc. that stops the juice from splashing up threw the tip with no loss of air flow. It’s made with a delrin center with a press-fit stainless top to stop the heat transfer from the top cap to the tip for a more enjoyable vaping experience.

For more information on wholesale purchases, email thevapourlounge@gmail.com.

New Product: ESSENTRA LAUNCHES RECHARGEABLE, DISPOSABLE E-CIGARETTE SOLUTIONS

ESSENTRA_Corporate-LogoEssentra, a global supplier of essential components, has launched two e-cigarette solutions—the company’s first “full service” white-label products in the category.

The new e-cigarettes—a rechargeable and a disposable option—have been developed in response to Essentra’s extensive customer research and industry insights, and both deliver a high performing and consistent “extraction efficiency” for optimum taste and nicotine release.

Essentra’s rechargeable portfolio ranges from a traditional cigarette size through to its most powerful cigar size. Essentra provides entire e-cigarette kits, which include battery units, refill cartridges and a USB charging device.

The disposable e-cigarette is a more convenient solution for the consumer. This product will be available as a single unit or as multiples. These are packaged into a branded outer carton or blister carton.

The products have been developed using Essentra’s specialist knowledge, innovation and sector expertise—one example being its patent-pending reservoir technology. The reservoir can be manufactured without the use of processing aids such as antistatic, lubricate, bonding agent or surfactant, meaning that it does not interfere with the chemistry of the e-liquid it holds, ensuring a more pure experience.

Essentra continues to research new materials and processes through their research center. All Essentra products are stringently tested against industry leaders and customer benchmarks to guarantee both quality and safety.

Essentra prints on a wide variety of materials to create prominent packaging. Additionally, they provide performance varnishes, security and tamper-evident features and Braille embossing.

For more information, visit www.essentra.com.