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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.


Vapexpo Announcement: Get Your Badges Online For Free

unnamedThere’s less than a month before the Vapexpo third edition grand opening in Paris.

You can now get you badges online for free HERE!

After the success of its second edition, (6,431 visitors from 57 countries), organizers invite you to join them at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on Sept. 20 (general public day) and on Sept. 21 and 22 (professional days). More than 200 exhibitors from 25 countries will be distributed over an area of more than 8000m². See exhibitors list, which is updated daily.

Afinia Label to Exhibit at This Weekend’s Vape Blast

Are you attending Vape Blast 2015? Stop by Vivid Data’s booth No. 163 at Vape Blast from August 28-30 in San Antonio to see the Afinia Label L801 Color Label Printer in action.

The L801, powered by Memjet technology, features industry-leading cost of ownership and high-impact, full-color output at up to 60 feet per minute.

Can’t make it to the show?

View Afinia’s featured e-liquid solutions (below), request a printed label sample or contact us for more information. Visit our website for our full list of labeling solutions.

Celebrities Hopping on Vape Train

Katherine Heigl photo courtesy of Pinterest.com

Katherine Heigl photo courtesy of Pinterest.com

Celebrities who vape are becoming more prominent in the public eye, as evidenced by this story on The Upcoming.

From Kate Moss to Lindsay Lohan, and whether they were once smokers or not, a number of celebrities have picked up vaping. In addition, many celebs are starting e-liquid lines, including VAPE Magazine interviees Saliva and Kyjuan and Murphy Lee.

For a list of vaping celebs, visit http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/07/20/celebrities-who-have-replaced-smoking-for-vaping/.

 

Second China Vapor Expo, CECMOL, to be Held in October

logoPRNewswire.com reports that CECMOL is back, this time expected to be even bigger and better than the first. The first China International Vapor Expo attracted more than 300 exhibitors and 100,000 buyers and visitors.

China is the top tobacco consuming country in the world, and the birthplace of the e-cigarette. The second CECMOL will be held Oct. 20-23 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.

CECMOL, according to PRNewswire, will bring the top brands and leaders of the global vapor industry together to further develop the market. Many products will be making their international debuts on the 100,000 square-meter floor space. Attendees can look forward to a New Product Release Conference, an Investment Promotion Conference and a Vape Cloud Competition.

Show promoters expect more than 200,000 attendees this year.

For the full story, visit http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cecmol-the-2nd-china-international-vapor-expo-to-be-held-from-october-20-to-23-300114954.html.

Northwest U.S. County Threatens Indoor Vaping Ban

Photo by old.seattletimes.com

Photo by old.seattletimes.com

Another day, another ban. Snohomish County, Wash.’s Health District is threatening a ban that could put smaller vape shops out of business.

MyNorthwest.com reports that Heather Thomas, spokeswoman for the Snohomish Health District, said that “she’s not saying you can’t vape, rather, you can do so in private.”

Matt Bradley, a Washington small vape business owner and one of the stars of the Deadliest Catch, was profiled in VAPE Magazine this year, and he spoke out regarding the potential ban. He said that a ban like this could put his shop out of business.

For the full story, visit http://mynorthwest.com/992/2784358/Its-not-entirely-clear-why-Snohomish-County-is-going-after-ecigarettes.

VAPE Thanks C4Precision for Mod Engraving

ECC had no shortage of cool products, and C4Precision brought its laser engraving services to the show for all to enjoy.

Owner Charlie Colson hooked VAPE Magazine’s Mike Schramel up with this awesome engraving of VAPE’s logo.

For engraving services for your mod, visit http://www.c4precision.com/.

Elixa Health Associates Hosts Clinical Vaping Webinar

static1.squarespaceReady to know the facts? This online webinar hosted by Elixa Health takes place 1 p.m. (PST) on Sept. 1. Featuring the most important clinical studies done on vapor products, according to a flyer handed out at ECC, this study is giving those who attended ECC a special webinar rate.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation
  • potential carcinogens in e-liquid products
  • second-hand vape exposure
  • usage and trends in high school and middle school students, as well as adults

For more information, visit elixahealth.com/clinicalstudies or email pharmacist@elixahealth.com.

 

Up-And-Coming Filmmaker Videos ECC Highlights

Aaron Murphree, and up-and-coming filmmaker, attended ECC last week, and he sent Agent VAPE a video he made of show highlights.
Entitled, “ECC 2015 Pomona – The Best One Yet!!,” the two-and-a-half minute film is housed on YouTube.
“I want nothing more in life than to make videos about the things I love,” Murphree said.

Breaking News: E-Cigarette Officially Dedicated in U.K.

logo_caceFIVAPE, France’s Interprofessional Federation of Vape, just sent Agent VAPE this exciting press release:

The Fivape Interprofessional Federation of Vape welcomes the publication today the report on the electronic cigarette of Public Health England   [1](PHE), dependent agency of the UK Department of Health (Department of Health). This publication marks a turning point in the perception of vape in the U.K. and around the world.

“95% less dangerous than smoking ‘

Commissioned by the British Government, the report says, down countless attempts at manipulation, the e-cigarette is 95% less harmful than tobacco. A return to the wholesome and health reality, while many smokers were misled by the idea that vape could be equally or more dangerous than tobacco products.

Absence gateway to smoking

The UK is a pioneer in the fight against smoking: the rate of smokers is 20% in Britain, 34% against and 78 000 deaths in France. This report highlights, evidence and scientific studies to support that the vape is the best way to drastically reduce the number of victims of tobacco. Yes allows the electronic cigarette to quit smoking, it should be encouraged and can not be compared to tobacco products, it is not a gateway to tobacco but the reverse.

In France, the ostrich policy: until when?

Recognizing “one of the greatest public health debates of recent years” and the need for further research, the Public Health England conducted its work according to a methodology faithful to its motto: “Protecting and Improving the nation’s health.” Or the inverse of the guidelines adopted in France to date, where the vape is still considered a threat, despite the accumulation of tobacco deaths. How much time and lives lost before the French government go to the obvious?

The Fivape, especially the report of Public Health England, challenge the government of Manuel Valls, the Ministry of Health and health authorities and all organizations and policies against smoking in our country. While anti-vape measures contained in the Law of Health are in the Senate agenda in September, the French parliamentarians must urgently enter the UK report.

Fivape, Interprofessional Federation of Vape, brings together independent professionals of the e-cigarette and e-liquid in France. Organized in four Secretariats: Manufacturers, Distributors Relations with users, Europe and International, Fivape acts in favor of business and expertise of vaping. The missions of the federation is to unite, represent, form, standardize and defend free vape. The federation and its members sign a declaration of independence from the tobacco multinationals.

Connecticut Congresswomen Propose 18 and Over Bill

brandThose 18 and over would have to prove their age when trying to buy e-cigarettes, according to a new proposed bill in Connecticut.

CTPost.com reports that Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty want minors to stop using e-cigs. The story says that The Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2015 states that “current use of e-cigarettes among high schoolers tripled from 2013 to 2014. Approximately 2 million high school and 450,000 middle school students nationwide use the products.”

Under the bill, verification of age would be required upon order and delivery of products. It would prohibit shipment through mail.

For the full story, visit http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Bill-to-crack-down-on-youth-e-cig-trend-6381671.php.