U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW

 

URGENT!
U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW
WE NEED FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME!
Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
If you live in one of those states, you have a senator on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee.
That Committee is holding a hearing regarding e-cigarettes TOMORROW, Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The sole witnesses at that hearing will be be Tim McAfee, Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, and Mitch Zeller, Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
Both CDC and FDA have demonstrated they are intent on reducing the availability, quality, and use of e-cigarettes. They have consistently misled the American people about the risks associated with e-cigarette use, and we expect they will attempt to do the same for Congress.
If you have an address in one of the above states, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
We need you to (1) send an email through the new CQ Roll Call system (Part I), and (2) call your senator on the committee (Part II) using the phone numbers provided in Part III)
 
I.
CASAA has invested in CQ Roll Call, a program which will help connect our members easily and in a targeted fashion with their state and federal legislators on specifically crafted campaigns we design.
While CQ Roll Call isn’t quite ready for an official roll out, we have released a limited campaign for tomorrow’s Senate hearing.
THIS LINK will take you directly to the site for the Senate Hearing campaign. You’ll note that it asks for personal information. This is necessary for your email to be delivered to the appropriate recipients. When you enter your information, the program will automatically determine your senators. You will have two senators listed (in addition to President Obama), and you might want to UNCHECK the senator who is NOT on the Committee.
(If you allow the program to save your information, it should be automatically generated for you the next time you visit to participate in a campaign.)
The email for the campaign has a beginning and end that aren’t editable. The middle, however, is for you to add your story.
Remember . . . this is very much a beta campaign, so forgive (and report) any glitches and offer feedback.
Due to time constraints, we’re sending this email to the entire membership (with our apologies to those who do not live in one of the above states).  If you are from another state and you participate in the campaign, the email will simply go to your state senators (neither of whom are on the committee).
II. 
Please call your senator on the committee (contact information contained in Part III below) and use the following as a guide for talking points (essentially, the email you will send via CQ Roll Call):
I need your help in making sure that my interests as a consumer are represented at the May 15th, 2014 hearing regarding e-cigarettes before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

The only two witnesses who will be testifying at the hearing are Tim McAfee, Director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, and Mitch Zeller, Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. CDC and FDA have made it clear that they are intent on reducing the availability, quality, and use of e-cigarettes. 

Please ask the CDC and FDA– 

Why are they supporting regulations that would completely destroy the diversity in the marketplace that make e-cigarettes such an incredibly effective alternative to smoking and hand over the remnants to the large tobacco companies? 

Why are they misleading the public about the potential hazards of e-cigarettes and, in so doing, actively discouraging smokers from using these potentially life-saving products? 

Why do they consider tobacco companies, industry, and e-cigarette opponents to be “stakeholders,” but completely ignore the voice of the single most important stakeholder–the consumers who use (or may use in the future) e-cigarettes as a low-risk alternative to smoking?
III.
Below are phone numbers for senators. Find yours and take a minute to make the call requested in Part II above.
Senator Tom Harkin, IA
Phone: 202-224-3254
Barbara Mikulski, MD
Ph. 244-4654
Pat Murray, WA
Ph. 202-224-2621
Bernard Sanders, VT
Ph. 202-224-5141
Robert P. Casey Jr., PA
Ph. 202-224-6324
Kay Hagan, NC
Ph. 202-224-6342
Al Franken, MN
Ph. 202-224-5641
Michael F. Bennet, CO
Ph. 202-224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse, RI
Ph. 202-224-2921
Tammy Baldwin, WI
Ph. 202-224-5653
Christopher S. Murphy, CT
Ph. 202-224-4041
Elizabeth Warren, MA
Ph. 202-224-4543
Lamar Alexander, TN
Ph. 202-224-4944
Michael Enzi, WY
Ph. 202-224-3424
Richard Burr, NC
Ph. 202-224-3154
Johnny Isakson, GA
Ph. 202-224-3643
Rand Paul, KY
Ph. 202-224-4343
Orrin Hatch, UT
Ph. 202-224-5251
Pat Roberts, KS
Ph. 202-224-4774
Lisa Murkowski, AK
Ph. 202-224-6665
Mark Kirk, IL
Ph. 202-224-2854
Tim Scott, SC
Ph. 202-224-6121
Sincerely,
Julie Woessner, President
CASAA

CASAA Call to Action

CASAA has published their first Call To Action. Please take this one seriously and take the time to get involved.

Source Link: Read on CASAA’s website

CASAA

Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives association

Sunday, May 11, 2014

 

First Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations – Consumer Request for an Extension of Comment Period

On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.  This is the first of several Calls to Action anticipated in CASAA’s Action Plan.   (You will recall from the Action Plan that we are not going to publish our suggestions for substantive comments until a few weeks before the deadline, and we urge consumers to wait until then to offer substantive comment.)
FDA, which took more than three years to issue its 241-page Proposed Regulation (and accompanying 81-page regulatory impact analysis), has given us a mere 75 days to comment. While responding in that timeframe is challenging under any circumstances, the FDA has also posed, by our count, 99 requests for information about THR products (this does not include repeat questions or questions specifically pertaining to cigars). Given the length of time FDA has taken to release the proposed regulations, the massive amount of information FDA is requesting, the length of the document itself, and the devastating impact these regulations will have on a product that is estimated to be approximately 99% less hazardous than combustibles, the 75-day comment period is grossly inadequate.

The First Call to Action is for CONSUMERS to request a 105-day extension of the comment period, requesting a total of 180 days to make comments.  We understand that SFATA, AEMSA, and other industry groups will be providing similar guidance for vendors and manufacturers.

We have prepared a suggested letter–which we encourage you to edit to accurately reflect your views and circumstances–along with instructions on how to request the extension. (Please note that submitting this request will not prevent you from later offering a substantive comment, and should not affect your subsequent comment in any way.)

 

I.  

SUGGESTED LETTER REQUESTING EXTENSION 

YOU SHOULD EDIT AS APPROPRIATE

Dear Mr. Zeller:
I am writing as an individual consumer to request an extension of the comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) Proposed Rule Deeming Tobacco Products to be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the “Proposed Rule”) published at 79 Fed. Reg. 23,142 and Federal Register No. 2014-09491. On behalf of myself, I am requesting that the comment period for the Proposed Rule be extended by the FDA for an additional 105 days, from its current 75-day period, to 180 days.
The Proposed Rule raises a number of significant issues and questions that are important and relevant to me, as a consumer of products that are proposed for regulation under the Proposed Rule. The Proposed Rule asks about a hundred different questions I might want to respond to. I want to provide my thoughts and comments on many of these issues, but my time to devote to researching and providing thoughtful comments on these important questions is limited. I have already spent many hours researching and dissecting these issues, but they take time. I know that the FDA took many years to even come up with the Proposed Rule, so I do not think it is at all unreasonable to allow the public a mere six months to comment on it. This is our only opportunity, as consumers, to provide our feedback.
I feel very strongly about e-cigarettes as an alternative to combustible cigarettes. Quite simply, I firmly believe that they saved my life. I wish to provide you with my personal story, as well as science- and evidence-based responses to your questions so that you can take my comment into account. I realize that the FDA has the authority under 21 CFR 10.40 to extend this time frame and that the FDA has exercised this authority on numerous occasions in the past. I would therefore ask that you do so here, so that all stakeholders have the opportunity to provide their comments on this proposed regulation.
I appreciate your consideration of my request and am happy to discuss this issue with you further.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THE REQUEST

  1. Create a document with your comment.  You can use the above sample letter as a template and edit to make it your own.
  2. Access the comment form for the deeming regulation (FDA-2014-N-0189-0001):  FDA Comment Form
  3. Click in the Comment field and copy and paste your comment from Step 1 into the box.
  4. Click in the First Name field and type your first name.
  5. Click in the Last Name field and type your last name.
  6. If you wish to allow FDA to contact you, click to check the “I want to provide my contact information” box. Otherwise, leave this box unchecked. When you check this box, fields are displayed for you to enter your ZIP code and email address.
  7. Click to uncheck the box, “I am submitting on behalf of a third party.”
  8. Click the arrow next to the “Category” field to display a menu.
  9. Select a category from the menu.  We recommend “Individual Consumer” for individuals wishing to request an extension personally and not on behalf of any business or group.
    NOTE: FDA has traditionally taken the position that “Individual Consumer” comments will not be published on the Regulations.gov website due to privacy concerns.  There has been some criticism of this position, and FDA has indicated that it will be  publishing “Individual Consumer” comments on the website, although it intends to only publish the individual’s first name.  Any identifying information you provide in the Comment field will potentially be visible on the website, so we recommend that you NOT include your name, address, phone number, or email address in the Comment field.
  10. Click the Continue button.  After clicking on the Continue button, you will have an opportunity to review your statement and, if you wish, edit it.  (The Edit button is just to the right of the Submit Comment button in the lower right-hand side of the page.)
  11. On the Your Preview page, click to check the box “read and understand the statement above.”
  12. Click the Submit Comment button.
  13. After submitting your comment using the comment form, a confirmation page will appear with your Comment Tracking Number. We recommend that you print the page AND email this comment number as directed in Step 14 below.  (You may wish to copy the entire page into an email to yourself, which you can then forward as directed in Step 14 below.  Copying the entire page and emailing it to yourself will ensure that you have a copy of your comment and comment number.)
  14. Please send the comment number to casaa.fdacommentarchive@gmail.com. It is important that CASAA have a count of how many such requests have been made.  (You may, if you wish, include a copy of your comment, but that is not necessary because all we really need is the comment number.)

 

AquaVapor cig Easley

We dropped by AquaVape on Saturday to check out the store and buy some juices. The store is nicely laid out with several tables where customer can sample AquaVape juices.

Hardware
AquaVapor has a large selection of hardware including clones which I think is great for customers from a cost perspective. You can buy an ehpro kayfun clone for $59 which is about $10 over “internet pricing” but in my opinion worth it for the convenience.

Juice
I purchased my normal low strength strawberry for review. In my opinion the juice is ok but not great, it has that “real” strawberry flavor/smell but I don’t taste much flavor and I tend to want to taste my flavors. Having said that I have vaped 5ml of this juice (in a dripper) without any issues. For a house juice it’s pretty good and some people may prefer mild flavors. So it turns out that this flavor is pretty great! I decided to try it sub ohm and the flavor really came out. I prefer Jameson Amelia but that’s expensive juice and to come close at this price range is great.

Staff
The staff was very friendly and while we were in the store they provided several customers with great advice. They allowed us to take pictures and answered all of my questions.

All in all I think AquaVapor is a great local vape shop, drop buy and check them out!

AquaVapor cig Easley
864-645-9747
120 Kay drive Suite D
Easley, SC

 

ZampleBox

I was recently contacted by ZampleBox via our review request form. I have heard good things about ZampleBox and we recently reviewed Craft Vapery so it made a lot of sense to compare these services. The ZampleBox showed up very quickly with a couple of hand written communications adding that extra “personal” touch.

The packaging was very good and receiving a box with lots of different flavors that you didn’t pick out is kind of exciting. Whereas Craft Vapery sends a smaller selection of flavors the bottles from ZampleBox are much smaller and could be considered Sample Sizes. I think that the premise of Craft Vapery is that they are supplying your vape sauce for the month and ZampleBox seems to take the approach of introducing you to new flavors at which point you would order directly from that vendor and there might be a discount in the ZampleBox.

Flavors:
I did not like the juices in the ZampleBox but I don’t think that reviewing the flavors is fair because Tony just shipped out a random box so I didn’t go through the flavor profile system like I did with Craft Vapery. Other people like some of the juices in the ZampleBox they simply were not the type of flavors that I like.

Cost: (roughly)
ZampleBox – .37-.42/ml
Craft Vapery – .64-80/ml

ZampleBox is a lot cheaper but like I said previously it’s more of a sampling service than anything else because while you might find lots of juices that you like they don’t include much of any particular juice.

Conclusion:
I am personally going to sign up for ZampleBox because I like to try new flavors and the pricing is great.

NamberJuice review

NamberJuice is an e-liquid manufacturer/retailer that was created by GrimmGreen and TheVapeBabe. Considering it’s lineage you would expect the products to be among the best of the best in the industry and you would be right. I have wanted to try NamberJuice for a long time but I have so many juices laying around that it’s hard to justify actually ordering anything. Last week I decided that I needed to go ahead and make an order so I could write this review.

carm moot  straw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NamberJuice runs $10/15ml which is cheaper than FuzionVapor and puts it squarely into a great cost/value range. I am enjoying this juice and I love what NamberJuice is doing for our industry. Your money is well spent at Nick and Amber’s juice boutique and rest assured that buying from NamberJuice enables them to help fight for Vaping Rights.