Guest Post: What Will Vaping Look Like if Regulations Pass?

What Will Vaping Look Like if Regulations Pass?

All vapers who pay attention to the industry know that politicians and governmental agencies are working to ban vaping, or to strongly curtail it. Even just a quick search on Google for news mentions of “vaping” shows the huge amount of effort to tax, ban or regulate on all levels–state, to federal, and internationally.

Though most vapers know that the threat of regulations loom, they don’t really understand what the consequences of these regulations are. What exactly will all of these regulations to do vaping if they are successful in passing?

We did some research, and quickly realized that these regulations have the chance turning vaping into a barren wasteland–where cigalikes are king, and almost everything–even your basic Go devices–are completely banned…and those devices which do remain are taxed to an extremely high rate.

Here’s what could happen:

  1. Banning of Most Vaping Gear

If current proposed federal regulations are implemented as-is, essentially all vaping products would be banned immediately or over the course of a number of years.

How can this happen?

The potential pitfall comes from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which is the law that brought e-cigarettes under the control of the FDA to begin with. This law allows that tobacco products on the market before February 2007 may remain without further hurdles. However, items that were marketed afterwards are required to go through FDA approval. The only devices released after February 2007 that would get an “easy pass” towards approval would be devices that are “substantially equivalent” to the devices released prior to that date. For those who would seek to have the device approved, they are walking into “basically uncharted territory”–it is expected that companies would be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on a per-product basis for a process that could take years in order to have their product approved.

Unfortunately, therefore, the question begins to become: “what were the eCigs that were around back in 2007?”

Some examples include the Janty Yentl, ePipes, and devices made by Ruyan such as the Ruyan v8. Of course, these are mostly cigalikes. Unfortunately, this is not where the misery stops. Most of them are of extremely low quality (take a quick look at the Janty Yentl), and look like they would fall part with being touched the wrong way.

Their battery capacity is extremely small–about 150mAh to 180mAh per battery. This means that you’ll be required to carry around 3 or 4 batteries in your pocket throughout the day. Let’s not forget about the fact that they only use cartridges rather than refillable tanks, and their extremely low atomizer life. These combined leave a device that has essentially no ability to customize or to control items such as air flow and flavor.

The link above referened an e-Cigarette-Forum thread about eCigarettes in 2007. Here are some interesting comments left-

“The batteries were so small that you had to carry many around throughout the day”

“Cartridges were tubes you fitted onto the ends of atomizers. They were stuffed with aquarium fish-filter foam, into which you dripped maybe 0.3 – 0.4ml of liquid. Needless to say, you had to refill the cartrdiges quite frequently, so you carried at least one bottle of e-liquid with you”

“2 batteries, a dripping atomizer, 5 pre-filled cartridges, all for about $150”

“You had to order your eJuice from China, which back then could make you sick (first-hand experience)’ in turn, all the hassle would cause you to go back to smoking again”.

What can you do to combat these impending FDA regulations?

You can submit a public comment to the FDA to express your feelings on this issue. You have until July 2 to do this! You can check it out here.

State and local taxes

The taxes proposed by the anti-vaping community are absurd. Here is an example:

–         70% Tax on Vapor Products, tax rate will rise as city raises the cigarette tax, currently under consideration in Washington, DC

–         20 cents per ML tax on eliquid passed the Kansas Legislature.

–         5 cents per ml new tax likely to be imposed in Louisiana, which as CASAA points out, makes it easier to lead to future raises.

–         Washington state – proposed 60% tax on vapor products. This proposed tax caused one of the largest eJuice producers—Mount Baker Vapor—to begin moving from Washington to Arizona.

It is quite possible that the taxes on vaping gear could essentially double their cost. For example, the 95% wholesale tax on ejuice in Minnesota in of nearly doubles the price of eJuice. If taxes are lumped into the taxes on standard cigarettes, this doubling in price is almost guaranteed.

What should vapers do to fight regulation?

It’s the duty of the entire vaping community to understand the regulatory prognosis and to take steps to oppose undue regulations.

We ask that all vapers stay up-to-date. You can do this by keeping current on various vaping advocacy resources. Some that we would recommend specifically include CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association).

Guest Writer John Fargo is the Director of Advocacy at Hookah Pen King. He writes extensively on vaping regulation issues.

FDA creates a dangerous information vacuum

Guest Author: okcigs.co.uk For further information about electronic cigarettes please visit the OKCigs.co.uk website.

Even though the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has already published its proposals for regulation of the vaping industry going forward, nothing is yet on the statute books. These proposals are still out to consultation with the industry and while many expect them to be formally accepted during 2015, there is no definitive sign off day. As a consequence the FDA has created a dangerous information vacuum which has been exploited by state authorities across the US.

Why is the FDA dragging its heels?

There has been speculation, rumour and counter rumour regarding the FDA and its role in the future regulation of the vaping industry. Many people will be unaware that the FDA effectively tried to ban electronic cigarettes just a few years ago only to have this ruling overturned in the High Court leading to an embarrassing U-turn. Perhaps this was a taste of things to come with some experts questioning the administration’s “unbiased” approach to the industry?

If we take a step back and look at the situation from a distance, there are so many supporters and critics of the industry that it is difficult to consult with everybody. It is common knowledge that the tobacco industry is lobbying behind-the-scenes despite the fact many of the larger companies have already started to invest significant amounts of money into the industry. Indeed one of the major tobacco companies is championing a ban on e liquids while attempting to maintain the status quo on electronic cigarettes. Does this make any sense?

State authorities take the lead

As we alluded to above, the emergence of a dangerous information vacuum as a direct result of the FDA’s incredibly slow move towards the creation of a regulatory framework has been exploited by some state authorities. We have seen a number of bans as well as talk of specific electronic cigarette taxes which many see as the long-term replacement for tobacco taxes.

It is difficult to see how the state authorities can justify this ongoing pursuit of the vaping industry when the vast majority of medical trials to date have been very positive. True, we have seen some damaging headlines but very often on further investigation these criticisms crumble and disappear. Indeed, only a few days ago we had medical experts in the UK confirming that it was difficult to publish positive data on electronic cigarettes although the press have an insatiable appetite for negative research and controversial headlines.

There is a real danger that the vast majority of states across the US will already have introduced their own specific electronic cigarette taxes and regulations before the FDA finalises its own position. If this is the case, will the FDA force state authorities to repeal their laws or will they stand side-by-side with the FDA’s long-term structure?

Conclusion

While supporters of the vaping industry may be a little heartened by the fact the FDA has been so slow to confirm the long-term regulatory structure, this is perhaps not all positive. The creation of an information vacuum has allowed many states across the US to introduce their own electronic cigarette regulations with minimal resistance. There is a growing suspicion that the FDA is dragging its heels on purpose to create confusion and uncertainty around the electronic cigarette industry.

At the end of the day, would any independent electronic cigarette company feel comfortable investing hundreds of millions of dollars for the future without knowing the regulatory structure?

Guest Post: NICVAPE LAUNCHES E-FLAVOR

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NICVAPE LAUNCHES E-FLAVOR, THE FIRST E-LIQUID FLAVORING LINE DESIGNED TO MEET THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE INDUSTRY

Spartanburg, S.C.—(July 23, 2014) NicVape today announced the launch of E-Flavor, a new line of flavorings it has developed specifically for the electronic cigarette industry. The brand’s initial batch features 24 flavors designed to improve users’ taste experiences. With an estimated 4 million Americans using battery-powered cigarettes, flavors are crucial to the rapidly expanding market. So are the quality and safety measures needed to produce e-liquids for the emerging, unregulated industry. NicVape is the first manufacturer to engineer its own e-liquid flavoring product line, raising the bar for other companies with its sustainable, safe production methods.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., NicVape has been setting the standard for product quality and control since 2010 when it opened its 28,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a 5,000-square-foot clean room. The company performs both internal quality assurance checks and third party testing through Enthalpy Analytical Inc., on each ingredient. The Durham, N.C.-based laboratory specializes in analysis of air and tobacco products. Test data led NicVape to take the first steps toward designing its own flavorings in October 2013.

“Test results showed us that flavorings designed for use in food products either didn’t meet our quality standards, or contained some components we were concerned about,” says Linc Williams, executive vice-president for NicVape. “We were especially interested in looking at alternatives that could eliminate Diacetyl, a chemical that is used to give food a buttery flavor, and Acetyl Propionyl, commonly found in dairy and custard –flavored products.”

NicVape’s team of engineers worked closely with top flavorists and manufacturing flavoring experts to develop the recipe it uses for its E-Flavor line. “Our first offering is a mix of unique tobacco flavors as well as fruit flavors that are quite vibrant and realistic,” Williams says. “They are also more concentrated. We’re able to produce them at a 10 percent dilution rate instead of the industry’s standard 20 percent dilution rate.”

Certificates of Analysis for each lot will be available for review through NicTrace, (http://www.nicvape.com/Nictrace ) the company’s online documentation system. NicVape is committed to responsible, sustainable manufacturing adds Williams. “We’re teaming with other e-juice manufacturers and partners because we are always looking to elevate product quality both through better processing methods and innovative approaches to flavoring. But we also want to pursue these goals in a way that allows companies that are part of this supply chain to expand their profit margins,” he says. NicVape is making E-Flavor available to distributors and other e-juice manufacturers and expects to release additional flavors under its brand over the next few quarters.

NicVape is a leading manufacturer, retailer and wholesale supplier of e-liquids, diluted nicotine and vaping supplies for the electronic cigarette market. Entrepreneur Rich Henning founded the company in 2010 in pursuit of the right smoking alternative. His commitment to the ongoing development and maintenance of policies and procedures that support stringent standards for quality control, production and customer service has helped build NicVape into a “USA Top-10” manufacturing and supply company for the global marketplace. In addition to partnering with companies that have similar goals, NicVape also teams with organizations like the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association to promote the principles of quality, health and safety.

Contact Customer Service at customerservice@nicvape.com

PH: 864/764-1801
www.nicvape.com

NEW E-FLAVORS

  • Turkish Tobacco
  • Spearmint
  • Carolina Tobacco
  • Fine Cuban
  • Tobacco
  • Sweet Tobacco
  • Dark Raz
  • Subtle Cinnamon
  • Gourmet Cinnamon
  • Raspberry
  • Peppermint
  • Real Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Crème De Menthe
  • Green Apple
  • French Vanilla
  • Bubblegum
  • Red Apple
  • Ripe Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • Root Beer
  • Lime
  • Clementine
  • Orange
  • Grape

If you are not familiar with NicVape take a look at the following video:

JuiceCrate

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I was contacted by Ryan Reyes from JuiceCrate.com last week via our Request a Review page. Ryan sent out a box quickly and I received it within a couple of days. JuiceCrate is a curation service like ZampleBox or Craft Vapery however, with their onyx package they also send some Royal Wires by Dryx (and cotton) for a premium experience on your rebuildable devices.

My opinion on the juices provided by the service is that they are pretty damn good. I liked 4 of the juices but, I won’t get into details on that because the juices change all of the time and selections are based on your flavor preference during signup. Having said that I liked a higher percentage of the juices in the JuiceCrate than any of the other services that I have tried and I am saving the Shark Juice for Shark Week. The packaging is the best that I have seen yet in terms of safely getting your juice to your home without damage. You can see in the pictures below that each juice has a cutout in the foam insert so your juices are not flying around inside the box every time the shipper gets a little rough with the package.

All in all I really like the JuiceCrate service and will likely be signing up personally once my juice stock starts to dwindle. Ryan was kind enough to supply us with a coupon code (DAILYVAPE20) that you can use during signup for a 20% discount.

Cost: (roughly)
Craft Vapery – .64-80/ml
JuiceCrate – .53-.55/ml
ZampleBox – .37-.42/ml

JuiceCrate is a subscription-based e-liquid discovery service. Subscribers create their Flavor Profile by taking a survey on their flavor preference allowing us to deliver a curated box of e-liquid every month. Customers choose to subscribe to a monthly, quarterly, or a semi-annual plan. We make sure that our prices are affordable for everyone. We have teamed up with over 50 vendors and counting so all of our subscribers never get repeats in there box.

What makes JuiceCrate different from the rest is that our number one priority is Customer Experience. Everything the customer receives from JuiceCrate is deliberate and has high attention to detail – from friendly and responsive customer support to the unboxing experience of their monthly juice crate. We provide a high-touch customer experience as we make it a point to really create a great relationship with our community.

Every month all of our subscribers are automatically entered to what we call the “Cloud Chaser Crate”. That Crate includes up to $350 in Juices,Mods,Vape accessories,etc. The first cloud chaser crate we gave out was a Kato Hammer,Tugboat RDA and a full line of Adam Bomb. We are the only subscription service to offer this.

 

 

Casaa 3rd call to action!

Casaa has released another call to action, this is the important stuff so make sure you Click here and complete the CQ Roll Call Campaign.

 

Source: http://blog.casaa.org/2014/06/third-call-to-action-for-fda-proposed.html

Third Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations – Demand Congressional Hearings Investigating FDA and CDC’s Actions

On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.  

  • On May 11, 2014, CASAA released the first of several Calls to Action anticipated in CASAA’s Action Plan.  
  • On May 21st, CASAA released the second Call to Action.  
  • The First Call to Action is still active, so if you haven’t yet participated, please do so now.  The Second Call to Action has now concluded.  


This is the Third Call to Action in CASAA’s Action Plan.

 
This Third Call to Action represents consumers’ first “ask” of Congress, namely, a demand for oversight and investigative congressional hearings regarding CDC’s and FDA’s bad faith actions in connection with e-cigarettes.  Many of CDC’s misrepresentations are set forth in CASAA’s testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  If you want more information on how the FDA has misrepresented the science in connection with the proposed regulations, you should read the the errors and misstatements that are currently being cataloged in our AntiTHRLies blog.


We have created a campaign through CASAA’s CQ Roll Call program, which will enable to you to directly contact your elected federal legislators (House and Senate).  Click here for the CQ Roll Call Campaign for this Third Call to Action.

You will be asked for your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.  All of this information is required by the program in order to find your elected representative and senator and to deliver the email to them.  (CASAA does not share its email list or membership list, so the personally identifying information you enter will only be available to CASAA through our database and to the recipients of your email.) 

The first and last part of the email is not editable.  It ensures that a consistent message is sent to Congress by all CASAA members.  The middle portion of the email, however, is completely editable by you, and you should feel free to make whatever kinds of edits you wish.  We particularly encourage you to edit the email so as to add a brief paragraph (perhaps two to three sentences)  sharing your personal story.

If you plan to substantially edit the email, you may wish to copy the text into a word processing program and make the edits there, then copy and paste back into the CQ Roll Call email.  We have had two reports over the last several months that CQ Roll Call might “reset” when you keep the window open for a long time or when you open a separate browser window, causing you to lose any unique text you’ve added (and reverting back to the original).  

Please take a moment to share this Call to Action with others.

Vape Cat @ Village Vapors

We wandered off one weekend to visit random places like we always do, and of course a vape shop had to pop up in the planning. Our youngest child was not really entertained by the idea of visiting yet another vape shop, not because she does not understand them of course but because most of the time they bore her far too much. I can understand where she is coming from as she would rather be playing with friends, doing some kicks at the dojo or playing a video game. What kid wouldn’t?

10375991_752506191460082_5819015584934697495_nAs we walked in we were first greeted by Chris who broke down how the place came to be with the recent renovations. Within a few minutes Barbara came out of a little room in the far back corner to join in and once the adults got into the conversation of how vaping is now becoming mainstream, the child wandered around to check things out for herself ignoring us completely.

The general presence of the place is “warm and fuzzy” to me, for the guys out there – the place was “comfortable”. I have lived in the south for the past decade and when I think of southern comfort (not the drink) & southern hospitality I am thinking of this place.

We talked about the juices lined up behind the counter, how they were made while we tested out some of their flavors and how other companies don’t steep their juices. Looking around the store gear was spread out across the counters and shelves, which was quite impressive for a smaller storefront. We also talked about what might be up & coming within the vape world dealing both with the law makers and those who lobby for and against the idea of vaping.

Barbara explained how she makes their juices, they have 50 you can taste test and we tried at least a dozen while we were there. They market for “high quality steeped tobaccos” which is fine and I love that they actually let their juices settle. There is nothing worse than getting a bottle of juice in the mail and then having to wait before you use it. Here you can walk in, get the juices you want, walk out & vape – it’s just that simple.

Keep in mind we went to visit back in March and I still have a good bit of their juices (I will be talking more about these within an upcoming review). The things we talked about as far as vaping and the law makers go has really stuck in my mind since then. Some of the things we wondered about have already come to light recently like the proposed regulations and how many people who vape are concerned about how this is being spun within the media outlets.

Village Vapors is one of my top three picks in the local area now. I am juice picky but that is just me, I still require a good juice to pass both the smell and the vape test. They have a good amount of gear for any new person out there looking to shop around and many interesting pieces which fit for others who are more experienced.

I noticed some newer gear checking out their page on Facebook this week (spinners, adapters, driptips & some pipe styles too) plus they also have some new juices which means we need to plan for another trip out. One change that has happened since March is that all juices, except their signature blends are available in 10ml bottles only. This change was due to feedback received from their customer base and 10ml bottles are $4.99 or 3 for $13.00.

The staff goes beyond being friendly and helpful with questions for a novice or a vet and of course they have a cat. This cat has been named the “Vape Cat” by my youngest so it shall be named “Vape Cat” anytime I reference Village Vapors. What vape shop doesn’t need a company mascot? You can check the kitty out on their Facebook page or stop by to see the little buddy in person while picking up new vape gear and test out some local juices at their location 308 Fairview Street Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644. If by any chance you get lost and need directions just call, (864) 630-5143.

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