Monthly Archives: August 2015

Public Health England: Vaping is 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking

Public Health EnglandAccording to a study published by Public Health England, which is a subsidiary of the (British) Department of Health, electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and they are not a direct threat to the youth in an enticing manner. Pretty nice, convincing findings, right? This same report, with its pro-e-cig leanings, also stated that electronic cigarettes should not be regarded in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes, and even went so far in their endorsement to state that they are looking forward to the future when electronic alternative products, such as these, are used as prescribed medicinal items, prescribed in a manner to help smokers.

Electronic cigarettes, which have been vilified in a multitude of ways, have been touted as a gateway to smoking for the youth, as a mystery product loaded with questionable and/ or unsafe ingredients, and have fallen into the convenient, ever-so-clever catchall of “we do not know enough about them, therefore we cannot make a decision. These products have been the target of much negative press, with countless stories spun out of control in efforts to label the industry as dangerous, however, all the while users have continuously done their own research, and found success using these products on their own terms. Oftentimes, e-cigarette users have managed to harness such control of their smoking by using e-cigarettes, they are able to abandon the habit altogether.

This recent report from the British Department of Health comes as a huge sigh of relief for the industry. It is a public acknowledgement from a reputable government agency, from a reputable nation, making the effort in accepting the potential and promise that electronic cigarettes have in bettering the lives of smokers, instead of propagating the lies, and attempting to place them in the same classification as traditional cigarettes.

‘95% safer’ is a big percentage, and it’s a very convincing percentage. This is clear recognition that e-cigarettes are beginning to be seen as an alternative option to traditional smoking, and their many benefits are being considered by major health organizations. A representative speaking on behalf of the study said they are “looking forward to the arrival on the market of a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription,” further indicating their knowledge of the promise that lies ahead for the betterment of public health.

This report done by Public Health England is excellent news. In no way is it the final word on how electronic cigarettes are going to be treated, but it is a step in the right direction. As a newer industry, it is understandable that everything is in a constant state of flux, however, having e-cigarettes viewed as a potential positive is immensely promising.

ECC Expo Is Happening This Weekend!

ECC Expo 2015In the electronic cigarette industry, few events are as big and profound as ECC Expo. This major convention, regarding everything vape-related will be happening this week, from August 13 -16, in Pomona, CA at the Fairplex. It is the largest event of its kind, drawing in thousands of vape geeks, industry pros, and just about any- and everybody who has anything to do with the industry. If you are part of this community, whether as a vaper or an industry professional, this is an excellent event to be a part of, so if you’re local or in the area, we invite you to check it out!

The first two days of the event are open exclusively to those in the trade sector, while the following consecutive weekend days are for the public, 18+. The 13th and 14th are strictly for vape industry B2B professionals, making it the ideal time for businesses to connect with other businesses. Being able to view the industry as a whole in this manner, being able to meet others working within in it, and being able to meet and mingle among those who also live, breathe, eat, sleep vapor is an amazing opportunity. Hundreds of the industry’s top names will be present, making it an absolute must for any pros in this industry.

As a niche market founded on the premise of technology, this event, which is a meeting of the minds, a gathering of the community, and a viewing of what’s to come is of great significance. It allows everyone who is immersed in it to get a feel for where things are headed, as well as to simply experience all the amazingness that is occurring. For anyone in this culture, being able to be neck deep at an expo of this scale offers immense opportunities to meet, mingle, chat, and share in the awesomeness of it all! VaporFi will most definitely be present, so come check us out and say hi!

Taxing Electronic Cigarettes

E-Cigs and TaxationBy 2017, it is expected that the electronic cigarette industry will be raking in around $10 billion yearly. Presently lingering around $2 billion, a 5 times increase is not a trend to be balked at. What these numbers also spark discussion of is taxes, because like any product industry that gets hot, it’s going to get taxed.

The ongoing debate on how electronic cigarettes are classified in regards to being considered “tobacco” products is a direct indicator of how they may or may not be taxed in the near future. Especially relevant to the discussion of “special taxes,” it is rather apparent that e-cigarettes should not be considered tobacco products, because simply, they do not contain tobacco.

The “special taxes” in question are what are known as “excise” taxes, and they have been implemented in recent years, particularly by interests of the anti-e-cigarette movement, who see the income potential of these products, particularly because so many smokers have switched to using them instead of traditional cigarettes.

While currently the only state taxing e-cigarettes in the same methods as traditional cigarettes is Minnesota, there are several more considering taking the same action, including Indiana, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington. In the past, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Utah attempted the similar measures of e-cigarette taxation, however their efforts were not successful.

In Minnesota, their Department of Revenue has estimated that their taxation of e-cigarettes is slated to be bringing in somewhere in the proximity of $1.16 billion due to the combined taxation of e-cigarettes and tobacco products in the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year. Not a figure to be taken lightly, and it is certainly setting an example for other states to compare notes on.

And though the money looks great, there is the moral side of the story to consider. And the fact that vapers will not go down without a fight. And that there are many thousands of small businesses that will be majorly impacted by such taxation. So, as attractive as taxing e-cigarettes may appear, for cities and states that implement such measures, it will not be a clear-cut or easy road ahead.