Monthly Archives: October 2015

DC Goes Extreme on 67% Excise Taxing on E-Cigarettes

DC Excise E-Cig TaxThe latest news on e-cigs is that vape shops in DC need to watch out! And so it begins… massive taxes have finally hit the e-cigarette world, at least in the nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Vapers have long been dreading this, though many have expected it for quite some time. 

On October 1st, 2015, DC implemented a new 67% excise tax on all products related to electronic smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and e-liquids. As part of the 2016 budget proposal, which encompasses the Vapor Product Amendment of 2015, officially halts the classifying of e-cigarettes into the same grouping as traditional cigarettes in regards to sales tax. The increase is monumental; when regarded as tobacco products, e-cigarette products were subject to a 5.75%  sales tax; a far cry from the crippling 67% consumers are now faced with. Though it does not extend to online shopping, the law is aimed at the many vape shops that have opened up throughout the DC area.

While this is not a nationwide law, those in the DC area are going to see a lot of big changes in how e-cigarettes are sold locally. This regulation was enacted as an effort to raise money, in which the mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser anticipates an increase of $400,000 to be gained, and used towards local efforts.

This new amendment officially declassified electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, and goes in for the kill by giving them their own category; allowing municipalities to take the taxation to the extreme.

We have long advocated the implementation of regulations within reason, and laws that are made on behalf of the people who use the products, and above all, done in the name of common sense; not exploitation in an effort to raise money.

What may seem like such a small move has the potential to be catastrophic. Because it directly targets brick and mortar shops, along with gas stations and convenience stores, it is expected that stores in the area will be closing, customers will be driven away due to high cost, and people will most likely lose jobs. Doesn’t sound very economically stable, or growth-inducing, does it, considering this law was enacted to stimulate the local DC economy?

Public Health England’s Evidence-Based Review

Not enough research to deem electronic cigarettes a worthy option for smokers looking for an alternative? Wrong, according to Public Health England.

While the debate rages on, between controversy and approval for e-cigarettes, Public Health England recently made a bold announcement in the direction of positivity for electronic cigarettes. Acknowledging the fact that safety and purity regulation is a necessity, they also acknowledged the many positives these products hold, and that they have the potential to be a major source of assistance to those looking to quit smoking.

The stance cited a variety of research, publicly putting an end to the incessant cry of “not enough research or scientific data,” and zeroed in on the common sense ideal that without tobacco, the concept of smoking takes on an entirely different face. All of the information released by Public Health England was part of their Evidence-Based Review, and it examined a large collection of data and studies, as well as consumer information to reach their conclusions. This was done over an extended period of time, with a great amount of consideration on previous research, and was aimed to be conducted in a most unbiased manner.

Despite e-cigarettes not being marketed as such, the research found that electronic cigarettes are the number one choice among smokers as a cessation device. While these products are prohibited from being marketed in such a way, this is how users are utilizing them, and contrary to what major governmental agencies (in the USA, at least) may have to say about the regulatory semantics, smokers are proving to have very successful results.
As the foreword of the Public Health England’s Evidence-Based Review states: “The role and impact of electronic cigarettes has been one of the great debates in public health in recent years and we commissioned this independent review of the latest evidence to ensure that practitioners, policy makers and, most importantly of all, the public have the best evidence available.” There was no political manipulation or hidden agenda behind this research. It’s about being upfront, honest, and giving the real deal statistics to those who need them. Whether or not the US follows suit, and begins regulating on such a common-sense, realistic manner will be seen in time; it the meantime, enormous kudos to Public Health England for being blunt where it matters, and making it clear that e-cigarettes are not the bad guy!

VaporFi Sponsors Vinny Magalhaes in the WSOF!

VaporFi Sponsors Vinny MagalhaesThis coming Saturday, October 17, International Vapor Group’s very own VaporFi will be proudly sponsoring Light Heavyweight MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes in his fight in the decagon cage against Matt “the Hammer” Hamill during the World Series of Fighting. This should prove to be a most exciting event, as Vinny is aiming to score his third consecutive victory. Live from the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT, it’s going to be one action-packed MMA evening. The fight will be broadcast on NBC Sports, at 8 pm EST, so we highly encourage you to tune in as one of the most dynamic fighters currently fighting reps VaporFi.

Also known as “Pezao,” Vinny Magalhaes is one the world’s best MMA fighters. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vinny holds a vast collection of prestigious and exclusive titles to his name. Many consider him to be the best grappler in the world. He holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and is a national champion in his native Brazil for the sport. Other major titles he has acquired include winning the Ultimate Fighter TV Show (season 8), M-1 MMA champion, which is the biggest promotion in Russia, and presently, Vinny is the champion of Titan Fighting Championships. He was also among the exclusive list of invitees during the last ADCC, which is a private event owned and hosted by a sheikh, and it features only the very finest fighters in the world across a multitude of modalities, including wrestling, MMA, judo, sambo, jiu jitsu, among others. To say that Vinny is a seriously in demand fighter would be somewhat of an understatement.

So, this Saturday night, tune in to NBC Sports to catch all of the excitement! IVG is super excited to be a part of the action as Vinny Magalhaes fights for the championship, representing the VaporFi vape life!

National Parks Enforce E-Cigarette & Vapor Ban

National Parks Ban E-CigsAhh, there is nothing quite like the majesty of the great outdoors. It’s all about picnics, camping and even that whacky John Candy film from way back when. But if you enjoy a good vape while relaxing out and about in nature, you may want to reconsider America’s national parks.

Do to a new measure that was immediately put into effect by the National Parks Service, electronic cigarettes and vapor products of any kind are now banned nationwide. Regardless if it’s the Everglades, Yellowstone or Yosemite, vaping clouds in big sky country is now a thing of the past.

To protect the health of patrons, this new regulation serves as an extension of the ban on all tobacco products within National Parks concessions, government owned and operated National Parks facilities, and their accompanying vehicles. Citing the health and safety of its visitors and employees alike, this unfortunate regulation fails to recognize that electronic cigarettes, and their emitted vapor, are not in fact, smoke.

Yet even with the widely known common knowledge that electronic cigarettes, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, (or ENDS), are in fact electronic, such regulation misses the point that they are an entirely different product altogether. Factor in the reality that no harm has been proven to come as a result of being exposed to first hand vapor, or second hand vapor, this faulty regulation has discrimination written all over it.

Nevertheless, whether or not this law was enacted in an effort to protect the land and natural resources of our national parks themselves, the threat of an unintentional forest fire directly attributed to e-cigs or any vapor device is farfetched. Even the batteries of e-cigarettes accidentally igniting and causing a blaze are about as probable as a cell phone battery in a similar predicament.

And the National Parks Services certainly won’t be banning cell phones anytime soon, will they?