Category Archives: Electronic Cigarette Retail

New Regulations for E-Liquid Packaging Hit the Vape World

Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act Regulations E-Liquid packaging is now officially regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as of July 26, 2016. Earlier this year, President Obama signed this legislation into law, as the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it has come to its fulfillment. On the part of the industry as a whole, this has been a very welcome regulation, as it is clear the intention is to ensure safety, and to make the products even safer.

This newest e-cigarette regulation will require all packages of e-liquid that contain nicotine which can be accessed through typical use by a consumer, will require a child resistant cap. All manufacturers will be required to have their packaging tested out, and upon the completion of this testing, they will have to show proof of authenticity with a General Certificate of Conformity.

Packages of e-liquids that contain no nicotine/ 0mg, and those that are prepackaged, sealed upon manufacturing, and disposable containers that are used directly with the electronic cigarettes (cartridges) are exempt from this regulation because these products do not come with the same level of danger as bottles of liquids do.

While this regulation may not come as a surprise for many in the industry, most reputable and responsible brands have taken it upon themselves for quite a while to equip their packages with such safety precautions. And though regulations of any kind are usually met with some resistance, especially when people feel their rights to freedom are being infringed upon, regulations that honestly take into account the need for precautions are the responsible way to go.

All IVG brands have used child-resistant caps on e-liquids for quite some time now, understanding that this type of regulation was going to be occurring one way or another. Clearly that time has come to fruition, and while we are happy to have been ahead of the curve, we look forward to all manufacturers in this industry taking a step in the right direction to ensure safety across the board.  

E-Cigarette Franchising is Rising

VaporFi FranchiseThere’s no time like the present. So if you have ever given owning a franchising serious thought, consider the electronic cigarette industry as the gift of your future endeavor –  available now.

And at the forefront of this entrepreneurial charge is VaporFi.

Established by parent company International Vapor Group (IVG) in 2013, VaporFi drew the immediate praise of many hardcore e-smokers as well as would-be entrepreneurs. Recognizing the chance for expansion, IVG introduced VaporFi’s franchise opportunities in 2014, and by 2016 the brand has seen excellent demand to join a company with an established track record continuing to reflect the many successful stores and lounges that have already opened for business.

So why franchise with VaporFi? Here are just some of the gainful benefits, shall we say, “in-store:”

  • All VaporFi e-liquid sold is made in the USA.
  • All products are manufactured by VaporFi who backs their products 100%.
  • With production and manufacturing done ‘in-house,’ VaporFi guarantees low-overhead; saving you money while earning more of it.
  • Increase profitability with VaporFi’s exclusive revenue sharing program, which pays commission for all internet sales generated in your store’s area.
  • Offering some of the most durable devices and unique e-liquid blends on the market, the name VaporFi is not only well-known but synonymous with quality, innovation and customer satisfaction.

There is little doubt the e-cigarette business has grown at a rapid pace and continues to do so as popularity for the most recognizable alternative to smoking skyrockets the world over. Overall sales of e-cigs and vaping products such as mods, vape pens devices, and e-liquids are expected to surpass $10 billion by 2017. And such accelerated growth is directly attributed to e-cig firms like VaporFi, who initiated their brand’s successful presence online and have since enjoyed significant market share with continued store location openings throughout numerous cities and states across the country, as well as internationally.

To inquire about opening a franchised vapor shop with the award-winning team at VaporFi & International Vapor Group, please visit: http://www.vaporfi.com/our-company/franchising.html

IVG is at World Vapor Expo This Weekend!

IVG at World Vapor Expo! Right now, the World Vapor Expo is going on in Miami Beach, and if you happen to be local or in the South Florida area, there is no better place to be this weekend!

As far as vape conventions go, few are as exciting, well-executed, and as thoroughly done as this event, making it the perfect vaping con to hit and mingle with the industry at large. IVG brands VaporFi and DIRECTVAPOR will be there all weekend long, so be sure to visit and say hi, as well as check out what we’re up to; find us in Hall D. DIRECTVAPOR will be set up at Booth VIP 19A, and VaporFi will be at Booth VIP 19B. There have been rumors of schwag being given away, so be sure to come blow some clouds!

World Vapor Expo is an event of epic proportions, featuring over 100 different retailers, companies, distributors, and wholesalers repping the vape culture and industry, along with consumers who are eager to hit the event to explore the industry in person.

The event kicked off yesterday, however the day was reserved strictly for B2B/ business-professionals exclusively. So for those of you who actually are in the biz, be it as a vendor or some variety of an industry professional, it was a great day to network and communicate with others in the industry in person. The remainder of the weekend, however, will be open to all who are interested and intrigued; business folk and vaping enthusiasts welcome.

For all others involved in the vape industry, the event will be hosting the general public throughout the rest of the weekend. There will be three different industry speakers, so if you’re interested in hearing what they’ve got to say, by all means check it out!

Miami Beach + vaping conventions make for an insane weekend, so definitely make World Vapor Expo, and hanging with IVG your top priorities!

Motley Brew: No Ordinary Brew

Motley-Brew-EJuiceThis is a little spotlight on one of our most exciting brands: Motley Brew, one of the premier lines of vape liquids available on the market. Here is an overview of what this brand is all about, and why every vape retailer needs to be carrying these juices!

Artisan Crafted

Small batches and using top-secret aging methods, these are much different from most mass-produced liquids out there.

Top Quality

Because bad quality sucks, and the very highest standards are what every e-liquid maker should aspire to! These liquids are formulated in an FDA-registered lab, diacetyl-free, and made with only the finest ingredients.

Gourmet Taste

And in addition to the exceptional quality, the attention to detail implemented into these juices has created the most interesting, unique, and deliciously exquisite e-liquids! With flavors like

Grateful Red, Froot Fighters, and Old Fashioned, these are so far beyond the majority of other offerings in the e-juice market.

Here’s a briefing on each flavor:

  • Grateful Red: The finest apple tart made with a mix of apple varieties, complemented by notes of fine vanilla and rich caramel.
  • Old Fashioned: complex but never complicated! Perfectly aged bourbon whiskey, a dash of spiced bitters, a splash of citrus, all topped with the sweetness of raw sugarcane! Yes, it is as delectable as it sounds!  
  • Brews Brothers: Evocative of the requisite coffee and a smoke, this flavor enhances the experience as it is comprised of fine espresso, vanilla cream, a mellow tobacco, and the slightest hint of butterscotch!
  • Pearadise City: The juiciest pears, coupled with sweet lychee and finished off with vanilla bean cream, this flavor is a gourmet sensation!
  • Almost Famous: Sweet cake with fresh, wild blueberries and praline pecans make this flavor an incredibly rich flavor with delicious depth!
  • Froot Fighters: A triple shot of melon, this fruity taste is comprised of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe!

That about sums it up the amazingness of Motley Brew e-liquids, and for retailers looking to amp up their selection, it doesn’t get better than this! These are some pretty incredible juices, and the quality totally speaks for itself when they’ve been experienced!

FDA Announces E-Cigarette Regulations

FDA E-Cig RegulationsThe tobacco deeming regulations were announced this week by the federal government, after years of speculation as to how they would impact the electronic cigarettes industry. As the industry has long been unregulated, it was a continuous discussion that everyone knew wasn’t about if; it was about when. Well, that when is now, and if Congress doesn’t act to overturn these rules, there is the potential for the industry to be quite negatively as a result.

The most confounding aspect of these regulations is that the FDA is categorizing an entire industry’s worth of products that contain no tobacco, as tobacco products. This is done simply to adhere to the February 2007 “grandfather date” and does not account for the thousands of products that simply did not exist at that time. For companies that manufacture vapor products, being able to keep their products on the market will require lengthy paperwork for every product sold, with application costs that can reach as high as $1 million per application. Not many companies, outside of the massive few, and those owned by cigarette companies will be able to front this. And simply, this type of regulation, which targets a growing market is blatantly wrong.

These initial regulations are still being examined, and some rules are less concrete than others, at the moment. Some of the regulations that will go into effect 90 days from now include:

  • No free samples of vapor products can be distributed
  • No sales via vending machines
  • Age verification will be required for purchase, as no sales will be permitted to those under 18, whether online or in retail locations

However, other areas of the nearly 500 page text detailing the deeming regulations are less set in stone, and subject to Congress overturning them. It certainly goes without say, the entire vapor products industry as well as all the researchers involved in examining the benefits of e-cigarettes have been up in arms. There is an overwhelming amount of support for these products, and many feel the positives they possess far outweigh the few negatives.

Currently there is a lot going on as the vape Industry prepares to fight for our rights of equality and by no means is this the end. We have long been ready for these regulations, and we are urging our customers to sign this petition to make it clear to the White House, and to Congress how beneficial vapor products are, and how destructive this type of legislation can be.

To all of our customers, we are here to support you throughout it all, and we look forward to continuing to serve you with the finest in vapor for years to come.

Amendment Passed to Save Vaping!

Good News  for Vaping: Amendment Passed to Protect the Industry!For many months now, the vapor products industry has been anticipating the announcement of the revised FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations. This has been a continuously looming threat to the industry, and if it were to stand in accordance with how these regulations were initially drawn up, the entire industry would be facing major setbacks. Thankfully, this week the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the agriculture bill that was designed to protect the majority of electronic cigarette businesses. While the amendment still has to get passed by the House, the action taken thus far is a major step in the right direction.

The big deal over the Tobacco Deeming Regulations has been that if the original date was to remain the same, all electronic cigarette products that have entered the market since 2007 would be forced to go through a rigorous and costly application process. Known as the Premarket Tobacco Application, all products that have emerged since 2007 would have to apply, and the cost would have been millions of dollars per product. Definitely not a financial figure most small businesses could front, this uphill battle would obviously force most of them into termination. The industry as a whole is highly relieved as a result, because it is evident of positive action in the right direction being taken.

The amendment was proposed by GOP Rep. Tom Cole and Democrat Rep. Sanford Bishop, passing with 31 – 19 votes. Among the amendment’s greatest opposers was Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has voiced her opposition to electronic cigarettes openly.

However, despite the fact that the bill will have still have to get passed to officially become a law, the impending regulations are looking quite positive. This is exactly the kind of action the vapor industry has been hoping for, and we are entirely relieved that politicians are standing on the side of reason, and protecting what has evolved into a major asset for those looking for alternatives to tobacco.

The vapor products industry is a multi-billion dollar industry now, and it has been majorly influential in offering smokers a variety of options for handling their smoking with lifestyle choices. We are exceedingly pleased that we are headed towards regulations that make sense for all involved.

Call to Action: Contact Your Senator to Prevent Vapor Devices From Being Banned on Planes!

Oppose SA 3547Vaping is being attacked, yet again. This time, the powers that be (more specifically, anti-vape Senator Blumenthal D-CT) are attempting to ban vapor devices/ products from being carried on aircraft. His proposed amendment aims to expand the present list of hazardous items to include vapor products, which will thereby ban them from being brought onto all flights. Such legislation is not only aggressive and without reasoning, it is a blatant attack on the rights of those who seek alternatives to tobacco.

If you own a vapor products-related business, are a vape consumer, or support the vape industry in any manner, it is imperative that you email or make a phone call to your Senator to voice your outrage over the proposed amendment SA 3547, to the FAA reauthorization bill. As early as next week, there is a possibility it will be debated on the Senate Floor, and if it goes into effect, it has the potential to be catastrophic for anyone who intends on vaping while traveling, or simply just plans on bringing their devices with them.

Considering that vapor devices are already banned from use on flights, and restricted to being carried exclusively in carry-on luggage (checked luggage is prohibited) it is excessively oppressing to those who vape to be forced into such circumstances. This type of regulation impacts vapers in the worst possible way, as the majority of them use these alternatives as an option away from tobacco. To give them no option when traveling could potentially force them back to using tobacco, against their preferences, all for a pointless regulation that does not have any justification.

More than 9 million people use vapor products as an alternative method of smoking, and to restrict these devices in such a way is a forceful attack on the freedoms of those who vape. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are not even regulated in such a way. Cell phones, which contain similar lithium ion batteries as those contained in vapor devices, are not regulated like this, so to thwart such bans on vapers is simply wrong.

Therefore, it is so important to everyone involved in this industry to make it clear to your Senators that support for opposing SA 3547 is the right thing to do. You can find your Senator’s contact info HERE!

The Near Future of Vaping: Where We’re At, Where We’re Heading

Vape IndustryThe vapor industry is a really exciting place to be at the moment. It is a movement thriving on the brilliance of its consumers, and the limits are constantly getting pushed passed preconceived notions. Right now, we are at a major crossroads for the industry, as the technology is getting seriously into overdrive, while government regulation is looming ahead in many places across the world. As the industry has grown from a seldom seen occurrence into a serious mainstream niche market, it shows how impressive and forward-moving these products have been.

However, at the same time, with progressing and success comes the necessity of rules needing to be rewritten, and in regards to the vapor industry, the game has changed so much, rules are being rewritten everywhere. With millions across the US and Europe having ditched tobacco cigarettes for high tech mods and powerful vaporizers, it has become quite accepted that vapor offers a tremendous experience, with no regulation.

As was noticed quite prominently at Vape Jam, which just occurred in the UK last weekend, the vibe was both excitingly progressive, as well as cautious in regards to the impending discussion of regulations we know will be started this year. The industry has become so technical on its own, as a movement by vapers, for vapers, one of the most impressive trending aspects currently is how dedicated to safety, and self-regulating the industry is. While many vapers are after the showy mods that boast incredible features and the largest capacities for power, behind the scenes is extremely technical and innovation-focused. All of the major companies in this industry are interested in creating the safest, most efficient, and the cleanest devices. It’s about pushing further into the unknown, and developing products consumers can trust are safe.

And in terms of regulations, the vape industry knows they are coming, and will begin to be implemented in May 2016 in Europe, and TBA in America, for better or worse. While many do not see regulations as a completely negative scenario, as they can work to the favor of the industry by offering standards and safety, it is within the hope of all vapers that they are of the more common sense variety.

Getting Invisi: VaporFi’s April Fools’ Joke Fooled Aplenty!

VOX_Invisi_500TC_KitVaporFi really outdid themselves with a hilarious April Fools’ prank this year! Like many companies, the brand hit social media and major news outlets on April 1, 2016 boasting about a revolutionary new invention that would turn vapor invisible, making public usage virtually transparent! Hey, IKEA was advertising a reclining chair that miraculously changes colors by mood, and Google got into all kinds of sticky trouble by mixing business and pleasure with Minions and emails; we certainly weren’t the only ones creating a little raucous foolery!

VaporFi went totally all Harry Potter-esque with the technology of vaping invisibility. Feasible, intriguing, and useful, right? The promise of the VaporFi VOX Invisi 500 TC, with accompanying Invisi E-Liquid and Vapor Glasses, which were “designed” to create a device that produced an invisible vapor that enabled vapers to literally use it anywhere, with no trace of vapor whatsoever. However, what would have been an excellent tool to evade the harsh confines of tight regulations, was unfortunately, too good to be true!

While many vapers actually bought into the cheeky joke, and some were actually sad that it won’t be an actual product hitting the ever-so-innovative vape market, VaporFi had a ton of fun creating this prank campaign. It reached a variety of mainstream internet news outlets, and was featured in Business Wire. To quote our CEO, Nick Molina, “This groundbreaking technology is a game changer that Government regulators can’t touch. The VOX® Invisi 500 TC will allow anyone, anywhere, anytime to vape in public places. We’re the only company in the world with this technology and the first to bring invisible vaping to the market.” Ah, if only all April Fools’ jokes were this much fun!

If you didn’t catch it, head over to the VaporFi page, or check it out here. Hope your April Fools’ Day was filled with humor, pranks, and some great practical jokes!

The Industry is Booming; Get In With a Franchise

VaporFi FranchisingThe electronic cigarette/ vapor industry has been booming every year, and growing exponentially. It has become a billion dollar industry, with immense innovation, prospects, and developments that are happening at a seemingly almost daily rate. In fact every year turns over new discoveries, new advancements, and new sub-niches, which have enabled consumers to achieve a greater sense of satisfaction, as well as have their needs met in the most comfortable way possible.

So what does this mean for you on a business level? Well, if you’ve thought about branching out in an entrepreneurial way, have thought of owning your own vapor business, or have considered getting into the vapor industry due to the rapid growth, there is no better time than right now to do so. This industry is incredible, and it’s only getting bigger.

One of the best ins into this industry, if you are not already aware, is with a VaporFi franchise. Are you intrigued, yet?

VaporFi is well-respected, highly-recognized name, with a track history of great performance. This model has been constructed, fine-tuned, and perfected for excellent returns. Available in several different setups, and able to meet a variety of different needs, this brand was made for expansion. Currently set up throughout the continental US, and throughout several locations internationally, VaporFi is on the move.

A VaporFi franchise would enable you to be your own boss, with a fully-established time-tested brand and a low-overhead setup cost. Instead of going it alone, you’ll be backed by one of the vapor industry’s most trusted names, and among the very best quality in products and e-liquids. VaporFi has done the work in branding, research, development, and manufacturing; as well as creating a state of the art Point-of-Sale (POS) system for detailed inventory management.

Want to know how to start what could be the beginnings of a beautiful business relationship with us, and be on your way to vapor business ownership with VaporFi? The first step is to apply!