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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!

Welsh Ban on E-Cig Use in Public Overturned!

shutterstock_192564356Several weeks ago, a public health bill in Wales was erected in an effort to ban the usage of electronic cigarettes and similar devices in public. Both Liberal Democrats and Conservative members of the Welsh Assembly opposed the ban, however the Labor Party was able to extract a considerable amount of support from the Plaid Cymru members to get it passed. As should be done with all shady backdoor dealings that do not benefit the public, who will ultimately feel the brunt of such bans, this bill didn’t stand a chance. While it existed momentarily, due to the hard work and tireless diligence of vapers and vapers’ advocates, the bill was shot down on account of pressure applied in regards to a lack of evidence.

As with many situations occurring globally, in which vaping has become politicized, and politicians have gotten involved for reasons beyond the greater good of the people, this Welsh vaping ban is a prime example of manipulation. This particular bill was the work of UK Health Minister Mark Drakeford, who blatantly ignored the vast amount of research presented, favoring his own prejudiced-based opinion to pass it. As Drakeford has a longstanding history of opposition to vapor devices, claiming from his own opinion that vapor methods are the “least effective” method to be used for quitting smoking. His actions angered not only vapers in the UK, with advocates for vaping becoming vehemently outraged, numerous public health agencies reacted with similar disapproval. Despite Drakeford’s inherent sense of personal self-importance, the scientific and public health communities were clearly not accepting of it. This ban was opposed by Cancer Research UK, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and the Royal college of Physicians Wales, among many others.

However, victory on behalf of justice prevailed. it did not even take a full 2 weeks before counter action was implemented. Those who opposed the ban fought against it by using evidence-based research. They made a clear case to the Welsh Assembly, who then understood that they were lied to, as scientific information was knowingly withheld from them.

FDOT Makes it Formal: Electronic Cigarettes Are Banned on Flights

Vaping Banned on AirplanesThe Federal Department of Transportation, also known as FDOT, announced this week that electronic cigarettes are officially classified as smoking devices in regards to air travel, and therefore, they are now prohibited for use during flights.

From a statement from the Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx on the matter: “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes.The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”

Yes, it is true that electronic cigarettes have never been allowed, however, to further clarify the matter, FDOT has made it official with this final issuing of regulations that all electronic cigarettes, advanced vaporizers, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, any devices that are designed to resemble everyday objects including pens, and simply any device that is remotely similar and has the ability to vaporize nicotine liquid into delicious clouds of vapor is federally banned on commercial flights from, into, and throughout the US. The rule goes fully into effect April 3, 2016.

Additionally, while electronic cigarettes will be allowed to be carried with you on flights, FDOT has also made it a requirement of anyone carrying an electronic cigarette device that such items may not be stored in checked luggage; carry on only. Furthermore, electronic nicotine delivery systems may not be charged in any such manny on board the aircraft, in flight or otherwise.

If you vape, or are even just aware of the electronic smoking movement, and have attempted to, or looked into the possibility of vaping on an airplane, you will already know that it’s been prohibited. All the while however, federal mandates regarding the official rules have not been made clear, as the majority of the rules previously in existence were not inclusive of vapor devices, considering their relative newness. Until now.

New York Rules State Law Does Designates Vaping As NOT Smoking

shutterstock_217325623“Vaping is not the same as smoking.” Vapers have repeated it for years, and finally the law is agreeing.

This week, a New York court ruled that under state law, vapers cannot be charged in violation of the state’s anti-smoking laws because as reality proves, vaping is not smoking.

Shawn Thomas was vaping on a subway platform, and when he was arrested, he was charged under state law, which does not designate using electronic cigarettes in public as illegal. Though in New York City the use of electronic cigarettes is banned in public places under the Smoke Free Air Act, it is not a state law, and this is exactly where Thomas was able to defend his actions and fight the charges he was assigned. In his favor, the judge ruled that smoking laws cannot be applied to vaping.

Vapers have always known this, and anyone else with common sense could have figured it out easily. Smoking involves tobacco, and cigarettes, and fire to light them, creating combustion, resulting in the burning of the plant matter, creating smoke. That’s the basic gist of smoking. Vaping, however, is an entirely different action, and it involves none of the above aspects of the process. Alternative cigarettes use nicotine e-liquid, burns nothing, produces vapor, dissipates without odor, uses no fire, creates no combustion, and does not produce smoking of the device. Clearly, no smoke involved.

This latest action in New York is an evident sign of reform occurring, showing that acceptance, though small, is happening, and however minute it may be, the fact that lawmakers are recognizing the difference is major. As the threat of FDA regulations looms, with the fear that they will attempt to classify vaping as smoking permanently, it is a very promising sign that awareness is occurring. While cases such as Shawn Thomas’ are going to be handled on an individual basis, and New York City will not be altering their Smoke Free Air Act anytime soon, any positive, justified action is a good sign!

Rep. Duncan Hunter: Vaping in Congress

Rep. Duncan Hunter Vaping in Congress One of the vaping community’s greatest voices, Congressman Duncan Hunter has been a very vocal, very proud proponent of vaping. While legislation looms from all angles of American government, this fine gentleman has been very outspoken on his personal views of promoting the acceptance of vapor, as well as sharing his personal accomplishments that have occurred due to having switched to vaporizers.

In a rather bold move this week, in an attempt to make himself seen and have his voice heard, the California Republican Representative decided to use his vape as a tool of expression, and during a meeting designated to determine the fate of vaping on airplanes, he made it clear how passionate he is about the usefulness of these awesome alternatives to tobacco. He opened his argument with a lusciously bold cloud of vapor, explaining what a vaporizer is and does, and certainly got a lot of attention with his dramatic gesture: “So this is called a vaporizer,” Hunter announced, while at the same time, causing some annoyance as the woman sitting next to him fanned his vapor from her air space. “There’s no combustion, there are no carcinogens … there is no burning, there is nothing noxious about this whatsoever.” While we do agree with him wholeheartedly, this method didn’t achieve the anticipated reaction from fellow lawmakers.

Rep. Hunter’s effort to sway the judgement in his favor, despite putting out all the stops to make a point for the positivity of vaping, was ultimately shot down. Unfortunately, he did not gain the support of his peers in the House, and it looks as though this amendment will be getting a Federal banning in regards to vaping on aircraft. Regardless, we do appreciate his unwavering support for the industry, common sense in regards to vaping, as well as using himself as an example.

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E-Cig Explodes, Parents Blame Device for Underage Son’s Injuries

E-Cigarette Explosions: Think About Your Safety FirstA teen in Alberta, Canada is recovering from second degree burns that came as a result of an electronic cigarette device exploding as he used it. Currently, media reports are painting it as a situation of a rogue device randomly turning explosive, however they are failing to take into account that the product he was using was much more complex than a basic electronic cigarette. The explosion was most likely the result of improper usage, and perhaps using the wrong variety of battery to power the device. It is possible he did not understand the complexities of working with a mech mod, however, let it be known that despite what the media reports, this situation probably could have been avoided.

There are several things wrong with this story. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. The device this child was using was a mechanical mod. Not a beginner’s device. Not an intermediate device. Rather a device for legit experts, who know exactly what they are doing when it comes to handling serious lithium batteries and building electrical panels yourself.
  2. His parents allowed him to use this thing; at such a tender, experimental age under 18, his parents should have had a better handle of what he was up to and they should have been paying more attention. Now they’re opting to blame the vapor device; real smart to avert the attention away, guys.
  3. Someone actually sold a child this product due to there being no age regulation in this area of Canada? This is stupidity on all levels.
  4. When using mech mods, you have to do a substantial amount of research to understand how they need to be built. Beyond building, people need to be aware that mech mods are inherently DIY devices and there is a definite level of risk in using them. Most companies selling them will make this very, very clear in an effort to educate e-cigarette consumers

So, the real story should be on awareness, not a vague headline designed to scare and distort the reality of e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Safety first, it should be the primary goal of everyone who opts to use a vapor device. If you are going to venture into advanced territory, and attempt to work with devices such as mech mods, please, by all means, know what you’re doing.