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Rush Limbaugh discusses his Volcano e-cigarette and the way the FDA, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma are trying to put a stop to our right to vape.

Posted by in Uncategorized on June 6, 2015

There is no doubt about it, vaping, e-cigarettes, e-juice, or e-liquid is becoming more common in the United States, and around the world. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, the industry is expecting to break the $1billion mark this year. And it shows little sign of stopping. The industry does a good job of regulating itself as it grows by anticipating new laws about its packaging future. CPS decided to get ahead of the curve and present a bottle that is built for e-liquids. I’ll give you 5 reasons why you want our bottles if you’re already a part of, or thinking of joining the e-liquid revolution.

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Reynolds supported the five cents per milliliter of e-liquid tax

Rep. Ruth Samuelson

Rep. Ruth Samuelson

RALEIGH, N.C. —By next year, Minnesota will no longer be the only state to tax electronic cigarettes. Last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that, among other things, will levy a modest tax on e-cigarettes and vapor products starting in 2015.

The tax on five cents per milliliter of e-liquid tax received bipartisan approval in both the state Senate and House, Reuters reported.

While the Senate made no efforts to strip the bill of the electronic cigarette tax, some questioned the methodology behind the tax: state Senator Ben Clark (D) proposed an amendment that would tax vaping products based on the amount of nicotine rather than the amount of liquid.

“We’re trying to draw a relationship between the nicotine content, the e-liquid and the excise tax imposed therein,” Clark said.

Most of the Senate disagreed, with Clark’s amendment failing by a 37 to 12 vote.

The five-cent excise tax is significantly lower than Minnesota’s (where e-cigarettes are taxed at a rate of 95% of the wholesale cost), garnering support from the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American Inc., whose Vuse electronic cigarettes use only a 0.5-milliliter cartridge.

Reynolds spokesperson David Howard voiced the company’s support to the House finance committee last week, saying the measure would help establish “a fair and reasonable” e-cigarette excise tax.

State Representative. Julia Howard (R) told The Winston-Salem Journal this was “a rare example of an industry wanting to be taxed.”

Proponents of the bill agreed with Reynolds on the need to tax electronic cigarettes differently than combustible products.

“Tobacco and vapor products have vastly differing health impacts, manufacturing processes and business models,” state Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R), a sponsor of the bill, told Reuters. “In light of this, we must … draw a clear distinction between how North Carolina treats tobacco products and vapor products.”

Opponents argued that, because of the potential health benefits of e-cigarettes, the state should not dissuading trials with taxes.

“It makes little sense in this fragile economy to impose higher taxes on a product that provides consumers a viable and harmless alternative to traditional tobacco products,” wrote Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in a letter to state legislators (read the full letter here).

Legislators have taken the first steps to regulate liquids used in e-cigarettes.It comes as e-cigarette use has tripled among teenagers. A new CDC report says that more than one in ten high school students say they use e-cigarettes.

Lawmakers hope the newest legislation on e-liquids helps curb this number, but vape shop owners say the efforts are misguided.

David Cohen sat at World of Vapor this afternoon taking drags off his electronic cigarette.

He supports the law that bans e-liquid sales for minors.

“I have a 15-year-old son that i don’t want vaping until he’s old enough to make his own choices,” said Cohen.

But Cohen also owns this Irvington vape shop, which prevents minors from entering. He says he could get behind most of the regulations on the table, but worries about the fine print.

“The childproof caps, the not selling until 18, those are all fine. Ingredients labels. That’s all fine and nobody in the industry disputes that. It’s the stuff behind all that that cripples the industry,” Cohen said.

He’s referring to manufacturing regulations, which he says disproportionately burden small businesses. He estimates it would cost him thousands of dollars to comply and get licensed, and guesses many shops might have to close.

“We should take a look at what kind of jobs we’re killing. And why we’re killing them,” said Cohen.

But lawmakers supporting the bill, as well as further regulation on e-cigarettes, say the manufacturing regulations are crucial.

“Before this piece of legislation came along, we didn’t know where the liquids were made, we didn’t know how they were produced, we didn’t know how they were being distributed,” said Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis).

Senator Merrit says businesses now know the rules they’re expected to play by.

“I think the regulations that we put are for protection of the public and for the protection of the shops themselves.”

Cohen says the intent does not match the execution.

“I understand that it’s all about the children. But I don’t think it’s really all about the children,” said Cohen.

The e-liquid bill is headed to the governor’s office for approval. It is one of several bills regulating e-cigarette usage introduced into the General Assembly this year.

Photograph of Audrey Hepburn by Photo 12/Alamy. Photo-illustration by Paul Spella.

On a sunny Friday this spring, a thick haze lingered in the lobby of the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon. It was sweet, like apples and chocolate, and was coming from people huddled around tables near an indoor koi pond, sucking on metal contraptions with skinny mouthpieces that made them look like miniature oboes.

More people sat at the bar, challenging one another to see who could blow the biggest clouds. When I asked the bartender how he liked serving this crowd, he shrugged and said it was okay. Not that long ago, he noted, “you could smoke in here—it was horrible.”

The Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act bans smoking in elevators, public schools, polling places, and restaurants. But the law doesn’t extend to electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers, which is what people at the Hyatt Dulles were puffing. The battery-powered devices work by heating a liquid nicotine solution and turning it into an inhalable mist. (They are, in effect, wee versions of the fog machine Lady Gaga uses to becloud herself onstage.) The vapor the devices emit looks like cigarette smoke, but they’re noncombustible: no tobacco, smoke, or ash. To use such a device is to “vape.” A person who vapes is a vaper.

About 2,000 vapers were at the Hyatt Dulles for Vapefest, a semiannual gathering for e-cigarette vendors and enthusiasts. First held in 2010, the convention is now billed as the “longest-running vape event in the nation.” It has spawned at least 15 copycats, including VapeBash, Vapestock, Vape-a-Palooza, Vapetoberfest, and, yes, Vapor Gras.

At Vapefest, vapers roamed the Hyatt hallways and rode the elevators dragging on their devices full of flavored e-juice, leaving trails redolent of cinnamon and crème brûlée. Meanwhile, in my room, a placard on the bedspread warned that I’d be hit with a $250 cleaning fee if I stank the place up with cigarettes.

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Throughout Washington and across the country, close encounters with vapers are becoming more common, and it doesn’t take an extreme environment like Vapefest to guarantee a sighting. But you might not know a vaper when you see one. That’s because e-cigs are typically designed to mimic the look of traditional cigarettes—hardcore vapers call them “cig-alikes,” disparagingly—and they glow at the tip when dragged on. Likewise, some personal vaporizers resemble paraphernalia available in a head shop, except they’re sold in vape shops.

Six or seven years ago, there was no such thing as a vape shop. Today there are about 5,000 nationwide, and new stores are opening all the time. The District’s first, called DC Vape Joint, opened in Adams Morgan in March. Many thousands more convenience stores and kiosks, such as those at Union Station and Tysons Corner Center, sell cig-alikes.

There’s also Vape News Magazine, a glossy bimonthly out of St. Louis with 25,000 readers; podcasts (Click, Bang!; The TVA Show); online communities (Vaping Forum, Planet of the Vapes); YouTube channels (Vaped Crusader, Vaping Monkey); and the National Vapers Club, organizer of Vapefest.

For such a young market—e-cigs didn’t appear until around 2006—vaping is already doing big business. Last year, e-cig sales topped $2 billion, according to industry analyst Bonnie Herzog of Wells Fargo Securities. By 2017, Herzog expects sales to surpass $10 billion. At this rate, and barring any red tape that could stifle innovation, she adds, the market could outpace that of traditional cigarettes by 2024—a prospect that hasn’t gone overlooked by Big Tobacco.

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The makers of Camels, Marlboros, and Newports have all fired up their own e-cig products. R.J. Reynolds introduced Vuse Digital Vapor Cigarettes in July of last year. Altria has MarkTen, and this past April the company acquired a small e-cig manufacturer called Green Smoke. Blu, the country’s top-selling brand, is made by Lorillard.

The company got free publicity at the Golden Globe Awards this year when Julia Louis-Dreyfus vaped a Blu as a gag. The audience roared as the Veep star, in black cat-eye sunglasses, an updo, and a strappy red evening gown, puffed importantly on the long black wand, its tip lighting up like an electrified topaz gemstone. (Watch the GIF.)

Lorillard has left the official flacking to former Playboy centerfold Jenny McCarthy, now of The View, who has gushed about Blus in ads for the brand. The message: E-cigs won’t yellow your teeth or make your hair smell, and they can be enjoyed anywhere—no one will give you the stink-eye, she says. The tagline: Take Back Your Freedom.

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The political undertones of Blu’s messaging are probably no accident. In many parts of the country, it’s illegal to smoke indoors or in public places but it’s totally legal to vape, and e-cig makers have a vested interest in seeing that the bans imposed on traditional cigs don’t extend to their replacements—now, especially.

Anti-vaping legislation is on the books in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and a growing number of other cities. Locally, DC Council members Yvette Alexander and David Grosso introduced a bill in 2013 that would put e-cigs on par with regular cigarettes, banning their use anywhere smoking is prohibited and barring sales to minors.

Alexander says that several e-cig makers, in an attempt to convince her of their products’ safety, sent samples and, for effect, she puffed on one at a council hearing. The bill didn’t become law, but Alexander plans to reintroduce the legislation.

In Maryland, it’s already illegal to sell e-cigs and vapor products to minors. The same is true in Virginia. Delegate David Albo, sponsor of the bill that passed in that state this past March, says he was moved to act after trying an e-cig for the first time: “My face got tingly. I felt a little bit nauseated. I didn’t want my kid getting ahold of this stuff. I mean, it’s really powerful.” (Virginia, the nation’s third-largest tobacco producer, has otherwise shown itself loath to crack down on vaping.)

Now the US government is poised to apply some of the same muscle to electronic cigarettes that it has to the traditional variety. In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that the Food and Drug Administration can regulate e-cigs as tobacco products, because the nicotine they contain is derived from tobacco, and in April the agency issued its long-awaited proposed regulations. The FDA wants all manufacturers to provide it with a listing of their devices’ ingredients. Sales to minors would be banned, and all products would have to carry labels warning that nicotine is addictive. If approved, the rules could pave the way for further restrictions: a ban on TV advertising and flavorings that appeal to young people, for instance.

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At DC Vape Joint, “vapers” have their pick of atomizers (front row), which contain the e-cig’s heating element, and liquid nicotine in flavors such as cheesecake, milk and honey, and vanilla custard (back row). Photograph by Andrew Propp.

After years of mostly laissez-faire policy, the prospect of federal limits has interest groups agitating. E-cig opponents who think limits are critical say that the devices make smoking look cool and that they encourage young people to trade up to traditional cigarettes, enticing them with flashy hardware and kid-friendly flavors.

One online purveyor of liquid nicotine products at Vapefest told me that her company offers more than 230 flavors—including strawberry, root beer, and piña colada but also specialties like a six-flavor blend called Demeter’s Harvest. “Those that try this e-juice state it has reminded them of one of their favorite cereals as a child,” the company’s website proclaims.

Lobbies such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids want to snuff out the fast-spreading appetite for e-cigs. Results of the National Youth Tobacco Survey released last fall by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that e-cig usage by middle- and high-schoolers more than doubled between 2011 and 2012.

Longtime smokers think the prohibitionists have it backward. At Vapefest, former smoker Joe Barnett, a retired network engineer from Ann Arbor, told me that the devices were his way out of a deadly cigarette habit. “Is this gonna bother you?” he asked politely before taking a draw off his vaporizer as we sat outside the Hyatt’s ballroom.

Barnett was 16 when he had his first cigarette and smoked two packs a day for 35 years. He started vaping in 2010. “Tell you the truth,” he said when asked how he made the switch, “I rented a car and couldn’t smoke in it.” To satisfy his nicotine craving, he bought a V2, a disposable e-cig that retails for about $30 for a five-pack and provides about 400 puffs, the equivalent of two packs of traditional cigarettes.

Barnett became a believer. Last year, he started an advocacy group called the Vaping Militia, and at Vapefest he wore a black T-shirt bearing the group’s name alongside an image of a Minuteman. When I asked about the Revolutionary War reference, he told me not to take it the wrong way: “The idea is to be alert. We warn others.” His group issues online “calls to action,” which make followers aware of local legislation that takes aim at vapers.

But are e-cigs bad for you? Can they cause cancer? Heart disease? Stroke? What happens to people who inhale the secondhand vapor?

The FDA doesn’t have answers to those questions. Long-term studies on vaping don’t yet exist. As part of its ongoing evaluation of e-cigs, the agency is doling out research grants and inviting manufacturers themselves to weigh in.

Njoy, a top-selling brand, is one company that plans to make its case, according to CEO Craig Weiss. Last year, the peer-reviewed American Journal of Health Behavior published results online from the company’s first study. The main finding: Njoy e-cigs could help smokers cut back on traditional cigarettes.

David Abrams might not be the first person you’d expect to agree. He’s executive director of a tobacco-policy think tank at the American Legacy Foundation, a DC anti-smoking nonprofit formed in 1999 as part of the landmark tobacco settlement. “People have tried all sorts of ways to get addicted smokers off of cigarettes, and we’ve had some success,” Abrams says, referring to replacement therapies such as nicotine patches and gum. “But the excitement of the e-cigarette is that it’s a safer way to get nicotine.”

In Abrams’s view, vaping devices are the “disruptive technology” that could help end the chokehold tobacco has on the nation’s 42 million smokers, nearly half a million of whom die each year from smoking-related diseases. “I think we’re missing the biggest public-health opportunity in a century if we get [the regulations] wrong,” he says. “We’ve got to thread this needle just right. We’ve got to both protect kids and non-users and use it as a way to make obsolete the much more lethal cigarette.”

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It’s not clear how long it will take the FDA to make up its mind on the e-cig rules (the public-comment period closes July 9), but the current proposal isn’t likely to extinguish the market anytime soon. The question is: Which companies will be able to hack the bureaucracy that will eventually be upon them?

Big Tobacco has the money to challenge regulations that wouldn’t be favorable. Last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds, and Altria spent a combined $14 million lobbying Washington on tobacco-related issues, including e-cigarettes.

That’s serious competition for mom-and-pop e-juice manufacturers and independent e-cig companies that have only recently begun to band together in trade groups. Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), says one of her biggest concerns is the FDA’s “substantial equivalence” requirement, which mandates that all new tobacco products introduced after February 15, 2007, must pass muster with the agency.

For e-cigs to be approved, manufacturers would have to submit their product and show that it’s essentially the same as what was on the market before 2007. Cabrera says this is inappropriate for technology that’s been around only since 2006 and that’s evolving so rapidly: “Basically, it would be like taking your iPhone and going back to whatever was around in 2007,” the year Apple released its first smartphone.

The upshot: Smaller, newer, less flush businesses would struggle to comply compared with the large tobacco companies, which have more resources, infrastructure, and experience.

After the FDA released its proposal, I caught up with Cabrera by phone at Reagan National Airport, where she was on her way home to Hallandale Beach, Florida, before heading to Chicago for SFATA’s spring conference, called Technology Not Tobacco. She described the coming regulations as a “de facto ban” on e-cigs. I asked what the worst-case scenario would be if the proposal were to go through as is. “Extinction of the vapor industry as we know it today,” she said. At least as her members know it.

At Vapefest, over quesadillas and Buffalo wings in the Hyatt’s bar, Adrian Harris of Oxon Hill told me how three months earlier he’d given up his carton-a-week cigarette habit. “The smell of cigarettes does kind of bother me now,” he said. Harris showed off his ZNA, a small, sleek, stainless-steel vaporizer that’s been described on a Reddit forum as “a contraption from Star Trek.” A display window at the base of the device kept track of its battery life. “It has a computer in it,” he pointed out.

It was easy to see that vaping hadn’t only given him a new party trick. It had changed him. Said Harris: “I’m that person now who judges people who are still smoking.”

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A review of public health literature related to smoking cessation suggests smoking bans and efforts to stop minors from smoking can be very effective. They help in two ways: reducing smoking where banned and de-normalizing cigarette smoking. Tobacco taxes may be reaching the limits of their effectiveness as a public health measure in many jurisdictions. When a state’s tobacco tax is much higher than neighboring jurisdictions, smuggling and cross-border purchasing become major issues. Warnings on tobacco packages raise awareness of hazards, but appear to have little or no effect on initiation of smoking by teens or on smoking cessation. Some initiatives may do more harm than good. Nicotine replacement and other pharmaceutical therapies are remarkably ineffective. They fail about 90 percent of smokers who use them as directed, when results are measured six to twelve months later.

Tobacco harm reduction, defined as encouraging smokers to switch to lower-risk, smoke-free tobacco products or e-cigarettes, is a promising option, but one opposed by public health authorities unwilling to consider use of any non-pharmaceutical tobacco product in the context of a public health initiative. Supported abrupt cessation, defined as promotion of web-based educational materials or 1-6 hours of pre-cessation education or counseling and control of contraband tobacco products, deserves far more attention than it has gotten to date.

These options are not supported by current tobacco-control programs because the definitive research to demonstrate their effectiveness on individual and population bases has not yet been done.

To all of you Indiana Vapers, and even those not in Indy– Beware the current legislation. It will treat ejuice and ecigs like tobacco products. This can lead to sin taxes which will increase prices significantly and potentially put the small shops out of business.

Not only does this impact Indiana, but it may become a legal precedent and enable other states to follow suit with similar legislation. We can all agree on the basics: safe bottles, no underage, accurate labeling, etc, but most proposed legislation takes it too far.

Be proactive and contact the Indiana Governor as well as your local representatives and urge them not to pass any bill that would treat ecigs and ejuice like tobacco products. That treatment would stifle free enterprise and allow big tobacco to rule the market.

A summary from Reddit user Vorrador02

E-liquid is now a tobacco product, regardless of nicotine strength. This can lay ground for future sin taxes.
Distributors, mixers and manufactures must have a clean room (lab grade) locked under a keypad system that is monitored by a third party security company.
An alcohol and tobacco license must be applied for and purchased to manufacture e-liquid. $1000 initial, $500 every 5 years.
Anyone applying for this permit is subject to background checks and may not obtain a permit if felonies exist on their personal record.
These regulations also apply to anyone out of state wishing to sell e-liquid in Indiana. Tough shit, if they can’t meet these requirements they face a civil fine of up to $10,000.
This may include DIY ingredients as well. If your nude nicotine can’t meet the new proposed regulations then you can’t get it.

Governor Mike Pence hasn’t signed the bill yet. Call him at 317-232-4567. Email can be sent via: https://www.in.gov/gov/2333.htm Write a letter to: 200W Washington St. Rm 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Oppose Indiana HB 1432 and SB 539

http://wishtv.com/2015/02/17/vapor-shop-owners-worry-regulation-bill-would-hurt-them/

Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, also dwells in the vaporized liquid of popular electronic or e-cigarettes, researchers said Wednesday.

E-cigarette sales are booming in the United States and many hoped so- called “vaping” would replace tobacco smoking and be a panacea for the nearly 160,000 lung cancer deaths associated with conventional cigarettes.

But according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the exposure to formaldehyde from e-cigarettes, based on similar chronic use as tobacco, could be five to 15 times higher than from smoking cigarettes.

“It’s way too early now from an epidemiological point of view to say how bad they are,” said co-author James F. Pankow, professor of chemistry and engineering at Portland State University in Oregon. “But the bottom line is, there are toxins and some are more than in regular cigarettes. And if you are vaping, you probably shouldn’t be using it at a high-voltage setting.”

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Pankow and his colleagues analyzed aerosolized e-liquid in “tank system” e-cigarettes to detect formaldehyde-releasing agents in “hidden” form at various voltages.

They found that vaping 3 milligrams of e-cigarette liquid at a high voltage can generate 14 milligrams of loosely affiliated or “hidden” formaldehyde. Researchers estimated a tobacco smoker would get .15 milligrams of formaldehyde per cigarette or 3 milligrams in a 20-pack.

Pankow told NBC News those numbers “may be conservative.”

“We are not saying e-cigarettes are more hazardous than cigarettes,” he said. “We are only looking at one chemical. … The jury is really out on how safe these drugs are.”

There are more than 8,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, so it’s hard to pinpoint whether formaldehyde is the main culprit in cigarette-related cancers.

“A lot of people make the assumption that e-cigarettes are safe and they are perfectly fine after using for a year,” said Pankow. “The hazards of e-cigarettes, if there are any, will be seen 10 to 15 years from now when they start to appear in chronic users.”

E-cigarettes were first invented in China in 2003, but they started appearing in the United States around 2006. A five-pack of flavor cartridges costs about the same as a pack of cigarettes and starter kits can cost between $30 and $100.

A cartridge or tank contains a liquid of propylene glycol, glycerol, or both, as well as nicotine and flavoring. These chemicals are heated to the boiling point with a battery-operated atomizer, creating a smokeless vapor that is inhaled.

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But formaldehyde-containing chemical compounds can be released during the “vaping” process as the liquid is heated. Pankow said some e-cigarettes can burn hotter than 1,000 degrees fahrenheit.

“The difference in e-cigarettes is the material that is heated and turns into hot gas as it cools is not tobacco, but two main chemicals,” he said. “When it gets really hot, unwanted reactions occur.”

Pankow said the same risks likely do not occur when vaping dry marijuana or hash oil, which typically does not use those chemicals. “But it’s totally likely that some people dilute hash oil with propylene glycol and glycerol, which we know can form formaldehyde,” he said.

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in embalming fluid, building materials and some medicines and cosmetics. It can also be produced as a byproduct of cooking and smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and has also been linked to some cancers in humans.

When gaseous formaldehyde, found in funeral homes and other occupational settings, is inhaled, it breaks down in the mouth, nose, throat, and airways. Exposure has been linked to throat and nasal cancers and leukemias.

If there’s one word that can sum up the vaping scene it’s “variety.” There have been very few industries in history that has boasted the sheer variety of products, technology and tastes as the vaping industry. Choice is great for a consumer, and it guarantees ongoing innovation and improvement.

From where we’re sitting, there doesn’t seem to be much downside to such a rich ecosystem. Well, except maybe for one: Finding the absolute best products among all the available choices.

That’s where we come in. We’re proud to offer not only Johnny-Depp-3001one of the best selections of e-liquids among retailers both online and in-store, but also the highest quality brands.

Take a quick look at our list of e-liquid brands. You’ll see the huge variety of flavors and artisan creators we feature in our store. We don’t just want to have the biggest stable of brands in the industry, we want to offer the best ejuice brands.

Not only do we make sure we stock favorites, but we are constantly adding new ejuices to help you discover even more favorites. Perhaps you’ll find your next “all day vape”

Above all, we are absolutely committed to the customer. Customer service is the first thing we mention when describing our business.

It’s a great time to be a vaper!