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Evoke The Next Generation Of Vaping

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 08-01-2014
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The Evoke - Funky & Futuristic VapeA few weeks ago, there was a TechCrunch piece about “The Evoke” – a new type of personal vaporizer that works on a completely different principle than regular electronic cigarettes.

And it looks so cool, too.

But one couldn’t buy it… ya see, it’s an IndieGoGo crowd-funded effort for production, though it seems prototypes have been made. And they are funky.

As a sidenote, this product is not to be mistaken with the EvokeSmoke Company’s products. “The Evoke” is made (and will be produced and distributed) by the LotoLabs company.

What makes it different is that the heating system is non-direct. It’s vapor created by induction – so there’s no direct contact between wick and coil because the “coil” or heating element is the wick, heated by induction, which means less wear and tear and replacement work.

But the thing that turns us on the most about it is the design… they say it’s made of wood, advanced design, yadda yadda, but really it looks a lot like the Type 1 phaser from Star Trek – the one you could just pull off the main hand weapon for whatever reason.

It’s a geek thing…

 

Apollo’s All-Nighter Vape Juice… With Caffeine

Posted in: Apollo

By: press
On: 07-28-2014
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Vape Nicotine and Caffeine with Apollo!And no that headline isn’t talking about a puffing with your morning cuppa java…

In fact, it might be better to skip the coffee if you’re vaping this juice.

Apollo Electronic Cigarettes created this “bull-themed” energy-drink-flavored, tart yet bold e-liquid apparently to keep alert and maintain stamina as a “limited release” used primarily at trade shows.

However it’s instant popularity drove the company to include it in their “specialty flavors” line-up.

Now apparently it’s hard to get a satisfactory dose of caffeine out of vapor, so we’re not quite sure how Apollo is doing it. If it’s the one-tenth equivalent of a cup of coffee, then its effectiveness is related directly to how much you vape.

So you might wanna fill up that travel mug, if you’re a casual/light vaper.

If you get the jitters, switch to herbal tea…

So This Is Why US States Are Trying To Crush E-Cigarettes

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 07-25-2014
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Ecig Sales Hurt Tobacco BondsUnder the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between the government and Big Tobacco, states are compensated on health care by huge payments from cigarette companies based on their volume of sales.

Volume has been going down because of anti-smoking efforts, and smokers quitting or just not starting up over the decades since.

And now they’re reported to positively plunge because of e-cigarettes.

So could tobacco companies simply be getting on the vapor bandwagon not only to compensate for loss of smoke sales, but to keep up their payments or bonds before they default?

Could it be state legislatures are trying to stamp out electronic cigarettes in order to maintain the order of things, to keep up their payments, to keep those tobacco bonds from defaulting… ?

It’s also interesting that a miniscule percentage of those revenues end up in the medical system…

One. Must. Wonder…

E-Cig Fears Fuel New Anti-Vapor Web Lists

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 07-21-2014
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E-Cig Fears Are VaporousIt seems weird it wasn’t thought of before..

The concept is simple: the e-cigarette smear site or “risk-list”, wherein “information” is shared warning people (smokers) of the nefarious effects of personal vaporizers.

Constructed like those “10 best” or worst or whatever lists, these are truly reprehensible  repositories.

Taking all the falsehoods and fear-mongering talking points peppered throughout the media and bundling them with even anomalous “facts” like the FDA’s finding of traces of formaldehyde in one e-cig sample five years ago (and never in any since), these risk-lists are stunningly blatant propaganda.

Hopefully, they’re obvious even to the uneducated.

However, it’s probably safe to say they aren’t, and expose unwary readers to the formaldehyde myth, the “gateway” concept, “targetting kids”, “second-hand vapor”, “exploding batteries”, “nicotine poisoning”, “drug use”, and  “big tobacco”.

All mixed in with the “we just don’t know” fear factor.

So, if “we” don’t know what’s in vape-sticks (despite many studies to the contrary), then how are they making all these claims?

Simple. Fear trumps facts.

Electronic Cigarettes Have a Friend at Forbes

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 07-18-2014
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Jacob Sullum Defends E-Cigs at ForbesWriter Jacob Sullum, who covers “the war on drugs from a conscientious objector’s perspective” at Forbes magazine, is a friend of electronic cigarettes.

Or at least he’s not an enemy, irrationally venting about how vapor might be toxic, and e-liquids might poison the children, or e-cigs be a gateway to start smoking.

Sullum uses logic and reason, skepticism and facts to expose the war on drugs in general, most specifically and often marijuana, and so personal vaporizers and their content fall under his loupe.

Sullum might not even be pro-vaping or a vaper himself, but it’s certainly nice if truth and rationality has him on its side.

For example, he actually does research, and recently posted a riposte to senator Jay Rockefeller’s ridiculous claim that flavored vapor cannot appeal to adults. In Forbes. Nice.

Note that Sullum is senior editor at Reason magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist, as well as the author of the books Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health.

Forbes is an important outlet to the “upper” minds of society. It is hoped they can be reached before ludicrous legislation can be enacted.

Yaknow?

TSA Rules Bomb Vaping Mod

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 07-14-2014
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Grenade Like Personal VaporizerThe Transport Security Administration at airports has gotten a little out of hand (pun intended), but you really can’t blame them on this one.

While looking for positive electronic cigarette news to lighten the mood around here, we found one particularly crunchy morsel.

TSA agents checking a traveller’s carry-on came across a really neat-looking vaping-mod. Shaped like a grenade.

The picture was posted on the TSA Instagram, and while they don’t mention if it caused a panic, the post does explain anything that looks like a grenade “can cause significant delays while explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm.”

EcigBeat mostly covers cig-a-like personal vaporizers and basic, off-the-shelf ecigs that make it easy for smokers to convert. Non-vapers may not know what a “mod” is.

Basically it’s a modification on the original, a variation: some people get into it, and build their own mods, or order them custom, or, like the grenade-thing, buy them pre-made.

Mods tend to be bigger, contain more e-liquid and bigger batteries to last longer than standard vape-sticks.

The TSA has ruled you can check-in or carry-on personal vaporizers, though actual use is up to “the airport, airline, and local laws.

Regardless, vaping virgins or veterans (pun intended), it stands to reason you don’t bring anything that looks like a bomb to an airport!!!

Red White And Blu Electronic Cigarettes

Posted in: Blu Cigs, E-Liquids

By: press
On: 07-11-2014
Comments: 0

New Blu E-Cig FlavorsWith all the hullaballoo recently over FDA regulations, CDC Studies, exploding batteries, nicotine juice poisonings,  as well as mergers and acquisitions and Big Tobacco getting into the picture, you can lose site of what it’s all really about.

The electronic cigarettes, the vapor, themselves!

For example, since Blu E-Cigs was bought by Lorillard, they’ve grown to be first in market and have not only expanded their advertising, they’ve expanded their flavors.

So now not only do you get the basics – tobacco and menthol – Blu has branched into the “bar scene” if you will with e-liquids like Peach Schnapps and Pina Colada, as well as the café atmosphere with Java Jolt and Vivid Vanilla.

And this is not to mention the infamous Cherry Crush, which was soundly denounced at a certain senate hearing against marketing vapor flavors to children.

And there you go. Can’t get away from it can we? Silly wabbits, Trix are for kids, vape-sticks for adults – especially the delicious ones.

FDA Pays For Its Own E-Cig Research

Posted in: E-Cigs In The News

By: press
On: 07-07-2014
Comments: 0

FDA Will Actually Study E-CigsThere are plenty of studies and information about the health impacts and air-quality effects of vaping and vapor available for the FDA to consider regarding their deeming regulations on electronic cigarettes.

Much if not all of it has probably been submitted to them during their “commentary” period prior to “finalizing” the regs.

But of course they’re sorta having none of it.

So, they’re blowing hundreds of millions of dollars on their own research. Which probably won’t breed results for a few years.

So will the regs wait on these? No, says the FDA. They will use the available evidence.

Problem is, do they consider current independent and other studies not conducted by themselves as worthy? Or will they go with stooges like Stanton Glantz and CDC’s Tom Friedan (sp?) and their politically recognized but scientifically skewed “conclusions” of the few government-sponsored “studies”?

Time will tell…

Could be good, could be bad, who knows? At least the FDA is finally doing some footwork.

Vapor E-Liquid Business Could Use An Ad Like This

Posted in: E-Liquids

By: press
On: 07-04-2014
Comments: 0

It’s not complicated. Just replace the gun-related text with electronic cigarette juice or liquid or flavors, and keep the part: if kids find it, they’ll play with it…

The gun-ad is hilarious and multi-layered, since they’re equivocating the “horrors” of sex (and toys) with the horrors of gun fails caused by bad storage and supervision, and places responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the adults, parents and owners who leave their dangerous devices without child-proof measures…

So just watch and laugh…

Philip Morris Bending Over Backwards To Avoid E-Cigs?

Posted in: Big Tobacco

By: press
On: 06-30-2014
Comments: 0

Philip Morris Adds Marlboro HeatsticksWhile some are getting a little nervous about Big Tobacco’s entry of the electronic cigarette market with some credible, savvy acquisitions and well-publicized proprietary developments, not all tobacco conglomerate moves can cause one to worry.

For example, Philip Morris has announced the upcoming launch of a dry-vape stick they’ll call their Marlboro HeatSticks, initially in Japan and Italy.

Which is all fine. But they just bought UK-based NicoCig… and haven’t done a thing about it. No new promo, no social-action. They just bought it.

So why the dry-vaping e-cig? As an interim product, a bridge, a… dare we say it? GATEWAY?

Oh ahahah. Obviously, big tobacco is going to have to get out of tobacco, or shed those leaves progressively over time, and become Big Nic.

So be it. And maybe having a product that still uses tobacco may be a smart move.

But from here it’s just looking like Phil is spreading it thin and weakening their market hold…

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