Study: Vapor Does Not Compromise Indoor Air Quality

The continuous battle on whether vaping indoors is safe or not has been challenged by a study lead by Fontem Ventures, a company that owns two e-cigarette brands, and executed by three research institutes: EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology,  Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, and ETH Zurich the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. This study on e-liquid vapor was presented at a conference dedicated to the research of indoor air quality in Barcelona, Spain. What is especially poignant about this particular study, is that it was the first of its kind, in examining how e-cigarette vapor reacts once exhaled into the environment. It opens new channels of discussion, and has the potential to play a huge role in how vapor is regarded.

The purpose of the study was to test the air quality when affected by vaping, to determine the level of risk bystanders and non-vapers face when exposed to exhaled vapor. What the study found was that the particles of e-liquid vapor, upon exhalation, dissipate in mere seconds, rendering an extremely low risk to those in proximity to vapor once it has been exhaled.

Furthermore, additional findings from this research show that air quality is not impacted in any negative manner once vapor has been exhaled. This was determined after the air quality of different rooms with and without ventilation systems were tested. One of the most important findings from this study is the amount of attention focused on testing the “second-hand vapor” theory. What was most significant about these results were that though exhaled vapor contains a highly concentrated amount of particulates immediately after exhalation, in just seconds the aerosoles dissipate to the same amount as background levels.

As discussed by Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor from the Boston University School of Public Health: “This means that the particulate matter does not accumulate, unlike tobacco smoke, which we know lingers in the air causing the concentration to build up over time. The importance of this is that a non-vaper’s exposure to the aerosol particles appears to be fleeting, lasting only a few seconds per puff of the vaper. This study adds to the evidence that vaping poses minimal risks to exposed bystanders.”

What this data inherently proves is that electronic cigarettes and tobacco products cannot be compared, as they are entirely different products, with exasperatingly different results and effects. This study shows how greatly different e-cig vapor and tobacco smoke are once exhaled, and makes a case for the many inherent differences between vapor and tobacco.

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Committee Passes Amendment to Safeguard Vapor Industry!

This Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment aimed at safeguarding the vast majority of electronic cigarette and vapor-related products from being negatively impacted by the Tobacco Deeming Regulations, which are set to expire this year, and were predicted to have a devastating effect on the vapor industry.

The amendment was proposed by GOP Rep. Tom Cole and Democrat Rep. Sanford Bishop, and it passed by a great majority of 31 – 19, to the disappointment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee Chair, who opposed it. This amendment is not about pleasing one political party over the other, however; quite the contrary. This industry is comprised of ex-smokers from all walks of life, different ages, different lifestyles, etc. What everyone in the e-cigarette industry has been asking for is regulation that makes sense, protects underage people from access to these products, and standards of quality that will guarantee safety. This amendment will help protect the industry from regulations that have no place governing it because these products did not even exist on this level when the Tobacco Deeming Regulations originally went into effect.

The electronic cigarette industry as a whole has been considerably relieved that such action has taken place, and that our political leaders from both parties are understanding how important proper and fair regulation is. While the amendment has not been officially passed as law, we are one step closer.

The Tobacco Deeming Regulations are set to be announced in the coming months, and the industry as a whole has waited with intense anticipation for what it will mean for the future of vaping. The date of these regulations dates back to 2007, and regulations regarding all electronic cigarette products that hit the market afterwards were expected to undergo an extensive, and extremely expensive application process. Called the Premarket Tobacco Application, and from what we know of it, it was expected to cost millions of dollars per product in applying. Basically what this meant in terms of vapor products was that most businesses would not be able to afford the expense, and would have no choice but to go out of business.

Thankfully, if passed by the House, this amendment of the agriculture bill will alter the predicate date for vapor products under the FDA deeming regulations. This will protect the industry as a whole, and businesses will not be threatened over the cost of paperwork. So, as you can imagine, the vaping industry is breathing a major sigh of relief!

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OPPOSE SA 3547 To Protect Your Rights!

The rights and freedoms of vapers are once again under attack. This time, legislation to prohibit vapers from carrying any vape supplies onto places is being considered, and if it gets passed, carrying your vape gear while traveling by air will be a thing of the past. If you vape, or have anything to do with the vapor products industry, we urge you to do your part in voicing your concern and disgust over this highly imposing regulation to your Senator. You can find your Senator’s contact information HERE.

This is a serious call to action for the entire vape community. Amendment SA 3547 was proposed by Senator Blumenthal, D-CT, and the goal of this action would expand the current list of hazardous substances to include vaping devices and e-liquids, and this would prevent them from being allowed even as carry-on, on planes. Basically, if you are a vaper and you wish to have the ability to travel with your vape gear by plane, you’re going to have to seek alternate options. Beyond ridiculous, right?

What you need to do is contact your Senator ASAP, either by email or phone call, and make it clear that you would like them to oppose SA 3547 in the event it goes to debate on the Senate Floor. As these devices are currently banned from being carried in checked luggage, and banned from use on flights, further bans of simply carrying the items will cause a major disadvantage for those 9 million+ Americans who rely on these products as alternatives to tobacco.

Vaping, and any such usage of vapor devices on aircraft is against the law. Most vapers are aware of this. While vaping has never been allowed on airplanes, recent regulations from the FAA made this explicit; no one was surprised, and few even bothered challenging it, except for pro-vape Congressman, Duncan Hunter, who advocated for the usage of vapor devices on planes. Despite this, it is a major infraction upon the rights and freedoms of vapers who wish to travel, this kind of regulation impedes upon personal free will. To warrant these devices as hazardous is ludicrous; it’s similar to prohibiting cell phones on airplanes as well; the two devices contain similar lithium ion batteries, rendering both at the same level of dangerousness.

So, you know what you gotta do; contact your Senator ASAP! This is an urgent call to OPPOSE SA 3547 if you want to protect your freedoms as a vaper!

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Why Your Vape Juice Matters

E-juice is not all the same, and what you’ve got in yours can make a major difference in the performance of your device, your personal satisfaction level, and in terms of what actually goes into your body as a result of what’s contained in the liquid.

So here’s a quick rundown on why you need to go after quality e-liquids. You’ll thank us later!

Ingredients Matter

They really, really do. Our vape liquids are formulated under the strictest circumstances, in an FDA-registered lab, using USP grade Kosher ingredients, and are literally of “inhalation grade” quality. Our glycerin is sourced from soybeans, which means those with peanut allergies will not have to question its origins. That’s right; this is beyond the level of food grade, people; you’re not going to be eating these liquids, so “inhalation grade” is as good as it gets.

USA Made

While it may not matter to you where the majority of things you buy are manufactured, because e-liquids are put into your body, you should definitely take notice of where they come from. USA is the best in this case, especially if you are located in the US. In addition to shorter ship times, you know your juice will never be sitting in customs for an indeterminate amount of time. They’re fresher and made under stricter circumstances. Also noteworthy: our e-liquids are manufactured under cGMP operation standards, the highest standards of production and every bottle is stamped with a lot number so its origins can be traced.

Trust

Like any good relationship, a lot comes down to trust. With e-liquids, you’ve got to trust the brand you’re buying from because there are a lot of shady companies out there. Not trying to get you all paranoid, but always buy from brands you know have solid reputations and are known for what they are doing. Credibility goes a long way, and since you’re putting e-juice into your body, make sure you have some background info on where they’re coming from. Guys in their parents’ garages making juices and selling them online… just steer clear of them.

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Vapor Trickery

Big clouds have become kind of a status symbol for those of us in this industry! Some are all about the bigger the better, chasing the craziest devices to get the craziest level of vapor, and some are all about using that vapor to get down n dirty, putting it to work in the form of tricks. Vape tricks.

Have you heard of this new subculture phenomenon? Know a few well enough to perform them at parties? Invented your own? Want to learn how to do ‘em?

Well, in the vape world, vapor is king, and doing vape tricks is like icing on the cake. Not necessary, but an absolutely fun part of playing with that vapor. Here’s a little more about this ever so popular novelty, and how to do some of the most basic tricks. Hey, working with electrical units, perfecting your vape pen, getting the right voltages and watts is important and all, but you gotta be able to kick back and chill too sometimes!

Vape Rings

Like the classic old smoke rings every smoker mastered at some point in their tobacco tenure, vapor rings of the same effect are quite amusing indeed! How to create vapor rings: Inhale the vapor into your throat, keeping your tongue at the bottom of your mouth, edging towards the back of the throat. Put your lips into an “O” shape, and release a small amount of vapor in a single little pulsing motion at a time. The vapor should emerge in an “O” matching your lips!

Ghost Riding

The Ghost Hit creates a mushroom cloud effect. Here’s how to do it: Take a long drag of vapor and allow it to rest in your mouth for a few seconds, then push it all out in a ball, quickly inhaling back in.

Dragon Master

The Dragon allows you to masquerade as a dragon, with vapor spewing out both corners of your mouth as well as your nostrils. To master this: Take a long drag but do not inhale, and once your mouth is full of vapor, exhale it powerfully out your nose, and the sides of your mouth all at once. Ferocious, indeed!

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