Vape wars America vs Amsterdam

Vape wars America vs Amsterdam

Vapers are most likely aware that there’s a global war on vaping happening: the FDA, the WHO, local lawmakers and anti-vaping lobbyists are all fighting to stop people having access to what scientists all around the world are currently proving to be lifesaving products. Despite this, tens of thousands of Americans want to ban vaporizers and e-liquids and they show no distinction between the vape products that have been designed to help people quit smoking or the vaporizers coming from the cannabis industry. (Marijuana, when vaped, can help people cope with a wide-range of illnesses and diseases including; cancer, schizophrenia, obesity, epilepsy and arthritis). But what most vapers won’t be aware of is that there’s currently a global battle going on within the vape trade for supremacy over vaporizer and e-cig technology.

Hon Lik, creator of the contemporary e-cigarette

The technology was originally developed by a Chinese pharmacist over a decade ago as a means to help people kick their smoking habits. Hon Lik, inventor of what every vaper considers to be the contemporary e-cig sold his company (Dragonite International Ltd.) and the original patents to his invention in 2013 to Fontem Ventures, an Amsterdam subsidiary of Imperial Brands Plc.

Now, the device he designed is being the focus of a patent war between a pair of American tobacco giants and a European competitor. At stake are the profits from a market which is currently valued at over $5 billion and the fighting is becoming more intense. In recent weeks there have been several filings for U.S. Patents and Trademarks.

Since April of this year, Fontem Ventures has filed three patent-infringement law suits against Reynolds American Inc. (the maker of Camels who are based in North Carolina) and Altria Group Inc. (the maker of Marlboro who are based in Virginia), demanding that royalties should be paid to them from each and every sale of Reynold’s Vuse Solo Vapor Cigarettes and Altria’s MarkTen XL and Green Smoke brands.

Fontem is also hoping to obtain several court orders to block further use of its inventions which could force the companies that they’re currently fighting to have to dramatically change their products.

“Fontem paid nothing for these patents. They can make a big threat and hopefully get a settlement so why not shoot for the stars?” – Ken Shea, Analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence.

However, unlike other companies …

Utah bans online vaping purchases

As of tomorrow, July 1, 2016, people living in Utah are banned from ordering online vaping supplies. The new law means that if you’re a resident of the Beehive state even buying nicotine free e-juices online is, as of tomorrow, illegal.

However, vapers may still go to vape shops and vape lounges to conduct face-to-face transactions. But, since Utah has encouraged local zoning laws to make opening vape shops nigh on impossible, there’s a fear that the state’s some 35,000 vapers will no longer have access to lifesaving vape products at affordable prices.

Even Aaron Frazier, Executive Director of the Utah Smoke-Free Association is worried.

“We fear that this will drive these non-smokers to return to smoking combustible tobacco and elevating the state’s smoking rates after historic declines thanks in part to vapor products.” – Aaron Frazier.

Utah bans online vaping purchases

The law was passed through a licensing bill and none of the organizations who reviewed it caught the surreptitious language that would ultimately prevent online sales in the state.

The UTSFA has been working to change the law for months but just became aware that it cannot be changed in time to prevent the ban tomorrow. And, unfortunately, no one knows yet how the state will enforce the law.

Like all epic stories, there’s an evil anti-protagonist responsible for the bill being passed, and it’s someone that the vape industry has to show solidarity against.

Paul Ray – the man whom every vaping hero in Utah needs to scrutinize, stand up and fight against – saw to it, thanks to his tenacious, hysterical, anti-vaping extremism, that the law passed. He – the man who nicknames the vape industry as “the scumbag” industry – has already been fought and beaten in his efforts to make anti-vaping changes in Utah, including a bill earlier this year that would have imposed a whopping 86.5 percent tax on all vape products. Unfortunately, he sees that this online vape product ban is his sweetest victory yet.

“The online sales prohibition is due to language that was added into 2015 HB 415 that was NOT discussed, nor debated, and was a DELIBERATE bait and switch tactic by Paul Ray. He knew the language was there yet when the bill was presented to the industry…he chose NOT to disclose the true intent. We find this conduct unbecoming of an elected state representative and is the …

What Will Be the Portable Vaporizers of 2012?

What Will Be the Portable Vaporizers of 2012?

For smokers who are looking to make their habit a little less offensive and easier to participate in socially, electronic cigarettes have become the investment of choice. No bad smells, no offensive smoke, just a friendly mist. And while you can easily peruse the top e-cigarettes of this year, smokers are wondering what will be the Portable Vaporizers of 2012?

Green Smoke, EverSmoke or blu Portable Vaporizers?
EverSmoke e-cigarettesSome of the top brands of e-cigarettes this past year have been Green Smoke cigarettes, EverSmoke cigarettes, and blu Portable Vaporizers. Each of these major brands has roughly the same design, with a battery powered e-cigarette being screwed into a cartridge that has the nicotine and flavor mixed in with otherwise harmless water vapor. And while each company comes in a variety of flavors and aesthetics (blu Portable Vaporizers come in a black casing that makes them look sort of like a plastic clove with a blue light, for instance), a line by line look is what’s going to decide most smokers on the product they choose.

Green Smoke, for instance, has a number of different options to fit your taste as a smoker. There is a starter kit, for $160 and change, that comes with all you really need to switch from regular cigarettes and start smoking less if that’s your goal. Of course if you don’t feel that you need several different e-cigarette options, then you could buy a basic blu Cig for far less than that. Even the blu Portable Vaporizers starter pack is $69.95, which is only a little more expensive than the EverSmoke starter kit at $59.95.

E-Cigarettes – Completely Easy to Use
blu Portable Vaporizers e-cigarette kitPrice aside though, smokers are going to choose their e-cigarettes based on features. All of the e-cigarettes mentioned have the ability to get the batteries recharged, with EverSmoke being perhaps a little more convenient than the other brands. On the other hand, if you remember to charge your e-cigarette every night along with your cell phone, it won’t be a problem. blu Portable Vaporizers are sold in commercial stores, which gives them a major advantage of convenience over the other two brands because they’re more difficult to find when you’re out and about to find parts or replacement pieces. Because of the convenience, relatively low price, and the unique product of …