Nicopure Labs Challenges the FDA’s Deeming Rule
May 10, 2016 — TAMPA, FL — Nicopure Labs, LLC, the leading manufacturer of American made e-liquids was the first to file suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the FDA’s deeming rule that would subject electronic cigarettes and other vaping products to more onerous restrictions than combustible cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act.
In its court filing Nicopure Labs, who is not affiliated with any tobacco company, contends the FDA’s rulemaking process violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and that the deeming rule violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Back in 2009 Halo revolutionized the way e-liquid was manufactured and packaged, forever changing the Vape industry as few knew it. Today Nicopure Labs is again at the forefront of the industry as revolutionaries, as Nicopure Labs leads the way in defense of our constitutional rights and for the future of the entire vaping industry and the American right to choose. Through one voice, Nicopure Labs has taken a stand to ensure the voices of all vapors are heard and that vapors are treated fairly and not with a single stroke of a broad brush by the FDA,” said Jeff Stamler, CEO and co-founder of Nicopure Labs. “We fully support reasonable regulation that protects consumers, accomplishes the public health priority to reduce the grave harm caused by conventional cigarette smoking, and allows businesses to survive and innovate for a greater public health vision for our society as a whole.”
Jason del Giudice, CTO and co-founder, declared: “We are committed to responsible manufacturing based on superior product standards and stringent quality requirements. FDA’s rule does not protect the consumer from low quality products; instead, it places a disproportionate and unjustified regulatory burden on compliant companies such as ourselves, who are determined to drive the industry to the highest standards of quality and innovation.”
“Today we turn to the justice system to protect our rights and the rights of our customers because we believe in its fairness”, added Nicopure Labs General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Patricia Kovacevic. “The government’s role is not to regulate for the sake of regulation; regulation must be based on sound science and robust procedure, and it must accomplish certain public health goals.”
Vape technology is advancing at a remarkable rate. Gone are the days of hardcore hobbyists modifying flashlights for vaping – now anyone over the age of 18 can buy powerful mods on the high street or with the click of a mouse. This explosion of choice is exciting, but that fancy little box in your pocket contains batteries that can easily become explosive in a very different way. As sub ohm vaping becomes more widespread it’s vital that everyone knows how to use their device safely, whether a beginner or advanced user. After all, you wouldn’t jump on a Harley Davidson without any training, would you?
Do I need to worry?
Considering the millions of people vaping in the world, problems are thankfully low. However a number of incidents have arisen from misuse of mods and poor quality merchandise, ranging from house fires to devices exploding. Whatever vape kit you use for vaping, they all contain batteries with the potential for danger, and should be treated with care. Here’s everything you need to know about minimising the risks when using the various types of mods available.
Regulated mods are a popular option for beginner and intermediate vapers. These mods allow easy adjustment of the wattage or voltage sent to the coil, regardless of its resistance level. They have circuitry with various safety measures, such as preventing electric shorts that could damage your battery. This doesn’t mean regulated mods are completely safe. As with any electronic device, they can malfunction, with serious consequences.
Disposable Battery Safety
Regulated mods can come with batteries that are sealed into the device, such as the iStick series. These are usually lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries and can come in a variety of shapes. These are often called disposable, as once the internal battery reaches the end of its lifespan (approximately 2-3 years) they cannot be easily replaced.
- Handle your mod with care. The protection around these LiPo batteries is little more than an aluminium foil case, meaning a knock can cause serious damage. If you drop your mod, place it in a sealed metal container immediately, in case the internal batteries vent, then take them to be recycled as soon as possible.
- Don’t cut corners. Always purchase authentic items from authorised dealers, and never buy second-hand if you aren’t sure about the quality. That cheap mod might seem like a bargain but if it hasn’t gone through the proper tests it could prove to be a costly mistake.
- Use the correct coils. Most mods have a limit to what kind of ohms coil they can use. Check the manual to see the range, and never go below this. This is especially important when it comes to sub ohm vaping.
- Store safely. Never leave your mod resting on a pillow or flammable material. For extra safety, it’s recommended to unscrew the tank from the mod if leaving it overnight. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight, such as on a windowsill or car dashboard, as it could heat your device to a dangerous level.
- Use the correct charging cable. If your device charges using a USB cable, make sure the power output match your mod. If your charger has a higher voltage than your battery, you could overheat the battery or short the device. The best option is to use the cable you got with your product.
- Don’t overcharge. Most well-made mods have a cut-off point where they stop charging when they reach full power. However this function has been known to fail on rare occasions, leading to them setting on fire. Only charge your device where you can keep watch on it, and never charge overnight.
- Dispose of dead batteries safely. As with all kinds of batteries, once the batteries have reached the end of their natural life they should be put in a dedicated recycling bin. These can be found in most supermarkets.
Removable Battery Safety
The other common type of regulated mods comes with removable batteries, as found with most of the Sigelei and SMOK brands of mods. These are usually the long cylindrical 18650 batteries. This is more economical than using disposables, as when the battery lifespan comes to an end they can be replaced with new ones. Many of the above points apply to using mods with removable batteries, but there are other issues to be aware of.
- Never exceed the amps of your battery. This is a fundamental rule of battery safety. Take the discharge rate (the amps) of your battery, then divide your voltage level by coil resistance (ohms) and make sure you never exceed your battery’s amp rating. We go into this in more detail in the section about Ohm’s Law below as this is a vital step in vaping safely with non-internal batteries.
- Check how your mod charges. Some box mods offer pass through charging, where you can use your device while simultaneously charging via USB. However, some mods use the mini USB port solely for hardware updates meaning the batteries must be removed and recharged using an external charger. Make sure you know how your mod works, or you could be in for a very long wait.
- Use the correct batteries. It’s crucial to do some research and find out what are the recommended batteries for your specific mod. There are many types of battery, including ICR, IMR and LiPo (Lithium Polymer), and we will be looking at this in more detail in a future article. Whatever you decide upon, you should never combine different types of battery in the same device.
- Use a battery holder. Never carry these batteries loose in your pocket. If they touch each other, or metallic items such as keys or coins, they can fail. In worst-case scenarios they can leak or even explode.
- Charge your batteries safely. Always charge them on the lowest setting to put the least stress on your batteries, and never leave them unattended. As soon as they are at full power remove them from the charger, otherwise you risk battery failure.
- Buy quality products. Again, don’t scrimp when it comes to something as serious as batteries. Be especially careful when it comes Ebay as many fake batteries are sold on there. Only purchase from an authorised dealer and stick to trusted brand names. When it comes to quality, Samsung batteries and Nitecore chargers come highly recommended. Check out ourbest 18650 batteries guide for more info on which to buy.
Mechanical mods are used by more experienced vapers. They have no circuits so wattage/voltage cannot be chosen. All the power from the battery is sent to the coil and as the battery diminishes, so does the voltage received by the coil. The only way to affect wattage is to use coils with varying resistances. Many of the tips above apply, but there are other important things to be aware of. The most important of these is Ohm’s Law, but first here are some basic safety tips:
- Make sure the air holes work. These holes allow gases to escape the mod if the battery if compromised. You can check they are working by removing the batteries and blowing into the mod from the connection end. It is vital that they are working in case anything goes wrong.
- Check the charge of your batteries. If you run the batteries too low for too long, the lifespan will reduce and eventually fail. Be sure to check the voltage often, and recharge any batteries with a resting voltage of below 3.7v.
- Use caution when building coils. Always check the resistance of the coil on an ohm meter before using them on your mechanical mod. If the build is shorting out, your battery is at serious risk of damage or catching fire. The resistance of the coil can vary, so use the figure given plus or minus 0.2 ohms. (More about this in the section about Ohm’s Law below).
- Make sure the firing button can be locked. If you fire your mod for too long, it can overheat and potentially burst. The last thing you need is your mod firing in your pocket. All good mechanical mods have this external safety feature, use it.
Awareness of Ohm’s Law is arguably the most important part of safely using a mechanical mod. Ohm’s Law looks at the relationship between power, voltage, current, and resistance. It’s based around the amp of the battery – this amp rating is the current of the battery, in other words the ability of the battery to release the energy stored within it. If the battery is pushed beyond its limit, the battery can vent, which means dangerous chemicals leak from the battery, with a risk of it exploding.
Firstly, check the resistance of your coil and work out the amps the coil will pull from the battery. You can do this by using this equation: Amps = Voltage / Resistance. Don’t be put off, it’s quite simple. Use a multimeter to find out the voltage of your battery, and the resistance of your coil (be sure to work within a ±0.2 ohm range). You can use an online tool such as steam engine to help with this. The result should never exceed the amp rating of your battery. If it does, you’ll have to use a coil with a higher resistance.
AMPS = VOLTAGE / RESISTANCE
Failing to follow this advice and using a mechanical mod at a level that exceeds the battery’s upper amp limit is known as short circuiting the battery. It has the potential to burn out your battery, damage the mod and even explode. If you accidentally do this your batteries are dangerous and must disposed of safely. Sub ohm vaping on a mechanical mod takes your device close to short circuiting, but keeps the resistance of the coil is just under the upper amp limit. Consequently, you should take extra care if sub ohm vaping on a mechanical mod.
Vaping Battery Safety Conclusion
A little awareness of the basics of battery safety can go a long way. Even the most basic mods have the potential for serious trouble if used incorrectly. Only buy battery-related items from respected sellers – those little plastic covered tubes can turn into a pocket-sized bomb if used incorrectly, so don’t buy substandard products. Mods with removable batteries and mechanical mods require a bit more user savvy, and it’s advised that beginners avoid them until they fully understand the fundamentals of how mods and batteries work.
CLEANING THE CLEAROMIZER
In our vape shop we’re often asked how to clean and maintain a clearomizer by first-time users.
The most important thing to know is that clearomizers, a.k.a tanks, come in all shapes and sizes and require slightly different care, some are even disposable.
Clearomizers or tanks are one of the three key components of your vape, the other two are the e-liquid and the battery. The tank’s job is to hold the e-liquid, which is soaked up by a wick, and then the heating element, called an atomizer, uses a wire coil to heat up the liquid and turn it into vapour.
Clearomizers are normally made of clear glass so that you can easily see how much liquid you have left and avoid the dreaded dry hit! Although some come in metal, which looks cool on customised mods. (See the glass and metal Aspire tanks in pic above.)
Here are 5 simple rules for keeping your clearomizer clean and your vape kit in perfect condition
1. Change the coil
If you ever have any problems with the performance of your clearomizer, the first thing to do is change the coil. The atomizer does all the work in your vape device, and nearly all problems can be traced to an expired wire coil.
2. Check the connection is clear
Small amounts of liquid, or general dust accumulate at the top of your battery with every day use. A cotton bud is perfect for keeping this area clean from excess e-liquid/vape juice.
3. Keep the drip tip clean
If you don’t keep your vape in a case, then make sure you keep the drip tip clean and free from pocket fluff. If the drip tip on your device is removable, you may find a small amount of liquid under it. Give it a wipe occasionally and this won’t be a problem.
4. Wash the clearomizer
This is optional. Many vapers never do this, and if your clearomizer is disposable (like theVE-Clear), you wouldn’t need to either. If you do decide to do a full clean and take your vape kit to bits, make sure you can put it back together again! Whatever you do, don’t wash the coil and make sure everything is completely dry before using again.
5. Check larger tanks for excess liquid
Unlike ego-style clearomizers, the larger 510 connection tanks have a well under the coil where the air passes through. Liquid can gather here over time. When you’re fitting a new coil, it’s a perfect opportunity to stick a bit of kitchen roll underneath where the atomizer sits and soak up any e-liquid.
Want any more info on how to maintain your vape? Leave us a comment below, or pop into our e-cig shop, one of our team would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Vaping 401: Sub Ohming
So you’ve picked up vaping and seen all of the youtube videos of people producing massive amounts of vapor. How do they do it? What are they using? Where do I start? Most of the time, these ‘Cloud Chasers’ are using mechanical a mechanical mod with an RDA that is built to less than 1 ohm. Sometimes the resistance is substantially less. Most often, the resistance of the atomizer is the focus of producing mass amounts of vapor. There are tons of tutorials online for building different coils, suited to many various outcomes in flavor, vapor, and heat, but few actually explain the precautions that must be taken to ensure a safe vaping experience. What kind of batteries are safe to use? What makes them safer? What else affects the vapor production? In this article we will discuss the dangers of a sub-ohm setup, as well as actions that can be taken to mitigate that risk.
Choosing the right mod
One of the most discussed factors in choosing a new mechanical mod is aesthetic. Many types of mechs can be found in every material and color, in different shapes, and various styles of switches. This is the foundation of your device, so it should definitely be suited to your fashion, as well as be comfortable to use. Going one step beyond, there are a couple of safety features that should be identified before purchasing a mod. The first are clean, unobstructed holes in the device. These serve as a means of releasing excess pressure built up if the battery starts to vent, preventing explosion. The next is the ability to lock the firing switch. This may seem trivial, but over time screws in the mechanical switch have the potential to loosen. If this happens, and the mod is set upright, the switch could be activated without the user’s knowledge. It is always a good idea to lock the switch before setting it down to rest or when the device is transported. Placing the device in your pocket is dangerous, as movement can release the locking mechanism and cause misfire. you can also get pocket lint in your atomizer, causing an unpleasant vape.
Care and maintenance
Occasionally, it is a recommended to clean your mod.
Disassemble the device completely and inspect all of the threads. Make sure they are free of dirt, debris, or liquid. Dirty threads can alter the resistance of the connection, causing the threads to heat up during use. Inspect the pins that make connection with the battery, as well as the threaded atomizer connection and pin. Clean these out as well. A little isopropyl alcohol and a few q-tips works to remove the buildup. Ensure the unit is completely dry before the next use.
The major limiting factor of your IMR battery is the Maximum Amperage threshold. This limitation is for any current passing through the battery, either through charging or use. By exceeding the Amp limit, the battery chemistry becomes incredibly unstable and can lead to overheating, venting (the expulsion of built up gases), the discharge of flames, and even explosion. There are generally two amperage limits given in the data sheet of a battery, RMS and Pulse. RMS indicates constant discharge rate and Pulse is given as a peak of a spike, mostly used when initiating electrical components such as motors. The RMS value is significantly less than that of a Pulse value. When building your atomizer, be sure to check that the resistance of your coil, given a fully charged battery, is utilizing less amperage than the RMS limit of your battery. If the amperage limit is exceeded, the battery can swell and release hot gas (known as venting) and even explode. This can cause severe injury or death. While vaping a sub-ohm device, make sure that the mod being used has adequate unrestricted vent holes. The excess pressure in a sealed metal tube creates a bomb.
What to do during venting
If a battery starts to vent, either drop the device in a large container of salt water (normal water can cause the reaction to become more violent due to the manganese) or, with the battery in a safe place, cover the cell with baking soda. These measures will safely remove oxygen from the battery and prevent the ejection of flames. However, it will still be hot so use caution when approaching the cell. Dispose of the battery properly by submitting it to a battery recycling receptacle.
Care and maintenance
Using your battery in a mod is only half of your duty as a vaper to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. You must ensure that the cell is always correctly inserted into the mod, as there is no reverse polarity circuitry. While the device will still function, it causes the tube of the mod to heat up. This is where the battery resides in the device, and can significantly decrease the life of the cell or cause venting. Batteries naturally heat up as current passes through it. Because of this, the cell needs adequate time to rest between charge and discharge. To increase the life of your cells, allow them to stabilize for at least 20 minutes before and after charging.
During this time, inspect the battery’s wrapper. When exposed, the side of the cell acts as a negative terminal. If there is a tear or abrasion exposing metal on the side of the battery when in a mod, it has the potential to bypass the switch and allow the device to fire. This can lead to catastrophic failure. Inspect the wrappers of the battery to make sure there is no holes, abrasions, tears, etc.
One important aspect of building RDAs is the toolbox. It generally takes more than just a screwdriver, even for basic coils. Some other tools you may have on hand that will be useful are tweezers or needle nose plyers, a pick or awl, wirecutters, various drill bits, as well as any other screwdrivers/ allen keys you will need for your atomizer. Not all of these items are necessary, but they can make your project much easier. An ohmmeter is essential for verifying resistance when working with sub-ohm coils, and will be explained later. They are generally 510 threaded, accommodating most RDAs. Some optional vape specific tools are an in-line voltmeter and a coil jig. Of course, it’s a good idea to keep wicking material and resistance wire in your toolkit, for when the time comes to maintain your build.
Your charger is a key piece for your toolkit, as it is used for your batteries. As we talked about, the battery is the point of danger for the setup and must be well maintained. Always use a charger that is suited for the battery you are using. Some chargers have faster charge rates, increasing the current that is provided to the battery. Make sure the charge rate is compatible with your batteries.
For IMR cells, Efest makes two and four bay chargers, called the LUC, with variable charge rates. They also display the voltage of a cell during the charge cycle and have many other features (such as reverse polarity protection, short protection, and overcharge protection) that provides a safe charge.
There is a definite correlation between the amount of vapor produced to the amount of airflow that passes over the coils of the atomizer. By doing so, flavor is sacrificed, instead producing thick clouds. Before dropping the resistance of your build, try playing with airflow first. You’ll be impressed by the results! If you’re leery of drilling out the top cap of your atomizer, pick up a budget friendly atomizer with airflow control such as the IGO W-6 or the TOBH clone from EHPro.
Resistance correlation with amperage
Sub-Ohming is unsafe. It’s just a matter of time before you blow off your hand or jaw. You’ve probably heard or been told these statements many times by those who think cloud chasing is a fad that only harms the vaping community. While your initial reaction might be to disregard these comments, there is some truth. There is an inherent risk to sub-ohming and pushing the battery to the acceptable limitations of the chemistry. However, with a little knowledge, the risk can be mitigated. A firm understanding of Ohm’s Law is necessary for safe sub-ohm practice. The amperage limit of your battery is only the first part of the equation, the next is how low of a resistance the coil setup in the atomizer. The chart below explains how voltage, resistance (measured in ohms), current (measured in amperes), and power (measured in watts) correlate.
Commonly, the resistance of your atomizer and the voltage of your battery are known. This allows us to use the above chart, more specifically I = E/R. If you are running a fully charged IMR, at 4.2 V, and a coil with a resistance of .2 ohms, then the current draw of the personal vaporizer setup is 21 Amps. Is your battery safely capable of handling that load, according to the manufacturer’s specification sheet? To save a little time and math, here is a chart that shows the amperage of a battery, 4.2 V to 3.3 V, powering atomizers from .05 ohm to 1 ohm.
With a safely rated battery like the 30 Amp Sony VTC-4, and a well vented mod, it is now time to grab your favorite atomizer and begin your build. What resistance should you shoot for? Well, according to the math in the chart above, .15 ohm is perfectly acceptable, right? Why is it yellow? The resistance of your coils can change throughout the life of the coils from many different factors. With small bumps and drops, the set screws on the posts of the atomizer can become loose and alter the resistance, the coils can be altered due to bumps, drops, and even maintenance. It is generally a good idea to leave a buffer zone to allow for any unexpected issues that may occur. We do not build anything lower than .5 ohms for our customer. Before they have the coils built into their atomizer, they are made aware of the risks of sub-ohming, and informed of what can happen if they use the incorrect battery or alter the build. Better to be safe than sorry, right? Ultimately, it is your decision on what resistance to use, but it is important to ask yourself a few questions first. Is the potential result of this build worth risking injury or death to myself and others around me? Can my goal be accomplished by a means other than pushing the battery’s chemistry to maximum capacity? Is all of this vapor practical? From there, you can begin your build.
Using the ohmmeter mentioned above after building can help you identify a short in the coil. All that is happening when building a coil is the completion of a circuit with wire that is specially designed to heat up when current passes through. If this circuit is grounded inappropriately the current is carried along an unintended path, called a short. This can drastically decrease the resistance of a coil, making it incredibly dangerous to use as it can lead to venting or catastrophic failure. Always check that your build on a ohmmeter, verifying that it has a consistent resistance. This should be done again after any modifications or maintenance done to the build as well.
When the coil is completed, properly set into your atomizer, wicked, and resistance is checked, now is the time to secure it on your mod and try it out. Add some liquid to the wicks with the top cap removed and look for any inconsistencies in the coils. If everything is going well the liquid will be heated, creating vapor. If any of the wire glows, it either is not attached properly or does not have enough wicking material to keep the coil at an operating temperature. This is called a hotspot and can create excessively hot vapor, resulting in a very unpleasant experience for the user. If the hot spot is on the leg of a coil, loosen the screw holding that leg and pull the excess wire through the side opposite of the coil, making sure to not create a short. If the hot spot is in the coil, ensure there is enough wicking material or replace the coil.
Care and maintenance
Atomizers must regularly maintained, like any piece of vaping equipment. While mechanical mods and RBAs are the most basic form of circuitry in vaping, they are one of the most complex personal vaporizers available. One of the first things you might notice after a successful build is the flavor starting to be off. This is when it is time to change the wicking material of your atomizer. The process depends on the wick material and coil type and will not be covered here. After the wick is replaced, it is a good idea to use an ohmmeter to check the resistance and stability of the build, as removal and reinsertion of the wick can cause movement in the coil. This will alter the resistance and possibly create shorts. Ensure the threads and contacts of the device are clean and clear of debris, as well as excess liquid, by using a q-tip and isopropyl alcohol. Allow the device to dry fully before reattaching it to a mod for use.
By choosing every part of the setup carefully, meticulous use habits, and regular cleaning and inspection, you can have a safe sub-ohm setup! While this might be a large amount of information, it can be learned over time. Experimenting with coil building is a great way to customize your vaping experience. With these guidelines, this can be enjoyable and safe.
13 Unspoken Rules Every Vaper Should Be Aware Of By Now
Vaping is getting increasingly popular these days, especially among the younger generation who’d rather opt for e-cigarettes than the cancer-inducing conventional cigarettes
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Seeing as the authorities and researchers around the world are still studying the ins and outs of this new alternative to smoking, there is yet to be concrete regulations – if any – to be imposed on vapers.
However, that does not mean that it’s okay to vape freely without consideration of others. Hence, the need for these unspoken rules in vaping etiquette:
1. Here’s the basic rule: Don’t vape where you can’t smoke
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“Why not?”, you ask. The vapour doesn’t smell. Even if it does, it smells nice. Plus, there’s no secondhand smoke, ‘cos the vapour dissipates and doesn’t linger!
Well, non-smokers may be appreciative about the lack of toxic fumes in vaping, but that doesn’t mean they are as receptive towards being engulfed in clouds of vapour. Plus, parents might get rightfully p*ssed if you vape in front of their kids.
With that said, don’t vape in shopping malls, movie theatres, and restaurants, just to name a few. If you really can’t help it, step outside where it won’t disturb or distract the other patrons.
3. Be respectful of non-smokers/vapers and the people around you. If you’re thinking of vaping indoors e.g. in bar, restaurant, or private office, always ask for permission from your friends or the owner of an establishment if you can vape. #commoncourtesy
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People who are unfamiliar with vaping might get a little annoyed if you just whip out your e-cig and start puffing away, as harmless as it may be.
Asking for permission sets the stage for mutual respect, it might even spark interest and spur conversation between you and the person you’re talking to.
In the event that you started smoking without asking for permission and are asked to stop, try to explain what you’re doing in a civil way. If that doesn’t work, simply cease without kicking up a fuss. Inciting an argument may add to more prejudice and result in tighter regulations in the future.
The “it’s my business if I want to smoke/vape” is completely inaccurate and selfish. It is another party’s business if it brings on a negative effect.
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Even vapers can get annoyed when someone does this. It’s not that difficult to blow the vapour towards any direction other than into someone’s face; you have 360-degrees to work with.
5. Unless you’re making a dramatic entrance as a ghost in a Halloween play, don’t cloud-chase in public
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So, you like to make big, big clouds of vapour to contain your dreams.
By all means, do so in the comfort of your own home or in a vape-friendly environment such as a vape store or a closed-door vape convention.
Just don’t be a walking fog machine in public. No one likes to be shrouded in fog all the time, we’re not on the set of ‘Silent Hill’.
6. Practice stealth vaping for moments where you are allowed to vape in public places. It’s like ninja vaping!
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Stealth vaping is when you deliberately create small amounts of vapour in a bid to be discreet while vaping in a public setting.
We suppose you could try stealth vaping in places where vaping is still a grey area, but don’t be too sketchy about it or you’ll draw suspicion! ;p
7. Try not to use highly-flavoured mixtures or scents that are too overpowering
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It’s kinda like when someone who wears too much perfume or aftershave walks past you and you’re trying not to gag from the cloying smell.
8. Don’t leave your old e-cig cartridges and vaping gear lying around everywhere. Throw them away after you are done.
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Remember that the cartridges contain nicotine and even old cartridges can pose a risk to pets and children. Don’t leave your vaping gear lying around or you could risk a deadly accident.
9. Ask for permission before using another person’s e-cigarette. You might think this doesn’t happen… but it totally does.
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10. Don’t be a vape snob. It’s not cool to look down on others in the community just because the size, specs, design, or price of their device is not on the same level as yours.
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An individual’s device depends on their personal experiences, preference, and technical ability, so it’s really nobody’s business.
11. To those who quit smoking to join the vape community: Don’t be condescending and rude to smokers
Converts make the worst fanatics, they say, and this applies to some vapers too. Having switched to electronic cigarettes, this sub-group of vapers feel they have the right to look down on and criticise smokers in the same way non-smokers once did to them. But don’t smokers have the right to make their own choices?
12. Arm yourself with knowledge so that you are able to answer general questions the curious public may have for you
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People are often curious about vaping, but also wary. If you are approached or challenged by anyone, try to take the time to explain vaping and answer any questions.Be patient in addressing any myths they communicate to you. Who knows, in doing so; you might correct some misconceptions, but also indirectly help others make the switch to vaping – even if the person you’re talking to is not a smoker.
13. With that said, please don’t act like a vape evangelist and force your ‘beliefs’ on everyone else. Your non-vaper friends will definitely NOT appreciate hearing the benefits of vaping on repeat.
Feel free to tell your friends about your choice to vape when they ask about it. Share information and be prepared to back your claims with research. However, don’t go over the top and treat your e-cig habit like a political campaign.
Call to Action! Support HR 2058 which would change the grandfather date for vapor products
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*Although CASAA feels that moving the grandfather date to a point in time that will protect consumer access to the current variety of vapor products on the market is a step in the right direction, this is by no means an ideal solution. Consumers should keep in mind that if this Act is adopted by Congress, innovations in safety, quality, and variety of devices and liquids essentially will be frozen at the time the FDA deeming regulation is finalized. Moreover, this change in the grandfather date will not exempt manufacturers from registering their products with the FDA, a process that will still remove a large number of vapor products from the market. CASAA maintains the position that a separate regulatory scheme should be developed for this product category.
Five Fresh Insights into Tobacco Regulation from Mitch Zeller at 2015 NATO Show | CSPnet
FDA director Zeller on deeming, modified risk and policy moving forward
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However, as with the director’s previous NATO Show appearance in 2013, there were a number of clues buried in the Zeller’s presentation. Here are five key points CSP observed:
1. A final deeming rule is imminent, but more regulations are on the way.
The agency announced its
proposed deeming regulations for cigars, electronic cigarettes and a number of previously undeemed tobacco products last April and has been reviewing the 135,000 comments submitted on the proposal since last August. Though Zeller would not give any indication on how close the agency was to finalizing the rule (or what changes might be made to it), he referenced that the FDA’s unified agenda states a goal of having deeming finalized by June of 2015.
“I can’t reveal non-public information on where we are in the rulemaking process,” he said. “But June is still our goal, and we’re working very hard to meet that goal.”
That said, deeming will hardly be the FDA’s final regulations of cigars and e-vapor.
“Deeming is primarily a jurisdictional step,” Zeller said. “We should all expect further rulemaking to come once deeming has been finalized.”
2. Substantial equivalence (SE) is still a work in progress.
At his first appearance at the NATO Show, Zeller listed substantial equivalence as one of his top three priorities. The CTP made its first-ever SE rulings shortly after, but it’s been somewhat slow-going ever since. In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a rather scathing report on the FDA’s lack of movement on SE, instructing the agency to set up performance measures for how it processes SE applications.
Zeller was proud to report that the agency has since set up these performance measures and reviews, telling the audience “as of March, we have no backlog. When a new application comes in, it’s reviewed immediately.”
Which is only partially true. By Zeller’s own admission, the CTP has set up performance measures and caught up with what’s classified as “regular” SE applications: applications filed after March 2011. Unfortunately, only 1,100 of the 4,700 SE applications filed are considered “regular.”
The CTP claims it hasn’t had enough experience with “provisional” SE applications (those filed before a March 2011 deadline, which allows these products to remain on the market while the FDA considers the application) and thus hasn’t set up performance measures or ruled on the majority of the 3,600 “provisional” applications.
3. TPSAC remains a hot-button topic.
The director only briefly addressed a Swedish Match application to market snus as a modified-risk tobacco product (MRTP), all-together avoiding the fact that a TPSAC (Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee) panel recently
voted against granting modified-risk status.
Zeller did, however, want to clarify two points on TPSAC. “Federal committees like TPSAC serve an advisory function: They are not the decision makers,” he said, going on to clarify that the panel ruling on snus was not made up of the same individuals advising on menthol, which a 2014 federal court ruled as having a conflict of interest.
4. It’s not an e-cig debate; it’s a nicotine debate.
Zeller has often cited his position that the public health problem isn’t nicotine, it’s the delivery mechanism for the drug. During his panel, the director elaborated further on this notion.
“It shouldn’t be a debate about e-cigs,” he said. “It should be a debate about nicotine with e-cigs as the poster child of that debate.”
Which isn’t to say Zeller is fully on-board with nicotine being considered a low-risk drug.
“People have said we should treat nicotine like caffeine,” said Zeller. “I’m not there yet, but I do agree we have to think about it differently.”
5. Nicotine policy at forefront of things to come.
Perhaps the biggest clues Zeller dropped as to future priorities for the agency both centered on the continuum of risk: namely a discussion across multiple FDA centers on defining which nicotine-derived products should be regulated as tobacco and which should be regulated as therapeutic and an easier application process for products on the safer end of the risk continuum.
“Armed with more science, yes, future regulations should take into consideration a products’ place on the continuum of risk,” Zeller promised.