Monday, September 9, 2013

E-cigarettes raise new questions about smoking

From The Washington Post: When a friend sitting at my kitchen table pulled out what looked like a cigarette, I was about to direct her to the front porch. But then I realized that what she was blowing was an odorless vapor, not smoke. It was an electronic cigarette. Electronic cigarettes come in a variety of shapes and models, but most consist of a battery, a heating element, and a liquid that
contains nicotine, propylene glycol and flavorings. The heating element warms and aerosolizes the liquid, turning it into a vapor the user inhales. Smoking an e-cigarette (called “vaping”), gives users a nicotine hit without exposing them, or those around them, to tobacco smoke. The lack of odor is one of the biggest selling points, says Craig Weiss, chief executive of NJoy electronic cigarettes. Read the rest of the story here.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

More than hot air? Questionable if e-cigarettes are a good idea

From Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Electronic cigarettes — embraced by users as a healthier alternative to smoking or a good way to quit — are picking up steam. There’s little research on how safe they might be or whether they’re an effective strategy for kicking the habit, but more people are giving e-cigarettes a try every day. About one in five adult cigarette smokers in the U.S. had tried electronic cigarettes in 2011, nearly twice as many as in 2010. Sales reached nearly $500 million in 2012 and are expected to double to $1 billion this year. As the market grows, even tobacco companies are jumping on board. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. launched its Vuse electronic cigarette this summer in Colorado. Altria Group Inc., parent company of the nation’s largest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, will soon debut its product, MarkTen, in Indiana. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are a smoke-free alternative to the traditional paper cigarette. The most basic version, one that could be mistaken for an actual cigarette, is comprised of a liquid cartridge attached to a white cylinder containing a battery. The battery heats the liquid into a vapor that the user inhales. Instead of smoking, it’s come to be called “vaping.” The liquid is a mixture of propylene glycol (a common chemical used in many in food products), vegetable glycerin, flavoring and nicotine. The composition can vary greatly by manufacturer. Typical electronic cigarettes range from around $10 for a standard e-cigarette that requires replacement liquid cartridges to as much as $70 for a polished wooden model that can be refilled. Although prices vary, pre-filled liquid cartridges, each lasting about as long as a pack of cigarettes, usually cost a few dollars, and bottles of flavored e-liquid range from a few dollars to more than $10 depending on size.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Reynolds continues to protect trademarks in e-cigarette suits

Protecting the Camel and Winston trademarks from misuse by small electronic-cigarette retailers has kept a Reynolds American Inc. subsidiary quite busy over the past four years.
Reynolds Innovations Inc. has filed 29 lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of N.C. since August 2009, with the last being submitted July 1.
In all 21 closed cases, the Reynolds subsidiary won a final judgment and/or permanent injunction to keep the companies from marketing products similar to the Reynolds brands in taste or logo. In many cases, Reynolds received damages. Another four have either reached a settlement or the judgment stage.
The common complaint filed by Reynolds is trademark infringement and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Those odds have not deterred a Spokane, Wash., businessman, Chance Addison, from challenging what he calls Reynolds’ “misuse of the legal system” in pursuing a lawsuit against his company, Addison E-Cigarette LLC.
Addison wants the Reynolds lawsuit dismissed. A U.S. District Court judge has given Addison until Thursday to retain counsel for his LLC.
Among defendants in the Addison case are,, as well as LCP Inc. and Vicious E-Liquid. Reynolds provided documentation in its lawsuit that the defendants have listed “Cam,” “Camel” and “Winston” among the flavors available.

Saturday, August 3, 2013 Launches New Electronic Cigarette Review Website

411Vapes has opened their electronic cigarette review website to the public. 
The reviews are popping up as fast as we can give a product the proper testing and review time. Stop in and check out some reviews for your favorite vendors including Crystal Canyon VapesVapor Tek USA and many more. All products are used in an everyday application and reviewed on the product performance and not our personal opinions. Reviews are layed out in a manner that anyone can under stand them.
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