Sunday, February 8, 2015

City of Los Angeles add the e-cigarettes to existing smoke-free air laws

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Just recently, the city of Los Angeles voted to add the e-cigarettes to existing smoke-free air laws. This means that now vaping is effectively banned in all areas, when smoking is prohibited as well.
People have already started opposing the vaping ban, with the most notable reaction being the letter, send to the Mayor of LA by John Madden. In his letter, he explained why the e-cigarettes are not a threat to public health and ask for the Mayor’s assistance in fighting the e-cigarette ban in places, where smoking is prohibited.

He argues that the amendment can actually present a greater threat to the public health and especially, the health of smokers. Banning the e-cigarettes might decrease their efficacy in newer users, who, he explains, still have the occasional craving for a tobacco cigarette.

He shares his own battle with smoking, adding that every time he was outside, he felt the urge to smoke. It was not until most of his friends became vapers, that he was finally able to let go of cigarettes for good.

The e-cigarette ban will send an incorrect message that e-cigs are just as harmful as the tobacco cigarettes. This in, fact, untrue – e-cigs have been demonstrated to be far safer than traditional cigarettes, as the amount of volatile organic compounds and trace elements in them is far below the required safety and recommended limits. Even more, these are present even in clean air, so vaping in public will not affect the public health in any way.

More than 200 vapers gathered to attend a rally in Pershing Square to support the Save Vape LA initiative sponsored by Gypsy Vapes - . The three keynote speakers, amongst which was the creator of the world’s first e-cigarette in 1963, educated the public on e-cigarettes. Vapers also had the opportunity to record their own IMPROOF testimonial.

The battle for LA might be lost, but there are still ways in which vapers and people, opposing the e-cigarette ban can make a difference. Join Gypsy Vapes in protest the ban and Send an email to the Mayor of LA to demonstrate your support for the Save Vape LA! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Green Smoke becomes Altria’s property after a deal for $110 Million

The Big Tobacco giant Altria has set its mind on the Florida-based e-cig company Green Smoke. The purchase will mark another milestone for the expansion of the Big Tobacco companies into the e-cig industry.

Altria decided to enter the market, after Lorillard successfully purchased blu eCigs in 2012, and SkyCig in 2013. Green Smoke is currently the leading cig-a-like cigarette, and the purchase was estimated around $110 million.

Altria, even though the US most dominant tobacco company, has demonstrated slow progress into the e-cig market. It appears that they were more focused on creating their own e-cigarette, MarkTen, which was launched in August last year. MarkTen, however, proved to be more of a “disposable brand” and hasn’t made great impact on the e-cig industry.

The deal is a sensible investment for Altria, who made more than $24.5 billion in revenues last year, and a pretty sweet deal for the Green Smoke company, as well.

A short overview of the leading Big Tobacco giants, entering the e-cig business:
RJ Reynolds decided to manufacture their own e-cigarette, and Vuse entered the market as a technologically-advanced product with microprocessor that ensures consistent vapor production and nicotine delivery. However, the device is available only in the Denver area and currently RJ are selling only two starter kits.

Lorillard was the first to enter the e-cig market in 2012 with the purchase of the blu eCig. They seemed pretty eager to get involved and seemingly prefer to build onto already established and successful business products, such as SkyCig.

British American tobacco launched Vype, their own e-cig, in September 2013. Vype is equipped with UK-made liquid which is a guarantee for top quality, and its cigarette-like-appearance targets it mainly to smokers, who are just making the switch.

Finally, Imperial tobacco, who haven’t entered the e-cig market yet, plan to do it in the following year. They have already purchased intellectual property from Chinese e-cig company Dragonite and are working on their product.

Article by Gypsy Vapes 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Article By Gypsy Vapes 
After purchasing blu Cigs "" in 2012, it seemed like Lorillard will become a major Big Tobacco player in the e-cigarette industry. Numbers, however, show different pattern – it turns out that Lorillard’s blue Cig sales actually fell down by almost 40% in the third quarter of last year.