All Crescent City Vape Shops Are Open for In-Store Purchases

New Orleans Vape Shops Open for CBD and Vaping Products

Our friendly staff at each of our New Orleans vape shops is ready to welcome you back in-store for all of your CBD, vaping, and protective supply needs.

All 5 of Our New Orleans Vape Shops Are Officially Open for In-Store Purchases

Although we are opening our doors, we are still actively encouraging phone orders and curbside pickup. The safety of you and our staff is our number one priority, so we have implemented some important safety procedures at all our shops, including:

  • Plexiglass barriers have been hung across the service and payment counter.
  • Only ONE customer or group of customers will be allowed in at a time. If a group has more than 3 people, only 3 will be allowed in at a time.
  • Customers are required to wear face masks. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with a complimentary 3-ply disposable mask.
  • Employees will wear a mask at all times when customers are inside.
  • Hand sanitizer will be left by the door for customer use.
  • Employees will wipe surfaces with disinfectant spray frequently throughout shifts.
  • Employees will wash hands frequently throughout shifts and use hand sanitizer before and after every customer interaction.
  • Employees will wear gloves while offering support or maintenance on devices.

From CBD tinctures, topicals, and hemp products to vape essentials and a full line-up of protective supplies like hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, and face masks, our shops are fully stocked and ready to welcome you back.

So come on into any of our shops — or call ahead to place your curbside order. We look forward to seeing you soon!

December Vape Party & Cloud Comp

Westbank Crescent City Vape Cloud Comp

Over 100 people came out to our Terrytown shop to check out the Crescent City Vape holiday party and cloud comp on Saturday, December 12.

Our Holiday Vape Party and cloud competition at Crescent City Vape’s shop on the Westbank this weekend was a huge hit. There were over a hundred people in attendance throughout the night, and over $2,000 in giveaways, including a ton of 120mil and 30mil bottles of e-liquid, plus box mods and tanks.

Amid the buzz of free beer and slow-cooked pulled pork with slaw, a slew of local shops and liquid companies were represented. The cloud comps, including an unregulated tube mod comp and a regulated box mod comp, were hosted by John Green, New Orleans vape advocate.

Alec, the creator of New Orleans e-juice company Fractal Fluids, was there vaping away on his Sub-zero mod with a Cloud Champ Plus. The giveaway included the Fractal Fluids flavor Apollonian Gasket, an artisanally top-notch honeydew melon with a variety of apples, drizzled with caramel.

Vape Party for Christmas Holiday

Alec, creator of Fractal Fluids, shows off his vape rings.

Ly, hailing from The Vapor Lounge in Belle Chasse, wasn’t there just to hang out—he fogged it up, climbing the ladder to win the regulated mod competition and claiming the Decimus Box Mod/Spitfire Tank prize.

2015 Crescent City Vape Holiday Party

Left to right: John Green, who hosted the cloud comp; Ly, owner of The Vapor Lounge and winner of the regulated box comp; and Sean, owner and manager at Crescent City Vape.

Stephen won the unregulated tube mod cloud competition, and the competition was hot, with several rounds including clouds so close to each other in size that they had to redo the back-to-back vape.

Cloud Competition and raffle giveaway in the New Orleans Area

From left to right: Sean from Crescent City Vape, Skeeter, Stephen, the winner of the unregulated tube mod cloud competition, and John Green.

Andrew, a former graduate student at UNO and vaper using a Kanger Subox mini setup, came out from Lake Terrace to join the party.

That cloud comp was real intense. It was so cloudy I couldn’t even see the other side of the room. I had maybe five foot visibility at one point, it was hilarious. Best part was I bought ten bucks in raffle tickets and walked out with $150 in juice. I lucked out all the way and won three 120mil bottles—&Drip, Blow and Black Hole, my favorite flavor from Paradox Liquids. Pure toasted almond donut goodness.

Crescent City Vape Westbank

Needless to say, things got pretty cloudy.

Kristen from Create-a-Cig came out to sit as one of the cloud comp judges. Also there was Wayne from Paradox Liquids, Chris from Smokecignals, and Luke from Climax Cotton.

The air was rich with delicious smells and the vibe was a perfect blend of chill and enthusiastic, with a mix of dedicated and casual vapers.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we’ll be having another event again very soon at one of our three locations. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the word on that!

Summary of VPX NOLA Advocacy Panel

Vaping industry action against proposed FDA rules.

American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley on stage at VPX NOLA, Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The most important part of VPX NOLA this weekend had nothing to do with new e-liquid lines, cloud competitions, or after-parties. Instead, it was a panel of industry leaders who took part in a hugely informative session on the state of the vaping industry.

Members of the panel were:

  • Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director of Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)
  • Gregory Conley, President of American Vaping Association
  • Eric P. Gotting, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Stefan Didak, NotBlowingSmoke.org
  • Joe Barnett, The Vaping Militia

Although turnout was light at the beginning, more and more people gathered around the stage to listen as the event progressed. For those who missed the panel discussion, here is a detailed summary.

I apologize in advance if anything below is incorrect or if I’ve misquoted any of the speakers. (I haven’t taken this many notes since college — and on my iPhone, no less.) Please email me with any feedback, corrections, or additions and I will update this post immediately.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “deeming regulations,” here’s a quick explanation: The FDA has proposed that certain products, including e-cigarettes and e-juice, be considered as tobacco products for the purpose of regulation. The new rules, which would be a catastrophic burden to the vaping industry, were sent to the White House for review in October, but they haven’t been finalized. Much of the VPX NOLA panel discussion centered around these deeming regulations.

Here goes:

‘No One Will Be Spared’

Cynthia Cabrera
Executive Director, Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)
Twitter: @cyncab | @SFATAorg

Cynthia said FDA deeming regulations are being reviewed, and if they are enacted without changes, “no one will be spared.” No one in the expo hall, from the biggest sponsor to the smallest vendor “gets a pass.” She said that as an industry, we will all be out of business unless we work together and take action.

Cynthia, who talks to vape businesses all the time, said many of them do not understand how devastating the FDA’s deeming regulations will be if approved. She recalled a meeting she had with the owner of a large company who believed that the regulations would actually be good for business, that they’d spend some money getting their products tested and applied for, while their smaller competitors would go under, leaving more market share for them to capture. Not the case. She said even the largest companies in the vaping industry — as you’ll see below — will be eliminated from the market, not only because of the immense financial burden, but also because of regulatory and testing hurdles that businesses in this industry (except potentially for Big Tobacco) are unequipped to handle.

Attacks on the industry are coming from multiple fronts. In addition to the federal FDA deeming regulations, state and local governments have been proposing and enacting legislation (like vaping bans) that restrict the rights of vapers at the local level.

There also is the threat of Big Pharma, which funds public health organizations and nonprofit associations; and Big Tobacco, which lobbies against open-system products to gain market share for their closed-system products. This is an oversimplification, but you should get the idea: Lots of special interests with lots of money and many different stakeholders are fighting hard to destroy the vaping industry. “They are all threats,” Cynthia said.

Right now, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the FDA’s deeming regulations and will decide whether to accept them or amend them. While this review process has no official timetable, they are being urged to act quickly and Cynthia believes it could be decided as soon as December 2015 or January 2016.

Here are ways you can act:

  • Meet with the OMB. As business owners, Cynthia stressed, you have the right to meet with the OMB and make them aware of how these regulations would affect your business. The OMB’s job is to review this largely from an economic perspective. This is an industry dominated by small businesses. You can present the OMB with real, concrete data showcasing how these regulations will cause you to remove products from the shelves, lay off employees, go out of business, and pay less in taxes. Do you have data about your customers’ flavor preferences to prove how important flavored e-liquid is to those trying to quit? Forget about emotional arguments and develop strong arguments supported by facts, numbers, and real data from your business.If you want to meet with the OMB, Cynthia has offered to help you set up and prepare for a meeting. You can contact SFATA here.
  • Support House of Representatives Bill HR 2058. The OMB can accept, reject or request changes to the FDA’s deeming regulations. If the OMB accepts these regulations without any changes, Cynthia says passing HR 2058 (The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015) will be “instrumental.”If you don’t know what HR 2058 is or have not yet taken action on it, please check out CASAA’s National Call to Action. From CASAA:

    The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being destroyed by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for all vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process.

  • Convert the unconverted. Talk to your non-vaping family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses, letting them know how vaping has changed your life and how the FDA (and perhaps your local government) is threatening your health by restricting these lifesaving products. As an industry, Cynthia said, we are “too insulated.” Make sure the people you know — the people in your community — are aware of your side of the story.
  • Have some vaping etiquette. This is obvious: Don’t give anyone a reason to dislike you as a vaper. Be courteous and respectful to those around you. We know secondhand vapor is harmless. That doesn’t mean it’s pleasant to those around you.

‘All I See Are Companies That Seem Clueless’

Gregory Conley
President, American Vaping Association
Twitter: @GregTHR | @AVAboard

Greg started off by telling us how tired he is. Not from constant traveling, but by the general lack of awareness throughout the industry about these crucial issues. “All I see are companies that seem clueless.” Vape businesses need to know about these issues and start taking action.

He seemed disappointed by the audience turnout and began projecting his voice as loudly as possible so others throughout the expo could hear him. More and more people came to the stage.

His message was that if you think this industry is too big to be destroyed, you are mistaken. The vaping industry is a “drop in the bucket” of the U.S. economy. “If I sound angry, it’s because I am angry.”

Greg painted a vivid picture of what the industry would look like if the FDA deeming regulations are enacted as proposed, without any changes:

Every product on the market will be affected. Not just e-juice. Not just cigalikes. Even hardware and nicotine-free e-liquid (yes, you read that correctly). Every single e-cigarette product and accessory will be deemed a tobacco product and subject to the regulations proposed by the FDA.

So what would this actually mean for vapor products?

Applications would require $6-7 million in testing and other costs for each individual product. For e-liquid, that would mean every flavor and every nicotine level would be subject to its own application and testing, and you’d be responsible for the resulting costs — all without any guarantee that your product would even be approved.

During Q&A, Greg explained that much of this money would go to product testing, such as hiring toxicologists, psychologists, and other medical or research professionals. The burden would fall squarely on the business itself. There are testing centers and private labs that were preparing to enter this market to help vape businesses test their products more cost-effectively, but unfortunately, many of these labs are no longer an option because the FDA has dragged its feet for so long.

Greg also clarified that the $6-7 million per product estimate was likely based on cigalike products. It’s possible that e-liquid and other more advanced equipment could have substantially higher costs, potentially up to $20 million per product.

If you have not filed a pre-market application (PMTA) with the FDA by the time the regulations are enacted, you may have as little as 6 months from the date the regulations are enacted before your products are disallowed on the market. Six months is a worst-case scenario — it could be 1-2 years. But regardless, your products would be off the shelves eventually, and anyone selling unapproved products after this time period would be selling illegal products.

  • Want to know what a PMTA would actually entail? Dr. Michael Siegel outlines the (essentially impossible) testing and proof necessary for an application to be accepted in his blog post published Monday, November 9. Even if you can afford the ridiculous amount of money necessary, your chance of approval seems slim at best.

It wasn’t all bad news from Greg. In the Q&A, he admitted he has a less pessimistic view of the OMB and how it might act on the FDA’s deeming regulations.

However, if the OMB doesn’t request any changes, and HR 2058 is not passed, Greg expects litigation to play a large role in what happens next. Greg is a lawyer, and believes that the industry has many valid arguments on constitutional grounds. Nonetheless, he doesn’t want to leave it to the courts, so his effort is going to support HR 2058.

Additionally, Cynthia mentioned here that if it does come down to litigation, our best bet is to “overwhelm them with lawsuits of the http://sideeffectsofxarelto.org type”.

The Fight in Indiana

Eric P. Gotting
Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

Rob Crossley
Director and President, Right to be Smoke Free Coalition

Legislation has been passed in Indiana that would have a devastating impact on the vapor market, not just in the state, but in the entire U.S. Eric is a Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, a firm that has filed a lawsuit in Indiana on grounds that this legislation is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three e-liquid manufacturers — Cosmic Fog Vapors, Mt. Baker Vapor and Vapor Shark — along with an Indiana vape shop.

Eric invited Rob Crossley from Cosmic Fog Vapors to say a few words about the Right to be Smoke Free Coalition, formed by the four companies mentioned above. Rob spoke with passion about the coalition’s work in Indiana and urged vapers to get involved. While the organization will focus on other issues as well, challenging this legislation in Indiana is its top priority. The R2B website sums up the legislation:

The State of Indiana recently adopted a law that could wipe out the e-liquid industry in that state and, if not taken off the books permanently, could create a dangerous precedent for other states. Effective July 2016, the law prohibits e-liquid manufacturers, whether or not they are located in the state, from selling products to retailers and distributors in Indiana without a permit, which requires compliance with expensive and burdensome manufacturing and security protocols that may be impossible to meet. Indiana vape shops will also be required to obtain a tobacco sales certificate and are prohibited from selling e-liquids where the manufacturer has failed to obtain a permit. Of most concern, the statute is aimed solely at e-liquids used in ‘open-system’ products, while giving manufacturers of ‘closed-system’ cigalikes a free pass.

In the Q&A, Eric explained a few of the common-sense arguments they have to challenge this legislation:

  • The Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution basically says that the government can’t pass laws that don’t make sense or that are impossible to meet. For example, the legislation requires vape businesses to hire a private security firm that meets certain qualifications — but this is an impossible standard since, as far as they know, no such firms with these qualifications/certifications actually exist.
  • The legislation would only regulate open-system products while leaving closed-system products unregulated. This could be considered unconstitutional based on the Equal Protection Clause.
  • Additionally, it’s unconstitutional for Indiana to regulate businesses that are out of state. The legislation attempts to regulate all e-liquid manufacturers that want to sell products in Indiana, no matter where in the U.S. they are located.

Greg Conley believes these arguments are very strong and gives them his endorsement.

Spearheading Local Marketing Campaigns.

Stefan Didak
Not Blowing Smoke (NOTBlowingSmoke.org)
Co-President, Northern California SFATA
Twitter: @StefanDidak | @StillBlwngSmoke

For those of you unaware of the work Stefan is doing, you need to check out Not Blowing Smoke. This organization is leading the fight in California, where the California Department of Public Health has invested millions of taxpayer dollars into an anti-vaping campaign called Still Blowing Smoke. Their campaign is scary propaganda, presenting misleading and downright false information about the alleged risks of vaping.

Not Blowing Smoke is working to expose these lies by California Department of Public Health and inform the public about the reality of vaping as a “consumer-created solution to the tobacco problem” and not a dirty trick by Big Tobacco to addict kids.

Check out NOTBlowingSmoke.org, watch their videos, and donate to the cause. What happens in California will impact the rest of the country.

Stefan has also created a new website, FDAregs.info, to help clarify information about the FDA deeming regulations and how they will affect consumers and businesses if enacted without changes.

Stefan’s talk was short and sweet. Not Blowing Smoke is organizing a national — but locally focused — campaign to expose lies and get the truth out there to the public. He couldn’t go into detail about the specifics of the campaign, but the gist is that they are creating multi-media content for ad campaigns and will allow anyone in any state to use their material for locally targeted advertising at no charge.

You can see how compelling and well-produced their videos and graphics are on their website. If you buy ad space — billboards, radio, TV, etc. — they will provide you with the content at no cost.

The vape community in general understands what’s going on because we use these products, and we can get this information out there and shared on social media. But we need more than social media reach. We need mainstream media reach, and Not Blowing Smoke is giving small businesses the tools we need to reach a much wider audience with this crucial message.

Please email Not Blowing Smoke for more information, or if you’d like to contribute to the local campaign. 

‘Don’t Be a Hypocrite’

Joe Barnett
The Vaping Militia
Twitter: @VapingMilitia

Joe had two important points to make.

First, he brought up the creators of LAECR, the Louisiana Association of Electronic Cigarette Retailers. There are dozens of vape businesses in Louisiana and we all need to work together on a united front to combat local vaping restrictions and regulations, such as the recent Louisiana state tax on e-liquid. It should no longer be about competing businesses, but about partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships to advance a common goal.

You can sign up and donate to LAECR on its website.

LAECR is collecting testimonials from former smokers in Louisiana whose lives have been influenced by e-cigarettes. Contact LAECR to share your story, so it can be used in their lobbying efforts and as they meet with our city and state representatives.

The second point Joe made is the importance of supporting the vape businesses that are playing a role in advocacy efforts. In Louisiana and across the country, there are plenty of vape shops and juice companies to do business with. “Don’t be a hypocrite.” If you know a business is engaging in poor practices don’t shop there! Support the businesses that are doing their part to advance this industry.

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If you have any corrections, feedback or additions, please email me and I will update this post immediately.

Thanks to ECC and VPX for an awesome weekend. Hope to see you back in NOLA soon!

The Age of Sub-Ohm Tanks and Why They Rock

Sub Ohm Tanks

Sub-ohm tanks produce more flavor, more vapor, and can help smokers quit much more effectively than lower-quality tanks.

Sub-ohm tanks have taken the vape market by storm, making huge clouds and awesome flavor much more accessible for e-cigarette users of all levels, and no longer limited to those who want to rebuild their coils and drip constantly throughout the day.

You can see a detailed breakdown of what exactly sub-ohm vaping is here. In this post, we discuss the benefits of sub-ohm vaping, how to decide what sub-ohm tank is best for you.

Sub-Ohm Tanks Make High-Powered Vaping Easy

Just a few years ago, the only way to get a huge vapor hit was to use a low-resistance (sub-ohm) coil on a mechanical mod. Mechanical mods are simple metal tubes that hold a battery with no circuitry and no ability to digitally increase or decrease your power output (voltage or wattage). Thus, the most important factor for a powerful hit was the resistance level of your coil—lower resistance, bigger hit.

Sub-ohm tanks do all of that legwork for you. Companies like Aspire, Kanger and Sense pre-build high quality, low-resistance coils that fit into tanks featuring great airflow options and fast wicking. Pair any sub-ohm tank with a quality, easy-to-use regulated device like a Sigelei 75 watt or a Snow Wolf 200 watt, and you can have a tremendously airy, delicious, high-wattage vape, and all of the convenience that was once limited to less powerful tanks.

So, what does this mean for the vaping experience?

Sub-Ohm Tanks Provide More Vapor and Bigger Clouds

We love big clouds as much as the next vaper, as long as they’re courteously blown—it’s just good old fashioned fun, inhaling a delicious waterfall of vapor, breathing out like a friendly dragon, watching the vapor curl and flow outward into the room. It’s just more satisfying.

Sub-ohm tanks are designed to give you this kind of vapor. The coils and wicks in a sub-ohm tank are built to be capable of absorbing and vaporizing your e-liquid much quicker, with a faster heating element, breaking it into particles rapidly and releasing it into your inhale. This does mean they go through e-liquid a bit (or a lot) quicker, but this is a small price to pay for a more fun and enjoyable vaping experience.

Sub-Ohm Tanks Provide a More Flavorful Experience

Perhaps the paramount feature of any tank or rebuildable atomizer is the amount and quality of flavor it gives you. Believe it or not, there are elements and complexities of a flavor that are brought out by sub-ohm tanks which you simply won’t taste in a less powerful tank. By releasing more of the e-liquid flavoring particles more rapidly, sub-ohm tanks tap into those underlying complexities.

A strawberry cream flavor, like Singularity from Paradox Liquids, on a sub-ohm tank will bring out more of the strawberry, more of the cream. You can notice differences like whether the flavor is a ripe strawberry, a regular strawberry or a blend of both. You’ll pick up that side note of honeydew which you may otherwise have missed. More of all the individual flavor components emerge. In this sense, sub-ohm tanks make this artisanal side of vaping much more easily accessible and convenient.

Sub-Ohm Tanks Make Quitting Smoking Easier

With increased power comes an increased ability to cater your vape to exactly what you like. If you’re trying to quit smoking, some lower powered setups might not cut it for you. With a sub-ohm tank, you can close off the airflow and get a mouth-to-lung hit, just like a cigarette.

Sub-ohm tanks vaporize so much more quickly that you can get a get a strong, bold throat hit even with a lower nicotine level. At Crescent City Vape, we see many vapers get down to a 3 or even 0 milligram level of nicotine with sub-ohm tanks.

Versatility combined with power means sub-ohm tanks can provide any vape you want, and before you know it, you won’t even want to touch a cigarette anymore. And if your ultimate goal is to get off nicotine entirely, sub-ohm vaping offers a substantial hit even with little or no nicotine, making it much easier to wean yourself off nicotine entirely.

What does sub-ohm mean?

Sub-ohm refers to the resistance level of the wire in your coil, aka your atomizer. Something under 1 ohm is “sub-ohm,” and therefore allows heat to travel through it more quickly—i.e. it has less “resistance” to energy.

A useful little fact is that “sub-ohm vaping” is often a bit of a misnomer. People commonly refer to high-powered vaping when they use this phrase, but your coil doesn’t need to be under 1 ohm to get a huge flavor/vapor hit. The important factor to allow high-wattage vaping is the setup of your wick and your airflow. As long as you’re wicking fast enough and cooling the coil off with enough airflow, you can crank up the wattage.

Sub-Ohm Tank Breakdown

Sub-ohm tanks can cater to any style of vape. What makes them amazing is their flexibility. If you love the vape from a Nautilus, for example, the Kanger Subtank Nano, Mini or Plus can give you the same vape, only better, but its flexibility allows you to expand in the future to a much more powerful vape with more airflow, if you so choose.

Here’s a chart to break down the different sub-ohm tanks, and what styles of vape they can achieve based on the different modifiable features like coil resistance and airflow.

Sub-ohm TankStyleComparable Tanks/drippers
Kanger Subtank Nano, Mini and PlusVersatile: from cigarette-like vape on up to mid-level high wattageTanks: Nautilus, Genitank, Evod
Drippers: Marquis, Tobh Atty, Magma
Aspire Atlantis V2 and Tobeco Mini Super TankSuper-wide airflow for air loversDrippers: Troll, Stillare, Dark Horse, Little Boy, Mutation X V3, Yep, Royal Hunter, REM, Production, Turbo, Aeolus, Mephisto
Herakles and Matrix and Aspire Triton Great balance of flavor and vaporDrippers: Freakshow, Mutation V4, Fishbone, Hobo, Kennedy, Derringer, Low Pro, Plume Veil, Tugboat, Geyser
Smok TFV4Incredible flavor and vapor, massive airflow allowing up to 140 watts (!)Drippers (with a high-wattage build and airflow maxed): Turbo, Doge X2 or V2, Dark Horse, Troll, Little Boy, Kennedy, Mutation V4

That’s our rundown on sub-ohm tanks, the newest and most revolutionary aspect of vaping. If you have any questions at all about sub-ohm vaping or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’d love to know your opinion, too: Leave us a comment telling us your favorite sub-ohm tank and why you love it!

Taxation Without Full Consideration

What Louisiana’s Big Tobacco-Influenced Legislation Means for Vapers

Louisiana e-liquid tax

According to CASAA, Louisiana’s tax on e-liquid was advocated by Big Tobacco. So, yeah, another reason we say…

In March 2015, the Louisiana Legislature proposed House Bill 119, which included an e-liquid tax of 5 cents per milliliter. The bill was signed by Gov. Jindal and went into effect July 1. With more and more states passing regulations on e-liquid and vaping, it was only a matter of time before Louisiana and United Kingdom followed suit.

As originally written, the bill included only a tax on tobacco cigarettes, cigars, and smoking and smokeless tobacco. The old Louisiana cigarette tax was 36 cents per pack of 20, the third lowest in the country after Missouri’s 17 cents and Virginia’s 30 cents. The bill originally proposed raising the price of every pack of cigarettes by $1.18, which was amended down to 50 cents a pack, bringing the new tax to 86 cents per pack, still the 15th lowest in the country.

According to a post on the blog of CASAA, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, lobbyists for tobacco powerhouse Reynolds American Inc. nudged legislators to add e-liquids to the bill in what seemed to be a bid to reduce damage done to tobacco sales by the cigarette tax hike, as well as remove competition for its own Vuse “cigalike” e-cigarettes, which have seen disappointing sales.

The exact wording of the final law says it imposes “upon vapor products and electronic cigarettes, a tax of five cents per milliliter of consumable nicotine liquid solution or other material containing nicotine that is depleted as a vapor product is used.” Based on this exact wording, e-cigarette hardware and e-liquid without nicotine are not subject to this tax, but for e-liquid containing nicotine, the additional cost ranges from 50 cents for a 10 ml bottle up to $6 for a 120 ml bottle.

The e-liquid tax proposed here in Louisiana is identical to the one proposed by David Powers, a Reynolds vice president, and passed in North Carolina.

The Reynolds stance seems to be that if it’s going to cost more to buy cigarettes, it had better cost more to vape, too.

Is This a Sin Tax?

A sin tax is defined as a tax on something that’s harmful or undesirable. It seems illogical, then, to impose a tax on vaping e-liquid, which we know are vastly healthier than cigarettes and can actually help people quit smoking.

Official government organizations, including Public Health England,  are beginning to acknowledge this. PHE analyzed more than 100 studies on e-cigarettes and concluded that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.

Less smoking means a lower incidence of smoking-related illnesses, including cardiovascular conditions, cancer, emphysema, COPD, and many more.

Why should the government financially punish those who want to quit the deeply harmful habit of smoking by switching to vaping? The opposite already is happening in parts of the world. Two counties in England are now prescribing vaping as an official smoking cessation method.

The idea of implementing a sin tax on a product that benefits public health is, as far as we’re concerned, absurd.

What Does This Mean for Vapers?

Although this bill means more expensive e-liquid for Louisianians, it also means more expensive cigarettes, which makes smoking even less appealing. Vaping on average is still less expensive than smoking cigarettes (the average price in Louisiana for a pack of cigarettes has risen from $5.44 to $5.94).

But, health benefits are even more important than the financial ones. Taxes like this one, imposed at the behest of Big Tobacco, seem to put profits before public health. Let’s keep spreading awareness of what’s true and what’s effective.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more — until then, keep your wicks wet with the best cbd oil and your coils clean, and vape on!

Image by Elizabeth Nolan Brown from Washington, DC, USA (Vape on!) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Public Health England: Vaping 95% Healthier Than Smoking

Public Health England Encourages Smokers to Start Vaping

Public Health England officially states that vaping is around 95% healthier than smoking tobacco cigarettes.

There’s wonderful vaping news from our friends across the pond: Public Health England (PHE) has officially declared that e-cigarettes are a vastly healthier alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

PHE is an umbrella executive agency of the U.K. Department of Health. For an official organization to make such a concrete declaration means public health organizations are starting to understand the health benefits of vaping as a smoking cessation method, as more and more people are choosing this as alternative to smoking and more companies as Vape Key Co, sell vaporizers for this, since people is trying to become more healthy by trying to quit tobacco.

After reviewing the many available peer-reviewed studies on e-cigarettes and culling survey statistics from thousands of smokers and nonsmokers, PHE concluded (emphasis ours):

There has been an overall shift towards the inaccurate perception of EC [electronic cigarettes] being as harmful as cigarettes over the last year in contrast to the current expert estimate that using EC is around 95% safer than smoking. [PHE Study, page 6]

Referring to the specific example of the widely spread news item about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes, PHE said (emphasis ours):

A high level of formaldehyde was found when e-liquid was over-heated to levels unpalatable to EC users, but there is no indication that EC users are exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes. [PHE Study, page 12]

Vaping Can Help You Quit Smoking

PHE is officially supporting vaping as a method of smoking cessation. In a trial run in two regions of England, public health organizations are actually permitted to medically prescribe vaping as a cessation method. According to a Business Insider article on the news:

[A]lmost all of the 2.6 million adults in the U.K. now thought to be using e-cigarettes are current or former conventional smokers, most using them to help them quit tobacco or to prevent them going back to smoking. […] There was no suggestion that the products were a gateway into tobacco smoking, with less than 1% of adults or young people who had never smoked becoming regular cigarette users.

Implications for the Vape Community

With this news from PHE about the safety of vaping, it seems clear that vaping should be allowed to thrive as an alternative to smoking. Regulation is necessary and good for public health issues, but only if approached wisely.

Clinical Psychology Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University in London said:

[S]mokers differ in their needs and I would advise them not to give up on e-cigarettes if they do not like the first one they try. It may take some experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right one.

Any completely new market will face a learning curve, but vaping can be easy and rewarding. Physicians were persuaded to prescribe opioids inappropriately by pharmaceutical companies that paid opinion leaders to convince physicians that opioids weren’t so addictive after all, and that physicians who withheld opioids from patients with arthritis or back pain were “opioiphobic” and not providing the best care to their suffering patients. Pharmaceutical companies also confused prescribers about addiction by inventing the concept of “pseudoaddiction,” which looked exactly like addiction but was easily treated by higher doses of opioids.

Good vaping companies — of which there are many — produce high quality and thoughtfully engineered products. According to the PHE report, organizations have an obligation “to protect public health policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.”

Let’s avoid destroying a health revolution before it takes a foothold; let’s keep vaping alive.

Our most important goals at Crescent City Vape are to bring you the best vaping experience for your needs and to spread accurate vaping education. The benchmark of good science is skepticism, coupled with acknowledgment and implementation of what’s been proven. This PHE statement is a step in the right direction.

Let’s embrace truthful, objective information about e-cigarettes, with the ultimate goal of helping as many people as possible ditch the toxic smoke for much healthier vapor.

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E-Cigarette Battery Safety Guide

E-Cigarette Battery Safety Guide

Electronic cigarette batteries come in all different shapes and sizes. No matter what kind of device you’re vaping with, follow these basic guidelines for better, safer and more efficient battery use.

Guidelines for Safe and Effective Battery Use

Battery safety is one of the most important issues in vaping. Overloading a battery beyond its power limits or misusing a battery or charger can lead to potentially dangerous situations, as well as cause damage to your device. But there’s no need to worry. We’ve outlined simple guidelines below to make sure you’re using your battery properly and to keep you vaping as safely as possible.

If you have any questions about battery safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Internal Batteries: Non-Replaceable Batteries Like eGo/Pen-Style Batteries and Other Regulated Devices

Pen-style batteries (also called eGo batteries) and regulated devices with internal batteries are protected, which means they’ll never allow you to empty the battery’s power out beyond a safe limit. In terms of battery safety, basic, slim eGo batteries and regulated mods are very similar. Here are safety tips you should follow to be sure you’re playing it safe:

  • Keep an eye on charging battery: Do not charge your battery overnight. It’s best to charge it when you are nearby to keep an eye on it. When the light turns green, or your device says the battery is fully charged, remove the battery from the charger.
  • Use the right charger: Always use the correct type of charger for a battery — ideally, stick with the charging cable and wall adapter that came with your device.
  • Buy from a reputable source: It’s best to buy eGo chargers from a reputable source (like a local vape shop!). Using a cheap gas station charger with a quality eGo battery is a no-no. Avoid this!
  • Watch your amp level: Most regulated devices with internal batteries charge at either 0.5 amps or 1 amp, but some can charge at up to 2 amps. Look in your user manual to find out the correct amp level for charging your mod.

External Batteries: Mods With Replaceable or Removable Batteries

Mods with removable batteries (also called loose or external batteries) can be either regulated or unregulated. Unregulated mods, also known as mechanical mods, have no circuitry or safety protections. They are simply metal tubes, or sometimes boxes, into which a battery is inserted. This means you should take extra safety precautions when using a mechanical mod. Here’s a list of tips and guidelines for mech mods and other mods with external batteries.

  • Keep it clean: Regularly clean all the threading and inner walls of your mech mod. It’s best to use an alcohol wipe or alcohol and a cotton swab. Dirty threading can interfere with the circuit and cause a “hot button” — i.e., a button that remains stuck even after you let go.
  • Battery wrap: Check your battery wrap to make sure there are no holes or nicks in the wrap. The wrap is the plastic sheath that’s wrapped tightly around the metal battery. Additionally, be absolutely sure you are putting your batteries in the correct direction. The positive end of a battery is the end with less metal showing underneath the plastic battery wrap. In a box mod that holds two batteries, the batteries could either be in parallel (pointing in the same direction) or in series (pointing in opposite directions). Make sure you know the correct orientation for you mod batteries.
  • Married batteries: For a two-battery mod, it’s safest to use “married batteries.” This means you should buy two batteries at the same time, and use them and charge them together. If you want backup batteries, buy two more and keep them together as well. If needed, label the batteries with a marker so you can identify them.
  • Amp limit: The amperage limit is the measure of how much power your battery can handle. Most loose batteries tell you their amp limit directly on the side of the battery. If you find an Ohm’s law calculator online, you can input your coil’s resistance and your battery’s voltage and determine the amperage you are outputting. If this amperage is higher than your battery can handle, and you prefer to vape with this much power, you should purchase a higher-amperage battery.
  • Coil resistance: Whether you buy prebuilt atomizers or build your own coils, you need to be extra sure the resistance of your coil is high enough to be safe, especially with an unregulated mechanical mod. Building below 0.2ohms is not recommended unless you thoroughly understand battery safety.
  • Look out for hot spots: When building your own coils, you also need to be extra sure that your coil is firing correctly and that it does not have any hot spots. A good coil should heat up starting at the center of the coil.
  • Avoid cheap chargers: With external battery chargers, avoid chargers that seem generic, come from unknown companies, or do not stop the battery from charging once it is fully charged. This is known as “overcharge protection,” so look on your charger’s product box for that phrase or something similar. To play it as safe as possible, two high-quality and reputable battery charger companies are Luc and Nitecore.

Tip for mechanical mods: A loose battery in a single-battery mechanical mod will output voltage directly, meaning that as you vape, the battery’s output power will decrease and you’ll get less vapor and flavor. Don’t continue to vape until the battery is completely dead; this is bad for the battery and can be unsafe. When you notice a significant decrease in power, switch to a freshly charged battery.

General Battery Issues

  • Auto-firing: If your tank or coil heats up without the button being pressed, the first thing to do is remove your tank/atomizer as quickly as possible.
  • Venting: In the worst-case scenario, a battery will vent. This means gases inside the battery will build up and begin to release. If this happens, move your device as quickly as possible into something plastic, or at least away from anything flammable, and wait until the battery is no longer venting.
  • Disposal: Batteries that are at the end of their life should not just be thrown away — bring your loose batteries or devices with built-in batteries to Crescent City Vape and we will recycle them for you.

These guidelines may seem complicated at first, but in fact they’re simple to follow. It comes down to this: Keep an eye on your batteries, don’t charge them overnight, and don’t push your battery’s limits. Stick by these guidelines and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which flavor to vape next!

Let’s Get This Straight: E-Cigarettes Are Not Tobacco

Nicotine can be extracted from cauliflower

Nicotine can be found in cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and several other vegetables — not just tobacco. Nicotine is exactly the same regardless of whether it’s extracted from tobacco leaves or another source.

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers regulations on e-cigarettes, a major question is how it will approach taxing and regulating e-liquid. At the moment, the FDA and many Americans view e-liquid as a tobacco product. But this viewpoint is misleading, and potentially very harmful to vaping, which has been an important tool in helping smokers quit.

Nicotine can be found in cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and several other vegetables. The main reason it is usually extracted from tobacco is because there is more nicotine present in tobacco leaves than in other sources. If it were more cost-effective, companies would extract nicotine from eggplant or tomatoes, or simply synthesize it. But the nicotine liquid used in an electronic cigarette is pure. Even if nicotine is derived from tobacco, it is identical to nicotine from other sources and, once extracted, no longer has anything to do with the tobacco leaf it came from.

How Is Nicotine Different Than Most Tobacco Products?

What makes nicotine itself different from what is usually considered a tobacco product? A lot. Pure nicotine has virtually none of the cancer-causing effects of tobacco products like chew or traditional cigarettes. Cigarette smoke contains no fewer than 68 harmful carcinogens, including the tar produced by combustion.

Nicotine is close to caffeine in terms of its effects on the body. It has not been shown to be carcinogenic or seriously harmful to the body, and it provides minor benefits to memory and cognitive function.

Besides nicotine, there are several other components in e-liquid. These include vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and ester-based flavorings. There have been more than 100 peer-reviewed studies of e-liquid and the vapor it produces. It has been demonstrated so far that there are extremely low amounts of potentially harmful elements in e-liquid. So low, in fact, that they are negligible.

In terms of its effects on the human body, e-liquid bears little resemblance to what typically is known as a “tobacco product.”

E-Cigarettes and the FDA

So far, though, the FDA has been trying to regulate e-liquid the same way it does all tobacco products, which would mean requiring e-liquid companies to potentially pay millions of dollars in fees and making them undergo a rigid, lengthy application process for selling their products. This would force many e-liquid companies out of business, leaving only e-liquid made by the massively wealthy big-three tobacco companies.

According to the FDA, it has “issued a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, such as e-cigarettes.”

Besides the fact that pure nicotine is not tobacco, classifying e-cigarette devices as tobacco products is problematic. Most electronic cigarettes these days are merely a vessel for e-liquid and don’t contain e-liquid when purchased. Some people vape e-liquid that contains no nicotine at all, only flavorings, vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol. To call this a tobacco product and tax it like one is ludicrous.

U.S. Rep Andy Harris (R-Md.) said, “I think most people realize that [e-cigarettes] are less dangerous than cigarettes, and yet we’re subjecting them to a higher level of regulation.” On the other hand, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) has said that barring the FDA from treating e-liquid as a tobacco product “is nothing short of a giveaway to the tobacco industry.

But Rep. Lowey has it backwards. RJ Reynolds can easily afford the fees and the time and the resources, and welcome these regulations as a way to limit the competition severely. They’re producing sub-par e-liquid and sub-par e-cigarettes that won’t help nearly as many people quit smoking. It’s in Big Tobacco’s best interest to either keep people vaping on their cheap e-cigarettes with their e-liquid, or to send people back to smoking. It’s the smaller companies in the industry – those producing effective vaping devices and high-quality, clean and pure e-liquid – that would be forced to close.

This is why it’s important that our representatives in Congress recognize that e-cigarettes do not actually contain tobacco. Once nicotine is isolated, it is different than tobacco. If we accept that e-cigarettes are like any other tobacco product and quash the quality independent e-cig market, we may send millions of vapers back to smoking.

If you’d like to tell Congress that e-cigarettes should not be regulated like tobacco products, we encourage you to join over 30,000 vapers and supporters in signing this Change.org petition. Let your voice be heard!

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Study: E-Cigarettes Could Save Government Billions in Health Care Costs

High smoking rates among Medicaid recipients.

Electronic cigarettes are an effective smoking cessation aid that could save Medicaid billions of dollars a year.

A review of current literature has found that e-cigarettes have the potential to save billions of dollars in Medicaid expenditures related to cigarette smoking. Among all smoking adults in the United States, the total cost of direct medical care due to smoking totals almost $170 billion.

The review, written by J. Scott Moody, chief economist of State Budget Solutions, estimates that a smoking cessation program for Medicaid recipients — one that used e-cigarettes — could have saved Medicaid roughly $48 billion in 2012. Fifty-one percent of Medicaid recipients are smokers, compared with 21 percent of the general population.

Smoking has been linked to half of the deaths caused by the 12 most common cancers, and together with secondhand smoke, causes 1,300 deaths every day. There are numerous health complications associated with smoking, including cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disorders, and many more.

The annual cost in lost productivity in a smoking population also is very high. Among smokers, lost productivity due to smoke breaks and sick days totaled around $185 billion in 2005.

Moody makes a case for avoiding over-regulation or taxation of e-cigarettes because the cost of smoking in terms of health care and lost productivity is much greater than potential revenue from a tax on e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Aid

Research has found that e-cigarette users can successfully quit at high rates or greatly reduce the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoke per day. A study conducted on smokers provided them with e-cigarettes, information about how to use them, and instructions on where to buy e-liquid. Nineteen percent of e-cigarette users completely quit by the end of eight months, while almost half of smokers studied had cut their smoking in half while vaping.

Another study, published in the journal Addiction, found that smokers who quit traditional cigarettes using e-cigarettes were more successful than smokers using the nicotine patch or gum.

Whether smokers quit completely or reduce the number of cigarettes smoked with e-cigarettes, the benefits are clear: reducing or quitting cigarettes with e-cigs can reduce the health complications associated with smoking cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes Threatened By Regulation And Taxation

In 2012, states collected $28 billion in revenue from taxes on tobacco products — a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of smoking in terms of medical costs and lost productivity.

Unfortunately, the public health benefits and health care savings associated with e-cigarette use and smoking cessation would not reach their full potential if e-cigarettes were to be taxed and treated like tobacco products.

It seems clear that Medicaid’s precarious financial situation would be greatly relieved by a widespread movement to quit smoking.

For smokers who are unsuccessful using other smoking cessation methods, e-cigarettes represent a life-saving opportunity to kick the habit.

A tax increase on e-cigarettes could likely discourage some smokers from making the switch to e-cigarettes. Continuing as cigarette smokers is not only bad for public health, but is bad economic policy. The amount of revenue that would be brought in by e-cigarette taxes pales in comparison to the societal costs of continued smoking.

Understanding the full costs associated with smoking cigarettes is crucial for states considering the taxation and regulation of e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

Unfortunately, many states have already made the wrong decision.

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