Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association took the 3pm class on Saturday. Talking points included; The instinct for people who are not in politics is to act when there is something that is already proposed in legislature. The time to educate is not in February when legislators are dealing with 400 different bills and everyone is coming to them to say their subject is the most important subject being addressed. As consumers, you need to educate your legislators on the importance of open system electronic cigarettes. RJR is out, not only in Congress and the FDA, but at the state levels telling legislators that open system ecigs are dangerous and should be banned. North Carolina vendors are learning that a small tax that was pushed by Reynolds places ecigs into the tobacco grouping. A “small” tax had a large impact in the electronic cigarette industry. Businesses and consumers need to be telling legislators that we’re already taxed with sales tax, and that is enough. When you go to hearings, dress like you would as if you were going to a funeral. You are going into their home, where they spend 14 hours a day in a suit, so you should show respect with your attire. Your message should be similarly respectful. You are going there to try to make friends and tell your story to your elected officials. Consumers can state that the taxation, flavor bans and usage bans of electronic cigarettes protect the tobacco cigarette market because it takes away the incentives to switch. “For vendors, if you introduce your own legislation you could potentially be creating more problems than you solve. For instance, Minnesota is now seeing cities and counties introducing ordinances that will require shops to show evidence that their bottles adhere to the federal standard for child resistance caps. In my opinion, there are no eliquid companies in the United States that are using bottles that adhere to the federal standard of child resistant caps.” So, my position is that vendors should never try to introduce their own legislation. We have enough bills, as long as minor bans are in the table.
Zen from House of Hybrids and Neal Helland from OKC Vapes ran the 6pm advanced vaping class. The industry has come along way with technology. The class talked about the origination of mods with the original cartomizers that had to be punched to accept the liquid from a tank that would go around it. We’ve seen products go from only Chinese products to American artisans creating products, to Chinese manufacturers cloning the work that the artisans made. The biggest things that American artisans can do to prevent immediate cloning is making it difficult for Chinese manufacturers to copy the manufacturing process. The greatest thing consumers need to pay attention to is safety in any fashion. Every vaper should do as much as they can to understand how their ecigs work. The discussion moved to information on battery potential, their intended uses, and myths. Don’t believe everything you read on a battery. If the wrapper is damaged, don’t use it. Never carry your battery where it can short.
Vape Fest Las Vegas, I believe, was a major success for the National Vapers Club. There were minor glitches throughout the weekend, but the event passed without any major issues. And, mostly without drama. The fire alarms were set off a couple times throughout the weekend, including 10 minutes into the event. But, the event staff and hotel had already planned to accommodate for such an instance, and had the fire marshal on hand. The interruption was brief, and nobody panicked.
While there were many great vendors, each with great liquid, I really enjoyed the classes and booths that focused on advocacy the most. Maybe I’m a little prejudiced, but there’s only so much taste testing I can handle. Don’t get me wrong, I left the event with about 300ml of eliquid. One company from the event that has peaked my interest is Quantified Vapor. They were on hand with the early stages of a device that can potentially help consumers measure the amount of nicotine they are ingesting throughout the course of a day. I had to ask, and yes, they have been speaking with Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos about the potential for this product to help with his research. Only time will tell if, and I hope they do, this company will really make it off the ground and into the market. It could potentially be a critical product for those seeking to eliminate nicotine intake in their lives.
Speaking of eliquid… I got to meet and hang out with the crew from Mt Baker Vapor, a gold level vendor of the Vaping Militia. The owners informed me of the dangerous tax situation in Washington state. I will be doing some more research on this bill very soon. But it sounds like if this bill passes, Mt Baker Vapor will either have to limit their liquid line to 3 flavors, or they will have to close their doors in Washington. Keep on the lookout right here at the Vaping Militia for more information, and my blog on the situation. I’d also like to thank Michelle, the companies blogger for sitting down and discussing writing in the industry with me.
You can look forward to a couple more articles in the next few weeks from interviews I completed with some of the events guests, including Karen Lee the star of the first #improof video and Paul Blair from Americans for Tax Reform. I will also include my vlogs of the Vaping Militia members, Chelle the president of National Vapers Club, Gregory Conley and Stefan Didak of NorCal SFATA below.
You can find information on Vape Fest Miami Coming this September on http://www.vapefest.com
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Alex Carlson is the creator of the Ridiculous! Vape Vlog, a YouTube news show based on consumer interests in the vaping community.