What better way to start a week (a week of Thanksgiving, nonetheless) than to report on some great news! We have received information from an e-cig activist on the E-Cigarette Forum that the California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) has just formally endorsed electronic cigarettes. Our information sources from Fr. Jack Kearney, Professor of Human Services and Addition Studies at Cypress College and Loyola Marymount University.
CAADE is the first educational group to formally endorse smokeless cigarettes in their addiction treatments. While this is not a huge step for the smokeless cigarette industry, it is a step nonetheless in a good direction.
The official policy statement is below:
“The California Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) supports efforts by the addiction treatment community to utilize its treatment expertise in developing tobacco cessation tools that include both abstinence-based and harm-reduction models including the use of electronic cigarettes.
“CAADE accredits addiction studies programs in over 40 colleges and universities in California, Arizona and Nevada. It also issues the highest level of addiction counselor certification in California, and currently represents more than 6000 counselors, college faculty members and students.”
If you’d like to join in on the forum discussion about this new endorsement, visit this link for the E-Cigarette Forum post.
Have a great Thanksgiving all!
Exciting news to share on this Monday morning! We have recently found out about a merger in the smokeless cigarette industry that is great news for all of us vapers. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), which you’ve heard us make mention of quite a bit in our blog posts, have recently merged with the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THRo) project that was started by the University of Alberta Department of Public Health Sciences. THRo has, for many years, been at the head of research and public knowledge on tobacco harm reduction. Now, joining forces with CASAA makes them even more powerful and knowledgeable.
“Elaine Keller, the president of CASAA, noted that the merger is a perfect fit because THRo has been “the only scholarly group focusing on tobacco harm reduction that puts the consumer first, treating nicotine product users as rational people whose welfare matters.”" (Online PR News)
These two groups can do great things together and already have a comprehensive plan put in place of which group will be doing what part of the advocating from here forward. THRo will primarily be a research and development type organization while CASAA will handle the majority of implementation. They really will be two peas in a pod!
Thank you to all those involved in this project – we look forward to great things for the smoke-free cigarette category!
If you’d like to read more about this story, visit Online PR News’ “Tobacco Harm Reduction Non-Profit Announces Merger, New Director” story.
Here in the United States we are facing some opposition to the smokeless cigarette. Some cities have banned them indoors, while others are banning the use of them outdoors as well (in public/community areas). We have even heard about some apartment complexes that are beginning to label apartments as “smoking” units even when they haven’t been smoked in, just vaped in. But, then you have Canada. An entire country that has banned the use of smokeless cigarettes completely, except for 0% nicotine items and accessories. They have been known to even stop packages at the border and confiscate them if they are even remotely related to e-cigs. US based e-cig companies are prohibited from sending their product across the Canadian border.
But, one man speaks out. Russell Daikens of New Hamburg. A previous two-pack-a-day smoker, Daiken orders his smokeless cigarettes online, but always with the risk of them being confiscated and never seeing his package. But, Daiken is determine. He was introduced to e-cigs in the winter of 2011 when he was visiting Florida and he has been determined ever since.
Health Canada is primarily responsible for the opposition of e-cigarettes saying, “Although these electronic smoking products may be marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products and, in some cases, as an aid to quitting smoking, electronic smoking products may pose risks such as nicotine poisoning and addiction.” Now, in the US we are careful not to market our products as safer, due to the limited testing that is available at this time, but really? They are concerned with the risk of addiction? What about the millions of people that are addicted to tobacco around the world, even in third world countries? Seems like there is a bigger underlying reason, but I will leave my comments at that. I believe you probably all know how I feel about the rest.
I will however share Daiken’s thoughts on the matter, “They’re just tightening up on this. They don’t want people playing with this stuff. You’re up against Big Tobacco, and you’re up against the government, too, because they want their revenue.” (METRO News Canada) What do you think? Think Daiken has something perhaps? Maybe. I will let you decide.
Even, Deborah Leader, RN and writer for About.com had the following to say, “Many Canadians suspect the ban is not due to health issues at all, but to the millions of dollars in governmental tax revenue generated each year by the sale of tobacco products. If more people switch to e-cigarettes, less people buy the real deal, which places a big strain on the tobacco industry. It also means that there will be less tax dollars to fill the pockets of the Canadian government.” (About.com) Deborah does not claim to know much about e-cigs in general but even she has her suspicions.
To read both stories on the Canadian ban, follow the links below:
- METRO News’ Electronic Cigarette Smoker Wants End to Ban in Canada
- About.com’s E-Cigarettes Banned in Canada, but Smoking Isn’t?
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. A month that has seen a lot of publicity across our nation for many, many years. Movember is not a new concept, but is finally gaining ground across the nation as a national awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. During October we get all excited about saving the tatas (and don’t get us wrong, if you remember our post from last month, Breast Cancer Awareness hits really close to home here at METRO), but then what about men who suffer from cancers that are specific to them? Well, men across the nation are taking a stand for Movember, including our office (those are our men to the left from last year’s Movember competition)!
So, you ask, what is Movember then? Movember is a movement in which men grow out their mustache’s for the month of November in order to create awareness for men’s health. “With their mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.” (Us.Movember.com) The idea is to seek out sponsorships for your mo growing efforts in order to raise funds for mean’s health organizations.
At METRO we are doing it a little different. The men in our office have already started participating in Movember (as they did last year) but our way of asking for sponsorship from you, is to offer you a discount for our CAMO Designer Pack and Midnight Designer Packs during the month of Movember only. Then, we will donate 10% of those purchases to our local prostate cancer awareness foundation. Even if you are not a fan of black or camo, we appreciate your participation in Movember!
Have a great month as we help change the face of men’s health!
If you are interested in learning more about Movember or even signing up to be a Mo Bros, visit Us.Movember.com/About for more details.
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Residents of North Dakota are faced with a difficult decision this year during the polls and most of them do not even realize it. Our friends at CASAA wrote a blog post a few days ago, revealing the hidden truth about Measure 4 on the North Dakota ballots. This Measure is a smoking ban. The vote seems easy enough, right? Well, it’s not that black and white though. What the ballot fails to reveal is that a “yes” vote will ban the vaping of e-cigs as well as tobacco cigarettes. CASAA strongly urges all electronic cigarette supporters to vote “no” on the Measure until an amendment can be made to remove the language that currently includes e-cigs.
To read more on this measure, make sure to checkout Anit-THR Lie of the Day’s “North Dakota’s Lies Freeze out Smokers and Former Smokers“, post.
Know before you vote. And don’t forget, voting is patriotic, so go out and do your patriotic duty today and vote at the polls!
In an industry that sees so much controversy, it is not often we hear about advocacy groups for the electronic cigarette. That is not to say that we do not appreciate groups like CASAA, TVECA and Bill Godshall with Tobacco Harm Reduction, but the advocate groups do not seem to be “popping up like daisies”, for lack of a better phrase. However, Ecig Advanced announced last week that The Voice of the Electronic Cigarette Industry, The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association has just recently been launched. The primary focus of the group is to keep e-cigs out of the tobacco category.
Some would disagree with this philosophy, while others would applaud it. Me, I am kind of on the fence. If we aren’t regulated as a tobacco product, then the FDA will want to regulate us as a “drug” – I’m not sure I like either. But that is just my personal opinion on the subject.
It is still not clear exactly how SFATA will be managed and by whom. Or how decisions will be made. But, that is the nature of a growing venture – there are still a lot of unknowns that will work themselves out in time.
The main concern for SFATA is that if e-cigarettes are lumped in with tobacco products, FDA will have to opportunity to subject them to the same tax laws that tobacco cigarettes face today – making them much more expensive than what you see today. Online sales would most likely be done away with completely – making it harder for the consumer to find a good brand near them (unless all of us high quality electronic cigarette companies can increase our distribution at lightning speed!). SFATA would like to create a new category for electronic cigarettes. One that leaves them out of the tobacco category and the “drug” category. (I’m liking the sound of that.)
We would like to echo Ecig Advance’s wishes to SFATA, by saying, “Good luck and godspeed!”
To read more on this subject, read Ecig Advance’s original post on “Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association Launches”.
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Convenience Store Decisions delivered a story last week that reports on the wave of growth in the electronic cigarette category. What started as a “niche” category, has begun to explode into a category all it’s own. Experts are comparing the growth of e-cigs to the growth of energy drinks in the beverage category. Energy drinks were once believed to be a fad that would eventually fade – but we all know that just hasn’t been true!
We cannot get too overly excited, yet, but convenience stores are all abuzz about the smokeless cigarette category and the potential that is has. “Like energy drinks a decade ago, e-cigarettes is a category in its retail infancy. According to Wells Fargo, e-cigarettes currently generate roughly $300 million at retail. But like energy drinks, that number is expected to grow exponentially—developing into a $1 billion category and offering gross margins comparable to traditional cigarettes, within a decade.” (CSDecisions.com) Still, others like Tom Kiklas from TVECA, believe that the decade mark is too loose and predict this growth within the next five years!
“The enormous appeal of e-cigarettes stems from a variety of perceived advantages over traditional cigarettes. Not only are they perceived as healthier, but also cheaper and far more convenient. They can be used almost anywhere because no smoke is inhaled or exhaled; only vapor.” (CSDecisions) As a smokeless cigarette manufacturer we are not allowed to make health claims such as what the general public perceives, however the word of mouth about this perception is causing a great boom in the electronic cigarette category.
To read more on this positive story, please visit this link to CS Decision’s website to read their article on E-Cigarettes Coming of Age.
It looks like our contest fans got a little “lazy” this week and forgot to enter into the contest in order to increase their chances to win! The entrants this week were very minimal and we were sad to see not many of you wanted to enter again in order to double your chances to win a Re-Charge Pack. We are hoping to see more of you enter this week! As a note, this will be our last week of offering a Re-Charge Pack as a giveaway item. Next Monday, the giveaway item(s) will change, so hurry and enter now!
But, with that said, we would like to give a round of applause to our friend, and loyal customer, Cyndee Munroe! Thank you so much for entering this week, Cyndee, for a chance to win. Now you are the brand new owner of a Re-Charge Pack that will make charging your e-cig on the go, easier than ever. If you would like to read more about our Re-Charge Pack, please visit this link to our Re-Charge Pack Product Page.
At your earliest convenience, we ask that you reach out to our Electronic Cigarette Customer Service Department so that they can verify all your information before shipping your product. They can be reached by phone at 888-NICOTEK, via email at email@example.com or via our Live Chat by visiting our website and clicking on the “Get Help” tab at the top right of any page. Congratulations again!
For those entrants that were not lucky winners, remember that Cyndee’s name has now been removed from the “pot of names” and she will have to re-enter for the contest again. However, if you go and enter now (and you already entered last week or the week before), you will have double the chances to win next week! So, get to entering – even you Cyndee! Click this Contest link in order to enter again.
We all want to walk around spouting what we think about smokeless cigarettes and how we believe them to be one thing and others believe them to be another. Some companies will walk around saying they are a healthier alternative. Some will walk around saying they are actually good for you – saying that nicotine delivery is “better” for you and makes you think clearer. Some even still will talk about the lack of second hand smoke. But, the fact is, as electronic cigarette companies, we simply cannot make those claims… yet.
The truth of the matter is that e-cigs are still under fire with the FDA as well as many counties, cities and states, nationwide. Those that have never smoked don’t understand them. They want them out of stores and off the streets. The uneducated community still believes that e-cigs are “of the devil” and should be banned just like tobacco. This means that we have to be careful what claims we make about them! We run the risk of losing our ground if we make the FDA and our communities even more upset about e-cigs. Going back to our blog about “Vaping Etiquette“, it starts with respecting others and their beliefs. And, while it can be hard to comprehend, society still has not accepted e-cigs.
So, when electronic cigarette companies make claims such as this, as V2 Cigs did in a recent press release from September 2012, we stand up for organizations such as TVECA that publicly reprimand them for jeopardizing the ground we have been gaining!
“V2′s shocking new claims have the possibility of giving the e-cig industry’s foes new energy to again attempt to ban this fabulous technology that 3.5 million Americans have now embraced as an option to tobacco cigarettes.” says Thomas Kiklas of TVECA, “By creating confusion and making false claims about the electronic cigarette, V2 and SFATA are singularly putting at risk the years of work that responsible companies have put forth by not making cessation and health claims; items that V2 regularly presents in its internet and email campaigns.” (PR Newswire)
Help us strengthen the industry by “playing it safe” for now!
If you would like to read the whole press release from TVECA click this link to PR Newswire.
I came into the office today and felt like victory was looming over us when I saw this amendment to the recent 7% sales tax proposition on electronic cigarettes. At the beginning of October I had reported that Omaha, Nebraska was proposing a sales tax increase on tobacco products, but this included electronic cigarettes. If you would like to read about the original proposition, from October 1st, visit our Omaha Nebraska Proposing a 7% Tax on Electronic Cigarettes post.
The new amendment states that the 7% tax will now be dropped to 4.5% tax instead and that “The term ‘tobacco products’ shall include any items within the definition provided by this article… except nicotine delivery devices providing for the ingestion of nicotine into the body.” (City of Omaha – City Clerk) This is great news for those that are living in Omaha – so spread the news.
On a side note, I do find it interesting that the amendment states it is referring to the agenda from October 2, but that the document is dated September 28. But who is really paying attention to the small stuff, right? Victory is what matters here!
Those in Omaha should go out and buy electronic cigarettes now in celebration of the amendment!
To see the PDF of the amendment that was posted on the City of Omaha’s City Clerk website, Visit this Motion By Council President Mulligan and Council Member Jerram link.