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UL Certifies First Electronic Cigarette to UL 8139 Standard

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Joyetech achieves certification to safety standard that evaluates the electrical and battery systems of vaping devices and e-cigarettes.

UL, a leading global safety science company, announced today that Joyetech, a global manufacturer of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, is the first organization to certify to UL 8139, a safety Standard that evaluates the electrical and battery systems of vaping devices and electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. The certification was issued to Joyetech's vapor pen, eGO AIO.

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UL recently published ANSI/CAN/UL 8139, Electrical Systems of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices, which is recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), covering the electrical, heating, battery and charging systems of these products. The development of UL 8139 also addresses specific fire safety concerns raised by North American fire officials.

"UL strives to help manufacturers bring safer products to market and empower consumer trust. UL 8139 is a collaborative effort with government agencies and industry stakeholders to further enhance consumer safety."

Ghislain Devouge - Vice President / General Manager of UL Consumer Technology

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Global vaping community calls on World Health Organization to reverse moves to ban vaping

The Global Vaping Standards Association (GVSA) has joined an international push for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reform its stance on vaping regulation. This will be the first time that international campaigners and leaders of the vaping industry join forces to reform discordant global health policies. Organizations from across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia have signed the UK Vaping Industry Association’s call to action.

The WHO’s tobacco control group will be meeting at the 8th session of its Conference of the Parties (COP8) in Geneva (1-6 October) to explore international guidance on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (aka vaping products/e-cigarettes). Despite having recognized vaping’s potential for reducing smoking rates, the WHO tobacco control group took the contradictory stance in 2016 that member states could also ban vaping products outright as part of a tobacco control plan.

“We and our international co-signatories are proud to stand up for vaping as a route for smokers seeking a less harmful alternative. We are keen to work with the WHO to ensure that its policy decisions at the Geneva congress reflect the evidence and good common sense.”

Maggie Gowen executive director of the GVSA

The Who’s position is at odds with member states, in particular those such as the UK and New Zealand, who advocate smokers switching to vaping as part of harm-reduction policy. The UAE, Philippines and Australia are also currently considering lifting their bans on vaping, for instance.

International vaping bodies have come together out of concern that the WHO’s stance may compromise the progress made by countries who have embraced vaping, by opening the door to potential bans.

Vapers believe the WHO tobacco control group’s messaging is not only detrimental to public health, but unaccountable, least of all to the consumers whose taxes fund but do not appear to influence its policies.

Maggie Gowen, executive director of the GVSA said: “We and our international co-signatories are proud to stand up for vaping as a route for smokers seeking a less harmful alternative. We are keen to work with the WHO to ensure that its policy decisions at the Geneva congress reflect the evidence and good common sense.”

The global call to action urges the WHO tobacco control group to acknowledge vaping as part of an effective harm reduction strategy, to reverse its previous decision to invite bans and restrictions on vaping; and to recommend that member states regulate tobacco and vaping products separately.

The signatories include:

  • ANAFE-Confindustria - Italy
  • Asian Vape Association (AVA) - Asia
  • Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) - Australia
  • Australian Vaping Advocacy, Trade and Research (AVATAR) - Australia
  • Canadian Vaping Association - Canada
  • Global Vaping Standards Association (GVSA) - USA
  • France Vapotage - France
  • Koora Elektronické Kouřeni (KELK) – Czech Republic
  • Malaysia E-Vaporizers and Tobacco Alternatives (MEVTA) - Malaysia
  • Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) - Philippines
  • Udruga Korisnika Osobnih Isparivača (CROHM) – Croatia
  • UK Vaping Industry Association – United Kingdom
  • Vape Business Ireland (VBI) – Ireland
  • Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) – New Zealand
  • Verband des eZigarettenhandels (VdeH) - Germany

Coalition Created To Voice Importance Of E-Liquid Flavors

#Fight4Flavor Campaign Encourages Vapers To Comment About the Benefits of Flavors

RICHMOND, Va. – An industry coalition of vape companies has announced the launch of a grassroots cause campaign titled #Fight4Flavor, which aims to encourage adult vapers to share their personal, thoughtful and compelling comments on how e-liquid flavored products have helped them transition from smoking.

The campaign was created in response to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inquiry that could potentially limit or ban certain types of e-liquid products. The FDA is seeking comments, data, research results or other information on topics relating to e-liquid flavoring, such as how flavors allegedly attract youth to tobacco products. All comments must be submitted by July 19, 2018. Comments can be made at www.vaperrights.com.

“Vaping has allowed me the opportunity to get back in shape so that I can be an active participant in life instead of being on the sidelines,” Christopher Boone -- a 33-year-old vaper from New York – commented on the FDA’s website about the proposed rulemaking. “Flavor and choice of flavors had provided me the number one reason for not going back to cigarettes.”

The coalition introducing the campaign, which is being led by the Global Vaping Standards Association (GVSA) includes industry partners such as AVAIL Vapor, Charlie’s Chalk Dust, Mama’s, SMOK, The Drip Club, Vaporesso, Midwest Distribution, My Vapor Store and Vapor Authority.

The #Fight4Flavor is a multi-touch campaign that will engage adult vapers via various marketing means that will include printed educational materials, emails, social media, news stories, digital assets and branded clothing to build awareness of this initiative and encourage vapers to comment on the FDA’s website.

“The industry leaders of this coalition are all committed to advocating for vapers’ rights and their right to choose flavored e-liquids while also following strict regulations to keep vape products out of the hands of minors,” said Maggie Gowen, executive director of GVSA.

According to the FDA’s website, potential regulatory actions on vapor flavoring include, but are not limited to, tobacco product standards and restrictions on sale and distribution of tobacco products with flavors.

“Today over 400,000 people have made a comment, and through our combined resources, we have the ability to reach over two million additional vapers,” Gowen said. “For adult consumers, flavoring is what helped them transition from smoking to vaping. For the manufacturers and retailers, it’s their livelihood. We have to champion an endeavor that protects all of these groups in an effort towards harm reduction.”

To learn more about the #Fight4Flavor campaign, visit http://gvsa.org/fight4flavor. To submit a comment to the FDA in support of vaping flavors, visit www.vaperrights.com.

Clean Concerns

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Quality is everything. Critics often use concerns over the safety of hardware production in China as a tool to turn the tide against vaping. Several media outlets have published reports on subpar manufacturers and shady secondary suppliers. Today, major vapor manufacturers are challenging that perception and focusing on producing high-quality products under a stringent set of self-imposed standards.

Vapor Voice visited Shenzhen, China, in January, along with representatives of the Global Vaping Standards Association (GVSA), a U.S.-based international non-profit dedicated to improving manufacturing and retail standards in the vapor industry. Nearly all the companies we visited are members of the GVSA. The member companies are some of the oldest and most respected leaders in the industry. They include Aspire, Innokin, Joyetech, KangerTech, SmokTech and Vaporesso by Smoore, among others.

China is considering bringing e-cigarettes under state management to ensure standardized and well-regulated development, according to an official from China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, quoted in China Daily. This has not yet happened; however, some Chinese manufacturers recognized the need for safety standards as far back as 2012, when vaping was still in its infancy. They created the Shenzhen Electronic Vaporizer Industry Association (SEVIA) to promote higher standards in quality, R&D and technological evolution. Innokin co-founder James Li is SEVIA’s current president...

To read the full article, visit Vapor Voice Magazine's website
http://vaporvoicemagazine.com

UL meets with GVSA members to discuss battery safety

GVSA group meeting discussing battery standards
GVSA group meeting discussing battery standards

FDA's New Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation

On July 28, the FDA announced a new comprehensive plan which places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency's tobacco regulation efforts. This plan will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

A key piece of the approach is demonstrating a greater awareness that nicotine—while highly addictive—is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes. Accordingly, the FDA is announcing several efforts to shift the trajectory of tobacco-related disease and death.

To read the full article, visit the FDA's website
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm568425.htm

FDA announces comprehensive regulatory plan to shift trajectory of tobacco-related disease, death

On July 28, the FDA announced a new comprehensive plan which places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency's tobacco regulation efforts. This plan will serve as a multi-year roadmap to better protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

A key piece of the approach is demonstrating a greater awareness that nicotine—while highly addictive—is delivered through products that represent a continuum of risk and is most harmful when delivered through smoke particles in combustible cigarettes. Accordingly, the FDA is announcing several efforts to shift the trajectory of tobacco-related disease and death.

To read the full article, visit the FDA's website
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm568923.htm

Final Rule: Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products

FDA's approach to regulating tobacco products is grounded in science and uses the full power of the law to protect public health.

To read the full article, visit the FDA's website
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/default.htm

Senate confirms e-cig industry’s friend Gottlieb as FDA chief

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Scott Gottlieb, who plans a review of the deeming regulation that has caused so much concern for the e-cigarette industry, is set to become the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after winning Senate confirmation.

With little drama and even less doubt, senators voted 57 to 42 for confirmation, with five Democrats and one Independent who caucuses with the minority party siding with the Republican majority.

That bi-partisan victory for President Donald Trump, who nominated Gottlieb in March, was significant because of the many questions triggered by the nominee's deep ties to drug companies and others that fall under the FDA's jurisdiction....

To read the full article, visit e-Cig Intelligence's website
https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm568425.htm

Industry association trains its sights on cowboy firms and battery safety

A new U.S. industry association used last week's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) workshop on e-cigarette batteries as the platform to announce its own launch.

The non-profit Global Vaping Standards Association (GVSA) was created to help consumers tell which suppliers play by the rules and which do not, according to James Xu, CEO of Avail Vapor, and Patrice Carroll, executive director of the new association....

To read the full article, visit e-Cig Intelligence's website
http://ecigintelligence.com/industry-association-trains-its-sights-on-cowboy-firms-and-battery-safety/

After writing a letter to President Trump, Rep Duncan Hunter turns to media to explain why e-cigarette rules in the USA are going the wrong way.

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Congressman Duncan Hunter Vapes during Congressional Hearing in support of the industry

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