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Mass Recall of Vuse Vibe

Monday, April 23, 2018 10:21:34 AM America/New_York

Mass recall of vape product

THE first ever recall of a mass-marketed vaping product has been actioned after a series of complaints.
The RJ Reynolds Vapor Company has recalled all 2.6 million Vuse Vibe power units after 10 customers reported malfunctioning batteries in their units.

The company warns the batteries – or “power units” – in the rechargeable section of the vape pen, may cause the device to overheat and create a fire risk.

There have been no reported injuries caused by the defective devices.

Industry insiders believe it is also a prudent move by RJ Reynolds to stay one step ahead of the Food and Drug Administration's recalls. The Tobacco Act requires companies to notify FDA of any product failures -and faulty batteries would be in their line of site.

“We believe that the issue is confined to a small fraction of all Vuse Vibe products sold, and involve a battery manufactured in 2016 by a contract supplier,” the company said in a statement.

“Until we have concluded our investigation and identified the exact cause of the problem, we have voluntarily taken the action to recall all Vuse Vibe power units in the market, until further notice.”
Reynolds has also issued the following instructions for Vibe owners:

1 STOP using your Vuse Vibe
2 Unscrew the tank from the power unit
3 Do NOT charge your Vuse Vibe power unit
4 Call 1-800-369-8200 to get further instructions

Customers are advised that units are not being replaced by retailers but Reynolds will mail a pre-paid shipping envelope for recalled units. The recall only applies to the Vibe model. The Vuse Solo and Ciro devices use different batteries.

Customers are also being offered refunds and Reynolds has notified the FDA of the recall.

Link to original article on vaping.com: https://vaping.com/blog/news/mass-recall-of-vape-product

0 Comments | Posted By Dave Ehmke

Disappointing? Yes. Done fighting? No way!

Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:16:04 PM America/New_York

Today, we expect Congress will release the text of the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Unfortunately, the bill will not include the critical Cole-Bishop language for which we all have been advocating. Although the Omnibus does not include language on any tobacco or vapor issues, we know you made your presence felt and voices heard. Disappointed? Yes. Done fighting? No way. VTA will never stop fighting to protect our industry and to protect the rights of thousands of small business innovators like you.

Responding to our call to action only, nearly 5,000 people made more than 15,000 contacts to Congress. The fact that Congress failed to seize this opportunity to strengthen regulations and protect our industry is not the fault of those who stood up and fought. Together, we waged a smart and cohesive battle.

But, we are not done. We will keep growing, keep fighting, and keep defending our vapor industry. In fact, VTA has been working on dual tracks - both legislative and administrative - all year and we will now re-focus our attention to the Trump Administration and the Food & Drug Administration.

To that end, in mid-January of this year, VTA was the first trade association in either the tobacco industry or vapor industry to meet with Commissioner Gottlieb. During the meeting we offered the Commissioner concrete proposals for achieving our shared goals of reducing, if not eliminating, smoking through new vapor product innovation.

Our diverse and professional group of companies was able to present a clear message and concrete proposals to FDA from the perspectives of each segment of our vapor industry, including that of flavoring manufacturers, small vape shop owners, e-liquid manufacturers, device manufacturers, and wholesalers and distributors.

Specifically, we described how the current barriers to innovation threaten consumer and product safety, how our industry's most innovative products are going overseas, and how current regulations, unless drastically changed, will never permit rapid innovation to enhance product safety, public safety, and product efficacy in the U.S. We called on Commissioner Gottlieb to ensure protections for our industry and provide clarity to our members or risk never achieving the true benefits afforded by innovation of vapor products. In addition, we underscored the importance of flavors to adult smokers trying to quit and made it clear that marketing (not flavors) was the real issue.

Our organization is proud to represent small business owners, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, and innovators like you. We're proud that so many of you answered the call to action and stood up for our industry. And, we are so proud to work with so many state vapor associations to secure state victories across the country over the past year. We will never stop fighting for our members and their priorities in Washington and State Capitals across the country.

And, with the newly announced ANPRM on flavors - we are just getting started! We will be coordinating an industry response, and we'll be announcing an aggressive campaign regarding the FDA in the coming weeks.

Thank you from everyone at VTA!



Tony Abboud
Executive Director
Vapor Technology Association

Comments | Posted By Tony Abboud

VTA Federal Legislative Campaign in Full Swing

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:44:00 AM America/New_York

Immediately after VTA met with FDA last January (more on that in our next report), we turned our attention to the pending federal legislative fight in front of us. As you all know, our language to change the predicate date has already passed the House of Representatives as part of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill. Unlike past battles, there was no opposition this year in the House which places us in a stronger position.

Everyone knows that changing the predicate date will allow continued product accessibility in the market for adult smokers desperately trying to quit, and will empower manufacturers to focus on developing new and innovative products. What you probably don't know is that, in addition to VTA's significant presence on Capitol Hill through West Front Strategies and the meetings they have set up for our Board, our multi-faceted campaign to secure this important change included at least four other strategic components.

1. Flipping the Script! We were sick and tired of the constant attacks on our industry claiming that we are putting minors at risk. We know that you are working hard to keep vapor products out of the hands of minors and decided that our opponents were no longer going to control the narrative. Many in Congress have no idea that Cole-Bishop includes at multiple provisions that will help us keep the product away from minors and insulate minors from marketing.

So, we flipped the script by launching our industry's first paid media campaign in Washington DC to drive home the point that, if Congress really wants to do something to keep vapor away from teens, then Congress must pass Section 753 of the House Agriculture Appropriations bill (Cole-Bishop) now. This targeted campaign has proven to be very effective, reaching more than 2.1 million users in less than 2 weeks. Here's an example of the ads that were seen all over Capitol Hill on the web, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Everyone clicking on the ads would be taken directly to our message at www.SaveVapor.org explaining why passing Section 753 would protect youth by limiting marketing and access to vapor products.

2. In the Field: VTA has deployed professional field teams in10 target states. As we lead these professional teams, we have asked them to work hand-in-hand with each of the state vapor trade associations which are affiliated with VTA to spread the word throughout state news outlets about the importance of passing common-sense changes of Cole-Bishop. Our message is very simple: Congress needs to work as hard as you are to keep these products out of the hands of minors. Through letters to the editor an Op Eds placed in these target states, we hoped to clarify the importance of passing Cole-Bishop and make sure decision makers understand they have a real opportunity to act, and not just talk about protecting youth.

3. Grass Roots: Our team deployed a series of new graphics to boost utilization of our new Phone2Action Center which allows you to send emails, Tweets and Facebook messages to their Congressmen. In addition, we armed our state vapor associations with their own links to drive their members directly. The simultaneous pushes by our state vapor associations and our large manufacturers and wholesalers resulted in 4,500 new actors.

4. Save Vapor Saturday / Sunday: VTA was able to launch a last-minute weekend in-store campaign called Save Vapor Saturday / Sunday on March 10 and 11, to drive home the message to Congress just before their final decisions are made. Thanks to our remarkable network of state associations and vape shops! Your quick work lead to more than 3,500 messages being sent to your Members of Congress this weekend alone! Way to go vapor community!

It's Decision Time / Do Your Part: We have been pushing hard for the month because the decision is being made, literally, today or tomorrow. We expect final language to be filed in the House on Wednesday so we should know by then whether we were successful. If you haven't already, take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to act. We have no time to wait or waste. The decisions are being made as your read this. ACT NOW BY CLICKING HERE!

Comments | Posted By Vapor Technology Association

NEW YORK – Harm reduction experts encouraged by the American Cancer Society’s evolving position on electronic cigarettes are calling on others to ditch their anti-vaping rhetoric in favor of “science-based debate.”

Health groups in the U.S. largely remain adversarial towards alternative smoking technologies despite an avalanche of peer-reviewed research proving the devices drastically reduce the harmful health impacts of combustible cigarettes. A recent shift by the American Caner Society on vaping, however, is a “refreshing” step towards informed debate and away from the ideological crusade of many tobacco controllers against e-cigarettes, Dr. Carrie Wade, director of harm reduction policy for the R Street Institute, argues in a Friday editorial.

The American Cancer Society, which is historically critical of vaping, issued a position statement Feb. 15 on e-cigarettes that acknowledges their safety compared to combustible cigarettes and even argues medical providers should support smokers who are attempting to quit with a vaping device.

They argue other prominent organizations in the U.S. medical community need to follow the example of the American Cancer Society by changing with the scientific evidence. Ample research shows vaping significantly improves health outcomes for smokers, something that should be a priority for U.S. tobacco control groups.

In the U.K., government health services are even promoting vaping for smokers as a strategy for slashing the national smoking rate.

Scientists at the University of Catania in Italy recently conducted a three-year study investigating the effects of regular vaping on the body of the user, finding “no evidence of health concerns associated with long-term use of e-cigarettes” on blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide and exhaled carbon monoxide.

Research published in the Journal of Aerosol Science in January shows that chemical levels in the vapor released from e-cigarettes are well below the safety limits suggested by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. The study determines that vaping is statistically 5,700 times less harmful to users than combustible cigarettes, drastically reducing the risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

Wade notes that the American Cancer Society still prefers smokers quit cold turkey or use Food and Drug Administration-approved cessation tools, however, they argue ditching cigarettes to exclusively vape, “is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.” The group also remains worried about the presence of nicotine in vapor products, warning nicotine dependence could lead to the use of tobacco.

Still, Wade argues the group’s evolving position on vaping is, “encouraging news…for the overall notion that we can have informed, science-based debates over public-health issues.”

Millions of former smokers in the U.S. are already embracing the positive science on vaping and using the harm reduction tools to quit combustible cigarettes.


Link to original article on www.newsli.com: https://www.newsli.com/2018/03/10/american-cancer-society-health-groups-calling-on-others-to-ditch-anti-vaping-rhetoric-in-light-of-avalanche-of-research

Comments | Posted By Steve Birr

Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK-04) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) have introduced legislation that would fill the gaps left by the FDA’s rules on e-cigarettes and require common sense regulations that will restrict youth access to vapor products.

The Cole-Bishop Amendment would ban self-service displays in stores, would ban the sale of vapor products in vending machines and kiosks, would require warnings like “Keep out of Reach of Children” and “Underage Sale Prohibited” on all labels, and would restrict print advertising to publications only marketed to adults. In addition, the bill would strengthen FDA enforcement by mandating that all retailers register with the FDA.

The Cole-Bishop Amendment will not only protect children by restricting youth access and exposure to marketing, it will also provide strict standards for product safety in order to ensure the well-being of all adult consumers. Because the FDA continues to put consumers at risk from injury by battery explosion or fire by imposing unreasonably high hurdles that prevent any vapor products with enhanced safety features or modifications into the market, Cole-Bishop is the responsible way forward.

Encourage Congress to support the Cole-Bishop Amendment and protect our children!

 

Click Here to TAKE ACTION NOW!

Comments | Posted By Vapor Technology Association

Take The Survey Today!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 3:31:25 PM America/New_York

Intelligent Leadership Requires Intelligence

March 2, 2018

Our friends at ECigIntelligence are conducting an important survey that will help tell the story of the diversity and strength of our vapor industry and we are asking every vapor company and vape shop to take a few minutes to complete the survey. Surveys are only as good as those who participate and only as good as the information you provide. So, please take the time to do your part and help us create the most accurate picture of how vape shops and vape companies contribute to our economy. Per ECigIntelligence, the specific information you provide will be kept confidential by ECigIntelligence and will not be shared with anyone. Instead, your responses will be aggregated with all the others so that the combined information will enable us to paint the best picture of the vapor industry with the decision makers in Washington D.C. and in your states. Click here or on the ECigIntelligence icon below to take the survey now!

Comments | Posted By Vapor Technology Association

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