Vampire Vape Expands
The parent company of popular UK vape brand Vampire Vape expands as it acquires Premier Vaping in a move that will place the company among the big hardware players.
UK based Flavour Warehouse Ltd has a foothold in around 80 countries and this new deal will help the company expand even further.
Director at Flavour Warehouse Ltd, Kanesh Khilosia, said:
Premier Vaping is a natural fit for us, due to the brand’s firmly established position in the market and the wide range of products they offer – the acquisition of this business is the next step in the development of our extended growth strategy.
Premier Vaping’s Calum Cole Clark said:
We’re delighted to be partnering with such an industry giant as Flavour Warehouse Ltd. – the businesses perfectly complement each other and we’re looking forward to being able to create a wider offering for current and new customers.
Good to see the UK vape industry is still on the up despite these difficult times.
New Zealand’s Vape Laws Passed
Controversial new vape legislation has been passed by the New Zealand Government despite opposition from vaping advocacy groups.
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill sees a tightening of advertising rules and a clampdown on where flavoured e-liquids can be purchased.
However opponents say it’s a ‘missed opportunity’ which will lead to more deaths from smoking.
Vape companies and shops now have 3 months to comply with the new law – here it is in full via the NZ Herald:
- Ban the sale of vaping products to those under the age of 18.
- Prohibit advertising the products and encouraging people to buy them in-store.
- Limit the sale of all flavours to specialist stores, including online retailers, other shops restricted to mint, menthol and tobacco.
- Allow specialty
- stores to continue offering loyalty points and discounts.
- Ban vaping in cars with children.
- Enable all retailers to display products in-store.
- Provide a framework for regulations to be set where people are allowed to vape in or outside premises.
- Introduce a safety system which would allow the Ministry of Health to recall products, suspend them and issue warnings.
Nancy Loucas, co-director of the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy [AVCA] was bitterly disappointed:
New Zealand has missed its best opportunity to get as close as possible to Smokefree 2025, with the vaping legislation sadly falling well short.
This has been a poor process from beginning to end with vaping advocates, consumers and businesses forced to respond in a totally sub-optimal way.
It didn’t have to be like this.
This legislation could’ve been so much better and would’ve saved more lives from deadly combustible tobacco, but sadly the political blinkers were on.
It’s a mystery to me why flavoured e-liquids and kits can’t be sold in none vape shops – let’s face it many smokers see one in the garage or supermarket and impulse buy.
However compared to neighbouring Australia where vaping on nicotine is illegal, New Zealand’s vapers can at least carry on vaping.
Eonsmoke Shuts Down After HUGE Fine
JUUL competitor Eonsmoke has been fined $22.5 million and now appears to have closed down permanently.
The New Jersey based company had been taken to court in Arizona, alongside JUUL, because the state decided it was targeting children.
As well as the huge fine, the company is now banned from selling its products in the state.
Eonsmoke did not defend the case and it’s highly unlikely the fine will be paid as it seems this ruling and other factors means it is now out of business.
Meanwhile JUUL is fighting the same charges and that legal battle is expected to roll on.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich said:
Eonsmoke is being held accountable for its unlawful conduct in Arizona, including marketing flavored vaping pods to children.
Without knowing the details I can’t be completely sure, but instinct tells me it’s highly unlikely they were really directly targeting children!
Sad to see another vape company crushed…
CVA Slams Fake Vape News
The Canadian Vaping Association says it’s ‘alarmed’ at the recent growth in fake vape news especially stories linking vaping to COVID-19.
It is urging who it calls ‘irresponsible journalists’ to look at the actual scientific evidence rather than spew nonsense leaving smokers unsure about the safety of e-cigarettes.
Darryl Tempest, Executive Director of the CVA, said:
Disregarding the facts in bad faith jeopardizes the heath of millions of smokers globally.
Controlled trials conducted by National Health Services concluded that vaping as a smoking cessation tool is twice as effective as any other nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product.
These trials concluded that smokers increase their chances of quitting smoking by 83% using e-cigarettes compared to any other NRTs.
Given that 1 in 2 smokers will die from smoking related illness, it is in the interest of public health to embrace the world’s most effective harm reduction tool.
Good look with that, sadly the media tends not to deal in ‘good news’ or it would seem, real facts these days…
New JUUL Flavour For UK Vapers
Rich Tobacco is a new flavoured pod from JUUL and will only be available here in the UK.
The company says it’s meant to replicate the taste of Virginia tobacco and will be available in 18mg pods.
John Patterson, JUUL UK sales director said:
Juul Labs’ focus is to provide adult smokers with an alternative to combustible cigarettes and combating underage use of our products.
Smoking related diseases are responsible for almost 96,000 deaths in the UK annually and smokers should first and foremost try and give up combustible cigarettes entirely – those who have not successfully quit should completely switch to potentially less harmful alternative nicotine products.
If I get some in I’ll add the new flavour to my JUUL review…
and finally…Sorry For Vaping In Parliament!
A video of a Malaysian senior politician vaping under his face mask whilst sitting in parliament has gone viral!
Sorry, I didn’t realise – it’s a new habit. I apologise to the Dewan and promise to not do it again 😔 https://t.co/2BdUl6D9K2
— Hishammuddin Hussein 🇲🇾 (@HishammuddinH2O) August 6, 2020
Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has apologized and paid a fine lol.
More vaping news on Wednesday!