Monday, August 10, 2015

Boulder County Housing Authority Promises Inhabitants A More Difficult Life

Ok, this post is a rant on my part. In the grand scheme of things I realize that my rant is not going to change the reality that the poor and the marginalized in this country are increasingly being treated as though they were prisoners of some hierarchical moral crusade that harbors with it the de facto right to make people's lives increasingly more difficult, but it does feel good to let it all out once in awhile. I could not help myself when I read this news piece the other day. So here it goes....

Effective Aug. 17, tenants of Boulder County Housing Authority properties will no longer be able to use electronic cigarettes or vapor-smoking devices inside any of the county's 611 rental units or on most of the grounds outside those units.

Um, I guess that the Housing "Authority" has forgotten that "public" housing is owned not by them, but by the people.

They have also seem to have forgotten that we have the 4th Amendment in America which expressly states that unreasonable search and seizure is ILLEGAL in the great United States of America. Therefore, they CANNOT arbitrarily search the homes of poor people to see if they are smoking or vaping just because they damn well feel like it.

They also seem to think that they can change the definition of smoke in its vernacular on a whim...again, just because they feel like it. They cannot.

The new policy's expanded smoking prohibition also applies to marijuana.

Well, we saw that coming, now didn't we? Yeah, marijuana is legal in Colorado, but these people can do whatever they want because they have special powers that are only reserved for the special few.

They also seem to think that they can change the definition of smoke in its vernacular on a whim...again, just because they feel like it. They cannot, but that does not stop them from trying to redefine physics and science itself.

The new no-smoking policy the commissioners approved Thursday defines "smoking or smoke" as "either the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, incense, or any other lighted smoking equipment, or the use of any electronic smoking or vapor smoking device."

No incense for you, ok? ...and no vaping either, because vaping is smoking, ok? Got that? While we're at it, for the sake of consistency, why don't we ban tea kettles to?

Williford said the policy update wasn't prompted by any specific complaints from or about tenants. But she said officials decided the update was needed....

Well of course there were no complaints. That is likely due to the fact that most people are decent people who do not make it their life's mission to look for a problem where it does not exist. Real people are far to busy with the vicissitudes of every life to waste time on such nonsense. Most Americans that I have met in my lifetime also tend to hold our Bill of Rights in high regard; it is clear that these people do not. Their agenda takes precedence over our Democratic Republic. Aren't these people special?

In the past, she said, "I would always say anything that emits smoke, you shouldn't be using."

I hate to break it to you honey, but it is none of your damn business what legal substance(s) people choose to put into their own bodies. Got that? This is not a dictatorship and poor people are not your prisoners.

..she said most of the county-owned rental properties

Again, they have gotten it all backwards, for it is the people who are the sole proprietors of "public" housing and newsflash: smokers and vapers of legal marijuana, tobacco, and other nicotine/tobacco alternatives are citizens of the United States with rights just like everyone else. You, on the other hand, are merely an administrator to the public trust that is owned by the people. You cannot therefore, arbitrarily dictate from on high that smokers and vapers have no stake (or rights) when it comes to public housing.

..repeated violations could eventually result in the Housing Authority initiating the legal process of evicting them.

You cannot evict American citizens from their own property for taking part in a legal activity. Shame on you for thinking that you can.

Can anyone honestly dispute at this point that the anti-smoking crusade is not in large part fueled by prejudice, dogma and hate?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Freedom Calls In London

I have just returned from a brief trip to the U.K., where Jules and I squished as much as humanly possible into a week's time. We zipped around on the London Underground like locals visiting St James's Park, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden/Theatre District, Islington (where we attended an open mic), Canary Wharf (where we attended Forest's annual Freedom Dinner), Camden Town (where they always have the coolest clothes), Paddington, Whitechapel (where we attended the East End Film Festival), and Didcot (where we were greeted by two of my uncles and several cousins). Whoosh! The week went by in a New York (or should I say London?) millisecond.

This has been such an interesting trip and on a multitude of levels, for this is the first time (in a long time) that we have had the time to wander around and explore London. Every time that we have been fortunate enough to visit the other side of the pond in the past (save for one time when I was really young) has afforded us no down time, as we were always off to the next town with our band playing shows. It was nice to experience London from somewhat of a different perspective this time around.

Thanks to an invite from Simon Clark, last Tuesday (July 7th) Jules and I attended Forest's annual Freedom Dinner. The event was held at the very classy and eclectic Boisdale of Canary Wharf where the food, service, and entertainment are all about as top notch as you can get. There were so many interesting people there that I almost had to pinch myself for a second...just to certify that we hadn't in fact entered into another dimension. After what has become about roughly 8 years of quasi-online advocacy of smokers' (and now vapers') rights, I was finally getting to meet some my fellow advocates from the other side of the pond, some of whom I have been following online for years now.

I was quite pleased to meet Simon Clark, Chris Snowden (pictured with me below), and Dick Puddlecote, all of whom were as cordial and engaging as I had imagined they would be in person. Jules and I also had the pleasure of meeting a couple of MPs, some fellow musicians (including the very talented cellist, Ivan McCready), a cab driver (who had the intellect of a professor), and even a couple of prominent think tank representatives. Hence, the attendees were as eclectic and as varied as the venue itself.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that there were representatives from several tobacco companies in attendance, one of whom sat next to me for dinner. He was genuinely approachable (yes, there are nice people that work for tobacco companies..) in such a way that I felt quite comfortable striking up a conversation with him as we compared vaporizers.

As I glanced around the room it was clear that this was a gathering of like minds that collectively believe in the value(s) of freedom and consumer choice. This was not an event to promote or demonize smoking, vaping, drinking, or fatty foods, it was an event that cast light upon the overall importance of freedom of choice and speech as necessary foundations to any free society. Virtually every speaker in attendance, including Simon Clark, Rob Lyons from Action on Consumer Choice, and Bafta award-winning film producer Stephen Evans, echoed this very sentiment. The cheers and (sometimes) hems and haws that emanated from the captivated audience had me feeling like I had a front row seat to Parliament in action, rather than watching them interact via Sky News in our living room. Though this wasn't Parliament, at times it sure felt like it. That made me chuckle. The British don't hold back in politics and I love that!

Much to my surprise, no one was sporting evil red capes, nor was anyone adorned with horns on their heads. Everyone in attendance actually appeared to be human. There was a strong libertarian sentiment at the Freedom Dinner. Hence, this event was more of a rallying call to the idea(s) and principles of freedom than an endorsement of any single political party. As independents who have held to the very liberal idea(s) of freedom, inclusiveness and diversity, Jules and I genuinely felt right at home, as would the likes of many supporters of Bernie Sanders and/or Rand Paul here in the U.S. for comparative measure.

There were some representatives there from JTI. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to meet any of them, otherwise I would have liked to have had the opportunity to inquire into whether or not they plan on re-introducing the Ploom modelTwo into the U.S. market since their recent acquisition of the intellectual property rights from the original Ploom in San Francisco means that I am now no longer able to buy pods (sorry, vapods..) here in the U.S.. Anyone who reads any of my online rants knows that over the course of the last couple of years I have become a really big Ploom fan. Due to my stumbling upon the already difficult to find Ploom modelTwo a couple of years ago, I have been smoke free for almost two years now. I have been rationing my remaining pods so that I can stretch out what I have left. Thanks deeming FDA regulations(?) for taking away the one thing that actually got me to quit smoking entirely. That last statement is a bit presumptuous on my part, but given the politics as of late, coupled with the deeming FDA regulations here in the states, I wouldn't doubt for a second that the reason why I can no longer purchase vapods here in the U.S. is directly linked to the folks on the Hill in D.C.. Thankfully, there is pipe tobacco to stuff into my PAX vaporizer(s)to get me through when I have that want of a real tobacco vape.

Nonetheless, I was pleased to see that the (reformulated) pods were available at several London shops that we visited around London. Instead of flavors like Gold, Orchard, and Jaybird, the new modelTwo vapods now come in flavors that mimic several popular cigarette brands, which although different, I found to be every bit as good as the original pods. Marketing the pods as alternatives to popular cigarette brands via their brand names is a smart way to encourage smokers (especially the ones that have found e-cigarettes to be unsatisfactory to date) to give vaping a try in my view. In the real world, one would think that offering yet another alternative that leads away from combustion is a good thing, but nooooooooo, not according the anti-everything tobacco related charlatans of counter-do-gooderism. To them anything and everything that resembles the act of smoking is actually smoking, even when it's not.

What am I referring to exactly? This is what I encountered upon my first purchase of vapods in the U.K.:

Smoking? Seriously?

So now vaporizing is no longer in fact vaporizing, it is now smoking? The laws of nature and physics have (all of a sudden) changed solely when dealing with anything related to tobacco? Holy bejeezus! I have now been enlightened by the ultimate magistrates of modern thinking! What utter crapola!

Now I am no scientist, but I have taken the liberty to photograph the remains from one of my vapods so that I could compare the spent vapod (with crushed tobacco) to that of an ashtray full of spent (ie., smoked) cigarettes. It is clear as day to anyone with eyes that the two are not even remotely the same.

..Spent vapod..

..VS spent cigarettes..

Again, smoking?

Oy. At least you can purchase them in the U.K. though, unlike here in the U.S.... However, with the exorbitant pricing (they are expensive, likely due to over-taxation) and the misleading propaganda forced upon this product, it is likely that many smokers (and I am not referring to the many former smokers out there that have already made the switch from combustion over to vapor via traditional e-cigs and PVs) will continue to smoke instead of switching over to vapor, thus harming the health of millions of smokers (ie., the ones who want an alternative to smoking) who could potentially benefit from the availability of this product if they only knew that it exists.

Oh, and did I mention that the pods are hidden behind a wall/slide door with all combustible cigarettes. What is up with the hiding of (any) legal product (including cigarettes)? Good lord. Smokers will never even find it. Hiding this new and novel alternative is akin to saying "we want you to continue on smoking, never mind the fact that there are less risky alternatives available...". This very much reminds me of the illiberal ban on snus in the E.U. and the misleading adverts that are placed on snus cans telling people that snus is not a safe alternative to smoking here in the U.S..It's almost like there is a concerted effort on the part of some health advocates to keep people smoking. Could it be? I have to wonder. What a crazy world we live in.

OK, now they are just insulting our intelligence...again. To put it mildly, this sort of madness all began with the gross exaggerations on second hand smoke. Now any exaggeration is never too great.

For the love of god and rational thinking, why are there adverts about smoking cessation on a VAPOR product? This only serves to irritate those who have already quit smoking! Actually, it's been almost two years for me now, thanks to e-cigarettes and tobacco-vapor alternatives. Many others in the U.K. and elsewhere have similar stories to tell. Get help? How about do no harm? Thanks, but no thanks OK? This line of thinking only serves to harm smokers in the U.K. and elsewhere, many of whom I happened to notice smoke roll ups (according to my observations around London) instead of pre-made (and filtered) cigarettes. One of the things that I like about the vapods is that the flavor is strong; this is what has ultimately led me to change my technique of vaping by no longer inhaling (anything) deeply into my lungs. Hence, I have quit smoking and inhaling all in one fell swoop. This may not work for everyone, but it may work for some if they had access to the truth. Did I mention that I was not attempting to quit smoking? This is precisely the sort of alternative that could (potentially) appeal to the very smokers that proponents of health pretend to care about. Why hide this (or any potential alternative for that matter) from so many people? Seriously. Why?

Freedom of speech and the right not to be forced to misrepresent the truth are quite literally synonymous (or are at least in theory) with public health and freedom itself. Nothing could be as liberal as the notion that people have the right to have access to the truth with regards to any issue, especially when it comes to the issue of what they choose to put into their own bodies. This is true even for tobacco and for all of its alternatives. This is what I ultimately took away with me from the Freedom Dinner .

Is there a way out of the illiberal thinking and persecution that has been forced upon smokers (and now vapers) for far too long now? Will we soon live in an era where the act of smoking is no longer affiliated with the likes of lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema? Will we once again respect the right of smokers to assemble amongst themselves? Will the lonely who have been cast aside as a result of smoking (and now vaping) bans once again regain the social lives that they once had?

I would like to think that all of the above questions can be dealt with via a fair and inclusive approach, though the solutions will never come to fruition minus the free and open exchange of ideas that so often serve as prerequisites to progress itself. I am an optimist at heart, and although the progress that I speak of seems elusive and out of reach, I do believe that we'll get there....eventually. We in the Western world are free citizens, are we not? We slip every once in awhile, but ultimately freedom always leads to solutions, and there are solutions waiting to be discovered in the wings.

Ploom vapod and 2nd hand smoke hysteria aside, I cherish every opportunity that I get to visit the U.K.. It is where my mom is from and I generally love most everything about British culture...and I sure am going to miss zipping around on the London Tube. Jules and I were very fortunate to be able to meet so many great people while also having the time to visit my family. Maybe next time will be a music tour. We'll see...I hope that we get to go back sooner rather than later.

NOTE: Photos # 4, 5, and 6 © Dan Donovan. Photo # 3- open source/not known. All other photos- © Juliette Tworsey.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Juul vs the PAX2



About five months or so ago, I was quite bummed upon learning that Ploom (now PAX Labs) was to sell off its intellectual property rights to Japan Tobacco, for this meant that (at least for now) that I would no longer be able to purchase Ploom's modelTwo pods in the U.S.. It was the modelTwo after all, that enabled me to switch over from smoking to vaping entirely. They were expensive, but they were damn good. I was never a heavy smoker, but I was a stubborn one, well, because I enjoyed it. Nearly two years after parting ways with combustion, the last thing that I wanted to do was to back track into smoking. Lucky for me, I also own a PAX (the original) that I sometimes fill with quality pipe tobacco. For me, there is something about vaping actual tobacco that is ultimately more fulfilling than any e-cigarette that I have ever come across thus far. In addition to having tried many different e-cigarettes and PVs, at least I had that to keep me vaping rather than smoking. Still though, I was going to miss those awesome Ploom pods.


When I learned that the former Ploom (now PAX Labs) had a new e-cigarette in the pipeline I became intrigued. With high expectations I waited with anticipation for June 1st to arrive so that I could find out a bit more about this new e-cigarette that purports to be fundamentally different from other vapor products on the market. My Juul arrived in the mail last Thursday on the the 4th of June, two days after the most recent FDA hearings on vapor products were held. Interesting timing......


So what makes the Juul stand in its own class apart from other 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation e-cigarettes? Is it the hardware itself? Yes, the hardware is different aesthetically in that its looks more like a usb drive than an e-cigarette. Some critics may write is off as just another cigalike, albeit with a different shell. This is no cigalike. The only common trait that the Juul shares with your corner store bought cigalike is its size and pre-filled clearomizers, er, I mean pods. The juice is truly what makes Juul special.


So what is so unique about Juul juice?


From the Juul website:


Unlike other vapor products, JUUL is the only system that uses the nicotine salts found in leaf tobacco - the natural state of nicotine - rather than free-base nicotine. This makes a huge difference in how nicotine is absorbed by the body, which is crucial for a satisfying vapor experience.

Without nicotine salts, average vapor products (like e-cigarettes) can only accommodate about half of JUUL’s nicotine strength - much less than what’s in your average cigarette. For us smokers, this leaves something to be desired.

JUUL’s nicotine salts allow you to quickly vaporize an amount of nicotine that is closer to what you’d normally receive from a cigarette - 1-2mg of nicotine per 10 puffs.


One may, depending on their own view on what constitutes harm reduction, either love or hate the idea of manipulating e-juice to deliver nicotine more like that of an analog cigarette. No one can argue, however, that the Juul does not indeed stand in a class of its own amongst its peers. Personally, I have no moral qualms about saying that I believe this to be a great idea, especially if it gets more smokers (ie., the ones who don't want to "quit", but would like to quit the bad constituents generated from combustion) to switch over to vaping entirely. Yes, there are health conscious smokers. Some of them even drink wheatgrass on occasion, but back to the point at hand: more innovation = less damage done by the "act" of smoking. It is not the act of smoking that kills so many people after all, it is the smoke.


Specs

  • 2X nicotine strength and 3X vapor quantity of leading vapor products-
  • Liquid-to-wick system ensures thick, consistent, flavorful vapor-
  • Easy to use - no buttons or switches, simply insert pod into device and draw-
  • Sophisticated temperature control and smart battery life light indicator-

So is what PAX labs says true, or is it a bunch of hooey marketing that is devoid of any real substance?


From my personal experience over the course of the last week, I would have to say that the claims made by PAX Labs are not merely marketing hyperbole. Juul delivers nicotine at a quicker rate as promised. It is thus, more like a true analog cigarette with regards to the rate of delivery.


What is interesting for me is that I don't inhale (I haven't inhaled ever since I started vaping with the modelTwo and the PAX almost two years ago) and the Juul appears to be working quite well for me, despite the fact that the Juul is obviously designed for the smoker that inhales.


It is closer to a cigarette in that it is less alkaline. Cigarette smokers may appreciate this option in an e-cigarette, and I suppose that is the point. Nevertheless, it worked so well for me on one recent morning that I found that there was a bit more of a spring in my step, and a bit earlier (I'm a slow riser) than what is normal for me. In other words, I got that nicotine kick. I had the same experience today and what is interesting is that now some 6 hours later, I feel no real drastic drop off or mid-day lull making me want to "compulsively" "smoke" more. So at least for me, there goes the notion that nicotine coupled with benzoic acid makes one want to vape more.


According to numerous studies on smoking with regards to technique, most smokers tend to self-titrate according to individual needs. This is the main theory on why "light" (ie., low nic/low tar) cigarettes are no better than a full strength cigarette when it comes to risk. Everyone is different. Depending on the inhale, the Juul can accommodate the lightest to heaviest smoker without any increase in tar because there is no tar. Proponents of health should be rejoicing!


What about the flavor(s)? Juul pods come in four different flavors:


Juul Pods

  • fruut
  • tabaac
  • miint
  • bruulé


As a tobacco person I'm a tough sell. I liked all of the flavors at first, but not as much I had anticipated. That was at first impression. Realizing that the Juul is meant to be more like a cigarette, and it is, I decided to change my draw technique by partially covering the two air holes that are placed one on each side of the pod. The improvement in flavor was dramatic. That is what ultimately sold me on the Juul. In essence I found that less airflow brought out more flavor, which is good for me since I no longer inhale. When I tried that very same technique on an attempt to inhale it was too much. Leaving the air-holes uncovered produces an airier draw which creates an experience that is closer to that of a real cigarette. The individual smoker can decide on what works best for them. I don't know if that is what Juul's designers had intended, but it is brilliant in the sense that it really does offer something for every type of smoker. So far, I tend to go back and forth between the tabaac and the bruulé (my fav) the most, though the fruut is also quite good. For those menthol lovers out there I would think that the miint harbors the potential to be a hit.


Another thing that I really like about the Juul is its size. I like the fact that I can switch out flavors on the go without having to sacrifice flavor and without having to carry around a bunch of extra gear around when I'm out and about. Apart from curiosity, one of the reasons that I bought a sub-ohm mod not too long ago was to see if I could find a vape that could compete with the modelTwo pods flavor-wise. While not the same as vaping real tobacco for me, I did find that the more powerful units tend to deliver flavor a bit better. For those who vape high-end mods for the flavor, rather than for the massive clouds, Juul may be a workable solution when on the go.


Though I still harbor a great enthusiasm for the potential of vaping real tobacco, I feel that this is yet one more step closer to the real thing. It is also why it is of paramount importance to urge the FDA to change the grandfather date on new and novel vapor products in addition to supporting our friends overseas should there be any hope of amending the EU's TPD. How can we realize the true potential of THR if innovation itself is banned de facto or otherwiese? The whole idea of THR is to develop low risk products that are attractive to smokers. That means that it is important to embrace new and novel vapor products such as the Juul.




PAX Labs has also released an upgraded version of its original dry leaf vaporizer the PAX quite appropriately called the PAX2.



I finally got around to purchasing a PAX2 a little over a month ago. Much like my experience with the Juul, I soon found out that finding your personal sweet spot is contingent largely upon the draw and the airflow. Packing it for the ultimate flavorable experience also depends on the type of tobacco used. Tobacco with a higher moisture content tends to taste better with less tobacco (a pinch) in the oven, whereas drier tobaccos can be packed in a bit more firmly without any obstruction to airflow. I attribute this to the improved functionality of the oven that is both deeper and more efficient at extracting constituents from the tobacco leaf as compared to the original PAX. What this translates into for me is that overall, less pipe tobacco = more flavor.


When I first received my PAX2 I was packing it firmly to the top. The result was little to no vapor or flavor. That's when I realized that what may be true for drier blends may not be true for many aromatic blends. I did try a drier pipe blend and that worked quite well when packed full, but the flavor on the aromatic when packed with less tobacco was just about as good as a modelTwo pod. Just a pinch is my new motto for the PAX2. That simple change in technique made all of the difference for me. This is now my go to vape at dinner time (apart from the modelTwo pods that I have left), when I'm enjoying a glass of red wine, or when I'm craving that true tobacco experience. The flavor that comes through with my hazelnut and MV1000 blend(s) is simply amazing! I did try stuffing some cigarette tobacco into the oven, and well, meh....not so tasty.


Here is a bit more info on the new PAX2:


Features

  • Hassle-free cleaning and fewer maintenance requirements mean more time enjoying and less time with upkeep.
  • Narrower and deeper oven maximizes surface area, providing more draws per session and efficient use of oven contents.
  • Simple. No moving parts - and device includes two interchangeable, silicone mouthpieces for easy cleaning. No lubricant needed!
  • Lip Sensing technology that improves vapor production and ensures consistent plant matter temperatures.
  • Improved ease of charging through magnetic USB cradle; charge your PAX on the go!

  • 10 year warranty.

Four Heat Settings

  • 360F
  • 380F
  • 400F
  • 420F

My favorite temperature settings are 360F and 380F, settings one and two respectively. This is where the flavor comes out the most in my opinion. But again, it's all really comes down to personal preference.


There are also four colors to choose from. I chose the Flare of course!


The PAX2 comes with both a flat mouthpiece and a raised mouthpiece, both are an improvement upon the retractable mouthpiece that was designed for the original PAX. No longer is there the risk of that retractable mouthpiece flying out unexpectedly into a dark corner of a barroom or music venue floor somewhere. I've had that happen to me with the original, and it can be a frustrating experience trying to search around on a dark concert venue floor with the light provided by your cell phone.


Both the original and the PAX2 go into standby mode if you just leave it sitting idle for a bit, which preserves your tobacco for a longer and more relaxing vape.


At $280, the PAX2 dos not come cheap, but given its superior technology, portability, and warranty, I feel that it is an investment that is well worth it in the long run, especially if your goal is to switch away, not towards, smoking.




The dual user of the future...


Truth be told, there really is no PAX2 vs Juul with regards to quality. One is not better than the other, they are merely different. One is geared more towards the cigarette smoker who likes to inhale (though I no longer do) and the other is meant to be puffed on more like a pipe or a cigar without the smoke. One delivers nicotine more like a cigarette and the other delivers a warm and relaxing tobacco vapor for those times when one has the time to sit back, relax, and relish the experience and flavor of real tobacco in an un-hurried and relaxed environment. The PAX is also quite stealthy in the sense that it does not generate massive clouds. You can sit next to the most ardent anti-smoker and they'd be hard pressed to even notice that you were vaping. It is a neighborly vape.


PAX labs has made a "dual user" out of me, but not a dual user as currently defined in some circles. I am a dual user of vapor products. I would still be smoking if not for the release of the modelTwo a couple of years ago. I have since completely moved away from combustion without the want or need to go back, and although I am going to miss those modelTwo pods, I do believe that between the Juul and the PAX2, I have what I need to stay the course. I do believe that with every new THR development and discovery comes the potential to change our perceptions on what constitutes "dual use" in the not too distant future. I am proof of that.


PAX labs delivers as promised.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

City Of New Orleans Urges Citizens To Spy On One Another



You can't make this stuff up.


This is not satire. This is real:

The city encourages people filing complaints to include date- and time-stamped photographs documenting illegal smoking.

...and of course, this would include taking unwarranted photographs of vapers like myself..


What country is this again?


Have we fallen victim to a bad dream that just won't let us wake? No, says the bold-faced and brutal reality that thrusts itself upon what has fast become a definitive and waking moment:


There is nothing healthy about the trajectory of 21st century anti-smoking and anti-vaping fanaticism. In fact, it is fast becoming clear that it is incompatible with democracy itself. Don't believe me? Then just read the attached article below for proof of my accusation.


Democracy and health are synonymous entities. This is not a zero sum game, for neither can survive without the other. Both are suffering as a result.



How to report illegal smokers in New Orleans? City offers primer ahead of ban

Thursday, March 12, 2015

PAX Labs CEO Teases 'Fundamentally Different' E-Cigarette


PAX Labs (formerly known as Ploom) is at it again. Always on the cutting edge of vapor technology and THR, PAX Labs is setting out to prove that it understands what it takes to develop a satisfying vape. This is the company that is responsible for turning me into a former smoker, so naturally I am excited to find out more about anything new that they have to offer!


From CSPNET:


NEW YORK --The leaders of PAX Labs teased not one, but two upcoming new products from the San Francisco-based vapor manufacturer during a recent Wells Fargo “Tobacco Talk” Conference Call Series--an update to their heat-not-burn vaporizer and what they called a “game-changer” entrance into the electronic cigarette space.

The Pax 2 will retail for $280 (approximately $30 over the original Pax price point). 


“It’s a premium product,” said Bowen. “We’ve held to the premium position in the marketplace. This allows us to reinvest significantly, keeping our technology ahead of curve.”


Indeed, anything that I have ever tried from this company has been nothing other than top notch.


When it came to the company’s second product “announcement,” Bowen and Monsees were admittedly vague on the company’s yet-to-be-named e-cigarette product.

Though he couldn’t share a name, pricepoint or launch date, Bowen did promise that Pax’s offering is “an e-cigarette—but an e-cig that’s fundamentally different.


I am intrigued.


This is where things get really interesting:


Specifically, the engineers on Pax’s research and development team looked to solve the difference between how nicotine is delivered in a combustible cigarette versus an electronic cigarette.

“All the e-cigs on the market are basically using the same chemistry--nicotine in its pure form,” Bowen said. “If you look at cigarettes, what you find are nicotine salts: nicotine complexed with organic acid to form a salt. This was a huge discovery.”

Those salts, Bowen said, deliver nicotine in a vastly different way than the vaporization of liquid nicotine. From there, the company went to work reverse engineering the naturally forming nicotine salts from tobacco leaves to use in their electronic cigarette product.

“The result of this is really profound: a night and day difference,” said Bowen. “This new platform delivered, finally, a real cigarette experience.” 

This is a product that is ultimately going to change the nature of the e-cigarette industry,” Monsees said.


That's a pretty bold statement to make, but considering the source, I believe it. As a major fan of the original PAX and the modelTwo, I am looking forward to trying out any new product that comes from this novel and progressive minded company.

PAX Labs CEO Teases 'Fundamentally Different' E-Cigarette

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Action Alert! Defend the right to vape in Illinois!

From Julie Pisciotto via CASAA:


******IMPORTANT ILLINOIS RESIDENTS AND VISITORS********

OPPOSE HB2404 – MAKE 6 CALLS TODAY!!
Wednesday March 4th

HB2404 will add vapor products to the Smoke Free Illinois Act

HB2404 restricts vaping like smoking cigarettes ONLY because the vapor looks like smoke

- Vapor is NOT smoke

- Vapor is not harmful like smoke

- Adding Vaping to this Act and inferring that the vapor is harmful 
IS Misleading Consumers about the relative harms

- Adding Vaping to this Act and inferring that the vapor is harmful 
WILL deter people from trying this less harmful alternative

Call members of the Consumer Protection Committee

Representative Thomas Bennett (R) 106th District
(815) 432-0106

Representative Avery Bourne (R) 95th District
(217) 324-5200

Representative Peter Breen (R) 48th District
(630) 403-8135

Representative Jerry F. Costello, II (D) 116th District
(618) 282-7284
staterepcostello@gmail.com
and continue to call the following 2

Chairperson of the Committee
Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (D) 24th District
(708) 222-5240 
(217) 782-8173
repehernandez@yahoo.com

Chairperson of the Committee
Representative Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. (D) 114th District
(618) 875-9950
(217) 782-5951

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