The HCigar VT75C Is Short-Circuiting With Some 26650 Batteries

Before releasing the VT75C device, HCigar didn’t seem to test the device with slightly longer 26650 batteries. It turns out that if you use these longer batteries, it can result in the battery short-circuiting and blowing up.

Unlike 18650’s, 26650 batteries are not as standardized in size. Some can be up to 2mm longer.

HCigar sent out a notice (see image here) telling customers to instead use 18650 batteries, which they say do not have the same problem, although there have been reports of the device getting hot with 18650’s too.

This is a major oversight. You can’t expect people to measure their batteries for micrometers in differences at the risk of having a device blow up in their hands, or even worse, their face.

And are they going to issue a recall? What about all of the people who buy these in shops who haven’t or never will see this notice?

If you own one of these, HCigar is offering replacements so contact them right away if you own one.

The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 82

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The HCigar VT75C Is Short-Circuiting With Some 26650 Batteries
  • Ejuice Review: Origins by BLAQ
  • Old School Vape Review: iTaste VF RDA From Innokin
  • 528 Custom Is Accusing Eightvape of Selling Counterfeit Goon 1.5 RDAs
  • New Very Low Nicotine Tobacco Developed By 22nd Century and North Carolina State University
  • The Owner of Blue Star E-Liquid Was Caught Illegally Dumping Chemicals
  • A New Documentary on Vaping That Covers Big Tobacco’s Rise In the Marketplace
  • The New Angorabbit Vape Cotton Is Leaving People With Questions

Links to everything I talk about are below.

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The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 81

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • E-Juice Review: Sparkle by Steepd
  • Old School Vape Review: Koopor Mini 60w Mod
  • San Francisco’s Malia Cohen Says “Big Vaping” Is Targeting Minorities
  • Study Shows Cancer Risk With Vaping Is Less Than 1% The Risk of Smoking
  • New Fake LG Batteries Hit The Market
  • LG Chem Is Sending Cease and Desist Letters to Vape Vendors
  • Vaping and Exploding Batteries – Will Removable Batteries Be Regulated Out of Existence?
  • Use Packing Tape to Pull Your Batteries Out Of Your Mod

Links to everything I talk about are below.

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The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 80

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • E-Juice Review: Strawberry Cough From Wax Liquidizer
  • Old School Vape Review: Aspire Mini Vivi Nova-S BVC Clearomizer
  • The FDA Announced A New Tobacco Regulatory Plan That Benefits Vaping
  • Six Major Anti-Vaping Groups Partner to Intervene in E-Cig Lawsuits
  • Wismec Updated The 510 on the Predator 228
  • How to Build a DIY Coil Wire Crimper
  • Study Shows That Smokers Are More Likely To Quit When Using E-Cigs

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The FDA Announces A New Tobacco Regulatory Plan That Benefits Vaping

Last week, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration, did a live on-air announcement of the FDA’s new approach to nicotine and tobacco. You can read the transcript here. The FDA also published an accompanying press release to announce their new comprehensive tobacco product regulatory plan. The focus of this new plan is mainly on nicotine and addiction, but also harm reduction, which is new for the FDA. And what’s especially exciting about this news is that Dr. Gottlieb has finally addressed electronic cigarettes, and mostly in a positive way. Until now, we had no idea how Gottlieb felt about vaping. Most of us were hopeful, while some of the more pessimistic people believed Gottlieb wasn’t going to help at all. Well thankfully, the pessimistic were wrong.

The FDA’s announcement talks about weakening addiction by reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes, encouraging innovative technology to deliver nicotine in a less harmful ways, giving vape product manufacturers clear guidelines on submitting their products for approval, extending timelines for newly classified tobacco submissions, and better regulations on newly deemed products.

Let’s discuss all of those things.

Gottlieb’s First Remarks On Electronic Cigarettes

As I mentioned earlier, none of us really knew what to expect from Gottlieb as far as electronic cigarettes were concerned. We knew that he had a penchant for cigars though, and since cigars are also newly deemed products along with electronic cigarettes, it seemed to be a potential positive for our industry.

And in Gottlieb’s speech, he finally addressed his thoughts on vaping.

He was quoted as saying “as we move forward with this approach, we must also take a new and fresh look at the non-combustible side of the house. And that is why part of CTPs task is to reconsider aspects of implementation of the final deeming rule with an eye towards fostering innovation where innovation can make a public health difference”

He’s clearly talking about vapor products and harm reduction here.

He later talked about how there are still things that need to be researched in regards to the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes in reducing harm, these products may be a solution. He also talked about how the Center for Tobacco Products will explore the benefits of new non-combustible products with an open mind.

Reducing Nicotine Levels

Very early on in Gottlieb’s presentation, he talked positively about how new products are now on the market that can deliver nicotine without combusting tobacco, referring to non-combustible products like vapor products.

He spent a lot of his presentation focused on issues with nicotine addition. He noted that nicotine is by no means completely safe, but that the problem isn’t just the nicotine. It’s how it’s delivered. He pointed out that it’s the dangerous particles in combustible cigarettes and the thousands of dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke that are the real problem.

One of the ways they want to reduce smoking rates is by exploring ways to reduce nicotine levels so that they are minimally or not addictive by reducing their nicotine levels. I’m not sure how they plan to do that with cigarettes or if it’s even possible, but something I want to point out is a key comment in this regard from Gottlieb’s live announcement – he specifically stated they do NOT plan to alter the nicotine content of non-combustible products such as e-cigarettes.

Harm Reduction

Gottlieb talked a lot about harm reduction. He mentioned several times about how he wants the CTP to look at how innovative products can help smokers reduce their risk.

Gottlieb said that they need to focus more squarely on the nicotine and that they want to take a renewed look at nicotine delivery to save lives. He said he wants a world “where adults who still want or need nicotine can get it from alternative and less harmful sources.”

A Four-Year Deadline Extension!

One of the first huge components of this new plan that benefits us is that the deadlines for having products approved have been extended by four years. Gottlieb said that this gives the FDA time to better inform their policies and efforts.

The deadline was originally August 2018, which is a year from now. Many of us were expecting that the vape industry would shut down if something big didn’t happen before the original deadline. A lot of businesses were planning on staying open as long as they would but also planning on closing up shop when the time came. And A lot of people have avoided starting new small vape businesses due to the impending deadline.

But that has all changed with this extension.

With the four-year extension, the vape industry now has five more years from today. That deadline will still come eventually, but this gives us much more time to continue developing positive scientific research, help smokers quit, advocate for the industry, and it also allows thousands of people to keep their jobs.

Current Policies, New Regulations, and Guidelines

Gottlieb confirmed that any current policies already in place will remain in place. That means that new products are still not allowed on the market after August 8th, 2016. Laws like age requirements, labeling requirements, child safety protections, and advertising restrictions are still in effect.

But the FDA wants to build on the current policies by further developing standards for the vape industry, some good and some not. Well, depending on how you look at it.

The FDA plans to develop new standards on battery safety and children’s exposure to liquid nicotine. We don’t know what that entails yet.

But something that has given many manufacturers a sigh of relief is that not only do they get a 4-year extension on submitting their products, but the FDA also plans to create clear guidelines and guidance on how to submit complete applications, either for Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs), Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) applications or Substantial Equivalence (SE) reports.

And manufacturers will be allowed to market their products while their applications are being reviewed.

Regulating Kid-Friendly Flavors

This is one of the more worrisome aspects of the new regulatory guidelines. Gottlieb stated, “I have real concerns about kids’ use of e-cigarettes, and I know many others share those concerns, especially those products marketed with obviously kid-appealing flavors.”

He stated that CTP will re-double efforts in protecting kids from ALL nicotine-containing products, which will include looking at kid-appealing flavors.

The FDA plans to seek input from the public on how flavors might attract kids to tobacco products, but also how flavors might play a role in helping smokers switch to less harmful products.

Vapor Products as Medicinal Products

Many of Gottlieb’s statements were broad and some were hard to apply directly to electronic cigarettes. For example, he talked about the safety and effectiveness of nicotine when used in medicinal products when they aren’t attached to smoke particles in cigarettes.

But he didn’t specifically say by using electronic cigarettes. He even followed up his first statement by referring to gum, lozenges, and patches.

But he talked a lot about electronic cigarettes in his speech. He might have been referring to them in this line of thought. Does that mean that the FDA might consider classifying vapor products as medicinal products? Who knows.

What Does This All Mean For Us Moving Forward?

With the lack of support that the Cole-Bishop bill received with policy-makers and the recent loss against the FDA that Nicopure suffered in court recently, it’s still hard to believe that this new approach will change anything. But I think it’s also important to understand that a lot of the failures we’ve seen have been while the old administration was still in place or on their way out. Dr. Gottlieb has only just recently been appointed and it takes time for big changes to happen.

But I also want to point out that Gottlieb’s approach doesn’t change how states and cities might pursue their own regulations. Local governments can still propose public space bans, increased taxes, and even flavor bans like the one that just passed in San Francisco.

And vapor products are still potentially facing a nearly complete ban in 2022 when the new deadline hits.

We also still have a market freeze. No new products are allowed to come out and be sold in the U.S., even though a lot of companies are ignoring that part of the law and still doing it. I have mixed feelings on that. I think it’s good to continue innovating and bringing out products that help people quit smoking, but I also think it really sucks for the companies here who are obeying the law and suffering in sales while their competition breaks the law and reaps the rewards. Word has it though that in a recent FDA Stakeholder call the FDA plans to ramp up enforcement of the market freeze and that vape industry members have been helpful in pointing the FDA in the right direction. So that sounds like some seriously scary news for anyone ignoring the law on that front.

Anyway, with the FDA’s new stance regarding electronic cigarettes, a lot of advocacy groups are expecting anti-tobacco groups to come out in full force against vaping in the next few years. That means we’ll have to be extra vigilant about what anti-tobacco folks are doing and it also means we’ll have to fight back even harder.

And fighting back is extremely important. Do you think Gottlieb would be advising the FDA to look at electronic cigarettes and harm reduction if it wasn’t for the noise we’ve been making? Hell no! A decision like that doesn’t just flip like a switch. Nicopure lost their lawsuit against the FDA, but that doesn’t mean that it was for nothing. Everything we’ve been doing to advocate for vaping has made an impact and we need to continue those efforts

The war isn’t over, but each battle adds up and this is certainly a big win for us.

The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 79

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Why I Take So Long to Review Products
  • E-Juice Review: Naked 100 Green Blast
  • Old School Vape Review: The Wismec Bambino RDA
  • The Department of Health UK Embraces Vaping To Make England Smoke Free
  • Judge in Nicopure vs FDA Lawsuit Rules in Favor of the FDA
  • Wrigley Sues Vape Company for Trademark Infringement
  • Poll Shows That Half of Vape Enthusiasts Use Temp-Control
  • Rip Trippers Made a Cringeworthy, But Fun Rap Song

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The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 78

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • E-Juice Review: DewwyER Boba from MarinaVape
  • Why You Should Consider Using Pre-Paid Credit Cards to Buy Vape Gear
  • A New Study Says That Vapers Like Flavors and Cloud Production
  • The Appropriations Committee Approved Spending Bill With a Pro-Vape Provision
  • The Reality TV Show Love Island Switches Cast to Electronic Cigarettes
  • The Dangers of Using Old Batteries

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The Latest Vape News – The VapePassion Show Episode 77

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • E-Juice Review: Demeter’s Harvest by Zeus E-Juice
  • Old School Vape Review: Wismec Inde Duo RDA
  • The Next U.S. Surgeon General is Dr. Jerome Adams
  • Smokjoy Posts a Picture of Little Kid With a Mod
  • Phillip Morris Is Turning IQOS Users Into Salespeople
  • Can You Get Lead Poisoning From Your Vape Gear?

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Vaping Makes an Appearance In a New Foo Fighter’s Music Video

The Foo Fighter’s just released their music video for their song called “Run” and near the end of the video, vaping gets some of the spotlight.

This song is actually kinda heavy (which is my style). There’s a lot of screaming but it still sticks to that traditional Foo Fighter sound too.

And like most Foo Fighter videos, it’s really funny. The band members are basically senior citizens in an old folks home playing a show. The residents start moshing, they go nuts and run out into the streets and come across a parked car with a group of young people vaping. The old people pull the hipsters out of the car, an old man rips off one guy’s man bun, grabs his vape, and takes a huge rip. It looks like the Smok TFV8 or TFV12, which is pretty funny.

Anyway, check it out!

Let's Vape!