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Mooch Is Taking Donations To Buy Battery Testing Gear

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Mooch, the guy who tests all of the batteries that people use in their vapes, has posted a request on Reddit for support of his GoFundMe campaign.

Most of the equipment that he uses to test batteries is equipment he needs for his real job, and all of that equipment needs to go back to be used for client work. So he’s asking for financial donations to purchase a setup that can be used solely for testing batteries for the vape community.

He’s trying to reach a goal of $8,000 on GoFundMe. You can find his GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/helpbatterymooch or you can donate directly to his PayPal account at https://www.paypal.me/batterymooch

He has also set up a page on ECF to show exactly how he’s spending this money. He wants be completely transparent about how the funds are being spent.

Man Pulls Vape Out On Cops and They Kill Him

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A man in El Cajon, CA was shot and killed by police after he pointed his vape at officers.

According to reports, Alfred Olango suffered from mental illness. He was having some sort of episode and the police were called on Olango by his sister.

Olango ignored instructions from the officers to remove his hand from his pocket and at one point, pulled out a Pioneer4You vape with a SMOK TFV Mini tank, took a shooting stance and acted as if his vape was a gun. One officer shot Olango with a taser and the other officer shot him four times with a handgun. One of those shots were fatal.

This has resulted in protests against the police in the local community.

My heart goes out to Mr. Olango’s family.

When I started vaping, one of my first thoughts about vaping in public was that my vape could be confused for a gun. I’ve actually always been very careful about how I hold my vape when I’m walking around out in public for that exact reason, and especially when I see a police car. I won’t even pull out my vape when there’s a cop nearby. With cops being on edge as they are these days, I just don’t trust it.

What about you? Do you ever worry that a cop might confuse your vape for a gun?

X Cube II TC Updates Are Now Free

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If you bought the X Cube II, you know the upgrades for temperature control support for titanium wire costs $0.50 and stainless steel costs $0.99. I guess SMOK realized how ridiculous it was not to just include this with the device, or maybe they didn’t make any money from it, but they’ve decided to make these upgrades free from now on. Sweet!

If you already purchased the upgrade, SMOK will give you a $5 coupon to use for anything on their site, but you have to use it before March 31, 2016.

You can find more details on their website.

I’ve already updated mine. Now if only they will release an update that removes the 1-2 second delay to fire the device. That would make the X Cube II just about perfect.

The New Clouper Z5 Top Filling Tank

Clouper is about to release their new Z5 tank and they sent me a bunch of photos that show what this tank is all about. It looks like a cool tank from what I can tell. I did some research on this tank and I’ve learned that the Z5 coils will not work in the Z4, in case you’re wondering.

The Clouper Z5 is not out yet, but Clouper says it will be released in the next few days.

Check out those coils. Pretty interesting!

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Federal Judge Not Letting Tobacco Industry Off That Easy

NOTE: This article has been updated with the court ruling.

The big tobacco companies are in trouble for not properly stating that cigarettes they produce that are labeled as “low tar,” “mild,” or “ultra light” aren’t actually healthier or less addictive than other cigarettes.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler is considering making these companies, the nation’s largest manufacturers of cigarettes, pay for a campaign designed to correct these statements; a campaign that will properly inform the public about the misleading labels that have been placed on cigarettes for decades.

The tobacco industry has recently argued that Judge Kessler doesn’t have jurisdiction based on a law from 2009 that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation over the industry, but a federal judge has rejected the argument.

Update

A year later since this post was originally published, Judge Kessler made her final ruling and has ordered that tobacco companies publicly admit through advertisements that their companies have deceived consumers by making false claims regarding the dangers of cigarettes.

Several corrective statements have been ordered to be placed on cigarette labels, including:

  • “Smoking is highly addictive”
  • “Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco”
  • “When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain – that’s why quitting is so hard.”

* image courtesy of Lara604