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Pennsylvania Vape Tax Now In Effect, But The Fight Continues

For anyone who doesn’t know what’s happening in Pennsylvania, the state passed a vape tax that was due to go into effect on October 1st. This is a 40% tax on all vape products, which is not all affordable for any shop in the state.

But what makes it worse is that legislators somehow made it so that the tax is retroactive, meaning vape shops have to pay a 40% tax on products they already have in stock.

These are products they have already paid for and paid taxes on, but now the state wants them to pay an additional 40% tax!

Lawmakers have given vape shops 90 days after Oct. 1st to come up with the money.

There is a bill, HB2342, which vapers in Pennsylvania are trying to get passed to replace the 40% tax bill. This bill would create a 5c/ml tax on e-liquid, which still sucks, but is much more reasonable and would allow most shops to stay in business.

The state’s House Finance Committee voted 19-4 to replace the 40% tax bill, but it still needs to reach the House floor to be passed and finalized.

There have been rallies at the state capital over the last week in hopes that HB2342 can be passed. If you live in Pennsylvania, CASSA.org has a petition up that you can still sign in support of HB2342.

More than 60 vape shops out of 400 have already shut down in Pennsylvania due to this tax. Getting HB2342 passed won’t help those businesses or the employees who have lost their jobs, but hopefully, this bill will prevent more jobs from being lost.

Thunderclap for Advocacy

Thunderclap.com is a crowdspeaking platform designed to amplify messages that matter.

The #WeAreVapor Thunderclap campaign was created by the Vapor Technology Association. All you need to do is sign up and they will automatically post a message to one of your social media accounts on Oct. 27th at 11:30 am Eastern time. That’s the meaning behind the phrase “Thunderclap.” All at once, this message will go out all over social media.

You can choose to post the message on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

“Vapor is under attack! Join the #WeAreVapor campaign and tell Congress to #SupportColeBishop! http://thndr.me/4W6xKq”

The link shared on your social account will take you to a page on the VTA website that directs you to post an image of you in front of your favorite vape shop and tagging your state elected officials. The whole campaign is designed to raise awareness of what’s happening to the vape industry right now and to increase support of the Cole/Bishop amendment to save vaping.

I’ve gone ahead and scheduled posts to go out my social media channels. I think this is an interesting idea and I hope we see this trending as a hot topic on social media. Imagine the people we could reach with this message if it gets noticed by people outside of our industry.

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.