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Aviation organization advises ban on e-cigs in checked luggage

| June 23, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has amended its 2015-2016 Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air to prohibit passengers and crew from carrying e-cigarettes and other battery-operated electronic smoking devices in checked luggage, and from charging such devices in aircraft cabins.

Although these standards are not legally binding, they are used as references by the 191 countries that follow ICAO guidance when developing legally-enforceable domestic regulations. Passengers will still be permitted to carry e-cigarettes in cabin baggage, and rules on usage will continue to be determined by individual airlines.

The ICAO initially issued advice regarding e-cigarettes in December 2014. The organization recommended that airlines require passengers to pack these devices in carry-on luggage stored inside the cabin rather than in baggage checked and stored in the cargo hold, so that any incidents—such as potential fires—would be noticed immediately by passengers or crew and dealt with promptly.

“Several incidents have been reported involving e-cigarette heating elements being accidentally activated and resulting in fires in checked baggage,” said ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “We had already recommended that our member states take actions on these concerns late last year but, after a further review by our Dangerous Goods Panel, it was determined that a formal amendment to the ICAO Technical Instructions should also be undertaken.”

Never smokers aren’t using e-cigs, U.K. survey finds

| June 17, 2015

Results of the New Youth Tobacco Policy Survey conducted by Cancer Research UK show that the majority of youth who have never smoked combustible cigarettes are not using e-cigarettes regularly.

Of the 1,205 children aged 11-16 who took part in a U.K.-wide survey on e-cigarette use, 12 percent reported “ever” use, 2 percent reported “more than monthly” use and 1 percent reported “more than weekly” use.

Among never smokers, only 3 percent reported ever use and 0 percent reported “at least monthly” use, indicating that regular e-cigarette use occurs only in youths who also smoked tobacco cigarettes.

The results of the study reflect earlier research that showed regular e-cigarette use to be extremely rare among nonsmoking youth. The latest survey, which was conducted from August to September 2014, marked the first time questions regarding e-cigarettes were included.

According to Cancer Research UK scientist and University of Stirling professor Linda Bauld, there is a common perception that the recent increase in e-cigarette use will lead to a new generation of adults who have never smoked but become dependent on nicotine. However, the survey results indicate that youth who have never used tobacco products are not using e-cigarettes regularly and that “experimentation is not translating into regular use.”

The study will be published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal.

Poll finds vaping rates rise with income

| June 12, 2015

A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 5,679 adults conducted between May 19 and June 4 found that use of cigarettes as well as e-cigarettes/vaporizers increases with income. According to the survey results, 12.4 percent of all adults with incomes greater than $75,000 per year reported using vapor devices, compared with 10.6 percent of adults whose income was $50,000 to $75,000 per year, 10 percent of adults making $25,000 to $50,000 per year and 8.9 percent of adults with incomes less than $25,000 per year. Of adults under the age of 40, 21.6 percent reported that they smoke cigarettes, while 15 percent reported that they vape.

Of the vapers, 70.5 percent indicated that they took up vaping within the past year, whereas 29.5 percent reported that they had started vaping more than one year ago. The percentage of Americans who reported smoking combustible cigarettes or vaping was 23.7 percent, compared with 19 percent for cigarette smoking alone.

Poll finds increase in U.S. vaping rate

| June 12, 2015

A poll of 5,679 U.S. adults by conducted by Reuters/Ipsos between May 19 and June 4 found that approximately 10 percent of them vape, including 15 percent of respondents under the age of 40.

About 75 percent of the vapers surveyed also reported a continued use of combustible cigarettes. Seventy percent of vapers reported that they picked up the habit within the last year, with 40 percent indicating they were motivated by the lower long-term costs of vaping compared with traditional cigarette use as well as the fact that they could use vapor devices indoors.

Eighty percent of the vapers said the devices were “a good way to help people quit smoking;” however, the poll found that less than 40 percent of all the adults surveyed viewed vaping as a good way to help current cigarette users quit.

The 2015 survey results show a vaping rate that is significantly higher than the vaping rate in 2013, when the U.S. government estimated that only 2.6 percent of Americans used e-cigarettes.

South Korea considers stricter e-cigarette regulations

| April 23, 2015

The government of South Korea plans to push for tougher legal restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, the finance ministry announced April 22. Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, who also serves as deputy prime minister, told lawmakers in the National Assembly that he would soon “come up with a comprehensive proposal” on e-cigarettes that would ban explicit advertisement of the products, according to a story in The Korea Herald.

According to the country’s health and welfare laws, tobacco product advertising is only allowed inside authorized stores, however, many local e-cigarette dealers explicitly display advertisements and fliers for the products—which are officially classified as cigarette products—on the streets.

“We will see to a comprehensive measure in cooperation with other related ministries,” Choi said.

Vapor Corp. announces organizational restructuring

| April 20, 2015

Vapor Corp.—a leading U.S.-based distributor and retailer of vaporizers, e-liquids, e-cigarettes and e-hookahs—has announced that it is undergoing an organizational restructuring to maintain its competitiveness and establish its branded products and retail stores in the evolving vapor market.

Following a recent merger with Vaporin, Vapor Corp. added several new members to its management team, including president and director Gregory Brauser, chief financial officer James Martin and new board member Robert Swayman.

To further establish its national distribution network, Vapor Corp. has developed new supply deals with key retailers and reorganized inventory in an effort to meet an increasing demand for vapor products. Vapor Corp. also recently opened three new “The Vape Store” locations in Orlando, Florida, and one in Port Charlotte, Florida. The company plans to open an addition 20-30 branded retail “The Vape Stores” before the end of FY 2015.

“With new management, new stores, new deals and new products, Vapor Corp. is well positioned to rise above the competition and take a leadership role in what is currently a highly fragmented e-cig and vaporizer market,” said Brauser. “Vapor Corp.’s merger with Vaporin served as a catalyst for the company’s future success and has helped to pave the way for us to cast a wider net in the industry. Our goal is to reach new and veteran vaping consumers and continue to spread the word about our stores and our products.”