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  • US Navy Bans Vaping On All Fleets

    Beginning May 14, 2017, electronic cigarettes and other vapor products will no longer be allowed aboard any United States Navy ship, submarine, aircraft, boat, craft and heavy equipment.

    The ban will apply to anyone working on or visiting a Navy vessel including sailors, Marines, and Military Sealift Command civilians.

    In a press release, the Navy said the new policy "is in response to continued reports of explosions of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) due to the overheating of lithium-ion batteries. Multiple sailors have suffered serious injuries from these devices, to include first- and second-degree burns and facial disfigurement. In these cases, injuries resulted from battery explosions during ENDS use, charging, replacement, or inadvertent contact with a metal object while transporting.

    The move – which was announced in a joint message from Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet – comes after the Naval Safety Center released a report last August on the significant increase in the number of injuries to sailors from exploding lithium batteries.

    According to the NSC, there have been 31 such incidents that occurred on Navy ships since October 2015, with two accidents requiring firefighters to extinguish flames. Sailors who had their electronic cigarettes explode in their pockets suffered first- and second-degree burns. In cases where e-cigarettes blew up in their mouths, vapers had to be treated for facial and dental injuries.

    When the ban is enforced on May 14, all vaping devices must be completely removed from the fleet. Deployed personnel will be allowed to wait until their next visit to port.

  • Hefty fines for vaping in Dubai

    Attention travelers! If you are boarding a flight to Dubai or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), leave your electronic cigarettes at home.

    The sale, possession and use of vaping products is illegal throughout the UAE, and if you get caught at the airport your vaping devices and e-liquids could be confiscated.

    UAE No Vaping

    According to a report by Gulf News, the Public Health and Safety Department (PHSD) recently inspected two tobacco shops and seized and destroyed their entire inventory. First offenders are typically given a warning but repeat offenders face huge penalties.

    PHSD director Redha Salman said they are looking at individual cases to check whether the offense was committed for the first time or if the vendor had been previously caught selling prohibited items.

    In Dubai, the largest of the seven emirates, businesses could pay as much as $136,000 in penalty if they are caught selling electronic cigarettes and vapor products a second time.

    Back in 2015, the UAE Health and Prevention Ministry considered relaxing the prohibition on vapor products but backtracked a year later and decided to keep the ban. There is speculation that the decision was in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) directive to member countries not to promote low-risk nicotine alternatives.

  • FDA Delays Deeming Deadline

    Two years ago, the FDA decided to declare a war on vaping. The agency announced its deeming regulations that included a phase-out of all vapor products unless they apply for FDA retroactive approval. According to the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), this prohibitively expensive process has the potential to wipe out the entire vapor market if the original grandfather date is not pushed back.

    Last August 8, 2016 the FDA finally brought the hammer down by regulating electronic cigarettes and vapor products the same way it does tobacco cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, cigars, and nicotine gels.
    FDA Regulations

    For manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, this is a death sentence. There's no way a business can cough up millions of dollars for the long arduous process unless it's a financial powerhouse like Big Tobacco.

    For vapers, this means your options would be limited to cigalikes and whatever "innovative" vapor product Big Tobacco will introduce to the market.

    The vaping industry is currently frozen because of these deeming regulations. Suppliers are not allowed to put any new product out on the market without FDA approval so all research and development have also come to a halt. Once current products are off the market in 15 months, vendors who want to continue selling will have to file for pre-market tobacco applications (PMTA). The FDA established a grandfather date of February 15, 2007, meaning that unless your product was already on the market in 2007, you must submit a PMTA. There is no guarantee, however, that these applications will be accepted by the FDA.

    90-day delay

    While the future seems gloom with the vaping industry losing almost every battle in Congress, the executive branch seems to offer a glimmer of hope with a recent letter that indicates a 90-day delay to the deeming regulations deadline.

    According to an FDA policy analyst, "this extension will allow new leadership at the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) additional time to more fully consider issues raised by the final rule that are now the subject of multiple lawsuits in federal court."

    President Trump recently appointed Dr. Tom Price as chief of the DHHS and it's possible that the agency could change course on regulating vapor products.

    There have been two previous extensions of the deeming regulations deadline but this new delay comes on the heels of Secretary Price receiving a petition from more than 2,000 vaping manufacturers and vape shop owners asking for a review of the FDA rules.

    Behind the FDA deeming rules

    The FDA claims the new rules are supposed to protect the children from nicotine addiction. Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products, often quotes the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) result that showed teen vaping is on the rise. What he conveniently leaves out is the National Institute on Drug Abuse survey that showed only 20 percent of teens actually vape with nicotine. The NYTS survey did not even ask whether kids are regular users or have only experimented.

    The FDA has concluded that nicotine in patches and gum is not addictive or dangerous, but somehow detrimental to public health when vaped even if evidence says otherwise. Essentially, if you are Big Pharma your nicotine content is safe. If you're a mom-and-pop store or independent online vendor, you're selling a lifetime of addiction.

    The "protecting the children" argument does not even make sense. In 48 out of 50 states, the sale of vapor products to minors is already banned.

    The fight is not yet over for vapers and vaping vendors. The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act (HR 1136), more popularly known as the Cole-Bishop bill, is proposing to change the grandfather date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016 and exempt current products from the PMTA process. Talk to your representative to get as many supporters for HR 1136 as possible.

  • Holiday Vape Deals 2016

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for shoppers this means two things: Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The weekend after Thanksgiving has turned into the most awaited days of the year for consumers who are looking to score the best deals.

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    We at Vapor HQ celebrate the official start of the holiday season by offering the most amazing deals on starter kits, mods, tanks, batteries, and vape juice. Save thousands of dollars from your purchase starting on Black Friday until the end of 2016.

    Are you looking for gift ideas for your loved ones who are still smoking? Perhaps your current vape setup needs a mod or tank upgrade. Or maybe you've gotten tired of the usual juice varieties and want to treat yourself to new and exciting flavors. Vapor HQ has one of the most comprehensive vape collections featuring all the top brands that you know and love.

    Choose from a long list of devices and accessories from Aspire, Eleaf, iJoy, Innokin, Joyetech, KangerTech, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, SMOK, Sony, or Wismec and pair them with original e-liquid recipes from VaporHQ.

    Why wait for December when you can get a head start on your holiday shopping this coming Thanksgiving? Here are a few tips on how to plan your upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping spree.

    First, make a list of what you need and decide on a budget. Then visit the VaporHQ online store and browse through the extensive selection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. If you have a specific product category, brand, flavor, or price range in mind, you may filter your search accordingly. You should be ready to order once you've matched your online shopping cart with your personal checklist.

    We offer free shipping on all purchases over $75. Place your orders early to avoid the holiday rush and ensure that your merchandise arrives in the mail on time.

    Whether you're looking to impress with the most powerful vaping beasts or stuff your stockings with little bottles of e-juice, VaporHQ.com has got you covered. Now you won't have to wait in line outside the store at winter dawn just to save money on your electronic cigarette purchase. Shop and enjoy the biggest savings on 2016 holiday vape deals.

  • Compatible Coils For The iJust 2 By Eleaf

    The most attractive feature of the Eleaf iJust 2 is its versatility. You'll be able to experiment with a wide range of replacement atomizers including coils that are designed for other clearomizers such as the Melo, Atlantis, Atlantis 2, and Aspire Triton 2.

    Compatible Coils List:

    Note: While the replacement coils listed above DOES and WILL work with the iJust 2 by Eleaf, we recommend using the branded EC atomizer heads for your iJust 2 whenever possible as these coils were specifically made for this device. They're guaranteed to deliver the most consistent and best performance.

    iSmoka/Eleaf Branded Atomizer Heads for iJust 2

    iSmoka has created six versions of the EC Atomizer Head Replacement Coils, each one tailor made to a specific vaping style.

    Standard Kanthal Coils

    Kanthal EC coils are made of two wires wrapped parallel to each other. With its dual-parallel vertical configuration, the Eleaf EC Kanthal coil boasts a whopping 0.4mm diameter.

    The standard Kanthal EC coil atomizer heads are rated 0.5Ω and can handle up to 100 watts. (Eleaf EC Atomizer Head Replacement Coils (5-Pack) 0.5ohm)

    There's also a standard Kanthal EC atomizer head with 0.3Ω resistance and wattage range of 30W to 80W. (Eleaf EC Atomizer Head Replacement Coils (5-Pack) 0.3ohm)

    Eleaf EC Kanthal coil heads are sealed with a white gasket for identification purposes.

    Stainless Steel Coils with Ceramic Wick

    Built with a single vertical stainless steel coil, the EC ceramic atomizer head features a full ceramic wicking system that significantly increases the lifespan of the device. These are rated 0.5Ω with a wattage range of 30W to 60W.

    Ni and Ti Coils for Temperature Control

    For temperature control vaping, iSmoka has developed a nickel coil and a titanium coil. These are built with single-wire coils arranged vertically inside the atomizer head.

    The EC TC-Ni coil made of Ni-200 wire can handle up to 60W with a 0.15Ω resistance.

    The EC TC-Ti coil made of titanium wire is rated at 0.5Ω and can handle up to 60 watts of power.

    Eleaf EC nickel atomizers come with a blue gasket while the Eleaf EC titanium atomizer has a pink gasket for easy identification.

    NotchCoil™

    The latest addition to the Eleaf EC coil series is the NotchCoil™ version with 0.25Ω resistance. NotchCoil atomizers have no wire at all. This revolutionary coil is pressed rather than wrapped – featuring a hollow tube made of solid 316 stainless steel, with notches along the surface area and super low resistance leads that are welded to the positive and negative ends.

    The threaded connection on each side of the EC coil enables you to secure the atomizer tube into the atomize base tightly.

    Kanthal atomizers have stainless steel ends while the Ni, Ti, and NotchCoil heads have gold-plated pins for better conductivity.

    All EC coils are wrapped with 100% organic cotton wicks for a cleaner, purer and tastier flavor. The atomizer heads also feature enlarged ejuice ports for premium wicking.

    ECL Series

    In addition to the regular EC series, the iJust 2 can also be used with special ECL coils. The "L" implies larger wicking ports that soak up more juice to prevent dry hits. Built with dual vertical stainless steel coils, these atomizers work well in wattage mode and temperature control mode. ECL replacement heads are available in 0.18Ω and 0.3Ω versions.

    Although EC and ECL coils are designed for the iJust 2 clearomizer tank, they can also be used with the Eleaf Lemo 3 and Melo series as well as the Aspire Triton 2, Atlantis, Atlantis 2, and Atlantis Mega tanks.

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