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Brandon L. Hopkins
Brandon enjoys vaping fruity e-juices, eating burritos, and playing board games. Mostly burritos, though.

Vaping Cannabis Comes to NJ

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The state of New Jersey recently changed medical cannabis legislation for the better, local reports announced. The state now allows dispensaries to carry THC vape cartridges previously outlawed. Dispensaries were previously only authorized to sell topical applications, cannabis flower, and oral lozenges. Since the waiver, two providers have already applied …

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Approved Cannabidiol Drug Could Mean Bad News for Supplement Market


Cannabidiol supplements have been on the market for a number of years now. The supplement has taken various forms: oils, tinctures, edibles, and even lotions and other topical applications. The CBD trend rises the more research suggests that this non-psychoactive cannabis component counters struggles like anxiety and depression. CBD is …

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US-Canadian Vape Associations Team Up to Tackle Regulation Issues

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This week, Business Wire reported that the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) and the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) announced a combined effort to revamp vape e-liquid regulatory standards and practices. They dubbed the joint venture the North American Vapor Alliance (NAVA). AEMSA President Scott Eley and CVA President Shaun …

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Juul Launches in Canada

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Juul plans to officially launch in Canada this month, according to a recent press release. The vape industry giant, recently reported by Neilsen and Wells Fargo as holding 72% market share, announced products will be available for sale in Canada in September. Convenience stores and vape shops across the country …

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Big Tobacco is Paying Social Media Influencers to Promote Their Products: Here’s How They Got Caught

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Major tobacco companies have undergone large scale changes over the last decade, having to shift their research and development focus to smoking alternatives over the traditional combustible cigarette. Philip Morris International (PMI) even launched an advertising campaign this year with the tagline “We want to give up smoking.“ PMI claimed …

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Vape Companies Are Pulling ‘Kid-Friendly’ Flavors Off the Market

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Last week, FDA Director Scott Gottlieb announced seventeen different vape juice companies will stop selling flavors the agency was worried were ‘kid-friendly.’ The decision comes after warning letters the FDA issued to businesses earlier this year. The director acknowledged the agency’s support of vaping for adult users, saying instead their …

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Phix vs. Juul: A Comparison


Smokers looking to trade in their old tobacco cigarettes for a cleaner, healthier alternative have no shortage of options today. Vapes come in a number of styles, sizes, and complexities. Some mods have a refillable tank, a large battery pack, coils and other pieces to manage independently. The majority of …

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Do We Recycle Vapes?

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We have all done it, scraped as much peanut butter or mayonnaise as possible out of the jar, and then simply tossed the smelly, cruddy jar into the recycling. Someone must clean that before it goes through, we may think to ourselves. No. No one does. Recycling centers often do …

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Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Busts ‘Fake Weed’ Vape Juice Dealers

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Mississippi authorities recently arrested a number of smoke shop employees for selling illegal vape products, Clarion Ledger reports. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) Director, John Dowdy, confirmed seizure of over 24,000 units of products commonly referred to as “spice.” Unlike the crumbling plant matter in airtight pouches, however, MBN reported …

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Study Finds Vapor Leaves Air Unchanged


A recent study found e-cigarette vapor particles dissipate from the air in a room in a matter of seconds, compared to combustible cigarette smoke. Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ETH Zurich, and Fontem Ventures (of Blu e-cigarettes) collaborated …

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