Author: Brandon L. Hopkins

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Opinion

Who is Responsible for Young Vapers?

San Francisco’s Proposition E passed by public vote last month. The finally tally was 68-32 percent in favor of a ban on flavored vape juices and menthol cigarettes in the city. New York has had a vaping ban since 2013, restricting the use of vapes anywhere cigarette smoking is restricted. Proponents of these legislative actions

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Legal and Political News

SRNT Rebuffs US Classification of Vapes as Tobacco Products

Vaping has sustained economic growth and increased public endorsement over the last few years. Given the similarly increased scrutiny of leaf tobacco and combustible cigarettes, more folks than ever are looking to a nicotine alternative to help curb their former habit. Research efforts are ongoing to determine the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a viable smoking

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Opinion

SMOK’s Voice-Activated I-PRIV Mod is a Terrible Idea

Why? If you’re not clicking the hyperlink, I’ll give you the synopsis: Smok invented a voice-activated vape mod. It’s called the I-Priv, which feels like a misnomer given that the device has you literally commanding it aloud, possibly in public. It should be called the I-Nounc. The smok mod responds to commands like, “wattage mode”

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News

As Vaping Trend Soars, Tobacco Faces More Scrutiny

Vaping is a continued trend on the rise around the world. It has become one of the most popular smoking alternatives, has earned celebrity endorsements, and has even become hugely popular among teens thanks to companies like Juul (read our review here). Yet, vaping is far from the only smoking alternative to get that nicotine fix.

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Guides

A Slow Burn: Current State of Heat-Not-Burn Technology

Since their false start on the market around the 2014-2015 period, tobacco product manufacturers Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds have had to pivot their smokeless alternative and reintroduce the product to markets, especially in the wake of the substantial growth of the vape industry between 2016-2017, as well as mounting research to support vaping

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News

The Dangers of ‘Counterfeit’ Vapes

Remember street vendors in major cities claiming to have genuine Ray Ban sunglasses, Louis Vuitton and Coach handbags, or Rolex watches? If not in real life, you have almost certainly at least seen them in film and television. Art imitating life. Counterfeiting is far from a new practice in free market capitalism; the con artist

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Opinion

I Quit Smoking. Not Sure I Want to Quit Vaping.

I have written a number of times about my use of a vape as a smoking cessation tool. I smoked for a number of years in my twenties before trying to quit a couple of times to no avail. Once I got into vaping, I felt relieved at my ability to kick the combustible cigarette

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Opinion

Why are Vape Lounges Ghost Towns?

I regularly make the drive out to a local vape shop instead of ordering juice and accessories online. I’ve written about my interest in supporting local, small business already, so I’ll spare the details. Something odd always strikes me whenever I frequent the shops in my area, however: They’re nearly empty. Sometimes, they’d be completely

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News

Celebrities Tapped to Sell The Cool of Vaping

Over the last decade, e-cigarette use, called vaping, has risen dramatically across the US. There are arguments from advocates and detractors alike about the potential effects of vaping versus smoking combustible tobacco cigarettes. Vaping has a relatively short history compared to the long and sordid story of the rise and fall of smoking hype. But,

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CBD

Legal Status of CBD: Will It Put You Behind Bars?

This article is not legal advice, and is not to be taken as a legal standing on the status of cannabidiol and related products. Please consult an appropriate attorney’s office for legal advice on cannabidiol. Introduction The power of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat various medical and psychosocial conditions is heavily studied in the US, Canada,

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News

Higher Nicotine for Your Health? A Study in Smoking Cessation

Studies on the effects of vaping continue to be conducted, year after year, to essentially the same base result. Researchers explicate the chemical composition of e-liquid and the risks of inhalation of e-cigarette vapor at the high temperatures some vape mods achieve. On the other hand, however, vaping is being determined as a healthier alternative

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Opinion

Stoner Stigma: Problematic Media Portrayal of the Munchies

Media often portray the stoner with the munchies as a potato chip shoveling, liter of coke drinking, insatiable pit of empty carbs and sugars. Film and television put the stoner on display in a habitat of some dank basement (no pun intended), slumped on a dingy couch, awash in crumbs and stains (usually wearing some

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Opinion

Don’t Blame the Package: CBD Edibles are for Adults, and You Know It

Numerous state legislators have advanced the legality and availability of cannabidiol (CBD) and related products across the country. Recent legislation passed in many states has made available a number of CBD goods, such as vape juice, topicals, pet treats, and wax dabs. CBD has been researched to help reduce the effects of childhood Epilepsy, Parkinson’s

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CBD

CBD: Vaping vs. Ingesting

Unlike its psychoactive counterpart (THC), cannabidiol – or CBD as it’s more commonly known – is fast becoming highly regarded as a daily treatment for anxiety, inflammation, pain, fatigue, and depression. Research attributes the efficacy of CBD to its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties. The chemical works with our endocannabinoid system – a system in our

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News

June Public Vote Decides Vape Fate for San Francisco

Last year, city supervisors in San Francisco attempted a full ban of flavored vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. In fact, the official ordinance states that all “flavored tobacco products” are prohibited from sale in the city. The ban ultimately includes any tobacco product marketed with particular verbiage to claim the product has any inspired or

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Opinion

Vape Shop Employees are Unsung Heroes of Encouragement

I’m a supporter of local, small business in many facets. I frequent farmers markets, and research nearby shops of products I often could easily order with my Amazon Prime account. Of particular note, I prefer to buy my vape mods, accessories, and juice nearby to me. I may buy the occasional online product, like a

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CBD

The Ultimate Guide to CBD and Sleep

Can CBD really help you get a good night of sleep? This in depth guide on the research surrounding CBD and sleep will give you all the information you need to decide if CBD is the right sleep aid for you. Comfortable and consistent sleep is vital for moods, energy levels, and good health. Without a healthy

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Opinion

Don’t Offer Tobacco Flavored E-Juice

According to recent financial trend data, vaping is set to make record numbers in industry financial growth by 2025. Vaping is the leading cigarette alternative/smoking cessation tool today, as well as a hobby enjoyed by tinkerers, artists, and competitors alike. For the last few years, studies into the efficacy of vaping have increased dramatically. Users

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News

Cloud Chasing: Vapor as Sport and Art

Modern culture has produced some obscure and seemingly ridiculous trends. From fad to faux pas, where there’s a quick buck to be made, and a potential shot at even minute stardom within a particular community, folks seem to latch on to whatever is the newest hype that will net them strong positive results – or

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News

Study May Suggest Vaping Not a Gateway to Cigarettes

A new study, published in March 2017, analyzes correlation and causation between youth who vape and youth who smoke cigarettes, but not in the way you might think. Lynn T. Kozlowski and Kenneth E. Warner’s publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reflects on prior studies and datasets of correlations between the aforementioned

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Opinion

I Drop My Vape Too Often Not to Have a Carry Case

Last night, I was positive I had lost my vape pen at the bar. I already know the pockets of my cut-off denim vest are unreliable, as the pen regularly falls out onto hard surfaces. I wince with anxiety. Every. Single. Time. And when I awoke this morning to find said pockets empty, I was

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News

Is “Vape Gut” Real? A New Study on Gut Bacteria in Vapers Has Surprising Results

Recently, Newcastle University, in England, published their first findings on gut bacteria composition between a small sample group. The international research team, headed by Newcastle’s own Dr. Christopher Stewart of the Institute of Cellular Medicine, studied a small user sample, consisting of 30 individuals. Of these, 10 were vape users, 10 were cigarette/tobacco product users,

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Opinion

Vaping: A Way to Quit Smoking or a Cultural Phenomenon?

I could be this guy about my vaping interest. I could spend countless hours investigating and researching the seemingly limitless amount of information available on the best mods (batteries), tanks, airflow settings, voltage/wattage settings, juice flavors, skins, and other components/variables ad infinitum. There’s also an entire lexicon around vape culture that requires its own study

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News

FDA May Approve Cannabis-Based Drug to Treat Rare Forms of Epilepsy

Any time the media circus has been abuzz about cannabis as medicine, the stories have been rife with controversy, speculation, and criticism. Cannabis catches a mostly-bad rap in the traditional media sphere, especially when it comes to the field of medicine. The stigma of “weed” as a “drug,” in lay terms – as well as

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Opinion

Kids, Talk to Your Parents About the Benefits of Vaping

I come from a family of cigarette smokers. Both my paternal and maternal grandparents smoked throughout my childhood, and a couple of them held onto the habit well into my early adult life. My parents have been cigarette smokers since they were teens. I couldn’t blame them, having myself learned how pervasive and effective the

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Guides

Nicotine Salts: Fad or Future?

Vaping has emerged from a trend to a full blown subculture in the last decade. Cloud Chasers, DIY crafters, and squonk boxes are just a few examples of a diverse and intricate vape community. New products like sub-ohm mods and eclectic e-juice flavors breed innovation and encourage marketing efforts to keep the industry fresh. Marketing

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