South Park Slams Vape Culture And Vapor Joe


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South Park Slams Vape Culture And Vapor Joe

MANY people still believe that vaping is just as bad for you as smoking ordinary cigarettes.

But it isn’t.
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However even Scott Gottlieb the director of the FDA stated that “If everyone quit smoking and started vaping that America would be a safer place.”

They also think that because you are inhaling nicotine in the vapor of e-cigarettes you are just as likely to get lung cancer as you would smoking tobacco.

But the study that the stories are based on, published in the journal PNAS, doesn’t show this. Nicotine is what makes cigarettes addictive, but isn’t what causes the damage from smoking.

How The South Park Tegridy Farms Episode Slams Vape Culture And Vapor Joe

Some people may have seen a recent episode of South Park titled “Tegridy Farms” Season 22 Episode 4. Where a so called “Vaping Epidemic” has taken over South Park Elementary and Vapor Joe was portrayed as selling vaporizers to children on the side of the street in a very shady fashion best portrayed as a drug deal. They also showed Cartman attacking Vapor Joe and leaving him to be arrested with a dead hooker to avoid paying him. Vape mods were also refered to as “pussy sticks”.

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The entirety of the show was a blantant attack on the “Tegridy” of the Vaping Industry.

In this Blog we will attempt to break down the flaws in information depicted by the show and debunk where possible.

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As the show starts Stan moves his family to a Colorado Cannabis farm out of frustration due in part to Shelly sending pictures of her “butthole” to the hall monitor to distract him so she could Vape.

How South Park Season 22 Episode 4 Tegridy Farms Went Up In Smoke

It has been known for a while now that some people who are anti-vaping look at vaping as a kind of drug. Questions arise about how they could smoke drugs in their vape.

However medical Marajuana is in fact legal in the state of Colorado, the fact that they are identifying it with vaping is still a blantant attack on the vaping industry.

Some companies have even gone so far as to come up with a “dry herb vaporizor” which has a heating element inside it to heat up said herbs to the point they are smoking but not burning. Then they smoke it much like they would a pipe.

It can not really be said these are for tobacco use only due to the nature of vaping being to keep people from smoking traditional tobacco. In a place such as Colorado however the act of smoking marajuana in a dry herb vaporizer would be completely legal as long as they had the proper papers and licenses ect.

Some time in the show passes and Kyle catches Ike in the playground with some other prechoolers vaping on what looks to be a JUUL.

South Park Episode Tegridy Farms Still Smoke’n

In real life it is believed that JUUL is the preferred vape of the children. Speculation is that because of the compact size and the ability to hide it contributes to this. It has been becoming a “fad” or as some people may call it an “epidemic”.

So the FDA has been investigating JUUL 

JUUL states that children vaping is NOT something they condone nor endorse.

ALSO, They make it a point to mention flavors as being a big attraction to these children naming off some of them in the episode. As previously linked this video also talks about flavorings and how they are important to adults and how critial they are to the vaping economy.

Then some more time passes.
And they find Butters who is playing the roll of what would be a “middleman” selling the vapes to the children. As he opens his trench coat exposing an assortment of vape flavors and vapes.

A little later a guy pulls up in a car at Tegridy Farms. It is the owner of Big Vape and wants to buy the farm so he can put Stan’s product in their vaporizers. Then pulls out a mod similar in looks to a JUUL. With the little charging contacts on the bottom bearing a strong resembalance to JUUL. Stan states he will does not want his Tegridy Bud to be put in those “pussy sticks”.

AGAIN an attack on the vaping industry as they chose to use the one company being investigated and associate a drug with it.

Going on record to state that Marajuana is not one of the ingredients in e-juice.

14 minutes 30 seconds in is when we see Vapor Joe’s portrayed figure appear. He buys 2 bags of vape items from Big Vape store.

South Park Tegridy Farms Episode Attempts To Kill Vaping With A Bang

A little more time passes and Sharon tells Stan that Kyle was sent home from school for vaping which he actually was not doing. It was Ike’s vape. Stan get outraged but not because Kyle had a vape as much so as Kyle had a “pussy stick”.
Poking fun at the common knowledge that some parents turn their backs while their kids vape and some even go so far as to support it. This is NOT a vape problem this is a PARENTING problem.
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So at the end of the episode Stan goes into the Big Vape store and starts attacking people and goes to the back where the kids were stealing vape juice from big canisters that look to be under pressure. Then the entire vape shop explodes.

Poking fun at the fact that when vaping first started there was some uneducated people that put batteries in upside down or they put keys in their pockets with batteries and a few people got hurt.

Vape juice is not made in pressurizes drums and is not explosive.

DIY 101
Ejuice is made from Vegetable Glycerin

ALSO Propelyne Glycol
Long known ingredient in Asthma Nebulizers

Also Flavoring.
AND last but not least Nicotine.
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Wicked Knights Vapor Cinnamon Blueberry Pastery E Liquid Review

Wicked Knights Vapor Cinnamon Blueberry Pastery E Liquid Review

Cinnamon flavors are really hard to do and I appreciate that. A lot of them come out really spicy and burn my throat. This flavor isn’t like that and I really like that it’s a creamier cinnamon. It isn’t harsh like a lot of them are. The one thing it’s missing is something sweet. Cinnamon by itself is not very sweet.  I will say it smells divine and my living room smelled rather tasty after vaping it for a while. The flavor also grew on me after vaping it for a bit. It tastes good; it’s just missing a little something. The vape production was a little below average and the throat hit wasn’t so much there. But with a cinnamon flavor, that can go one of two ways and I’d rather have a smoother less noticeable throat hit, than something that’s going to burn going down.

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FDA is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.


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In a speech at FDA headquarters, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the FDA would also revisit its compliance policy that extended the dates for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarettes to submit applications for premarket authorization.

Gottlieb announced a number of steps the agency planned to take as part of a wider crackdown on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

The agency issued 12 warning letters to companies that it says have deceptive marketing labels on e-liquids. “We cannot allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine,” he said.

The FDA is giving the five top-selling e-cigarette brands – Juul Labs Inc., Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic – 60 days to provide plans for how they will mitigate sales to minors.

In mid-September, the FDA has launched a vaping prevention campaign targeting 10 million youths who vape or are open to trying it, Gottlieb said. It will continue enforcement against retailers that sell to minors.

“We are very concerned that we could be addicting a whole generation of young people,” Gottlieb said. “We only have a narrow window of opportunity to address it.”

Instead of committing to regulate flavor, the FDA solicited more research on flavor’s role. Robin Koval, CEO of the anti-tobacco group Truth Initiative, said there is ample evidence that flavors attract teens.
Alternatives to cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes because they can quell smokers’ urges for nicotine without cancer-causing tobacco.

Federal health officials and other health experts said there’s ample cause for concern about young people newly lured to nicotine and chemicals found in vaping juice. Vaping has not only usurped smoking tobacco among those under 20, it came along as youth smoking rates were declining and threatens to erase the health benefits from the gains.

Young adults who use e-cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape, according to a study in December 2017 by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences published in The American Journal of Medicine.

Juul CEO Kevin Burns said restricting flavors “will negatively impact current adult smokers” who want to switch from smoking to vaping. He said the company would support “reasonable regulation” to restrict advertising and the naming of flavors such as cotton candy and gummy bear that target children.
“The main reason people are able to switch away from tobacco is because of the flavors offered to them,” Kevin said. “If nobody uses it, why bother?”


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American Vaping Association Testifies Againist Increased Tarriffs On Vaping Products

How do you bring American manufacturing to an industry that could be destoryed  by government over-regulation in the next four years?

In a  nut shell with out regulatory reform you don’t.

That was the  exact message American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley along with five other harm reduction advocates brought to Washington D.C. on July 24, 2018, when a public hearing was held before the Section 301 Committee of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on President Donald Trump’s second set of proposed tariffs on a variety of products imported into the U.S. from China.

Vaping advocates had breathed a sigh of relief when the first round of President Trump’s  tariffs on Chinese-made products did not impact vaping products. However, the trade war between the United States. and China has not less active. Since then between June and July, President Trump announced a second and third round of tariffs. This third round of tarriffs do contain provisions that would make it more expensive for adult smokers to switch to vaping.

President Trump’s proposed tariffs will result in all e-cigarette devices and parts (likely pods, tanks, coils, cartridges, batteries made for usage in vaping products, etc.) imported from China being subject to a tariff of 25% (or, more accurately, an import tax of 25%). The costs of this tax will inevitably be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices thus reducing vape sales and possibly forcing many vapers to return to smoking.

At this particular hearing, the committee heard  over thirty minutes of testimony from six harm reduction and industry advocates about the severe harm to small businesses and public health that would import tax of 25% hikes ( import tax of 25%).

Those giving testimony were Arnaud Dumas de Rauly (Blinc Group), Brittani Cushman (Vapor Technology Association), Carrie Wade (R Street Institute), Guy Bentley (Reason Foundation), Gregory Conley (American Vaping Association), and Tracy Musgrove(vape shop owner — Revolutionary Vapes in Williamsburg, VA).

Their testimony focused upon three key points.

  • Vaping products have been proven to be far less hazardous than smoking and helping smokers acctually quit smoking. Price hikes at the retail level will prevent current smokers from switching. to a safer alternative.
  • There is a great need for clarity about exactly what products will be subject to this tariff. (This point is now less critical since the Trump Administration announced that it would also be seeking to subject a blanket tarriff upon e-cigarette parts to the 25% tariff hike, rather than the 10% rate originally proposed.)
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has thus far failed to enact any real regulatory reform at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. The vaping industry is not only banned from introducing new products, but also facing near-extinction in August of 2022 because of extensive and enormously expensive regulatory requirements which hurts technology and innovation. There is very little chance that American manufacturers would be able to attract the tens of millions of dollars in capital investments that would be required to domestically produce significant quantities of vaping devices with advances in technology stifling jobs.

President Trump daily braggs about how he has created more jobs faster then any president of the United States, yet he has left the vaping industry out in the cold which will effect thousands of American jobs which are now in jeopardy.

Here is a copy of the testimony given by Greg Connelly


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How the Vaping Industry Helps the Economy

Lets Talk About How the Vaping Industry Helps the Economy

We’re seeing this happen all over the United States right now. Local and State governments are turning to taxing vaping as a way to raise revenue and close budget gaps.

Democratic politicians are trying to make up for spending overreaches from their past mistakes by slapping taxes on a new vaping technology.

The threat of this sort of policy is driving us from Washington DC and it’s already been implemented in the state of Kansas.

The problem with this logic from democratic politicians is they are using it to implement these taxs. These policies currently stifle the vaping industry that could actually end up making the government more money if it is left un taxed and allowed to grow. How can this happen? Here’s the rub.

1. The Vaping Industry Could Save Money on Healthcare.

Of all the money spent on healthcare in the U.S., 90 cents of it is due to smoking cigarettes. In terms of total price, the CDC calculates a cost of $170 billion a year. These figures are straggering.

These numbers get far worse when you adjust for only spending from government sponsored programs. According to the CDC says that “9.6 percent of Medicare spending, 15.2 percent of Medicaid spending and 32.8 percent of other government healthcare spending by sources such as the Veterans Affairs, Tricare,AARP and the Indian Health Service, were attributable to smoking related illnesses.” But despite the obvious costs associated with smoking related illnesses, politicians are pushing ahead any way with plans to regulate the vaping industry which will prevent growth and technological advances in saving more lives.

2. Tax Revenue From Vaping Businesses

The Wells Fargo bank has estimated that $10.5 billion in revenue will be produced by the vaping industry this year and that number is expected to grow to over $150 billion by 2019. That is a massive growth in only a year and speaks to the obvious popularity and need for an effective alternative to cigarettes and a smoke free environment.

How is this good for the government? Well, considering that the economy is still struggling to recover from the beating it took during the 2008 financial crisis due to Obama policies, it would be a great idea to not stifle an industry that has shown promising growth even amidst economic turmoil.

The government survives off of tax revenue from corporations, vape shops, manufactors, and the individuals employed by them. It seems that promoting the vaping industry would seem like a no-brainer.

However $150 billion in revenue is still a peanuts to the United States government. The tobacco industry generates around $500 billion in revenue yearly which is no shocker.

Again, politicians are thinking in the short-term, and are lead by their noses for easy profits. They don’t care about the vaping industry, they care about what they think can be gouged for tax dollars, and easy money. Simply put it is greed.

3. Employment and Jobs Within The Industry

As demand grows for e-juice, vape mods, and gear within the industry the demand for more skilled workers knowledgeable about the industry are needed. People who would not have had a job are being put to work at B&Ms (Vape Shops), working online designing e-commerce websites, designing new hardware or technology.

This is great for the economy because unemployment is one of the worst killers of growth and innovation. With high unemployment people aren’t able to contribute to the economy.

Furthermore, having a large number of unemployed citizens is a draw on a nations welfare program which President Trump has been trying to fix. Less people working means more people needing govenmental assistance, and healthcare.

By creating more jobs, the vaping industry is is adding to the strengthening the economy’s growth while reducing the need for governmental spending for welfare programs.

4. The Trade War

Donald Trump efforts to crack down on China’s trade practices has hit the vape industry hard. 55 billion worth of Chinese imports that could go into effect this includes vaping devices. Most e-cigarettes are made in China, leaving the vape industry no alternatives.

It might be good for the trade deficit in the long run, but how many stores is it going to put out of business in the short term? How many jobs and taxes would be lost in these stifling policies that prevent the economic growth we need?

Tariffs will mean higher prices that will kill and depress sales — hampering the growth of an entire industry.

5. What Can We Do?

We need advocates to preasure the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to spare the devices on grounds they will cost American jobs, and will not change China’s trade behavior and could push more people to go back to smoking cigarettes causeing a far bigger health epidemic.

These potential tariffs would hit the vaping industry as it faces efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit sales to minors and regulate vaping flavors, and ban online sales.

This would also hurt small businesses where vape shops have been a bright spot by filling empty spaces from store closings and retail bankruptcies due to the economy. It will hurt consumers and it will hurt the industry. It will become a dramatic impact, especially for anybody who’s low or middle income.

These tariffs would also affect device makers, and techological inovation. Tariffs on e-cigarette devices won’t meet the Trump administration’s goal of addressing Chinese intellectual property theft, nor will it boost U.S. jobs, or even ad growth to the United States economy. Simply put it could kill the entire vaping industry as a whole.

A 25 percent tariff would get passed along to consumers and diminish purchases at the estimated 25,000 vape shops with in the United States. Many of these busineses are mom and pop retailers. This also could hurt public health because higher costs for e-cigarettes would discourage people from switching from smoking to the healtheir alternative of vaping.

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