Massachusetts has been ranked the least friendly city to vape, according to new research by e-cigarette company Halo.
In order to reach their conclusion, Halo examined the laws regulating e-cigarettes in the top 300 largest U.S. cities. Based on their data, they found that Massachusetts actually has more vaping restrictions, 116, than any other state they examined. As Metro Boston’s Erin Tiernan pointed out, a lot of laws regulating e-cigs in Mass. were enacted in an attempt to place the electronic vaporization devices out of the reach of teenagers.
Looking at the vape shops they found listed on Yelp and city population data, Halo determined that the city of Boston has just over one and a half vape shops per 100,000 residents — 1.52 to be exact. That is, according to Halo’s research.
Are you surprised by the results of their analysis?
For all those out there who are still trying to decide what the best vape is, there’s a new web-based resource to help you find what you need and it’s called VapeGuide.co.
Their mission, according to their website, is “to test, rate, review, and compare vaporizers in order to determine the best vaporizers for every occasion.”
“Our mission is simple: to test, rate, review, and compare vaporizers in order to determine the best vaporizers for every occasion.”
Their Vaporizer Reviews
There website features vaporizer reviews composed by their staff, which offer ratings, photos, and insights such as technical details, benefits, and downsides.
Currently, their reviews cover a wide range of vaporizers spanning from desktops and plugins like the Digital Volcano and Extreme Q to portables like the Pax 3, DaVinci IQ, Arizer Air, Crafty and Mighty. Here’s a brief and notably incomplete list of some of the vaporizers they’ve reviewed:
Wulf Vape Classic Tundra
Vapir Rise 2.0 Ultimate
Wulf Vape SX
How They Rate And Review Vaporizers
During their review process, VapeGuide.co examines and rates factors such as vapor quality, portability, price, features, and appearance. Each variable is rated on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the highest possible rating a vaporizer can receive.
At this time, there are no vaporizers, neither portable nor plugin, that are rated a perfect ten on their website but we imagine that could change at any time.
What Else They Do
In addition to testing, rating, and reviewing vapes of varying sorts, VapeGuide.co also offers vaping guides as well as vaporizer industry news. But while they do offer news, we of course suggest that you stick with us (VaporizerWire.com) when it comes to keeping you up to speed with the vapor scene via our regularly published vaping news updates.
Below is a little video intro that they’ve shared on their YouTube channel which shows off their logo in what seems to a manner quite befitting of a vaporizer review site.
Like many in the vape scene, VapeGuide.co maintains a presence across various social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. If you want to learn more about them or see what they have to offer, you can click here to visit their website.
Ever wonder just how much interest there is in vaping? You’re certainly not the only one. We ourselves were also interested in seeing just how much interest folks around the United States and abroad have in the rapidly growing vape scene so we did some research and produced this vape trends infographic.
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Vape Keyword Trends
In our research, we explored the trends behind a variety of search phrases (keywords) pertaining to vaping, which we explored via Google Trends – a tool that allowed us to examine just how much interest has grown over the years.
As you can see from our research, the big keyword people were searching for was “vaporizer” up until a few years ago. This was quickly replaced with searches for the keyword “vape,” a possible indicator of the masses at large adopting new terminology. As it stands, the prominent keyword is no longer vaporizer, but vape. But on social media, the prominent hashtag remains vaporizer, although this could quickly change – if it hasn’t already.
International Vaping Hot Spots
While the United States is by far the most popular place to vape, others are not close behind, according to our research. Behind the U.S. is the Philippines and next on the list is the United Kingdom (UK). Following the U.K. comes Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, and then Canada. Ranked in order of popularity in an easier to grasp format, here’s a list starting with the most popular at number one:
United States (USA)
Vaping Popularity Across The U.S.
In the U.S., the primary hot spot, according to our data, is Los Angeles, California. Following L.A. is San Francisco, California. But while the top two spots are clearly major cities in California, the rest of the top 10 most popular cities to vape in across the U.S., with the exception of one more, are not in the Golden State. At number three is Denver, Colorado, which is followed by Seattle, Washington. After that comes San Diego, California and then Austin, Texas. Following Austin is Portland, Oregon, which is trailed by New York City, New York. Next in line is a city which some may confuse for the Canadian city by the same name, Vancouver, but this Vancouver is actually located in the state of Washington. Last on the list is Chicago, Illinois. Here’s an easier to read list of the top 10 most popular U.S. cities to vape in:
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
New York City, NY
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DaVinci, makers of the Ascent and self-titled DaVinci vaporizers, have released their latest innovation, the portable IQ vaporizer.
This new vape, which was developed over the course of three years, was first unveiled back in 2016. It offers vapor enthusiasts yet another option in a growing pool of portable vaporizers to choose from.
Designed for dried blends, not liquids or other concentrated blend types, the IQ has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best portable vaporizers on the market.
Just last month, Forbes contributor Curtis Silver referred to it as “another great entry” into the vape marketplace that “is setting an early standard for a market that is just getting warmed up.”
One of the variables that really sets it apart from the rest of the portables that are out right now is its all-ceramic air path, which is literally the first of its kind. From where the air comes in to where the vapor exits, the entire pathway is 100% ceramic. This ensures that the vapor never touches any materials that are anything but inert, which as many vapers know, lends to the purity of the vapor produced. This is an area where DaVinci obviously knows what they’re doing, as it’s by no means the first time that the company has taken into careful consideration the materials used in the construction of their vaping product’s vapor pathway. The last example of this being the Ascent, which boasts an all-glass vapor path.
According to Cort Smith, DaVinci’s CEO, the company believes “in building from the inside out, focusing on premium materials and precision engineering.” So it should come as no surprise that DaVinci took the materials used in the construction of the IQ’s vapor path into careful consideration during the design phase. As Smith said in a statement, the company recognizes that people simply do not want their vaping experience “tainted with metal or plastics” as “they want to taste exactly what they put into a product and nothing more.”
“At DAVINCI we believe in building from the inside out, focusing on premium materials and precision engineering. People don’t want their vaping experience tainted with metal or plastic tastes; they want to taste exactly what they put into a product and nothing more.”
As far as precision engineering goes, they’re not joking and the proof of which can be seen in their IQ’s impeccable ability to reach and maintain the desired vaporizing temperature with a level of accuracy that has proven difficult for more than a few portable vaporizers to match.
What do you think of the DaVinci IQ? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
After sales of the Pax portable vaporizer passed the one million units sold marker, its maker, Pax Labs, decided it was time for a new CEO – someone with experience in the tech sector. In steps Tyler Goldman, a man with a background in successful tech ventures.
Before replacing Pax Labs co-founder James Monsees as CEO, Goldman was the North America CEO at Deezer and before that, CEO of Buzzmedia. He’s also a founding member of a movie streaming service that was sold to Blockbuster, Movielink.
While Goldman has replaced Monsees at the helm of the company, Monsees has by no means disappeared from the company’s upper management as he’s merely shifted over to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO), Tech Crunch reports.
Goldman, whose new role as Pax Labs CEO was announced back in August of 2016, has a lot on his plate with his new position. According to a press release issued by the vape manufacturer, his responsibilities include continuing the construction of “the company’s company’s platform to deliver premium, non-smoking experiences to fulfill unmet consumer demand.” He’s also tasked with meeting the increasing demand for the company’s premium e-cigarette, Juul (sometimes stylized “JUUL”). And if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy in his new role as the CEO of a leading vape manufacturer, he’s also tasked with expanding the company’s Pax portfolio, leveraging their technology to continue improving their products for customers of both their Pax and Juul product lines, and expanding their team to support their growth.
“Tyler has a tremendous track record in the tech industry, building premium brands by delivering products in new categories that super-serve consumers,” Monsees indicated in a statement while further iterating his confidence in Tyler.
“Tyler has a tremendous track record in the tech industry, building premium brands by delivering products in new categories that super-serve consumers (…) We have set out to do the same from day one, achieved a great deal of success in a short period of time and are confident that Tyler is the ideal executive to further accelerate our growth and lead us into our next stage.”
What do you think, will Goldman, who has over 20 years of experience leading tech companies, help steer Pax Labs in the right direction and take their products to the next level?
During the FA Cup match between rival football (soccer) clubs AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United, Paul Doswell, Sutton United’s Manager, was spotted casually taking puffs from his portable vape while watching the game from the sidelines.
While there might be some folks out there that might be displeased by Doswell’s inclination to vape during the game, more than a few took to social media to express their excitement.
For those who might have found themselves displeased by his action and believed it to have warranted a pay cut or something of the like, team chairman Bruce Elliott was quick to point out in a report by The Telegraph that the team doesn’t even pay Doswell. According to Elliott, not only do they not pay him, he actually pays the team as he is one of Sutton United’s sponsors.
“Actually, not only do we not pay him a penny, he sponsors us. So he’s actually paying us to be our manager. That’s how much he loves this club.”
With this in mind, USA Today’s For The Win reports that this might be why he can, if he cares to, vape on the sidelines without anybody raining on his parade.
In the state of Indiana, regulations governing e-liquid manufacturers kicked into effect back in July of 2015. As a result, some vape stores across the state found themselves concerned that the new regulations could kill the vaporizing industry across the state.
E-liquid, sometimes stylized “eLiquid,” is the liquid used in e-cigarettes. It is often composed of nicotine, glycerine, propylene glycol, and various flavorings.
The new regulations specifically govern companies that manufacture e-liquids for sale in the state. Such companies were, as a result of the regulations, required to be certified by a security firm before July 1, 2015.
At the time the regulations were passed by state legislators, there was only one firm, Mulhaupt’s Inc, that was certified to approve e-liquid manufacturers. As a result, many cried foul as the regulations essentially turned Mulhaupt’s into the gatekeeper – a single security firm that would decide which companies would be allowed to sell their e-liquid concoctions in the state of Indiana.
Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City), the man who authored HB 1432, was quoted by JConline as having said that lawmakers “never intended to set up a monopoly”.
“We never intended to set up a monopoly”
As of January of 2017, the number of e-juice products sold across the state dropped from hundreds to seven.
Subsequently, many consumers are traveling to neighboring states to pickup their e-juices.
A vape store manager in Kentucky, Charity Hoggard with Nice Guy Vapes, echoed this notion as she quoted by JConline as having said that the regulation is “helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”.
“It’s helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”
What do you think of the e-liquid regulations in Indiana that have turned Mulhaupt’s into the state’s e-liquid gatekeeper? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The San Francisco startup Ploom, the company behind the popular line of Pax vaporizers, has changed its name. Well, not technically, but close enough. We’ll explain.
Ploom still exists, but the Ploom trademark and intellectual property pertaining to its modelTwo and its corresponding “pods” have been acquired by JTI. The Pax vaporizers on the other hand are now the property of Pax Labs. So in essence, JTI acquired Ploom, its modelTwo, and pods while the Pax vapes were spun off to a form a new corporate entity, Pax Labs.
Pax Labs founder James Monsees referred to the transaction involving Ploom and JTI as a partnership that “has afforded both parties many mutual benefits” while noting that they’re “proud” of their success with the pods product line. He added that the two companies “will profit from this fresh approach.”
“This partnership has afforded both parties many mutual benefits, and we are proud of our success with the pods product line”
As for the intent of Pax Labs, Monsees noted that the company’s focus will be “on vaporization delivery products” and the continued growth of the company.
Pax Labs History
Here’s a little history lesson for those who are unaware of the company’s origins. Pax Labs was first founded back in 2007 by a couple of graduates of Stanford’s Design Program in an attempt to reinvent the way people smoke by providing the tools necessary to create a cleaner alternative. These tools, as we’re calling them, are vaporizers, which produce vapor as opposed to smoke.
While the original Pax Vaporizer wasn’t the first product that the company put onto the shelves, it has proven to be incredibly successful in the vaporizer space. Subsequently, the company has put out not one, but three Pax vaporizers as there is now the original, which we’ll call the Pax 1, and now the Pax 2 and Pax 3 as well.
As of February of 2015, over half a million Pax units had been sold. And in June of the same year, the company announced a massive round of funding in which it raised $46.7 million.