Posts by Norm Bour

Vape Radio 86: Understanding the Asian and Far East Vape Market (Part II)

This is part II of our interview with Keller and Heckman LLP law partner, David Ettinger, speaking to us from Shanghai. Our last show, VAPE radio #85, covered China, and this show expands into Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Russia and other areas as well.

It will be an eye opener since you will get a deep, deep dive into the vape market overseas. Be sure you catch our prior show to learn about China proper. See the long list of topics we covered below.

Ettinger has lived in Shanghai for 4 years and follows the market there every day.

There was so much information to cover that I asked him to keep going, so thanks for joining us on Part II.

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Vape Radio 84: TPE May Indicate the Future of the Vape Industry

Today’s interview is with Jason Carignan, CMO of Kreket International, and their subsidiary, Phillips and King.

There is one vape event that stands apart from the others and that is TPE. Tobacco Plus Expo is the official name, but most call it TPE for short. The show will be held on Jan. 25-26 in Las Vegas and the good news is that it’s free to all of us in the vape space.

Here’s why I make TPE a “must attend” event and you should to.

This show is an indicator of the direction of the vaping industry. Now that tobacco and vape are considered the same per the FDA, we are brothers in name, though not in culture. Add in the fringe elements of “alternatives,” including cannabis, hookah and similar products, and the unification of these vices may show us the future.

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Vape Radio 83: 2016 Review: Rants, Ravings and Thoughts from Norm

Vape Radio 83: 2016 Review: Rants, Ravings and Thoughts from Norm

Today, no guests. Just me, sharing some wit, wisdom and insights…or possibly not!

As we roll into 2017, we must recognize that the world of vape this year will change at an exponential pace. New regs, new dates to implement them, and the closing of many businesses will provide a shakeout unlike any we have seen before. Last year, in 2016, we saw some carnage, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come.

In this show, I provide a bit of my background, for context, and some suggestions and observations of what may and will happen this year. Some is conjecture; some is assured.

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Vape Radio 82: Vapor Technology Association (VTA) and Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA)

Vape Radio 82: Vapor Technology Association (VTA) is Committed to Supporting the Industry

Today’s interview is with Tony Abboud with the VTA, Vapor Technology Association.

D-Day, also known as August 8, has passed and the rumblings continue. Many are still unsure what this all means exactly and everyone seems to be playing ball. For now.

Here’s what I sense is happening.

The FDA comes out with this insane, unrealistic and way too over the top regulations. Everyone falls into place, but the problem is that the line that we need to stand behind is obscure.

People are asking: Exactly WHAT must we do or not do? The sampling question is one that comes up the most. Many liquid manufacturers are still unclear of the next deadline coming up in December.

And what is see is some pushback. People are now asking: HOW will the FDA know if I am doing things right or not? Do they have spies on the street? What enforcement power do they have?

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Vape Radio 81: The Regulations Monster – How it Can Destroy an Industry in One State With Cynthia Cabrera

Vape Radio 81: The Regulations Monster - How it Can Destroy an Industry in One State With Cynthia Cabrera

This show is not intended to be a scary one, but I warn you,it will be. Halloween is coming and what is happening in the vape world is alltrick and no treat. Everyone is focused on the FDA and of course, they are thebiggest and the baddest of the group, but there are goblins and gremlins muchcloser to you. The FDA is just the point of the spear but there are many thatare following their lead. Some are in your city and some are in your statecapital. Even though our conversation today is about a specific proposal inCalifornia called Prop 56, it is a dangerous sign of things to come.

Today we’ll be talking with someone that many ofyou will know; Cynthia Cabrera, the former Executive Director of SFATANational. She has been a leader in vaping advocacy for years and a friend andsupporter of ours as we have of her. Today we’ll talk about “No on 56” inCalifornia and also about another law on the other side of the country, in myold home state of Pennsylvania.

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Vape Radio 80: An Easier Way for E-liquid Sellers to Stay in Business

Vape Radio 80: An Easier Way for E-liquid Sellers to Stay in Business

Today’s interview is with Derrick Woods with e-Pure Liquids. His company is offering e-liquid sellers a great option moving forward and what could be a make-sense way to stay in business.

If you are in the liquid business we’re opening a new division within VapeMentors called PMTA Advisors to help you with options and choices and give you guidance moving forward.

What’s prompting this is D-Day- August 8. Things are happening everywhere. New products being launched and current ones being redone.

VAPExpo in Amsterdam and Prague are coming up. Please come meet with me! The first two weeks of august I’ll be touring as many companies and shops as I can.

If you heard vape radio #78, we talked about a new movie about vaping called A Billion Lives. It is now coming to the US, so stay tuned since it may be coming to a theater near you!

After 8/8 you cannot make any changes to your product. That means any changes. For those in the liquid market that are doing significant volume you must be sure that your lab, or the one you use, is set to upgrade to new requirements. Problem is, we don’t know exactly what those may be. So most are going to the extreme and are making pharmaceutical grade labs.

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Vape Radio 79: Introducing Tobacco Free Nicotine With Ron Tully

Vape Radio 79: Introducing Tobacco Free Nicotine With Ron Tully

Today’s interview is with RonTully, with Next Generation Labs. His is a name you may have heard before ifyou are in the liquid biz. Today he’ll be sharing a product that may change alot of things in the e-liquid world.

Tobacco Free Nicotine: what isit? Another name for it is synthetic nicotine, but the term syntheticis not a popular one, kind of like GMO.

There may be advantages to TFN:Better flavor. No aftertaste. Easier to mix with. Those are all good. But it’spricier than regular nicotine. But not enough to dissuade you and after all,you do get what you pay for.

When you combine TFN with highquality ingredients, what do you get? Pretty awesome flavor. Great forconnoisseurs!

The world of vape is changingand you must change with it. The key to survival is adaptation, and ourinterview today IS all about adapting- to a brand new market.

I’ll be speaking in Amsterdamin July at Vapexpo and if you are EU based I’d love to connect! Two weeks laterI’ll be in Prague and between the two dates I’ll be touring as many companiesand shops as I can. Would you like to connect? Let me know vianorm@vapementors.com

Coming up soon; VAPE U III:Vape Summit. 4 days, 20 hours with 20+ of the most amazing thought leaders inthe vape space to educate and empower you. Sign up at www.vapementors.com.

What do YOU want to know? Weinterviewed tens of thousands of vape professionals and asked: What keeps youup at night? What worries you the most?

With hundreds of responses we drilledit down to just a few areas and then found the best people in the industry toaddress them. It’s June 23-26 and it will be FREE.

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Vape Radio 78: Coming to a Theater Near You: A Billion Lives

Vape Radio 78: Coming to a Theater Near You: A Billion Lives

“If you think the vape industry is dead, you are right. And if you think the industry and your business will survive, you are right as well. It’s all a matter of mindset and attitude.”

That sets to the tone as we move forward and where survival of the fittest- and those willing to change- will live.

Arnuad Dumas de Rauly, president of GaiaTrend, one of the largest liquid manufacturers in Europe, is our guest today, talking about a movie called “A Billion Lives.”

We encourage all of you to pay attention since this movie is by non-vapers for non-vapers and is a powerful story that may help our cause.

Coming up soon; VAPE U III: Vape Summit. 4 days, 20 hours with some of the most amazing thought leaders in the vape space to educate and empower you.

We interviewed tens of thousands of vape professionals and asked: What keeps you up at night? What worries you the most? With hundreds of responses we drilled it down to just a few areas and then found the best people in the industry to address them. It’s June 23-26 and it will be FREE.

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Vape Radio 77: The FDA Speaks! FDA Legal Expert Attorney Phil Daman Translates

Vape Radio 77: The FDA Speaks! FDA Legal Expert Attorney Phil Daman Translates

“This is not chapter three of the trilogy; it may be the end of chapter one and there is much more to come.” “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Two quotes that may indicate the direction of this Brand New World of vape.

The other shoe has fallen. The FDA has spoken and it means…what? The end of the world as we know it? Business as usual? Do we even know?

This interview with attorney Phil Daman, a nationally recognized FDA legal authority, covers what these new regulations say and what they don’t say.

Since the new regulation’s start clock officially begins on 5/10, we are proclaiming May 10 as National Vape Awareness Day. Phil will be joining us for a LIVE Q & A, and since this is time sensitive, you can visit www.vapementors.com for information.

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Vape Radio 76: These United States? Interview with CASAA Legislative Director, Alex Clark

Vape Radio 76: These United States? Interview with CASAA Legislative Director, Alex Clark

It’s about Freedom. It’s about Choice. “It’s really about standing up for yourself! No one wants to be bullied and there has to be a time when we stand up and punch back.” That quote from Alex Clark, Legislative Coordinator with CASAA, sums it all up.

I had to totally rewrite today’s show since the new deeming regulation unfolded with little notice. The FDA released them May 5, so at least we now know the outcome. No more speculating, no more wondering.

Our first interview is with Alex Clark, legislative director with CASAA. Our topic of conversation was about state’s taking their own initiative and instituting laws in lieu of the FDA. We then lead into the new deeming regulations.

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