Recent News in the Vaping Industry
Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses — including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains deeply concerned about these incidents and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate them as quickly as possible.
“Instead of simply acknowledging that a large number of cases in the recent outbreak of severe, acute respiratory failure are due to black market THC vape carts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is undermining that key information and continuing to do everything it can to pin the outbreak on the use of traditional, nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes.” – Michael Siegel, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health1
The Facts on “Vapor-Related” Lung Illnesses
In April of 2019, FDA released a special announcement that both new and experienced e-cigarette users were experiencing seizures. As of late, CDC has stated that they are investigating over 450 cases of “vaping related” lung illnesses in the United States, of which, 215 have been confirmed. 6 total cases have resulted in death in California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Oregon. The cases in California, Minnesota and Oregon report THC use, while the other half disclosed no additional details.2
Dr. Daniel Fox, a pulmonologist with WakeMed Health Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, stated in the telebrifing with CDC on Sept 6th that “During the work-up and the history, all the patients that we saw had used or consumed THC through their vaped, vaping devices through the e-cigarette. And that seemed to be a common feature.”3Of the 8 patients that were treated for lung-illness in New Mexico, all reported that they were vaping THC oil.4In Minnesota, 17 patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases of lung illness and an additional 15 potential cases are under investigation. “Of those cases who have been interviewed, all reported vaping illicit THC products.”5
How Have FDA and CDC Responded?
Following their telebriefing, CDC released a warning urging people to stop their use of e-cigarettes altogether.6 They failed to mention the fact that public health professionals are turning their heads towards specific THC products, a common denominator in many of the lung-illness cases.
The same day CDC released their statement, FDA posted their own announcement, which goes into far more detail. Rather than warning against all vapor products, FDA urges the public to avoid buying vapor products from illegitimate sources, and specifically tells people to refrain from using THC oils and modifying/adding substances to products purchased in stores. They specifically state that “most of those samples with THC tested also contained significant amounts of Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a substance present in topical consumer products or dietary supplements, but data are limited about its effects after inhalation. While the FDA does not have enough data presently to conclude that Vitamin E acetate is the cause of the lung injury in these cases, the agency believes it is prudent to avoid inhaling this substance.”7
What Have Studies Revealed?
The New York Department of Health released their own update on these cases on September 5th. “At least one vitamin E acetate containing vape product has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing. Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested.”8 The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on September 6th that delved deeper into 53 pulmonary illness cases in Illinois and Wisconsin. Of those patients, 41 were extensively interviewed, and 80% reported using THC products. Furthermore 24 patients reported using the same illicit THC oil marketed under the “Dank Vape” label.9
How Can the Public Protect Themselves?
It is best to avoid buying nicotine and THC based vapor products from illegitimate sources. Since CDC’s statement, many states are initiating their own public warnings against all vaping, while fewer are warning against illicit THC products specifically. This has caused widespread panic in ex-cigarette/current e-cigarette users who are under the impression that their conventional cigarette use is safer than vapor product use, initiating a switch back.
Just to be clear, there has been no concrete link between legitimate nicotine-based vapor products and these lung illnesses, and keep in mind that correlation does not equal causation. As investigations continue, the percentage of patients that report using only nicotine products is getting smaller, as more are admitting to THC-oil use.
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Donald Trump, along with HHS secretary Alex Azaar, announced that the administration would be banning all flavored vapor products from the market. In spite of an incredible 28% decline in youth smoking–according to early data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)–the administration is citing a 25% increase in vaping among young people as justification for taking such an extreme action.
The White House needs to hear from adult vapers and anyone who loves a vaper! A flavor ban won’t protect our children, but it will kill their parents.
Click the links below to start!
How many years did you smoke before quitting? What flavor helped you to quit? Share your story with us on Instagram or Twitter @madvapes ! Tons of people have quit smoking thanks to vaping and studies show that you have a higher likelihood of quitting if you use flavors. We produce and sell high-quality eLiquids that are safe for consumption. The problem is NOT flavored eLiquid!#WeVapeWeVote
Siegel, Michael, The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary, Sept 10, 2019. https://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR3VbmIdmxLaD3sfdaOjVYGwy6vCkaJM9fJkpzffgW7jW81tjGXWus8HjJc
American Vaping Association, The Facts on Vaping Related Lung Illnesses, Sept 10, 2019. https://vaping.org/the-facts-on-vaping-related-lung-illnesses/
CDC, Transcript of September 6, 2019, Telebriefing: Investigation of Pulmonary Disease Among People Who Use E-cigarettes, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/t0906_telebriefing_investigation_pulmonary_disease_e-cigarettes.html
New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Health Reports Eight Cases of Severe Lung Disease Associated with Vaping of THC Products, August 29, 2019. https://nmhealth.org/news/awareness/2019/8/?view=790
Minnesota Department of Health, Health officials report death in a patient hospitalized for vaping-related lung injury, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2019/lunginjury090619.html
CDC, Outbreak of Lung Illness Related to E-cigarette Products, Sept. 6, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html
FDA, Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/vaping-illnesses-consumers-can-help-protect-themselves-avoiding-tetrahydrocannabinol-thc-containing
New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Health Announces Update on Investigation into Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses, Sept 5, 2019. https://health.ny.gov/press/releases/2019/2019-09-05_vaping.htm
Layden, Jennifer E. et al. Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in Illinois and Wisconsin — Preliminary Report, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1911614
Other Relevant Literature
American Vaping Association, Facts Point to Black Market THC Products in Tracks Illinois Death from Vaping, Aug 23, 2019. https://vaping.org/press-release/facts-point-to-black-market-thc-products-in-tragic-illinois-death-from-vaping/
Downs, David, Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here’s What You Need to Know, Sept 10, 2019. https://www.leafly.com/news/health/vape-pen-lung-disease-advice-consumers
O’Donnell, Jayne, Vaping-related death toll rises to four with a ‘potential’ fifth case in Los Angeles County, Sept 6, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/09/06/3-vaping-related-deaths-confirmed-another-under-investigation/2231286001/
Bursztynsky, Jessica, It’s time for a ‘federal reckoning’ in the wake of vaping-linked deaths, says former FDA chief, Sept 9, 2019. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/09/scott-gottlieb-federal-reckoning-needed-after-vaping-linked-deaths.html
There is currently a bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature that would impose a 65% tax on vapor products in the state.
This would cause the price of Juice, Devices, Coils, and more to skyrocket. If you don’t want to pay more, let your Senators know!
Tell them vote “NO” on AM1569, Vote “NO” on LB397. Vapor is NOT Tobacco, and should NOT be treated as such.
Feel free to express your feelings about AM1569 and LB397 to other Senators in Nebraska.
Below you’ll find a list of the Senators near your favorite Alohma location.
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There is a three month warranty for most battery operated devices. Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. There is no warranty on cartomizers, atomizers, tanks, coils, drip tips, disposables, or any similar product unless it was DOA when you received it.
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At this time we are not servicing any items that are out of warranty. Please ensure that your device is within warranty prior to shipping your item.
Turnaround time for evaluation and service is between 3-4 weeks from the day Madvapes receives your shipment.
For out of stock items, please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
You are responsible for the cost of shipping your item to Madvapes. If your item is covered under warranty, return shipping will be provided at no charge. If your item is not covered under warranty, you will be responsible for any costs associated with return shipping.
Some items may not be eligible for service due to misuse, damage, or other failures caused other than by manufacturer defects or premature failure. Alohma reserves the right to deny any warranty service. Please check the warranty prior to shipping. You are responsible for shipping costs to Alohma, and you understand that you will forfeit your item if you do not wish to pay for return shipping once Alohma has received your item, and it has been deemed that it is not covered under warranty. We do not accept international warranties. Please contact SMOK for assistance if you are located outside of the US.
FDA Regulations & what it means to your vape
On May 4th, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, released its final regulations clarifying vapor products and vaping accessories as tobacco products. These regulations also states that any product introduced after February 15, 2007 will be subject to very strict regulations.
What to expect when you visit an Alohma store
Under the FDA regulations electronic cigarettes are now considered a tobacco product. Due to this change we can no longer allow free juice sampling. There is a .50 cent charge for a day pass that will allow you to sample as many juice as you would like or you can purchase your very own Alohmaverse member card for $5 that will you the ability to try juices 12 different times.
Although we have always had a strict policy of only selling to people 18 years of age or older, 21 and older in certain states, the rule has been taken a step further. No one under the age of purchase is allowed in the store with out a parent or legal guardian. Also, no minors are allowed to be in the testing area.
What about mail orders?
We still do mail orders only now we have streamlined it! To get a mail order please call (402)671-5758 Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call after hours and a member of our shipping team will call you back the next business day. However, due to state laws there are certain states we can no longer ship to or they will require different packaging or showing ID upon arrival. When you call us to place your order we will walk you through what the laws are for your state.
There are now certain states we cannot ship to California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas, Montana, Utah, and Washington DC. We cannot ship to these states because of the laws created by these states. If you live in one of these states email, write, or call your local representatives and ask them for help. Ask them to support H.R. 1136 to over turn the laws for your state.
How do the regulations effect the juice?
On July 26, 2016, the Children’s Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (CNPPA), Pub. L. 114-116, 130 Stat. 3 (Jan. 28, 2016), will become effective and will require manufacturers of nicotine-containing e-liquids to comply with the child-resistant packaging and testing requirements set forth in the Poison Packaging Prevention Act of 1970 (PPPA), Pub. L. 91-601, 84 Stat. 1,670 (Dec. 30, 1970).
This means all juice containers must be child safe, be certified as such, and have an FDA & CNPPA approved advisory statement about nicotine being an addictive substance. Although we are still able to get you all of the amazing juices you have come to expect from us, the bottles sizes have changed. Currently 30ml and 50ml bottles are available and we will honor the 120ml and 500ml pricing even if you do have to get a bit creative as to how many bottles you get :).
Although more regulations and rules are coming (different package and labeling) when it comes to juice there is a possibility of flavors outside of standard tobacco and menthol tobacco being banned from the market. Earlier this year FDA officials were looking at to ban all flavors beacause they saw that the flavors as a way of marketing to minors. The vape community stepped up to fight this ban and the motion has been set aside for now but, the FDA has said it will revisit this topic at a later time.
What happens next?
August 8th,2016-no new product can be introduced for sale unless a Pre-market Tobacco Application(PMTA) is processed & approved. The market will freeze. Although we can still get in things that are new to alohma, new devices, tanks, and juices being introduced on the the vaping scene will not be allowed unless they have a PMTA which is a long and expensive process.
3-24 months (after 8/8/2016)-based on information project by vape advocacy groups, some vendors will exit the market due to excessive fees & application time requirements. Even if manufactures can raise the money needed for the PMTA it does not guarantee approval. The FDA can still deny the product.
24+ months-it has been estimated that by 24 months after the FDA regulations begin 99% of vendors and shops will be closed because of failure to obtain PMTA.
How do we help?
HR 2058 can help
HR 2058 will change the predicate date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016. Although it will not stop the FDA from regulating future vaping products, it will prevent 99% of products currently on the market from getting banned. Call your local representatives, congressmen, and senators and write them explaining why vaping is so important to you and why they need to support HR 2028.n your next visit to alohma ask the team for more information and what else we can do to save the vape industry. We will help give you a good place to start and let you know what the next step is.
The Cole/Bishop Bill
The Cole Bishop Bill. also known as H.R. 1136, was introduced on February of 2017 and like HR 2058 it is looking to change the date on the FDA regulations. With the FDA’s approach of regulating every device and juice on the market pry to 2007. For more information about the new bill please click the link below.
A Billion Lives
A Billion Lives is a documentary about the 1 billion people that will be killed by traditional tobacco. The documentary has been screened in multiple countries and through out many cities in the US. A Billion Lives doesn’t just look at the tobacco industry it also looks at the governments role in the fight for vaping. A Billion Lives has reached the Top 5 on iTunes. To find out more about the documentary check out the link below!
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Replace all used batteries at the same time. Keep in original package until ready to use. Do not carry batteries loose in your pocket or purse. Do not remove or replace the battery wrap.
Never use or charge a battery that has been damaged. Once fully charged, remove battery from charger.
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USE OF VAPOR PRODUCTS
- Make sure you read and understand the manufacturer’s recommendations for use and care of your device. If your vape did not come with instructions or you have further questions, contact the manufacturer.
- Don’t remove or disable safety features—like fire button locks or vent holes—that are designed to prevent battery overheating and explosions.
- Only use batteries recommended for your device. Don’t mix different brands of batteries, use batteries with different charge levels, or use old and new batteries together.
- Charge your vape on a clean, flat surface, away from anything that can easily catch fire and someplace you can clearly see it—not a couch or pillow where it is more prone to overheat or get turned on accidentally.
- Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in your car on a freezing cold night.
- Never charge your vape device with a phone or tablet charger. Always use the charger that came with it.
- Don’t charge your vape device overnight or leave it charging unattended.
- Replace the batteries if they get damaged or wet.
If your vape device gets damaged and the batteries are not replaceable, contact the manufacturer.
I am Sam Salaymeh, the founder of Alohma LLC and a passionate vaper! Alohma is my venture into the world of electronic cigarettes.
In mid-2011 I started vaping when a friend introduced me to electronic cigarettes. These cool inventions had tremendous potential. So I invested in learning more about them and how they could make my life better. After countless hours reading, sampling, testing, mixing, breaking, etc. (you get the point), I realized that it’s quite a journey for a vaper to figure out what they like the best… Trying each of the many options felt like a waste of time and money, not to mention creating frustration! But I was determined to get to the bottom of it. Within a short while I became the guy that people would call before they made a decision on what to try or buy… Soon after the requests became, “hey could you just order that for me.”
So… I decided to start a small business that would custom tailor a vaping solution to each and every customer. I envisioned meeting with my customers to listen to what they like, dislike, goals, and lifestyle. I would then share my experience with the various vaping products and work with customers to compile the best combination to address their goals and fit their lifestyles… happy customers within an hour of conversation and customization.
I am in business now making customers happy every day. The process has been fantastic and the enthusiasm of my customers has been my fuel. I am building an inventory that will ensure that any item my customers want is always in stock at a great price.
October 7th 2012…
We are open for business at 723 N 120th St in Omaha!
April 1st 2012…
We are open for business at 725 N 120th St too!
We are 16 Plumers strong and still building, new locations in the works!
We are almost 40 Plumers strong with 3 locations in the Omaha/CB metro to serve our customers. Our affiliates and wholesale program are serving several other communities. We are looking forward to serving more of our communities and further expansion in 2014.
We are a family of over 60 Plumers that run 4 locations in the Omaha/CB metro to serve our community. Our wholesale and distribution program is reaching several states and is placing our products in more and more brick and mortar stores. Our local community helped us grow so we are now working on paying back with efforts and contributions to research, events, and the helping our neighbors.
Our first retail store outside of the Omaha/CB metro opened in Sioux City, IA!
We are proud of our team and are grateful to Omaha for voting us the Best of Omaha!
We are now running 6 locations, with one dedicated to wholesale, and are working on setting up more in Omaha and beyond.
We changed our name from Plumes to Alohma 🙂
Here’s the scoop… We have been blessed with growth beyond our wildest dreams in the short amount of time we have been open. We are now embarking on a new journey of expansion into several states and maybe internationally. With that in mind, we decided that we needed a name that is very uniquely ours and cannot be in any way confused with anything else.
So with these thoughts… we locked a bunch of vape geeks into a room, loaded them up on sugar, caffeine, gave them a few key elements to include in the name, then sat back and watched as their minds started working. What we wanted our name to reflect was:
We are a company born and raised in OMAHA. We are a bunch of GEEKS. We started as PLUMES. We love helping PEOPLE
It was a challenge combining all those things into one word that flows easily, it quickly became apparent that no such word existed so we had to make one up.
Here’s how we did it:
Take the letters of OMAHA and scatter them around while making sure that O, H, and M are next to each other, just because we are geeky like that. Then we took the iconic swirly L from Plumes and put it in the mix just to remind us of our origin. The creation of alohma, a name to honor everything that is Plumes. A happy coincidence it’s very similar in sound to the word “people” in other languages around the world. How can you go wrong with that!