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

May 30, 2016

“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. Sign up at www.vapementors.com.

 

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.

 

 

What you’ll hear today:

 

 

  • Arnaud Dumas de Rauly is our guest, and has been in the business since 2008
  • A Billion Lives represents the number of smokers in the world right now
  • The director, Aaron Biebert, is a movie director and cinematographer.Neither he nor anyone on his team are vapers. “Find out the truth” was their mission
  • Cigalikes in Europe are only 2% of the market; the rest are independent businesses
  • This movie is primarily focused on the non-vaper, the general public
  • The deeming regs were influenced by Big Tobacco, ie, closed tank/ e-cig manufacturers
  • This is a US based movie
  • The number of health complains about vaping is minor compared to other, more common products
  • The movie premiered in New Zealand and will be in the US this year
  • What to do: reach out to #abillionlives and use your social media prowess to get the word out
  • The producers are trying to preview the movie with political powers first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to assure you that the vape industry is far from dead. Yes, there will be failures and closures, but for anyone that has lived through adverse times, these situations create great opportunities as well.

 

And I can assure you, we will be here to education, motivate and entertain you.

 

Thanks again for listening. Do you have a topic you’d like to hear or do you have something to share? Someone you’d like us to speak with? Send us a note to norm@vapementors.com.

 

Would you like to get your product, service or message in front of our targeted vaping audience?

 

Vape Radio is the largest vape radio show in the world with more than 1.3 million downloads since 2014, and one of the TOP TEN business podcasts of 2015 on Podbean, beating out more than 130,000 other shows. For just $750 you get your company integrated within THREE shows and we’re looking for TWO more advertisers to fill our spots; how about you! Contact norm@vapementors.com.

 

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That’s it for show #78, so until next time, Vape On!

 

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

May 10, 2016

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.

 

Some other things to share:

 

 

  • I’ll be at VPX in Vegas May 20 if you plan to attend, I will be speaking along with other experts in their fields.
  • Coming up in June;VAPE U III: Vape Shop Master Summit. 4 days, 20 hours with some of the most amazing thought leaders in the vape space to educate and empower you. Sign up at vapementors.com.
  • What do YOU want to know? 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.  

Whatyou’ll hear today:

 

 

  • Phil’s law firm has four offices in key cities and most of their efforts are in the vaping field
  • He was involved with the founding of SFATA and was the former CEO and president
  • Vaping is a TECHNOLOGY product. Why can’t regulators get that? It is not a smoking product
  • Guidance documents explain more details about the new regulations
  • There are opportunities and upsides for entrepreneurs
  • The general media is not paying close attention, nor the general public. But that may change since no one wants to see freedom curtailed
  • We must continue to engage our legislators and political powers
  • The government will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue,which could help in the future
  • The game is not over, but is a progression
  • We will be offering a live Q&A with Phil on May 12
  • Litigation will be forthcoming to deal with these new laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talkingpoints & takeaways:

 

 

  • Critical time periods: if you want to bring a product “to market” do it by August 8, 2016. That is when the law “goes into effect.”
  • A new product is “on the market” if it is offered for sale.Be sure all warning labels are in place
  • No one from the FDA will be knocking on your door or shutting you down anytime soon. For the most part we have 24-36 months to see what develops
  • The FDA still is unsure how to implement or enforce these new rules
  • Kiosks and malls have more exposure than a traditional shop due to “kids” being proximate
  • Contact your state and federal congressional leaders and share your concerns
  • Use social media channels to reach out too!
  • Congress never intended for vapor products to be regulated under the Tobacco Control Act
  • Be prepared to comply with the regs and understand what they mean. Don’t follow rumors and gossip
  • Listen to VAPE Radio show #76, our interview with CASAA legislative coordinator, Alex Clark
  • Contact: 617-221-3737, philip.daman@damanLLP.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to assure you that the vape industry is far from dead. Yes, there will be failures and closures, but for anyone that has lived through adverse times, these situations create great opportunities as well.

 

And I can assure you, we will be here to education, motivate and entertain you.

 

And last, Happy Anniversary to Vape radio, two years old in April.

 

That wraps up VAPE radio show #77 and thanks again for listening. Do you have a topic you’d like to hear or do you have something to share? Someone you’d like us to speak with? Send us a note to norm@vapementors.com.

 

Before we leave I want to offer you all a great opportunity. Would you like to get your product, service or message in front of our targeted vaping audience?

Vape Radio is the largest vape radio show in the world with more than 1.3 million downloads since 2014, and one of the TOP TEN business podcasts of 2015 on Podbean, beating out more than 130,000 other shows. For just $750 you get you rcompany integrated within THREE shows and we’re looking for TWO more advertisers to fill our spots; how about you! Contact norm@vapementors.com.

 

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That’sit for show #77, so until next time, Vape On!

 

This show was sponsored by Perfect Vape. Are you a vape store,always looking for the latest mods on the market? Welcome to Perfect Vape,one of our supporters here on VAPE radio!

 

Visit them at PerfectVape.com, use coupon code VAPEradio and get a5% discount and let them prove they stand behind these claims.

Today’s show is sponsored by “Level 13 Liquids.” Are you a retail shop without your own house line? Do you already have your own liquids but lack consistency or confidence that they are offering you a product you can stand behind?

 

Level 13 Liquids can get your own line off the ground in just a few days! And can help with marketing, branding and expansion into a wholesale channel.

 

For information contact me here at Vape radio, at norm@vapementors.com

 

A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

 

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your device of choice,hit iTunes, and find “VAPE Radio.” You can download the free Apple Podcasts App and subscribe within. Every time I produce a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

 

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app(free) and search for “VAPE Radio.”  

 

For podcast lovers – If you already listen to podcasts and have a favorite directory that you are listening to right now, just hit the“subscribe” button and new shows will be added as we post them.

 

If you don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Just bookmark us!

 

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

May 8, 2016

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.

 

Here’s what else we covered:

 

 

  • The fiasco at London VapeJam with Dmitri Agrafiotis, AKA, the Vaping Greek and Phil Busardo getting dissed and not being permitted to speak on stage. More details in my June review in VAPE magazine.
  • Two recent events I attended: NATO & VSE
  • NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) is in their 15th and last year, they decided to call it quits and focus on advocacy, regulations and laws that impede the tobacco industry. Good for them to recognize that and we wish them well.
  • We was HACKED! Apologies for many of you that were unable to get into our VapeMentors site a few weeks ago. We were by my former business partner.
  • I’ll be writing for VAPE magazine about how the wrong business partner can ruin your business. What about you? Have you had any bad experiences with partners? If so I’d like to share your story as well so others can learn.
  • Salt Lake City hosted VSE, Vape Shop Events. It’s jokingly called “Speed Dating for vape professionals” but you get 20 minutes, one on one, buyers and sellers, behind closed doors. It’s a great format and will be reviewed in June’s VAPE magazine.
  • The latest on the Indiana War. Read the April issue of VAPE, as well as one pending in the June copy. At stake may be the entire vape industry in that state which could carry over into others.  
  • Coming up in June; VAPE U III: Vape Shop Master Summit. 4 days, 20 hours with some of the most amazing thought leaders in the vape space to educate and empower you. You can sign up soon.
  • What do YOU want to know? 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. 
  • We’ll also offer a webinar series on contract manufacturing, provided by some of the most prominent legal minds in the space. We’re still working on details, but that will be available in Q2 as well.
  • Is it worth creating your own juice or should you have a co-packer do it? I have my thoughts and reached my conclusions, but how about you??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy anniversary to Vape radio, as we celebrate two years, so let’s carry on with #76, and with our interview with Alex Clark.

 

What you’ll hear today:

 

 

  • What is CASAA and what do they do?
  • What states have been more aggressive with vaping laws? Listen and learn
  • Indiana laws could reduce the number of vape shops in the state from 400 to a single digit number
  • Arkansas laws also affect retail shops inventory options
  • Georgia proposed a law similar to Indiana, but it did not pass
  • Many states follow “clip & paste” techniques with proposed regulations to copy each other
  • What is “advocacy” and why should you care?
  • It could be as simple as a phone call or a “click here” e-mail
  • A “call to action” offers information on local issues
  • Politicians WANT to hear from their voters… well, they’re obligated anyway…
  • Subject change: the new deeming regulations
  • The regulations are 499 pages with some absurd points
  • They get published May 10 and they take “effect” 90 days later
  • New products should be “on the market” within that 90-day window to avoid more restrictions

Talking points & takeaways:

 

 

 

 

  • Indiana has created a “theme” or a precedence which may indicate the direction of other states.
  • Could they set a very bad “follow the leader” mentality?
  • Advocacy=survival. Period
  • Vape continues to be attacked from local, state and federal levels
  • Get involved; we have the numbers!
  • If you call your politicians, be polite, be concise
  • Is the sky falling? Well Alex has his view while I have mine…
  • The Regs may be “worse” than expected…And the FDA claims they are saving the children!
  • The FDA role out will be slow and take place over years. No one will be knocking on your door shutting you down
  • The “Is vaping tobacco?” question may go to the Supreme Court
  • There may be unexpected backlashes including Black Market growth and public outcry
  • Web site: www.CASAA.org, aclark@casaa.org, phone number is on CASAA web site
  • 42 million smokers may be locked out of the vaping option
  • Support house bill HR 2058 by calling or local and state politicians. This would change the predicate date: bit.ly/support2058 for information
 

 

Do you have a topic you’d like to hear or do you have something to share? Someone you’d like us to speak with? Send us a note to norm@vapementors.com.

 

Before we leave I want to offer you all a great opportunity. Would you like to get your product, service or message in front of our targeted vaping audience?

Vape Radio is the largest vape radio show in the world with more than 1.3 million downloads, and one of the TOP TEN business podcasts of 2015 on Podbean, beating out more than 130,000 other shows. For just $750 you get your company integrated within THREE shows and we’re looking for TWO more advertisers to fill our spots; how about you! Contact norm@vapementors.com.

That’s it for show #76, so until next time, Vape On!

This show was sponsored by Perfect Vape. Are you a vape store, always looking for the latest mods on the market? Welcome to Perfect Vape, one of our supporters here on VAPE radio!

 

Visit them at PerfectVape.com, use coupon code VAPEradio and get a 5% discount and let them prove they stand behind these claims.

Today’s show is sponsored by “Level 13 Liquids.” Are you a retail shop without your own house line? Do you already have your own liquids but lack consistency or confidence that they are offering you a product you can stand behind?

 

 

Level 13 Liquids can get your own line off the ground in just a few days! And can help with marketing, branding and expansion into a wholesale channel.

 

For information contact me here at Vape radio, at norm@vapementors.com

 

Would you like to get your product, service or message in front of our targeted vape audience? Vape Radio is the #1 vaping show in the world with more than 1.3 million downloads, and were one of the TOP TEN business podcasts of 2015 on Podbean and beat out more than 130,000 other shows. For just $750 you get your company integrated within THREE shows and we’re looking for TWO more advertisers to fill our spots; how about you! Contact norm@vapementors.com.  

 

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A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

 

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your device of choice, hit iTunes, and find “VAPE Radio.” You can download the free Apple Podcasts App and subscribe within. Every time I produce a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

 

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “VAPE Radio.”  

 

For podcast lovers – If you already listen to podcasts and have a favorite directory that you are listening to right now, just hit the “subscribe” button and new shows will be added as we post them.

 

If you don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Just bookmark us!

 

Review us!

 

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If you post a review we’ll send you a free digital copy of my book, Vapreneur!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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