Vaping industry says federal government’s move to regulate e-cigarettes long overdue

As the Liberal government announced on Tuesday that it plans to introduce legislation later this fall to regulate vaping, some within the industry are applauding the move.

Beju Lakhani, former president of the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) and current CEO of Vape Brands International, a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of vaping products, said federal regulations are long overdue.

“The CVA, and myself as a business owner, I think we’re quite pleased to see the federal government moving to regulate the industry,” Lakhani said, adding that industry stakeholders like himself have been advocating for such a move.

“In the [Health Canada] statement I think some of the things that we especially appreciate are the call for a balanced approach, balancing both the need to protect youth … while at the same time also acknowledging the need to have relatively easy accessibility for adult smokers who are looking to use the product as a less harmful alternative to tobacco.”

Lakhani said the vaping industry has lacked federal oversight, and instead has been dealing with “a patchwork of provincial regulations” that have been problematic.

“In Quebec, we had almost a complete shutdown of the industry by the provincial government when they erroneously chose to lump vaping products in with tobacco without any distinction at all,” he said.

Lakhani said the industry has been self-regulating, which includes a ban on selling products to individuals under the age of 19. He also noted that the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association of Canada introduced measures in 2011 — such as testing of e-liquids for various contaminants, child safety caps and proper labelling on bottles to inform people of the dangers that may be present — that have been adopted industry-wide.

“Ìt made sure consumers knew if they were dealing with a company that was abiding by these guidelines, they were dealing with a responsible company,” said Lakhani. “And it also gave the government, we hope, a bit of a template in which they can follow should they choose to.”

Avoiding mistakes

Shai Bekman, owner and president of DashVapes, a Canadian retailer and distributor of vape products with locations in Toronto, hopes Ottawa will adopt some of the ECTA’s regulations.

“We hope that our government does not make the same mistakes that the FDA in the States did,” said Bekman, who is a member of the CVA. “We hope the regulations they do introduce allow the industry to grow and for smokers to have access to an alternative.”

Bekman said the FDA places restrictions on the vaping industry that deter consumers from patronizing shops.

“When a customer [in the U.S.] comes in and they want to sample a flavour, they have to pay a fee to do that and that fee is determined by the FDA,” he said. “It actually discourages people from trying to come in and vape because they’re like, ‘What if I don’t like it? Then I’m losing money.'”

Lakhani noted that a similar move was proposed in Ontario under Bill 45, but the bill has been pushed back. He hopes that if or when the bill is reintroduced, the government has also reconsidered a stipulation that would have banned vaping in all public spaces, which would have included vapour stores.

“Our view is that vaping in vapour stores is quite sensible to doing what the federal government would like to do, which is allowing adult smokers to access these products and make decisions that can allow them to use products that are less harmful,” he said.​

‘Safe for people to consume’

The industry would like to see the federal guidelines include consumer protections, such as manufacturing requirements so all products meet a specific safety standard.

“We want to make sure the products that are being produced in Canada meet certain requirements and are safe for people to consume,” Lakhani said.

He also supports restricting access to minors.

“We know that as an alternative to tobacco, there are very real benefits that exist,” he said. “In order to make sure that those benefits are being highlighted and some of the negatives are mitigated, these type of adult-only type restrictions and manufacturing standards make a lot of sense.”


Study confirms Ecigs flavouring decreases smoking rates

A study carried out in Connecticut shows that flavourings, especially menthol, are factors that may affect smoking behaviour and help smokers switch to vaping.

Flavours, from the experience of many vapers and former smokers, are what made the difference when switching to vaping. The wide diversity of fragrances (about 8,000 according to recent projections) is part of the success of the e-cigarette, pretend vaping advocates. But this opinion is nearly ignored by those who regulate this sector.

However, from a legislative point of view, there is not better way than a scientific publication to support such argument. And this is what Mark Litt, Valerie Duffy and Cheryl Oncken probably thought when they conceived their study to examine the influence of flavouring on the smoking and vaping behaviour of smokers asked to adopt e-cigarettes.

The study conducted by the researchers at the University of Connecticut shows that e-cigarette flavourings can moderate vaping. The same experiment also shows that e-cigarette plays an important role in decreasing smoking rates.

Currently, e-cigarette flavourings are being scrutinized since many regulators believe they catch up the youngest and drag them to nicotine addiction with e-cigarettes then with smoking tobacco. A wide variety of flavours as large as 8,000 are available for purchase on websites and in vape shops. Hence, flavourings are first considered as a selling argument for ENDS. Besides controversial toxicity, this study demonstrates that flavourings also have a role to play in smoking cessation.

f1The smokers participating in the study were offered to vape 18 mg/mL nicotine base only, tobacco, menthol, cherry and chocolate flavourings with an Ego e-cigarette. Two different phases occurred; the first one was designed for participant to test the flavors and select their preferred one.

The second phase addressed smokers’ behavioural responses at home.The participants were then asked to self monitor their cigarette use daily for 1 week and to substitute e-cigarettes in place of their regular cigarettes for a period of 6 weeks.

The authors defined a e-cigarette episode as about 15 consecutive puffs or a period lasting about 10 min. Regular measurements of carbon monoxyde (CO), a toxicant gas linked to the inhalation were also carried out on individuals.


The effects of specific flavours on cigarette use and e-cigarette use were intriguing: Vaping vs smoking patterns significantly evolved during the 6 weeks of survey. A decrease of smoking was concomitant with an increase of vaping and a reduction of the CO level.

The greater reduction in smoking was associated to vaping menthol while the greater success of vaping was found with the tobacco flavor. When investigated, flavor preference reveals a shared success of menthol (32%), cherry (30%) and tobacco (24%). Only few people love vaping base, chocolate flavor did not receive a lot of interest as well.

The authors notice that:

  • E-cigarette flavours assigned did help determine the degree to which smokers adopted e-cigarettes;
  • Menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes were the most successful at suppressing cigarette use;
  • Smokers assigned the menthol e-cigarette tended to reduce their use of both tobacco products;
  • Chocolate flavour tended to be the least popular e-cigarette assigned and yielded the lowest drop in cigarette use.

Menthol, a flavor of controversy

Menthol tends to inhibit metabolism of nicotine, which may help explain why those who smoke menthol cigarettes tend to smoke fewer cigarettes per day. Menthol was also more recently reported to directly attenuates the activation of the nicotinic-acetylcholine system by nicotine and contribute to an overall decrease of nicotine uptake.

It happens, during such trials, that smokers abandon smoking if favor of the e-cigarette. Only one participant has cut with smoking over the 88 people involved in the study. By assigning more flavors per participant, by offering higher nicotine strength and by selecting random smokers instead of smokers who do not plan to quit smoking, the authors believe they could have led more participants to complete cessation, which was not the initial aim of the study. They recall that this is the first study to examine the role of flavours per se on smoking and vaping patterns of smokers adopting e-cigarettes.

The implications of this study are multiple. Many countries are about to ban flavoured e-liquids and especially menthol whose use in combustible cigarette is also compromised on the short term. With the comprehensible message that flavors play a crucial role in decreasing smoking, this study will hopefully contribute to develop the current scientific effort in order to make the use of flavourings safer in e-cigarettes.



The looming threat of a total e-cigarette ban in Hong Kong has prompted Julian Morris, the Vice President of US based think tank, Reason Foundation, to petition the Hong Kong government to allow vaping so that lives can be saved.

In early September this year, he presented a new research paper, The Vapour Revolution: How bottom-up innovation is saving lives, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. Co-written by Dr Amir Ullah Khan, the paper suggests that the Hong Kong government may be putting the lives of Hong Kong’s more than 600,000 smokers at risk by denying them a less harmful option to quit smoking.

Hong Kong is planning a e-cigarette ban despite new studies from the UK showing that they are 95% less harmful than tobacco. This ban was prompted by a study commissioned by the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health and conducted by Baptist University. The study shockingly claims that “electronic cigarettes were found to contain one million times more cancer-causing substances than outdoor air”. This is a claim that’s even more astounding considering Hong Kong’s reputation for poor air quality that far exceeds WHO safe levels.

The Reason Foundation believe that vaping could eliminate smoking in Hong Kong within the next 30 years. The document cites previous research showing that, when legally available, vaping displaces smoking and does not promote it.

Morris believes that such a switch “could save 8 of 10 billion life-years currently at risk from smoking”. As he said, “vaping is far, far safer than smoking — and has the potential to replace it, if consumers are given the choice.”

And since smoke is a defining characteristic of a cigarette and vape products emit no smoke, Morris says the term “e-cigarette” is misleading and avoids it. He says that vape products, including those that contain nicotine, “should be classified as consumer products.” Rather than banned, such devices should, “be easily accessible and seen as an alternative to cigarettes.”

Morris also provided examples from countries such as the US, France and UK, where vape products can be easily bought in convenience and drug stores. He added that “governments should avoid imposing specific taxes on vape products. Since they are far safer than cigarettes, there is no good reason to impose taxes that might discourage people from switching.”

He stated that in countries where vape products have been regulated as consumer products there has been rapid innovation and as a result, “The quality of the devices and liquids have been improving and their cost falling. This has contributed to a significant increase in use of vape products. At the same time, there is very robust evidence that the vast majority of people who regularly use vape devices are reducing or quitting smoking.”

Mr Morris concluded, “Hong Kong currently prohibits the sale of nicotine-containing vape products. But it permits far deadlier cigarettes. That makes no sense. If people are allowed to vape with nicotine — a substance that is not classified as a carcinogen as is not a significant cause of heart disease — many will switch from a product that is likely to cut their life expectancy by 10 years to a product that might, at most, cut it by a few months. As a result, the lives of hundreds of thousands of HK residents will be extended and improved.”


Innokin at Vapevent – Paris, A Billion Lives and More!

The Innokin team was in France and very proud to be a part Vapevent Paris and the official sponsor of the stellar ‘A Billion Lives’ ( After Party.

Innokin at Vapevent - Paris

Innokin at Vapevent - Paris

As we celebrate our fifth year of amazing success we continue to support Vape Advocacy around the world and are proud supporters of the VTA, the AVA and CASAA. In France the work of amazing groups like FIVAPE (, Sovape and other French advocates protect and ensure the future of vaping and the Innokin France Team is proud to be joining FIVAPE and the fight for vape advocacy and awareness in France and beyond.

The most powerful tools that we have are Advovacy & Education. By sharing the truth about this amazing new technologies and the success of the huge community of vapers around the world we will change the hearts and minds of the leadership who are making the decisions about the health of so many and help the billions of people who continue to smoke tobacco cigarettes.

Innokin continues to work closely with laboratory on the development of testing and our top products which have been designed and prepared to be TPD ready. We have been testing tank aerosol emissions and studying the results so that we continue to improve the scientific testing methods and our products maximize the potential harm reduction. By testing our Innokin hardware and eliquid we are ready for regulations and can ensure that we are providing the best to vapers all over the world.

A big heartfelt Thank you! to Aaron Beibert and his team for putting together a powerful and entertaining movie that will make a big impact in the lives of many. Vaping has already changed the lives of millions all over the world and we hope that vaping is going to help a billion more.

Innokin at Vapevent - Paris

Innokin at Vapevent - Paris

Innokin at Vapevent - Paris

Two New Studies Discredit The CDC’s Dire Warnings About E-Cigarettes And Teenagers

Three years ago, Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that “many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes.” That fear is one of the main justifications for the CDC’shostility toward vaping and the Food and Drug Administration’s onerous new e-cigarette regulations, which are expected to cripple the industry. Yet there is no evidence that Frieden’s claim is true and considerable evidence that it’s not, especially since smoking rates among teenagers have fallen to record lows even as more and more of them experiment with vaping. Two new studies cast further doubt on the idea that e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to the real thing.

Frieden and other e-cigarette alarmists make much of the fact that the percentage of teenagers who report vaping has risen dramatically in recent years. They like to focus on the percentage of teenagers who have ever tried e-cigarettes and the percentage who have used them in the last month, without asking how many are experimenters or occasional users and how many are daily vapers—the sort who might get hooked on nicotine and eventually progress to conventional cigarettes. It turns out there’s a good reason for the CDC’s lack of curiosity on this point: Survey data show that few teenagers who have never smoked use e-cigarettes and that even fewer do so on a regular basis.

“Many fear that e-cigarette use by non-smoking students will lead many to nicotine addiction and subsequent cigarette smoking,” notes University of Michigan health economist Kenneth Warner in an American Journal of Preventive Medicine article published last month. But based on data from the Monitoring the Future Study (MTF), which surveys students in the eighth, 10th, and 12th grades, Warner finds that “non-smoking high school students are highly unlikely to use e-cigarettes” and even less likely to use them regularly. Among the 12th-graders who had never tried conventional cigarettes, 94% had not used an e-cigarette in the previous month. Among the never-smokers who reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month, 60% used them on only one or two days. Less than 1% of never-smokers had vaped on 20 or more days in the previous month.

The MTF numbers, which are similar to the findings of British surveys, suggest it is quite unlikely that “many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes,” because nonsmokers rarely use e-cigarettes often enough to develop a nicotine habit. Another point Warner emphasizes makes Frieden’s claim even less plausible: “A large proportion of students use e-cigarettes containing no nicotine.” Warner cites a 2014 study that found most never-smoking Connecticut teenagers who vaped used nicotine-free e-liquid.

The significance of that point is underlined by another recently published analysis of MTF data. Richard Miech and three of his colleagues at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (which conducts the survey) report in the journalTobacco Control that nearly two-thirds of teenagers who have tried vaping consumed “just flavoring” the last time they did it. “Nicotine use came in a distant second,” Miech et al. write, “at about 20% in 12th and 10th grade and 13% in 8th grade.” The other options were marijuana and “don’t know.”

The MTF data indicate that the more frequently teenagers vape, the more likely they are to vape nicotine. Among high school seniors, 47% of those who had vaped six or more times in the previous month reported consuming nicotine, compared to 23% of those who had vaped one to five times in the previous month. But “in no case did the prevalence of nicotine vaping reach 50% or greater.” In other words, “the majority of US youth who use vaporisers and e-cigarettes do not vape nicotine,” a fact that “challenges many common assumptions and practices.”


E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit, Review Finds

Electronic cigarettes might help smokers kick the habit, with few side-effects, an independent review finds.

The Cochrane Review team found irritation of the throat and mouth are the most common side-effect of electronic cigarette use, also known as vaping — but most studies have only followed users for about two years.

Image: e-cigarettes

“We are encouraged to find many studies are now under way, particularly as electronic cigarettes are an evolving technology,” said Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, one member of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group.

“In terms of quitting, these can’t provide the same information we get from randomized controlled trials, but they contribute further information on the side-effects of using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. None detected any serious side-effects, but longer term data are needed.”

The Cochrane Review is an independent, non-profit collaboration of researchers from more than 130 countries who work to produce “credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.”

A separate team found that, at least in England, many people who tried vaping were able to quit smoking successfully.

“We would expect up to two-thirds of these individuals to relapse at some point in the future, so we would estimate that e-cigarettes may have contributed about 18,000 additional long-term ex-smokers in 2015,” the team at University College London wrote in the British Medical Journal.

That can add up. “A 40-year-old smoker who quits permanently can expect to gain nine life years compared with a continuing smoker,” they wrote.

There’s not much debate on whether e-cigarettes are a better alternative for smokers than traditional tobacco. Most of the disagreement over e-cigarettes centers on whether they’re better than other aids for quitting smoking, such as nicotine patches.

“In my view, smokers struggling to stop should try all possible methods, including electronic cigarettes, to help them to do so,” said Ann McNeill, professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London.

And in the U.S., there’s disagreement on how strictly the Food and Drug Administration should regulate e-cigarettes.

E-cigarette makers argue that their products are far less harmful than cigarettes are and say they provide an alternative that not only keeps people from using traditional tobacco products, but may even help them quit smoking.

The FDA wants to be able to evaluate and regulate these claims. The agency worries that e-cigarettes are not completely safe and that they might get people — especially children — addicted to nicotine

E-cigarettes contain nicotine and compounds such as propylene glycol, as well as water, to make a flavored mist that looks like smoke and that users can inhale like they would a cigarette.

Vaping has taken off in a big way in the U.S., with sales hitting an estimated $3.5 billion. An e-cigarette product ranges from $10 to $120, depending on how many charges it provides.


SEVIA Held FDA Deeming Regulations Conference in Shenzhen

SEVIA Held FDA Deeming Regulations Conference in Shenzhen

On September 3rd, SEVIA (Shenzhen Electronic Vaporizer Industry Association) held a conference in Shenzhen, the heart of electronic cigarette industry, to discuss the FDA deeming regulations and the latest status of the lawsuit that SEVIA USA financially supported. Innokin, as the founder of SEVIA and SEVIA USA, was proactively engaged in organizing and participating in this historic event.

SeviaUSA conference

Dimitris Agrafiotis, the Chairman of SEVIA USA and an activist in the electronic cigarette industry, explained SEVIA USA’s accomplishment so far and the challenges that lay ahead. Dimitris has very kindly provided the PowerPoint presentation that was given at the meeting for your review.

SeviaUSA conference

The presentation covers important topics including SEVIA financing, VTA/AVA/CASAA, guidance to manufacturers/distributors/shop owners, information about the second lawsuit filed and much more. The presentation can be downloaded here:

Azim Chowdhury, partner of Keller and Heckman LLP at Washington office and expert of FDA regulations, explained the latest interpretation of the FDA deeming regulations from legal point of view. As a manufacture, Innokin is preparing to comply with the following requirements:

  • December 31. 2016 (working with US partners): Establishment Registration & Product Listing
  • February 8. 2017: Ingredient Reporting*
  • February 8. 2017: Health Document Submission*

*6 month later for small-scale tobacco product manufacturers

Mr. Chowdhury reviewed lawsuits against FDA in the past, which shaped the e-cig industry, and how the e-cig industry came under the control of the FDA. From a legal point of view he explained where FDA is violating laws with their deeming regulations and Azim also brought us up to date with the latest status of the lawsuit that SEVIA USA has financially supported.

Dan, a representative of the vape shops in the US, gave a moving speech about the serious situation facing businesses in the United States and how all of us must work together in order for vaping to survive.

SeviaUSA conference

Innokin is proud to be a founding company and leader in electronic cigarette technology research and development and the promotion of vaping advocacy and awareness. In these critical times we will continue to fully support SEVIA USA, the VTA, CASAA and other organizations and individuals who have taken up the fight against unlawful and harmful electronic cigarette regulations in the United States of America.


A study titled “A rapid method for the chromatographic analysis of volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath of tobacco cigarette and electronic cigarette smokers” was performed by The Spanish Council of Scientific Research and published on Monday September 7th, 2015 in the Journal of Chromatography A.

Levels of several volatile organic compounds (VOC) were measured in indoor air, normal exhaled breath, smoke of tobacco cigarettes, exhaled breath of smokers after taking cigarette puffs, e-cigarette aerosol and exhaled breath of vapers after taking e-cigarette puffs.



The results of the study shown in the chart below (nd = not detected) indicate that e-cigarette aerosol alone contains less volatile organic compounds (VOC) than normal exhaled breath as well as normal indoor air.

Second hand vapor, or “Exhaled Breath” as referred to in the study, show that the volatile organic compounds are equal to or less than normal exhaled breath.

The amount of VOC’s in second hand vapor is so low that Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos ,cardiologist and avid e-cigarette and vaping researcher, was quoted as saying “I calculated 17 and 25 VOCs in the 2 e-cigarettes tested, 36 VOCs in indoor air and 42 in normal (non-smoking, non-vaping) exhaled breath. Tobacco cigarette smoke contained 86 VOCs, and exhaled breath after smoking similarly contained a large number of VOCs. As I said, not all VOCs are toxic but, interestingly, there were cases of toxic compounds present in the exhaled breath but not in the e-cigarette aerosol. For example, isoprene, which is listed as a carcinogenic compound in California Proposition 65 (I hope the CEH is reading this comment), is present ONLY in exhaled breath (even in normal exhaled breath), but not in e-cigarette aerosol.”

Will this be the study that finally makes lawmakers and politicians’ realize that second hand vapor is not harmful?