Business briefing

The business briefing section offers news and updates from around the vapour industry. It focus mainly on companies and brands, global business, technology advancements and more. In addition, our news stories cover individual company updates, including everything from investment news and legal battles to sales revenue changes. It also covers technological and medical innovations taking place around the world.

Poland’s vape stores sanguine, but regulation and online loom

Written by Barnaby Page || 23rd June 2015 || Business briefing |

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Polish vape retailers believe the country’s e-cigarette market is growing thanks to higher awareness of the category, perception of e-cigs as a healthier alternative to tobacco, and the freedom to vape where smoking is prohibited. But how long...

U.S. vapers favour refillables, smoke, and often feel dumb

Written by Barnaby Page || 11th June 2015 || Business briefing |

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New data on the habits of vapers in the U.S. appears to back up the widely-held view that tank-type systems are attracting more consumer loyalty and providing a more satisfactory consumer experience than disposable...

At last, a domestic e-cig market for China’s manufacturers

Written by Barnaby Page || 6th May 2015 || Business briefing |

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The domestic Chinese market for e-cigarettes appears to finally be opening up, with a major manufacturer having started distribution of nicotine-containing cigalikes through convenience stores at the beginning of this year, and a number of others having plans...

Long-term study to examine health of vapers and dual users

Written by Freddie Dawson || 14th April 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The lack of long-term scientific studies into e-cigarettes is a common complaint. But the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (CTRI) is now starting to address that through a multi-year investigation of e-cigs’ health effects,...

FDA science committee divided on “reduced risk” of snus

Written by Barnaby Page || 13th April 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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A panel advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected attempts by Swedish Match to claim that snus is less harmful than cigarettes – yet some members did accept its assertions of reduced...

Surging sales revenue at ECIG, yet still a six-figure loss

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd April 2015 || Business briefing |

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Electronic Cigarettes International Group (ECIG), the U.S. company behind brands such as FIN, Vapestick, Victory and VIP, increased its sales nearly 15-fold during 2014 but still recorded a loss approaching...

If it’s Saturday, this must be Shenzhen (and an e-cig expo)

Written by Freddie Dawson || 19th March 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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While delegates to this week’s World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi presumably must decide which of the title’s categories e-cigarettes fall into, those who’ve missed it have another choice to make: just how many of...

Sunshine and showers: the top e-cigarette stories in review

Written by Freddie Dawson || 10th March 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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As the change of seasons edged closer over February and early March, headlines in the e-cigarette sector were a sometimes confusing mix of storm clouds and...

Pax hoping to set world alight with deluxe heat-not-burn tech

Written by Barnaby Page || 10th March 2015 || Business briefing |

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Pax Labs, the U.S. heat-not-burn manufacturer previously known as Ploom, today launches a new generation of its namesake device which it is positioning as “the most intelligent, premium and highest performing vaporizer in the...

E-cig makers look for weapons to fight back at counterfeiters

Written by Freddie Dawson || 24th February 2015 || Business briefing |

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As counterfeiting and cloning become growing problems for the e-cigarette industry, one German-Russian supplier has issued a cease-and-desist notice to manufacturers and vendors which it claims are marketing rip-off...

Californian labelling threats “are meant to create pressure”

Written by Barnaby Page || 17th February 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The Californian nonprofit threatening to sue e-cigarette companies over their product labelling says it hopes to pressure the entire industry into marketing e-cigs that are safer and carry mandatory...

Beleaguered Blu banks on new model, international markets

Written by Barnaby Page || 11th February 2015 || Business briefing |

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As U.S. tobacco firm Lorillard enters what seem likely to be its last months of independence, executives may be feeling a little relief that the Blu e-cigarette brand will soon be off their...

PMI plans further iQOS rollouts; Imperial launches French e-cig

Written by Barnaby Page || 6th February 2015 || Business briefing |

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Big Tobacco continues to push ahead with e-cigarettes and other mass-market reduced-risk products around the world: just in recent days, Philip Morris International (PMI), Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco have all outlined plans to develop their product...

Altria believes e-cig consumers are still seeking ideal brands

Written by Barnaby Page || 3rd February 2015 || Business briefing |

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Marlboro maker Altria, biggest of the U.S. Big Tobacco firms, plans further development of its e-cig products this year – and its CEO believes consumers have not yet settled on their favourite...