Pax Vaporizer Company Raises $46.7 Million In Series C Funding – Immortal News

Pax Labs, the company behind the popular line of portable vapes known as the Pax vaporizers, announced Wednesday the finalization of a Series C financing round in which the San Francisco-based vape tech company raised a total of $46.7 million towards product development and overseas expansion — all while the company makes a move on the e-cigarette market.
The company, which is known for its handheld portable vaporizer intended for loose-leaf blends, the original Pax vaporizer, is by no means new to the world of vaporization, nor e-cigarettes if you consider the company’s e-cigarette esque ModelTwo, which was released back when the company was operating under the Ploom brand. But where the ModelTwo failed to make its mark on the vape scene, the company’s Pax vaporizers have done well to help establish the company and its vapor products.
Vape companies transitioning from the e-cigarette industry into the vaporizer industry and vice versa is certainly nothing new, as companies such as major e-cig manufacturer VMR Products, the company behind the V2 Cigs brand of electronic cigarette products, have already started announcing updates to their established vaporizers.

Juul, the latest e-cigarette from Pax Labs, is touted by the company as “Smoking Evolved” on its website. Engadget’s Aaron Souppouris wrote that the company “claims it’s solved all my e-cigarette issues with its first attempt, the $50 Juul.” However, Aaron isn’t so quick to assume, instead he hopes that the new e-cig will help him complete his transition from smoking to vaporizing.
In regards to the success of the company’s recent round of financing, CEO James Monsees was quoted by TechCrunch as having said that the “real success of this financing round isn’t reflected solely in the financials,” as the company “brought on investors from finance, pharma, entertainment and Silicon Valley so that, as we start tackling expansion and new product lines, we have all the expertise we need right at our fingertips.”

The real success of this financing round isn’t reflected solely in the financials (…) We brought on investors from finance, pharma, entertainment and Silicon Valley so that, as we start tackling expansion and new product lines, we have all the expertise we need right at our fingertips. (…) The breadth of opportunities in front of us is massive (…) …Read More

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E-cigarettes a boon for smokers but raise alarms – Washington Times

“There is no more pressing public health issue than cigarettes, and nicotine is by far the world’s most widely abused drug,” Proctor said. “Cigarettes in the U.S. alone kill nearly half a million people per year, and users generally find out too late how difficult it is to quit, not realizing that nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.”

Smoker and e-cig user Lee St. John began selling e-cigs at Hydra Stix for the same reason – to help the world quit smoking, he said.

“I hope that we eventually go out of business,” St. John said. “I don’t want anybody to be addicted to nicotine.”

In less than two months, St. John cut his 15-year-long nicotine addiction down from 3.6 to 1.1 mg per cigarette. Even though he and Proctor agree on the evils of nicotine, St. John is hopeful that the government does not try to over-regulate sales of e-cigs, since they are so beneficial to smokers who are trying to quit.

According to Forbes, e-cig sales have increased from $20 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013. Last year, cigarette companies lost 1 percent of their sales, Bailey said with pride.

“I want tobacco companies to fall and burn like Chernobyl,” St. John said. “I’m a hippie. I want all humans to be happy. I don’t want to see anyone addicted to nicotine.”

Still, the 1.78 million minors who are trying e-cigs are a huge concern for researchers.

“The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling,” said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, in a September 2013 press release. “Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes.”

With the exception of his grandmother, Bailey said, everyone in his family has smoked around him. In the house, in the car, in his own room.

Bailey’s story illustrates the dangers of exposing children to any drug.

“I’m only 19, and my body has the shakes that someone who has been smoking American Spirits for 10 years would have,” Bailey said. “That’s what it’s like. And it sucks.”

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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Vaporizer Review: Tundra Portable Vaporizer by Wulf Mods – SFGate (blog)

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm by Oscar Pascual in Products, Reviews

The portable Tundra Vaporizer by Wulf Mods offers an impressive set of features at a relatively affordable price.

A sturdier, classier take on the traditional vape pen design, the Tundra features simple one-hand operation that generates dense vapor after a few seconds to warm up. Available in either red or black with a fierce Wulf Mods logo, the Tundra will also have you vaping in style.

The Tundra can vaporize both dry flowers as well as oils and concentrates without having to switch out a chamber. Each Tundra comes with a wired cleaning brush, making it easy to switch between the two. It also features three adjustable heat settings, making sure you get the perfect vapor without fear of overheating. An elongated filling chamber ensures multiple draws before having to refill, while a Micro-USB cord provides an easy way to recharge anywhere you go.

Available at a reasonable price point of $129.99 at retail, Wulf Mods’ Tundra is a strong contender among its portable peers. It provides a high-end set of features without the high-end price, and is clearly a cut above more affordable vape pens such as Cloud or Sutra.

The Tundra by Wulf Mods is available now throughout many smoke shops and online retailers.

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Birmingham bans use, sale of e-cigarettes to minors – The Oakland Press

Section 74-422 of the Birmingham Code of Ordinance states: “A person under 18 years of age shall not possess or smoke cigarettes or cigars; or possess or chew, suck or inhale chewing tobacco or tobacco snuff; or possess or use tobacco in any other form, on a public highway, street, alley, park or other lands used for public purposes, in a public place of business or amusement or on school property.”

The Birmingham City Commission unanimously voted to ban the sale to and use of electronic cigarettes by minors earlier this week — becoming one of the first communities in Oakland County, if not the first, to do so.

“We’re not sure if we are the first, second or third community to do this (ban),” said Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan. “It is not like a major problem or anything.”

Mayor Scott Moore agreed and said the city just wanted to get ahead of the issue of electronic cigarettes, devices that heat liquid nicotine to be vaporized and inhaled.

“It would be unsettling for a lot of people with kids — (there could be) 10-year-olds walking around with e-cigarettes in their hand,” he said. “This community is being responsive of the concern of law enforcement.”

Kiernan pointed out the original city ordinance already prohibits the use and sale of nicotine to minors.

The city commission voted to add wording, “to prohibit possession/use of electronic cigarettes by minors” to the code.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a huge issue or problem, I think it’s just a preemptive step to prevent minors from getting addicted to nicotine,” Kiernan said. “It should be addressed early.”

With all city ordinances, Kiernan said violators 17 and older could face a fine of $100, or up to 90 days in jail for selling to minors, or using if they are only 17. For violators 16 and younger, the case would be sent to juvenile court to determine a punishment.

Moore said: “Even if the state comes in with their own law, if a Birmingham cop takes a kid (smoking an e-cigarette) over to the side, they’re going to be charged under a city ordinance — not the state law.”

It appears Birmingham will not be the last Oakland County community to add this type of language to its city ordinances.

Waterford Township Supervisor Gary Wall said: “We are working on an ordinance review and revisions. This issue is included in those revisions. The board plans to adopt the new full ordinance revision at the July 28 board meeting.”

Just this month, Gov. Rick Snyder hinted he may veto legislation to stop minors from buying electronic cigarettes because he does not think it would go far enough and regulate the vaporizers like traditional tobacco products, The Associated Press reported.

Senator Rick Jones, who sponsored the bill, said: “Right now, a gas station store can legally sell them to anyone — a 10-year-old can go in and legally buy them.”

Jones explained that the e-cigarettes come in flavors, such as strawberry and root beer, which appeals to certain audiences.

“It’s attracting kids and we don’t want kids getting addicted to nicotine,” he said. “Hopefully (Snyder) will sign it into law.”

The legislation would also fine gas stations, or stores, who sell these products to minors — just as if it were any other type of tobacco.

Other states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky and Oklahoma, have passed laws making it illegal for minors to purchase, or be in possession of e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration proposed regulations in April, including a ban on minors buying them. The agency is still accepting input on the issue.

Tom Scott, spokesman for the Michigan Retailers Association, said: “We believe it’s important that (Snyder) goes ahead and signs it … so minors are protected during this period that we are waiting for the federal government.”

Scott said the organization does not believe Michigan should wait for the federal government to make decisions.

“We think that’s short-sided,” he said. “Minors should be prohibited from purchasing these cigarettes right away.”

National sales of e-cigarettes are estimated to have reached nearly $2 billion in 2013, according to AP.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told The Oakland Press in May there’s also an increase in people using e-cigarettes to smoke other substances, such as hash (marijuana).

“(Narcotics officers) are seeing more of it in raids and on tables (during raids),” Bouchard previously said. “You could walk through a mall smoking one (with hash oil) and no one would know.”

Officials in other Oakland County cities, including Rochester Hills, Pontiac, White Lake and Troy, said they have not added language about e-cigarettes to their city ordinances.

“We do not have anything independent of the state law at this time, but certainly we’re aware of the issue and we’ll be ready to act if necessary,” said Troy City Attorney Lori Bluhm. “Everybody’s closely monitoring it and we’re watching it.”

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ROSS: Tony Gwynn and the case for e-cigarettes – Washington Times

The premature death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has brought the issue of chewing tobacco use by Major League Baseball players — and its cancer-causing potential — into stark relief. As terribly tragic as his passing remains, it’s awakened today’s players to tobacco’s sobering health consequences while offering them an alternative that could significantly drive down the odds of their addictions becoming deadly.

What’s that alternative? Substituting low-risk e-cigarettes for the addictive but toxic tobacco.

The primary reason for switching is that anytime one can substitute a habit that offers significant harm reduction for one proven to be clearly dangerous, that’s a trade worth making.

It is estimated one of every four big leaguers suffer from addiction to chewing tobacco, while hundreds more have used it intermittently. While the risk of oral cancer (among other serious ailments) from “chaw” is far less than it is from smoking, the risk from e-cigarettes is likely to be zero. An added plus would be encouraging the many cigarette smokers in the big leagues to also make that lifesaving substitution. Cigarettes are known to kill one-half of smokers prematurely, and the Food and Drug Administration-approved methods to help smokers quit fail more than nine times out of 10.

Let me be clear. My organization, the American Council on Science and Health, strongly discourages anyone from taking up tobacco or nicotine in any form — period. However, there are 43 million smokers in America, and millions of oral tobacco users as well, many of whom are addicted. Legions of major-league baseball’s 750 players indulge in tobacco, and many of them are publicly conceding right now, clearly rattled by Gwynn’s death at the frighteningly early age of 54, that they are addicted and need to break the habit.

When the news of Gwynn’s passing hit major league clubhouses last week, it was met with fear: “Could it happen to me?” was on many minds. Certainly, true baseball fans would hate to witness a fate for them anything like the one that claimed “Mr. Padre,” the San Diego icon who was revered by players and fans alike.

E-cigarettes supply nicotine addicts — smokers and chewers — with a satisfying dose of their craved drug, but without the toxic chemicals. There is rapidly accumulating evidence that e-cigarettes are both safe and effective in helping smokers and chewers quit, and the vapor emitted contains nothing likely to harm innocent bystanders.

Despite the widespread assumption that Gwynn’s fatal cancer was the result of his chronic, prodigious chewing habit, the causality cannot be scientifically verified. (Nor could the 2012 death of the Beastie Boys’ musician Adam Yauch at age 47 to the same cancer. A Buddhist vegan, Yauch did not use tobacco). Even Gwynn himself attributed his disease to tobacco use — a common drive among cancer patients to find something to explain the inexplicable. Most often, cancer is a bolt from the blue, without specific cause — except when it comes to tobacco, since so many cancers (among other diseases) are, in fact, caused by tobacco use.

However, the overwhelming majority of “tobacco-caused” cancers are attributable to smoking cigarettes. Modern, refined smokeless tobacco products such as snus (which is neither chewed nor spit) have been shown not to cause oral cancer, but less-refined chewing tobacco has some increased risk. It should be noted that the medical literature categorically fails to support any link between cancer of the parotid salivary gland — the cause of Gwynn’s passing — and tobacco of any type, including “spit” or “chaw.”

E-cigarettes would reduce the risk of cancer and premature disability for all of baseball’s tobacco users. There’s another benefit: ridding the sport of the pervasive, disgusting spitting would enhance the enjoyment of the national pastime for everyone, especially women and girls who are particularly put off by the habit.

Everything possible should be done to assist major leaguers in combating the physical and emotional toll of nicotine addiction, especially when the drug is obtained from toxic tobacco. If that means calling upon e-cigarettes — a promising newcomer to the nicotine-delivery game — to make an appearance with it all on the line, that’s a safe opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

Gilbert Ross, a physician, is medical and executive director of the American Council on Science and Health.

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