Dear ABC News Fixer: Burning Over E-Cigarette Problem

Cigarette maker Lorillard 2Q profit up 10 pct

(A heads-up: The 14 days includes the time it takes to deliver the starter kit.) The BBB says that in November, the company offered to post the terms more clearly on its order page to try to eliminate consumer complaints. We checked, and the info is there. Moshe Berman, a manager at No Flame E-Cigarette, told the ABC News Fixer that the company has worked to address each complaint by offering free products or refunds when warranted. “We do our 100 percent best,” he said. The ABC News Fixer has seen similar set-ups with other “free trials” online, for everything from diet pills to shampoo. Our advice: Be wary, and read every word of fine print.
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Electronic Cigarettes — Let’s Think Before We Inhale

While the e-cig market is still nascent, independent stores are moving to make huge profits before the tobacco industry bigwigs can move in and eat up all the market share. One of the biggest players here in South Florida, Vapor Shark , which was founded in 2010 and opened its first brick-and-mortar store in 2012, was the subject of our February story. See also: – — Ex-Smokers Organize to Keep E-Cigarettes on the Market Now Vapor Shark’s parent company, the Hand Media, is suing a competitor, Vapor Hog , claiming deceptive and unfair trade practices and unfair competition. In a complaint in federal court, Vapor Shark claims that “Vapor Hog has siphoned, and continues to siphon, customers away from Vapor Shark by utilizing strikingly similar marks and a trade name that… infringes upon and dilutes the value of the VS marks and damages Vapor Shark.” It points out that the “hog” in Vapor Hog “refers to a Hog-Snapper fish, not… a pig, boar, or other variety of swine” and alleges that the logos, color schemes, and store layouts are all copycatted.
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As is the case with conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, an addictive drug. Beyond their addictive quality, the health consequences v2 cigs coupon code 30 of e-cigarettes are largely unknown. Before we jump on the bandwagon of promotion, let’s consider the facts: Fact: Addiction is a complex brain disease involving a wide range of addictive drugs including nicotine with enormous costs to individuals and society. Addiction in all of its forms accounts for one-third of all hospital inpatient costs and drives more than 70 other diseases requiring medical attention. Fact: 95 percent of cases of addiction involving nicotine originate with substance use before age 21; the younger the age of initiation, the greater the likelihood of addiction. Fact: A growing body of evidence suggests that early use of nicotine increases the risk of addiction involving not only nicotine but also other drugs.
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Electronic Cigarette War: Vapor Shark Sues Vapor Hog

Some e-cigarettes are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows like the real thing. Devotees tout them as a way to break addiction to real cigarettes. They insist the devices address both the nicotine addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes. Greater marketing and distribution helped Blu Ecigs contribute $57 million to Lorillard’s sales. It estimates its share of the U.S. retail market, excluding Internet sales, to be more than 40 percent.
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