Send a political message by Patrick Riffe

If you are a vaper, or someone who supports small business and consumer choice, today you got good news by way of a statement from the Johnson-Weld Libertarian Presidential campaign.

In an email sent to CCI owner Kurt Loeblich who has been working tirelessly over the past few months to get their support for the vaping industry Jim Wallace, Johnson-Weld National Director said,

“In the first debate, voters listened to two candidates dance around the American economy. What you’ll never hear from those candidates is how the economy is being killed by excessive regulation. Vaping, a new industry offering products as a healthier alternative to smoking, is about to be regulated out of existence. That doesn't make and sense. The vaping industry counts about 9 million customers, producing about $4 billion in annual sales. With the excessive regulations recently introduced by the FDA, as many as 12,000 vaping businesses will be put out of business. As Gov. Gary Johnson has said, the free market and entrepreneurial spirit should be encouraged, not destroyed. Nowhere is this more obvious than the vaping industry.”

It is not too late to make an impact on the Presidential election and get vaping into the forefront of political minds. If we can get every vaper to support a candidate who is an outspoken champion of small business and personal freedom, our voices can be heard as we use them in the voting booth.

You may not self identify as a “single issue voter” but if you are a vapor industry business owner or work in the industry, getting candidates that support small businesses and freedom elected is the only way to protect your future.

9 million votes cast in unison will get the attention of political insiders and open a lot of eyes.

This election cycle will not only decide who becomes the “leader of the free world”. About half of Congress is up for grabs. Now is the time for you to reach out to those candidates and find out who has a strong position on small businesses. Many of these candidates may not have made a public statement on vaping, but they will have made a statement on small business.

Politicians are hungry for votes. Many of these races are very close.

We have 34 days left to protect the future of vaping.



A SmokeFree Father's Day


Alot of my vaping friends know that my father passed away from a tobacco related illness. On Christmas day 1973 he had a heart attack in his sleep while taking a nap on the couch at the young age of 40. I was just a baby so growing up with my mom and two sisters I didn't really know what it was to have a father and quite honestly it didn't affect me as much as it did my siblings that were older and have memories with him. 

What you might not know is that growing up, I remember my mother constantly telling me about the dangers of smoking. She told me my father would lie in the hospital bed after his first heart attack, begging and pleading for a cigarette. Yet at the age of 13 I still tried my first cigarette and to this day I don't remember even why. What I do know is that immediately I became addicted to them. Trust me, in my 23 years of smoking I often thought that every puff I was taking was another step closer to death.. Yet I continued and even with multiple attempts to quit (like most of you) I kept going back ... and lighting up. 

Now understand that the technology back then was no where near as advanced as it is today, heck they were barely getting into open heart surgery. But I often wonder, what would have happened if vaping was around back then. What if this miracle technology was available to substitute the smoking addiction my father had. Would he be around? Would I be celebrating Father's Day with him? Would he be thrilled to be surrounded with his grandchildren? 

Approaching his age at 39 I was lucky enough to discover ecigs and vaping. I truly believe I am 45 now because of them. I had the choice because these products were available and quickly found a wonderful online support to help and guide me thru the transition. And in turn my wife (a frugal day later) made the switch as well. We owe vaping alot. I truly believe we owe our lives to it and I can celebrate Father's Day today with my beautiful daughters.

Vaping is so much bigger than you and me. If you ever question yourselves why do you keep advocating and fighting the answer is simple. You could be saving a friend's father's life. The technology may have not been around in the late 60's but is available now. And we MUST fight to keep it around. The corruption behind those that want to eliminate the greatest public health miracle of the century will be exposed sooner or later. In the meantime it is up to us, the pioneers, to look back 20 years from now and know that we did everything we could to keep these products available to the millions of smokers. 

I celebrate a SmokeFree Father's Day by being thankful for vaping. Can we make sure that other fathers do to? 


The Kabuki by House of Hybrids


After my frustration with Version 1 of the Kabuki, while attending the Canadian Vape Expo and visiting the House of Hybrids setup at the LaVapeShop booth I decided to give the updated version a try. Being a mouth to lung vaper, our choices are limited by far. Both me and my wife loved the draw of the original Kabuki however the issues with refilling, tolerance on orings and frustrations placed both in the Hall of Display dept of my vape lair. 

I purchased the Version 1.5 from the booth in a SS finish (to match most of my setups) and it now comes with both a 510 thread adapter that you can remove to expose the native P3 threading which is how I am currently using it on my Provari Radius. 

I am really glad I decided to try it again. Airflow is key to any mouth to lung atomizer and Zen has figured it out. It is something me and Phil have been trying to explain to Chinese manufacturers. Simply restricting airflow, making the hole smaller, or even adding a small mouth piece does not make an atomizer mouth to lung. The draw even though adjusted with a small allen key that is included once set is one of the best resistance draws I have ever tried with a stock coil I am a set it and forget it kinda guy so the fact that I have to use a tool to fine tune does not bother me (although it might bother some).

I have been using it on my Radius with the native P3 connection paired with the Aspire Nautilus 1.6 ohm coils which I prefer. With that resistance I can vape all day on one battery with ease of use and great draw and flavor.

For me the Kayfun RTA has always been the staple of mouth to lung tanks (although the Kayfun 5 is debatable) but I hear so much about those that follow me and vape with the same style about rebuilding. I can recommend the Kabuki as one of the best after market tanks with replacement coils for mouth to lung vaping. Period.

Pricing obviously for any piece like this could be a factor for alot, but understand that this atomizer is made here in the US and that is what drives the price up. It is my understanding that even the orings which are now improved are made custom for the tank. Pricing for me is not an issue when I find a great vape that I can enjoy my nicotine delivery so I went ahead and ordered another one this week to setup for my wife and cannot wait to get her feedback on it. 

Closing, you know I really care about the smokers and the only thing that could make the Kabuki better is an easier filling method. I talked to Zen about this and he mentioned that although top fill has been out for a while, no one has really perfected it and the way the Kabuki is designed to get that amazing airflow, prohibits it from being able to top fill at this time.

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