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Prop 56 – What it means for California vapers

California’s relationship with vaping is a strange one. On one hand the state has the greatest concentration of premium liquid makers in the world, and a large community of dedicated and passionate advocates. On the other, it’s ingested by academics and legislators who loathe e-cigarettes with a stunning level of bitterness and will go to any lengths to attack both the industry and vapers themselves. California has led the way in banning vapor products from public spaces. Now, while other states got there first on taxation, Prop 56 shows that Sacramento is determined to go down that road too.

Voters in California are going to have a busy time next month when they go to the polls. As well as the unusually heated presidential election, plus the usual state and national offices, there’s a whole list of propositions to be voted on – and Proposition 56 is a nightmare for the state’s vapers.

Prop 56 is being marketed as a move to improve the health of Californians by increasing the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $2.87. Right now California has one of the lowest rates of cigarette taxes in the USA – the national average is $1.60 – and Prop 56 advocates say it needs to be increased to push the smoking rate down. The problem with that is that California also has one of the lowest rates of smoking in the USA. As low as the tax is, it certainly doesn’t seem to be encouraging Californians to smoke.

Prop 56 tax also hits e-liquids

The problem for vapers is that the tax increase won’t just affect smokers. Sacramento plans to levy it at the same rate on all other tobacco products, too – and, thanks to the FDA’s insistence that vapor products are actually tobacco products, that includes e-cigarettes. The vaping market doesn’t easily fit a flat-rate $2 per pack, like cigarettes do, so instead California plans to impose a 68% tax on all vapor products – hardware, liquids, spare coils, accessories and anything else they can classify as tobacco. There’s also a floor tax to be paid on all stock a vendor holds on the day the law comes into effect. For cigarettes that’s set at 10 cents per cigarette, and it’s likely to be just as steep for vapor products.

If Prop 56 passes, vapers in California are going to be paying a good bit more for their gear and liquid. It’s also likely to be contagious; if California can get away with it, other states are likely to try the same sort of thing. After all there’s quite a lot of money at stake; Sacramento estimates the new tax will raise between $1 billion and $1.6 billion in its first year.

It goes without saying that Prop 56 will be bad for vapers, but it’s the state’s plans for the money that are most likely to get it shot down by voters. California’s state constitution says 43% of the revenue from any new tax increase has to go to the school system. Prop 56 was carefully written to get round that requirement, so the state’s cash-strapped schools won’t see a penny of it. Instead, most of it will go to insurance companies and special interest groups.

Where will the money go?

Once admin costs have been deducted – and the law allows up to ten percent of the Prop 56 revenue to be spent on paperwork – the rest of the money raised will go into a special fund that’s exempt from the school funding requirement. From there it gets handed out to the lucky winners. The biggest of those winners is Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid provider; the law says they’ll get 82% of the remaining cash.

Most of what’s left – 13% of the total fund – will be allocated to tobacco control, with the bulk of it going to the California Department of Public Health. This troubled agency is fanatically anti-vaping, as we saw from their Curbit and StillBlowingSmoke campaigns. Their last chief executive actually told smokers to keep smoking rather than switch to vaping.

Finally, the remaining five percent of the money goes to the University of California’s tobacco control research. This may explain why one of the loudest advocates of Prop 56 has been Stanton Glantz of UCSF, who’s made a career out of spending taxpayers’ money on dubious research into smoking.

Supporters of Prop 56 have been making a lot of noise about how the tobacco companies and vaping industry are opposed to it, but they’ve been a lot quieter about the fact that they stand to make quite a bit of money themselves if it passes.

This law is basically a tax grab by special interests, who’ve cynically written the school funding requirement out of it so they don’t have to share the cash with California’s children. Vapers have a personal reason to vote against it – who wants to see the price of liquid close to doubled, just to put money in the pockets of rich insurers and quack academics? If California voters know what’s going to happen to the money, however, they’re likely to reject it for reasons of their own – just like they did in 2006 and 2012. The state government isn’t advertising their plan for the Prop 56 revenue, though, so it’s up to vapers to spread the news.

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A former soldier in the British Army, Fergus Mason is now a freelance writer with a special interest in e-cigarettes and travel. When he’s not writing Fergus enjoys sailing, archery and fishing. He’s been vaping since early 2013 and doesn’t ever plan to stop.
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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets. For immediate advice, contact poison control center: (800) 222-1222