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The Future of Vaping: The Role of Big Pharma and Big Tobacco

Aside from the government – who stand to lose a lot of money in tobacco tax revenue from the rise in vaping – the two other main stakeholders are Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, the manufacturers of the deadly product we’re all trying to avoid and the ineffective medications people use to avoid it, respectively.

Tobacco companies have almost all gotten in on the action, putting out their own “cigalike” products, but pharmaceutical companies have thus far said that they’re “not going to play.” However, things could change in the future, especially if regulators decide to do both of these groups of companies a favor by crippling the competition.

The Future of Vaping: Table of Contents

Home: The Future of Vaping 

Part 1: Why do people hate vaping? Will attitudes ever change? 

Part 2: How regulations will affect vaping? 

Part 3: The role of Big Pharma and Big Tobacco? (you are here)

Part 4: How it will affect smokers and vapers?

Part 5: Can we change this, or is it too late?

Big Tobacco: Why Cigalikes?


Tobacco companies are already invested in the e-cigarette industry – although not by much – but the most striking element of their involvement so far is how they’ve stuck to the cigarette-like aesthetic by putting out “cigalike” devices that almost no regular vapers use but that capture a substantial portion of first-timers. The question is: why have they stuck so steadfastly to these ineffective devices? Will they ever move to “open-system” devices?

Nick (Grimm Green):

Nick-Grimm-GreenOf course not. Tobacco is their bread and butter. They don’t make money from e-cigs. I believe that the big tobacco e-cigs are simply a “hey us too” situation so when they look back they can say ‘well we tried, but people would rather smoke our cigarettes, we can’t help that.’

Stefan Didak:

Stefan-Didak-SFATAThe real question is whether they would be selling cigalikes at all after the competition has been removed, considering that tobacco companies really like their positions with the combustible tobacco products they sell. Not all of these big tobacco companies are the same. Some like the higher profit margins they get from cigalikes compared to those from cigarettes, but others appear to use their vapor products as sacrificial pawns on the business chessboard.

I think they’ve stuck with the closed system cigalike approach for many reasons:

1) They have a lot of money invested in it already and, if they’re not very serious about the vapor products market, why invest more?

2) Some got into it only after vapor products started to threaten their profits, and as a means to get a seat at the many legislative tables out there.

3) Cigalikes resonate a little better with smokers because of the form factor and thus may be an easier sell to current smokers than some of the more advanced vapor products (which to most smokers look strange and silly).

Steve K.:

Steve K's Vaping WorldAs much as I love a good conspiracy, there’s a pretty basic explanation here. Big Tobacco are old-line companies. Those types of companies are beyond conservative and are slow to embrace innovation. There are focus groups and meetings, and meetings about focus groups, and so on. By the time they got a product out the door, they were a couple years behind. Vaping in particular moves very fast and they just can’t keep up.

Some may move to open systems, but without competition I doubt we’d see the startling innovation we have so far. Any big company is going to put in the least effort they can to produce the most profit. Unless the survivors start competing between each other, don’t expect much here.

John Manzione:

John-Manzione-SpinfuelCigalikes are what is most familiar to the tobacco company and smokers. It’s easy to substitute a cigarette for a cigalike. Try telling a smoker of Marlboro to try a DNA40 box mod and a Kanger Subtank. Ain’t going to happen on a large scale.

Meg (VapeMeStoopid):

Meg-VapemestoopidI think they push cigalikes for a variety of reasons. The first one being the knowledge that many cigalikes are ineffective. Most vapers upgrade to better kits that deliver vapor and nicotine more effectively, but tobacco companies know if vapers don’t move to a better kit, they will ultimately end up back on cigarettes. Tobacco companies are also the main lobbyists behind strict restrictions on open vapor products and pushing for taxes on e-cigs.

Big Pharma: Will They Ever Get Involved?

For pharmaceutical companies, the issue becomes whether they’ll ever put out their own e-cigarette. With their own selection of nicotine-based products on offer and the veneer of reliability that comes from medical approval, do they really have any motivation to get involved at all? Even when the competition is decimated, will we ever see a Big Pharma e-cigarette?

Meg (VapeMeStoopid):

Meg-VapemestoopidThey’d be silly no to get into it, especially if they are about health and not profit. There is plenty of evidence to show e-cigs are doing what NRT never could. Then again, a medical e-cig will probably be just like a cigalike, and the cycle will be repeated endlessly. Smoke, get an NRT ecig, find out it doesn’t work, go back to smoking. Tobacco gets its profits, orgs get their funding, Big Pharma makes a profit. Everyone is happy except the smoker.

Nick (Grimm Green):

Nick-Grimm-GreenI truly and honestly doubt it. I’m sure their e-cig would be just horrible. Possibly more horrible than the cig-alike devices we have on the market now.


Stefan Didak:

Stefan-Didak-SFATAIn a way they already have with some of the nicotine inhalers like Nicotrol, but those are quite different from the vapor producing products we know. I have a feeling they are not interested in going that route, and that’s solely based on their fierce opposition to vapor products in general.

John Manzione:

John-Manzione-SpinfuelI have no idea. If I had to guess I’d say no, they won’t enter the market with their own vape products, unless they release a ‘step-down’ cig-a-like program like they did with nicotine patches. Maybe then, but it depends on the technology and the future mindset of the public.

Steve K.:

Steve K's Vaping WorldI want to say there’s already an approved device in the UK, but it was developed in partnership with BAT. I would expect Pharma to get in on it. Expect something like a cigalike but more boring. Pharma products have to deliver the same dose with each use, so chances are it would be overly complex and expensive.

Conclusion: “Any big company is going to put in the least effort they can to produce the most profit.”

Big Tobacco may have their “toe dipped in the water,” so to speak, but whether we’ll see any innovation from them is very doubtful indeed, and pharmaceutical companies really seem quite happy to live with the diminishing profits from their smoking cessation products and make the bulk of their money elsewhere. As Steve K. argues, they’re more interested in making a quick and easy profit than getting seriously involved with vaping as we know it.

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

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.

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