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(Tucson, AZ – April 27, 2011) –The recent ruling in the Sottera, Inc. v. Food & Drug Administration case has once again brought the E-Cigarette industry into the spotlight and Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes could not be better prepared. Many electronic cigarette companies will have to scramble to prepare for FDA regulation, but Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes has been prepared for these types of regulations.
In fact, Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes welcomes a higher level of government regulation, as Green Nicotine president and CEO Sean Schoepflin says, “We are excited about the opportunity to have the FDA enforce regulations that we [Green Nicotine] have been implementing for years. We know that we have the world’s most technologically advanced and safest electronic cigarette. This is our chance to prove it.”
While many other E-Cigarette companies have had questionable methods of production and marketing strategies, Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes holds itself to a higher standard with both superior quality and ethical marketing. Green Nicotine has not only made claims that it does not market to minors or non-smokers, but has taken action in both of these areas with the Age Verification Program and internal Secret Shoppers. The goal of Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes is not to recruit new smokers, but rather to help current smokers stop using traditional tobacco products, which are known to contain chemicals that cause cancer and lead to many other health related issues.
Schoepflin said, “We know there has been a lot of concern over the potential marketing to minors, which is exactly way we have taken action. We don’t produce producing fruity flavors and our Age Verification Program sets us apart from our competitors. Hopefully these new regulations will validate the electronic cigarette industry as a genuine alternative to traditional tobacco use.”
Even with the prior lack of governmental regulation, Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes had operated as though the government was keeping a close eye on them. According to Schoepflin, “Just because you CAN get away with inferior quality and unethical marketing does not mean that you SHOULD. Green Nicotine has always had a superior electronic cigarette and practiced thoughtful marketing.” Green Nicotine has long sought ways to bring recognition and legitimacy to its ground breaking product and mission.
“This company was founded on the idea that we would revolutionize the E-Cigarette industry. We aren’t out for a quick buck. We want to actually improve the lifestyle of traditional tobacco smokers. That is what makes Green Nicotine different,” says Schoepflin
For more information, please visit www.GreenNicotine.com
Media Contact: Allison M. Harte
Director of Marketing, Taxon Group, LLC
Tucson, AZ (April 20th, 2011) – It’s Earth Day and in this spirit, Green Nicotine has once again found a way to lead the electronic cigarette industry while also reducing its environmental impact. Green Nicotine has announced that it will join the ranks of other “eco-conscious” companies around the world in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint by implementing its latest ground breaking program: “Live Green, Give Green,” a comprehensive recycling program.
Such innovative improvements are nothing new to Green Nicotine, as the company constantly seeks to elevate an industry that has been riddled by failure and questionable business practices. Not only has Green Nicotine set a new industry standard with its Age Verification Program, but now the company is working harder to live up to its namesake, and not just by creating a smoke-free environment.
Green Nicotine is taking massive steps to reduce both its own impact on the environment and those of its customers by partnering with Toxco International, the leader in Lithium-ion recycling. Green Nicotine will now stand shoulder to shoulder with other eco-friendly corporations like Ikea and Whole Foods in working directly with “The Big Green Box” Initiative.
This program will provide Green Nicotine customers with specially designed receptacles, located at Green Nicotine locations, to recycle lithium-ion batteries, used replacement cartridges, disposable electronic cigarettes and cigars. In an effort to help customers go Green and stay Green, Green Nicotine will also be offering discount incentives (for use on Green Nicotine purchases) each time a customer participates in the program. As an added bonus, and continued evidence that Green Nicotine’s vision is to improve the electronic cigarette industry, Green Nicotine will also accept any competitor batteries, disposables and cartridges and give those customers the same incentives on Green Nicotine products.
As Sean Schoepflin, President and CEO of Green Nicotine said, “It just makes sense. We want people to stop using traditional tobacco and never go back. Along with some of the most competitive and thoughtful manufacturing in the industry, this company is trying to improve the environment for everyone, not just our customers. This is our way of saying thank you to those who go Green and live Green, whether or not they do it with Green Nicotine.”
“The Big Green Box” initiative will be rolled out nation-wide over the next month. To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.greennicotine.com.
Media Contact: Allison M. Harte
Director of Marketing, Taxon Group, LLC
(Tucson, AZ – April 8, 2011) – The E-Cigarette industry has recently come under fire for the [potential] sale of its product to minors. This scrutiny stems from what some say is the “misleading marketing” of candy-flavored electronic cigarettes. Opponents of the smoke-free concept are concerned about the sale of e-cigarettes to underage consumers and the irresponsible marketing towards the non-smoking public.
Currently, online retailers are trusted to refuse sales to minors. But the question remains – how much accountability should these companies have when verifying the age of its customers – especially when the marketing is so overtly underage?
Could electronic cigarettes, which are designed to give smokers an alternative, actually create new smokers? While many in the industry who sell flavors such as watermelon, strawberry, and other fruit flavors hope the appeal brings in new customers – current smokers or not – the electronic cigarette retail giant, Green Nicotine, hopes that answer is an overwhelming no.
Sean Schoepflin, CEO of Green Nicotine said “Clearly, these flavors spark the interest of a younger generation, quite possibly, a younger generation that may have never used traditional tobacco in the first place.” Believe it or not, the only measures many E-cig companies use to verify age online, is by just asking. He goes on to say, “By simply requiring a customer to verify their age through a drop-down menu in a shopping cart, a retailer is putting the entire onus on the customer – but Green nicotine is different.”
Starting in April, Green Nicotine will be implementing a new campaign it calls “The 21 and Older Shipment Verification Requirement.” Moving forward, the online sale of any product containing nicotine will not be delivered without a photo ID present by the receiver. This program is unique to electronic cigarette industry and will require the signature of not just someone who is 18, but rather 21, prior to the release of the package. This campaign is the first of its kind in the electronic cigarette market and is Schoepflin’s most proactive campaign to date.
Green Nicotine realizes that it’s also no secret that the illegal sale of traditional tobacco products to minors is a nation-wide epidemic. Recently, the Attorney’s General in states like Arizona and New York conducted a series of sting operations targeting retailers who fail to properly ID traditional tobacco purchases.
According to one local news report, evidence is mounting that the problem is not as isolated as simply failing to ID the purchaser – its failing to correctly verify the age. “These days,” states an undercover agent who was a part of the sting, “many tobacco retailers use ID readers. They slide your driver’s license or ID through; it reads the strip on the back and automatically tells the clerk if you’re old enough to buy.” This method is the only way retailers can be certain that the customer is of legal age. As the report points out, a number of retailers who were sited actually asked for identification, but still sold to the customer.
Schoepflin says, “Obviously, this negligent approach by retailers is similar to what is happening with the online sales of electronic cigarettes. There’s a clear failure on the part of the company when minors are only required to perform simple math, in order to purchase electronic cigarettes.” The campaign is the company’s way of re-affirming its commitment to the prevention of electronic cigarettes being sold to minors.
As an industry leader, Green Nicotine has never offered “fruit or candy-flavored” e-cigarettes. Schoepflin feels, “Anything that tastes like a fresh banana is sure to turn a few kids on.” His company sticks to only traditional flavors.
He believes serious smokers who are looking for an alternative are not looking for a basket of fruit. He says, “Of course I could increase sales if I offered fruit flavors, but ultimately I’d defeat the reason behind why this company came to be. Kids would pick them up, non-smokers would be intrigued…I would be hurting more than I would be helping.”
A company that is willing to sacrifice profit for the greater good? “Yes,” says Schoepflin. “I intend to eliminate any opportunity for a minor to get their hands on Green Nicotine and in turn, I look toward a future where all E-Cigarettes are ethically marketed across the industry. It’s a refreshing twist in an otherwise muddied industry.
These concerns are of great importance, my company intends on setting higher standards in an industry that is very loosely regulated.” When comparing Green Nicotine its competitors, it’s not hard to realize what makes Schoepflin’s company different. Its E-cigarettes look better, feel better, and taste better. However, that’s not what sets the company apart from others. Green Nicotine’s secret ingredient is its clear vision of changing the world one smoker at a time – without creating new ones.
The rolling green hills and quaint farm houses paint a picturesque image…with tales of family-run tobacco farmsteads passed down from generation to generation. Dig a little deeper and what lies beneath is a trail of devastation – from debt bondage to deforestation, it’s an industry fraught with treacherous and perilous conditions.
This is not an article about the dangers of smoking; its not about how a smoker inhales more than 4000 chemical additives in each puff (some classified as toxic and not even allowed in food), nor is an expose outlining the myriad of diseases smokers die from every day. This is a saga outlining the plight of the grassroots level of the multibillion dollar tobacco industry. Forget your lungs, what about the planet?
Tobacco is one of the world’s most controversial crops. For years now, cigarette companies have experienced increasing pressure from governments, health groups, and declining public opinion. Reports stream in weekly, detailing how tobacco companies’ practices contribute to deforestation, mono-cropping, food insecurity, and pesticide contamination in developing countries, creating additional threats to Philip Morris and British American Tobacco. Using fiscal arguments, the multibillion dollar conglomerates responded; persuading governments, the media, and the general population that smoking benefits the economy. Their claim: if tobacco control measures are introduced, tax revenues will fall, jobs will be lost, and there will be great hardship to the economy.
Ok fair enough, more jobs lost in this current economic climate would prove dire, but what of the economic costs which tobacco inflicts upon every country? The production of tobacco incurs cost to governments, to employers, and to the environment; including social, welfare, and healthcare spending; loss of foreign exchange in importing cigarettes; loss of land that could grow food; costs of fires and damage to buildings caused by careless smoking; environmental costs ranging from deforestation to collection of smokers’ litter; absenteeism; decreased productivity; higher numbers of accidents, and higher insurance premiums.
Distressingly, parents send children as young as five years old to tobacco fields instead of school, preventing children from attaining an education. Tobacco companies degrade land and aggravate food insecurity through the farming of tobacco instead of less harmful export crops or food crops. Tobacco farmers and environments are vulnerable to poisoning from pesticides and fertilizers. Inflated costs for seeds and fertilizers and low tobacco prices paid by global tobacco companies contribute to farmer indebtedness to farm landlords and tobacco companies. And the list goes on.
Grown in over 125 countries across the world, on over four million hectares of land, the global tobacco crop is worth approximately USD20 billion, a small fraction of the total amount generated from the sale of manufactured tobacco products. The anomaly…the millions of tobacco farmers worldwide who should be sharing in this revenue, are in fact exploited by the tobacco industry, increasing their debt burden by binding them to watertight contracts, all the while using their economic plight to argue against efforts to control tobacco.
Slavery and Child Labor
Need another rationale to stop giving cigarette companies your hard-earned cash? Recent investigations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) found children as young as 10 picking tobacco destined for Philip Morris cigarettes. Just last month, the organization uncovered a series of injustices migrants from Central Asia countries faced while working in tobacco fields in Kazakhstan. Kazakh farm owners employ the migrants – mainly child labor. The farm owners in turn contract with and supply tobacco leaf to Philip Morris Kazakhstan, a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, one of the largest tobacco companies in the world. In many cases families were expected to pay back unrealistic debts to intermediaries who had arranged for their journeys to Kazakhstan, in schemes that bear all the hallmarks of people trafficking. All this, outlined in the report “Hellish Work” issued by HRW, which stressed, “Involvement of children in such work is a crime because they are exposed to large doses of nicotine, which is hazardous to health.” According to specialists, within one working day a child absorbs the nicotine in quantities equivalent to 36 smoked cigarettes; eventually they contract acute toxicity.
When Will We Wake Up?
Slave labor, deforestation, debt bondage, funding terror organizations…these factors aside from the dangers of smoking should lead to the end of such a surreptitious industry, yet year upon year, billions of dollars are generated from the sale of tobacco products.
The WHO estimates that tobacco causes about five million deaths per year and that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in developed countries. If current smoking trends continue, they estimate that by the year 2030, more than eight million people will die yearly from tobacco-related causes, with one person dying every eight seconds from the 15 billion cigarettes sold every day.
Future predictions are by their nature speculative but some things are certain: the tobacco epidemic, with its attendant health and economic burden, is both increasing and also shifting from developed to developing nations. The industry is consolidating and also shifting from the west to developing regions, where there may be less government control and public debate about the role of transnational tobacco companies. The future looks austere; the global tobacco epidemic is worse today than it was 50 years ago, and it will be even worse in another 50 years unless an extraordinary effort is made now. Alas, even if banned, tobacco would find its way into the black market since there will always be people who smoke. Every day, more than 100, 000 people start smoking, with nearly of quarter of these having their first cigarette before the age of 10. When will this cycle ever end?
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