Ruyan America, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, and Prime Time International Company, Phoenix, AZ, announced that they have executed an “Exclusive Product Development, Brand Marketing and Supply Agreement.” Under the terms of the agreement, Prime Time will become the exclusive North American distributor and marketer of Ruyan America’s digital smoking alternatives and will provide input and direction with respect to Ruyan’s future product development initiatives, to include design, formulation, distribution, branding, labeling and marketing.
Initially, Prime Time will distribute Ruyan’s RAPP® digital, E-mystick®, a battery powered, personal, portable, and disposable vaporizer containing a long-established lobelia based supplement. The product is classified as a non-tobacco smoking alternative. It is not intended to be used for smoking cessation or deterrent. The product is formulated and assembled in the United States, using the finest and purest ingredients available domestically. Prime Time and Ruyan will cooperatively develop other formulations and designs for similar purposes. Ruyan America currently has patents pending for a variety of formulations using its patented designs and delivery systems.
William Bartkowski, President of Ruyan America, Inc., commented, “We are delighted to join forces with Prime Time International to bring our unique products to a broader market through its extensive wholesale and retail network. They have a demonstrated ability to reach segments of the market where consumers of traditional tobacco products are now looking for alternatives that can be used where smoking is now prohibited or limited.”
Jim Emery, President of Prime Time International, stated, “We are partnering with the original pioneer of this technology and with the real innovators of its design and formulation with both its current and future products under development. We anticipate being able to offer our customers the very best in innovation, design and effectiveness in a whole range of easy-to-use, disposable smoking alternatives. We look forward to expanding and extending the designs, formulations and uses for Ruyan’s dynamic and patent-protected products. Prime Time International is committed to bringing open and honest leadership to this exciting new alternative tobacco category. We are committed to being the captain in the category of alternative tobacco products with a broad range of product offerings.”

Ruyan America, Inc. is a technology based company that currently develops and markets OTC consumer products using patented and patent-applied-for convenient delivery methods. Ruyan America, Inc. is a U.S.-based joint venture partner of Ruyan Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong.

Prime Time International Company, established in 1993, is an established manufacturer of tobacco and non-tobacco products with an established presence in the US wholesale and retail supply chain serving over 70,000 established retail outlets. Prime Time International is committed to providing its wholesale and retail trade partners with highly profitable products that they will feel confident representing in their establishments. Prime Time International prides itself on its ability to identify market niches and initiate rapid product development to address changing consumer needs and strives to offer only products of consistent quality and excellence.

For inquires or questions regarding this partnership, Ruyan products, or distribution and sales opportunities call Prime Time International at (800) 959-9880.


#1 01outside on 06.11.10 at 1:12 PM

Is a deal that complies with FDA regulations and can please the tobacco community possible?
It appears that it is.

#2 Vapor Vixen on 06.19.10 at 2:33 AM

Any one know where you can get the product. I’d really like to test this product out. It must be something pretty good to see this type of alliance be established. I wonder if Ruyan will begin to defend some of their patents. I always liked the Prime Time team.

#3 SuperVape on 06.19.10 at 3:15 PM

This is excellent news! I’m sure the quality of the Ruyan e-cigarettes will increase with this, and I’m looking forward to purchasing one in the near future.

#4 Vapor Vixen on 06.24.10 at 1:27 AM

SuperVape – Not sure the product meets the description of an e-cig.

#5 Bertram52 on 07.06.10 at 7:51 AM

ROFL — could writing not be more clear on wall that FDA is banning this product? This will last about as long as flavored cigars — which is probably what why the partner is PRIME TIME!

#6 01outside on 07.07.10 at 8:59 AM

Considering that the primary ingredient has been and is currently sold with the FDA’s knowledge and blessings in thousands of stores on what grounds would the FDA reverse coarse and ban the Ruyan RAPP ?

#7 Bertram52 on 07.07.10 at 9:42 AM

Hello outside, because it is an UNAPPROVED DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE and that is why FDA is banning importation at border — just matter of time before they start seizures. Smell the coffee!

#8 Bill Godshall on 07.12.10 at 5:37 PM

Please note that Ruyan America stopped selling e-cigarettes back in 2009, and that Ruyan’s RAPP® digital, E-mystick® does NOT contain nicotine.

On a far more important matter involving e-cigarettes,
last week Smokefree Pennsylvania, The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association (CASAA), National Vapers Club, Midwest Vapers Group and Drs. Michael Siegel and Joel Nitzkin filed an Amici Curiae Brief with the DC Court of Appeals in support of litigation filed by electronic cigarette marketers Smoking Everywhere and NJOY against the US FDA.

The amici brief is at:

The Washington Legal Foundation also filed an Amicus Curiea brief in support of the e-cigarette plaintiffs/appellees at:

The FDA has until July 22 to respond.

#9 jim on 07.14.10 at 10:33 AM

Bertram – it’s obvious that your not in touch with the recent filings against the fda which are pretty significant. I’d say the FDA could actually fly a white flag soon.

#10 Bertram52 on 07.15.10 at 1:13 PM

I will but a chinese flag on my boat if the FDA loses that case.

#11 Vapor Vixen on 07.15.10 at 6:23 PM

Now Bertram that would be pretty funny but some legal experts think the FDA is on very soft ground and that the arguments proposed by the WLF and others are very strong! Better go purchase that flag!

#12 Vapor Vixen on 07.15.10 at 6:26 PM

I tried a Ruyan Rapp yesterday – Doesn’t look like a e-cig. Actually tried it and it tasted great. Good product. It worked which was neat.

#13 Bertram52 on 07.16.10 at 8:37 AM

Chinese flag on my boat and Bill Goodshall will be on meet the press!

Or, a great sucking sound as all these kiosks go vacant…

Well, it will be interesting to see.

#14 Vapor Vixen on 07.19.10 at 8:03 PM

Bill would probably better off on that show in the morning with Whoopi Goldberg. LOL!

#15 Tommieboy on 07.28.10 at 3:41 PM

Ruyan Group (Holdings) Limited (HKG:0329) announced that the patent application for electronic atomization cigarette has been approved in the United States by the United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition, as advised by USPTO, prosecution on the merits of the application has been closed.

The certificate of such patent, when issued, will be under the name of an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, Ruyan said.

#16 NY Retailer on 08.03.10 at 2:46 AM

So what does the patent do to others in the industry? Are they going to go after retailers selling non-ruyan products? This will be interesting to watch.

#17 NY Retailer on 08.03.10 at 2:48 AM

Hey Bertram – The FDA is a couple of years away from doing anything you reference. They have a strong possibility of losing the case as it stands which has nothing to do whether they ban them.

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