The pros and cons of e-cigs….

The Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarettes


Electronic cigarettes are the latest craze in the world of smoking cessation. They’ve been instrumental in helping thousands of people quit smoking for good, by satisfying nicotine cravings without the harmful effects of the smoke.


The use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, is widely debated, with many claiming they should not be marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, but what’s the truth? Who should we believe? Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons that have been associated with vaping, to help you make up your own mind:




They Can Help Reduce the Number of Cigarettes Smoked Daily


Electronic cigarettes have contributed to the vast reduction of cigarettes purchased, and smoked, each day. When it comes to smoking, quitting is notoriously difficult, and alternative methods have shown inconsistent results. An electronic cigarette will satisfy nicotine cravings, helping users to dramatically cut down and, eventually, quit smoking altogether.


They Alleviate Some of the Negative Side Effects of Smoking


Many of the harmful effects of smoking come from the smoke inhalation itself, rather than the nicotine. Nowadays, everyone is aware of the respiratory damage caused by smoke, so it’s hardly surprising that electronic cigarettes are marketed as a healthier alternative.


They Reduce the Cost of Smoking


Electronic cigarettes are much cheaper than traditional cigarettes, particularly when you purchase a refillable and rechargeable model. These are long-term solutions, and can be topped up according to your needs. If you need to reduce the amount you’re spending on your smoking habit, consider switching to electronic cigarettes.


They Reduce Second Hand Smoke Inhalation


It’s important for smokers to consider those around them, particularly when you’re smoking in a public place. E-cigarettes don’t emit any smoke, so they’re a much friendlier solution for your non-smoking friends. This also means they can be used in many public spaces, although you should always use your common sense when doing so.




The Industry Isn’t Well Regulated


As electronic cigarettes are a relatively new development, the industry isn’t very well regulated. There’s a lot of controversy regarding the safety of electronic cigarettes, and this is largely due to unethical and dangerous suppliers. Make sure you find an e-cigarette supplier committed to research and safety before making your first purchase.


They Don’t Totally Eliminate the Adverse Effects of Smoking


Some suppliers claim that electronic cigarettes come without any adverse effects, but this simply isn’t true. They still contain nicotine, so you can’t eliminate the issues associated with this aspect of smoking. However, if you already smoke, electronic cigarettes can vastly reduce the harmful effects of the smoke itself.


The Long-Term Effects Aren’t Well Researched


Again, as vaping has only become commonplace in the past few years, the long-term effects are unknown. With this in mind, you should use your common sense when vaping. Always find a reputable supplier, and don’t use electronic cigarettes excessively. Smoking traditional cigarettes does have a long-term effect on health, so any reduction in the harm caused is likely to have a positive impact on your health, when used in moderation.


New products from Trendsettah


Trendsettah USA Inc. has introduced two new flavors of their signature Splitarillos – high quality cigarillos produced in the Dominican Republic. The new flavors are 18k Gold™, made with a honey-maple syrup base and LOUD™, an ultra sweet flavor profile. You can check out more about their products here –

Fun quiz – test your memory

Over the past 25 years, the prices of everyday items and luxuries have changed a lot, including the price of cigarettes, which have just about quadrupled! Alongside the quiz, Provident conducted some research into how much the price of cigarettes has changed over the years and at what rate and here’s what they found;


Year 1990 2005 2010 Now
Price £1.65 £4.82 £6.13 £8.47



Provident have produced this fun quiz to let the nation take a trip down memory lane and see how much things used to cost and have a sneak preview of how much a few things may cost in the future. Provident created their ‘Back in the Day’ quiz because budgeting and the cost of living are close to their customers’ hearts.


Have a go and see if you can remember how much things used to set you back.

War on Vaping – Bill Godshall:

War on Vaping

Reynolds American and Lorillard report industry-wide US cigarette volume decline of just 2% in 4Q14 and only 3.2% in 2014 (after declining 4.6% in 2013 when vapor product sales skyrocketed), documenting how the escalating War on Vaping has protected cigarette markets. The 3.2% decline was about 435 million packs, while the 1.4% reduction from 2013’s decline was about 190 million packs.

Reynolds also reported a 4.9% volume decline for Reynolds cigarettes in 4Q14 and a 5% decline in 2014, a 1% volume decline for American Snuff in 4Q14 and a 2.8% volume increase in 2014, and the launch of new heat-not-burn product REVO in Wisconsin

Lorillard also reported a 1% volume decline for Lorillard cigarettes in 4Q14 and a 2% decline in 2014, and $39 million in sales of blu e-cigs in 4Q14 and $165 million in 2014, (down from $54 million in 4Q13 and $230 million in 2013).

ACSH’s Gil Ross: The madness of the war on e-cigs (Godshall comments)

Clive Bates: Briefing on the science and policy of e-cigarettes and vaping


Study finds Big Pharma & Big Medicine receive twice as much revenue from cigarette sales as do Big Tobacco & Big Government combined (i.e. $85 billion), finds cigarette smoking imposed $170 billion in US healthcare costs in 2010 (i.e. $6.50/pack), including more than $100 billion from government programs.
This is the KEY reason why the disease treatment industry vehemently opposes smokers switching to lifesaving vapor products. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair


Brad Rodu: NIH funding stifles tobacco harm reduction research and support in academia
Exposes tens of millions of dollars in NIH funding received by current FDA TPSAC members, UCSF faculty, and other THR denialists, prohibitionists and propagandists.


Brad Rodu – Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes
Please note bar graphs of NYTS findings that CDC’s Tom Frieden and the news media have deceitfully misrepresented to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban.


NIDA’s Wilson Compton falsely claims e-cigs hook teens and are gateway to cigarettes, grossly misrepresents findings of NIDA funded MTF survey to confuse and scare


GSK recalled Nicorette lozenges nationwide a year ago, but failed to inform consumers or the public why (as it lobbied Obama’s FDA to demonize and ban nearly identical dissolvable tobacco lozenges, and more effective vapor products)

FDA announces April 9-10, 2015 TPSAC meeting to discuss Swedish Match’s MRTP application to truthfully inform consumers that snus is far less hazardous than cigarettes, March 12 deadline for requesting to speak during April 10 public comment period!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-1051-0001

US House bill (HR 662) would amend FDCA to exempt large and premium cigars from FDA regulatory authority (i.e. FDA’s proposed “deeming regulation”)

FDA and NCI funded Rutgers researchers stealth lobby for FDA deeming reg/ban by conducting biased push-poll that misled participants about vapor products, warning labels, minimum age laws, FDA reg/ban, etc., and by then claiming their so-called survey found that most smokers support FDA’s proposed deeming reg/ban.

US Congress

Regressive US Senate Democrats Durbin, Blumenthal, Markey, Boxer, Brown and Merkley repeat lies about junk formaldehyde study published by NEJM, once again urge FDA to issue Final Rule for Deeming Reg (that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of e-cigs and by giving e-cig industry to Big Tobacco) by end of April.

Regressive US Senate Democrats Durbin, Blumenthal, Brown, Reed cosponsor bill (S 450) that would protect cigarettes by taxing far less hazardous vapor products, smokeless tobacco, cigars and pipe tobacco at same rate; deceitfully claim lower tax rates on lower risk products are “loopholes in the tax code that have been exploited by the tobacco industry to avoid regulation and paying taxes for their products.”

US Senator Durbin urges new US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to protect cigarettes by opposing lifesaving vapor products


WHO tells even more lies about vapor products; falsely claims e-cigs are NOT SAFER than cigarettes, deceitfully insinuates vaping aerosol is toxic, causes cancer and is as hazardous as cigarette smoke; grossly exaggerates the very low risks of nicotine and vaping aerosol; falsely claims the “evidence is inconclusive” that e-cigs can help smokers quit; hawks multiple use of Big Pharma’s ineffective and less-than-safe drugs;

Real public health advocates respond to tweet promoting WHO lies about vaping

THR Research

JF Etter – E-cigarettes: methodological and ideological issues and research priorities
Exposes how ideological bias, money, conflicts of interest, obsolete studies and misrepresentation of data have trumped objective evidence-based research of e-cigs.

New study finds nicotine levels 85% lower in e-cig aerosol than cigarette smoke, finds cigarette smoke emits 1,500 times more harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) than e-cig aerosol, finds e-cig aerosol emits similar trace levels of HPHCs as are in room air, confirms (again) that e-cigs are far less hazardous than cigarettes.

ACSH: Machine-puffed e-cigs yielded vapor containing exactly what you’d expect, and not much else


David Sweanor says Ontario’s proposed vapor products reg/ban violates Constitutional rights of Canadian smokers and vapers, Canadian Ministry of Health lawyers repeat false fear mongering claims about vaping to justify unethical and inhumane policies and laws.

THR Conference

The Second Global Forum on Nicotine will be held in Warsaw, Poland, June 5-6, 2015

THR Business

Popularity of e-cigarettes is lighting up Korea

Japan Tobacco International acquires intellectual property rights from Ploom

Vapor Product Sales Ban

Vermont bill (H 59) would ban sales of all flavored liquid nicotine (including tobacco flavor) except menthol, require nonspecific child-resistant packaging


Obama proposes increasing cigarette tax from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack, increasing OTP tax in 2016 federal budget

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing identical Washington bills (HB 1645 & SB 5573) that would tax all vapor products at 95%, ban 99% of flavored vapor products, ban Internet sales by WA vendors to WA consumers, ban sampling in vape shops

WA Governor Inslee protects cigarettes by lying about vaping (e.g. falsely claims: ““Vaping” may not be safer than smoking traditional cigarettes”) to confuse, scare and lobby for 95% vapor products tax, ban on flavorings, free sampling and Internet sales.

Mike Siegel: Washington State Director of Health claims that smoking is no more hazardous than using electronic cigarettes

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing many different Hawaii bills that would unfairly tax vapor products and/or ban vaping

AVA urges North Dakota vapers to oppose bill (SB 2322) that would impose a 50% tax on vapor products, increase cigarette tax from $.44 to $2/pack, increase tax moist snuff tax from $.60 to $2.70/ounce, increase chewing tobacco tax from $.16 to $.72/ounce, increase cigar and pipe tobacco tax from 28% to 50%.

North Dakota House rejects (56-34) bill (HB 1431) that would have increased cigarette and OTP tax rates from $.44 to $1.54/pack

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan proposes taxing e-cigs and OTP at same rate as lethal cigarettes, and increasing cigarette tax from $1.78 to $1.99/pack (page 7)

Florida House Finance Cmte discusses draft legislation to impose a 85% tax on “nicotine products” (aka vapor products), redefine “tobacco product” to include nicotine products

Nevada bill (SB 79) would impose 30% tax on vapor products containing liquid nicotine

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Nevada bill (SB 79) tax vapor products containing liquid nicotine

Nevada lawmakers debate whether e-cigs should be taxed like cigars, chew

Arkansas bill (HB 1156) would impose a $.075/ml tax on e-liquid (i.e. $2.25 tax for a 30ml bottle), require licensure of vapor product manufacturers, distributors and retailers

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Arkansas bill (HB 1156) to impose a $.075/ml tax on e-liquid (i.e. $1.50 tax on a 30ml bottle of e-liquid)

Arkansas politician tries to make it harder to quit smoking

Arizona bill (HB 2596) would impose a $.18/ml tax on liquid nicotine solutions (i.e. $5.40 tax on a 30ml bottle of e-liquid)

Vaping bans

Gil Ross: Cuomo’s craven ‘drop dead’ to New York’s smokers

SF Chronicle poll “Should California allow e-cigarettes?” (in response to Sen. Leno’s bill that would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned) finds 89% say Yes, 11% say No.

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing Maryland bill (HB 26) to ban vaping

Bill Godshall’s testimony opposing Maryland vaping ban bill (HB 26)

CASAA issues Call to Action opposing many different Hawaii bills that would unfairly tax vapor products and/or ban vaping

Vermont bill (H 171) would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned

Illinois bill (HB 2404) would ban vaping everywhere smoking is banned, sponsor falsely conflates vaping with smoking

Kentucky House narrowly approves bill (HB 145) that would ban vaping and smoking in all workplaces, KY Senate President Stivers says bill unlikely to pass Senate

Hennepin County (MN) Board of Commissioners protect cigarettes by banning vaping

Cambridge (MA) bans vaping in restaurants, raises minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 21, bans some flavored products (but not menthol cigarettes)

BART bans vaping on mass transit (CA), deceitfully calls it smoking

Ethics complaint alleges Kona councilman ‘unduly influenced’ by unregistered lobbyists (from Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, which aggressively lobbied for vaping ban)


Virginia House amends and approves bill (HB 2036) that would require child-resistant packaging and labeling for “liquid nicotine containers” consistent with federal standards

Sales bans to minors

New Mexico House Health Cmte approves bill (HB 42) to ban e-cig sales to minors, sent to Judiciary Cmte

North Dakota House approves bill (HB 1078) to ban sale of “nicotine devices” to minors, impose additional and potentially devastating costs on Internet vendors.

North Dakota House approves bill (HB 1186) to ban sale of “electronic smoking devices” or “alternative nicotine products” to minors, impose additional and potentially devastating costs on Internet vendors, require child-resistant packaging for “nicotine liquid containers” consistent with federal regulations.

Texas lawmakers consider ban on e-cigarette sales to minors

Minimum Age

Iowa Senate subcommittee approves bill (SSB 1109) to raise minimum age for tobacco and vapor product sales to 19.

Utah bill (HB 130) would increase minimum age for tobacco and e-cig sales to 21

Rhode Island bill (H 5225) would increase minimum age for sale of tobacco and electronic nicotine-delivery systems from 18 to 21

Vermont bill (H 93) would to increase minimum age for sale of tobacco and tobacco substitutes from 18 to 21


Kansas bill (SB 203) would require e-cig vendors to obtain tobacco distributor and/or retailer licenses (to increase costs on vape shops and others that don’t sell tobacco)


Nicopure Labs sues Evolve E-Liquid and 21 Vape Street for trademark infringement, prompting Evolve to disable its website

Junk Science, propaganda and lies

Steve Forbes: California joins baseless bashing of e-cigarettes

After lying about and lobbying to ban e-cigs in past years, CRUK now questions some e-cig junk science and propaganda (UK)

THR opponents to hold World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) March 17-21 in United Arab Emirates featuring former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and WHO’s Margaret Chang

Carl Phillips: Hatsukami completes her descent into Hecht-dom?

Big Pharma financed NRT hawk Michael Fiore falsely claims three cigarette companies make up 75% of 2-billion-dollar e-cigarette market and are targeting children, repeats false claims about bogus NEJM formaldehyde study, repeats disproved allegations that e-cigs addict nonsmokers and serve as gateways to cigarettes (despite no evidence that e-cigs have created daily dependence in any nonsmoker, and despite no evidence e-cigs have served as a gateway to cigarettes for anyone).

IFLScience touts junk study (that exposed mice to 2,000 times more e-cig vapor than humans vape) without any fact checking, hundreds of comments correct false claims


Oregon doctor advocates increasing sales of cigarettes by banning sales of e-cigs

Mike Siegel: Oregon physician calls for ban on electronic cigarettes, but not on the real ones

Les McPherson Ban-happy health authorities smoked by e-cigarettes (Canada)

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania
1926 Monongahela Avenue
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AWMA show Las Vegas NV – Feb 24-26 2015

Trensdsettah USA, Inc. to Exhibit at 2015 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo

Los Angeles, CA – February 17, 2015 – Innovative lifestyle brands manufacturer, Trendsettah USA Inc., is set to exhibit at the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo: The Conference for Convenience Distributors, a trade show for the wholesale distributers of convenience store products February 24-26, 2015. Trendsettah will be onsite for the duration of the show featuring its famous Splitarillos® brand cigarillos at booth #841.

“The AWMA Expo gives Trendsettah the unique opportunity to tap into the convenience wholesale industry and interact directly with this important segment of our market,” said Alex Schreer, Trendsettah director of marketing. “The business growth opportunities and networking at the show continue to draw us back each year.”

The company’s booth will feature Cali Green Sweets and Black Label blends, Trendsettah’s newest additions to its popular brand, Splitarillos®. Splitarillos® is one of the highest quality flavored cigarillos products in the United States, featuring 3-count packages with re-sealable foil pouches. The packaging for Splitarillos® is one of the most visible product displays on the market, designed to produce a big impact on sales for retailers in the convenience market.

For more information on Trendsettah USA, Inc. and its products, visit, or find them on Facebook, Twitter @trendsettahlife, and Instagram @Trendsettah_inc.

For media enquiries or interview requests for Trendsettah executives at the show, contact Stephanie Romanach, 305.448.8678 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 305.448.8678 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext.110,,

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About Trendsettah USA, Inc.

Trendesttah USA, Inc. is a lifestyle brands manufacturer that appeals to a varied and large market of consumers, including tremendous popularity among the music and arts communities. The company has built successful brands such as Splitarillos®, Crystal Clear® and Blow®, through superior imagination, innovation, execution and a willingness to lead trends, not merely follow them. Trendsettah is not afraid to break the rules of conventional thinking in order to best understand its customers and create relatable, trustworthy brands. Follow the Trendsettah brands on Facebook Splitarillos, Hood Wraps and Blow, Twitter @splitarillosusa, @Blowhookah, and Instagram @Splitarillos_usa, @HoodWraps_usa, @Blowvapes.

About Splitarillos®

The Splitarillos® brand is one of the highest quality cigarillos available in the U.S. Splitarillo’s® deliver exceptional quality in a wide variety of unique flavors that appeal to a varied and large market of consumers, including music and art communities. Distributed by leading manufacturer of innovative lifestyle brands, Trendsettah Inc., Splitarillos® are produced in the Dominican Republic, the premium cigar capital of the world, recognized for its superior climate for tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing.

Imperial Tobacco Group

Imperial Tobacco Group reported a 4% decline in underlying tobacco volume for its first quarter, in line with the broader market. It also reported a 1% fall in underlying tobacco revenue, blaming the timing of a price increase in addition to reduced trading in Iraq and lower sales in US.

Like all tobacco companies it is struggling against falling sales as people cut down on smoking as they grow more health conscious. However Imperial Tobacco has diversified into two non-tobacco products showing flexibility in their product portfolio. Furthermore Imperial Tobacco has continued to focus on cost cutting and debt reduction which has enabled it to confirm its goal of increasing its dividend by at least 10% this year. The continued dividend growth makes imperial tobacco a solid income stock which has been noted by investors. The market cheered these results adding 1% to the value of the share which has had a strong year increasing over 36% since February 2014.

This reference link is included for more information.

Smoker – survey….Smokers would rather be in debt or lose their job than quit their habit

something which may be of interest – some data from ecigarettedirect.

We surveyed 1000 smokers and 20% of them said that smoking helped their career. Other stats included

  • 20% of people believe that smoking has improved their job/career opportunities
  • 45% of women are quitting smoking due to financial issues.
  • 31% of people from London have said that smoking has had a negative effect on their career.
  • Females voted starting a new job more stressful than getting married
  • Over one third (34%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their social life and 42% of them voted that smoking had improved their love life.
  • Stopping smoking was voted the most stressful task, above having children, divorce, losing their jobs and being in debt.

For more inofrmation try this link

For Immediate Release

Smokers would rather be in debt or lose their job than quit their habit

Following the news on Britain’s first outdoor smoking ban, and the plain packaging battle; we at wanted to get behind the lips of the smoker, and gain an insight into their thoughts and motives behind the habit. surveyed 2000 smokers in the UK on their unhappiest and happiest life moments. We gained an insight into people’s happiest milestones and also their most stressful times too.

It was just a month ago that many people across the world set themselves the 2015 target to quit smoking. In a bid to encourage this, Bristol becomes the first city in the UK to ban smoking in outdoor public places, political parties start battling for plain cigarette packaging, and a ban on smoking in cars is said to come into force in October this year.

However, according to our survey results, both men and women said that actually stopping smoking is the most stressful task to overcome in their lives. A whopping 57% of female participants admitted that stopping smoking is more stressful that having a child, moving house or even losing their jobs. Strangely, 20% of women said smoking has in fact helped improve their job/career opportunities, and actually believe that smoking improves their love life too (26%).

Male participants of this survey also have a similar view. 21% believe it has improved their job/career opportunities, 27% say smoking has helped their love life, and even 21% are under the impression that smoking in fact boosts their health.

Nonetheless, when we asked these participants what would be the reason they quit smoking, the majority of both men (52%) and women (60%) admitted that the main reason would be due to health. Only 23% of women said they would quit if they were having a child, while 45% said they would quit more because of financial reasons.

When comparing the prices of cigarettes across 25 years, a pack of 20 has quintupled from the 1990’s till now. 25 years ago, the average packet of 20 cigarettes cost £1.65 and now costs around £8.47. When averaging this across the year, smokers could be spending around £1,500 on the habit, and the cost of this is something that motivates a lot of current smokers to quit.

We asked both female and male participants of this survey why they initially started smoking. The majority (37%) said it was simply due to curiosity, while they admit they would be happier if they quit, they will miss it!

James Dunworth, director of Ecigarette Direct said “As our survey shows, quitting smoking is extremely stressful and difficult for many smokers. We need to help and support smokers who want to quit, rather than take actions that further stigmatise them.”

He further says “It is difficult to see the justification for banning smoking outdoors, as smoking remains legal, while plain packs is likely to give smuggling a huge boost, redirecting money from taxes to the criminal underworld.”

In addition, research by Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyology, suggests that anti-smoking messages have exactly the opposite effect to that intended, as they stimulate the part of the brain that produces nicotine cravings – more detail here: and here:


Smokers Stats

Gender split:

  • More women (34%) began smoking at age 12-16 than men did (31%)
  • The majority of both men and women began smoking though at age 17-21.
  • The majority of both men and women (over one third of respondents) admit that they began smoking out of curiosity.
  • More men (24%) than women (22%) began smoking due to peer pressure, while more women (21%) than men (19%) began smoking to impress a partner or a friend.
  • The five most stressful tasks for our female respondents were said to be:
  1. Stopping smoking (57%)
  2. Moving house (53%)
  3. Having a child (44%)
  4. Being in debt (40%)
    1. Losing your job (36%)

It is interesting to see here that women found stopping smoking to be more stressful than having a child and losing your job!

  • The five most stressful tasks for our male respondents were said to be:
  1. Stopping smoking (56%)
  2. Moving house (41%)
  3. Being in debt (35%)
  4. Losing your job (33%)
    1. Having a child (32%)

Again, here it is interesting to see that stopping smoking was found to be more stressful for men than losing a job, moving house and being in debt.

  • The majority of both men (52%) and women (60%) admitted that the main reason they want to quit smoking is potential health issues. The second most popular reason to quit for both sexes was financial issues.
  • Both men and women admitted that although they think they’ll be happier if they quit smoking, they will miss the habit.
  • Over a quarter of male respondents admitted that smoking has affected their hobbies (26%), social life (26%) and relationship with family (26%) in a negative way.
    • Interestingly, almost one quarter of female respondents (24%) said that smoking has improved their social life. Furthermore, over one quarter of women (26%) said that smoking has helped to improve their love life too and almost 20% of women said smoking has helped to improve their job/career opportunities!

Age split:

Note: There weren’t as many real stand out stats when dividing the data by age group.

  • For all age groups, stopping smoking was said to be the most stressful task. However, the 25-34 age group said that the most stressful task for them was moving house (46%). They ranked this just above stopping smoking (45%).
  • For all age groups, the main reason for wanting to quit smoking is potential health issues. The second reason for all groups is financial issues.
  • Interestingly, while all age groups said that they think they will be happier if they quit smoking, it was only the 25-34 age group that said that they wouldn’t miss smoking. Each of the other age groups admitted that they will miss it.
  • The majority of 25-34 year olds (42%) said that smoking has helped to improve their love life.
  • Almost one third (32%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their job/career opportunities and their relationship with family.
  • Bizarrely, over one third (35%) of 45-54 year olds believe that smoking has not affected their health.
  • Over one third (34%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their social life.
  • These stats show that the 25-34 age group believe smoking has improved a number of aspects in their personal lives.
    • Meanwhile, 29% of 35-44 year olds said that smoking has had a negative effect on their hobbies.


Milestones Stats


  • The top 3 happiest milestones for both male and female respondents were said to be:
  1. Becoming a parent
  2. Getting married
  3. Falling in love
  • Interestingly, these milestones were considered happier moments than getting your dream job, buying your first home and graduating.
  • Both men (43%) and women (58%) noted that the activity that makes them enjoy life the most is spending time with family. The second activity that makes both sexes enjoy life the most is travelling.
  • Money and sex were found to make men happier than women. 12% of men said money makes them happiest, in comparison to only 8% of women, while 10% of men said sex makes them happiest in comparison to just 2% of women!!!
    • In contrast, 9% of women said their friends make them happiest, in comparison to 7% of men.


  • For all age groups, becoming a parent has been the happiest milestone in their lives so far. However, for the 18-24 age group, falling in love has been the happiest milestone.
  • Interestingly though, one quarter (25%) of 18-24 year olds said that becoming a parent has been their happiest milestone. This could be used as another indication of how many young people are having children in this day and age.
  • For all age groups, spending time with family is the activity that makes them enjoy life the most.
  • Money and friends were found to bring most happiness to 18-24 year olds, with 19% of respondents saying that these two things makes them happiest.
  • Health was found to bring most happiness to the 55+ age group.
    • Sex was found to bring most happiness to 18-24 year olds too, with 8% of respondents in this age group saying it makes them happiest. Only 4% of 25-34 year olds and 5% of 55+ year olds said sex makes them happiest.


Trendsettah Inc – New Headquarters….


New Miami Headquarters Create Bi-Coastal Presence for Los Angeles-based Trendsettah Inc. –

Tobacco, Consumer Products Company’s Distribution, Corporate Office Opens Global Doors


MIAMI, FLORIDA (February 6, 2014) – Trendsettah Inc., a leading tobacco and consumer products company serving the urban and Generation X markets, has opened a new warehouse, distribution, corporate and marketing facility in Miami. The 100,000-square-foot space enables Trendsettah to better serve growing East Coast, Eastern and Western European and Latin American markets, as well as to access its Caribbean manufacturing facilities.

The move creates a vertically integrated hub incorporating new product development and testing, engineering, manufacturing, production, sales and marketing, legal and accounting, and logistics and distribution from one location in Doral’s bustling Beacon Center, said Akrum Alrahib, Trendsettah Inc. founder and CEO. The company employs 100 people and plans to hire more in the coming months.

“As innovative pioneers in the tobacco and consumer products marketplace, we needed to be where we can have the greatest impact on the marketplace, and that’s Miami,” Alrahib said. “Between our growing footprint across the US and international agreements in place from Canada and Mexico, south throughout Latin America, and east to Europe and the Middle East, Miami is the perfect complement to our Los Angeles facility. Besides, being here puts us where our customers are and helps us activate our slogan, ‘Leading Brands, Leading the World.’”

Trendsettah’s new offices are located less than a mile from Miami International Airport and a straight shot down a main thoroughfare to PortMiami. Between proximity to global jet and shipping logistical options, and access to one of the most diversified workforces in the US, Trendsettah is ideally positioned to distribute its broad category to emerging markets.

Trendsettah is changing the game, not just in tobacco, but in the vapor and pharmaceutical markets as well. Its line-up of the highest-quality products include Splitarillos brand cigarillos, Hood Wraps cigars, Blow premium vaporizers and e-liquids, Hookah tobacco products, and Crystal Clear and Gotitas brand eye drops and pharmaceutical lubricants.

Every product is engineered, tested and manufactured to the highest government standards. In fact, Crystal Clear is one of the only two fluid-ounce, pocket-sized eye-drop brands manufactured in a US-based and FDA-approved clean room.

The new location also will enable bi-coastal collaboration between Trendsettah’s marketing departments in Miami and Los Angeles as they place media, dispatch street teams and target major retail and tobacco / vape events and tradeshows nationwide.

“This is not your father’s tobacco company. We’re world-class and transforming the marketplace,” said Bill Schoep, Senior Vice President of Sales, who has spent 25 years with Swisher International where he oversaw $500 million in wholesale, retail and consumer sales. “Today’s consumer wants a socially-responsible brand that operates with transparency and that is committed to quality assurance, best practices and an intense dedication to their needs. I’ve never seen a more diverse company and team in all my years in the industry.”


Founded in 2011, Trendsettah products has quickly acquired a strong presence in the Tobacco, Vaporizers/E-liquids, and Pharmaceutical Industries. Trendsettah designs, produces, distributes and supports an expanding line of quality and innovative consumer products. Trendsettah’s vertically integrated business model manages the entire product lifecycle to ensure the highest standards of quality control and customer service, giving consumers an unbeatable product at the best price value. Trendsettah has established itself as an industry leader with its expanding product lines, guaranteed quality, and commitment to innovation and new product development. Visit