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Lorillard purchases Blu E-Cigs

Discussion in 'Media and General News' started by Placebo Effect, Apr 25, 2012.

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  1. Placebo Effect

    Placebo Effect Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2008
  2. Petrodus

    Petrodus Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    Very interesting ... BT finally jumps into the game.
    Smart move ... Why compete when you can buy a successful
    well established e-cig company. Lots of implications and possibilities
  3. capt.n.coke

    capt.n.coke Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 16, 2011
    Wow. I can only wonder where this is headed.

    On one hand I can see that Lorillard may have the cash and experience to push a reduced harm product through the FDA.

    On the other, this could be the start of a trend where more BT companies move in on ecigs. Ecig companies probably cost chump-change in the scale of BT's budget.

    -C via mobile
  4. sqirl1

    sqirl1 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I got a baaaaaaaad feeling about this........ I don't trust Blu, and now that big tobacco owns them, they're going to do EVERYTHING THEY CAN to screw us over. The Tobacco Control Act was mostly drafted by Phillip Morris to get rid of pesky competition like Djarum, you better believe that Lorillard is going to have secret talks with the FDA to do whatever they can to get rid of companies like V4L. They're going to get Juice banned, Online sales for sure since you can already buy blu at walgreens, now you can be sure they'll be available in just about every store that sells tobacco products meaning online sales just promote competition. Flavors they MIGHT go after, it just depends on how much money they make BT.

    Either way, in short what this all comes down to is the FDA WILL regulate these now and they'll do it MUCH faster now that e-cigs are going to be associated with big tobacco.
  5. chinsk

    chinsk Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 7, 2012
    I think we all knew this was coming at some point in time. I have a feeling we will start to see a lot of things unfolding relatively quickly here.
  6. warlike36

    warlike36 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 13, 2010
    Who says they wont just shut the doors on there new e-cig company.
  7. Shiryo

    Shiryo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Yeah, I think it's thinking VERY optimistic to view this as a good thing, like them "improving" the outlook of PVs across the globe, etc.

    I think it's more of what other big companies do to rising competitors... Buy them out to stay hush and then kill the company.
  8. Retriever

    Retriever Moved On

    Nov 2, 2011
    I think they will just eventually do away with Blu. Maybe not, but a good way to eliminate the competition.
  9. kren

    kren Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 11, 2012
    This is very bad news. Even if Lorillard actually wants to get into the e-cig biz (which I doubt), the best-case scenario for us is regulated products (with all of the chemicals of analogs) at very high prices.

    I thought this would happen down the line, but am very surprised at the speed here.
  10. TomCatt

    TomCatt Da Catt Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2011
    Upland, PA
    :blink: :blink: Very important ... and interesting news :blink:

  11. Petrodus

    Petrodus Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    I doubt they bought Blu to shut it down

    If they shut down Blu ... It would we a welcomed wind-fall for all the other
    e-cig vendors. 100% of Blu customers would just Google for another vendor.

    No one is going to fall on their sword, and go back to tobacco, just because
    their favorite vendor is no longer in business.
  12. classwife

    classwife Admin Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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  13. kevbow

    kevbow Forum Supplier

    May 27, 2009
  14. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    The Tobacco Control Act places pressure on tobacco companies to come up with modified risk products if they want to stay in the game. Be sure that the plan is eventually to end the sale of traditional tobacco cigarettes, probably by lowering the nicotine content to a level where smokers will stop buying them and look to other sources of nicotine.

    I predicted that tobacco companies would get into the act, and that the easiest way for them to get into the business would be to acquire a thriving e-cigarette business, rather than starting from scratch and reinventing the wheel, so-to-speak.
  15. Petrodus

    Petrodus Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    I agree
    Its just business ... Nothing personal
  16. Vocalek

    Vocalek CASAA Activist ECF Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Springfield, VA
  17. Shiryo

    Shiryo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Well lets just pray this means that PVs will stay, for the better, and not call for an increase in pricing or prescriptions...
  18. buGG

    buGG Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 10, 2009
    wasn't blucigs part of the hon lik/ dragonite patent settlement...something new, something old on the horizon perhaps

  19. Petrodus

    Petrodus Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall
    during their e-cig business plan meeting ?
    Hopefully, there are those here who have some
    inside connections and can shed some light
    on this subject
  20. tica02

    tica02 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2012
    I really hope that this means something good for electronic cigarettes. We need to win a fight here instead of lose it to big tobacco. I think it's a really sad thing that its perfectly fine to die smoking because they get you hooked on it, but finding any way to quit it is wrong. Shame on the FDA and government and big tobacco.

    While I don't necessarily think electronic cigarettes should be regulated persay, it might be nice to know what we are ingesting is safe. I order juice from US companies, but I believe nicotine still comes from elsewhere. It would be nice to know that it's safe, though it's obviously safer than smoking.

    I have tried every other way to quit under the sun and this is the only thing that's worked for me. I hate to see it stomped all over.
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