Did You Know These Celebs Vaped?

If you sometimes feel like you’re one a few people that vape and that you’re being judged for it, don’t worry. You’re in good company! Many very talented people blow out some vapor now and then. Check out these ten celebrities that also belong to the vape community.

1. Jack Black


You either love him or you hate him. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground when it comes to liking Jack Black as an actor and comedian. Apart from acting, Black is also a musician and plays the guitar. Another thing you may not know about Jack Black is that he likes to vape. If you ever spot him at a vape store, chances are he’ll even pose for you.


Celeb Jack Black Vaping
Celeb Jack Black has been known to vape

2. Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez is known for her many roles as a feisty, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to save her. While she may not need a man, Rodriguez does seem to enjoy the company of her vaping device. She’s been spotted at numerous Hollywood events with different kinds of e-cigarettes in her mouth. (Of course, not all at the same time.)

Michelle Rodriguez Vaping
Michelle Rodriguez has been an avid vapor

3. Aidan Turner

Irish actor Aidan Turner is known for his roles in The Hobbit, Desperate Romantics and The Clinic. Of course we also know him from the TV show Poldark. Unfortunately his colleagues on set aren’t always very happy with him. Why not? Aidan likes vaping, which in itself isn’t a problem. But it does become a bit problematic when you vape, dressed as an eighteenth century captain.

Celeb Aidan Turner Vaping
Celeb Aidan Turner has been known to vape on set

4. Jack Nicholson

Vaping is commonly seen as something for twenty-somethings, but Jack Nicholson proves that age doesn’t matter. The actor is also a member of the vaping community and he can even put on a charming smile with his e-cigarette still in his mouth.

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Jack Nicholson has been known to vape even at the Oscars

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5. Tom Hardy

Tom hardy has been vaping away for years and can be seen exhaling his vapor during interviews every now and then. The Mad Max actor seems to have an expansive collection of devices as he is spotted with a different one pretty often. Hardy actually posted a picture of himself on Instagram with one of his vapes while getting ready for the Oscars back in 2016.

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Tom Hardy enjoys vaping and can often be seen in public with a vape

6. Katy Perry

Katy Perry also likes her vape and ignited lots of rumors at the Golden Globes in 2016 when she shared a vape pen with Orlando Bloom. Who can blame her? It was an eventful night and her vape session with Orlando wasn’t the only thing she did to attract attention…

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Katy Perry enjoyed vaping at the Golden Globes with Orlando Bloom

7. Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is sometimes considered the Gordon Ramsay of the talent show world. His brutal remarks can even bring contestants to tears, although he seems to have mellowed a bit lately. And his vaping device seems to make the contest judge quite happy.

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Simon Cowell hasn’t been harsh on e-cigs and enjoys vaping

8. Sean Penn

Sean Penn has also been spotted with his e-cigarette at many events. One of the most striking times was at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in 2013. Penn puffed away as he sat on the panel. Fortunately for him, the other panel members didn’t seem to mind.

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Sean Penn has been an avid vapor both on set and in public

9. Carrie Fisher

Unfortunately Carrie Fisher isn’t with us anymore. But she lives on in our hearts and of course, through Star Wars. It seems “Leia” was also a vaper and an elegant one at that. She wasn’t ashamed of her habit and even vaped a  blu Disposable on the Today Show.

Celeb Carrie Fisher Vaping
Carrie Fisher made waves when she showed up on the Today Show with a blu



New York Legislators Crackdown On Vaping

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New York state has made significant moves in recent weeks to clamp down on where its residents can and can’t use e-cigarettes. As of November 22, vaping will no longer be allowed in public indoor spaces. The bill, which was signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in late October, will include all workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Roughly 70% of local jurisdictions already had bans in place, so the majority of vapers shouldn’t be affected by this change. The vaping ban has also extended to outdoor public spaces – including places such as Central Park and Times Square – meaning that vapers could face a fine if they are found to be vaping in these locations.

10 other states, including California and New Jersey, have already put statewide bans on where you can use e-cigarettes into place. Many large cities have also enacted restrictions on vaping, with Boston and Chicago two of the most notable examples of this action. Despite this, New York remains one of the most active states when it comes to legislation on e-cigarettes and vaping in recent times, and further changes could be coming in the future.

New York state assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has been reported to have asked the state to ban flavored vape juice. Whilst the bill hasn’t yet been advanced to the Senate, it still represents a worrying trend for those who use e-cigarettes responsibly. The American Vaping Association has been one of the most vocal critics of this proposal with president Gregory Conley saying:

“The AVA supports common-sense regulation of its products, such as New York City’s existing ban on the sale to minors. But adults are free to make their own choices.”

A similar bill was put before the Senate by Senator Brad Hoylman in March but didn’t get past the Senate Health Committee. However, Hoylman has said he will work with Rosenthal to put the issue to the Senate once more in January.

For this reason, we urge anyone who is unhappy with these proposed changes to get active and let it be known that these changes wouldn’t be welcomed by everyone in New York. At blu, we believe that those who choose to use e-cigarettes are being increasingly overlooked, and it’s up to the whole vaping community to come together to make sure that vapers aren’t forced out.

FDA Regulations: Why Can’t I Get Free E-Cigarette Samples?

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At blu, one of the things we used to love most was giving customers the chance to try our e-cigarettes and flavors so that they could weigh their options before picking the combo that worked best for them. Whether this happened on the street or through one of our social media pages, we loved giving people the power to choose something better. However, some of you may have noticed recently that we haven’t been doing this as frequently, and the even more observant among you will have realized that we haven’t been doing this at all.

The reason behind all this isn’t because we’ve gotten cheaper over the years but due to FDA regulations which now include ENDs products (which includes e-cigarettes) under the federal free sampling ban.  This means that as of August 8, 2016 the free sample ban automatically applies to all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – subject to FDA’s tobacco product authority, including components and parts of tobacco products.

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While it sucks that we can no longer do this at blu, we still get a lot of questions from customers wondering if we’ll be doing anything in the future. Unfortunately, the answer is that we won’t be giving away anything for free, at least until the law changes.

The regulations, which have been debated by a number of people since they came into action last year, were clarified by the FDA in October. The organization said that although free sampling isn’t allowed, e-cigarette vendors are still allowed to offer discounts on products, which will no doubt come as a relief to anyone who visited us on Cyber Monday!

Moving forward, we want to make sure that we keep you informed on the things that matter in the world of vaping. Your feedback led to the writing of this post as so many of you wanted answers to this question. If you have any other questions or queries that you need answered, get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter, or speak to our Customer Service Team, and we’ll always be sure to get back in touch.

California Raises Taxes On E-Vapor Products

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Recently California proposed an increase in the excise tax on e-vapor products. The details are as follows:

  1. Effective as of April 1, 2017 the California tax on tobacco products, is at a rate of 27.3%.
  2. On July 1, 2017, the tax rate on tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices sold in combination with nicotine, will increase at a rate equivalent to the increase on cigarettes.
  3. The online tax would apply to vaping products containing nicotine. Other vaping products that do not contain nicotine, such as e-cigarettes, batteries, and chargers, are subject to tax only when sold in combination with products containing nicotine for a single price.

This new excise tax hike will only affect residents of California.

As always, we will continue to fight on behalf of you, our valued customer, when states propose and try to enact burdensome taxes on our consumers.


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Hon Lik: The Man Who Invented Vaping

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Without Hon Lik, the world of e-cigarettes would be a very different place indeed. Born in September 1951, Lik is the man responsible for inventing the modern e-cigarette when, in 2001, he started work on a device that would deliver nicotine in the form of vapor.


“I already knew it would be a revolutionary product,” he told The Spectator in a 2015 interview. “Some in China have called it the fifth invention – after navigation, gunpowder, printing and paper. But that’s too much.”

In these early days, Hon Lik’s invention was markedly different to the one we’re now familiar with. Instead of a heating element, which is now used to vaporize the e-liquid and produce vapor for the user to inhale, Hon Lik’s initial design made use of a piezoelectric ultrasound element. It was bigger and bulkier than the e-cigarette design vapers have become accustomed to today, but it was a significant start.

“In 2001 I devised a system on a large console, using food additives as solvents,” Hon Lik told French scientific publication Sciences et Avenir in 2013. “At the time I was working on vaporization by ultrasound but the droplets formed were too big to resemble tobacco smoke. This technology is used for example in some household humidifiers; it consists of making a metallic diaphragm vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency in a liquid to create micro-droplets which then, upon contact with room-temperature air, form a sort of cold vapor.”

As the months passed, Hon Lik’s idea was refined, and a smaller, more practical device that used a heating element was patented in China in 2003. In 2004 e-cigarettes hit the market for the first time through the Chinese company Ruyan, which Hon worked for. In 2005, Ruyan started exporting e-cigarettes outside of China, and in 2007 they entered into the US market.

They were a rapid success. By 2014, global sales of vaping devices were worth just under $5bn, and that number is expected to rise rapidly across the next few years, hitting over $15bn by 2019.The majority of sales come from Hon Lik’s home country of China, with the USA contributing the second highest level of sales and Japan, Russia, and Germany making up the rest of the top five.

In 2013, Hon Lik joined Fontem Ventures, the parent company of blu, in order to continue development and innovation in the e-cig sector, an aim he’s sure to achieve. And what’s his goal going forwards? “My real passion, like many other inventors,” he told The Guardian, “is to leave some trace behind.”

Electronic Cigarettes vs. Traditional Cigarettes

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By switching to e-cigs, you can still get the satisfaction of a traditional cigarette – but you avoid the tar, odor and ash that come with it. Are you the type who needs to see hard evidence before you make a change? We feel you on that. It’s a big transition. We can help you make an educated decision with a few facts.

Comparing the cost of electronic cigarettes with traditional cigarettes

If you’ve ever balanced your budget, you know traditional cigarettes can be expensive. And let’s face it, it never hurts to have extra money every month to spiff up your wardrobe, wow your date, tip your way past that velvet rope or maybe save up for a weekend getaway.

Go green with an electronic cigarette

You may not drive an electric car or live off the grid, but we can all care about the Earth. Plain and simple, traditional cigarettes increase a person’s carbon footprint. More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are tossed each year (yes, that’s trillion with a “t”), and more than 600 million trees are destroyed, all in the name of tobacco production. In short, this takes a heavy toll on the environment.

But the typical electronic cigarette can be recycled at just about any of your local recycling facilities—meaning that it’s a true green alternative.

Advance your career simply by switching to an e-cig

Here’s an advantage you probably didn’t think of – your career might benefit from making the switch to e-cigs Studies suggest that on average, smokers earn less than people who don’t smoke, and some 6,000 US-based companies refuse to hire people who smoke. Statistics show that the average smoker spends more than an hour smoking each workday, meaning a loss of 20 work hours per month. No wonder smoking can affect your job.

The alternative, of course, is an electronic cigarette. By producing no smoke or odor – just vapor – e-cigarettes let you vape at your convenience. So making the switch may help you climb that corporate ladder and become the captain of industry your mom always knew you could be.