(EDIT: This article may be wildly false and misleading. More information here.)
After a bit of speculation regarding the sudden disappearance of The Safe Cig electronic cigarette company from the market, it appears we have a clue what’s going on. A video posted to Safecig’s Youtube profile the night of February 26th announces a partnership with the Seminole tribe in Florida to sell electronic cigarettes together. SafeCig and Seminole Ecigs were already working together. Despite the announcement, Safecig’s website remains offline.
It appears this is more than a simple supplier relationship as it was before. By our understanding, Safecig was already providing Seminole with its Aurora as the relabeled Seminole Unconquered to be sold in Seminole casinos and smoke shops. This new shake up is a whole different deal however, focusing far more on Safecig’s plans to bring electronic cigarette manufacturing operations online within the United States.
We connected with Safecig owner John Deak who had the following to say about the partnership:
“We haven’t gone anywhere,” says Deak, referring the recent absence of Safecig from the market. “This is just the beginning to a bigger & brighter future for the manufacturing of electronic cigarettes. Seven years ago, when me & my brother Rob introduced e-cig’s to America, we never could have imagined it turning into the industry it has today. We feel a responsibility to the industry as a whole to deliver world class ecigs to everyone, not just Safecig customers – all of that begins with design & the quality of manufacturing. Someone has to be the market leader and clean this industry up & I really think that there is no one better to do it then Safecig & the Seminole Tribe. Together were going to build & manufacture the most advanced Electronic Cigarettes & Cigars the world has ever seen, and were going to do it here in our home – America.”
You can check out the announcement video here — with appearances from Safecig owners the Deaks, electronic cigarette inventor Herbert Gilbert (disputed), and members of the Seminole tribe. It’s unclear from the video what exactly the new Safecig will look like and if it will even look any different from the old Safecig.
Still, if the plan is to bring manufacturing operations to the U.S., many e-cig users may find themselves feeling far more comfortable buying from Safecig than companies with operations based in China where standards can be questionable at the best of times. Linking itself to the Seminole tribe may also be a way for Safecig to hedge its bets in the coming regulation battle. Both seem like smart moves to us.