“Abraham Marilyn Lincoln Monroe,” A Humorous Hard Sci-Fi Adventure, Coming 2015 from Bitingduck Press

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

In a near-distant future, no more dystopian than our present day, in vivo fertilization methods have made cloning easy and common. But after a spot of bother with a Baby Hitler, the cloning of dictators, monarchs and other “crucial” historical figures has been prohibited, punishable by incarceration of both host parents after the fact—and, if caught in time, enforced abortion of the embryo.

As the world’s first, only, and completely illegal clone of America’s 16th President, Abe Finkelstein grew up with just one wish: to live his life just like anybody else. But when you’re a living ringer for one of the country’s best known and loved historical figures, privacy is hard to come by – especially when your face is on money. Across town, Norma Greenberg, one of the world’s many Marilyn Monroe clones, is wrestling with identity issues of a different sort. It’s not easy living as a perfect copy of the beautiful Norma Jean Baker! When Abe is kidnapped by government agents eager to discover the secrets of his illustrious ancestor, Norma could be Abe’s last hope of escape – or thanks to her barely suppressed kleptomania, his worst chance of recapture. With only their wits, a cigarette lighter, a bottle of perfume, and the disembodied arm of Richard Millhouse Nixon, can Abe and Norma make it back to safety and anonymity?

Set in Orlando, Florida, where artifice beats authenticity with one animatronic hand tied behind its back, “Abraham Marilyn Lincoln Monroe” features a host of Abe Lincolns, a gaggle of Marilyns, a Segway chase through the secret underground tunnels of the Magic Kingdom, and the answer to the age-old mystery about the dodo bird: what flavor was it? Josh Kilmer-Purcell of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” called it “a perfect gem with terrifically simple and funny twists.”

M.E. Roufa is an award-winning advertising writer and Creative Director living in New York City. Her work has appeared everywhere from the Super Bowl to the sides of shampoo bottles. She is a former Jeopardy contestant, a crochet fiend and a closet rebbetzin. This is her first novel.

“Abraham Marilyn Lincoln Monroe” will be available in paperback and all electronic formats, DRM-free. Advance review copies are available on NetGalley or by direct request from the publisher. A full-service publisher handling both fiction and non-fiction, Bitingduck specializes in books with science or nerd themes. Upcoming catalogs will feature young adult titles (2014) and hard sci-fi (2015). Submissions in all genres are welcome, particularly nonfiction; the submissions guidelines are found on the publisher site.

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Change in phase from cigarettes to e-cigarettes

Cigarette smoking is highly injurious to health. There are many health related articles that support this statement. Not only written words in the form of articles but also many live and practical experiments in many laboratories have been carried out to point out and prove the ill effects that are caused due to the smoking of cigarettes. It was during earlier days where people used to write and post articles creating awareness about the ill effects of smoking. But now there is a shift in the phase of the writing.

Now more emphasis is laid on the promotion of the new product that is launched and invented by the scientists. This is actually a Chinese based product and is exported to other parts of the world. These are the electric cigarettes. These are the best electric cigarettes that are available in the market. They are a bit costly but are very much helpful in preventing the disorders that are caused due to the smoking of the cigarettes. Hence nowadays the articles are written as safe smoking factors. It may sound different like a cock and bull story that sounds fake. But it is cent percent true and real. Yes, every one has to thank the technology that has made any thing and every thing possible. It has proved that nothing is impossible for a willing heart. And this willing heart refers to the scientists who have taken pains to perform many experiments and has come out successfully into the market.

Safe cigarettes are no more just an imagination; it has been come to existence and is in usage amongst the people. At times even dreams come true. Have you ever thought that there would be such a great invention through which one can smoke and still can live hale and healthy?

It is possible; yes the electric cigarettes have created and are creating a great buzz and sensation in and around the world in the present day’s world. This safe electric cigarette is a boon for the people who have habituated and become addicts of the cigarette smoking. The reason for addiction is that people who consume cigarette get the taste of the nicotine and get addicted to its taste. This causes many health effects. So this electric cigarette purifies the nicotine and lets only a very minute quantity of it to enter the body of the human. Thus it protects one from getting highly affected due to the smoking of cigarettes. Nicotine is a chemical that is very much harmful in nature. It causes lung disorders like the emphysema and cancer too. Lungs are the first and fore most parts of the body to

get infected due to this nicotine. In order to avoid all these, electric cigarette dilutes and vaporizes the nicotine and supplies it to the smoker, so that he or she is not directly affected due to the smoking. Also the effects of it on the human body are considerably very less and negligible. Thus smokers have a shift towards these e-cigarettes to lead a hale and healthy life.

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Canada E-Juice Prints Dramatically Improved E-Liquid Labels with Their Kiaro! Label Printer from QuickLabel Systems, an Astro-Med Business Unit

West Warwick RI (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

QuickLabel Systems, an Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) business unit, has released a video interview with the staff of Canada E-Juice, to document how the Oshawa, Ontario manufacturer of e-liquids has improved their labels using a Kiaro! inkjet label printer.

The new video can be viewed on the QuickLabel Systems website, on the QuickLabel blog, and on QuickLabel’s YouTube channel at Youtube.com/QuickLabel.

Canada E-Juice is a privately owned company in the Greater Toronto Area which manufactures and sells e-liquids, along with E-Cigarette supplies, to customers and wholesalers throughout Canada.

Deborah Walker, Director of Canada E-Juice, found that with the Kiaro! she was able to engage her customers, show off her product, and stand out on the shelf.

“We add quality to our juice, our bottle, and our industry just by the look of our label,” says Walker.

“Canada E-Juice presently has 92 flavors, but we’ve got more on the make,” says Walker. They’ll soon have well over 100 different varieties of e-juice, all available in different levels of nicotine.

In their early phases, Canada E-Juice was “printing very basic labels,” says Walker, “but business started growing. We needed our labels to stand out more, and we purchased the Kiaro! to enhance our labeling. To print good quality labels, and to print over 90 labels – the Kiaro! was the way to go.”

Quality Labels Attract Customer Attention

“When I first saw the Kiaro! I was amazed,” said Walker, “to be able to put beautiful, well designed, shiny, bright labels on our bottles was very exciting. We use the Kiaro! to print every single label that we have: our fruits, our tobaccos, our drinks. They’re easy to print, quick to print, and absolutely look gorgeous on our bottles.”

Canada E-Juice required elegant imagery on small, detailed, labels that was clear, attractive, and showed off their flavors.

Luke Hahn, a veteran employee at Canada E-Juice, immediately saw the advantage in printing labels with a Kiaro! label printer.

“Our labels now have actual graphics on them” says Hahn, “You can see the flavor, you can actually see a fresh strawberry, instead of just having the word “strawberry” across the label,” says Hahn, “now our labels are in full color and they look much more appealing.”

Debbie Walker agrees, “The Kiaro prints awesome labels. They’re absolutely beautiful, bright, and brilliant. The feedback that we’re hearing from our customers is astounding.”

Flexibility and Efficiency in Production

With over 90 flavors of e-juice, Debbie knew that ordering pre-printed labels for each variety would be costly and wasteful.

“We put out a lot of bottles,” says Walker, “being able to print out the labels immediately with the Kiaro!, and get the bottles out the door is just phenomenal. Because we use over 90 flavors, the ability to use the Kiaro! to print banana in one hour, and Canada the next is just amazing.”

Luke Hahn believes that having a fast lead time greatly improves customer satisfaction, and says the Kiaro! is vital to Canada E-Juice’s efficiency with filling orders.

“The Kiaro! has definitely helped us on our lead time,” says Luke Hahn, “our lead time is incredibly short compared to other companies because we have the power here to provide our customers with what they need. Before, it took time to change the e-juice names, and change everything else on the label. Now we just open up the file, hit print, and we’re on our way.”

“We manufacture thousands of bottles of juice a week now,” says Walker, “as we grow, we need what the Kiaro! can offer. It prints absolutely beautiful labels, for every bottle label from apple all the way to watermelon.”

“Now we put quality labels on quality juice,” says Walker, “and customers have been making comments clear across the country.”

About Canada E-Juice

Canada E-Juice is an E-Juice supplier providing premium quality E-Juice, and is the premier provider of E-Liquids and E-Juices in Canada.

Canada E-Juice only uses premium quality, food-grade ingredients sourced in North America, including U.S.P. Grade Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin, with no food coloring or food dye added.

In addition to making their own fresh E-Juices, Canada E-Juice offers many types of E-Cigarette Kits including Innokin and Joyetech products. Shop online for all Canada E-Juice products at http://www.canadaejuice.com.

About QuickLabel Systems and Astro-Med, Inc.    

QuickLabel Systems is a leading manufacturer of digital color label printers used by manufacturers and processors who want to print their own labels in-house as an alternative to buying large quantities of pre-printed labels. QuickLabel Systems is a brand of Astro-Med, Inc., a manufacturer of high tech specialty printing systems and data acquisition systems for test and measurement. Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALOT) is a member of the Russell Microcap® Index. Additional information is available by visiting http://www.QuickLabel.com. Keep up with QuickLabel Systems on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/QuickLabel and on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/QuickLabel.

E-cigarette Advertising Expenditures Tripled from 2011 to 2012, Study Finds


Electronic cigarette advertising expenditures tripled in the United States from $ 6.4 million in 2011 to $ 18.3 million in 2012, according to a study by RTI International.

The http://ECigBrandstarterkit.com, published in the April issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the first to comprehensively estimate e-cigarette ad expenditures across media channels in the United States. Researchers analyzed data from leading media companies that systematically track ad expenditures for consumer products in magazines, TV, newspapers, radio and the Internet.

“E-cigarette advertising expenditures are focusing heavily on national markets and TV ads, which will likely increase consumer awareness and use of e-cigarettes,” said Annice Kim, Ph.D., senior social scientist at RTI and co-author of the study.

The study found e-cigarette ad expenditures were highest in magazines and TV and lowest in newspapers and on the Internet. The study found e-cigarette magazine ad expenditures increased from $ 1.4 million in 2011 to $ 10.8 million in 2012, while TV ad expenditures grew from $ 3.2 million to $ 5 million.

Previous research by RTI indicated that adult smokers are receptive to e-cigarette TV ads and report intention to try e-cigarettes after viewing the ads. This research suggests that the increase in e-cigarette ad expenditures, particularly TV ads, will increase the likelihood of awareness and use of e-cigarettes.

The study also found national markets were increasingly targeted; comprising 54.9 percent of e-cigarette ad buys in 2011 and increasing to 87 percent in 2012.

RTI researchers identified more than 80 unique advertised brands; however, blu eCigs, a leading e-cigarette company, accounted for 76.7 percent of all e-cigarette advertising expenditures in 2012.

“Our results suggest that federal-level efforts are needed to track e-cigarette advertising, as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission does not currently require companies to report e-cigarette ad expenditures,” Kim said. “Tobacco companies are required to report their ad expenditures annually to the FTC, but there are no comparable reporting requirements for e-cigarette companies because e-cigarettes are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

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Small Specialty Retail Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

Operators in the Small Specialty Retail Stores industry sell a diverse range of products, from premium cigars to sketch pads. Due to its fragmented nature, the industry is not driven by product-specific trends but by broad changes in consumer sentiment and household disposable income. The recession negatively affected these drivers, causing consumers to cut back on industry goods. However, revenue was bolstered during the recession by increased spending in 2009 on the industry’s largest product segment, tobacco products. Overall, IBISWorld estimates that Small Specialty Retail Stores industry revenue will rise at an average annual rate of 1.5% in the five years to 2014 to total $ 40.8 billion. The greatest growth during this period was achieved in 2010, when revenue spiked 4.0%; however, revenue fell 1.7% in 2011 due to higher e-commerce sales and limited disposable income growth. As consumers began spending again, revenue remained positive and has risen since 2012. This upward momentum is expected to carry into 2014, with an expected revenue rise of 0.5% that year.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sally Lerman, “In addition to unfavorable spending conditions, increased external competition has further weakened industry demand.” In the five years to 2014, warehouse clubs, discount department stores and online retailers have taken away market share from industry operators by providing one-stop shopping and lower prices for similar products. These factors have turned many consumers away from small specialty stores. Bleak performance due to heightened competition has also caused underperforming retailers to exit the industry. The number of enterprises has declined from 127,902 in 2009 to an estimated 126,293 in 2014, which represents an annualized decline of 0.3%. Despite this factor, profitability has slightly increased over the period, from 2.2% of revenue in 2009 to 3.0% in 2014, as a slow economic recovery has taken hold.

“A rise in disposable income will likely encourage consumers to increase spending on quality products sold by small specialty retail store operators,” says Lerman. However, growth will be temporary, as competition from external industries, such as department stores and e-commerce websites, continues to erode demand. In addition, permanent price declines will keep profitability low in the five years to 2019.

The Small Specialty Retail Stores industry exhibits low market share concentration. The industry is highly fragmented, characterized by a large number of small players that are privately owned and operated. In recent years, industry concentration has been on the rise primarily due to increased external competition. External competitors, such as mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, department stores and e-tailers, have increasingly provided convenient shopping experiences and low prices to consumers that traditionally shopped at specialty stores. As a result, many industry operators have lost businesses to these competitors. This trend has caused under-performing operators to consolidate or exit the industry completely.

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Small Specialty Retail Stores operators retail specialized lines of goods, such as art supplies, cigarettes and cigars, paper goods, collectors’ items, fireworks, religious merchandise and trophies. This industry also includes general merchandise auction houses (except electronic auctions), but it excludes mass merchandisers, department stores, grocery stores, warehouse clubs and superstores.

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Freedom Laser Therapy Ascertains from Los Angeles Times Article, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Reports that Electronic Cigarettes Can Be Dangerous

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 06, 2014

Karen Kaplan, reporter for the Los Angeles Times wrote an article detailing distressing news about the nicotine liquid found in e-cigarettes. In Kaplan’s Los Angeles Times article dated April 3th, she educates the public that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has learned that poison control centers claimed e-cigarette nicotine exposure injuries rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. Tracking of these alarming adverse reaction calls to poison control hotlines occurring from nicotine liquid exposure to eyes, skin or other body parts, only began as recently as September 2010.

Callers complained of side effects reported to poison control centers as nausea, vomiting and eye irritation. 51% of those harmed by e-cigarettes were under the age of 6 and 42% of the victims were over the age of 20. A person even was reported as injecting the electronic cigarette liquid into his or her veins to successfully commit suicide.

There is now growing fear at the CDC that the nicotine liquid in these e-cigarettes can be hazardous. Craig Nabat, founder of Freedom Laser Therapy, a leading Los Angeles based nicotine addiction clinic has been teaching their clients who desire to quit smoking to really think logically about the principle of using nicotine to give up nicotine. It is Freedom’s belief, that the action of using a nicotine delivery device to quit smoking only prolongs the agony of quitting. Nabat says, “Electronic cigarette marketers have cleverly positioned their modernistic nicotine delivery device as a much safer alternative to smoking, but optimistically mainstream news reports like this one in the Los Angeles Times from writer Karen Kaplan will enlighten trusting users, that nicotine unquestionably has adverse reactions to the body.”

Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director at the CDC, fears more poisonings will continue as the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows. He voiced his concerns that the liquid cartridges are not even required to be sold in childproof containers. Freedom Laser Therapy believes, “it is simply only a matter of time before the Food and Drug Administration begins to impose many regulations on the manufacturing and marketing of electronic cigarettes, which is directly responsible for the re-popularization of smoking.”

About Freedom Laser Therapy

Freedom Laser Therapy Inc. is an established Los Angeles-based nicotine addiction clinic that has helped change the lives of thousands of smokers. After years of research and development, the company has launched the innovative Freedom Quit Smoking System —highlighted by its convenient at-home usage and requiring only 10 days to quit smoking. In April 2014, Freedom begins confidently offering smokers the ability to try the Freedom Quit Smoking System for 30 days risk free and they will no longer be charging consumers for shipping.