China’s Vape Industry Is Just Getting Started


Hi, I’m Chelsea from the Vice office in Brooklyn. Our colleagues at our China office took a look at the vaping industry in their country. In this episode they explore this lucrative market, and what the future of vaping will look like. This is what we buy; ecigs. This might look like a Friday night at a crappy Beijing nightclub, but is actually the 2015 China vape expo in Shenzhen. I walked in to find models showing vapes on the catwalk, surrounded by guys with heavy cameras. Pretty much what you’d expect from a Chinese trade show. Vaporizers are a simple electronic product. Nicotine oil, or e-juice goes into the vape and the atomizer turns it into vapour while you inhale. E-juice comes in all kinds of flavours, from cake and mojito to chilli pepper flavour. The expo is full of foreign brands, mainly American companies. So I talked to some of them about today’s vape market. We have very high expectations for the Asian market you know, Asia is sending us all the hardware So, why don’t we sell China a safe alternative of American or European juices. And The expectation is that we have a very good chance to get a good chair in the Asian or Chinese market We hear a lot about a growing market in Asia I mean you have so many people smoking This is the future of tobacco The vaporizer market is already maturing in the U.S. and an emerging one in China. The interesting thing is China produces most of the world’s vapes and 90% of them were manufactured in Shenzhen I met up with Greg, the owner of NY Vape Shop He lives in Shenzhen, where he oversees production for his brand. Amy is a factory owner, and a long term business partner of Greg’s. She is only 28, but has already found her place in the electronics industry. We’re purchasing on occa- like, during busy seasons thousands of vaporizers and they’re able to produce it very quickly So, the battery for example. This is uhh- This is for putting together the PCB fab I mean this is very simple technology. There are dozens of companies that’ll sell product for 80 dollars, or 60 dollars, or 50 dollars. But it’s all the same. The only difference is we’re putting a different brand on it. We also distribute as well but we focus more of our time with our online business, compared to the big brands. We sell them at a much more affordable price for the consumer. It’s still really hot back in the States, people are still buying. Just the problem is the vaporizer shops just have way too much inventory to be able to sell so much. These don’t have enough foot-traffic to be able to sell a lot, keep buying. Supporters of vaping say it’s not bad for you, but how true is that? I met with Dr. Zhang Shunan to find out. In busy areas like Beijing’s [inaudible], more and more vape stores are popping up Even if vaping might not help me quit smoking, I still wanted to see what kind of fun you could have with vapes. So I went to check out Lee vape shop The way I see it, vaping is just a substitute for smoking. Sellers might claim it can help you quit smoking, but it seems more likely a marketing trick It seems ironic that Chinese made vapes. get exported around the world, and then come back to China; marketed as part of foreign vaping culture.

100 Comments

  1. VICE said:

    China produces a vast majority of the e-cigs on Earth—but why are its residents slow to pick up the habit? VICE China investigates.

    WATCH NEXT:
    Hazed and Confused: Vapers Explain Their Passon – http://bit.ly/2pWLnCl

    May 8, 2017
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  2. Eric Jiang said:

    1:06 the fat dude’s vaping was not cooool at all. That’s the problem with it. So many ppl gonna waste their life sitting home vaping like a piece of shit

    January 24, 2019
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  3. Eric Jiang said:

    Got to be honest, Chinese air pollution is no better than vaping

    January 24, 2019
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  4. Eric Jiang said:

    China is going to have vaping fog in the future

    January 24, 2019
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  5. Eric Jiang said:

    The third Opium war

    January 24, 2019
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  6. Eric Jiang said:

    The intro makes me wanna stop vaping

    January 24, 2019
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  7. lizardking6613 said:

    FUCK China all they will do is copy your shit and sell it back to you

    January 25, 2019
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  8. jamie silva said:

    <3 China <3 Vaping

    January 25, 2019
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  9. Keith Olsen said:

    God damn. Asian chicks are so hot..
    But of course retailers have too much inventory, everyone wants the new hotness and these manufacturers are putting out 577653 new mods and tanks every two days, and for the most part, it is all the same basic shit with different stickers and shapes.

    It's true a lot of bad vape products are made in China, but a lot of very good vape products are also made in China. Don't buy cheap clones and/or shit from Wish and AliExpress and expect a quality product and a wonderful experience. You get what you pay for, just like everything else.

    In my experience it is the cotton and coils that make all the difference. Once you use high quality organic cotton and coil wire you can't ever go back.

    Plus, I have no desire whatsoever to vaporize and inhale directly into my body whatever chemicals and contaminants are absorbed into my cotton. Or to use wire made with God knows what. There are reasons why the shit is so cheap.

    This all comes when there is little to no quality control regulation and production standards enforced where these products are manufactured..
    Fuuuuuuck that man! I'll gladly spend the few extra dollars for a safer and far better vape experience.

    January 26, 2019
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  10. Ilirjan Azari said:

    Say no to Smoking!
    And yes to vaping💙

    January 27, 2019
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  11. Blossom Saturnalia said:

    What is up with all the hover boards?

    January 28, 2019
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  12. Jason said:

    they make the vapes for the super cool americans then they buy the vapes to be like the super cool americans! Only thing that can make this better is if they all had on maga hats and yezzys!

    January 28, 2019
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  13. F R E SHA VA CADO said:

    i watched this video from beginning to end and my question still wasn't answered.
    will there be dumpling flavored vape juice?

    February 2, 2019
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  14. Shawn Baker said:

    Vaping is stupid in any country!!!

    February 2, 2019
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  15. leo said:

    Vape is safe guys. Lets vape

    February 4, 2019
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  16. Louis N said:

    …. And makes you look cool… That ruined it. Than he spins and blows a cloud…. Ugh

    February 4, 2019
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  17. Louis N said:

    I just hope people don't use this as their only research or info to determine their feelings on vaping

    February 4, 2019
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  18. Nicolette Clark said:

    The lady who was talking in the beginning has such a boring voice

    February 6, 2019
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  19. Yves Agustin said:

    Vape is harmless than that intro

    February 7, 2019
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  20. Sophia L said:

    2nd Opium War.

    February 7, 2019
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  21. Pedro D Flowers said:

    She is just painful to watch! And Chinese just wanna be Americans!

    February 9, 2019
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  22. Victor Valium said:

    If you are vaping and not smoking…you're not smoking. Considering how many are going to die from smoking in China, vaping may just be a good idea as quitting is not that easy once hooked to nicotine. It's not nicotine oil either…you cannot vape oil.

    February 14, 2019
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  23. itsnotatoober said:

    Vice outsourcing and branding it with made in Brooklyn by vice. Got it

    February 16, 2019
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  24. Jay Saleh said:

    i was at this expo in 2018

    February 24, 2019
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  25. Dhruvi Patel said:

    Healthy ! Go get some kale juice !

    February 25, 2019
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  26. Jesper Enkvist said:

    Vaping instead of smoking is a improvement because vapes don't combust anything and basically only contain nicotine and steam (although some flavors may contain unhealthy substances). A cigarette contains lots of nasty stuff such as tar and the combustion creates even more.

    February 25, 2019
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  27. Robert G said:

    Ok I don’t get China… there’s “business owners” and people that do space labor at factories for $450 a month?

    February 26, 2019
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  28. Trump2020 said:

    The cartridges are now testing positive for Lead

    February 28, 2019
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  29. sebastien jurkowski said:

    Cringe intro

    March 4, 2019
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  30. John Gabriel Ferraer said:

    You gonna die baby

    March 5, 2019
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  31. bachelorfrog said:

    her last line.
    nice

    March 6, 2019
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  32. Eloim Essaim said:

    comment from China. vape is much more healthier. I bought a small one for my dad last week. and i hope he can stop smoking eventually

    March 6, 2019
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  33. Lee Wan Cheng said:

    Is the intro girl stoned?

    March 8, 2019
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  34. Taunter Atwill said:

    No little chinese girl "it can help you stop smoking" is NOT a marketing trick! I know way too many people who tried for years to stop smoking. Only vaping got them off sigarettes. So you better stop selling CRAP!

    March 11, 2019
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  35. milky way said:

    Vaping is worse than smoking, just ask a respiratory therapist.

    March 12, 2019
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  36. Itz P0iZn said:

    they definately dont have enough black people over there

    March 12, 2019
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  37. Eds m said:

    Chinese people smoke so much it's only good they are switching to ecigs

    March 14, 2019
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  38. G Neesog said:

    They chose that take for the intro, very very interesting.

    March 14, 2019
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  39. Leone _ said:

    Put the most trashy looking hoodrat whore from the Bronx or whatever she's from.

    March 16, 2019
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  40. Kishitaくん said:

    I only clicked the vid for the thumbnail

    March 17, 2019
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  41. Michael Cortright said:

    Hey VICE how about you let the people that are doing the interviews do the intros? We don't care if it's in Chinese, we just don't want some lazy person to try to take even one bit of the hard work the people in China did and the reporter in this video SPOKE ENGLISH so why not?!?!

    March 19, 2019
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  42. kobe kobe said:

    NICOTINE ADDICTION

    March 20, 2019
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  43. TOMO SEL said:

    The funny thing is the vape was created in China by Hon Lik😂

    March 20, 2019
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  44. Donny Vapes said:

    I feel like the Chinese need a lil donny

    March 22, 2019
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  45. Sekrit said:

    Imagine being stuckin in a convention with the most annoying people in the world.. the horror

    March 23, 2019
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  46. T1087 0402 said:

    In my country vaping is banned. For the sake of tobacco
    industry mafia government

    March 28, 2019
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  47. SUCKS_2_SPEEDRUN said:

    Ohhh yeah…. Plz just more smog

    March 31, 2019
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  48. PrintMe Maad said:

    Wtf the workers' uniform shoes are slides.

    April 5, 2019
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  49. dr.chef said:

    Working in a chinese vape factory literally looks like Hell

    April 7, 2019
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  50. mace windu said:

    isn't the cheap Chinese vape pens the ones that keep blowing up in your face

    April 7, 2019
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  51. mace windu said:

    Vaping will never get rid of the tobacco cigarette

    April 7, 2019
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  52. mace windu said:

    Vaping is for Millennial douchebags

    April 7, 2019
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  53. KajiKingStarzky said:

    holy fuck can she be anymore bland.

    April 8, 2019
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  54. Pch Iwod Skate said:

    Watching this while vaping

    April 9, 2019
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  55. Tvoj Brat said:

    Imagine pooling a cigaret out 😂😂

    April 19, 2019
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  56. Broto theWilliams said:

    That intro was super amateur

    April 21, 2019
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  57. YEET842 said:

    I saw the click bait

    April 22, 2019
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  58. Holmes Zhao said:

    dumb ass chinese government just said vapin is way more harmful than smokin

    April 23, 2019
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  59. Team 974 said:

    Wicked wizard likes istock

    April 28, 2019
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  60. sselfless said:

    Chelsea stop doing cocaine.

    May 3, 2019
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  61. Milwaukee Phil said:

    China ecigs will blow up in your hand

    May 11, 2019
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  62. combo gogoi said:

    Nice😄🤪😄

    May 11, 2019
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  63. Andrew Cole said:

    Chelsea ……just stop

    May 13, 2019
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  64. balls deep said:

    Seems like alot of people from my area either stopped smoking period or stopped vaping and picked the cig back up …it seemed like everyone Vaped a year ago…now I hardly ever see it anymore.

    May 14, 2019
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  65. Chavo Loco said:

    Yay more cancer and putting fumes in the air for global warming

    May 15, 2019
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  66. Nock Nock said:

    4:59 please make this a meme

    May 18, 2019
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  67. Free Ops said:

    OOO a hit piece on chineses vapes..wonder which tobacco giant sponsored this episode..And no anti vape doco has ever produced any scientific study done because ther is only one that was done in germany and the study found no adverse effects……so all antivape psuedo pieces are propaganda or ignorace

    May 19, 2019
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  68. Kevin Sam said:

    Yeap its fun, but salary is too low and that takes out the fun😒

    May 20, 2019
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  69. InfernoReviews said:

    It may be trendy in china out here in the west people still look at you like you are a gay pussy if you vape.

    And it isn't a marketing trick when companies say it can help you quit smoking, it helped me to quit and if you browse the internet you will find out I am not the only one.

    The original e-cigarette was meant as a healthy alternative to regular cigarettes, I think there are a lot of lobbyists and other companies who like to demonise vaping claiming it is just as bad as tobacco and that you look silly and all that.

    If you are smoking and want to quit then really give vaping a try and push yourself to do it instead of smoking.
    If you dont smoke or vape stay away from it, and if you really want to try it and use it than vape the nicotene free e-juice.
    Just be carefull with the vape you will use. STAY AWAY FROM THE REALLY CHEAP CHINA STUFF and let yourself be informed about what batteries to use and what not to do.

    May 20, 2019
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  70. Henry Crick said:

    The air pollution in China means its always 420 there

    May 20, 2019
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  71. ꧁Slay Queen꧂ said:

    What's next catwalks with models smoking hookah pipes

    May 24, 2019
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  72. Bill A said:

    I've noticed that in China vape pens are the trend, while here in the US it's mostly mod boxes… interesting…

    May 25, 2019
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  73. Fuck You said:

    100,000 years later

    this is it???
    fuck off

    May 25, 2019
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  74. AnonymouslyKind said:

    Chinese people are like Fish they all look the same and have a population of Billions and we don`t care if they get Killed.

    May 28, 2019
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  75. Tommy Mason said:

    Smoked for fifteen years and very reluctantly switched to vaping. Went a year without a cigarette using the vape, tried to smoke for a couple weeks and went right back to the vape. Whatever people want to say about the product, I feel so much better using this than I ever did smoking.

    May 28, 2019
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  76. Ties de Vos said:

    The intro kinda made me wanna close the video

    Note: i did

    May 28, 2019
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  77. adam weigand said:

    1:38 "oh we have very high expextations for the youth… "???

    May 29, 2019
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  78. Aidan Hand said:

    Vape nation

    May 30, 2019
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  79. Khen M. said:

    2:06 that Madafaka sounds high af😂

    May 30, 2019
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  80. Loli4lyf said:

    Last year i bought a chinese made tesla terminator clone for about 10 bucks with free liquid and battery and it taste like S-H-I-T

    May 31, 2019
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  81. billny thehighestguy said:

    Ting tou ping pou flavor

    May 31, 2019
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  82. forrest kreider said:

    the lady who said the intro had a sexy voice I would listen to her anytime.

    May 31, 2019
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  83. Barry Soetoro said:

    IF EVERYBODY WAS JUMPING OFF OF A BRIDGE??? WOULD YOU??? REMEMBER WHAT MAMA SAID…

    June 5, 2019
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  84. TheAnonapersons said:

    What's up with all the douche bags in the comment section?

    June 6, 2019
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  85. Aloysius Pelly said:

    Freshman have joined the chat

    June 6, 2019
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  86. strange ghost said:

    Those american vendors had the most fucked up accents I've heard. Never heard that in America and im from the dirty south.

    June 7, 2019
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  87. c4p 420 said:

    give me a hogger of some grizzly wintergreen. fuck this pussy shit.

    June 9, 2019
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  88. John Smith said:

    Intro take 1: Yeah looked good, fuck it let's use it, probably won't get that many views anyways.

    June 12, 2019
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  89. Omar Alomary said:

    I genuinely hate how China is still using shit like hoverboards

    June 16, 2019
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  90. Rgh 1787 said:

    There make no smoke

    June 17, 2019
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  91. Paul Watson said:

    " I think vapes are a healthy , fun product ".. HAHAHAHHA ,, Riiiiggggghhhht

    June 18, 2019
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  92. Compact_Pancake said:

    Them some badies

    June 21, 2019
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  93. Khaleesi Romaerys said:

    6:40 I wanna suck that guy dry. He's handsome 😍😋🍆💦

    June 26, 2019
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  94. Corbin Fortune said:

    @ 2.26 (that guy definitely plays CSGO

    June 29, 2019
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  95. Rishi Ghai said:

    robots

    July 2, 2019
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  96. OmazingE30 said:

    hold my beer

    July 3, 2019
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  97. Rakish Touch said:

    1:36 his eyes are grey, almost too grey

    July 19, 2019
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  98. Rakish Touch said:

    4:48 they have fans to blow the solder cool, but it just blows it onto them, that stuff isn't okay to breathe, the solder that is, (Vapes probably aren't either)

    July 19, 2019
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  99. Theo Thistledon said:

    Super sized shit! Why as a species do we create this rubbish? Tons of garbage.

    July 30, 2019
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  100. Big pump said:

    This video is offensive to me as a vaper

    August 13, 2019
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