We love to have your input on the creation of content for this site- you can be sure to contact the webmaster with any questions- I leave the technical stuff to him! Before we get started on this site, it’s a good idea to get some things out of the way. Everyone knows you can use vapes for the consumption of illegal substances- but just like at the local head shop, these are labeled for tobacco use only (especially if you decide to buy one through our store!).
You should use your vaporizers only with legal herbals, this is our disclaimer. We are not interested in debating the use of cannabis, we prefer to live and let live. As far as the marijuana issue, we take no official stand and have nothing to add to the conversation expect for:
Willie Nelson is a Booster!
He loves his vaporizers!
OK, now that we’ve taken care of some site business, it’s time to move on to the various sections dealing with how vapes work and some review pages too….
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“About a year ago, a couple of good friends invited me to help them run a vape shop and eventual e-juice manufacturer in my hometown (Louisville, Colorado). We in this industry believe vaping to be potentially enormously beneficial to public health, and we’ve been dismayed to see it take a pretty stern beating in the public arena. This, along with the FDA’s recent ruling in favor of strict regulation and all of the various local ordinances popping up, have prompted me to action.
[Ed. note: The author of this piece works in the vape industry and therefore does have a vested interest. Knowing that, we’re running this because we largely agree with the points made here. There are also plenty of valid arguments against e-cigs and vaping, which you can and should read here.]
Well, to list-making at any rate. Because unless you go out of your way to be informed, chances are you’ve been exposed to more misinformation than truth about what the media calls “e-cigs” and what most others call “vaping.” Why is that, by the way? Glad you asked.
5. Two Completely Different Products Are Referred To As “E-Cigs”
When most people think of an electronic cigarette, they think of the product pictured above on the far left. They look like regular (“analog”) cigarettes, you buy them at a gas station, and (if you buy Vuze or Blu, the two most popular brands) they are made by tobacco companies— Imperial Tobacco and RJ Reynolds, respectively. The cartridges in these come pre-filled, and must be replaced with new cartridges. They have very limited flavor selections, and are ostensibly a simple—perhaps healthier—replacement for cigarettes.
Yet despite their impressive sales numbers, the vast majority of those who permanently quit smoking in favor of vaping do not use them. My store doesn’t even carry them. In fact, no vape shops do—just gas stations and convenience stores.
In an actual vape shop, you’ll find products like those in the middle (commonly referred to as APVs—Advanced Personal Vaporizers—or “Vape Pens”) and on the right (“Vape Mods”). APVs (most made by Chinese companies like Innokin) contain electronics allowing the user to regulate the power level, produce a moderate amount of vapor, and are generally priced under $100. Mods (mostly made by American companies like Surefire or various small Greek and Filipino companies) are for use with user-rebuildable atomizers, can potentially produce tons of vapor, and can be quite expensive.
Users are typically introduced to vaping with the mass-market products on the left, move to the middle for a more satisfying vape (as the analog imitators are very high nicotine and low vapor), and end up on the right when they really start wanting more flavor and less nicotine (more on that shortly). This is likely why, as sales of mods or “open system” devices have increased, sales of disposables have plummeted (and why tobacco companies that make disposables would rather mods just go away altogether).
This is important because lawmakers and the media absolutely do not differentiate between the two products, yet there is a world of difference. When they claim that “nobody knows what’s in these things,” it makes me wonder exactly what things they’re talking about, since . . .
My title at my company is Juicemaster General. I know, it’s an awesome title—I made it up. It means that I am responsible for every bottle of e-liquid that leaves one of our wholesale customers’ shelves, and I make 95 percent of it myself by hand. There are only four ingredients, and we did not find a single one of them on the surface of the Moon.
E-liquid begins with the main base, vegetable glycerin. We (and most other manufacturers) use certified organic VG—the glycerin doesn’t carry flavor very well, but does produce a lot of vapor. The next ingredient is propylene glycol—this is usually cited by alarmists as being a “main ingredient in antifreeze.” This is incorrect, as they’re willfully confusing it with diethylene glycol, which has actually been found in mass market e-cig products. I absolutely do not add any of that to my liquid because I do not make antifreeze.
Propylene glycol—or PG—is a main ingredient in albuterol, or asthma inhalers, and is perfectly safe to inhale when vaporized. PG is thinner than VG, and carries flavor very well—the next ingredient, flavorings, are usually suspended in PG. Flavorings are food-grade, can be natural or artificial, and are limited only by the imagination of the juice maker.
A note about these ingredients—the “we don’t know what’s in these things” arguments dissolve in the face of numerous studies like these, showing that not only do we understand completely what’s in these things, but we also have a solid understanding of their (negligible) toxicity when vaporized.
The final ingredient is pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, and all juice manufacturers make their product available in varying nicotine strengths. They range from ridiculous (up to 36 milligrams per milliliter—basically a Lucky Strike with the filter ripped off) all the way down to nothing at all. That’s right, zero. So what’s the point of selling a “tobacco product” with no nicotine, you ask?
3. Many Vapors Use Very Little To No Nicotine
You may be tempted to think I’m full of crap, but our sales figures don’t lie: In our business, e-liquid in very low to zero nicotine strength (6 mg per ml and below) outsells medium-to-high strengths (12 mg and above) by better than a two-to-one margin. Also, considering that literally every single e-liquid manufacturer offers zero-nicotine liquid—and at least one makes only that—it’s safe to say that there would be no supply if the demand did not exist. I personally had quit smoking for two years before I started vaping, and I use zero-nicotine liquid daily.
There are reasons for this. Most users start off at a high nicotine level when they are still getting off of analog cigarettes. When a beginner graduates to a device that produces more vapor, they don’t need as high a concentration of nicotine to be satisfied. Then, they may want to further “step down” (decrease the nicotine strength) once they find that high nicotine actually screws with the flavor of an e-liquid. Simply put, the less nicotine you use, the better your liquid will taste and, despite what media pundits seem to think, it turns out that even adults like things that taste good.
And I don’t mean “kid-friendly” flavors like watermelon and blueberry—although I do have a good blueberry vape if that’s your bag. One of our blends is an extremely complex mixture of oatmeal, rum, raisin, and anise. Another is an ice-blue, damn near unidentifiable tart-sweet menthol blend called Heisenberg. We’re not going for the kiddie market here.
You may be picking up that I’m referencing the many, many media assertions that we’re “targeting” children—trying to hook in kids with sweet flavors, and maybe even get them smoking. Say, did you know that . . .
2. The Vapor Is Far Less Harmful Than Cigarette Smoke
The average person has probably heard two things about the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes: either it’s perfectly harmless, or it’s worse than cigarettes, forest fires, and nuclear explosions combined. You’ve probably heard more than once that “not enough studies have been done.”
Here’s where my job as author of this article gets really easy. In case you don’t have time to read the linked studies in their entirety, allow me to quote:
A 2012 Greek study entitled Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device on myocardial function: comparison with regular cigarettes: “Absence of combustion and different chemical composition, leading to less toxic chemicals created and absorbed . . . electronic cigarettes may be a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes.”
A 2012 research paper entitled Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from electronic cigarettes: “We found that the e-cigarette vapors contained some toxic substances. The levels of the toxicants were 9–450 times lower than in cigarette smoke and were, in many cases, comparable with trace amounts found in the reference product . . . our findings are consistent with the idea that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants. E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among smokers unwilling to quit, warrants further study.”
A 2012 study entitled Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality: “For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed.”
You may not have realized this had been studied so extensively, and I could link to many more. I’d like to draw attention to that last study, however—the one focusing specifically on “secondhand” vapor. The first inroads being made into legislating our industry are arguing that vaping should be restricted to the same areas as smoking as the vapor isn’t safe. Across the board in our industry, though, the feeling is that . . .
1. Vaping Does Help Smokers Quit
As our industry continues to grow, even mainstream publications are being forced to concede that there is some evidence that electronic cigarettes might be effective in helping smokers to quit. We have known this for some time. Once again, I’ll let the evidence speak for itself:
“Most participants (72 percent) were former smokers, and 76 percent were using e-cigarettes daily. At baseline, current users had been using e-cigarettes for three months, took 150 puffs per day on their e-cigarette and used refill liquids containing 16 mg/ml of nicotine, on average. Almost all the daily vapers at baseline were still vaping daily after one month (98 percent) and one year (89 percent). Of those who had been vaping daily for less than one month at baseline, 93 percent were still vaping daily after one month, and 81 percent after one year. In daily vapers, the number of puffs per day on e-cigarettes remained unchanged between baseline and one year. Among former smokers who were vaping daily at baseline, 6 percent had relapsed to smoking after one month and also 6 percent after one year.”
“In a large, international survey (emphasis mine) of current, former, or never users of e-cigarettes, 72 percent of users reported that e-cigarettes helped them to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms, 92 percent reported reductions in their smoking when using e-cigarettes, and only 10 percent reported that they experienced the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes when using the e-cigarette. Moreover, of more than 2000 former smokers in this survey, 96 percent reported that the e-cigarette helped them to stop smoking.”
“In smokers not intending to quit, the use of e-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, decreased cigarette consumption and elicited enduring tobacco abstinence without causing significant side effects.”
Compare this to a truly negligible success rate for traditional nicotine replacement therapy like the patch and gum—upon which some pharmaceutical companies hang their hats—and it’s easy to see where the opposition comes from. Perhaps this is why the United States Food and Drug Administration is pushing legislation that will hand the reins of our industry over to Big Tobacco—those staunch guardians of public health—while putting companies like mine six feet under.
Meanwhile, some of the actual guardians of public health are already coming around on the issue. Many of the links I’ve used are compiled here, and this database is added to regularly—the ever-growing pile of evidence that the media is only giving you one side of the story.”
“Today is The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. The organization marks the third Thursday of November as a day to encourage Americans to quit smoking or make a plan to quit smoking. Although The American Cancer Society is targeting tobacco smokers, even cannabis users can be encouraged to find healthier alternatives to smoking on this day.
Why is Smoking Bad?
When you smoke cannabis or tobacco you are burning plant matter. When this happens cancer-causing chemicals called carcinogens are released. Although research shows that smoking cannabis may be less harmful than smoking tobacco, carcinogens are still formed. These carcinogens travel into the lungs in tar which is deposited on the lung’s membranes. The toxic compounds can coat the cilia lining the lung’s membranes causing them to stop working and eventually die. Carcinogens can also alter cellular DNA which may lead to cancer.
There are lots of ways to reap the medicinal benefits of cannabis without smoking. Understanding how each method works will help you choose which method is right for your lifestyle and medicinal goals.
Cannabis infused with a liquid base, often glycerine or alcohol, is called a tincture. Tinctures come in glass bottles with eye droppers so patients can easily measure a dose. The liquid cannabis is either placed directly in the mouth where it can be absorbed sublingually or it is added to another liquid like juice or water before consumption. Tinctures are often quickly absorbed by the body, bypassing the digestive system and thus resulting in a shorter activation time than many edibles. Nevertheless, it may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to feel the effects. Many patients with special dietary needs prefer tinctures because they are less caloric than many edibles and are often gluten-free and vegan. Patients that have difficulty eating or swallowing will also find that tinctures are easy to ingest. Glycerine based tinctures may be placed directly under the tongue, while alcohol based tinctures should be mixed with another beverage to reduce the burning associated with alcohol. Patients often add alcohol based tinctures into hot tea as another way to reduce the taste and burn of the alcohol.
Vaporizing has become the fastest growing new method for consuming cannabis. Like smoking, vaporizing heats the plant matter releasing the medicinal cannabinoids into a vapor. Unlike smoking, the plant matter is not burned avoiding carcinogen formation. Many vaporizers work by pulling hot air through the dry herb which releases water vapor and cannabinoids from the plant material. There is no direct flame applied to the cannabis. Although patients will exhale what looks similar to a cloud of smoke, it is only vapor being expelled. Vaporizers come in many sizes. There are larger units made for at-home use and smaller, portable vaporizer pens that are discreet and convenient for use on the go. Vape pens are available that work with dry herb, waxy concentrates and liquid cannabis oil. Patients with a higher tolerance are also vaporizing cannabis concentrates like wax and shatter using a dab rig. These rigs work by placing concentrates on a hot surface and inhaling the vapor that is formed. The key to any vaporizer is to heat the cannabis to temperatures that release cannabinoids without burning the plant matter.
Edibles are a popular way to get long-lasting medicinal effects. Cannabis is often infused with oil or butter and is then incorporated into recipes. Where smoking or vaporizing cannabis gives patients a more immediate onset of effects, edibles have a much longer onset delay. When an edible is consumed it first travels to the stomach. Here the fats and carbohydrates are broken down the same way all food is processed. Then the cannabinoids make their way to the liver. Here delta-9-THC is metabolized into 11-hydroxy-delta-9-THC. This compound is pumped via the bloodstream throughout the body and is responsible for the “body high” edible users experience. This process may take anywhere from 15-75 minutes, so be patient while you wait to feel the effects. Another difference between inhaled and ingested cannabis is the duration of the effects. While the effects of inhaled cannabis may last 1 to 2 hours, edibles may be felt for up to 8 hours. For patients looking for medicinal effects that last all day, edibles are a great choice. There are also many options available including sweet or savory snacks, beverages, and even enhanced teas. To avoid overdosing on ingested cannabis, many recreational states are recommending that new users consume no more than 10mg of THC at a time.
Cannabis may also be applied topically. Cannabis is dissolved in a fat-soluble compound such as Shea butter, almond oil or even alcohol to make a topical solution that is massaged into the skin. These topicals may be in the form of lotions, balms, salves or alcohol rubs. There are also transdermal patches on the market that aid in the absorption of cannabinoids through the skin. Generally speaking, the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting or inhaling cannabis are not felt when topical cannabis ointments are used. Some transdermal patch makers, however, do report that their products allow cannabinoids to reach the blood system through the skin which would give users an experience similar to ingesting cannabis. Many patients suffering from conditions such as arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, and muscle soreness have reported relief from topical cannabis use.
Making Healthy Choices
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American men and women. Although no studies have shown a direct link between marijuana and lung cancer, it is important to reduce your exposure to carcinogens. When choosing to incorporate medicinal cannabis into your life, be sure to opt for ingestion and inhalation methods that reduce your exposure to cancer-causing agents. It’s also important to select cannabis that has been tested and shown to be free of pesticides and added chemicals. Join the Great American Smokeout and vaporize or ingest your medicine!”
This is awesome news- the more this is part of everyday lingo the less paranoid people will be about it!
““Back in my day, it was just weed; it was just getting high,” said Joel Schneider, 55, sipping a cup of coffee. “Vaping? No. We’d never heard of vaping.”
Mr. Schneider, the owner of a pot-friendly bed-and-breakfast in Denver (it brands itself a “bud-and-breakfast”), had just learned that “vape” was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2014 Word of the Year. That is, a group of lexicographers got together and measured the word’s use, determining that the term — used to describe the process of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or “vape pen”) — had proliferated, along with the habit. (Last year’s word of the year was “selfie.”)
“The growing popularity of e-cigarettes, combined with the legal cannabis industry, created a perfect storm,” said Katherine Martin, a lexicographer involved in the selection.
Yet “vape” is only the tip of the linguistic iceberg, at least when it comes to marijuana. Spend a few days in Colorado, where pot has been legal since January, and you stand to end up tongue-tied more than once. Weed? Nope. It’s now “cannabis,” a subtler term. “Smoking” has become “consuming,” or, if it’s with a vaporizer, “vaping.” Pot itself is often referred to as “product,” and the industry is referred to as the “cannabusiness.”
“There is definitely a new vernacular that comes with the dawn of mainstream cannabis,” said Andy Juett, a Denver comedian who runs a pot-themed show. “There, I just did it: I wouldn’t have even used the word ‘cannabis’ two years ago.”
Call it cannaslang. Linguists say its evolution is not particularly surprising: Drugs have long produced a casual lexicon. There are at least 200 synonyms for the word “drunk,” as chronicled as early as 1737 in something called The Drinkers Dictionary.
Yet when it comes to pot, the new terminology goes beyond describing the high (though, indeed, “green out” is the new “black out”). There are now terms for the business (pot entrepreneurs are “ganjapreneurs”) and its sociology (bias against stoners is “cannabigotry”). The act of disliking a person who vapes is called “vape vitriol”; “cannasseur” refers to a pot connoisseur.
Some of the words are silly, but others are strategic: a way to give pot some class. “We work very hard to mature the messaging and vernacular of this industry,” said David Kochman, a lawyer for OpenVape, a Denver-based company that manufactures vaporizers. He notes that “buds” are now referred to as “flowers,” and “trim” (the leftover parts of a marijuana plant once the flowers are removed) is “raw material.”
As for vaping, the word itself appears to date back to 1983, according to Oxford, when it was used in a scholarly article to describe “an inhaler or ‘noncombustible’ cigarette” that looked “much like the real thing” but delivered nicotine through a vapor. It would be a decade before it would catch on, appearing in online forums amid the jargon of marijuana. Yet even a few years ago, if you heard the word, you might have been more likely to think “Star Trek” than e-cigarette, said Axie Blundon, OpenVape’s social media director. “You imagined vaporizing somebody into thin air,” he said, “like a stun gun.”
These days, vape beat out “slacktivism” (lazy activism) and “normcore” (grandpa fashion worn as a statement) — as well as another pot term, “budtender” — for the grand word title.
“I feel like vape is a more refined term,” said Chandler Davis, a 24-year-old budtender in Denver. “Here and there, we’re making smoking a little classier.””
Smoking e-cigarettes in Santa Monica is now restricted in the same way as traditional cigarettes following a unanimous City Council vote.
The ban was voted into place last month, but Thursday is the first enforcement day for the new policy. It outlaws e-cigarettes in any place where traditional smoking is already banned.
The policy prohibits people from smoking cigarettes, vaporizers or e-cigarettes in beaches, public parks, libraries, outdoor dining areas, bus stops, ATM lines and within 20 feet of doors and windows of buildings that are open to the public.
The use of e-cigarettes are also banned in residential areas where smoking is already prohibited, including non-smoking apartment and condo units and common areas of multi-unit buildings.
The Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade are included in the ban.
“Vaping” will also be prohibited inside all businesses, including vaping lounges — although the two “vape shops” already licensed in the city, Fix Vapor and Vapor Delight, will be exempted.
Those who agree with the new rules say they’re glad they won’t be exposed to vapor.
“I’m a singer, I’m a performer, so I think it’s something that’s kind of a nuisance to me. I know it’s not as harmful as regular cigarettes but it’s still something I don’t want to be around,” said Brittany Davis, an area resident. “If it’s a private area and it’s a place you have a regulation on that, then I think it’s a good thing.”
Others say the new policy hits people who are already struggling.
“I’ve been homeless for a few days, and if I get a smoking ticket, it’s going to be much harder for me to get off the street and get on with my life,” said a woman who wanted to be identified as “Sarah.”
The new policy also requires businesses that sell electronic cigarettes to obtain a license from the city.”
Whatcha thinka that? I think people should go there and just do damn well what they please, but who listens to an old hippie these days
Say what you will, this is some pretty serious looking research.
“Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are an attractive long-term alternative nicotine source to conventional cigarettes. Although they may assist smokers to remain abstinent during their quit attempt, studies using first generation e-Cigs report low success rates.
Second generation devices (personal vaporisers – PVs) may result in much higher quit rates, but their efficacy and safety in smoking cessation and/or reduction in clinical trials is unreported.MethodWe conducted a prospective proof-of-concept study monitoring modifications in smoking behaviour of 50 smokers (unwilling to quit) switched onto PVs. Participants attended five study visits: baseline, week-4, week-8, week-12 and week-24.
Number of cigarettes/day (cigs/day) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) levels were noted at each visit. Smoking reduction/abstinence rates, product usage, adverse events and subjective opinions of these products were also reviewed.
Results: Sustained 50% and 80% reduction in cigs/day at week-24 was reported in 15/50 (30%) and 7/50 (14%) participants with a reduction from 25cigs/day to 6cigs/day (p <0.001) and 3cigs/day (p <0.001), respectively.
Smoking abstinence (self-reported abstinence from cigarette smoking verified by an eCO <=10 ppm) at week-24 was observed in 18/50 (36%) participants, with 15/18 (83.3%) still using their PVs at the end of the study. Combined 50% reduction and smoking abstinence was shown in 33/50 (66%) participants.
Throat/mouth irritation (35.6%), dry throat/mouth (28.9%), headache (26.7%) and dry cough (22.2%) were frequently reported early in the study, but waned substantially by week-24. Participants’perception and acceptance of the products was very good.
Conclusion: The use of second generation PVs substantially decreased cigarette consumption without causing significant adverse effects in smokers not intending to quit.Trial registration: (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02124200)
Author: Riccardo PolosaPasquale CaponnettoMarilena MagliaJaymin B MorjariaCristina Russo Credits/Source: BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1159″
“Every week the editorial board reflects on a current issue in Our View. The position taken does not reflect the opinions of everyone on the Hilltop Views staff.
Smoking sucks. People shouldn’t do it.
Because St. Edward’s antiquated policies allow smoking on campus, the university should at least ban cigarettes and instead allow students to smoke e-cigs. Whether smoking is allowed on campus in order to cater to different cultural traditions or because it looks cool, e-cigs can do the job without bothering those who don’t smoke.
We, on the editorial board, don’t really care if individuals want to smoke cigarettes, but we don’t like it because it affects us too. Our lungs are not made of steel and our olfactories work just fine. This means we can get irritated by the horrid smell of cigarette as we’re trying to enjoy coffee outside Jo’s, and we inhale second-hand smoke that will kill us faster than all the caffeine we’re consuming.
Now, there’s a new phenomenon. E-cigs. For those of you who don’t know, e-cigs, also known as electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-powered cigarette-looking vaporizers. Their product is a mist instead of cigarette smoke.
Because it’s a mist, people still aren’t too sure where to use them. So far, the law isn’t exactly sure either. Last year, one of the editorial board members even had a friend who would smoke his e-cig in the dorms with no repercussion. One member recalls seeing a group of students sitting inside of the Dujarie lounge smoking their e-cigs without care.
Of course, the majority of smokers still keep it outside. This semester, the campus is filled with e-cig smokers, who casually smoke outside of Jo’s, Trustee and Moody.
E-cigs are better than cigarettes.
If someone smokes an e-cig, you don’t have smell it from three tables over like you do a cigarette. Even when sitting next to a smoker, the effects of second-hand smoke are lessened.
Yes, most electronic cigarettes do still use nicotine, but according to a University of South Carolina study, there is a 10-fold decrease in overall exposure to carcinogenic particulate matter.
The National Institute on Drug Abuses did state that e-cigs might promote the continuation of addiction to nicotine. So, smoking still sucks for the smoker whose body must deal with the chemicals he or she is ingesting, but it’s substantially less of a pain for everyone else.
According to Action on Smoking and Health, approximately 60 percent of e-cig smokers are smokers (cigarette or other), and the majority of the rest are ex-smokers. So, not only are e-cigs taking annoying cigarette smokers (not that smokers are all annoying, but the ones that are) away from the masses and placing a much less bothersome object in their hands.
Smoke e-cigs or don’t, but if you are smoking cigarettes, do it when you’re by yourself or with other smokers. Do what you want with your body, just don’t let it affect everyone else.”
I think the crux of the whole issue is sussed out in the last sentence. Do what you want, as long as it doesn’t bother anyone else. How can you go wrong with that?
“NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Dave Gerboth finds it strange that his favorite place to socialize these days is at a vape shop. The 43-year-old has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for more than twenty years, but just five months ago he started the process of quitting with a $200 vaporizer that he purchased at a vape shop in Cape Coral, Fla.
“I never imagined such a shop would pop up and that I would hang out there,” Gerboth told MainStreet. “It’s like having coffee or going to happy hour to hang out with friends.”
Gerboth is among the 90% of cigarette smokers trying to quit who are vaping, according to Vaporin Inc. data.
“It’s a movement,” said Scott Frohman, CEO with Vaporin. “Society looks down on smoking cigarettes but vaping is an acceptable alternative.”
The retail vape store segment has grown to a $1 billion market, according to Wells Fargo data, and Frohman is jumping on the bandwagon with Vaporin’s recent purchase of four vape stores in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Fla. enclave.
“We can open these stores for $50,000 to $75,000 and have them cash flow quickly with great margins,” said Frohman, who paid $1 million in cash and $2 million in stock for thevapestoreonline.com chain, which he discovered at a vaporizer trade show this year.
The acquisition of thevapestoreonline.com has yielded Vaporin more than $200,000 since its acquisition on September 1.
“We only need 1300 to 1800 square feet and the buildout is a bar, couch, a few stools, a display case for the vaporizers, a rack to hold the liquids and a computer for the cash register,” Frohman said.
The Miami-based entrepreneur plans to launch or acquire 500 vape stores in 18 months in Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois and New York.
Gerboth started vaping a tobacco flavor fluid that had 24 milligrams of nicotine in it. Today he’s down to three milligrams of nicotine, and his favorite flavor is vanilla berry mint.
“Once I vaped other flavors, it was like having a dessert,” said Gerboth who owns a construction company.
When he buys vape fluid, Gerboth pays $100 for 18 ounces.
“It only lasts three or so months, because I’ve become a bit of a heavy vaper,” he said.
The sale of vaporizers is a faster growing industry than e-cigarettes, having increased $400 million from $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion compared to a drop of $400 million in the e-cigarette market to $1 billion.
“I feel 100% better vaping than I did smoking cigarettes,” said Gerboth. “You don’t get the tar and carcinogens of cigarettes when you vape.”
In addition to selling the Vaporin brand of vaporizers in its new vape shops, Frohman also sells them online and at convenience stores and gas stations in the New York tri-state area, the Northeast, Washington and Oregon.
“The advantage of vape stores is the smell and tasting that happens,” said Frohman. “A storefront gives us the opportunity to sell our vaporizers to customers. You can’t do that online or in a convenience store.””
“ANAHEIM – At a designated area behind Disneyland’s Matterhorn, a heavy cloud of cigarette smoke filled the air.
Men and women sitting on wooden benches with small kids running around puffed on cigarettes and dropped gray ashes onto a tray. No vapers were in sight this Thursday afternoon – but here is where they must now gather.
This week, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure posted signs at their entrances telling guests who use e-cigarettes that they can vape only in designated smoking spots. The policy is more than a year old, Disney said, but the parks kicked up their stance’s visibility.
“In an effort to make our park rules clearer and more consistent at Disney Parks worldwide, we are making them easier for guests to find on our website and a selection of them will be available on signage at the parks’ entries,” said Betsy Sanchez, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
Disney’s stance is in line with other Southern California theme parks. Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Sea World have designated areas for e-cig users and cigarette smokers. Legoland prohibits any smoking.
Gino Garetti, 32, of Woodland Hills, spent part of Thursday afternoon walking around Downtown Disney. He said people are free to do what they want, but having someone blow vape in front of you can be annoying. “I’ve seen people fight about it at restaurants,” said Garetti, a restaurant server. “The vape looks like smoke, and people can’t tell the difference.”
Christian Tesoro, a 34-year-old from Anaheim Hills who owns SureFire Vapor in Los Angeles, figures he has a more clear view: Though it appears e-cigarette users puff a cloud of smoke, it’s actually water vapor.
“I think there’s still a lot of misunderstanding of what vape is,” Tesoro said. “We’re not cigarette smokers. There’s no fire involved, and it’s not toxic. The difference is night and day.”
Vaping sure is popular – the industry generated $1.6 billion in 2013, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. But it is not popular in many places: About 100 cities statewide have ordinances regulating e-cigarettes.
Tesoro who often goes to Disneyland and Downtown Disney said Disney’s stance won’t deter vaping at the park.
“People are going to do it no matter what,” Tesoro said. “It’s not like cigarettes. They’ll sneak a little puff, and the smoke will just evaporate in the air.” “
“The internet battle over regular cigarette smoking and e-cigarettes is growing bigger and stronger with each day and there are many things to consider in this battle, but the one that is most important is the user of course. People smoke, that is a fact and not everyone will just stop smoking, so giving them a less toxic alternative is always a good thing.
According to WebMD studies have shown that secondhand vapor from one brand of electronic cigarettes has less toxic chemicals the smoke from regular cigarettes. There are still some toxic chemicals inside of the vapor of course, but not as many as in regular smoke. Study author Arian Saffari says that findings indicate that: »generally speaking, e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes,« He goes on to saying: “we can still find some hazardous material in e-cigarette smoke and therefore we cannot leave e-cigarettes unregulated.”
The World Health Organization on one side has even called for a complete ban of e-cigs but another WebMD article talks about the critics of this ban where a group of UK tobacco and addiction specialists negate the ban on the grounds that the WHO report is riddled with errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations.
On the other hand many »vape« shop sellers say that e-cigs are an aid to quit smoking real cigarettes. And as it turns out it is not just them who claim this, british researches say that electronic cigarettes could save 6,000 lives per year for every million smokers. The researches argue that smokers die primarily because of tar and since e-cigs don’t have tar that these could actually be a welcomed mean to stop suffering caused by regular cigarettes.
And while most of the world still hasn’t decided on what to think of e-cigarettes, there is already a new hit on the market – vaporizers. Vaporizers resemble large fountain pens, with bigger batteries and cartridges, so they hold more liquid, produce larger vapor clouds and last longer. They also allow users, who often call themselves “vapers,” to mix and match hardware and refill cartridges with liquid bought in bulk.