At this point, there is a strong likelihood that you have noticed an increasing number of stores in Southwest Florida that sell e-cigarettes and vaporizers. One such store can be found at the bustling corner of Carrell Road and US-41. There you can find a bright neon sign that says “Open”. Brian Harrigan’s new shop, called City Vapor and E-Cig is one of the latest stores to open in the area. These stores, also known as “vape shops”, are becoming very popular.
According to Harrington, the goal of these shops is to help people to stop using tobacco products. He says that he encourages all customers who enter his shop to stop smoking. Customers like Brian Ratzmann are happy to hear this. He is currently trying to help his teenage son stop smoking and he hopes that the vapor that Harrigan’s shop sells will help him kick the habit. The ultimate goal is for his son to be able to stop using the vapor as well.
However, Florida’s Department of Health organization maintains that there is no clear research that indicates that E-cigarettes are an effective way to get people to stop smoking. Brendan Donohue works as a Tobacco Prevention Specialist for Florida’s Department of Health. He says that the content of e-cigarettes is often not very clear, which makes the safety of their use uncertain.
Although the FDA has stated that they will eventually regulate e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products, there have been no official regulations put in place as of now.
The public laws and rules for where people are allowed to use vapor and e-cigarettes are not regulated and no rules are currently set in stone. One vapor user, Vong Damronthul, says that the vapor does not bother other people. He has never smoked an actual cigarette before, but he has been a frequent user of vapor products for the past three months because he enjoys the flavor.
The FDA has expressed concern that e-cigarettes and vaporizers may become gateway products that will encourage adolescents to transition into using tobacco products. Harrigan asserts that he does not sell products to customers who are under 18 years of age. He also claims that his products are a completely natural way for customers to get the flavor of cigarettes without also ingesting the harmful chemicals or nicotine contained in tobacco products.