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March 30, 2014

A case of the vapors

Vaping is a new rage that some find fun, others beneficial, while raising questions on how and whether to regulate it

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The devices deliver to users nicotine or other substances such as flavored juices through vapor, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s website. They are usually made of a battery-operated, rechargeable heating element with a replaceable cartridge and atomizer that when heated converts the contents of the cartridge to vapor, which is then inhaled by the user.

Some e-cigarettes resemble actual tobacco cigarettes, others are reminiscent of classic long-stem cigarette holders, like those used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s and ‘40s. Usually the devices are about the length of a fountain pen, and some people wear them attached to lanyards like a necklace.

The e-cigarettes require no combustion, said Micah Saldana, who co-owns Baker Vapes with her husband Mark.

“The vapor,” she said, “is the same used for breathing treatments for asthma.”

E-liquids come in a variety of flavors like strawberry and mocha, she said. The premium liquids their shop sells are all made in a clean lab from natural ingredients and come in pharmaceutical-grade glass. They have varying amounts of nicotine in them, including none, 8 milligrams, 12 milligrams, 18 milligrams and 24 milligrams, and cost $9.95 each for a 15 milliliter bottle. The e-cigarettes they sell run about $32.95.

A tobacco cigarette can deliver nicotine in doses as high as 100 milligrams, reports say.

Although currently no age restrictions exist to use the products, the e-cigarettes are meant for those 18 and over, she said. They do not sell to minors and follow tobacco sales laws, she said. They don’t even allow their daughter Daisey, 17, who runs the next-door high-end clothes resell shop to operate the vape shop. 

Their shop and their daughter’s shop have been open four weeks and held its official grand opening Saturday, March 29, she said.

Currently, no national policies exist regarding regulation of e-cigarettes, and the FDA has yet to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the devices for consumers. While the FDA has yet to make a decision on e-cigarettes, some local businesses as well as organizations like schools have developed policies restricting or prohibiting their use.

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