Employee Mac Tracy shows off his mechanical personal vaporizer, also known as and "e-cig" or "mod" at ElectroNicStix, in Boise, Idaho on Oct. 22, 2013. The $1.5 billion U.S. vaping industry tripled sales this year, but new federal regulations could put a damper on future sales, according to Bloomberg News. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce how it plans to regulate electronic cigarettes soon. Cigarette sales in the U.S. have been falling for decades, but the tobacco industry still does $90 billion in sales each year. Because cigarette use is declining, it's hard to measure how much vaping is impacting sales, said Ed Franklin, marketing director for Tobacco Beverage Co.
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:04 am
NEW YORK — On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze.
Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked from behind a wooden bar and turned into flavorful vapor for a lung hit with a kick that is intended to simulate traditional smoking. A hint of banana nut bread e-juice lingered in the air one recent afternoon as patrons gathered around a low table to chat and vape, or sidled up to the inviting bar for help from a knowledgeable "vapologist."
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