Special Report: growing electronic cigarette trend

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The days of tar and ashes are going up in smoke.  Now it's all about the vapor, the fancy e-cig devices, and the ever growing wide-assortment of flavors.

Fruit Stripe gum, chocolate, even cotton candy are some of the flavors that attract customers here at the Vapor Bank in Evansville.

"Some of our loyal customers have combined things and turned out that it was a great flavor.  So people have fun with that," said Alex Jarvis, Vapor Bank.

Just like Apple is known for selling "cool" gadgets that loyal customers will wait in line for days to get their hands on, vapor shops are doing the same.

Whitney Edrington helps sell the "cool" at Nice Guy Vapors in Henderson.

"There are in here probably about 20 different models and there's more than just what we have," said Edrington.

Edrington herself was not a smoker.  But once she started working at Nice Guy Vapors, she quickly became part of the vaping community.

"It does help with stress, just to have something in your hand like a cigarette," said Edrington.

Once you have your e-cigarette device in hand, then you get to chose a flavored liquid or "juice".

Most stories sell over 100 varieties or flavors.  Those flavors come in a variety of levels of nicotine. Anything from zero to 24 milligrams.

The folks at the Vapor Bank didn't want to say if vaping is healthier than smoking.

They did say though what you're inhaling while vaping has far fewer ingredients than a traditional cigarette.

The folks at Nice Guy Vapors didn't hold back when it comes to which one is healthier.

"It's much better for you, it really is," said Rebecca Duncan.

"It's a lot better for the lungs. The doctors are recommending that people do switch," said Edrington.

Both shops say they see new customers walk through their doors every day.  Some wanting to switch from regular cigarettes to e-cigs.  Others, just wanting to try out the latest trend.

"Demographically, it's about 35 to 40 year old women and a little bit younger on the guys," said Jarvis.

Even thought most states doesn't allow anyone under the age of 18 to buy e-cigs, some believe it's obvious who's being targeted.

"Some people use purely zero and were not a traditional smoker.  They like the flavor, they like the hobbiest side," said Jarvis.

Some disposable e-cigs can be bought at some convenience stores.

Even though they don't fall under most smoking bans in most states, you do have to be 18 to buy them.

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