Vapor shops growing in popularity in SWFL

The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida says there’s really no concrete data E-Cigs will help people quit smoking. “We don’t really know for sure what the content of this particular E-Cigarettes often are we don’t know what’s in them” said Brendan Donohue, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with the Florida Department of Health. The Food and Drug Administration announced it would regulate E-Cigs as a tobacco product, but to date it has not enforced any set rules. And where you’re allowed to “vape” is also pretty lax. “It doesn’t bother anyone,” said Vong Damrongthul, who was shopping at the store Damrongthul says he has never smoked a cigarette in his life, but he’s been “vaping” for three months now.
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With e-cigarettes, where vapors rise, so does debate

Pasadena’s two shops have both opened within the last month. Benjamin Ocampo, owner of the The Vape Supply Company on North Hill Avenue in Pasadena, said he was going for a lounge-like atmosphere with taupe-colored walls, a long wooden bar and booth-style seating. Customers can purchase low- to high-end devices and sit and “vape” at the juice bar. The most popular flavor is watermelon mint, staffers said. Marco Malfitano, 44, of Pasadena, said he vapes “anywhere and everywhere.” A 30-year cigarette smoker, Malfitano said the devices helped him quit.
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E-cigarette techology smoking hot while cities struggle with regulations

Health groups, including the California Medical Association, warn that e-cigarettes are not medically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are subject to little in the way of quality control. “Health professionals are very alarmed,” Corbett said. When more than 150 opponents of her bill, SB 648, began vaping en masse in the hallways of the Capitol, passers-by coughed and choked on the vapors, she said.
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