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4/8/2014 6:00:00 AM
E-cigs gain strong local popularity
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Tony Oliver tries out a new flavor in his Zodiac e-cigarette at the J Vapes store on WIndsong Drive in Prescott Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Tony Oliver tries out a new flavor in his Zodiac e-cigarette at the J Vapes store on WIndsong Drive in Prescott Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
With 87 different flavors in three sizes and five different levels of nicotine concentrations, from 0 - 24 mg, there are a lot of choices for the e-cig user.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
With 87 different flavors in three sizes and five different levels of nicotine concentrations, from 0 - 24 mg, there are a lot of choices for the e-cig user.
E-cigs: Vape ‘em if you got ‘em
Electronic cigarettes were first introduced in American markets around 2007 after being introduced in China around 2004. The industry has since grown to a billion-dollar industry. The devices are also referred to as personal vaporizers (PV), or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system).

Designed as an alternative to tobacco products, e-cigarettes contain a battery that looks like a cigarette and an atomizer, which is often made to look like a filter. Liquid nicotine is contained within the product, which smokers inhale through the amotizer. The liquid nicotine is turned into a vapor during that process. Unlike real cigarettes, e-cigarettes leave no smell. The liquid nicotine itself is often flavored to enhance the "vaping" experience. Flavors can include anything from bubble gum flavors to vanilla and chocolate. An e-cigarettes battery typically needs to be recharged at least once a day. Often, chargers can use outlets and even USB computer ports.

While typically sold as a means to quit smoking in the traditional sense, many health experts, such as the World Health Organization, have questioned the accuracy of the claim and suggested caution when using the products until their health benefits can be established.

By 2011, one in every five smokers is estimated to have tried an electronic cigarette, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control. Sales of electronic cigarettes were estimated at 3.5 million in 2012.

Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

There's no denying the popularity of electronic cigarettes. With more and more people wanting to kick the tobacco habit, the devices have become a step back from Camels or Marlboros.

It can create a marketing bonanza.

The J Vapes Prescott Valley location offers a special deal for cigarette smokers who want to quit. Those who drop their last pack of cigarettes into the 'Quit Pit' get a free batch of liquid nicotine when they purchase an e-cig starter kit. A number of cigarette packs lie abandoned inside the glass pit mounted on the wall. J Vapes, which also operates a store on Iron Springs Road in Prescott, opened their PV location three months ago. Davila, friends with J Vapes founders John Fisher and Jourdan Wheeler, is a former pack-a-day smoker. Now, with vaping, he hasn't smoked in two years.

"I can wake up in the morning and not cough up black stuff. I can run, hike and I feel better. I know it's working for me," Davila said.

He cautioned, however, that e-cigarettes wouldn't completely cure the addiction to cigarettes.

"To quit smoking with one of our e-cigarettes, there has to be will power. You have to want to quit smoking," Davila said.

These days the devices, which can look like silver pipes or like identical twins of old-fashioned tobacco cigarettes, are everywhere. Starter kits can be found at nearly every gas station for around $30. In 2013, a new Arizona law banned sales to minors under 18. But that hasn't stopped their popularity from soaring.

Sales of e-cigarettes continue to blossom, from approximately 50,000 in 2008 to over 3 million in 2012, according to reports from the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. In Prescott and Prescott Valley, sales are surging, ranging from starter kits to vials of flavored blends of liquid nicotine.

Zack Davila, manager of J Vapes in Prescott Valley, said he's seen ex-smokers and even non-smokers visit the store to try the products offered there. Vaping customers, he said, range in age from 18 to 80-years-old. The store also offers a small lounge area for people to hang out.

Electronic cigarettes, he said, have become something of a national subculture in recent years, similar to car and motorcycle subcultures.

"It's like a hobby. It's something people want to keep doing because it's fun and makes them feel like a part of a community," he said. "Smoking is looked down on. People don't want to be around it. It's not like that with vaping. There's a lot of camaraderie with it."

Daniel Lizarraga, manager of PicQuic Vapors on Montezuma Street in Prescott, said his year-old business specializes in electronic cigarettes, hookas and more. Like J Vapes, seating area is provided for e-cigarette smoking.

"The bulk of our business is people trying to get off of traditional tobacco and looking for alternative choices," Lizarraga said.

When he first started selling e-cigarettes, he often had to explain the process. Now customers come in seeking specific brands. The store sells approximately 100 different flavors of liquid nicotine as well.

The sense of community among e-cigarette users has led to a number of gatherings catering to vaping enthusiasts. Last month, J Vapes hosted a special "Vape Meet" in Prescott Valley.

"It's where a bunch of people get together and hang out and have competitions, like who can blow the biggest cloud. It's a lot bigger in Phoenix and California, but it's growing in Prescott and Prescott Valley," Davila said.


Questions regarding the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes, however, are also growing. Those questions include the effects of nicotine vapor and the effects "second-hand vapor" may pose to those exposed to it. Other concerns include inadequate labeling, leaving many to speculate about other chemicals or ingredients in the liquid nicotine, and the risk of nicotine addiction.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently regulate e-cigarettes, since the products do not contain tobacco. E-cigarettes, and related accessories, are not subject to American tobacco laws, and can currently be purchased via the Internet and without proof of age. Currently, however, the FDA is working to classify e-cigarettes as a drug delivery device so they can be regulated.

In Yavapai County, there are no regulations concerning the use of electronic cigarettes, said David McAtee, spokesman for Yavapai County Community Health Services.

"It's so new it has not been regulated yet," he said. "They're still looking at research and trying to determine what exactly is coming out of an e-cigarette, but I'm sure it's coming down the line."

Businesses, however, can choose whether to allow e-cigarette or not.

"We know you're not allowed to smoke within a certain number of feet of a restaurant and we have all these Smoke-Free Arizona signs up, but there really isn't anything on the books officially for e-cigarettes," McAtee said.

Despite possible health concerns, Lizarraga said most tobacco users balance that risk with the desire to quit.

"They're looking for an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking," he said. "There's a lot of misunderstanding about e-cigarettes. One of the things I like about it is you can pick the amount of nicotine you use. We have from zero to full strength and we have a lot of customers that have worked their way down to zero. They are no longer ingesting nicotine."

E-cigarette user Tony Oliver smoked for six years before switching to a Zodiac Mod electronic vaping device. He made the switch after befriending J Vapes employee Nick Verrocchi.

"I came in and dropped my cigarettes into that pit and never looked back," Oliver said. He hasn't smoked a real cigarette in five months and said his health is improving.

"I feel a thousand times better," Oliver said. "I highly doubt there are negative effects. It's just smoking companies saying bad words about it because they're losing money."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: For every finger you point, etc.

Isn't it funny that anytime someone makes a decision about their own life/health there are entire bandwagon of people pointing fingers at why it's wrong & how they have no faults quirks or addictions of their own?

Methinks most of these naysayers may have more addictions & skeletons in their closet (than those they condemn) and this is a way for them to deflect their own problems by way of pointing fingers.

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: Big Story

This story was given space as if e-cigs were some kind of cancer cure. No, it got space because Prescott is the doper/slacker capital of America.

There are other ways to stop smoking that do less harm to the individual and environment.
Just another commercial promotion.

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: The evolution of man

Big Mac's, Twinkies, crispy creme dougnuts, energy drinks, now vaping.
Maybe they can vaporize all the above into the pipe.
It's embarrassing!
No other species on earth has so many addictions as the human species.

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Rev: After ingesting nicotine for a while, addiction just creeps up. The reality is that people are addicted to it. It's harder to kick than heroin. Now that the technology is sufficiently advanced and that these ecigs can pretty much replace "analogs", some people are using it to quit. There are various nicotine levels in the ejuices, and some gradually reduce their nicotine intake that way. It works for a lot of people. Even if it doesn't, at least it's just nicotine instead of nicotine + even more harmful stuff. To those who want to vape and you're not hooked on nicotine already: Do yourselves a favor and don't start.

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: @ as a nurse

Replacing one very harmful addiction for a less harmful (but not harmless) addiction is a good thing.

Capturing a new generation of nicotine users through vaping isn't a good thing.

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: Another Toy

Only another toy to fill Americans addictions. Keep your filthy habits away from me!

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014


Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: The vapor speaks

This stuff will make your face and neck puffy!

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: The Rev

Nicotine Why do some (you) crave it? Not a judgment just a question, my house is glass.

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: sylvia why

I didn't think it would actually help me quit I decided to get it cause it was cheaper than buying more cigarettes. (I had a coupon for Mark 10 cartridges.) I bought it though and the first time I killed the battery I picked up another pack and it was like my first cigarette ever I got light headed and it was harsh. I still have a few in that pack and I bought it 4 days ago. (Normally a pack wouldn't even last 2 days.) I think that might be the last one ill buy.

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Article comment by: @ Happy Daze


Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Article comment by: Happy Daze

The e-cig smells and fills the air with smoke. PERIOD

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Article comment by: Mr. Bean

Get a patch, it's more effective.

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Article comment by: Where there's smoke, there's fire

Do yourself a favor..........Ask a doctor about even the lowest levels of nicotine in your bloodstream.
It harms nearly EVERY organ in the human body.
Then, ask yourself, is the short span of pleasure worth the cumulative destruction.
For me, the answer is an easy one.

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Article comment by: Looks Foolish

Smoking was so foul, so nasty, so inconsiderate, but Vapin' is sooooo cool!

Personally, I don't need any studies to find it ridiculous and in public places? Just RUDE.

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: Kat Arnold

@ Sour Grapes Yes you can vape MMJ ! Most people that don't like the smoke do this! Also edibles and oils! So it not just hitting a bong or rolling a joint anymore. You have many choices to recieve your medication. Smoking a bong, joint using a vape gives faster relief then edibles.

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: tom smith

I replaced analogs in one day one week ago and have not looked back feel better more productive at work and not hacking. I did a ton of research and compared to analogs order of magnitude safer this vid is long but has a lot to say on the subject the research is small right now but evidence is growing that it is safer. For all those nicotine naysayers it has been approved for long term therapy and it breaks down into niacin (vitamin B3) an essential human nutrient and is probably a likely reason for the brain's reaction to nicotine. For the three other ingredients it is in a lot food products and most people will have consumed even if they don't vape. I have found a way to enjoy my life that is working and have a hobby that can be fun don't screw it up because you don't understand. Az go children, remember they still get attracted to tobacco despite the lack of advertisements look at big picture.

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: JM S

And congress is so worried about air pollution. HA I guess we don't care what is sent into the atmosphere, as long as we're happy. You know we will all suffer for this selfish attitude. LOL

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: As a Nurse I've seen the good they do .

As a nurse I can't believe the anti-e cig propaganda being spread, i've seen patients being able to get off of oxygen after switching to e cigs, it's the spread of ignorance and rumors that is hurting a healthy alternative to dangerous cigarettes. I've heard this and I've heard that....really well I've seen extremely sick people once again regain their health after switching to e cigarettes, people who couldn't walk 10 feet without being out of breath, now being able to walk all day without being tired and breathless and enjoy a healthy life again, so will there be the bad news in the years to come about ecigarettes? knowing what's in them I seriously doubt it and I'm seeing nothing but the good effects of vaping in my patients.

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: Double Think

Yup, nicotine is bad for you however, lets legalize marijuana, as it is good for you. God, the poisons they put into our water supply and food supply are having their desired effects on the American sheeple. Is is any wonder that this country is being overtaken by a criminal element within our own government, without one single shot being fired!

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: trippetta able

You know what other substances children can get a hold of that we should ban w/o a Dr's script? (besides prescription drugs which cause more overdoses in those children every one is worried about?) Caffeine (also causes heart disease) Gasoline (teenagers can huff it to get high) alcohol (how did the last prohibition work out?) Soooo tired of everyone toting out that tired old line "But think of the children" How about you actually parent your children and teach them right from wrong and quit deciding what is right for me and other consenting adults?

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: @ sour grapes

Yes, they have had vaping machines available for smoking MM for quite some time now. (and @ tired, etc.)There aren't any "chemical additives" in e-cigs that myth began with people confusing propylene glycol with the propylene glycerol (or glycerine) that is used to produce the vapor in e-cigs. Glycerine (or glycerol) is a harmless additive used in food and cough medicines whereas of course glycol is the main component of anti-freeze. Now you know.

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: Stan tha Man

I actually feel bad reading all these comments from people who think that e-cigarettes are somehow just as bad (or worse) than tobacco cigarettes. Where are you getting your information from? Did you do any actual research into it? Or did you hear something from a guy that heard something from another guy?

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: Non- Smoker

While e-cigarettes certainly demonstrate promise in helping tobacco smokers kick the habit, the problem is that this nicotine delivery devise makes it far too easy for non-smokers and children to become addicted to nicotine. To make matters worse, there seems to be a fashionable subculture developing around vaping. There is this prevailing (false) wisdom that inhaling nicotine in water vapor somehow renders it less harmful or less addictive than getting it by other means. While the jury is still out, it is a good bet that vaping will turn out to have long-term health consequences similar to those associated with chronic tobacco use. Many members of the medical community have suggested making e-cigarettes available only by prescription to those who wish to quit tobacco. This would certainly take the social mystique out of this product and prevent children from obtaining these devises.
@ Doing Research Smith
Nicotine may not be implicated in causing cancer, but it is implicated in the development of heart disease (, )

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

If anyone has troubles quitting with e-cigs, try lobelia. You can make an herbal cigarette with mullein, sage and other things and sprinkle a very tiny bit of lobelia onto this mixture. Lobelia has chemicals that cling to the same receptors as nicotine. Just don't overdo it or you could get sick.

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