Vape shop

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A vape shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, US.
A vape shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, US.[1]

A vape shop is a retail store or website specializing in the selling of electronic cigarette products.[2][3]

Store[edit]

Interior view of a vape shop in the US.
Interior view of a vape shop in the US.
E-cigarette retailer marketing sign that says vape on.
E-cigarette retailer marketing sign.

E-cigarettes products are mainly available online or in dedicated "vape" storefronts.[4] They are also available at grocery stores,[5] conventional retailers,[6] mass retailers,[7] tobacco retailers,[6] convenience stores,[7] gas stations, drug stores,[8] and shopping malls.[9] A vape shop offers a range of e-cigarette products.[10] The majority of vape shops do not sell e-cigarette products that are from "Big Tobacco" companies.[11] Vape shops can offer a greater selection of e-cigarettes than conventional retailers.[12] While vape shops offer mostly reusable e-cigarettes, cig-a-likes are mostly available at convenience stores.[13]

Vape shops typically offer a diverse selection of e-liquids.[14] Vape shops can buy e-liquids containing 100 mg/mL and dilute them according to the patron's preference.[15] Flavors such as chocolate, caramel, mint, menthol, coffee, cherry, and apple can be added to the liquid nicotine.[15] Vape shops may carry vaping magazines and may offer accessories such as clothing, bags and wooden cases for the e-liquid.[10] Vape shops host music concerts at night.[16] Vape shops are increasing in popularity.[17] Many e-cigarette companies have proposed to retailers the idea to convert part of their current location into a mini vape shop.[18]

Vape shops are mainly small, independent businesses.[19] Vape shops are usually interested in a location between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet.[9] They vary in design and product selection.[10] Some look like bars.[10] Some have lounges where people can drink a beverage as they vape.[10] Some vape shops have a vape bar where patrons can test out different e-liquids and socialize.[1] Vape shop customers visit their local vape shop for personalized e-cigarette advice.[20] Vape shop retail workers may show potential customers how to use different e-cigarettes and how to fill the devices with e-liquid.[1] A "vapologist" may give advise to potential customers to choosing an e-liquid.[21] Patrons are permitted to vape in most vape shops.[22] "Cloud-chasing", the activity of blowing the largest clouds of vapor, is becoming a routine event at some vape shops.[23]

Some vape shop owners choose not to sell vaping products to minors.[24] Vapor store owners use the internet to get information e-cigarettes.[25] Vape shop owners generally believe vaping is a habit.[25] It has been reported that many vape shop owners do not know all of the substances contained in e-liquids.[26]

Prevalence[edit]

In 2013, online search engine searches on vape shops surpassed searches on e-cigarettes.[18] The markup of e-cigarettes as high as 200–400% may play a role in the prevalence of vape shops.[11] In 2014, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association estimated that there were 35,000 vape shops in the US, more than triple the number a year earlier.[27] There are numerous vape shops in Canada.[28] In 2015, there were about 8,000 vape shops in the UK.[29] In December 2015, there were 2,400 vape shops in France, 400 fewer than in March of the same year.[30] Industry organization Fivape said the reduction was due to consolidation, not to reduced demand.[30]

Regulations[edit]

Effective from 8 August 2016, under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, a vape shop that mixes or prepares e-liquids, or makes or modifies any kind of e-cigarettes, is regulated as a tobacco product manufacturer.[31] Vape shops cannot hand out free samples to patrons or sell to individuals under 18 years of age.[32] Retailers are required to ask for photo ID from patrons who look to be under 27 years of age.[32]

In May 2016 the FDA used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to deem e-cigarette devices and e-liquids to be tobacco products, which meant it intended to regulate the marketing, labelling, and manufacture of devices and liquids; vape shops that mix e-liquids or make or modify devices were considered manufacturing sites that needed to register with FDA and comply with good manufacturing practice regulation.[33] Small vape shop businesses are concerned about the FDA regulations.[34] Vape shop owners in the US are concerned about the costs of adhering to the proposed FDA regulations.[35] Some vape shop owners believe the proposed FDA rules might put them out of business.[36] On 5 May 2016, the FDA announced that all tobacco products will be regulated, including e-cigarettes, which require vape shops to register as tobacco companies.[37] The FDA acknowledged that many vape shops will go out of business, but they also state many will stay open, despite hefty costs.[38] Part of the new law requires products to state nicotine is addictive.[39] Some vape shop owners in the US believe a ban on public vaping might put some vape shops out of business because taste-testing would be prohibited.[40]

The revised Tobacco Products Directive European legislation will regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.[29] Small business owners are concerned that the new regulation will make e-cigarettes less interesting to consumers and that this means a downturn of their business.[29] In late November 2015, Bill 44 was passed by the National Assembly, which regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco products.[41] It bans using e-cigarettes in vape shops, bans indoor displays and advertising, and bans sales on their websites.[42]

Trade show[edit]

A bird's-eye view of an e-cigarette convention in the US.
A bird's-eye view of an e-cigarette convention in the US.

Vape trade shows have an array of product vendors, seminars, social interactions with other vapers, parties, gifts, vaping contests, and other activities.[43] By 2015, the number of vaping trade show organizations arranging vape trade shows had grown to 41.[43] This includes 90 trade shows, with 6 set for 2016 in 8 countries.[43] Vape shows were organized in 26 US states.[43] They ranged from smaller local shows to large shows jumping around among cities.[43] Most vape show organizations are in the US.[43] Others are in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.[43] Vape shows are free to attend or have an entrance fee that cost from $10 to $25.[43] In 2014, vaping contests at vape trade shows such as cloud-chasing were rare.[43] By 2015, close to 50% of vaping trade show organizations promoted contests such as cloud-chasing.[43] Vaping at the shows is permitted.[43] In July 2015, a New Jersey vape trade show was fined for breaching the state’s 2010 indoor smoke-free law, which bans vaping indoors.[43] Vape trade shows are increasing in popularity and regularity.[43]

Vape shows include VapeBash, VapeCon, VapeXpo[44] Vapestock, Vape-a-Palooza, Vapetoberfest, Vapor Gras,[45] and Canada Vape Expo.[46] Vape Fest, which started in 2010, is an annual vape show hosted by different cities across the US.[47] Vape Summit started in 2013.[48] Vapor World Expo began in 2014 at Rosemont, Illinois.[49] In May 2015 at Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, there was a cloud-chasing competition.[50] In May 2016 Vape Summit was held in Paris, France.[51] The Vape Expo China, which started in 2015, is an annual vape show held in different cities in China.[52] Vape shop owners, agents, distributors, and vapers attend the trade show.[52]

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