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April 30, 2014

E-cig sellers look to a future of regulations

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Across town at North Shore Vapors, a new store selling e-cigarettes on Highland Avenue, owner Alan Kelleher said he feared the new regulations will make his wares more expensive, since extra requirements are being placed on the companies that manufacture them.

“I think the price is going to be passed on to us,” Kelleher said. “Now they have to add ingredients and warnings, bigger labels — more cost.”

Still, Kelleher said he supports the regulations from a consumer’s standpoint, since manufacturers will have to divulge ingredients for the first time.

“People need to know what they’re buying,” he said.

Kelleher said his business will also be affected because he’ll no longer be able to provide free samples to his customers, though he doesn’t think that will have a dramatic impact. He said he is more worried the new regulations are the first step in a process that will eventually result in the taxation of nicotine.

“This is nicotine, not tobacco,” he said. “They shouldn’t tax us in the same way.”

At AAA Vapor of Beverly, owner Jimmy Logue said he doesn’t expect his business will be affected by the regulations, as he already can’t sell to anyone under 18 or have people vaporize on-site — meaning free samples are out of the question.

However, Logue also said he supports keeping e-cigarette materials out of the hands of youths, since they can be attracted by the flavored “juices” — “juice” being a term for the nicotine-containing liquid that’s vaporized in an e-cigarette. Flavors range from strawberry to bubblegum to tobacco.

All the same, Logue said AAA Vapor hasn’t had much trouble with kids trying to buy e-cigarettes — quite the opposite.

“I find a lot of older people are getting into it because they have 20 years of smoking under their belt and they’re trying to kick it,” he said.

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