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Billy Warren, manager at Vape Krave in Murrieta, exhales a large cloud of vapor. Warren, who quit smoking tobacco a couple years ago says the best part about vaping compared to tobacco smoke is, ‘staying healthy.’
Billy Warren, manager at Vape Krave in Murrieta, exhales a large cloud of vapor. Warren, who quit smoking tobacco a couple years ago says the best par...
Billy Warren, manager at Vape Krave in Murrieta, presses the button on his vape mod apparatus while inhaling the flavored vapor.Photo #4:
Billy Warren, manager at Vape Krave in Murrieta, presses the button on his vape mod apparatus while inhaling the flavored vapor. Photo #4:
Shown here with the mouthpiece removed and the press of a button - the battery powered coils heat up the damp cotton pieces producing vapor.
Shown here with the mouthpiece removed and the press of a button - the battery powered coils heat up the damp cotton pieces producing vapor.
The most important part of an electronic cigarette is the atomizer. The atomizer uses heat, which converts the liquid to vapor. Shown here, flavored ‘juice’ is dripped onto pieces of 100% cotton surrounded by battery charged metal coils that heat up turning the ‘juice’ into vapor.
The most important part of an electronic cigarette is the atomizer. The atomizer uses heat, which converts the liquid to vapor. Shown here, flavored ‘...

Vaping, the new crave?


Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Issue 35, Volume 18.
Ashten Dreyer
Valley News Intern


Video by Chauncy Miller, Ashten Dreyer and Han Parker

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Everyone has witnessed it recently. It’s been seen it many places matter-of-fact; out on the corner, on a lunch break, and even indoors. People walk past it bracing for the incoming familiar scent of cigarette smoke – instead there is a whiff of something… fruity?

This alien practice goes by the name of vaping. Vaping is done by the use of an e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette.

These e-cigs are battery operated. The cartridge inside heats up so that the "juice" – a liquid concoction of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, assorted flavorings, and ultimately, nicotine – is vaporized, producing an aerosol almost identical to smoke.

Have long-time cigarette smokers finally received the answers to their prayers? Kelsey Rupe, staff member at Vape Krave in Murrieta, believes so.

"It’s a healthier alternative, and you don’t smell like an ashtray," she said.

And healthier alternative it seemingly is proved to be. A single lit cigarette produces over 7,000 chemicals, with 69 of them proving to be cancerous. While vape juice contains nicotine – which makes it addicting – it also doesn’t have arsenic, formaldehyde, or carbon monoxide in it. There is also have the option of choosing the amount of nicotine added to the juice, which generally come in low, medium, and high levels.

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for switching to vaping is the money one can save. An average smoker spends about $2,000 on packs of cigarettes a year; while a basic e-cigarette starter kit costs around $40, which only needs the cartridge – costing around $5 for an entire pack – changed after about 300 uses or "puffs."

Avid vapor, Justin Shelton, claims he has never felt better after switching to e-cigarettes, and highly recommends it to anyone looking to make the change.

"I like to go hiking, you know, be out and about. I had started to cough a lot, and I knew it was time to do something," he said. "I tried the patch for a while, and it didn’t really work for me. One of the hardest obstacles about quitting smoking is breaking the whole hand-to-mouth habit, and vaping satisfies both that and the nicotine aspect."

With the tremendous surge of growth in the vaping industry since it was first introduced in 2007, and over 10 local vape shops popping up in the valley recently, the question has to be asked, "Is this just a trend, and will the hype dwindle in years to come?"

Shelton, on the other hand, disagrees.

"I think there are always going to be those people who take something new and make it a fad, but I think for the people who are actually using it to quit smoking, it’s definitely here to stay," he said.


 

2 comments

Comment Profile ImageKyle
Comment #1 | Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm
As C.S. Lewis said, "A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth." 'Anyone seen any wise men participating in the latest "crave" or just the vacationing Fulbright scholars above, like the one wearing a knit stocking cap in Temecula when it's 96 in the shade. Get a job people!
Comment Profile Imagewill
Comment #2 | Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 am
I don't think that this is just a fad, solely for the reason that it is a technological advancement. It's a new way to intake tobacco (a substance so culturally and historically ingrained that it's not likely to go anywhere soon). I for one use this unit http://vapesterdam.com/review/innokin-itaste-mvp-2-0-e-cig-review/#comment-4394 and I tend to agree with Justin Shelton, quoted in the article. It's a great substitute to smoking and for me at least, making the switch has had positive and noticeable health effects.

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