A store owner's worry
Bob Large grabbed his personal electronic cigarette on an April afternoon, motioning to the bottom of the device.
Turn it to the right, he said, and he'll intake more vapor from just one drag. Turn it to the left, and the amount decreases.
Large set his device to four volts -- a relatively low amount. He took a long drag and released. A plume of vapor poured out, colloquially called "vaping."
The battery-powered e-cigarette creates that vapor. The device converts liquid nicotine that comes in a variety of flavors -- from cinnamon bun to blue pomegranate to energy drink -- into a vapor, which the user inhales in the same fashion as a traditional cigarette. Yet, there's no actual smoke.
Large began using the devices in place of cigarettes two years ago. He wanted to quit, he said, but it wasn't easy. He vaped and smoked, vaped and smoked, back and forth.
And then something clicked. He stopped wanting cigarettes, and he hasn't had a drag of one in about six months.
"I can taste food again," he said. "I can walk a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I mean, I am so thankful that this industry exists because it was the only thing that worked for me. The patches, the inhalers, the pills -- none of that stuff worked."
The Quality Vapor Source owner filled his first e-cigarette with e-liquid containing 36 milligrams of nicotine, a concentration he's steadily decreased down to 18 mg. But he didn't need to start that high. That much nicotine, 36 mg, is just not necessary, he said, adding that's why he won't sell e-liquid containing more than 24 mg in his store.
"My biggest concern is anything that promotes us to put more nicotine in our system. I don't know that it's a good thing," he said, sitting inside his store, his personal e-cigarettes nearby. "I'm behind the industry 100 percent in the aspect that it helps people give up cigarettes, but whenever it's being used for recreation and fun, that's where we're going to have problems. I'm already seeing it here in my store."
His biggest concern lies with e-liquids that contain those high levels of nicotine -- and the younger generation that attempts to get its hands on those products. They might not be smoking cigarettes, Large said, but they could be heading for a "very, very big nicotine problem."
And he's not the only one with concerns.