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October 15, 2013

Business owner expounds on popularity of smoking alternative

CLAREMORE —

At the turn of the 19th Century, “having a case of the vapors” was considered a bad thing; but in 2013, the phrase has taken on a different meaning altogether.
Recent years have given rise to appearance and proliferation of electronic cigarettes and the shops that sell them. 
Some of these are also lounges, which encourage their customers to enjoy their purchases on the spot. Such is the case of Claremore Route 66 Vapors — one of no less than seven such vapor shops currently found in Claremore.
“What we primarily offer is the liquid used in the electronic cigarettes — the user (of the e-cigarette) gets the vapor instead of smoke which they’d get in a traditional, tobacco-based cigarette,” said Anne Eagleton, building owner of Claremore Route 66 Vapors. “The difference between the two is that the user can still partake in the basic experience of ‘smoking’ only without the tobacco or — if they’re so inclined — with a lower level of nicotine. One big difference between electronic cigarettes and traditional cigarettes is that the user can select their  own level of nicotine and if they want to start out high and lower the (nicotine) level as they go. It’s a good way for people to kind of wean themselves off cigarettes.”
For those unfamiliar, “electronic cigarettes,” also known as an “electronic vaping device,” is an electronic inhaler meant to simulate and substitute for tobacco smoking. 
The device typically utilizes a battery-powered heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution, some of which release nicotine and others merely releasing a flavored vapor. 
These devices are frequently designed to mimic traditional smoking implements, such as cigarettes or cigars, in their use and/or appearance.
Although Eagleton said her store, which she prefers to think of as a “lounge” as there are several areas set up for customers to take their time and enjoy their purchases. 

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