LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Move over cigarettes. While they may have been popular in the 20th century, electronic cigarettes seem to be taking control.
Electronic cigarettes have become so popular, because most states have outlawed smoking in restaurants, clubs and bars. They are strictly vapor. They are legal in all 50 states. You can have whatever flavor you want from menthol to tobacco to peach to whatever your mind can come up with," said e-cig vendor John Young.
Young, a worker for Moore Tree service by day and electronic cigarette vendor in his free time also uses them and says they are far less addictive than tobacco filled cigarettes.
Young's business is growing so fast in Lufkin; he can hardly keep up demand knowing his next shipment will go fast.
Doctors say that there is some benefit in the electronic smoke device, but do have some reservations.
"Being a transition in the roll of quitting, I'm all for it, but I do not want people out there using electronic cigarettes in place of cigarettes," said Dr. Sid Roberts, Director of the Arthur Temple Regional Cancer Center in Lufkin.
While the verdict is still out on the health risk of smoking the flavored vapor, many people believe that since lighters are not needed, electronic cigarettes have lowered the risk of fires in homes.
"Smoking accidents are the leading cause of death in the united states, so if we remove that element of an open flame than we greatly reduce the probability of a fire from smoking products," said Lufkin Fire Marshal Steve McCool.
"There's nothing in this that can cause an electrical problem unless you have an electrical fire in your house," said Young.
The popularity of electronic cigarettes doesn't seem to be slowing down.
"It's predicted that in the next 15 years, electronic cigarettes will be a $25 million a year business and after that projected to go into the billions," said Young.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are not currently regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes, but many experts believe that FDA involvement will happen soon, with big tobacco companies looking to have their own electronic cigarettes.
To find out more about John Young's Electronic Cigarette Business you can call 936-404-8699.