WICHITA, Kansas-- The e-cigarette business is booming as smokers look for a healthier alternative to smoking.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering regulating them like tobacco, but right now, it's up to local businesses to decide for themselves how they're sold and where they're used.
On any given day you can find several people inside of Lucky's Vape Lounge in Delano smoking an electronic cigarette.
"We also have a large clientele that's just starting," said Tom Rogers, Owner for Lucky's Vape Lounge. "One of the reasons they might start is to try to stop smoking and other use it for recreational approach."
But greater restrictions could be handed down to business owners like Tom Rogers if the FDA decides to regulate the production, online sales, marketing, and advertising of the vapor smoke.
"In the state of Kansas in particular the sales of these electronic cigs and the juices are actually covered by the same people who cover the sales of tobacco," said Rogers. "There's a possible need for regulating the juices themselves and the manufacturing of those juices just to make sure that it's properly put together and folks are safe."
The electronic cigarette heats the flavored liquid or nicotine into vapor giving off the same effects of smoking a tobacco cigarette without the tar.
However some businesses and organizations across town are pushing for a zero tolerance of the battery powered unit.
"I don't know if I could see a regulation as far as where and when it's used," said Rogers.
While a couple of bars in Wichita's entertainment district have an open door policy on e-cigarettes, other surrounding establishments do not. If you're looking to smoke the vapor while catching a movie at the Warren Theater in Old Town think again.
Warren Theater implemented a ban on e-cigarettes last year.
"The business owners should have the full authority on it if they want to allow it or not," said Jason Martinez, E-cigarette smoker. "It's up to them 100%."
Martinez says the ban doesn't bother him, but he's hoping the federal government will look past the vapor when its decision time.
"I don't know if it should be regulated as strictly as tobacco," said Martinez. "Everything that I read says nicotine is pretty much a stimulate like caffeine and they don't regulate caffeine."
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