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E-cigarette hobby turns into business for Oklahoma vapor store owners

The Vapor Hut has four Oklahoma City metro-area stores, plus another in Alabama.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014

After the first Vapor Hut store opened in Midwest City in February 2012, the business has expanded to four locations in the metro area, with an additional shop in Mobile, Ala. The Vapor Hut is in the process of opening a second shop in Mobile in the coming months.

“We were stay-at-home moms, and now we've made a business out of it,” Bennett said.

Vapor Hut also has a local laboratory and warehouse where the business makes about 120 different flavors of e-cigarette juices, which the company also sells on its website.

Minors not welcome

Vapor Hut's customers range in age from 18 to 85, Watson said. She said she has seen vaping help an 85-year-old woman with chronic lung disease stop smoking.

“I've seen vaping help a lot of people get off cigarettes — it feels good to be part of an industry like this because it is so exciting right now.”

Although it's not yet illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors in Oklahoma, signs on the doors of all Vapor Hut locations warn that no one under the age of 18 may enter the stores.

State Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, has announced plans to introduce a bill in the Legislature in February that would ban e-cigarette product sales to minors in the state. The Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives also held a joint study session on Wednesday on the regulation of e-cigarettes.

“We know that it is probably coming and we want to be ready for that change in the law,” Bennett said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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