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Electronic Cigarettes Are Growing in Popularity and Criticism

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Electronic cigarettes are getting attention from smokers and from health experts. Governor Mary Fallin has even banned them from state buildings.

The Tulsa Vapor Store is just one of the many businesses now selling electronic cigarettes and vapors. While they are growing in popularity and they are gaining attention from critics.

The state health department says these are not cessation products and that the vapors still contain nicotine. They are not regulated, either.

But vapor users believe the battery operated devices are safe and a way for them to wean themselves off nicotine. 

"Its really comparable to smoking analog cigarettes, you get the same feeling. You just don't have all the chemicals that are in regular cigarettes," said Jacob Reid, who owns the Vapor Store.

The electronic cigarettes can cost from ten dollars to more than a hundred and the vapors, about 8-dollars for a week of "vaping."

The vapor may not be smoke  but there is still concern that this trend could be harmful because of the nicotine. 

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