It looks like smoking, doesn’t smell like it and those who “vape” tell Eyewitness News it can taste like whatever you want. Right now there are no regulations on the vaping industry. But lawmakers feel it’s too much like smoking and they don’t want kids involved in it.
“I don’t know, this is Texas. I thought we didn’t like regulations.” said Randal Sterling, owner of “Thanks for Vaping” on San Pedro.
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He doesn’t feel we need regulations on the vaping industry.
“I’m not saying it’s 100% safe, but neither is eating a cheeseburger and fries.” said Sterling.
He got into the business four years ago and said virtually every vape shop owner he knows has a sign hanging in his shop that prohibits minors from entering.
“Yeah, it was my intent from the get-go not to sell to minors because I don’t want their dads calling me or their moms calling me saying what the hell are you doingselling my son nicotine,” he said.
The legislature is not so trusting.
Two bills have been introduced that would put restrictions on vaping, similar to those on tobacco. House Bill 170 and Senate Bill 97 both restrict the sale of vaping products to anyone under 18 years of age. They would make it illegal for anyone under 18 to possess vaping products. It would also limit where you can vape.
Senate Bill 97 makes it illegal to vape at a primary or secondary school, elevator, enclosed theater, library, museum, hospital, city or interstate bus, plane or train.
“It won’t affect my business at all,” he said.
Sterling said if it makes people feel better to have regulations, including keeping minors out of his store, he’s all for it. He just doesn’t want the legislature to enact something out of undue fear.
Sterling admits there haven’t been any long-term studies on vaping, but he said the ingredients in the vapor you inhale & exhale are in many everyday products. He also said hundreds of people have shaken his hand and actually thanked him for helping them quit smoking. He said you can control how much nicotine is in your vape pen and even totally eliminate it.