State legislators across the United States are feeling the heat to distinguish e-cigs from combustible cigarettes that use tobacco. In Tennessee a battle is raging over if and how to regulate e-cigarettes, a new alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, whose popularity has led to a booming “vaping” culture and staggering profits.
Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog, says that the e-cig industry is currently worth about $1.85 billion, and could surpass the profits of standard cigarettes within ten years.
A recent bill introduced to the Tennessee General Assembly, claims that vapor products are not tobacco products, therefore using a vapor product is not smoking. This distinction could not only keep states from taxing e-cigs like regular cigarettes, but it would also mean that users could “vape” inside areas that are labeled “smoke free.”
E-cigs are made from a glass or plastic cigarette-like tube that contains a liquid cartridge and battery. The cartridge contains a flavored juice that is made of a variety of chemicals, including propylene glycol and tobacco-based nicotine, synthetic nicotine, or no nicotine. Juices come in a variety of flavors from “Cinnamon Swirl” to “Cappuccino.”