BROWNSBURG — Several vapor shops have been popping up throughout Hendricks County but many people don’t really know much about them.
Andy Harvey helps run Hoosier Vapor in Brownsburg. The family business was opened by his father and brother and employs only family members.
The shop opened Labor Day weekend in 2013 at 3830 N. S.R. 267, Ste. B, Brownsburg.
“We’ve been growing, but mostly by word of mouth,” Harvey said. “The growth is steady. We can’t complain. The bulk of our customers are 40 or older.”
Harvey helps run the shop and has done a vast amount of research on e-cigarettes and vapor.
“I’m kind of a research junkie,” he said. “I was a smoker for 18 and a half years and after a few days of vaping, I quit using traditional cigarettes.”
He said his mother had smoked for 40 years and is now only using the e-cigarettes.
“The best story is about my grandfather,” Harvey said. “He’s 87 and had been smoking since he was 14. He smoked three to four packs a day. We got him a (vapor) pipe for Christmas and he hasn’t smoked one cigarette in 10 weeks. That’s a pretty good success rate.”
But what is vaping?
Vaping uses a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin based liquid, mixed with small amounts of nicotine and food grade flavoring. The liquid gets vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer. The vapor created is then inhaled and exhaled, much like a traditional cigarette or cigar. The liquid comes in 0, 6, 18, and 24 milligrams of nicotine.
Harvey says many people have used the concept to quit smoking altogether.
“My brother started vaping and then began to cut down the amount of nicotine,” Harvey said. “He’s the one who actually got us all to try it.”
He said they can’t advertise it as a stop smoking product but that it has been helpful for several people he personally knows to finally kick the cigarette habit.