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Electronic Cigarette Retail Store Opens in Summerville

Retail store has grand opening Friday.

Have you heard of electronic cigarettes yet? 

Summerville's first retail store for the smokeless nicotine-delivery devices has just opened at Berkeley Circle, behind Walgreens. 

ECIG Charleston has its grand opening Friday and will offer a 20 percent off special through the weekend.

Electronic cigarettes are touted for being relatively harmless when compared to their cousin, the cigarette, but some of those claims have not been verified scientifically. Anecdotally, however, the vapor is less noxious and less irritating to those around the fumes. 

Forbes.com reported less than 3 percent of American adults have tried electronic cigarettes, but that the industry is more than just a fad. It's an estimated $500 million annual industry. 

And that's what the owner of ECIG is betting on: his shop will be the first of many, and he's just ahead of the curve. ECIG Charleston began two years ago in West Ashley, inside a tanning salon. That location is still open. 

"It's something that's growing," operations manager Taylor Hawkins told Patch. 

So far, much of the electronic cigarette market has been online and not in brick-and-mortar shops, but Hawkins said with so many brands and flavors, it can get overwhelming for the consumer. At a retail shop, consumers can get advice and get fitted with the right equipment for their nicotine needs, she said.

A start-up package can start as low as $25 and smokers can save as much as 50 to 75 percent off the traditional cost of cigarettes, Hawkins said. 

ECIG is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Click here to visit its website.

Edited 4:55 p.m. March 1 to correct a typo, as noted by a reader in the comments below. 

reg March 01, 2013 at 03:54 PM
As a smoker, I can testify that e-cigs provide the nicotine in a way all those other doodads don't -- not patches, not nicotine gum. With this, you get the nicotine in that traditional way of inhaling - you get that same physical sensation, but without the smoke/tar/chemicals, and without the health risks of that smoke/tar/chemicals. Patches and gum would still leave me crawling, creeping and craving. I find it to be a great substitute; not much on helping me quit, though. It is a great fill-in, though, and for times when smoking isn't allowed. The appearance of these e-cigs still makes me feel self-conscious using them in public, however --- they almost look like something you'd use for illegal drugs. Another concern I have is that this would make nicotine use more acceptable, as if some kids might think it's okay to use them since they are not actual cigarettes, and those kids would then develop addiction to nicotine, and which would lead to their smoking cigarettes.
Tom P March 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I support this store by purchasing from them online. They have really great service. I am thankful to those opening these stores as e-cigs are a terrific alternative to tobacco. I have been using ecigs for over a year exclusively. I have to say, I feel much better since not smoking traditional cigarettes.
Cheryl Dashnaw March 01, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Um, shouldn't that be "...and he's just ahead of the curve", not curb?
Lindsay Street March 01, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Cheryl, thanks for the correction!
Cheryl Dashnaw March 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
You're welcome :-)
William Branley March 03, 2013 at 01:58 AM
its just a matter of time before the government starts to put high taxes on e cigs. http://chooseecigarettes.com/
Ecig Pro March 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Very nice looking store! Good work! And yes they are trying to implement tax in Oklahoma, and they just tried to do in Utah. Time will tell. However, the product is helping so many people, lets hope they keep it as accessible as possible. Check out this Facebook thread and read the comments by people using the product, its pretty amazing - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=557029477662754
Melissa May 28, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Mine no longer work........bought kit less than 2 months ago and can not take more than one drag off either before it blinks as if dead and put on charger........same thing.
Robert Lee Simpson August 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM
WHAT A RIP OFF! I bought this product to try to stop smoking. for the 1st. TWO days I got a BAD head ache. Come to find out that the TUBE is BAD. and leaking. went to get it replaced, was told BUYER BEWARE. they do not, and will not cover DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT. So unless I spend more money, I am out $87.71
Michael Aiken November 19, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Ok I have had these for some time. Mellisa if your battery is dead already you have been screwing it down to tight. I'm a two to three pack a day smoker since I started using these a year or more ago within two days I wasn't smoking real cigarettes. They cover intentional abuse. Great product everyone should try it.
Michael Aiken November 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Robert same thing you probably broke the tube by squeezing it to hard or having in your pocket and it bent. That's why it leaked. Be careful with these things they are very durable but not bullet proof I'm a truck driver and believe me mine gets used and abused but works great with very little tlc
Mike Simmons January 04, 2014 at 10:55 AM
ECIG Charleston is the best vape shop around!! they have so many flavors and products. The staff is very knowledgeable and always friendly! I have several vape shops closer to home but I always travel to see my girls in Summerville. They are well worth the wait when the store is packed full of regulars and new customers. Stop in and see them! You won't be disappointed!

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