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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. 

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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