HOUSTON, Tx. - It was a cloudy day inside NRG Center, but one thing is definitely clear. The electronic cigarette industry is growing.
Over 600 vendors expect to see more than 20,000 visitors at the Vape Summit 2, in Houston, Texas.
'Vaping' is big business. Some of that's due thanks to a lack of FDA regulation, but that might be on the way, and those in the industry have mixed feelings.
Kenny Davis with Mt. Baker Vapor says, "Personally I like the FDA regulation…You get people to believe that the FDA and the government stands behind a product, and they're regulating what you're doing, there's more people that are going to be willing to try it."
While Jimmy Howard with Vanity Vapers shares "We're kinda worried about are some of the more draconian measures…taxing e-cig products based on their nicotine content levels.”
Ask someone here about why they started vaping, and the most common answer you get is to quit smoking. And that`s something vendors are quite proud of.
Dylan Thompson with Vaporescence explains, "Most of these vendors here today started with a common cause, we want to help people quit smoking…so when you have a mission like that, it's easy to see how it gained so much momentum."
While research into long-term health concerns is still foggy, if attendance is any measure, the future for e-cigs looks bright and shiny.