Make us your home page
Instagram

Spring Hill shop invites you to inhale joys of e-cigarettes

SPRING HILL — Steve Fingerman smoked for nearly 23 years.

"I tried the patch, about everything there was, to quit," said the 42-year-old businessman. "I stumbled on e-cigarettes, high end. I found out it worked."

Thus the E-Vape Co., a sample-and-buy emporium that Fingerman opened Tuesday with partner Tom Homan, 52, a pack-a-day guy who now counts himself a nonsmoker, too.

Tucked at the end of the small Mariano Plaza on Spring Hill Drive, the "full-service retail e-cigarette vapor shop" touts its product line as an effective alternative to traditional cigarettes and helping others to give up an unhealthy, smelly habit.

When Fingerman talks of "high end" electronic cigarettes, he doesn't mean those one-size-fits-all, one-flavor, use-and-throw-out substitutes sold at gas stations or convenience stores.

Rather, the standard unit of the latest generation of e-cigarettes contains an atomizer, or tank, a charger and a battery. The tank holds a flavored liquid — nicotine optional. The battery delivers a pulse to the charger, which transforms a drop of the liquid into vapor, which is inhaled by the user.

There's no fire, no smoke, no odor, Homan declared.

The unit is slightly larger and heavier than a high-end ball-point pen. The user must depress a small button to activate a "puff."

An e-cigarette will prompt a change in habits, from smoking a cigarette to its end to taking a puff or two and laying down the unit, Fingerman said.

Adding liquid nicotine to a flavored fluid is an option, he noted, and may be done in various measurements. Someone who wants to quit traditional cigarettes might select a high concentration to start, then blend downward as the demand diminishes.

A main attraction is the variety of e-liquids offered, currently 21, personally developed by Fingerman and Homan. They include Lovely Latte, with a coffee flavor; Honey Dew, with a taste of melon; Into the Dragon, carrying a hint of dragon fruit; and Monte Cristo Bold, referencing the famous cigar.

Soon to come are 35 more flavors that can be blended to a customer's whim. Homan is training three employees as "mixologists," who will advise and blend at a customer's behest.

Sampling is encouraged, with a sanitary-wrapped mouthpiece offered each customer.

A standard starter kit with delivery unit and one vial of e-liquid sells for $19.95. Additional e-liquid vials are $5.99.

Homan figures a heavy smoker aiming to transfer over a reasonable period wholly to e-vapor can do so for about $75, roughly the cost of a carton of name-brand cigarettes. All products are manufactured at registered laboratories according to international safety standards.

Fingerman acknowledges that there are questions about whether e-vapor indulgence is harmful or addictive. But, he maintains, "compared to smoking, it's a far healthier alternative." He pointed out that users can chose e-vapor liquids without nicotine.

"The problem of anyone who's not been a smoker becoming addicted (to the new technology) is very low, comparatively," he said.

He also noted that the E-Vape shop will not sell to minors.

Contact Beth Gray at [email protected]

.fast facts

The E-Vape Co.

What: Full-service retail

e-cigarette shop.

Where: 12466 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: (352) 573-8857 or (727) 946-0904; notsosmelly.com.

Spring Hill shop invites you to inhale joys of e-cigarettes 07/03/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  2. New York town approves Legoland proposal

    News

    GOSHEN, N.Y. — New York is one step closer to a Lego dreamland. Goshen, a small town about fifty miles northwest of the Big Apple, has approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park.

    A small New York town, Goshen approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park. Legoland Florida is in Winter Haven. [Times file  photo]
  3. Jordan Park to get $20 million makeover and new senior housing

    Real Estate

    By WAVENEY ANN MOORE

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back the troubled Jordan Park public housing complex this year, plans to spend about $20 million to improve the 237-unit property and construct a new three-story building for …

    Jordan Park, the historic public housing complex, is back in the hands of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. The agency is working to improve the 237-unit complex. But the latest plan to build a new three-story building for seniors will mean 31 families have to find new homes. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Coming soon at two Tampa Bay area hospitals: a cancer treatment that could replace chemo

    Health

    A new cancer treatment that could eventually replace chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants — along with their debilitating side effects — soon will be offered at two of Tampa Bay's top-tier hospitals.

    Dr. Frederick Locke at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is a principal investigator for an experimental therapy that retrains white blood cells in the body's immune system to fight cancer cells. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved these so-called "CAR-T" treatments for adults this month. In trials, 82 percent of cases responded well to the treatment, and 44 percent are still in remission at least eight months later, Locke said. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. Regulator blasts Wells Fargo for deceptive auto insurance program

    Banking

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.
[Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, 2017]