Jay Harris stopped smoking three and a half years ago and started “vaping.” This switch to e-cigs has saved him $12,000 since giving up cigarettes, he says. A big believer in the popular e-cigs, Harris recently opened E-Cig Supply Shop at 3614 S.Irby Street. From Florence, his shop is three or four blocks from South Florence High School, and next door to J. Harris Automotive. The benefits of e-cigs is the absence of tar, carbon monoxide and the pesticides and chemicals that can be found in tobacco and cigarettes. “There is a lot of false information about e-cigs circulating on the Internet,” Harris said, adding that the electronic cigarette is healthier and a better alternative to smoking.
An e-cigarette is a battery-powered vaporizer which simulates tobacco smoking by producing a vapor resembling smoke. E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or “vaped.” The heating element is known as an atomizer and the liquid solution that vaporizes is known as e-liquid. E-liquids usually contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings, although flavored vapors are available without nicotine. E-cigs eliminate the fears of second-hand smoke and don’t leave residue in your home, noted Harris. They also eliminate nasty ashtrays. The vapor disappears in seconds and doesn't linger like smoke.
Also, when you do catch a whiff of the vapor it’s a pleasant smell rather than the offensive odor associated with burning tobacco leaves, he added. Jay said many places in the city affected by the no smoking laws actually allow the e-cigs. “So in many cases you don't have to stand in the rain to get your nicotine and feel ostracized,” he added. Harris claims his E-Cig Supply Shop offers the largest collection in this area of e-cig atomizers, hardware and batteries. With over 100 flavors, he also stocks more e-liquids which he calls Jay’s Awesome E-Juice. Jay’s E-Juices are readily available, starting with 0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 mgs of nicotine.
This allows former smokers to get the amount their body is accustomed to. For example, someone who smokes a pack a day would need 12 mgs of nicotine in the e-liquid, while someone on two packs a day will need the 24 mgs. Smokers seeking to switch might want to wean themselves off nicotine by using the e-cigs and decreasing the amount in their e-liquid over a period of time. Jay’s Awesome E-Juice flavors include nine different tobacco flavors and menthol, as well as a variety of tasty and fruit flavors, such as strawberry, banana, Snickers and even Captain Crunch. Harris also custom mixes his “e-juices” by request.
So, if a customer stops in and can’t find what he or she wants, Jay can mix it on the spot. “If I don¹t have it, I will make it,” Harris said. Samples are offered to those wanting to try a flavor or try an e-cig. During the month of August, E-Cig Supply Shop is offering a 20 percent discount on all e-cig hardware, including kits, modified kits, tanks, atomizers, clearimizers and disposables. Kit prices start under $20. Jay’s Awesome E-Juices also are on sale this month. A 30 ml bottle is offered for $9.26. That size should last a pack-a-day smoker for two weeks, less than $5 a week, Harris noted.
Smokers can easily save 80 to 90 percent by switching to e-cigs, he added. Harris invites smokers and e-cig users to stop by this shop and see what is available. He is happy to demonstrate the products, offer samples and talk about ‘vaping. “No question is a stupid question,” he said. The E-Cig Supply Shop is open Monday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. Call 843-713-0630. Also, you can visit the online store at JaysEjuice. com.