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Smoking alternative store opens in Stillwater

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 6:45 pm

Vapor kicks ash.

Flavor Vapor, a sophisticated, premier electronic cigarette shop at 911 S Main St., recently made its appearance downtown.  

The owner, Andrew Stravlo, started the company in September. His mother’s condition was the inspiration for establishing Flavor Vapor, he said.

His mom was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, lung diseases that make it difficult to breathe, and Stravlo discovered that the vapor helped ease her medical problems, he said.

He decided to open a store in Shawnee, Okla.

Because his initial store in Shawnee receives more than 2,500 customers a week, Stravlo decided to open a new one in Stillwater, he said.

Electronic cigarettes are becoming more widely used because they only contain vaporized nicotine, unlike traditional cigarettes that have tobacco products, and they provide a rather “satisfying and unique” flavor that is more enjoyable to the customer, said Linette Sweet, a salesperson at Flavor Vapor.

Even though there are no laws in Oklahoma regarding the distribution of electronic cigarettes, the store’s policy requires each customer to be at least 18 years old. Flavor Vapor does not have one specific demographic. People up to 86 years old frequent the store on a regular basis.

Flavor Vapor has a vast amount of products other than electronic cigarettes. They sell “Modified Monster Cans” which are vaporized energy drinks. Flavor Vapor also sells batteries and any other accessory needed for an e-cigarette.

Though Flavor Vapor is new to Stillwater, the store has seen 200 customers since its opening on Jan. 17. More stores are heading to Norman and Moore this year as business rapidly expands.

Flavor Vapor is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.