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Dark Light Vapors Offers Alternative to Tobacco 
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer

Robert Hunt and Brogan Waybrant stand in front of Dark Light Vapors, on Virginia Avenue in North Bend.

    Dark Light Vapors, located at 761 Virginia Avenue in North Bend, has only been in business since February of this year, but they are hoping to become a mainstay of the downtown North Bend business world.  I spoke with Brogan Waybrant, one of the owners, who was glad to tell me about what his store offers: electronic cigarettes.

    An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette) is a personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) (not to be confused with smokeless cigarettes). It’s a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking and generally uses a heating element, known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution. Some solutions contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings, while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine.

    According to Brogan, “Conventional cigarettes have 600 ingredients, and our e-cigarettes have 4: propylene glycol (an anti-bacterial used in inhalers), vegetable glycerin, flavorings and nicotine.  We can make them so there’s no nicotine at all. We have tons of flavors in our own product line as well as those from other companies.”

    Brogan says that people have to be 18 or older to enter his shop, unless they’re with an older family member.  They will not sell e-cigarettes to minors.

    Brogan explained exactly how the e-cigarettes are put together, and showed me the various models they offer. “80% of this business is just educating people and trying to get them away from misconceptions,” he stated. “Big tobacco companies don’t like us, because more and more people are switching to e-cigarettes. But even though these e-cigarettes are a lot better for you, they can still have nicotine.”

    If you’re trying to quit regular cigarettes, “we can gradually reduce the amount of nicotine to wean you off it over a period of time,” says Brogan. “And e-cigarettes are less expensive than conventional cigarettes.”

    Dark Light Vapors is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 8 pm.  Right now they have a coupon in the Shopper for 15% off on a $50 or more purchase, so give them a call at 541-808-0600 and talk to one of the friendly and helpful people there.

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