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The Debate Over Pot E-Cigarettes

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 12:06 AM CDT

Electronic cigarettes are now a billion dollar industry, but a new product on the market may take a bite out of their booming business. Jeff Abell explains why.

"It's really vapors. It's not actually smoke."

At Mystic Vape in Hampden, Maryland, owners credit their e-cigarettes for helping nicotine-users kick the habit.

"I haven't smoked now for three years."

And now a new line of e-cigarettes is hitting the shelves.

"They're kinda like the dry-herb pens."

And marijuana-users are the target.

"They're really big, too, now."

When marijuana is loaded into these new devices, it takes seconds before it's burned and vaporized.

"And when you pop this open, the light goes on and its cooking; and when it turns green, you're ready to walk around and smoke away."

"What you're smoking is a higher THC content pot. It's the strongest pot you can buy."

Drug expert Mike Gimbel purchased this device, called pax, on the boardwalk in Ocean City.

He's concerned about the escalation of the marijuana industry.

"And we're ending up with a super pot and gadgets which you can hide at work and walk down the street and it doesn't create the odor or smoking marijuana. So now you're smoking something stronger and getting higher. What happens when you're driving? What happens when you're at work?"

"I think its safer than cigarettes actually." But back at the Mystic Vape, the demand is great, especially among cancer patients who, owners say, are discovering the healing power of vaporized pot.

"And he came back a week later and thanked us and said its really working for me."

Jeff Abell, Fox News.

The Debate Over Pot E-Cigarettes


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