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Starbucks, other businesses ban e-cigarettes

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A wispy, white cloud swirls in the air...but is it smoke?

"We're exhaling water vapor, not carcinogenic smoke," said Alan Rogers.

Some people, like Alan, have traded in their traditional smokes for electronic cigarettes.

Rogers added, "It tastes a lot better than tobacco. It feels a lot better than tobacco."

They claim it's not the same as a cigarette, but Starbucks disagrees. In June the coffee company implemented a new policy that does not allow smoking within 25 feet of their stores.

Rogers added, "The stigma with smoking comes from the fact that it's unhealthy, not just for you, but for the people around you. With the vaporizers, we're not using carcinogens. We're not exhaling anything that's dangerous to anyone. They're attaching a stigma to it that doesn't need to be attached to it."

"It doesn't have any offensive odors," said Clifton Goins.

E-cigarettes heat liquid containing nicotine to produce vapor. It's usually a mixture of vegetable glycerin, artificial flavoring and an adjustable level of nicotine.

Goins said, "One of my favorite flavors would have to be cinnamon roll."

Clifton says Starbucks isn't the only place where vaping isn't allowed.

"I was chilling with a few friends at Pluckers in Round Rock, and we're hanging out and I'm vaping, enjoying myself and one of the managers told me I was unable to do it inside because they have kind of an in-house policy."

Starbucks wouldn't go on camera, but a rep over the phone says they're including e-cigarettes in the ban in order to produce a "streamlined customer experience and because the coffee beans can absorb vapor."

Rogers said, "Business owners do have the right to say what they want and don't want on their premises, but I do feel like they're going to...really start alienating a class of customer."

"It's a fairly new technology. It'd be like showing somebody in the 1990's an I-phone, you know, just something really new to them," added Goins.

They hope our culture will eventually catch up to their techy they can freely vape anywhere they want.

Another place where you can't smoke e-cigarettes is on planes. Airports and hotels can generally decide on their own if a smoking ban also applies to e-cigs.

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