I was checking out VaporVanity.com earlier today and I came across an interesting post that answered a question I had. With the rise of vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, whatever you want to call them, you are seeing vape shops open up virtually everywhere. It used to be you just see the little kiosks in the mall with some acne pocked teenager tending the shop, but it’s grown to full blown vape shops that are like mini coffee shops of sorts. You’ll find them at malls, in retail centers, stand alone shops, etc.
So with all these shops opening up everywhere, where are they most prominent? I know in South Florida there are a ton of them, with VaporFi having a strong presence as they are headquartered there (and they’ve also expanded up the east coast). I would imagine California is high on the list as they seem to be a trendsetter for things like these, and maybe Colorado or Washington would be up there as well with the legalization of marijuana – if you want to vape your pot, you gotta have somewhere to buy a dry herb vaporizer, am I right?
Well the answer is none of these. Nevada is the leader in the United States in terms of vape shops per capita, with 6.7 vape shops per 100,000 people. Most of them are centralized in the Las Vegas metro area, where the author anecdotally jokes that you can’t drive five minutes without seeing 20 vape shops. #2 on the is Hawaii clocking in at around 6 per 100,000, not too far behind.
Another good finding from the data is the impact of regulations on the number of shops. The four states at the bottom of the list (Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin) have the most strict legislation, requiring a license to sell electronic cigarettes over-the-counter. It makes sense there are fewer shops in these states.
What about you? Where do you live and are you seeing vape shops spring up everywhere?