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West Coast Vapor Industry Moving To Las Vegas

West Coast Vapor Industry Moving To Las Vegas

 

West Coast Vapor Industry Moving To Las Vegas

Vaping first cropped up as a major industry on the west coast of the United States when it crossed the Pacific from China in the early teens, especially in metropolitan areas of California and Washington State. But the prevalence of coastal states and cities in the vapor industry has waned in the last few years, as state governments have added heavy taxes on vapor products and cities like San Francisco have recently passed bans on flavored e-liquid. Vapor companies have instead started looking elsewhere, and many have settled in another city: Las Vegas.


The Nevada desert is quickly becoming revered as a comfortable bastion for lifestyle vapers, with a more permissive environment for wholesale suppliers and intriguing partner clients in the burgeoning industry. As one vape product CEO points out to the Las Vegas Sun, it’s really easy to get people to come to the city due to its popularity as a vacation destination.


“This city gives people a well-rounded life, and from a traffic perspective, everybody’s time is being used more efficiently,” says Billy Wilson, CEO of online retail and wholesale supplier E-Cig Distributors. “It’s great for business because it’s easy to convince clients to come to Las Vegas for meetings and conventions. You don’t have to twist too many arms.”

E-Cig Distributor ships about 10 million products around the world each year, and it’s one of over a dozen vapor companies to move from California and Washington to the Las Vegas Valley since 2016. Each CEO has cited different reasons for the move, but most cite California’s Prop 56 and Washington’s House Bill 2165 as tax increases that have driven them from their respective states.


After moving the company around Orange County five times, Wilson convinced a majority of his employees to join him in moving the company to Las Vegas last March. After more than a year doing business in the Vegas region, Wilson says his company is thriving more than ever in a state that’s “much more open to business.” He also noted that the transition from one state to another was practically seamless.


“We had 45 days to identify a building, pack everybody up and make the move actually happen,” he says. “We finally shut down operations in Orange County on a Thursday, and we were open in Las Vegas the next Monday.”


E-Cig Distributor is one of many similar companies making the move. Uvaper Wholesale moved 20 of its 50 employees this year from Kent, Washington, to set up a more centrally-located distribution headquarters in Las Vegas. Following the move, they’ve said that they’re looking to hire up to 30 more employees at Uvaper’s Las Vegas headquarters by the end of the year to keep up with growing business.


It's a tale of two (actually, many) cities: some are embracing the vapor industry and benefiting from job growth and a boost to the local economy. Others shortsightedly attempt to push regulations that drive vapers and the local vape shops out of town, promoting tobacco's staying power as a result. What town do you want to live in?

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