E-Cigarette Franchises | Really?

image of e-cigarette

Here they come.

Someone’s going to do it. E-Cigarette franchises may soon be in your neighborhood.

Soon, an entrepreneur will open an E-Cigarette store and turn it into a franchise business.

Then, someone else will. And so on.

I can’t wait.


E-Cigarettes Are Hot

More and more people are smoking them. Well, kind of. They’re not really smoking them. They’re “vaporing” them. What?

Last week, I attended a meeting with around 75 other people, and I noticed someone smoking a few rows up. I found it strange, since there’s no smoking practically everywhere these days.

I took out my handy pocket binoculars, and zoomed in on the offender and his left hand to make sure that I wasn’t experiencing some kind of weird flashback….you know, just to make sure that I actually was seeing someone smoking a cigarette indoors. What I found…

Someone was smoking an E-Cigarette, and I was not happy.

e-cigarette smoke vapor

I was definitely seeing smoke exiting his oral cavity. And, I had visions of E-Cigarette stores-franchises, popping up around town.

The smoking-vaping as it’s commonly called, wasn’t constant. He was smoking his electronic cigarette every few minutes. One puff at a time. It was bothersome. I’ll admit it: I copped an attitude. A major attitude. I was really resentful. Who the heck did this 20-something think he was? I was in a non-smoking building, attending a public meeting, and here’s this dude, smoking his E-Cigarette, sending his “vapor” into the atmosphere. My atmosphere.


The Danger of E-Cigarettes

I don’t believe for one minute that E-Cigarettes are safe. I won’t even bother listening to the manufacturers. Will you?

E-Cigarettes (probably) aren’t safe for the users and they’re probably not safe for those in the general area of the vapor.

The video below looks at what may be the dark side of E-Cigarettes.


E-Cigarette Franchises

It almost happened already.

An E-Cigarette company by the name of Clearette, out of New York, almost chose franchising as their primary distribution method, but decided against it. Instead, they’ve decided to go with independent distributors.

From a company press release:

We took a look at going franchise,” says Leonardo Lombardo, CEO of Clearette, “and we immediately realized we did not need to do that to create distribution and make money. Why charge some guy a big number? I mean, for what? Training? A binder or something? We know our products are great, our margins are great, we don’t need to take some guy’s nest egg, or make him go get a big SBA loan, for everyone to be successful.”

Just because Clearette decided against using the franchise model for distribution of their product doesn’t mean that another manufacturer won’t go the franchise route. Mark my words, there will be at least one E-Cigarettes franchise launched within the next year. One reason:

E-Cigarettes sales are expected to reach almost $2 Billion in 2014.

Update: New E-Cigarette Franchise Launched

E-Cigarettes are hot, and today’s franchise buyer’s want hot.


Franchise Lawsuits

But, do they want to be involved in future lawsuits from former E-Cigarette users? You know…the ones that will be exhibiting all sorts of health problems a couple of years from now.

Call me paranoid, but inhaling vapors that include the same ingredient used in anti-freeze can’t be good.

I know that I don’t want to be anywhere near it, and I’m not alone.

E-Cigarette smoking has already been banned in three states.


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  • Mike McCormack

    vaping? how vapid…

    • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King

      Strange words, huh?

      Let’s just go with “smoke.”

      Thanks for stopping by!


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  • Graham Rogers

    I’m not sure if the video is that balanced. But E Cigarettes are supposed to be a lot safer than cigarettes. But how safe we don’t know. Only time will tell. The comments on the YouTube video tell you that they are very popular with smokers, so the potential market for a franchise business is huge.

    • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King

      They sure are getting popular, Graham!

      Thanks for including my articles in your cool new magazine!


  • http://about.me/Lindeskog lyceum1776

    Joel: I am for freedom of choice (as Nat Sherman is stating is so eloquently on their cigarette packages) and I have no problem with e-cigarettes, although I wouldn’t use them myself. If I want to smoke something, it will be a cigarillo or cigar, together with an espresso or a glass of port wine.

    Please let the market decide if this franchise will be hot trend, or a fad…

    • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King


      Freedom of choice is great.

      It’s my choice to not be near any potentially toxic chemicals…agents, if I can help it.

      The market IS deciding.

      It’s a fad. As soon as these E-Cigs are banned indoors in more states, they’ll be gone.

      Like a puff of smoke.


      • Scott L

        Don’t you look silly. The AHA admitted they are safer than cigs and the trend is growing fast.

        And there are not potentially toxic chemicals in an e cigarette. You are free to have an opinion, but try to make it less obvious you did 0 research and have no idea what you are talking about.

        Tell me again, what toxic chemicals and agents are present in an e-cigarette.

        And, before you answer – let me spare you from looking stupid; nicotine is NOT a toxic chemical.

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  • Ariana Velazco

    This is a pretty biased and unprofessional article… “I don’t believe for one minute that E-Cigarettes are safe. *I won’t even bother listening to the manufacturers*. Will you?” what the heck kind of stance is that, coming from a franchise coach/advisor?
    And yes, you are being paranoid when you say you don’t want to “inhale vapors that include the same ingredient used in anti-freeze” -and for the sake of argument, let’s assume you know that that ingredient is Propylene Glycol-, because not only is this component’s oral toxicity infinitesimal (meaning a person cannot be poisoned from consuming it through oral means -vaping included-), but it has been approved by the FDA to be added, as a food additive, to an immense amount of processed foods that you, me, and pretty much anybody reading this mindless article buys at their local grocery store. And oh my God, linking that faux fact of yours, with the potential for law suits, to try and suggest that this is not a good franchise to buy, is even stupider.
    Lastly, what country are you talking about when you say E-cigarettes have been banned in 3 states? You can’t be referring the USA because, surely you know that E-cig related Federal Regulations are still being reviewed, and actual prohibitions currently in place only relate to the sale/possession of e-cigs *by MINORS*, and in whatever states those bans are in place, they don’t have statewide jurisdiction. Any other “regulation” stipulates disclosure of ingredients and manufacture safety of the devices used to vape. That’s it. So, what’s your point again?

    • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King


      My point it this: The safety-or non-safety of the vapor that’s being emitted by these gizmos worries me and lots of other people, too. I am not a scientist, and I don’t want to be one. And, I don’t want to look up the ingredients. All I know is that the FDA is looking into these things, and I don’t think that there’s going to be a positive outcome for e-cig manufacturers. And, I think franchising a retail shop that focuses on the product is a very high-risk proposition.

      Why would folks want to get involved in a business that has the potential to have it’s lights turned off by regulators. And, please keep those vapors away from me, indoors.

      I have a feeling that the chemicals will be proven to be carcinogenic.

      That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      Thanks for commenting, but please keep the name-calling out of your next one.

      The Franchise King®

      • Fred At

        You are biased and completely uneducated in your writing and your logic. Using your personal opinions and no facts at all. Liquid is made in the USA now and the FDA is involved because that’s the normal process for such products. Ecigs are saving lives. 500000 die every year die to tobacco according to the US health department. Please do your homework

        • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King

          What exactly IS in the vapor that the non-vaping public is being exposed to?


          THAT’S why the FDA is involved, and will be until the e-cig business disappears in a puff of vapor.


          • Fred At

            Well, either you are benefiting by stating provocative things or you are truly uneducated. Either way I am not going to do your homework for you and present to you scientific research that is out there already. Obviously you being oppositional in your opinions and closed minded will drive traffic to your blog and your name. I am done with you since you are such an unbiased intellectual.

          • Scott L

            Your ignorance is painful. If you want to know what is in it, why don’t you look it up – instead of publishing an article that suggests it is dangerous.

            The whole ABC video is laughable (and the basis of your argument). My doctor said they are dangerous, says this former ecig user. *cut scene to doctor* “We don’t know if they are dangerous or not, and that is dangerous” (translation: I have no idea what I am talking about, but I still have an opinion)

            It is reasonable to request others not to release vapor from e cigs in your vicinity. That is a personal preference that doesn’t require substantiation. The only major study done on “passive” vaping does show that those exposed to ‘second hand’ vapors do absorb a negligible amount of nicotine, but at a rate almost 6x less than those exposed to traditional cigarettes. In addition, there are about 500-2000 (depending on brand of cigarette) fewer ingredients and chemicals than cigarettes that are not in the water vapor. Please note that nicotine is not a known carcinogen. The known cancer causing ingredients from cigarettes are from the hundreds of unrelated chemicals the smoker is exposed to.

            The reality is, a doctor telling a smoker of 40 years to stop using a smoking alternative that has 3 FDA approved FOOD ingredients (used in everyday foods) mixed with nicotine and without the hundreds of other known cancer causing ingredients – simply because they have no idea what they are talking about – shows how terrible a doctor they are. Notice the story doesn’t say this women stopped consuming nicotine… just that she stopped using e cigs. That means the Dr. actually harmed the woman! The American Heart Association recently admitted that vaping is less harmful than traditional cigarettes (although they note they aren’t sure how much less harmful) and this doctors ignorance likely caused this woman to stop using a known effective nicotine quitting method AND a method of consuming nicotine that is, according even to the American Heart Association, much safer.

            Worse? Your ignorance and assumptions led to you writing an article based on 0 facts and 100% false assumption and fear mongering. How big of a deal is this?

            Well, some poor sap might have read your sorry excuse of educational material and decided to keep smoking regular cigarettes instead of changing over to vaping. They are now consuming hundreds of known cancer causing chemicals and on the path to killing themselves with harsh chemicals instead of switching to a safer alternative that can actually aid them in quitting nicotine all together.

            Ignorance has consequences. Ignoring those consequences is stupid. You might help someone die because of this article.

  • ben

    This is a pathetic excuse for an article… There is not antifreeze in eCigarette Eliquid… Can’t even commit to basic research.. You should be embarrassed.

    • Scott L

      “I have no idea what I am talking about, but I believe in my opinion passionately” – The Franchise King