Thursday, May 29, 2014

Austin Vape and Smoke

  I love the eclectic South First neighborhood; its eateries, retro-shops, and tattoo studios set the standard for what it to me truly Austin.  A welcome addition to the mix is Austin Vape and Smoke at 4200 South 1st St, just a block south of Ben White Blvd, and well worth the short drive the the heart of the South First neighborhood.  Austin Vape and Smoke brings a local flair to the smoking and vaping business.

 The E-Liquid Industry is growing in popularity in Austin and around the nation.  "Vaping", which includes E-cigarettes, is more than just a safe alternative to regular cigarettes.  E-Liquids come in a variety of flavors and include mixes which offer a number of different benefits.  On the rare occasions when I have smokes socially, I have always hated the flavor of cigarettes while enjoying the buzz of nicotine.  E-Liquid gives me a variety of flavors; from traditional tobacco to cinnamon roll.  I can also choose my nicotine content, no nicotine, and even a mellowing oil derived from industrial hemp that is 100% legal.

 For those concerned about the safety of vaping, Kemal Whyte, one of the owners of Austin Smoke and Vape, explained that we are talking about 2000 or more harsh chemical additives in your standard cigarette compared to less then a dozen chemicals that are often included as additive in our food.  The tobacco industry, concerned about protecting it's profits, has engaged in a campaign to challenge the E-Liquid market.  While I recognize that there is no such thing as 100% safe, E-Liquid is by far a safer alternative to what is offered by the tobacco industry.

 The education I received on vaping from Kemal is one of the reasons why I will shop Austin Vape and Smoke before any other vendor.  These guys have a passion for the vaping and smoking culture.  Their shop includes a number of E-Liquid devices designed to serve the needs of the occasional vaper to the regular user, and the have a HUGE selection of E-Liquids to choose from.  They also offer a variety of recreational smoking devices; hookas, water-pipes, and beautiful glass pieces that you must see.  Austin Vape and Smoke is also culturally engaged, as a visit to their Facebook Page ( demonstrates their support of the legalization of marijuana and their effort to educate the public about its medicinal benefits.

Along with art, artists are also occasionally on display.
 Going to Austin Vape and Smoke is a great experience.  The guys are professional and friendly, going out of their way to cater to their customers and their questions.  The shop is impressively clean and open, with local artists being invited to display work on their walls.  Having been to a few other smoke shops in town, I can tell you that this is not typical of the industry.  Whether you are considering vaping for the first time or you have been into recreational smoking for years, Austin Vape and Smoke is the shop in town that will take care of you.

 Austin Vape and Smoke
 4200 South 1st St.
 Austin, TX, 78745
 512 579-7361