FENTON, Mo. — At Fenton’s E-Cig Mania vape store, the parking spaces closest to the front door are empty.
Owner John Huck says that’s just a sign of the times, as business to their three stores and wholesale service has dropped 60% in the past two weeks.
“Sales are just brutal right now,” Huck said. “Nobody’s buying. None of the stores in America are buying right now.”
John Huck makes his product in an on-site cleanroom. It’s FDA-compliant, and always open to health inspectors.
But stark reports of illness linked to vaping — more than 450 cases nation-wide, including six deaths — have sent sales plummeting. On Thursday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said two illnesses in Missouri have been linked to vaping and another seven are under investigation.