Drake, who shares a workspace with Strouse, likens making juice to being a bartender. "You can buy all your FDA-approved ingredients for a cocktail at the store, but then what good is it if you make the drink in a dirty bar? It's common sense," he says. "You don't need a million-dollar facility to create a good product—just don't make it in your bathtub!"

Even though most vapers are against the bill, the degree of their animosity toward it varies. Davey, Drake and Strouse say they aren't too worried because they don't see an issue with limiting the places where people can vape, and Shaeffer and others think it could be a detriment to the whole cause. But they're all nervous about how far government oversight will go.

"Vapers will be forced out into the smoking section, where they'll be getting secondhand," Shaeffer says, "and being surrounded by it could make it harder to quit."

Bob Aul

The stress in Shaeffer's voice is palpable. "I've had people come in on oxygen who said their doctor told them they had to quit today. But I think a lot of nonsmokers have this quit-or-die attitude. They don't realize how many lives e-cigarettes can save."

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