Founded in 2011, Vape New York opened the first e-cigarette store in New York City in October 2011 and then the first e-cigarette store in Manhattan in July 2013.
Vape New York was started by Phil Roseman and Spike Babaian of New York, NY. Both vaping for a couple years, they got to talking at a Long Island Vapers Club meeting and after converting many smokers to vaping, they decided it was time to go into business. Both are very involved in the e-cigarette community and have represented vapers at e-cig ban hearings and have been strong advocates for e-cigarette education and research.
From Phil and Spike:
We realize that smokers think they want an e-cigarette that looks like a cigarette, but those of us that use the product know that due to poor battery life, insufficient heat and nicotine delivery and poor quality control, these are not sufficient to help people fully transition to e-cigarettes.For this reason, we do not sell an e-cigarette that looks like a cigarette. Smokers want it to hit like a cigarette, not just look like one. With technology the way it is at this time, we can only have one or the other. We chose the one most likely to work for most smokers.