Vapor4Life has been forced to close its Lincoln Square vape shop as of February 1, 2016, due to Chicago’s vape taxes. We are still available online and in Northbrook to help customers smoke smarter. To learn more about Vapor4Life and how to smoke smarter, check out our site. The following is a word from our founder and product inventor, Steve SMILIN Milin.
Man oh man, the money buys power! The power taxes the people. The people suffer from a lack of choices and America’s freedom is lost again. Rahm Emanuel wants to kill you and make people believe it’s for the good. He wants to stamp out vaping with abusive vape taxes so big tobacco can keep murdering the public by the millions. Why, Rahm, be such a hypocrite? You tax the poor, the middle class, and take money from the rich. You sell your soul.I will not have any business in Chicago because you are killing constituents, homeowners, taxpayers, and businesses, as well as your reputation. I am now forced to close my vaping store in Lincoln Square due to your abusive taxes to customers.We BELIEVE our products save lives. And compared to cigarettes, they are proven to be 95-99% less harmful. So why is there so much ignorance regarding the industry? I will tell you why. Big tobacco. Big bucks. Big business. Disinformation. Control of the media. Buying politicians like you. You say you want to help, but just read the papers now. It’s like the old joke goes: how do you know when a politician is lying? They open their mouth. Reality is, you’re being found out now in so many more ways than just killing people because you force them to keep smoking.I smoked (PAST TENSE) for 40 years, buried both my parents, and could not quit. It is not nicotine that addicts smokers. In actuality, it is the chemical cocktail of death, which big tobacco has been researching, modifying, and concocting, to be more addictive than heroin. Nicotine’s closest chemical is caffeine. Both are out of your body in about three days. The chemical cocktail of death wreaks havoc on your body for several months, but you wouldn’t know because you bury you head somewhere in big tobacco. Why? It’s the money, Rahm. Look at Chicago’s anti-vaping campaign. The city is broke. Where’d the money come from for that? Huh? Get the picture? So, today, I no longer will have my store, Vapor4Life, in Chicago. Why? Because I can not rip off my customers like you rip off your city. Ya, see, i sell my juice for $13.99. I have to pre-pay you $17.40 per bottle. Then, when my customer wants one, he or she has to pay your greedy Chicago vape taxes for trying to smoke smarter and do less harm to his or her body.I see in your new tax act, you have added very little tax to big tobacco’s pre-packaged cigarettes. Of course, big tobacco doesn’t frickin’ care either way because they don’t pay. Your city doesn’t pay. Chicagoans pay. And when they want to smoke more pure and natural roll-your-own tobacco (which is legal by the way, and a choice we are supposed to have as adults in a free society) you have raised the taxes on one ounce astronomically. $6.60 per ounce! All of the sudden, you decide you need to raise a million bucks in taxes to Chicago smokers, so you can solve the problem of a two-week camp for school kids. You really care about education, don’t you, Rahm? How much ya gonna tax? Are ya nuts?!? If you would like to talk, I am more than happy, as vaping is, in my mind and in the minds of many many others, more of a harm reduction and the best way to smoke smarter, not gain weight, and live an enhanced lifestyle. Bye, bye, Chicago. We are now closed in the city.Hello, family, the city store may have closed, but I ain’t goin’ nowhere! We are here for you online 24-7 OR AT 4100 COMMERCIAL AVE NORTHBROOK, IL 60062. Here's my story.I haven’t had a cigarette since 2008. And I’ve lost about 100 pounds. I spent years overseas and millions of dollars to invent and create the perfect smoking substitute. 95-99% less harmful, infinitely better-tasting. 7 choices of nicotine level, so you can titrate yourself down to zero if you choose.Our family is here to consult and help you on your journey. Email my assistant, Lisa Marie Farver at [email protected] if you have any questions or need tips. WE BELIEVE Vapor4life saves lives for a living. We would love to help save yours.
So in light of this article (http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/chicago-pre-empted-adopting-tobacco-tax) indicating that Illinois state law doesn't allow these taxes, does that change things?
I'm a big supporter of bricks-and-mortar vape shops, and wish the best for you. Hope to be able to visit your shop if I'm ever in Chicago.
Thanks, Kirk! Yeah, unfortunately I don't think that would affect vape products because they don't fall under the tobacco categories listed there. Funny that it's considered a tobacco product when it is convenient. Granted, the law in question came way before vaping. We're in Northbrook, which is just outside CHI. We'd love to see you sometime. If you ever stop in, ask for me and I'll come say hi. :)
I feel for the shop owners in Chicago. This is the ultimate lie of all time. It has destroyed this shop that probably had already saved hundreds of peoples lives. If this doesnt make you angry, think again. It WILL happen in YOUR city too! They want us gone because we threaten the system as they have established it. #StandUp
It's really a shame when big bro government gets involved I have done away with the ashes for 5 months not a long time but I slipped a couple of times and smoked those foul nasty cigs and I turn right around and vape to get that foul taste out of my body. Why is it when things work all anyone wants to do is take it away. I am free from ashes and vaping helped me with the solution. I can now go o the gym and work out and not run out of breath when I did those nasty ashes I could never do that. Sad to hear you had to close your store down, I don't want to see that happen here in Oregon of course they did this stupid law here that you can't vape in the vape stores come one big government lay off
Congrats to you for getting off cigs, Tom. 5 months might not seem like a long time, but think of all the money you're saving and how much less harmful vaping is! I made the switch 3 months ago after a 16 year habit, and I see so many benefits. I read recently that you can't vape in vape shops in some places in OR. That's crazy too.
WHEN is this bought & paid for shill going to resign??!! WHEN are the good people of Chicago FINALLY going to say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"?? Between the schools, police dept, race relations-and NOW people who choose to quit smoking & vape-you'd think he's pissed off enough people they'd be camping outside, waiting for his resignation by now!!!
Sorry about the store Steve, hoping with enough people raising hell, this jerk will be OUT of that wonderful City & you folks can take it back again!! Unfortunately, it's going to take somebody REALLY strong against corruption to reverse RE's policies & the stain he's brought to that office...something rarely found these days in politics... :(