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Vape Pen Culture in the Hipster Capital

Filed in Lifestyle by on May 22, 2015

vape pen culture brooklyn v2 cigsBrooklyn, New York has become a cultural icon of sorts – a place to watch for trendsetting hipster habits and themes – and there’s no exception when it comes to vape pen use. From the Williamsburg vape pen enthusiast to the edgy Crown Heights vaporizer fan, we put a spotlight on vaping in Kings County with this post.

After the Oxford English Dictionary declared “vape” the word of the year, it didn’t take long for Brooklyn Magazine to extol the virtues of Brooklyn’s vape pen culture, from the newly minted Williamsburg waterfront to the old school Crown Heights scene. “Brooklyn E-Cig Lounges Rejoice, Oxford Dictionaries Declares ‘Vape’ Word of the Year,” the publication breathlessly exclaimed. And, true to form, the collection of vape pen lounges and shops in Kings County insist that its vape pen products are carefully “curated” (a common Brooklyn buzzword), and that “artisanal, homemade” e-liquids can be found in Brooklyn. We’d expect nothing less from the home of artisanal everything!

The vape pen scene in Brooklyn is growing in spite of a 2014 law that makes vaping illegal in every place where smoking is banned – which in New York City is a substantial number of places. At the same time, the Brooklyn DA’s office made a big stir last summer when it announced it would stop making low-level arrests involving pot smoking. (Well, two steps forward, one step back.)

From real-life law enforcement to television depictions, vape pen references in Brooklyn abound. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox’s quintessential comedy about Brooklyn cops in the 99th precinct, recently aired a wedding episode that included a vape-centric one-liner. Hitchcock, an old-school detective at the precinct for more than 30 years, quips he’ll “stand by the altar and vape.” Nice one!

With more than 20 vape pen shops and lounges to choose from, Brooklyn’s vape scene offers different and nuanced experiences for every type of vaper. And if Brooklyn proves to be the trendsetter for the vape industry as it tends to be with other aspects of culture, that’s a good thing wherever you live.

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