Virginia based Vape Shop Avail Vapor LLC accepts investment money from Marlboro parent company Altria

Virginia based Vape Shop Avail Vapor LLC accepts investment money from Marlboro parent company Altria

Is it surprising that Altria, the same company that boasts responsibility for selling cancer causing cigarettes to Americans for over 150 years isn't ready to lay down and die like the millions of people their products have killed?

As announced by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a recent investment was made by Altria into Virginia based vape-shop-mega-chain Avail Vapors LLC. Altria is the parent company of Philip Morris USA (makers of Marlboro, Parliament, Virginia Slims and L&M cigarettes). The amount of the investment was not disclosed and has many industry insiders speculating whether the "deal" was to serve no other purpose than for Altria to strategically gauge the acceptance of their name by consumers within the vaping industry.

Altria has struggled to find a place within the hearts of United States vaping advocates and rightfully so... most individuals that quit smoking cigarettes through the use of vaporizers take great pride in no longer consuming the cancer-causing, addictive cigarettes sold to them by Altria for decades. 

Jason Donovan, a vape shop customer in Wichita, KS says. "If it would have been this vape shop here that took that money from Marlboro, I would never come back here. Cigarettes killed my mom, my dad and several other of my family members. Cigarette companies need to die, just like my family. That vape shop should have told Marlboro to shove their money up their ass". 

"If it would have been this vape shop here that took that money from Marlboro, I would never come back here. Cigarettes killed my mom, my dad and several other of my family members. Cigarette companies need to die, just like my family. That vape shop should have told Marlboro to shove their money up their ass".
 - Jason Donovan
Vape Shop Customer | Wichita, KS

Until recently, Altria's investments in the vaping industry could be verified in the acquisition of vapor company Green Smoke Inc. for a reported $110 Million dollars as well as the release of their flagship product known by American consumers as the MarkTen electronic cigarette. The MarkTen e-cigarette is known in the vaping world as an "entry level" product leaving most users unsatisfied along with the strong desire to buy more analog cigarettes.  

Michael W. Johnson, CEO of The Standard Nicotine Corporation comments, "I'm disappointed in James Xu's (C.E.O. of Avail Vapor LLC) recent acceptance of terms in relation to the investment of capital by Altria. It saddens me that an organization like Avail can grow so large in such a sincere and passionate industry before being exposed as corporate sell-outs. This is a slap in the face of every single one of Avail's customers. Avail Vapor appears to have oined the enemy".

"I'm disappointed in James Xu's recent acceptance of terms in relation to the investment of capital by Altria. It saddens me that an organization like Avail can grow so large in such a sincere and passionate industry before being exposed as corporate sell-outs. This is a slap in the face of every single one of Avail's customers. Avail Vapor appears to have joined the enemy".
- Michael Johnson
CEO, The Standard Nicotine Corporation

Will consumers in the 12 states in which Avail Vapors operates turn a blind eye to Avail's allegiance to a "Big Tobacco" giant? Will vaping consumers be aware of the "wolf in the hen house" and refuse to give Altria their hard earned dollars again after they worked so hard to break the chains of the addictive cigarettes that were killing them? Did Avail Vapor LLC just take money from a sinking ship and damn themselves in the process? 

Time will tell.
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About The Standard Nicotine Corporation
The Standard Nicotine Corporation (SNC) is one of the United States' most trusted manufacturers of liquid nicotine products. SNC liquid nicotine is produced using only 100% American grown tobacco. SNC is a privately held corporation that is dedicated to American farms, American workers and American consumers. 

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