October 21, 2013

e-Cigarette Vending Machines? Sure, why not?

As if prohibitionists needed another excuse to tie e-cigarettes to old-school tobacco companies, one company intends to resurrect a nearly extinct relic of the tobacco wars. AVT put out a press release announcing they are partnering with Seminole e-cigarettes to make some sort of automated e-cigarette vending system.

AVT Develops Automated Stores for Seminole E-Cigarette Program

CORONA, Calif., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AVT, Inc. (OTC Markets: AVTC) (www.autoretail.com), a leader in automated retailing systems, micro-stores and kiosk has launched a pilot program of their new Electronic Cigarette Machine, developed for the Seminole Indian Tribe in Florida.

E-Cigarette global sales jumped 30 percent in each of the previous three years, according to the New York Times. Analysts expect those figures to double this year and continue climbing.

The release was decidedly sparse in actual information about the new project. That also means there's no word on how they would plan on working with any sort of age verification system once that sort of thing becomes required when the industry falls under regulations.

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