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Electronic cigarettes and vapor devices are becoming something we are starting to see everywhere.

With more than 300 stores in our state, it has become big business.

The FDA has announced possible regulation of the e-cig and vape industry.

Many shops are worried regulations and big tobacco may eventually force them to shut their doors.

Comments on the proposed regulations will be taken until August 8th.   The Vapor Hut Communications Director hopes Oklahomans speak out.

"Business owners or just members of the public can comment on the proposal and the FDA is required by law to look at every single comment before they issue their final rule."

Part of what the FDA has discussed is called Applications for Premarket Review of New Tobacco Products.

Allison Taylor said small vape shops worry that the regulations would put them out of business.

"The FDA estimates that one application would take 5,000 man hours to prepare and tobacco industry analysts tell us it will be a minimum 1-million dollars to complete one application."

When we spoke with the FDA they said, "All of this is proposed regulation and none of it on the books."

Taylor said it could be a real blow for their shop.

"The majority of players in the vapor industry are actually small businesses.  But the industry will be taken completely away from them and handed to big tobacco if this is enacted."

Click here to voice your comments on the proposed regulations.