"When you have these companies trying to promote these as something they are not, and you have stores that sell them in the candy aisle, you are going to have a problem," Story said. "If they are officially categorized as a tobacco product, you get an automatic age verification put in place.
"Nicotine is addictive, and we want the federal government to create guidelines and a structure that will confine these to being sold as adult products."
Lashley says no matter what the debate, he will continue to spread the e-cigarette gospel to his fellow adults.
So far, his co-workers have been receptive to the idea. He used to be the only one with an e-cigarette on smoke breaks. Now he says he's got more than a dozen colleagues doing the same.
One colleague, though, complained about it.
"He said 'I'm sick of all these people smoking electronic cigarettes," Lashley said. "When I asked him why he said. 'Simple, now I can't bum any off of them.' "