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Calera shop offers caffeine-infused e-cigarette

CALERA -- Does your coffee break include both coffee and cigarettes, caffeine and nicotine?

If so, there may be a way to do both at once.

Coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks: Just a few ways to get the caffeine so many crave.

"How much coffee a day? Like 6 cups," Sherman resident Bobbie Benedict said.

But now there's a way to get your fix without taking a single sip.

"There's no calories at all. It's tasteless, odorless," Stateline Vapor Shoppe owner Earl Allman said.

It's called e-caffeine.

It's supposed to be caffeine in liquid form. But you don't drink it. You put it into e-cigarettes and vape it.

Allman's store in Calera is one of a few in the area that sells e-caffeine.

"You're killing two birds with one stone," he said. "On your smoke break, you don't have to get a cup of coffee or a soda pop, you just puff on a cigarette and you get your caffeine and your nicotine all at once."

For $5, Allman says up to three milliliters of e-caffeine is added to a 30 milliliter bottle.

It's then diluted with the flavor of your choice Along with nicotine, for smokers.

"In a year's time, you'll probably save $1,000 to $1,500 just doing it this way rather than smoking and drinking coffee. It's kind of like a double whammy," Allman said.

Allman says the combination could save consumers money but at what cost to your health?

"A heart attack waiting to happen and high blood pressure and death," Benedict said. "It's not good. To me it'd be not good."

So far the FDA hasn't fully tested and doesn't regulate the nicotine or caffeine that goes into e-cigs.

But getting people to slow their smoking habit is the reason Allman says he opened his vape shop in the first place.

When it comes to e-caffeine he says vaping could help control intake to ultimately help curb a caffeine addiction.

"Just like with anything, you can't abuse it," Allman said.

Currently, the FDA regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. But FDA has issued a proposed rule that would extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, such as e-cigarettes.