"In North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, a bare-bones e-cigarette shop serves as a modest oasis, a place to catch a mild nicotine buzz and let a world of worry float away on banks of big, cloying, candy-flavored clouds. This faltering Appalachian town is the largest in Wilkes County, which has watched its factory jobs wither and its homegrown business, @loweshomeimprovement, relocate. The worries that locals — overwhelmingly white, mostly working class and ranging from their 20s to middle age —bring through the doors of @taperingvapor are common. They fear that an honest, 40-hour working-class job can no longer pay the bills. They fear a fraying social fabric. And they fear that the country's future might pale in comparison with its past. @george_etheredge captured Andrew Taylor, the general manager of @taperingvapor, blowing a cloud against a countertop in the shop. To see more photographs from #NorthWilkesboro, visit the link in our profile." By nytimes on Instagram.
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