As lawmakers worry about the impact of vaping on local teens, some cities are making their own rules. In Victor, New York, that means a new ban on vape shops for the next six months while they determine appropriate vaping legislation for the area. The six-month ban came after a new ecig shop called Victor Vapes made plans to open in the city this month. While this shop is being allowed to stay, no other vaping stores are permitted. Lawmakers decided to bar ecig shops after parents expressed serious concerns about their kids experimenting with vaping.
Some of the statements from parents were understandably concerned and others were outright ridiculous. The most outrageous comments came from a local mom who said, “I almost lost my son to the misuse of e-cigarettes. He actually smoked what is the equivalent to two packs of cigarettes in 10 minutes.” Even if you have a very basic knowledge of ecig technology, then you know this statement is certainly untrue and impossible. You couldn’t physically consume that much nicotine in that short amount of time unless you were vaping with a high powered fog machine and a set of mechanical lungs.
It’s likely the confusion comes in how the mom interpreted the nicotine content in her son’s ecig. While cigarettes display nicotine by yield (how much the smoker consumes), ecigs display nicotine content. When you vape, you actually consume less than the stated nicotine level. Plus vaping causes nicotine to enter the blood stream at a much slower rate than smoking.
Local vapers are trying to set the record straight. Vape shop manager Jeff Bouman said he wants people to understand that vaping isn’t the enemy and the local shop isn’t trying to lure teens into using ecigs. In fact, they want to work with local authorities to prevent it. “I know that some residents will have concerns regarding minors and will be misinformed about this relatively new industry,” he said. “In Fairport, we have demonstrated our firm commitment to safety, to policies that go beyond the legal minimum, and to working with the school district, police, Health Department, and parents to ensure that minors do not buy our products.”
He pointed out that if there was no vape shop, people would seek out ecigs in convenience stores with no one to give them guidance of safety. “We have the opportunity to provide superior products, education, and services to any adult who has an interest in vaping. Local smokers will have a convenient, knowledgeable and friendly alternative with us.”
At least for now, Victor Vapes is allowed to stay, but it could be a matter of time before the city lawmakers try to force them out. Do you think this is the beginning of a new trend in the United States? Will small town vape shops face an uphill battle for the next few years?