Vape shop customers speak out about potential ban

wwny Vape shop customers speak out about potential ban

EVANS MILLS, N.Y. (WWNY) - At the Clouds Over vape shop in Evans Mills, news of a potential federal ban on flavored e-cigarette products is not welcome.

"Honestly, it would close. Not only would it close because, like I said, 95 percent of the products we sell are flavored products," said Matthew Salter, general manager, Clouds Over.

Earlier this week, President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said they plan to enforce action to pull all flavors aside from tobacco off the shelves.

This comes after hundreds of lung disease cases and half a dozen deaths related to vaping have been reported across the country.

"We can't allow people to get sick and we can't have our youth be so affected," said President Trump.

But, the potential loss of area vape shops is causing concern for some customers at Clouds Over Evans Mills.

“If they ban that kind of stuff, then all the vape stores around town are just gonna go, like, they’re going to be gone. Like, there’s going to be no business for them,” Said Christian Hankey, customer.

Salter says flavored e-liquids make up 95 percent of industry sales. According to Salter, the flavors serve a specific purpose.

"The flavors are there to help transition smokers, adult smokers," he said.

Some of Salter's customers thank vaping for getting them off traditional cigarettes.

"I couldn't imagine living without vaping. I honestly couldn't. I couldn't go back to smoking cigarettes again. It would kill me," said Kasandra Khan, customer.

The potential ban won’t happen immediately. It will take a few weeks for the final guidance document to be drafted.

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