South Jersey shops feeling uneasy with flavored vape product ban looming in the state

Andrew Kramer
January 14, 2020 - 8:12 pm
Flavored vaping products at Firehouse E-Cigs and Vapors in Cherry Hill.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey is one signature away from a ban on flavored vaping products in New Jersey. Vape shops in the state aren't happy right now, and at least one is already throwing in the towel. 

A worker at a South Jersey vape shop says they'll be closing shop for good in the near future, and other shops could meet similar fates soon.

He says over 85% of his business is flavored vaping. 

"So this business ceases to exist if a solution can't be found to the flavor ban," he said. 

Timothy Dickinson with Firehouse E-Cigs & Vapors says this effects thousands of people in the vaping industry in New Jersey. 

"Those people's livelihoods are at immediate risk for a solution that unfortunately that isn't going to meet the goal they set out for," Dickinson said of the goal of keeping these flavored vaping products out of the hands of children.

Dickinson says they always check IDs. 

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"We make sure we identify and card every single person that comes in to make sure they are at least 21 years of age," said Ben Whitten, who owns Greatest Vapes. "Where these kids get their stuff, I have no idea, but attacking and banning an entire industry, they're going about it the wrong way. If they say it's about the heath, we know it's about the counterfeit THC cartridges on the street."

He calls the situation "depressing."

Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Department of Heath and Human Services for the county of Camden, calls the ban a "good move."