Local vape shop speaks out against vaping ban

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) – As vaping has caught on in the recent years, many shops dedicated to the smoking alternative have opened up across the nation. One of these shops is The Vape Flavorium in Horseheads, whom have been open for five years and is facing some uncertainties regarding the proposed vaping bans from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In a conversation with one of the Flavorium’s employees they say that they do not sell, nor do that support the sale of vaping products to those that are underage. They even go to say that they don’t want underage individuals smoking or vaping. They continue with emphasizing that their clientele is not just young people.

In a response to the proposed bans from Governor Cuomo, they say that the ban is not targeting the problem, which they believe is the black-market sale of THC cartridges. They discuss how they see the news of tests being done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, but do not see the results of the test or whether they are testing black-market or mainstream liquids.

The chemical in question that the CDC and NYSDOH are saying is dangerous is Vitamin-E Acetate, which they say none of their liquids that they sell contains. The liquids that the Flavorium sells is made of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, the flavoring is a food grade flavoring.

They go on to say that vaping is already regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and that any vaping liquid that they sell must be inspected by the FDA.

Finally, their main response to the proposed bans is that they need to target and regulate the online sale of e-liquid instead of outright banning them. They also say that 95% of the people that walk into their shop do not buy menthol or tobacco based flavors. They believe that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking and it should be the citizen’s choice whether to use it or not.

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