By: Angela garrity
11 Alive reports that Lilburn City Council has chosen to pass on vape shops looking to open within the Georgia town. The new ordinance does not exclusively move shops out of town but does impact businesses looking to sell vaping products to only using 25% of its space for that purpose.
City Manager Bill Johnsa says although they have not seen it directly impact Lilburn, they are jumping ahead of what could be a problem. The misconception he has of the situation is added by his statement of, “What you tend to see is the congregation of teenagers hanging out at these stand-alone shops.”
According to Johnsa, Lilburn has had inquiries from people looking to set up vape shops in the area. He says as long as they follow the new ordinance, he is okay with them setting up shop.
David Higgabotham owner of Higgy Cigs and President of the Georgia Smoke-free Association said, “"If anything, they need to shut down the Dollar General, Family Dollar, they need to shut down Walgreens. Vape shops aren't the problem; we are against selling to minors. This ordinance is attacking shops that don't sell real tobacco products.”
Higgabotham believes the reason why more cities are approving ordinances such as this one is that vape shops often get confused with smoke shops that sell vape as well.
For the vape shops that already exist in Lilburn, they are safe as long as they don't shut down or change ownership.
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