Bill to restrict vape sales in Alabama

State / Regional

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — Alabama lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling devices like vapes or e-cigarettes.

For the last decade, the vaping business has been a booming one.

“Studies have shown that it’s a lot safe, it’s simple math. There’s four ingredients in the liquid, where as cigs have a lot more than four,” said Justin Merry.

Justin Merry works at VapEscape in Montgomery, he says most of his costumers vape to avoid cigarettes.

“It looks better, taste better in my opinion.”

It’s the stuff that makes up the taste and smell that lawmakers are wanting to restrict.

“It also regulates on what flavors they can sell, in the past, they have been advertising fruity flavors, which we believe attracts our youth,” said Rep. Shane Stringer, R-Mobile County.

State representative Shane Stringer says his bill is about keeping these devices out of the hands of people under 19.

“It don’t take a professional, you just look around and you can see all the children with them, it’s sad.”

Vape shops say they’re not the ones breaking the rules.

“The small products they are easy to conceal to get away with are soled in gas stations,” said Merry.

The bill restricts vape stores from opening within 1,000 feet of places like:

  •     Schools
  •     Churches
  •     Licensed child care facility
  •     A public playground
  •     A public library

Next, the bill heads to the senate for a vote.

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