The Ace Smoke Shop is a small business in every sense of the word. What largely draws customers these days is an array of e-liquids in flavors like butterscotch and kimi-strawberry, as well as disposable e-cigarettes. But can it stay in business? https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-06/vape-shops-los-angeles-public-health …
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Altadena and other unincorporated communities — the latest in a flurry of laws passed in response to a sharp rise in teen vaping. 📸: @luissinco
By one estimate, there are more than 300 vape shops in L.A. county. Despite health concerns, vape shops are one of the few types of retail businesses that have thrived in the era of Amazon and online sales. https://lat.ms/3358ydV
Vape shop owners say that health advocates and regulators are stirring up hysteria by lumping nicotine vaping sold at legal vape shops with black market THC cartridges that may be contaminated with impurities. 📸: @luissinco https://lat.ms/3358ydV
The industry may just be biding time. The FDA has been planning for a comprehensive safety review of all vaping products, and Trump has said the federal government is getting set to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and vapes. More from @ldarmiento: https://lat.ms/3358ydV
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