Lindenhurst Divided Over Proposed Ban On Vape Stores, Hookah … – CBS New York

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — As officials target vape stores and hookah lounges in one Long Island community, owners and patrons of those shops claim it’s unfair discrimination.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, two dozen vape shops and hookah lounges have opened across Long Island’s South Shore in the past year. The Village of Lindenhurst wants to put on the brakes, with a controversial proposal to ban all e-cigarette stores, medical marijuana dispensaries and water-pipe smoke shops.

Village officials decided to take action after hearing complaints from parents of children who passed by some of the lounges on their way to and from school and the local library.

John Lappas, who helps manage the store Clean Vapor, calls the proposed crackdown a Big Brother-type move.

“I don’t think it’s anything to be afraid of,” he said. “It’s 21 and up to purchase anything here.”

E-cigarette user Leo Pensa claims the devices are merely a stress reducer.

“On Long Island, there’s a big drug problem pretty much,” he said. “We should just crack down more on harmful drugs than e-cigarettes.”

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