New vaping amendment clouds 2008 smoking ban – The Reflector … – The Reflector online

A unanimous vote from the Starkville Board of Aldermen earlier this month amended the ban on smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes. This decision worries business owners.

To placate the owners of various tobacco and vape shops throughout Starkville, a secondary amendment is being reviewed. This amendment to the 2008 smoking ban would allow patrons in free-standing tobacco and vape stores to smoke inside of their establishment. However, this amendment does not account for tobacco and vape stores located within shopping centers.

Wael Salem, manager of Tobacco 101 on Highway 12, said he does not understand why this ban excludes multiunit buildings.

“It doesn’t make sense to me because my store is a closed-in area,” Salem said.

Salem believes many of his customers will start to purchase e-liquid online, which will subsequently decrease his sales. Under normal circumstances, Salem allows his customers to smell and taste products before making purchases. He also allows them to smoke indoors if they want to try out a product immediately after a purchase.

“If the exemption excludes my store, consumers

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