Vape shops fuming over Ontario's proposed restrictions –

People who sell e-cigarettes in Ontario are trying to dissuade the Liberal government from imposing new restrictions on how vape shops can market their products.

The proposed law would regulate vaping in the province in virtually the same way as smoking, with stiff restrictions on where e-cigarettes can be used and how the products can be displayed and sold.

Vape shop owners fear the new rules would ban their staff from showing customers how to use e-cigarettes or letting them sample flavoured vaping products known as e-juice. But government officials insist this is not their intent. 

Treating e-cigarettes the same way as tobacco cigarettes “is in direct contradiction” with the government’s goal of getting people not to smoke, Maria Papaioannoy, co-owner of Ecig Flavorium, a vape shop with outlets in Toronto and Port Hope, Ont.

Customers need employees to “walk them through how to use the product,” said Papaioannoy during a news conference at the Ontario Legislature last week. “No one expects to go buy technology without an opportunity to get educated on how to use it.”

Maria Papaioannoy is a co-owner of the Ecig Flavourium, which has

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