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Tallahassee vape shop says ban takes away business

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 06:29:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Frustrating. That's the one word a Tallahassee smoke shop says encompasses the new restrictions on smoking.

Another week, another restriction for smoke shops. President Trump confirmed he will be taking certain flavored vaping cartridges off the market.

Xtreme Gift and Smoke Shop says they're sick of all the bans.

Last week, Trump announced a spending package that included a restriction on tobacco sales to only people 21 and up.

The shop says that takes away about thirty percent of their buyers.

The owner says now tacking on flavors, it will do the opposite of keeping people safe, pushing those with nicotine addictions to just find other ways to get their hands on it.

"it's just not a solution. I don't foresee it working long term. I see it, just like Trump said a while back, it's going to up the black market. Stuff is still going to be in the street," said Malachi Poppell, the owner of Xtreme Gift Shop and Smoke Shop. "Now kids, whatever they were doing, are going to be doing something that's not healthy and could possibly kill you."

There is one thing relief in the ban: Shops are at least allowed the next 30 days to sell the remainder of the products they already have.