Vape shop owner: ban will ‘drive people to black market’

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The OLCC will hold an emergency meeting on Friday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss their decision regarding vaping rules but a local vape shop owner worries the decision will put him out of business.

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order last week banning the sale of flavored vaping products.

One vape shop owner told KOIN 6 News his inventory is 80% vaping liquids, most of which are flavored.

“You’re taking people out of places, out of safe places where we have regulated products ingredients on the bottles and you’re driving them to the black market,” said Marcus Nettles who has owned Rose City Vapors for 6 years.

Flavored vaping products at Rose City Vapors, Oct. 10, 2019. (KOIN)

Nettles said some of his customers have already started stocking up on products while they’re still available.

“The fact that they are ignoring the actual problem that is hurting people and targeting the e-cigarette industry for flavors just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Nettles said he will try to run the shop a couple of days a week but will now need to get another job to pay his bills.

“You’re not curbing the problem, you’re taking business away from small shops like mine,” he said. “You are putting me out of business, you’re sending business online to retailers who are still going to make money. You’re taking money away from the state.”

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