Vape shop owner, customer react to Baker’s temporary ban on vaping sales


WHAT’S NEXT. (MM) FIRST TONIGHT — WE’RE GETTING NEW REACTION TO MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER’S—– TEMPORARY BAN ON VAPING PRODUCTS. GOOD EVENING, I’M MIKE MONTECALVO. THE BAN WENT INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY— AND WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY 25TH. THE DECISION IS QUICKLY GARNERING MIXED REVIEWS — FROM THOSE WHO SUPPORT IT —-AND OTHERS WHO SAY—- IT COULD HURT LOCAL BUSINESSES—- AND POTENTIALLY BE MORE HARMFUL FOR VAPE USERS. NEW TONIGHT — EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER MOLLY O’BRIEN—- SPOKE WITH LOCAL VAPE STORE OWNERS—- AND CUSTOMERS—– WHO ARE LEFT WONDERING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. MOLLY JOINS US NOW IN STUDIO WITH THE … LATEST DEVELOPMENTS.. (MO) WE SPOKE WITH CUSTOMERS AND A VAPE STORE OWNER IN MASSACHUSETTS WHO TELL US THEY WERE SHOCKED AND FRUSTRATED ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S VAPE SALE BAN. “MY CUSTOMERS ARE IN HERE TODAY IN TEARS AS I’M ALMOST ABOUT TO COME IN TEARS, THIS IS A TRAGEDY TO THIS STATE.” EMOTIONS HIGH AT GOODFELLA VAPOR IN SWANSEA MASSACHUSETTS… GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TUESDAY AND THE MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING A FOUR-MONTH BAN ON THE SALE OF ALL VAPING PRODUCTS IN THE STATE. ‘I HAVE EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN CRYING ALL DAY, THEY’RE WITHOUT A JOB. THAT’ I’LL TAKE CARE OF, DON’T WORRY GOVERNOR, THEY WON’T GO ON WELFARE. I’LL TAKE CARE OF THEM.” CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNOR’S SWIFT AND SWEEPING DECISION, LOU REBELLO, SAYS HE’S NOT WORRIED ABOUT HIS BUSINESS, HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HIS CUSTOMERS. “WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE A FREE COUNTRY. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY. NOBODY VOTED, I DIDN’T VOTE.” THE BAN, NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH JANUARY 25 INCLUDES ALL FLAVORED AND NON FLAVORED VAPING PRODUCTS IN RETAIL STORES AND ONLINE. THE BAN ALSO HALTS THE SALE OF VAPING PRODUCTS AND DEVICES… INCLUDING TOBACCO AND MARIJUANA. THIS MOVE COMES AS THE CDC AND FDA INVESTIGATE AN OUTBREAK OF LUNG DISEASE ASSOCIATED WITH E-CIGARETTES OR VAPE PRODUCTS. THE CDC REPORTS OVER 500 CONFIRMED CASES OF LUNG INJURY NATION WIDE. THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 61 CONFIRMED CASES OF UNEXPLAINED VAPING RELATED LUNG DISEASE. “WE AS A COMMONWEALTH NEED TO PAUSE SALES IN ORDER FOR OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS TO COLLECT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IS DRIVING THESE LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES” THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 61 CONFIRMED CASES OF UNEXPLAINED VAPING RELATED LUNG DISEASE. “GO AFTER THE STORES THAT ARE SELLING TO UNDERAGE KIDS, GO AFTER THE PERSON THAT MADE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE SICK, GET TO THAT PROBLEM, FIND OUT WHAT THAT WAS, (MO) WHILE THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS NO CONFIRMED CASES OF VAPING RELATED ILLNESS IN RHODE ISLAND.. THE OWNER OF WHITE HORSE VAPOR IN NORTH PROVIDENCE TELLS EYEWITTNESS NEWS HIS CUSTOMERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR OPTIONS BEING TAKEN AWAY. LIVE IN STUDIO, MOLLY O’BRIEN,

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