E-Cigarette Ban In Seattle?

Smoke shop owners are beginning to speak out against the mayors plan

Smoke shop owners across Seattle are speaking out after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said it’s time for the city to have a “discussion” on banning electronic-cigarettes. She floated the idea on Twitter, after San Francisco became the first city to ban the vaping products, aiming to reduce teen use. Anti-tobacco groups and the American Heart Association praised passage of the e-cigarette bill.

The owner of the Broadway Smoke Shop in Seattle, meanwhile, scoffed when he read Mayor Durkan’s tweet.

“It’s a hypocrisy on the part of the government,” said Harry, who chose not to give his last name. “You can smoke marijuana, you can still smoke cigarettes, and they’re okay? But the electronic cigarettes are not? I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

The Broadway Smoke Shop is one of 5,493 tobacco retailers in Washington. Many sell e-cigarettes, which contain the highly addictive drug, nicotine. Harry said the products make up about 40 percent of his sales.

“Because people are not smoking cigarettes anymore,” Harry said. “And, they consider e-cigarettes are much better, healthier.”

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