Smoke Shops, Tobacco Stores Would Be Licensed, And Limited, Under Jersey City Proposal
Annual licenses would cost $600 for a tobacco store and $1,000 for smoke shops
Smoke shops and tobacco stores beware — you might soon need a license to sell your products in Jersey City in the near future.
The city council will vote on introducing an amendment on fees and charges for smoking devices that would put a licensing requirement for all of the city’s smoke shops and tobacco stores to sell tobacco or smoking products, and limit the amount of licenses issued to 45.
Annual licenses would cost $600 for a tobacco store and $1,000 for a smoke shop.
The requirements are being introduced because of what’s been described as a “huge proliferation” of vape shops in the city, according to Councilman Yousef Saleh, particularly those that illegally sell flavored vapes to children. A study by drugwatch.com revealed that in 2021, 27.8% of minors in New Jersey had vaped or used an e-cigarette at least once in the 30 days prior to being polled.
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