Amend E-Cigarette Ban to Exclude Vape Shops
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On November 17th, 2014, the City of Bloomington Minnesota made history by becoming the first city in the world to prohibit e-cigarette use inside of existing stores dedicated to selling the smoke-free products.
It signals a shocking one-eighty from the Bloomington Mayor and City Council, as just a year ago they explicitly granted permission to one of the two vape shops in the city to expand and add a vapor lounge to their store, providing customers the ability to sample flavors, test new devices, and socialize in a relaxed, smoke-free, alcohol-free environment.
Upon publication of the unanimously-passed ordinance, customers and employees will be prohibited from using any vapor product inside the Bloomington shops. Instead, all use will be required to be taken outdoors and at least 25 feet away from any store entrances. In the case of the two vape shops currently in the city, this means they will have to send their customers out into the middle of a parking lot to sample flavors and test equipment. Critically, store employees will also be forced to the parking lot in order to troubleshoot the devices.
The City Council was clear in expressing their motivation for this ordinance; to keep vapor products out of the hands of minors and out of the sight of the public. Unfortunately, what was passed actually directly contradicts that goal, as the ban inside of vape shops will force customers outside the age-restricted store, out of the direct supervision of store employees, and in plain view of the public.
As a result, we are asking Minnesota residents to refrain from spending any money in Bloomington until this ordinance is amended to exempt vape shops from the ban on e-cigarette use.
This petition will be sent to the Mayor of Bloomington, each City Council member, and select businesses in the city.
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