Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There may be a new electronic cigarette store coming to the city of Lockport.
Before Elite Vapors can open, however, owner Jordan Bork needs a special use permit to operate the store. It’ll be located at 343 Walnut St., taking 200 square feet of the building that houses Hairport Beauty Salon. The building is owned by Dennis Stachera and the salon is run by Angie Stachera.
Hairport is in a B-4 zone, a business district that does not allow retail, although the salon is grandfathered and allowed to operate without a special use permit. So, Bork will present his plans to the city planning board on Monday.
Four other e-cigarette stores in the city are in B-5 zones, which are business districts that allow retail, Dennis Stachera told the Common Council at a Wednesday work session meeting.
Bork said according to state law, stores cannot sell e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18. Elite Vapors will only accept government-issued identification and a camera will record any transactions.
No smoking-related items will be sold, but there are e-cigars and e-pipes, Bork said.
”The (electronic cigarette) devices cannot be used with dry herbs or anything illegal,” he added.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered tubes that simulate the effect of smoking by heating up nicotine and producing a vapor. They are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, although lawmakers are trying to figure out if the devices should be. There’s an ongoing debate whether “vaping” is harmful or helps people quit smoking. New York City’s ban on public electronic smoking took effect this week.
Once a regular smoker himself, Bork, 23, said he’s been vaping for a couple of years and going back to regular cigarettes is no longer an option.
“When you go back, it’s like smoking for the first time, the taste is horrible,” he said.