Local vape shops seeing short-term boost but fear future following ban

WYOMING, Mich. -- Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarette products has local vape shop owners scrambling.

Though right now vape shops are actually  seeing a spike in business from people who want to stockpile on the flavored products before the ban goes into effect in 30 days, but those short-term profits may not help in the long run.

"We have lots of product in stock, even if we do have a selling frenzy during the next 30 days that we are allowed to sell them. I’m still going to have $100,000 of inventory in-stock that i’m going to lose out on," Jolt Vapor Owner Joseph Mol said.

"We’ve been open almost six years now, we have four locations across West Michigan, one in Hudsonville, Wyoming, Coopersville and Muskegon," Mol added.

The Muskegon location opened its doors last month and if this ban goes through as planned, Mol says those doors will be closing alongside his three other stores.

"Quite frankly, we’re screwed. I mean this is going to destroy the industry, it’s going to destroy my business, I have almost 20 employees working for me and if this goes through i’m going to have to let every one of them go, I’m going to have to close all of my stores," Mol explained.

The ban does not affect tobacco flavored products but Mol says his business is almost entirely dependent on the flavored liquids.

"We’ve had so many phone calls, our business has doubled in the last two days. Everyone is in a panic, everyone's in a frenzy, all the adults I know are coming in and quadrupling their normal liquid orders and stockpiling so they can still have liquid because they don’t want to go back to smoking cigarettes," Mol said.

But that won't be enough business to keep them afloat for at least six months.

"Being a small local neighborhood business there’s no way we can last six months, we are going to lose all of our sales," Mol added.

There is likely going to be some legal pushback to the ban.

The American Vaping Association announced their support for any lawsuit against it.

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  • steve

    This is another example of a situation created by ‘well intended’ lawmakers. Vaping was not intended for minors, but much like alcohol and tobacco, kids who want to break the law will do it. Now, because of the unwillingness or inability to to prevent vaping by some, they’ll simply make it illegal for all.

  • DaMailman

    This is a broad generalization but many of the vapers I encounter lean toward the Whitmer end of the political spectrum, how’s that workin’ out for ya? If Whitmer was consistent she should also ban cigarettes, alchohol and why not abortion too, for the same reasons. Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin are going to love us. It will more than replace the business they lost when Michigan legalized fireworks.

  • G

    Stupid Millennial practices. Vaping sucks as bad as regular smoking. Just as annoying. Glad they did what they did. Now if they can create a law about smoking and vaping around doorways and enforce it. Crappy habits.

    • Matt

      So just because you think something’s annoying somebody should be locked up or threatened by death or violence from the government? By your logic maybe we should be locking you up for saying stupid annyoing shit.

  • KJ

    Stupid gov. Let’s close vape shops but open up marijuana shops. What sense does that make. Besides these kids who are vaping, are vaping THC. I am beyond pissed, just because she caught her child vaping she’s going to punish everyone. There goes a lot of the revenue for the state. Not to mention tons of people unemployed. The local vape shop I go to makes it right in the shop. Vaping saved my life. I was a 2pack a day smoker four years ago. I vape now only at 3mg. I like my flavored vape. It’s called blue voodoo. It’s a blueberry slushy. Now I’m going to have to learn to make my own vape juice. Because I will not go back to smoking cigarettes.

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