Many North Carolina vapor store owners are fighting more federal regulation

Vapor store owners in Carolina are fighting more dederal regulation.

James Miller, who works at Players Vape Lounge in Waynesville, favors restrictions that prevent the sale of e-cigarettes, which can contain nicotine, to minors. But he opposes rules that prevent stores from working on customers' vaping devices

“You can't replace any part of it. You can't operate on it. You cannot help people figure things out ... anything like that," he said. “You have to sell and send them on their way."

He said not being able to service battery powered vaping instruments for customers can be dangerous.

FDA rules say if an e-cigarette store tinkers with vaporizers, it will be regulated as a retailer and a tobacco manufacturer.

In August 2018, e-cigarettes manufacturers can expect more costs since new rules will require the same strict testing as other tobacco products ... costs Miller worries could land at local stores.

“Any small vapor company ... because there are a lot of them, most of them are not going to be able to afford to pay a fee of that magnitude,” he said.

Miller said it could put vapor stores out of business and people out of work.

Players Vape Lounge urges those against more regulation to sign petitions and contact North Carolina lawmakers and the Trump administration.