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Buffalo mayor issues six-month moratorium on vape shops

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 18:12:20-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a six-month moratorium on the opening of new vape shops.

The decision comes after Delaware District Common Council Member Joel Feroleto filed a resolution asking for a study on the topic. That resolution was unanimously adopted by the Buffalo Common Council on September 3rd.

“This is a matter of safety and public health,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “There remain too many unknown factors connected to vaping. This moratorium gives us time to learn more about the health impacts of these product on residents. I thank Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto for his concern on this matter and I will continue to work with my partners in government on this important public health issue.”

“Health is definitely the main concern with vaping and we need to learn more from medical experts on the safety of these products,” said Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto. “Residents need to know and understand the risks and potential harm associated with these substances.”

Health officials say they believe Vitamin E acetate, which is a substance found in cannabis e-cig products, was likely the culprit of an outbreak of a severe lung disease in people across the state.