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Orange Park passes ban on e-cigarettes, changes go into effect now

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Updated: 12/04/2013 7:56 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Orange Park Town Council voted Tuesday night to pass new sweeping bans on e-cigarettes. The bans won't just affect smokers, but the stores that sell e-cigarettes, too.

Behind the counter: that's where all electronic cigarettes must go in Orange Park stores.

"Bad news for people who are trying to quit smoking," said local vapor smoker Christopher Johnston.

He spoke out at the Council meeting for the sake of his future business, Vapor Craft, that he's looking to open in Orange Park in the new year. Still, he said the ban won't hurt sales because he's seen how effective the product is.

"I've had one that smoked two-and-a-half packs for 20 some odd years, and he got one just the other day and hadn't touched a cigarette for six days now," said Johnston.

Part of the bans also includes regulation, meaning e-cigarettes can't be sold to anyone under the age of 18. This has been a problem, especially in local schools.

"The teachers leave and the e-cigarettes come out and they don't feel bad about it because there's no rules or regulations," said Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble.

Action News reached out to Clay County Schools to find out how bad the issue was. We were told e-cigarettes are not allowed on school property.

With these bans police believe those problems will disappear and local stores will fall in line. Police said they will go to local stores Wednesday to educate employees on the ordinance.
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