In the North Dakotan City which is home to an estimated 26,977, the popularity of vaping has contributed to the thriving of a new market which as it stands falls outside the North Dakota Century Code, which requires tobacco stores to pay a $15 state license. However a proposal to implement Ordinance 1056 has been brought before Williston City Commission on Sept. 27.
This ordinance would alter the current tobacco policy leading to e-cigarette retailers having to obtain the same licence as tobacco shop owners. The first reading relative to the proposed ordinance took place with no members of the public present and a second reading is scheduled for the 25th of October.
The effect of this ordinance from two viewpoints
Many, such as Chelsea Bryant, who oversees the Tobacco Prevention Program in several counties, feel that regulating vape shops is a positive move, as the latter would be subject to law enforcement checks such as facing fines when selling products to minors. The Upper Missouri Health District is even hoping that other city states would follow suit and implement such regulations, but what would this mean for the vaping businesses and their customers?
The dark side of implementing harsh rules
Health experts and organizations have been warning about the dangers of over-regulating. Whilst their main concern is naturally the fact that many e-cigarette users who are using the devices as smoking cessation tools would revert to their old habits. Other fear that making these products inaccessible would just fuel the black market, therefore promoting crime, as desperate vapers could resort to purchasing these products from unregulated sources possibly leading to obtaining unsafe devices.