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Two Suspects Filmed Burglarizing Iowa Vape Shop

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Surveillance footage captures a robbery at the Central Iowa Vapors store in Des Moines, Iowa early Tuesday morning with as much as $5,000 in stolen merchandise reported. (Photo Credit: Central Iowa Vapors/Special to the Register)

Two unidentified persons were filmed breaking into the Central Iowa Vapors storefront early Tuesday morning and making off with as much as $5,000 in stolen merchandise.

At roughly 4:30 a.m. the two robbers struck the glass door of the family-owned-and-operated vape shop, badly cracking it and setting off the store’s motion detector before fleeing the scene, according to Ashley Lambson-Halfhill, director of marketing for the Central Iowa Vapors chain of stores.

Lambson-Halfhill reported that the vape shop’s security provider called about the breach, but told the shop that no one had actually entered the store, according to The Des Moines Register.

Sometime after the call from the security provider the two suspects returned when they realized that the alarms weren’t triggered, before making their way inside, The Register reports.

“They popped back later and the guy barreled his whole body through the glass,” Lambson-Halfhill said.

The duo spent less than a minute grabbing whatever products they could carry while the store’s alarms pierced the air.

Central Iowa Vapors released the surveillance footage on their Facebook page and are requesting that anyone able to recognize the burglars from the footage or has information about the theft to report it to the Des Moines Police Department.

Click here to read The Des Moines Register article.

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San Mateo County Seeks To Ban Flavored Tobacco, To Include E-liquid

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On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will propose a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products within San Mateo County, California. Further, the ordinance will prohibit the sale of tobacco products of any kind by pharmacies, and will expand the definition of “tobacco product.” The ordinance, furthermore, will not be read to meeting attendees. However, you can read the ordinance by downloading it in .pdf form from this page.

The meeting will take place at:

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

All those who are in a position to attend are encouraged to do so and if possible to contact Stefan Didak of NotBlowingSmoke.org.

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Youth Association Moves Fauquier School Board To Expand Its Tobacco-free Policy

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The Fauquier County School Board became the 34th school division in Virginia to amend its campus-wide smoking ban to include all tobacco-delivery devices, including vapor products and chewing tobacco.

The push for the expanded tobacco ban in school and during outdoor school events was led by students of Fauquier High School belonging to a youth teen volunteer group called “Y Street”, according to Fauquier Times.

The group is comprised of 50 student members and is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Y Street’s mission is to encourage smoke and vape free behavior for the good of students and the greater community as a whole, Fauquier Times also reports.

About 20 percent of Virginia teens use e-cigarettes, according to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and this statistic has driven school officials and students to address vaping in schools.

Any student caught violating the rule set out by the board could face disciplinary punishment while adults will be asked to abstain from using tobacco products during school-sponsored events.

To read more click here for the Fauquier Times article.

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com.

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Tennessee Now Pushing Tobacco 19 Legislation

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Vaping Post reports that Tennessee Democrats Jeff Yarbro and Darren Jernigan are pushing legislation to increase the legal age of tobacco purchasers from 18 to 19. Though they have yet to speak openly about this legislative push, Tennessee vaping businesses reportedly believe that this push is intended to negative impact Tennessee’s vapor industry.

Dimitris Agrafiotis of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association said, in part:

“The Tennessee Smoke Free Association representing vape shops and independent vape manufacturers opposes the bill. There is no scientific evidence or data that suggests raising the age of purchase would deter youth from initiating use. In fact the CDC and FDA both have stated that the average smoker starts at age 13. We will continue to support enforcement at the point of sale and fair, reasonable regulation.”

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