Jacksonville now regulating location of vape & tobacco shops

Jacksonville now regulating location of vape & tobacco shops

Jacksonville City Council last night unanimously approved placing restrictions on where the businesses can be located.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina city will now join others in regulating the location of hookah, tobacco, and vape shops.

Jacksonville City Council last night unanimously approved placing restrictions on where the businesses can be located.

The city says the changes are not a prohibition, but an effort to try to lessen the impact on health and safety, especially for children.

Apex, Greenville, Jamestown, Rolesville, Statesville, Shallotte, Smithfield, Spring Lake, Knightdale, & Wilson, along with Wake County & Cumberland County have similar regulations.

New hookah, tobacco, and vape shops would have to be 500 feet from residential zoning districts, 1,500 feet from schools, daycares, youth facility, community center city recreational facility/park, or a hospital, and 2,000 feet from another similar business.

The city says the 41 stores already open in Jacksonville are allowed to remain in their current locations.

The ordinance would not impact convenience stores as the city says tobacco and vape are not their primary business.

The city says there are currently 41 vape/tobacco shops in Jacksonville.

The city says there are currently 41 vape/tobacco shops in Jacksonville.

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