LETTER: Store owner critical of Maple Ridge mayor and council limit on new vape stores

City would be better to tackle bigger social ills, letter writer says

Maple Ridge vape store owner is fighting back against negative comments from city council about his industry. (Vape360 photo)

Maple Ridge vape store owner is fighting back against negative comments from city council about his industry. (Vape360 photo)

Dear Editor,

[Re: No more vapes, The News, May 7, 2021]

It seems Mayor Mike Morden and council are making decisions about vape stores, calling them “addictive and damaging products,” and “acting in the interest of community safety to protect young people.”

I am appalled by the statement published May 7. Vaping is a harm reduction tool for smokers. It is at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking as stated by Health England. Minors are not even allowed inside a vape store.

It seems that Mayor Mike Morden is acting on misinformation being spread by big tobacco and big pharma.

Using the “Save the kids” type of excuses to restrict harm reduction for adult smokers is a bad move.

If you really wanted to “Save the children,” you would do something about cigarette sales, liquor sales, weed sales and open drug use by all the junkies taking over the downtown area.

Dave Springman, Haney Vape Supply, Maple Ridge

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