With state lawmakers kicking around the idea of placing new restrictions on the use of vapor products, local vape shop owners are fearful for their futures.
Lisa Talarico-Jaskula, who owns Exotic Vapors on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, said that if regulations governing the way that vapor products are sold aren't relaxed, she'll be out of business within the next year or so. She said regulations that lump e-cigarettes into the same group as traditional cigarettes are hindering the industry in a way that not only hurts business owners, but consumers as well.
"I wanted to help other people," she said of why she got into the industry in the first place. "I'm not here to make a million dollars, we're a mom and pop shop. I just want to be able to pay my bills, spend time with my grandkids and be happy."