Temple City considering zoning restrictions for e-cig shops

R.I. Governor Chafee vetoes e-cigarette ban for those under 18

City staff fear Temple City will become inundated with store fronts promoting the “vape” fad. Since January, entrepreneurs who want to open these shops have submitted at least one inquiry a week, said Mark Persico, Temple City’s community development director. Currently there are five e-cigarette and smoke shops in Temple City.
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But national, state and local agencies and Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing urged Chafee to veto the bill, saying it would scare off investors and jeopardize current and future affordable housing projects. Approved on an unusually close 27-to-25 House vote, the bill was also the subject of a heated debate the final night of the session between Rep. Jeremiah OGrady, who is a real estate project manager for the Olneyville Housing Corporation and Baldelli-Hunt. Since rents cant be raised on the low income residents, OGrady, D-Lincoln, said the tax hike would jeopardize the survival of affordable housing units across the state, that were built on break even financing-assumptions. Baldelli-Hunts retort: With all due respect I feel if theres anyone who should be recusing themselves from this vote, it should be you. In his veto message, Chafee said the legislation threatens the low-income housing market, made up of 20,000 units and hundreds of apartment complexes across Rhode Island.
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East Lancashire MEP to fight for e-cigarette users

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They can help people break their addiction in a way conventional nicotine replacement therapies will never do. They could save millions of lives. Mr Davies visited Blackburn e-cigarette manufacturer and retailer Totally Wicked last month. North West MEP Jacqueline Foster visited the firm yesterday, and said thousands of ex-smokers could find themselves back on the habit if the latest proposals from the European Commission are approved at a full European Council vote in September. Totally Wicked director Fraser Cropper said: Medicines regulation creates a default prohibition and requirement for approval, leaving deadly tobacco cigarettes as the only easily-marketed source of nicotine. At Blackburn with Darwen Council executive board, Youth MP Harry Bithell voiced concern about the use of e-cigarettes among youngsters. He said: Some young people are smoking these and then going on to normal cigarettes.
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