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Shelves cleared of flavored vaping products as 180-day ban goes into effect

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    BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) — The display cases in smoke shops across Oregon may look a little bare now that a 180-day ban on flavored vaping products is in effect.

On display at The Green Planet in Beaverton are cannabis-derived vaping products only.

The district manager, Will Irwin, told FOX 12 that they haven’t sold any flavored products in the store since October 4 in anticipation of the current ban.

The temporary ban was approved by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission last week and started Tuesday. Shops can now only sell vaping products that taste like tobacco and marijuana.

Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order to cut down on youth vaping, and to address the growing outbreak of lung injuries and deaths across the United States, including in Oregon, that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says is linked to vaping.

Irwin says that was enough for them to clear their shelves.

“With the news around these products, we felt it was better to take them off the shelves and focus on diverting our selection rather than selling the stock that we had,” said Irwin.

Irwin says this only impacts a small percentage of what they sell at The Green Planet, so this won’t have too much of an impact on their business.

Other shop owners are feeling the pinch with hundreds of flavored vaping products now off limits.

Oregon’s ban on flavored products will go through April 11, 2020.

Washington has a similar ban in place that will last for four months.

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