BOSTON — The emergency ban on selling vape products in Massachusetts has some businesses shutting down.
In Quincy, there are 120 shops that sell vaping products, and for some of them, it's all they sell. Elite Vapor says the temporary ban is shutting them down.
"I probably have over a quarter of a million in inventory in retail value," said Chris Tran.
Tran says his thriving vaping business can't survive Governor Charlie Baker's emergency order.
"The state doesn't want us to destroy them but if we can't sell them there is not much we can do," he said. "I bought a bunch of moving boxes and we're going to pack up everything and strategize."
Quincy health inspectors were visiting more than 100 businesses that sell vaping products.
Baker's order bans the sale of all vaping products for the next four months. The state is asking local health departments to make sure everyone is complying.
"If it is not taken off the shelves tomorrow then our inspectors will issue a cease and desist order and then 24 hours after the cease and desist order they will go back again and we can take legal action if necessary," said Ruth Jones, Quincy Public Health Commissioner.
Anthony DeAngelo told us he spent more than $200 in supplies to keep vaping for another two-and-a-half months.
"Yesterday when I heard I went and stocked up," he said.
Tran says he will keep fighting to prove their products are not a health risk.
The state also sent the local health departments signs to be handed out for stores to post.
We reached out to the Boston Public Health Commission regarding its enforcement of the vaping order. They told us:
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