Fayetteville leaders consider restrictions on vape, tobacco shops near schools

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Vape and tobacco shops are popping up closer to schools in Fayetteville. 

Now city leaders are talking about enacting restrictions, so stores can’t open close to schools. 

The issue came up after complaints from neighbors near 71st High School. A vape and tobacco shop recently opened up directly across the street from the high school. 

“For it to be close to a neighborhood like this and a day care and two schools — high school, middle school and elementary — is pretty bad,” said neighbor Jay Young. “I just think it’s easier for kids to go in and get these from smaller stores.” 

Workers at the store showed CBS 17 what they were selling inside. There are aisles of candy for kids along with everything from tobacco, alcohol, knives, cigarettes, vape pens and bongs for adults.

The owner says the adult products are kept behind the counter and glass — and they’re careful who they sell it to. 

“We make sure we ID everybody, we so strict with school kids especially with cigarettes or beer,” said owner Omar Ali.

But city council members are proposing restrictions on stores, restrictions that would make it so vape shops would have to be away from schools. 

So far, they say it’s too early to tell whether the new rules will be enacted.

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