Johns Creek moves to regulate vape shops

Johns Creek has approved a zoning amendment that seeks to restrict the sale of vape juice and vaping-related products in local stores. AJC FILE

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Johns Creek has approved a zoning amendment that seeks to restrict the sale of vape juice and vaping-related products in local stores. AJC FILE

The Johns Creek City Council has approved a zoning amendment targeting vaping, limiting to no more than 25 percent of a store’s floor area the sale or advertisement of electronic cigarettes and related products.

Such businesses are considered retail stores or shops permitted in C-1 and C-2 community business districts, staff said in a report to the council.

The amendment approved by the council defines vaping-related products as devices that heat chemicals “to produce a vapor that delivers nicotine, synthetics or illegal substances to the person inhaling from the device, including electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic hookahs, electronic bongs and electronic pipes.”

It defines a “vape shop” as a business where at least 25 percent of aggregate retail sales are for vape juice or vape-related products.

The Planning Commission previously voted unanimously to recommend approval of the amendment, and staff likewise recommended approval “to better regulate vape shops within John Creek.”