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City of Bountiful & e-cigarette shops come to an agreement

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Four e-cigarette businesses in Bountiful facing shut down by the end of the year for being in violation of state law will now be staying open for business.
BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Four e-cigarette businesses in Bountiful facing shut down by the end of the year for being in violation of state law will now be staying open for business. The change comes after the city of Bountiful and the shops came to an agreement Monday morning.

“Their not renewing our business license, so it's great for now it's a small victory, but as far as the long run of the situation it really doesn't change anything because were going to be dealing with this a year from now,” said Lewie Lambros, co-owner of Vapor Dreams.

Lambrose and Jen Littlefield business partners for Vapor Dreams tell ABC 4 Utah they thought they crossed all their T’s and dotted all their i’s when opening up their e-cigarette shop in February 2013. However, on December 23rd they were notified by the city that they and three other vapor shops in Bountiful were in violation of a state law that was passed in 2012 prohibiting tobacco businesses including e-cigarette businesses located within 1000 feet of locations such as churches and schools or 600 feet of other e-cigarette businesses or residences to have a license.

"Unfortunately we issued a few business licenses after the law was passed but before we became aware of it,” said Gary Hill, Bountiful city manager.

Labrose and Littlefield their frustrations not only come from the money they've invested to now have to move, but also what they are calling a misclassification.

“We took it a step further and contacted the Utah state tax commission as well as tobacco and firearms before we opened and even they claimed no your not tobacco your good you can be there and that we did not need to worry about I, but for some reason e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco- and it's very confusing,” said Jen Littlefield, Vapor Dreams co-owner

When asked why the city allowed the businesses to open shop in the first place Hill responded “We don't like to miss laws we don't like to make mistakes this is simply one that kind of fell through the cracks. However the City is hoping the one year agreement will allow each business enough time to re-locate or change state law.

 

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