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Police: East Bridgewater vape shop defied statewide vape sale ban – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA


Lifestyle Vape, located at 626 Bedford St., was issued a cease and desist order Tuesday after police say the shop continued to sell vaping-related products despite the statewide order banning the sale of vaping products for four months.

EAST BRIDGEWATER — A local vape shop was ordered by police and the town Board of Health to stop selling vaping products after police say the shop defied the statewide order banning the sale of vaping-related products.

The East Bridgewater Board of Health issued a cease and desist order to Lifestyle Vape, located at 626 Bedford St., after an investigation by police.

Police launched the investigation into the business after they say they received several complaints from residents throughout the month of October that Lifestyle Vape was continuing to sell vape products despite the ban. Police say that some of the complaints also mentioned the sale of products to minors.

On Sept. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency following an uptick of suspected vaping-associated lung injuries and implemented an immediate four-month ban on the sale of all vape-related and e-cigarette products. The cease and desist order to Lifestyle Vape came on the same day that the state Department of Public Health announced that a second person, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County who vaped nicotine, had died of what it says was a vaping-associated lung injury.

The department says that her death was one of more than 200 suspected vaping-associated lung injuries reported since September when the department began to require clinicians to report any unexplained lung injury in a patient with a history of vaping. The department announced the state’s first death from a vaping-associated lung injury, a woman in her 60s from Hampshire County who also vaped nicotine, on Oct. 7.

According to police, while conducting surveillance on the store during the investigation Tuesday, an East Bridgewater police detective observed a man walk out of the store, place an item in one of his pockets and then leave the parking lot in his vehicle.

That same man was pulled over by a police officer approximately 20 minutes later when he failed to stop at a stop sign, police say. The detective arrived on the scene and spoke to the driver.

Police then discovered that the man had purchased a vaping product from Lifestyle Vape, which was then seized as evidence, police say.

Lifestyle Vape was issued a $100 fine along with the cease and desist notice, Board of Health Chair Peter Spagone Jr. said, but the business remains open.

“It can get to the point where yes, we can order them to stop selling any type of product in there if they keep doing it, but we just hope it’s the end of it until the state figures out what we’re going to do with (the ban) at this point,” Spagone said. “It’s too bad, but this is the deal we have to follow.”

While the statewide ban has since been challenged in court, it currently remains in effect after a Superior Court judge upheld the ban in a motion Wednesday. A hearing on the vape ban is scheduled for Nov. 22.

Lifestyle Vape owner Rich DeCotis was unavailable for comment in time for the Enterprise’s deadline Friday.

Material from Statehouse News Service was used in this report. Staff writer Corlyn Voorhees can be reached at cvoorhees@enterprisenews.com



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