Pleasantville vape shop owners aim to clear the air

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The owners of a new, controversial vape shop in Pleasantville turned to social media to ease concerns about the effects of their products on children.

Meanwhile, some kids in town are echoing parental fears that the shop will increase e-cigarette use among young people.

As News 12 has reported, the debuting Glass Room store has elicited a mixed reaction among community members. Some residents fear it's going to increase teen smoking. Others say it's not breaking any rules.

The store's owners, Robert and Mike DiFazio, addressed some concerns in a Facebook post. They said their stores are well-known, clean, respected and legitimate.

They also reiterated that selling e-cigarette products to minors is illegal and said they would not allow anyone under 18 to even enter the store.

School officials say the best they can do is educate their students about vaping.

"Just because they have fun names like bubblegum and fruit punch doesn't mean they are meant for kids," says Angela Vecca, the school board president. "They are actually dangerous for you...Kids that start smoking these e-cigarettes actually have higher propensity, I think by 30 percent, that they actually are more likely to use tobacco products."

On the other hand, some argue that vapes help adults wean themselves off of real cigarettes.

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