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Buffalo moves to regulate e-cigarette stores

The Buffalo Common Council Tuesday took the first step toward regulating e-cigarette stores within city limits.

While people looking to open restaurants and corner stores must go through a rigorous process before City Hall allows them to open, including background checks and neighborhood notification, there is no such process in place for e-cigarette stores.

The resolution, sponsored by South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon, asks the city’s Permits and Inspections Department to establish rules requiring that the stores be reviewed by city inspectors and the Council and that neighbors be notified before they can open.