Store Owners Suing State Over Vape Ban

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Vick's Vape Shop in Medford. (James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three vape shops are suing Gov. Charlie Baker's administration after the governor's decision last week to institute a ban on vapor products.

The lawsuit claims the ban Gov. Baker recently imposed is unconstitutional, and will cause substantial, imminent, and irreparable harm to their businesses.

Massachusetts is the first state in the country to impose such a ban.

Gov. Baker says the ban would only last four months, while the state investigates the mysterious vape-related lung injuries that the CDC says have affected hundreds nationwide.

But many vape shops are concerned they won't last four months.

The shops that are part of the lawsuit include Mass Dynamics in Weymouth, Boston Vaper in Salem, New Hampshire, and Vick's Vape Shop in Medford.

This lawsuit follows up last week's suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, and will include the plaintiff from that first lawsuit.

Vick's Vape Shop co-owner Linda Vick has questions for Gov. Baker.

"Where did you get your facts from?" Vick said. "How can you ban something when it's not 100 percent guaranteed what's doing it? How can you just displace all these families having small businesses out of nowhere with no notice? What am I supposed to do with my child? How am I supposed to pay my rent?"

Gov. Baker has said he stands by the ban and is prepared to fight the lawsuits.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts health officials are confirming more injuries related to vaping. The number of suspected cases in the Commonwealth has risen to 83, and there have been 12 deaths across 10 states.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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