Garden City Vape & Smoke would be located at 21 Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands, according to this application for a sign that is before the Urban Design Commission. It would be Newton’s second vape shop, Vape Daddy’s is in Nonantum. Vape shops sell e-cigarettes, flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products, not cannabis.
Last month the city adopted new regulations limiting the sale of tobacco in Newton, including a cap of two “retail tobacco store or retail nicotine delivery product stores.” Here’s a summary of the regulation …
- Caps the number of tobacco and nicotine delivery product permits at the current number – 43. The effect of this is that no new establishments may open without first acquiring a permit from an already existing establishment.
- Creates a sub-cap of no more than two “retail tobacco store or retail nicotine delivery product stores.” These stores are adult-only (ages 21+), and the only place in Newton where flavored tobacco/nicotine delivery products can be sold. Currently one store exists in Newton. The regulation allows for only one more, if the applicant acquires a permit from an already existing store.
- Prohibits any new establishments from opening in a location within 500 feet of a public or private school, or an after-school program.
- Prohibits any new establishment from opening in a location within 500 feet of an already existing tobacco retail establishment.