Salina city leaders react to vapor bars

Published On: Mar 11 2014 06:36:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 09:44:59 PM CDT
SALINA, Kan. -

Salina city leaders are faced with the challenge of regulating a new type of business.

Two vapor bars opened in the past few weeks in Salina. Currently, there is nothing in the city zoning code to deal with that kind of business, and city leaders are looking to make rules to regulate them.

Vapor devices and e-cigarettes are battery powered. They heat a liquid to produce vapor. The liquid is sometimes flavored and often laced with nicotine.

A vapor bar is a place where people can go to buy and use these devices.

E-cigarettes and vapor devices are not considered under Salina's ban.

City commissions approved a 90-day ban Monday. The ban will keep new vapor and hookah bars from opening. A 90-day moratorium was also approved on the city shutting down existing ones.

The city planning commission says they plan to address the issue further next month.

Sophy Kea, owner of one of Salina's vapor bars, says there has been a lot of community support.

"The community had been really great. The grand opening was really good. Our neighbors came and bought stuff from us."