According to a report by nzherald, Kerry Low, a resident of Otani in New Zealand, has submitted a letter of protest to the Mayor of Whakatane, Alex Walker, opposing the establishment of an e-cigarette store in Otani. The Otani community has taken steps to prevent the sale of e-cigarette products in their town.
The Otani Community in the San Hu Ke Bay Area received a petition signed by 502 individuals opposing the establishment of an e-cigarette shop in the town and calling for its closure. Otani resident Kerry Low, after seeking advice, handed over the petition to the mayor, expressing concerns about the sale of e-cigarette products in town and their impact on the local youth.
Mayor Alex Walker stated that the local council has made decisions regarding the sale and supply of alcohol after consulting with the community, but they do not have the authority to regulate the sale of e-cigarette products in the same manner. However, they do have a legal obligation to promote community well-being and have the capability to provide valuable local context and knowledge.