Shops to close
VPZ fails to get support for ‘stress relief’ argument
Shops have closed
VPZ, the UK’s largest e-cigarette retailer, has closed all its 155 nationwide stores despite arguing that it provided health benefits at a time of stress.
The Scotland-based company expected the government to implement measures similar to those in other European nations by keeping vaping retailers open.
However, the Government failed to clarify its view on vaping stores.
Doug Mutter, director of compliance and manufacturing at VPZ, said: “We are disappointed with the lack of clarification from the Government regarding where vaping retailers stand.
“Other European nations had recognised the work vaping specialists do in reducing the stress on health services and kept the local stores open. We had expected this to be the case and had begun investing in new processes in order to manage our business in such an environment.