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Georgia city imposing moratorium on new vape shops

City council members cited growing concerns about the health risks of vaping.

VALDOSTA, Ga. — A south Georgia city is putting a temporary halt to the opening of new vape shops.

The Valdosta City Council approved a moratorium that puts permits for new vape shops on hold for the next six months. Council members cited growing concerns about the health risks of vaping.

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The Valdosta Daily Times reports the moratorium also keeps new liquor stores from opening in the city during the same six-month period. It doesn't affect liquor and vape stores that are already operating in Valdosta.

U.S. health officials have reported nearly 1,500 vaping-related illnesses and at least 33 deaths nationwide. Two of those deaths occurred in Georgia.

RELATED: First vaping-related death reported in Georgia, officials confirm

Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia health officials are urging people to stop using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices while the outbreak is being investigated.

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