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Christina Xydous, in one of her vaping shops after Quebec's flavoured vaping ban took effect (Photo credit: Hadassah Alencar)

Many vape outlets will convert to convenience stores following Quebec’s ban on most flavoured vapes, leaving customers to flock to Indigenous communities for supply.

“There's literally no more reason for the specialty vape shop store category to exist,” says Christina Xydous, co-owner with her brother of five vape stores in Montreal. 

Since Halloween night, empty shelves line their store La Vapote, which is centre-east of the island. The ban forced them to pull most of their stock and their best-selling products.

“We're basically being forced into adopting an entirely new business model,” says Xydous, who is paying out of pocket for the business changes. 

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...