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My family went to Martha's Dandee Creme a couple of weeks ago, and a car came rolling in the parking lot filled with what appeared to be smoke. Five teenage boys piled out, the "smoke" billowing from the car.

We knew a couple of the occupants, and I was surprised by what I saw. I figured it was marijuana smoke, but my teenage son explained that the boys had probably been "vaping."

The haze dissipated quickly, and it certainly didn't smell like marijuana, so it seems he was right. These were "good" kids, athletes at Queensbury High School, and at least a couple of them were clearly inhaling whatever garbage their vaporizers were loaded with. It could have been nicotine, weird flavored substances or something illicit, I didn't ask.

I'm of the school of thought that inhaling other than clean air is likely detrimental to the human body, but I guess I'm just old fashioned. It seems clear that this is a better alternative to cigarettes for those who are hooked on nicotine, so maybe it's not all bad. 

In a drive through South Glens Falls, Glens Falls and Queensbury, I counted four "vape" shops today, including a couple that have opened the past few months. Someone must be buying this stuff.

If you want to "vape" during your workday, the state made your life a little more difficult today with a new ban. We will see if this trend is here to stay.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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