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A new shop opened this month right next to Shelby High School and frankly, it's worrying some parents in the area.

High Life Smoke Shop opened its doors June 1st, but has given itself a strict policy. No customers under 18 are even allowed inside.

"If I don't think you're old enough, you're gonna get IDed," says store manager Jared Canup.

He says the store will turn away anyone who doesn't have their ID and will not sell to anyone who he suspects is using the products for anything other than tobacco.

"There's nothing illegal in the store," He says. "Everything sold in the store is for tobacco use only and if I know that something's being sold to someone for anything other than tobacco use I wont sell it and they have to leave the store."

But some people don't think the close proximity to the school is a good idea.

"I think it would put the temptation there," said Danny McSwain.

"The students in that age group they're going to be influenced by what they see what they hear. That’s not a very good thing for them to experiment with," said former teacher Cindy Kiser.

Canup wants people in Shelby to understand that High Life's owners chose the location because they wanted to be a presence in the community. Unlike some of the other smoke shops, Canup says, his store has nothing to hide.

"They wanted to seem inconspicuous and we wanted to be a part of the community. We don’t want to be an eyesore, we want to be a destination."

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