Gov. Charlie Baker has faced criticism from owners of vape shops for imposing a four-month ban on vaping devices on Tuesday. Shop owners claim that the ban will force them to shutter their doors, and some are even suing the state.

Boston Globe Business Columnist Shirley Leung, however, said she thinks Baker is making a smart calculation. In an interview Friday with Boston Public Radio, Leung acknowledged that the drastic move was out of character for the governor, but said his background as a health insurance executive gives him a degree of expertise on the issue.

“Charlie Baker is about data. He also used to be a health care executive ... so he knows a lot about potential health risks,” Leung said. “I think in this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”