Council Passes E-Cigarette Ban for Minors
Written by andrew-rossi on May 3, 2018
The Cody City Council this week passed on final reading an ordinance that will make the possession of e-cigarettes illegal by minors.
The ordinance tightens regulations that were in place that made tobacco products and other nicotine-containing substances off limits to minors. But the wide variety of e-cigarettes available made the issue fuzzy – while there are devices that only vape nicotine-containing liquids, some of the devices can vape liquids that don’t contain the addictive substance. Testing to determine what the vape pen is diffusing is expensive, according to the Cody Police Department, so a ban on the items altogether was proposed.
Cody High School Principal Jeremiah Johnston says in addition to the new ordinance, there are disciplinary measures in place at the school for possession of these devices, as their use is on the rise.
The City Council passed the ordinance banning e-cigarettes for minors at their meeting on Tuesday, along with an ordinance that clarifies noise offenses and another that repeals a 2012 rule that set rules for the use of specific purpose tax dollars.