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More Cody Students Vaping

Written by on March 16, 2018

The use of E-cigarettes is increasing in Cody’s schools.
School Resource Officer Rayna Wortham spoke to the Cody City Council at their work session Tuesday about a trend that’s becoming an increasing concern for school administrators as well as law enforcement – students using vape pens, or e-cigarettes, in classrooms, despite the fact that it is illegal for them to purchase.
Wortham says that this school year so far, she’s issued 14 citations for students being in possession of Juul brand vape pens. However, she says that there is a grey area, in which some students are getting off with simply school sanctions because the brand of e-cigarettes they are in possession of have the capability of vaping liquids that do not contain nicotine, and there’s no easy way to test for those substances.
Wortham, along with Police Chief Chuck Baker, asked the Council to consider drafting an ordinance that would make possession of all e-cigarettes by a minor illegal.

City Administrator Barry Cook says that he has consulted with other communities in the state, and found that eight other municipalities have passed ordinances banning the possession of e-cigarettes by anyone under the age of 18.
After discussion, the council members directed City Attorney Scott Kolpitcke to draft an ordinance to that effect.

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