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Tobacco 21 Legislation Debated In North Chicago

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By CHRIS MELLIDES

The so-called Tobacco 21 law that has been sweeping the nation and allowing states to ban the sale of conventional tobacco, including vapor products, to any consumer under 21 years of age has been met with opposition in North Chicago, where officials are locked into a divided debate over the safety of vapor products and smoking prevention in general.

Back in January comments were aired at a Monday night City Council public safety committee meeting, where law enforcement and city officials discussed raising Chicago’s legal e-cigarette age to 21, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Harold Rollins, a North Chicago police detective spoke out in favor of the Tobacco 21 initiative with claims that the issue at play with tobacco products is that “a whole bunch of other things than just tobacco” go into these products, some of them being illegal drugs.

A council member mentioned that the local police department is already overburdened with the enforcement of similar laws and that the Tobacco 21 rollout in North Chicago would benefit the reallocation of resources to areas that matter most to law enforcement and the communities that they serve, the Tribune reports.

North Chicago Ald. Kathy holds an entirely different opinion. Because she recognizes North Chicago as a “military town” she believes that if a 17-year-old can enlist and fight to protect the freedoms granted to all Americans, service men and women should be allowed to smoke and or vape as they please.

“They have every right that, if they choose to smoke, to smoke,” she said.

To read more on this story, click here.

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com.

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San Mateo County Seeks To Ban Flavored Tobacco, To Include E-liquid

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On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will propose a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products within San Mateo County, California. Further, the ordinance will prohibit the sale of tobacco products of any kind by pharmacies, and will expand the definition of “tobacco product.” The ordinance, furthermore, will not be read to meeting attendees. However, you can read the ordinance by downloading it in .pdf form from this page.

The meeting will take place at:

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

All those who are in a position to attend are encouraged to do so and if possible to contact Stefan Didak of NotBlowingSmoke.org.

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Youth Association Moves Fauquier School Board To Expand Its Tobacco-free Policy

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The Fauquier County School Board became the 34th school division in Virginia to amend its campus-wide smoking ban to include all tobacco-delivery devices, including vapor products and chewing tobacco.

The push for the expanded tobacco ban in school and during outdoor school events was led by students of Fauquier High School belonging to a youth teen volunteer group called “Y Street”, according to Fauquier Times.

The group is comprised of 50 student members and is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Y Street’s mission is to encourage smoke and vape free behavior for the good of students and the greater community as a whole, Fauquier Times also reports.

About 20 percent of Virginia teens use e-cigarettes, according to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and this statistic has driven school officials and students to address vaping in schools.

Any student caught violating the rule set out by the board could face disciplinary punishment while adults will be asked to abstain from using tobacco products during school-sponsored events.

To read more click here for the Fauquier Times article.

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com.

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Tennessee Now Pushing Tobacco 19 Legislation

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Vaping Post reports that Tennessee Democrats Jeff Yarbro and Darren Jernigan are pushing legislation to increase the legal age of tobacco purchasers from 18 to 19. Though they have yet to speak openly about this legislative push, Tennessee vaping businesses reportedly believe that this push is intended to negative impact Tennessee’s vapor industry.

Dimitris Agrafiotis of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association said, in part:

“The Tennessee Smoke Free Association representing vape shops and independent vape manufacturers opposes the bill. There is no scientific evidence or data that suggests raising the age of purchase would deter youth from initiating use. In fact the CDC and FDA both have stated that the average smoker starts at age 13. We will continue to support enforcement at the point of sale and fair, reasonable regulation.”

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