Superior Changes Ordinance to Include Vaping Products

Updated: February 05, 2019 07:53 PM

Superior Mayor Jim Paine spent part of his morning Tuesday helping inspire the next generation of Superior residents. "I love speaking to children, and hopefully I'm going to help inspire future Jim Paines," he said.

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He's also on board with helping tighten up the city's tobacco ordinance to include vaping materials, like e-cigarettes. The current city ordinance does not include the new generation of smoking materials.

There was a proposal to include vapor products on Tuesday night's agenda. And it did pass, according to the mayor.

"This came from the school district, they want to protect their kids," explained Paine. "The kids are being convinced that these are safe, harmless, and not tobacco. We need more people in the game to let them know they are not safe, and not good for you."

Some in the industry are also on board. At LiQuiVape on Tower Avenue, an employee told WDIO they take the problem of underage use very seriously. They've taken several steps to prevent products from their store from ending up in the wrong hands.

In addition to checking IDs, they also record people's names and birthdates at checkout. That way, if someone comes in with a receipt and said, my teen is using your stuff, the store can go back and check who bought it. They can then pass that information on to police, if necessary. Cameras also capture customers' images in the store. And in Forest Lake, the LiQuiVape has a device to read your driver's license.

The ordinance change also bans any student at the high school from having vapor products, no matter what their age.

"The news is that we're talking about vaping. There's an active effort to go after vaping. This ordinance is a small tool in that struggle. The story is that there's a lot of us working to stop the problem," Paine added. 

The city of Duluth recently passed an ordinance banning the sale of tobacco/vaping products to anyone under the age of 21.

Federal law prohibits people from selling tobacco products/e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. 

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