City council to discuss E-cigarette sales to minors

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It is now against the law to sell e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to minors in Mobile.

The Mobile City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday making the sales illegal.

Alternative nicotine products include water vapor sticks and hookahs.

THE CONCERNS

Among the concerns: e-cigarettes have a cartridge that holds nicotine, and hookahs, which are water pipes, can be used to smoke specially-made tobacco that also delivers nicotine.

Virginia Guy with the Drug Education Council said, “It’s not harmless. There are lot of dangers.”

YOUTH COUNCIL MAKES PUSH

Among the people on hand to watch the vote were members of the Mobile City-County Youth Council.

The Council is made up of a group of teenagers that serve as advisers to local governing bodies.

In April, members of the Youth Council approached the Mobile City Council with concerns about the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping as its called, by their fellow teenagers.

Guy said, “They saw it as a danger with their friends, and they wanted to speak to the city.”

PROMOTING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

After the council meeting, Mayor Sandy Stimpson shook hands and took pictures with members of the Youth Council.

Youth Council Member Austin Turk said, “I’m glad that the city is supporting having a better environment for teenagers, especially teenagers who are under the age of 18.”

Members of the Youth Council talked about why they feel the way they do.

Mary Jo Martino said, “I’ll go out with my friends and we’ll see kids our age with a vape pen, or one of those e-cigarettes.”

Youth Council Member Matthew Holland said, “To me, its promoting a healthy environment for kids.”

People who sell the products to minors could face fines between $200 and $500.

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