Union Grove proposes ordinance prohibiting vaping for minors – Journal Times

UNION GROVE — In response to reports of a few students at Union Grove High School using electronic smoking devices, commonly known as vapes or e-cigarettes, the village is mulling an ordinance that would ban the use or possession of the devices for people under 18.

The Village Police Commission on Tuesday advanced the ordinance to the Village Board for consideration. If passed, the ordinance would also ban vaping in any village-owned or village-leased property. Additionally, selling or giving a vaping device to minors would be prohibited. The penalty for violation would be a forfeiture.

The proposed ordinance comes amid a rise in e-cigarette use among teens: Nearly a third of high school seniors used some kind of vaping device in 2017, according to a December report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

A little more than a 10th of those seniors used the devices to inhale marijuana, according to the report.

“The popularity of illegal substances being used in (e-cigarettes) has also escalated,” Sgt. Scott Litwin of the Racine

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