Port council delays action on vaping law

City attorney says he needs more time to research ordinance regulating electronic smoking devices
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

A proposed ordinance prohibiting underage people from possessing and using electronic smoking devices was tabled by the Port Washington Common Council last week.

City Attorney Eric Eberhardt asked for more time to research the ordinance, prompting aldermen to table discussion of the law until their Tuesday, April 17, meeting.

Eberhardt said he had prepared the proposed ordinance at the request of Police Chief Kevin Hingiss and Port Washington High School Principal Eric Burke, who told him so-called “vaping” has become an issue at the high school.

“This is a new problem,” Eberhardt said. “It has its own products, nomenclature and evils.”

The devices are easy to conceal, he said, and come in all shapes and sizes. They are being marketed to youths, Eberhardt added, noting that one study estimated there are more than 7,000 flavors of the liquid used in the devices.

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