Juveniles under the age 18 are no longer allowed to purchase or possess electronic nicotine devices in the Village of Kewaskum. The Village Board approved a new ordinance Monday night that regulates the purchasing and usage of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) vapor products by minors.
The ordinance prohibits the sale of ENDS products to anyone under the age of 18. There was no discussion before the vote at the February 19 meeting. Richard Laubach was the only trustee to vote against approving the ordinance.
Police Chief Tom Bishop explained to trustees at the February 5 village board meeting that state law does not allow minors under the age of 18 to possess nicotine. Vaping products generally contain nicotine, but there is no way to test if the cartridges used on the vaping products actually have nicotine, according to Bishop.
In the ordinance, “vapor products” include noncombustible products that may or may not contain nicotine and employ a mechanical heating element, battery, electronic circuit or other mechanism to produce a vapor.
These include things such as electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarillos, electronic pipes, vaporizers or similar devices. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, approximately 11 percent of high school students and 4.3 percent of middle school students across the nation were using e-cigarettes in 2016.
The new village ordinance was modeled after a proposed ordinance that the City of Hartford is currently considering, Bishop said. The fine for a juvenile smoking in the Village of Kewaskum begins at $124.