Kimberly and Little Chute toughen vaping ordinance

Published: Jan. 9, 2019 at 5:32 PM CST
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Little Chute and Kimberly have made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess a vaping device or e-cigarette. They are just the latest communities to go beyond the state law that says you have to be 18 to buy these vaping devices.

"I'm talking a lot with parents saying let's watch out for some of these signs and now is the time we need to start having these conversations with kids. I'm starting that around ten to twelve." says Eric Adams. He's a physician assistant with Bellin Health.

As the popularity of vaping has grown, so has Adams concern which is why he's addressing the issue earlier and earlier with patients and their parents.

According to Adams, "I think we would be surprised with the number of kids that are vaping because they don't view it as being bad, it's not like cigarettes. The trouble is, most of them may not know how much nicotine they're getting and how highly addictive it is especially on a growing brain which is of great concern."

In an effort to deter kids from vaping, Kimberly and Little Chute have amended their tobacco ordinance.

"In the past, the law said they could purchase, I'm sorry they could possess it but not purchase it which makes no sense. They shouldn't have it all together and so now they can't have any kind of electronic delivery device - any kind of e-cig, e-vape and they all come in different shapes and sizes," says Duane Dissen with Fox Valley Metro Police Department.

Kids caught with these devices will now be fined more than $90.

"There have been plenty of warnings,. We've said hey this is in the works, now I can't give you a ticket but next time I will, so they know it's coming. At this point it's going to happen," adds Dissen.

While Dissen doesn't know if the fine will be a deterrent, he's hoping the ordinance will serve as way to educate teens and their parents on the dangers of vaping.