BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Vaping and e-cigarette use was the topic of an extensive discussion by the Centennial City Council at its regular meeting Monday night. The council approved several measures to help curb the use of vaping and electronic cigarettes.
The measures will likely come back to the council at a future meeting, perhaps before the end of the year or early in 2020. Two residents, Bob Doyle and Tracy Doyle, appeared to be instrumental in the council’s consideration of the issue and spoke to the council about it. The council appeared to be extremely receptive to adopting a series of restrictions related to electronic cigarettes and vaping.
The Doyles reside at 16166 E. Progress Place in Centennial. Tracy Doyle is a Technical Assistance Coordinator at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. The Doyles asked the council to take steps to “shut off” use of electronic cigarettes. They told the council there is a vaping shop close to Smoky Hill High School.
Tracy Doyle said the issue is “very important.” She urged the council to serve as “a leader” in placing restrictions on electronic cigarettes and vaping. The Doyles had a handout which stated that “nationwide data” shows that “almost 70 percent of high school e-cigarette users are using a flavored e-cigarette and half are using a menthol or mint flavored” product.
Their handout also stated that “[n]ational data shows a dramatic increase in middle school and high school e-cigarette use and Colorado has the highest high school e-cigarette use rate in the country at 26%.”
Among the restrictions that they urged the council to consider are raising the minimum age for sales of tobacco products to age 21, from age 18, and banning the sale of flavored tobacco. They urged the council to be a “leader” in restricting vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. They also said the city should not wait for the state to take action but should lead the way in adopting restrictions on vaping.
It appeared that the council is extremely receptive to adopting at least some, if not all, of the restrictions suggested by the Doyles.
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