First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 8:00 AM on 4/18, issued at 10:44 AM Bryceville, FL | Callahan, FL | Fernandina Beach, FL | Glen Saint Mary, FL

Push to limit use of e-cigarettes in Orange Park

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 9/30/2013 9:59 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- If approved, a new town ordinance would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited. The ordinance also aims to make it more difficult for minors to get their hands on the e-cigarettes.

The new city ordinance will face its last hurdle Tuesday night.

According to Vice Mayor Marge Hutton, who sponsored the bill, the objective is to protect minors.

"We want it to be treated as a tobacco product, which means behind the counter," said Hutton.

The ordinance would make it illegal for stores to place electronic cigarettes in regular aisles, meaning if you want to buy a box you'll need to prove you're 18 or older.

Longtime smoker Dwayne Thompson agrees with the effort.

"They ain't no better for you, I'm sure. They're nicotine -- it's all bad for you," said Thompson.

But he disagrees with another part of the ordinance, which would prohibit him from using e-cigarettes any place where regular smoking is not allowed.

"The people that I'm around say they can't smell it, so that I don't agree with that," said Thompson.

The push came after Hutton received a solicitation email from an e-cigarette company that she says marketed the product to attract younger people.

"They talk about how they're introducing all sorts of new flavors -- chocolate, cherry, piña colada -- so that said to me that this was no longer a market for adults in smoking," she said.

Hutton said it all comes down to a health risk that should be kept out of the hands of those who are most vulnerable.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the safety of e-cigarettes has not been fully studied and there is no way of knowing how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled.
Share
9 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

M1A MA9101 - 12/4/2013 5:35 PM
0 Votes
I'm with you Jeff1, I'm 61 and smoked for over 44 years and Nov 25th last year I quit and have been vaping ever sinse. No cigarette has touched my lips and never will again. I do however understand why they would want to keep them out of kids (under 18) hands. The e-liquid can be had with nicotine in various percentages. Nicotine is a drug and that is what is addictive and like any other drug and should be used in moderation. It is the other 4000 chemicals in cigarettes that kills you. BTW, this is about control, these people couldn't care less as long as they can "think" they can control as much aspect of your life as possible. Just because it's the law dosen't mean it's right.

kawaii433 - 10/12/2013 10:57 AM
0 Votes
All studies have shown that e-cig vapor do NOT have the second hand effect like smoking cigarettes. The levels are so far below toxin of that sitting in a car during rush hour. It's unfair and unjust to ban it. You are deterring those who really need to quit smoking and switch to vaping in order to save their lives.

zee2006 - 10/3/2013 9:20 AM
0 Votes
How can people not support safer alternatives to cigarettes? I was a 38 years smoker with COPD who tried every other way to quit and couldn't until the e-cig and it's flavors came into my life. The e-cig SAVES lives! What is wrong with our country??????????

the1observant - 10/2/2013 9:22 AM
0 Votes
Short and sweet... Regulation, yes. Ban them? NO - Oh, one more thing... the government needs to educate themselves a little more and stop playing the blame game.

RFM2009 - 10/1/2013 5:59 AM
2 Votes
You'd think the ELECTED POLITICOS could find far better, more beneficial endeavors for the MAJORITY of the taxpayers than to tackle a benign entity. To me, its all "political grandstanding". Another fine example of politicians making a fuss over a non-issue to put their names in lights.

tiffjamesnjj - 9/30/2013 11:35 PM
0 Votes
why aren't e-cigs already behind the counter? They should be iding! And so you are telling me kids like booze flavored, and adults don't like chocolate? Oh the logic!

Jeff1 - 9/30/2013 10:50 PM
2 Votes
I think when other smokers see the success of their vaping friends then the product speaks for itself. I think that official age restrictions are a good idea too, but all of the retailers that I know of already have voluntarily put these in place anyway. Don't ruin this for everybody else just because somebody didn't raise their children correctly. Shifting blame away from oneself is an epidemic in this day and age. The blame goes to the parents for not instilling lasting values in their children, and then to the children who do what they know they shouldn't do, and then to those unscrupulous enough to buy this product for minors, and then to those unscrupulous enough to sell to minors, and then to marketers who would market to teenagers. Do not blame manufacturers who make flavors that EVERYBODY loves. I'm 53 and I love sweet flavors. Don't take away what I love because people won't control their kids. Make laws prohibiting use of, and sale to minors, and make examples out of those who break those laws, but don't take it away from adults. Minors apparently need a full time nanny, but adults do not. I only buy all of my liquids and cartridges from American manufacturers. I agree with not buying Chinese made liquids or cartridges. I personally do not purchase anything that I know has some Chinese connection. We've had lead paint in children's toys, poisoned drywall, poisoned pet treats, and SARS that have all come out of China, so forgive me if I'm leery of Chinese products.

Jeff1 - 9/30/2013 10:44 PM
1 Vote
I think when other smokers see the success of their vaping friends then the product speaks for itself. I think that official age restrictions are a good idea too, but all of the retailers that I know of already have voluntarily put these in place anyway. Don't ruin this for everybody else just because somebody didn't raise their children correctly. Shifting blame away from oneself is an epidemic in this day and age. The blame goes to the parents for not instilling lasting values in their children, and then to the children who do what they know they shouldn't do, and then to those unscrupulous enough to buy this product for minors, and then to those unscrupulous enough to sell to minors, and then to marketers who would market to teenagers. Do not blame manufacturers who make flavors that EVERYBODY loves. I'm 53 and I love sweet flavors. Don't take away what I love because people won't control their kids. Make laws prohibiting use of, and sale to minors, and make examples out of those who break those laws, but don't take it away from adults. Minors apparently need a full time nanny, but adults do not. I only buy all of my liquids and cartridges from American manufacturers. I agree with not buying Chinese made liquids or cartridges. I personally do not purchase anything that I know has some Chinese connection. We've had lead paint in children's toys, poisoned drywall, poisoned pet treats, and SARS that have all come out of China, so forgive me if I'm leery of Chinese products.

Jeff1 - 9/30/2013 10:42 PM
2 Votes
E-cigarettes have saved my life. I smoked at least two packs of non filter cigarettes everyday for 36 years, from the age of 16 to the age of 52. My health was in decline, and breathing freely was getting harder each day. I tried to quit using various methods including cold turkey, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers and even hypnotism. Nothing worked until I tried e-cigarettes last October. I have stayed away from regular cigarettes for almost a year now, with no withdrawal symptoms. I no longer have the phlegm and lung congestion that had developed over the years. My smokers cough is gone completely. I can run and exercise without getting out of breath. I can smell a smoker from twenty feet away now, and it stinks. I'm ashamed to have subjected family, friends and strangers to that smell for so many years. I have gone from the highest nicotine level that is available from e-cig manufacturers, to the lowest. My next step is the 0 nicotine content vapor, and then to quit completely. This is my real life study of the health effects of E Cigarettes, and the only one that counts for me. Almost one year, and I cannot even entertain the idea of going back to tobacco products. See, that's the thing. These are not tobacco products. Nicotine is the main addictive ingredient in tobacco, but also occurs naturally in many plants and foods. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is also known as Nicotinic Acid and nicotinamide. As for the sweet flavored liquids let me say that at the age of 53 I still like candy, cake, ice cream and a host of other flavors that you suggested were only enjoyed by children. These flavors are marketed towards taste buds that we all have, young and old alike. Are Ecigs advertised in teen magazines or alongside Saturday morning cartoons. No, of course not. I personally think that they should not be advertised on TV or in print ads except in the case of adult oriented shows and publications, and I'm not talking about porn either. I th
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.