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Waterloo addresses e-cigs, recycling

By on November 28, 2018 at 11:12 am

Pictured, from left, are Waterloo Code Administrator Nathan Krebel, Nick Hopkins, Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith, Tina and Ken Carrico and Alderman Jim Trantham. Hopkins received a facade grant or improvements made to Bloomin’ Diehl’s Floral Boutique at 120 N. Main Street. The Carricos received a facade grant for improvements made to Chantilly Corner at 131 W. Mill Street.  (Kermit Constantine photo)

Possession of an e-cigarette by a minor is now a fineable offense in Waterloo, per an ordinance amendment approved last week by the city council.

This step was taken in hopes of curbing what has been described as an epidemic in the local schools. 

The council voted in favor of revising its code of ordinances dealing with alternative nicotine products, which are defined as a “product or device not consisting of or containing tobacco that provides for the ingestion into the body of nicotine, whether by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling, snorting, sniffing, or by any other means.”

All persons under the age of 18 found in possession of an alternative nicotine product will be issued a city ordinance violation in the amount of $50. A second offense is subject to a $75 fine and the third offense carries a $100 fine.

An e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of smoking tobacco. It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapor,” that the user inhales. E-cigarettes contain carcinogens and chemicals that can cause respiratory problems. 

Alderman Clyde Heller said this city ordinance is similar to one approved a few years ago dealing with public fighting that has been successful in greatly reducing in-school scuffles…>>>

Read the rest of the story in the November 28, 2018, newspaper.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.