Superior bans possession of vaping products for minors

Minors in possession of vaping products could be fined up to $500 under a new ordinance adopted Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Superior City Council adopted changes to its tobacco ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and vaping paraphernalia to the l...
A Smok vaping device pokes out of a backpack at Superior High School. An ordinance change adopted by the Council on Tuesday, Feb. 5, makes possession by minors a violation carrying a fine up to $500. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Minors in possession of vaping products could be fined up to $500 under a new ordinance adopted Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The Superior City Council adopted changes to its tobacco ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and vaping paraphernalia to the list of tobacco products prohibited for sale to and possession of by people younger than age 18.

The change was introduced in response to the vaping epidemic reported at Superior High School.

While school officials have addressed the matter with one-day suspensions, the city had no means of enforcement because the ordinance only addressed tobacco products.

The Council did amend the ordinance before adoption to include court costs in any penalties that would be levied under the ordinance at the request of City Attorney Frog Prell.

Penalties for possessing vaping paraphernalia, just like tobacco products, could cost anywhere from $25 to $500 in fines. A second offense carries a minimum penalty of $100.