Strongsville ramps up e-cigarette enforcement as vaping skyrockets among minors

Strongsville ramps up e-cigarette enforcement as vaping skyrockets among minors
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STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The city of Strongsville is tightening its laws to stem alarmingly high e-cigarette use among minors.

On April 1, the city passed two ordinances to help with enforcement.

The first ordinance prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from possessing, purchasing, or receiving an electronic smoking device.

The second blocks any person from providing anyone under 18 with an electronic smoking device.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey reported the number of high school students using e-cigarettes jumped 78% from 2017 to 2018. Middle school students using e-cigarettes spiked 48% in the same time span.

In response to the troubling data, the FDA has moved to ban fruity flavors that appear to be marketed toward minors.

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