Newwton White via bounce.secureserver.net
In a news story I read today about the increased use of the dangerous synthetic drug “flakka” it discussed that it is being used increasingly by youth by vaping with electronic cigarettes. It is known that the vaping systems have been being used for other than nicotine, including crushed pills, and other concoctions to get high on. Currently these systems are legal for use by all ages with no regulation. Their use has no restrictions like smoking does, these things are being used indoors with vapors being exhaled. Worse than cigarettes we do not know what chemicals and drugs are being released into the air next to us the we breath second hand. In addition knowing that this is a use way for narcotics and synthetic drugs, like the bath salts, crime activity will follow these devices and their use. Their are currently two stores I know of in our city dedicated to selling these electronic devices and the undetermined “juice” that is used in them.
I would ask that council direct the city attorney to explore banning the use of these devices “vaping” in any place smoking is banned as a matter of public safety, protection from the unknown chemicals and nicotine used. Or at least to any point that can be banned on city property, parks etc.
Second, that council explore a moratorium on the shops and the sale of these within the city until their safety can be determined.