City Hall Ponders Vaping Crackdowns

Craig Dellimore
September 16, 2019 - 6:45 pm

(WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot and an alderman who occasionally criticizes here are seeking somewhat different bans on sales of electronic cigarettes in Chicago.

At City Hall Monday, Ald. Raymond Lopez proposed a citywide ban on all vaping products. Meanwhile on the West side, the mayor herself proposed a ban on all of the flavored variety. Both want swift action.

The Chicago Public Schools system tries to maintain a total ban on vaping, but Anna Pavichevich, principal of Amundsen High School, said that only goes so far. She said the vaping devices are virtually undetectable by the school's metal detectors. Teenagers still manage to bring the products to school, she said.

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said it’s important, too, to make parents and students aware of the dangers of vaping.

A spokesman for Juul, the big vaping-products maker, says the company works to combat youth vaping. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin calls the gesture "phony as it comes."