Vaping, E-Cigarette Crackdown On Fast Track

Craig Dellimore
September 19, 2018 - 4:46 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A proposal to impose new taxes and new restrictions on electronic cigarettes and other vaping products is poised for quick Chicago City Council passage this week.

The Chicago Department of Public Health is introducing a hike in the taxes on liquid nicotine and devices containing the addictive substance, and Chicago aldermen are expected to suspend the rules so a committee hearing and full City Council passage can happen in rapid succession.

The proposed ordinance also would make stores keep the devices behind the counter. City officials say both the tax hike and the relocation of the merchandise would make it more difficult for young people to get their hands on the products.

Ald. Ameya Pawar expects overwhelming support, though Health Commissioner  Dr. Julie Morita expects some pushback.