By TYLER MASK
Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday requested staff draft an ordinance restricting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Following a lengthy discussion regarding e-cigarettes and the local sale to minors at an April council meeting, Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan told the council he would look into the matter. In May, Sullivan presented his findings and recommended the city council look things over before requesting further action.
It might only be a matter of time before the City of Mineral Wells restricts the sale of e-cigarettes and e-juices to minors.
“The concern with these e-cigarette regulations by local communities – it’s no doubt a public safety concern [with] the emphasis on preventing our youth from engaging in something that could be detrimental to their health,” Sullivan said.
Talks of possession and use were also mentioned, but at this time, the city council believes that while taking action is necessary, they must move conservatively and wait for the state and national government to take action on the matter.
“I think it’s a good start and showing good faith that we want to protect our children,” Mineral Wells Mayor Mike Allen said. “Then let us wait for the feds or the state or somebody to do the research to tell us whether or not propylene glycol, ethylene glycol or whatever, is harmful in a decomposed manner. Because you’re not dealing with the solvent itself, you’re dealing with what’s decomposing in it.”
Regarding the drafting, local e-cigarette shops are glad.
“I think it’s great,” Baker Vapor Co-owner Micha Saldana said. “I think anything with nicotine needs to be regulated like tobacco. That substance should not be in the hands of a minor.”
In other business, city council approved:
• A resolution authorizing execution of encroachment agreement with Mineral Wells ISD relating to right-of-way of Ram Boulevard.
• Authorization to advertise for bids for sale of city-owned property identified as Wolters 300 Industrial Addition, Block 4, Lot 5, also known as 367 Crocket, Mineral Wells.