Mayor Emanuel received an honor on Tuesday for his efforts to help stop kids and teenagers from smoking just one day after his plan to toughen rules for e-cigarettes failed.
He was given the Visionary Award from the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council at City Hall.
In a one-on-one interview, Emanuel insisted he’s still determined to regulate e-cigarettes. He believes they start off as “gateway” products.
The mayor supported a proposal that would monitor e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes. The plan would also ban e-cigarettes in public places, and make them off-limits to minors. But, some aldermen successfully fought against the measure. They argued e-cigarettes give-off a harmless, water vapor and endanger no one.
“The percentage of middle school students and high school students who tried e-cigarettes has doubled. I mean, think about that for a second, that’s ten percent of our kids,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair, of the Chicago Dept. of Public Health.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.