Alderman introduces vaping ordinance at City Council meeting

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CHICAGO —Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) introduced an ordinance during Wednesday’s city council meeting that bans the sale of e-cigarettes along with all vaping related products.

The proposed complete ban in Chicago comes amid growing concerns due to seven deaths and hundreds of illnesses linked to vaping. It would go beyond the New York ban on e-cigarettes which kicked in this week.

Ald. Lopez believes the city needs to act fast, claiming a concerted effort by the industry to entice and addict young people.

“We can’t wait for the FDA to act just because Trump put it in a tweet...we can take the steps here in Chicago to do what we must to protect our children,” Lopez said.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also introduced her own ordinance ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois starting next year. The mayor is a proposing a zoning restriction on sales within the city to prohibit any dispensaries from opening in the central business district. But, that is already facing pushback, given the city’s budget deficit.

Cannabis companies are reportedly eyeing pricey locations within the mayor’s proposed exclusion zone, including the Magnificent Mile.

The marijuana and vaping ordinances will now go to committees.


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