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Avon council to discuss dangers of vaping

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AVON — Councilwoman Tammy Holtzmeier announced at the end of the Avon City Council meeting Monday night that there should be a discussion about vaping and e-cigarettes in the city.

The decision came before Avon Schools holds a presentation about the dangers of vaping 7 p.m. today at Learwood Middle School auditorium, 340 Lear Road today.

As a way to bring the discussion from the schools to the city, she invited the public to attend the next Council Safety Committee meeting 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 36080 Chester Road.

In her research, Holtzmeier said she found that Avon Lake approved a smoking ban on all properties, including e-cigarettes and vapes, within the last year. She also said North Olmsted recently passed an ordinance banning minors from vaping.

There are currently no laws or ordinances in Avon with language concerning vaping or e-cigarettes, which she said can be a serious problem. As it stands, there is no ordinance in the city that prevents minors from owning or using a vape or e-cigarette. Holtzmeier said modern problems need modern solutions.

“It’s a modern problem that millennials have discovered and government needs to catch up and address on,” she said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, e-cigarettes are unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. Most e-

cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development that continues into the early to mid-20s, according to cdc.gov.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton


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