Communities in Illinois are beginning to gang up on the vaping industry.
Naperville, Ill., and Palatine, Ill., both are considering stricter regulations regarding vaping and smoking within city limits, according to multiple reports.
A suburb of Chicago known as one of the area’s top retirement destinations with a population of more than 140,000 residents, Naperville seeks to follow in the footsteps of Reno, Nev., and prohibit smoking of any kind at its 130 parks, patch.com reported.
A village southwest of Chicago, Palatine, with a population of more than 65,000, is staging a study to determine if harsher rules are warranted to prevent teen vaping and the sale of vaping devices to minors. Village Manager Reid Ottesen said earlier this month he expects to release his research before December, according to journal-topics.com.
City Councilman Tim Millar spearheaded the vaping regulation during the Aug. 6 village council meeting. Evan though e-cigarettes are regulated exactly like cigarettes, Millar offered to lead a debate on whether additional rules should be enacted, journal-topics.com reported.
The Naperville Park District will oversee the complete ban of vaping on its grounds. The new vaping regulation was brought to the attention of park district officials last July, and took effect immediately after passage earlier this month, according to Positively Naperville.
The amended ordinance, in part, stated, “smoking or any use of tobacco product is prohibited in all District buildings (including parks) and in all District vehicles other than golf carts.”
City officials announced new no-smoking signs will be placed in all parks over the next few months.
How many more communities will look at the actions of Naperville and Palatine and join the gang?
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