Stevens Point leaders update e-cig ordinance

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — Stevens Point city leaders unanimously voted to make it more difficult to get e-cigarettes in the hands of teens on Monday.

All 10 common council members agreed to no longer allow a minor to buy an e-cigarette in the city. This comes as the vaping trend continues to grow.

With the amended vote on the ordinance, there will now by a $50 fine for a teen caught vaping and a possible trip to municipal court.

The trend has required heightened security at Stevens Point Area High School, despite the products being banned on campus.

“I think this will really help, hopefully deflate some of that purchasing of vapes and vape products,” Brigitta Altmann-Austin, an Assistant Principal at SPASH said.

Officers in Stevens Point previously had to prove if the cigarette had nicotine in it but it wasn’t possible to test in the field. Now, that is no longer needed with the updated ordinance.

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