New E-Cigarette Laws

At their latest meeting, the Council weighed in on new regulations concerning e-cigarettes.

They voted through two ordinances, one which requires a $200 tobacco license for any business looking to sell the products, and another prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from buying them, a decision on which the entire council was united.

“Just the appearance of cigarettes in our youth, and providing the opportunity, even if it is flavored water, which I doubt, is probably not the direction we want to go in,” said Councilwoman Patty Gustin.

The new regulations are already a part of state law, but local adoption allows for more control over enforcement.

“Local regulations empower the police departments to use its discretion to choose whether to charge someone under a state code or a local code, the local code has lower burden and often a smaller fine or less than an impact of the state code,” said Deputy Legal Director Mike DiSanto.

That means a difference of $75 at the local level versus up to $2, 500 at the state.

Council also directed staff to look into other regulations, like prohibiting minors from having the products and banning e-cigarette smoking in public places.

Another topic in the air that night, the city’s use of their newly purchased drone.

The Naperville Fire Department recently bought the remote-controlled flying camera as an additional tool for their work.

“We could see also for new developments where we need an overhead view, its very efficient to get an overhead view to allow us to perform safely,” said Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis.

Though the Fire Chief said their use would be very restrictive, resident Todd Peterson still raised concerns over the new technology.

“There are a lot of bad people out there. you could have a guy sitting in a van, down by the river flying this thing over playground, playschools, following kids walking home from school,” said Peterson.

As this drone would be solely used by the Fire Department, those scenarios seemed unlikely. More of a concern for Council members were the potential costs for the device.

Council asked the Fire Department to write up a policy on exactly how the drone will be used.

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