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City of Green Cove Springs Passes Ordinance to Restrict Youth Access to Electronic Cigarettes
November 5, 2013

On November 5, 2013 the City Council of Green Cove Springs voted unanimously to pass an ordinance regulating the sale, marketing, and use of electronic cigarettes throughout the City of Green Cove Springs.

The recently passed ordinance prohibits the sell of e-cigs to minors, places the products behind the counter requiring retailer-assisted sales, and restricts the use of e-cigs in public places where smoking is already banned. This ordinance falls in line with the Clay County ordinance that was passed earlier in the year.

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The action taken by the City of Green Cove Springs to regulate electronic cigarettes illustrates the growing public health concern around these products. This action demonstrates local governments taking measures to protect its youth from nicotine addiction and to de-normalize the act of smoking, whether by traditional or electronic means.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that electronic cigarette use among has doubled nationally in the last year, making health officials concerned. The CDC stated that 4.7% of high school students had used an electronic cigarette in 2011 and that number rose to 10% in 2012.

With this sharp increase in teen use, The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County believes that communities should understand the potential risk of using these products and being exposed to the vapor.

More information on electronic cigarettes is available in this article, published in the Wall Street Journal on November 10, 2013.