Rochester Hills City Council Approves Ordinance to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

The Mayor’s office released a statement indicating that last evening, the City Council approved an ordinance that will regulate electronic cigarettes as “tobacco” products in the City of Rochester Hills pending further regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new policy bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes to minors, a move that the administration feels is in the City’s best interest and will promote the public health, safety and welfare for all.

The Rochester Hills ordinance also includes possession of e-cigarettes and would add penalties for violators.

“I applaud City Council in their efforts to ensure the healthy and safety of Rochester Hills’ youth,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “While we have not had any issues to date, this proactive approach shows our administrations commitment to protecting our children while ensuring all residents have the right to clean air and healthy environment.”

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA, 10% of high school students have tried e-cigarettes, with numbers rising steadily. In fact, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students doubled from 2011-2012. Additionally, 75% of e-cigarette users also smoke conventional cigarettes.

“We hope that our action will serve as an example to other cities looking for ways to ensure their youth remain healthy and tobacco free,” states Councilmen Michael Webber.

The city ordinance is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further federal regulations are determined.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted as one of the top 10 places to live by Money Magazine in 2014 and by RelocateAmerica.com, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking families and businesses.

About Sarah Hovis

Word manipulator, arts appreciator, sports spectator, and world traveler, Sarah charts her own course as the owner of saliho creative. She uses her creative mind and engaging dialogue to fearlessly bring the written word to life in print and online… all while keeping a watchful eye out for the next literary adventure. You can reach her at [email protected].

Comments

  1. ““I applaud City Council in their efforts to ensure the healthy and safety of Rochester Hills’ youth,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “While we have not had any issues to date, this proactive approach shows our administrations commitment to protecting our children while ensuring all residents have the right to clean air and healthy environment.”

    REALLY???? But when the oil company said that the property at Adams High School, and another kitty corner to it, would be a good place for an oil rig, no objections from Mayor and 5 of the 7 Council members.

Speak Your Mind

*