The Prior Lake City Council discussed a proposed tobacco ordinance change during its first work session of the new year, ultimately deciding to hold a public hearing and gather more feedback on the proposal to ban flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products.
At its December meeting, the council enacted a tobacco moratorium which prohibits any new businesses from selling flavored vape products while the council considers if the products should be banned within the city. The conversation stemmed from a recent application for a tobacco license by a new smoke shop in Prior Lake.
During the Jan. 4 meeting, city staff brought forth proposed language for the council to consider which bans “flavored vaping materials which are defined as all flavors except tobacco and menthol and all materials for use or able to be used to vaporize and/or aerosolize substances for inhalation. Flavored vaping products include but are not limited to the following flavored items: e-cigarettes, vapes, cartridges, pods, tanks mods, juices and liquids,” city documents state.