WEATHER AUTHORITY : Tornado Watch View Alerts

Oxford aldermen pass vaping ordinance

Lawmakers in Oxford have passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell vaping products to people under the age of 21.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 11:26 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 9:14 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Lawmakers in Oxford have passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell vaping products to people under the age of 21.

The Oxford Police Department said anyone under the age of 21 would receive a $1,000 fine and be charged with a misdemeanor.

"There are some teeth now to people who possess this, but really we want to go after the businesses; they have the ultimate responsibility when they sell these things,” Police Capt. Hildon Sessums said.

Sessums said the school district has been pushing for this, especially after several students became sick due to the vaping devices.

"We are just seeing an increase here, and anything that we can do and anything that will deter these people from selling these things to underage students is a great move,” Oxford High School Principal Noah Hamilton said.

Minors can be punished up to $100 on their third violation.

"It is all about education, and any time you can educate a student about what they will look like, you are then beating it on the front end, not just punishing,” Hamilton said.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Few Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 76°
Columbus
Few Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 75°
Oxford
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 79°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 73°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather