Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Underage vaping citations up more than 800% in Northwest Valley - Many of them minors accepting responsibility for violations
- Compliance Checks Find Underage Milwaukee Youth Still Have Easy Access To Flavored Tobacco - The 25% rate increase from the previous year
- North Port increases DUI education after three fatal crashes - The effort to curb underaged drinking comes as prom and graduation draw near
- F.D.A. Permits the Sale of IQOS, a New Tobacco Device" - A “heat not burn” tobacco device made by Philip Morris International
On a recent Tuesday, a Maricopa County justice court in Surprise was comfortably packed with more than a dozen people, many of them minors accepting responsibility for violations such as curfew, underage drinking and tobacco possession.
It is the latter offense that has been seeing some serious traffic within the regional courtroom — turns out, more West Valley children are being cited for underage tobacco due to the to rise in the popularity of vaping devices and e-cigarettes.
One in four tobacco retailers in the City of Milwaukee sold tobacco or nicotine products to underage youth during 2018 compliance checks, according to newly released data from Wisconsin Wins.
During the Wisconsin Wins compliance checks, minors attempt to purchase tobacco or nicotine products, including cheap, flavored cigarillos, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or single cigarettes.
If they are successful, a Milwaukee police officer working with the minors writes a ticket on the spot or retailers can choose to sign up for the MARTS program (Milwaukee Achieving Responsible Tobacco Sales) to avoid citation.
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Three days after a blue SUV packed with 13 teenagers rolled over on a rural North Port road in early April, killing a 17-year-old North Port High School student, Mayor Christopher Hanks sighed, placed his head in his hands, and pleaded for something to be done about DUI fatalities that had claimed the lives of three residents in two weeks.
“Stuff like this rings home for me ... We’ve seen way too many deaths,” Hanks said, calling on the City Commission and Chris Morales, deputy chief of North Port Police Department, to increase efforts to show the dangers of DUI fatalities and the tangled lives they leave behind.
North Port increases DUI education after three fatal crashes
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it would permit the sale of IQOS, a “heat not burn” tobacco device made by Philip Morris International, in the United States.
While the agency stopped short of declaring that the device was safer than traditional cigarettes, the F.D.A. did say the heated tobacco-stick system could help people to quit smoking.
It differs from e-cigarettes already on the market because it contains tobacco rather than liquid nicotine. But IQOS still delivers an amount of nicotine that’s similar to traditional cigarettes.