Hurley updates ordinances
Written by Jesse Baroka on September 11, 2019
HURLEY, Wis. — The Hurley City Council on Tuesday added vaping to the juvenile tobacco use ban and revised three gaming ordinances. The council 5-0 approved amending the city ordinance prohibiting individuals under the age of 18 from purchasing or possessing tobacco and nicotine products to include vaping paraphernalia. There was no discussion on the ordinance but the language noted it had been possible for juveniles to legally purchase some alternative nicotine delivery products that are not regulated the same as tobacco and lack health warnings regarding high nicotine content of e-liquids or the presence of other toxic substances. The ordinance stated that the intent was to have consistent and uniform enforcement of smoke-free laws. The changes reduce the possibility for minors to associate the use of vaping products and devices with a normal or healthy lifestyle. The council also 5-0 approved to amend a city ordinance to clarify the definition of gambling, according to Wisconsin law, which allows only the state lottery, charitable raffles and bingo, tribal casinos, promotional sweepstakes and contests. The council also updated the video gaming ordinance for establishments with five or fewer machines to define the consequences of using them to award prizes of value according to state law.