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Health Department Hires Tobacco Enforcement Officer

Dec 6, 2019
Anti-tobacco sticker at MU
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With a new tobacco enforcement officer on the streets, those who sell tobacco and vaping products to minors are now under tighter scrutiny.

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services Department hired its first tobacco enforcement and education officer, Public Health Promotion Supervisor Michelle Shikles confirmed Thursday.

Julie Sears, who was hired this week, will conduct compliance checks in Columbia, ensuring that local businesses are not selling tobacco or vaping products to anyone under the age of 21, in line with city ordinances.

Electronic Vaping Devices Face Potential Ban

Nov 6, 2019
Columbia City Hall
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Members from the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health have requested an immediate moratorium on the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products within Columbia city limits.

The request came at Monday’s Columbia city council meeting. The board of health said their main concern is about the recent data found by the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. It reported that the use of e-cigarettes rose 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students. According to the NYTS, fruit, menthol/mint and candy flavors are the most popular among the youth.

Board of Health Discusses Potential Ban on All Flavored E-Cigarettes

Oct 11, 2019
Doctor's office supplies.
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The Columbia Board of Public Health unanimously passed a motion to have a letter about potential solutions to youth e-cigarette use drafted and sent to the Columbia City Council on Thursday.

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Juul and other e-cigarette makers are facing new limits on the sale of their products in the U.S. But internationally, vaping companies are looking to grow.

How governments regulate e-cigarettes varies wildly. In some countries, doctors recommend them as a useful method to quit smoking. In Thailand and other nations, they're banned as a public health menace.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the global climate for e-cigarettes.