On March 2, 2016, the Village was the first municipality to crack down on this latest smoking trend – vaping. The Village adopted a moratorium prohibiting any new vape stores from being opened in the Village’s business zone. This temporarily suspends a landowner’s right to obtain development approvals while the municipality considers the potential adoption of such a local law. Basically, a moratorium preserves the status quo – in this case, no new vape stores.
Vaping involves the use of battery-powered devices to heat an oil-based liquid which is then exhaled, creating a smoke-like vapor. Considered by some to be the last resort to help smokers quit smoking, vaping by non-smokers has also become trendy among non-smokers. Vaping opponents are concerned about the unknown health risks and addictive qualities it may hold over young users. Most, but not all, oils used for vaping contain various amounts of nicotine that can be adjusted at the vape store.
Although the prohibition of vaping is not yet law, it will be interesting to see what happens when the smoke of the Village’s moratorium clears.