CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI)- The city of Crawfordsville has a new proposal that would require a separate 18-and older section for stores selling any type of tobacco or vape products, including pens, papers, and pipes.
"They should be in a separate controlled area that's staffed by someone 21 and over who is going to check IDs,” said Todd Barton the Mayor of Crawfordsville. “We are also stating in this proposed ordinance that the area needs to be under video surveillance."
The Crawfordsville city council is considering an ordinance that would require vape and tobacco products to o be located in an 18 and older section. One local vape shop owner says he supports the ordinance and think it could go a step further.
"We are totally in agreement of anything that is going to protect kids,” said Jacob Kingry the owner of KC Vapors in Crawfordsville. “For us the way we see it is raise the age to 21 because anyone who is 18 knows kids younger than 18. 21 is usually a good cut off where you don't know anyone that age."
Kingery says he believes most teens are getting vaping equipment from convenience stores mainly because they are easier to access, and city leaders agree.
"You will find that these items are prominently displayed alongside everything else,” added Mayor Barton. They are displayed alongside the candy bars alongside everything you would see in a convenience store."
Kingery went on to say most vape shops don't even carry the type of e-cigarettes teens are using most frequently.
"The thing with Juul is they are such a high dose of nicotine and you don't need that,” added Kingery . The vapes we sell are used to get you off of cigarettes and off of nicotine."
He says reducing cigarette use is one big reason he went into business in the first place.
"My grandpa passed away from smoking,” said Kingery. “Vaping would have changed his life if it would have been around when he was around. We have always had a close tie to this business just in the sense of helping people."
He hopes showing support of the ordinance will change opinions about their local mom and pop vape shop. The first reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the next Crawfordsville city council meeting on November 18th. If it's passed the mayor says it likely won't go into effect until early 2020.