Councilman hopes to ban e-cig sale to minors

Councilman Cris Medina, Dist. 7, proposes ban via new ordinance

SAN ANTONIO – Like a puff of smoke, the evolution of electronic cigarettes is free-flowing.

That is one of many reasons why District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina submitted a proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarette products to anyone under the age of 18 within city limits.

"I was really shocked as a father to find out that my 11-year-old, or anyone's 11-year-old, can go into a store and buy an electronic cigarette," Medina said.

Medina adds that many stores and companies already self-police and choose not to sell to minors, but he hopes to make that the citywide standard.

"I think to put in the hands of anyone under the age of 18 is concerning and one that as a father and city councilman, I have an obligation to try to address," he said.

On Monday, Medina submitted the Council Consideration Request banning the sale via a new city ordinance.

The City Council's Governance Committee will review the proposal and make a recommendation after the council's July recess.

That recommendation could send the proposal to another committee for review.

Medina would like to see the issue addressed before children go back to school later this summer.