Vaping

Teton County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Roundy displays some of the vaping paraphernalia he’s confiscated over the years at Jackson Hole High School. Between 2016 and October 2019, Roundy issued 25 citations to teenagers for possession or use of tobacco products.

The Jackson Town Council on Monday night continued the issues of a gondola, zip lines and snow-making pump station to a specially called meeting next Monday, and also made decisions on mask-wearing in town and the first reading of a flavored-tobacco ordinance.

On the Snow King issues, the council expressed concern about a previously set Aug. 1 deadline for decisions, but Snow King board member Jeff Golightly said Snow King was willing to waive that deadline. The council agreed to table the issues until Monday’s meeting so they could focus solely on them and make informed decisions.

The council was set to extend its emergency order that the public wear masks inside businesses and while waiting in line outdoors, or in crowded public areas. The extension was made unnecessary earlier in the day, when State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist signed off on a long-sought countywide mask order.

The countywide order differs from the town’s previous ordinance, in that the countywide order calls for adults to wear masks in prescribed areas, while the town’s order was for people 10 years old and up. Mayor Pete Muldoon explained via text Monday night that the 10-year-old age baseline was going to have to be raised anyway, as the staff report noted that the Town of Jackson has no mechanism for citing minors for such transgressions.

At the end of their four-hour meeting, the council approved on first reading an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobaccos, including those used for vaping. Councilor Jim Stanford spoke out against the ordinance, noting that he knows people who have used the tobacco products to quit smoking cigarettes and saying a better-worded ordinance should be available to the council. But the council ultimately passed it on first reading after Mayor Muldoon noted that school is still scheduled to open in August and it would take an additional two readings for the ordinance to pass and become local law. Stanford was the sole vote against.

The council will take up the Snow King matters at the specially called meeting on Monday, and the flavored-tobacco ordinance will again be addressed at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 3.

For the full story, read Wednesday’s edition of the News&Guide, or visit JHNewsAndGuide.com on Wednesday.

Contact Timothy Woods via town@jhnewsandguide.com.​

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