BEND, OR -- Crook County just passed an ordinance to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and Deschutes County is thinking about following suit. No decisions have been made, but Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Penny Pritchard says they are looking at several options.
She spoke to the Crook County health officials when their new ordinance was passed. "It's a great step in the right direction. But I'm not sure its the most comprehensive approach. We need to be looking at the fuller picture-- how a tobacco licensing program could be something more comprehensive."
Right now you don't need a license to sell cigarettes in the state and so it makes it hard to look at whether businesses are selling to minors when you don't even know all the retailers selling tobacco products. Pritchard says they have found Deschutes County has a higher incidence of minors buying tobacco products than the state average.