Naperville Public Television Interviews Rep. Grant Wehrli as Part of Vaping Segment

State Representative Grant Wehrli’s (R-Naperville) HB HB 3887, which would institute a statewide ban on flavored nicotine products- including those infused with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, was recently featured in a segment for Naperville’s Public Television station, NCTV17.

“Flavored tobacco products lure kids into a deadly addiction,” said Wehrli. “When nicotine is flavored to taste like cotton candy, chocolate, strawberry or other enticing tastes, children are being targeted. We are just now learning how damaging and deadly these new nicotine delivery systems are, and we need to do everything we can to keep these products away from kids.”

Wehrli’s bill would ban tobacco retailers and their employees from selling, offering for sale or possessing with the intent to sell, any flavored tobacco product, including solutions for use in E-cigarettes. Those found guilty of selling a flavored nicotine product would be guilty of a petty offense with a $100 fine for a first offense per item. A second infraction during a two-year period would carry a $250 per item fine and a third offense during a two-year period would lead to a $500 fine per item. Manufacturers or distributors who violate the Act would be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50,000 for supplying any brand or style of flavored nicotine product during any 30-day period.

“The THC component is unregulated and proving to be fatal,” added Wehrli. “We hear more and more every day from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) of deaths related to vaping THC from around the country. As we learn more about the true dangers of these new methods for ingesting nicotine, we need to act swiftly to protect the health and safety of Illinoisans and especially young people who are targeted by the tobacco industry.”

State Representative Grant Wehrli’s (R-Naperville) HB HB 3887, which would institute a statewide ban on flavored nicotine products- including those infused with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, was recently featured in a segment for Naperville’s Public Television station, NCTV17.

“Flavored tobacco products lure kids into a deadly addiction,” said Wehrli. “When nicotine is flavored to taste like cotton candy, chocolate, strawberry or other enticing tastes, children are being targeted. We are just now learning how damaging and deadly these new nicotine delivery systems are, and we need to do everything we can to keep these products away from kids.”

Wehrli’s bill would ban tobacco retailers and their employees from selling, offering for sale or possessing with the intent to sell, any flavored tobacco product, including solutions for use in E-cigarettes. Those found guilty of selling a flavored nicotine product would be guilty of a petty offense with a $100 fine for a first offense per item. A second infraction during a two-year period would carry a $250 per item fine and a third offense during a two-year period would lead to a $500 fine per item. Manufacturers or distributors who violate the Act would be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50,000 for supplying any brand or style of flavored nicotine product during any 30-day period.

“The THC component is unregulated and proving to be fatal,” added Wehrli. “We hear more and more every day from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) of deaths related to vaping THC from around the country. As we learn more about the true dangers of these new methods for ingesting nicotine, we need to act swiftly to protect the health and safety of Illinoisans and especially young people who are targeted by the tobacco industry.”

Click here to watch the segment and interview.