JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Elected officials in Jackson have begun to pursue vaping restrictions of some kind after directing staff to look into an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored vaping products in Jackson. Town council is considering an ordinance banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products. Last week, when the electeds met for a workshop, there were suggestions to push for tougher restrictions than just the sale of flavored products in favor of banning all vaping products. Town of Jackson attorney Lea Colasuonno was asked to refine a draft ordinance to make \u201cunlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale any flavored tobacco product to a person.\u201d Colasuonno modeled the law after a similar ordinance adopted by the Town of Pinedale. Several community members have been outspoken in their appeals for legislation of some kind to prevent minors and young adults from obtaining and using nicotine products. Gillian Chapman, superintendent of Teton County School District #1; Beverly Shore, the community prevention specialist for Teton County Public Health; Pier Trudelle, principal of Summit Innovations; and Heather Franklin, addiction specialist at Curren-Seeley are among those who gave testimony to the town council on the perils of vaping, specifically, in the valley. \u201cIn the past three years, there has been a noticeable increase in the use of e-cigarettes among the teens in Teton County,\u201d Franklin stated in a letter to the council. \u201cAdolescents are initially attracted to e-cigarettes, or vape pens, in part because of the varietal sweet flavored vaping products. A \u2018Monitoring the Future\u2019 survey showed 66% of teens are not aware that these candy-flavored liquids contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can rewire the developing brain of teens and prime it for addiction. For most teens, vaping is the first nicotine product they will try.\u201d Finley Miller, a senior at the Community School, provided a student\u2019s perspective, as well. \u201cFrom what I have seen with my peers is that people who are still vaping are the ones who are grossly addicted,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhen vaping started to become more popular a few years ago, everyone did it because it was considered cool. Now, as the schools and the community have been doing more to restrict vaping, the people who are still using are the ones who physically can\u2019t stop.\u201d Miller and Trudelle blamed easy access to vaping products as a big reason why addictions persist. \u201cA majority of my students have experienced addiction and struggle to get . Part of that is the ease to obtain these products,\u201d Trudelle said. How they voted Colasuonno explained to town leaders the nuances between new state legislation, scheduled to take effect July 1, and what a local ordinance might look like, and how it could harmonize with new state statute. For one, the state is redefining \u2018tobacco\u2019 products as those that contain nicotine. New state law will also prohibit the sale of nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21; currently, it is 18 years old. Some council members leaned toward more restrictive legislation such as banning the sale of all vaping products containing nicotine or making it unlawful to use vaping pens and similar products in public spaces. In addition to prohibiting the sale of flavored nicotine products in Jackson, the council is exploring an amendment to current municipal code prohibiting smoking in public buildings and parks within town limits. Councilman Jim Stanford said he wanted to be mindful of legislating access to nicotine products for adults, believing some nicotine-addicted users might return to smoking conventional cigarettes, leading to more dangerous secondhand smoke scenarios, if vapes were taken away. Sgt. Tony Matthews agreed, adding people would turn to cigarettes or dip if they could not get liquid solutions. \u201cHearing the public comments, it is very distressful for me to learn what an effect this is having on our town\u2019s youth, especially considering the current pandemic and how their health will be affected even further,\u201d said vice-mayor Hailey Morton Levinson at Monday\u2019s workshop. \u201cIf this is the most minor thing we can do, I think we are all in support of it. When we can make a difference like this, I will, and I know the rest of the council will.\u201d The town council agreed unanimously to direct staff to prepare an ordinance for 1st reading at the May 4 regular meeting.