You may now be fined up to $200 for a first offense if you are under 21 and caught vaping in Madison County. The County Board has passed an ordinance establishing penalties for young vapers. The hope is not to establish punitive punishment, but to encourage young people to seek help quitting the habit, according to the board member that spearheaded the effort.

County Board member Chrissy Dutton of Bethalto tells The Big Z vaping is more widespread that she had originally thought.

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A second offense within 36 months could be met with a $400 fine. The fine could be waived if they agree to take and “satisfactorily” complete an educational program within 90 days. Businesses or individuals providing e-cigarettes to someone underage could face a $650 fine.

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