Public hearing scheduled for June 20
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
The Philipstown Town Board on June 7 called for a moratorium on shops that sell e-cigarettes and scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday.
The board proposed a six-month moratorium on applications for “vape” shops, which sell devices that allow a user to inhale vapor from liquids that contain nicotine and are sold in hundreds of flavors, including cotton candy, watermelon, blueberry, peanut butter and chocolate.
The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. on June 20 at Town Hall, 238 Main St., in Cold Spring.
Vape shops are “something we really don’t want to see,” said Supervisor Richard Shea. “It is obviously being marketed to children. It’s just not acceptable. We’re not going to have that in Philipstown.”
Councilor Nancy Montgomery explained that a moratorium would provide time to prepare a permanent law. “We know it’s poisoning our kids,” she said, arguing that it’s “where they get their start” before smoking tobacco and abusing other drugs. “This is just one of the many things we can do to combat this [addiction] crisis.”
Councilor Mike Leonard said vaping liquids contain “a lot of harmful chemicals” that spread in the air and threaten others.
The draft moratorium cites the board’s legal and constitutional obligation “to protect and preserve the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the town as well as to protect the value, use and enjoyment of property.” It asserts that permitting vape shops “may have a permanent, significant and substantial impact on the nature and quality of life” of Philipstown.