CHATHAM, NJ - Council member Bob Weber announced new standards that the Chatham Borough Board of Health passed to regulate vaping, including fines up to $2,000 for violations, at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday night.
The council also highlighted the dangers of "unintentional poisoning," with a resolution recognizing "National Poison Prevention Week" set fo the third week of March.
Weber highlighted some of the new vaping regulations in the video below, including measures that address "the ongoing public health emergency presented by vaping."
Weber said that vaping-related businesses are required to be licensed by the board of health. Regulations also prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from entering or working in vaping-related businesses, and the sale or giving of such products to anyone under the age of 21.
It also prohibits vaping businesses within 500 feet of schools, parks and other public recreation areas. Fines range from $50 to $2,000 for violation of the regulatory provisions.
In other health-related actions, the council passed a resolution proclaiming the week of March 15 to 21 as National Poison Prevention Week in Chatham Borough.
The resolution encourages Chatham residents to keep the 24/7 Poison Help number 1-800-222-1222 in their phones for immediate assistance. Last year, New Jersey received 51,000 voluntary calls.
The resolution noted: "Whereas, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in New Jersey, outnumbering deaths by motor vehicles and firearms ... most poisoning deaths occur in adults aged 20 to 59."
Danielle Bartsche, representing the NJ Poison Information and Education System, speaks to the borough council about poison prevention in the video below.