YSS director concerned about e-cigarettes

David Hicks, director of Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County, said he has concerns about the use of electronic cigarettes among minors.

E-cigarettes emit vapor instead of smoke but still deliver nicotine like regular cigarettes. Hicks told the Marshall County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that minors can currently buy these e-cigarettes.

“These are unregulated at this point for minors,” Hicks said.

He said other counties are looking into ordinances to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

Supervisor Denny Grabenbauer said they would only have jurisdiction over one place that sells nicotine – Randawa Travel Center in Melbourne.

“I’m hard pressed to do an ordinance for one business,” Grabenbauer said.

Grabenbauer told Hicks to keep the supervisors updated on this issue.

“This is just a first step,” Hicks said.

Hicks also gave a quarterly update on YSS to the board. The agency received 41 crisis calls over three months, which is up slightly from the previous quarter.

Hicks said more than 80 percent of the people they work with have positive outcomes.

“We are definitely seeing success,” Hicks said.

Hicks said they are planning a 30th anniversary celebration for YSS for 5 p.m Dec. 4 at the Marshalltown Public Library. It is open to the public.