Bay City Commissioners are preparing to adopt ordinance language prohibiting businesses or individuals from selling e-cigarettes to minors or allowing possession of such products for those underage.

Public Safety Director Michael Cecchini  says local schools brought the issue forward, citing health concerns for students either “vaping” or putting THC, the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, in the product. Cecchini added punishments would start with a civil infraction and fine before becoming a misdemeanor, with a larger fine for a third offense.

A second reading and Commission vote are expected April 1 following the Monday, March 18 first reading.