Boulder City Council members on Tuesday instructed staff to research and bring back proposals to address and regulate e-cigarette use by youth in the community.

In a “nod of five,” in which council members indicate direction, council asked staff to examine prohibiting the sale of flavored products, including menthol; raising the age limit; licensing nicotine sales; placing zoning restrictions; and imposing a city tax on nicotine products.

If approved by voters, a tax could fund the city’s licensing efforts, city staff and council members said Tuesday.

“In my view, licensing is the best way to control anything,” City Attorney Tom Carr said.

Council members showed broad support for regulations.

“I feel like this is something we should prioritize as a health and safety issue for our kids,” Councilman Aaron Brockett said.

The matter will come back to council for a public hearing, and local parents and business owners are expected to weigh in during the process. The matter came before council at the urging of local parents concerned about the rise in vaping among middle and high school students.

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