Douglas County is considering a change to its tobacco ordinance that would include prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to people younger than 18. It would also prohibit minors from possessing such products.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Jerry Moe said the change comes at the request of schools in the county that are dealing with an increased use of e-cigarettes and vaping products.

"It's a huge problem," Moe said.

Violators could be fined between $25 and $500 for a first offense, and not less than $200 for a second offense in a year.

Supervisor Rosemary Lear questioned penalizing retailers who sell tobacco or vaping products to minors only $25 for the first offense.

"I think that should be higher; they're selling to young people," Lear said.

Members of the Public Safety Committee agreed to raise the minimum fine for retailers to $200 if permitted by by state law.

The Douglas County Board will consider the ordinance change when it meets March 21.

The city of Superior adopted similar changes to its smoking ordinance in February.