Loveland council group used private text messages to discuss ban on flavored vaping, tobacco product sales

Loveland Reporter-Herald: A group of Loveland City Council members deliberated on a proposed ban on flavored tobacco and vaping product sales in private and possibly in violation of Colorado law, a Dec. 8 text message thread shows.

The Reporter-Herald obtained the messages from Mayor Jacki Marsh after the paper received a confidential tip. All nine council members and City Manager Steve Adams were included in the thread, though not all council members participated.

Time stamps on the text thread show that 13 of the messages were exchanged by councilors during their regular meeting that evening, which was held virtually and dealt mostly with the proposed ban and the problem of youth vaping.

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