New ordinance bans drug paraphernalia, moves tobacco away from schools

By Beau Ebenezer

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Selling drug paraphernalia in Peoria will soon be illegal.

Local smoke shops are worried what that could mean for business.

Tuesday night, the city council approved a new ordinance that makes selling tobacco-smoking devices illegal.

Illinois state law prohibits it already, but city officials said they can't currently enforce it effectively.

The new law will ban shops from selling items like one-hitters, bowls, and bongs.

Stores that don't comply will be fined.

"As you talk to people about this, they say it's for tobacco use only," said 3rd District Council Member, Tim Riggenbach. "But if they can keep a straight face when they tell you that, I would be surprised. By making it a city ordinance, we are streamlining the process and making it clear the city doesn't endorse it."

The ordinance also requires any new business to be 350 feet away from schools in order to sell tobacco products.

Selling E-cigarettes to minors will also be illegal.

The ordinance will go into effect in two weeks.