Governor Gordon talks legal vaping age, proposed ICE detention center

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) In a media press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Gov. Mark Gordon covered a variety of topics from his concerns with vaping to the proposed ICE detention center near Evanston, WY. Gov. Gordon hopes Wyoming lawmakers will take a close look at vaping and the impact it can have.

“It does seem to me that it doesn’t make sense for us to sell vaping products to anyone under 21 years of age,” said Gov. Mark Gordon (R-WY). “My own sense is that they were initially devised as a ‘quit smoking device.’ Our smoking rates have gone up over the last year or so, so clearly they’re not working in that respect.”

The conversation later turned towards the proposed ICE detainment center that would be just outside of Evanston. At the beginning of October, ICE announced their hopes of changing the limit on the number of beds from 500 to 1,000 as the plan is to detain undocumented immigrants as they await court in Utah.

“Believe me, I’ve heard a tremendous amount of kickback and I respect all that has been said about ‘Is this the right thing for Wyoming, is this the right thing for Evanston, is this the way we want our state to be viewed and so on’ and I do take that quite seriously,” said Gov. Gordon.

Gov. Gordon says he has had and will continue to have conversations with the County Commissioners and that decisions regarding the proposed center are ultimately up to them.

“The advice I’ve given [the County Commissioners] is that Wyoming stands behind you in your economic development efforts and I hope you broaden and diversify those,” said Gov. Gordon.