Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vape no more: Louisiana minors to be banned from e-cigs

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM

State Sen. Rick Gallots bill to prohibit e-cigs to minors heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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  • State Sen. Rick Gallot's bill to prohibit e-cigs to minors heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Electronic cigarettes are steps away from being prohibited to minors in Louisiana. The currently unregulated industry of e-cigs was targeted by the state Legislature, with bills in the House and Senate for prohibiting their sale and distribution to people under 18.

Senate Bill 12 from state State Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, is the Senate version banning e-cig sales and a number of other alternative nicotine products to minors. Today, it passed the Senate 34-0 and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal where it's expected to be signed into law. (On Tuesday, it received unanimous approval from the House with a 94-0 vote, and sailed through committees.) Louisiana will join several states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, with similar legislation. Several other states are pending legislation this year.

Read more about e-cigs in Gambit's preview of the Legislature's tobacco battles.

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