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 this session, with several bills in the House and Senate attempting to prohibit their sale and distribution to people under age 18.
Senate Bill 12 by state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, would ban e-cig sales and a number of other alternative nicotine products to minors. The bill won final approval on May 15, having passed both chambers unanimously, and now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign it into law. Louisiana will join several states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, which have adopted similar legislation. Several other states are considering restrictions on e-cig sales.
The bill is among other smoking-related legislation, including state Sen. David Heitmeier's bills banning smoking near schools and amending the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act to include e-cigs, and state Rep. Frank Hoffman's House Bill 168, which would ban smoking within 25 feet of state office buildings.