Under 18 e-cigarette ban passes through committee
BATON ROUGE - A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 has passed through a committee of the Louisiana legislature.
The bill would add e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that can't be sold to minors. It passed through the Senate Judiciary C committee without objection and now heads to the full Senate.
The bill's author, Senator Rick Gallot from Ruston, says it's a safety measure.
E-cigarettes deliver nicotine through a battery powered device and are sometimes flavored with things like mint, fruit or chocolate. They provide the nicotine without the tar and other harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
27 other states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
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