Ohio Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors; Ky. May Follow Suit
By Mike Perleberg
(Columbus, Oh.) – Ohio governor John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
The battery-powered e-cigs do not contain the harmful chemicals that regular tobacco cigarettes have, but they do contain nicotine. The devices come in a variety of flavors, but do not contain the many chemicals and odor of regular cigarettes.
The new law in Ohio bans anyone under age 18 from purchasing, using, or possessing “alternative nicotine products.”
Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Kentucky Senate passed a bill Thursday that would do the same thing in that state. Senate Bill 109 now goes to the Kentucky House for consideration.
E-cigarette sales to minors have been banned in Indiana since last July 1. State lawmakers passed the law in the 2013 session, making a violation a Class C infraction.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study showing that e-cigarettes have grown in popularity among middle and high school students, 6.8 percent of whom reported using them.