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Ohio Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors; Ky. May Follow Suit

Posted On March 07, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

FRANCE-BUSINESS-TOBACCO-HEALTH(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 โ€œalternative nicotine products.โ€

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.