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Bill would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

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Minors in Michigan wouldn't be able to buy or possess electronic cigarettes or nicotine cartridges under a bill recently introduced in the state Senate.

The legislation would add vapor products and alternative nicotine products to the Youth Tobacco Act.

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, says it would close a loophole that lets minors purchase e-cigarettes in Michigan.

"We can never prevent a high school student from trying a cigarette or a nicotine product for the first time. However, I want to make sure that the stores that sell this sort of product to children are penalized,” Jones said.

Gov. Rick Snyder has previously vetoed similar legislation to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, saying it didn't go far enough to regulate the industry.

In his veto message, Snyder said the best way to regulate e-cigarettes and "other novel nicotine-containing vapor products" would be to classify them as tobacco.

Rebecca Kruth is the host of All Things Considered at Michigan Public. She also co-hosts Michigan Public's weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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