Bill aims to ban sale of electronic cigarettes to minors

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Louisiana continues to win support from state lawmakers.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (House Bill 208) by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, without objection Thursday, sending it to the full House for debate. A similar measure (Senate Bill 12) already has received the unanimous backing of the Senate.

The bills would add e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that, like cigarettes, cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18 in the state.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

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