SD Bill Would Ban Sale of E-cigarettes to Minors

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes.

The Senate State Affairs Committee will discuss a bill Monday that would add electronic cigarettes to a state law that already bans the sale of regular cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone younger than 18. Anyone selling electronic cigarettes to minors could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Advocates of e-cigarettes say they can help smokers quit tobacco, but some health advocates believe the inhalers can get people hooked on nicotine just like cigarettes.


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  1. eslesl Reply

    The law, while well-intended, ignores the fact that minors do smoke. Wouldn’t it be better if minors who are already smoking could get access, perhaps by medical prescription, to the e-cigs?



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