E-cigarette ban for minors clears Senate

LANSING- The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan package of legislation that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and nicotine cartridges to minors as well as ban minors from possessing these objects, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

“Electronic cigarettes come in flavors like root beer, orange and even cheesecake,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Good retailers do not sell these to kids; however the ones that sold K-2 and Spice fake marijuana also sell e-cigs to kids.”

Senate Bills 667 and 668 were introduced by Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Sen. Glenn Anderson, D-Westland.

“Electronic cigarettes offer those who are old enough an alternative to traditional tobacco products,” Anderson said. “However, they can be just as addictive as regular cigarettes and we needed to take this action so school aged children cannot buy them.”                                           

The legislation would treat stores that sell electronic cigarettes or nicotine cartridges to minors the same way as if they sold them tobacco. Minors who possess these items would be treated the same as if they were in possession of tobacco.

“I think everyone can agree that keeping an addictive, potentially hazardous product of out the hand of children is a priority,” Jones said. “I firmly believe we need to do everything in our power to keep anything resembling a cigarette out of the hands of children.”