Jones’ bills to ban powdered alcohol, e-cigarettes for minors approved by Senate

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved two pieces of legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to protect children from alcohol and nicotine abuse.

Senate Bill 240 would prohibit the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol.

“During my time as a sheriff, I saw many young people tragically die due to alcohol poisoning, and I am deeply concerned that powdered alcohol will be easily abused by minors — leading to an increase in loss of life,” Jones said. “With the Senate’s action to stop this dangerous product from coming to Michigan, we are being proactive in protecting the safety of our children and all Michigan residents.”

Jones said that many states have already banned powdered alcohol and other states are considering bans, including New York and Ohio.

SB 231 would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and nicotine cartridges to minors as well as ban minors from possessing these objects.

“I am proud the Senate is standing up to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of our children,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I believe it is irresponsible and dangerous to introduce young children to a culture of smoking. If an adult wants to smoke, that is their decision. This bill is an effort to help protect children across Michigan from e-cigarettes, which can be just as addictive as traditional cigarettes.”

Jones’ 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.

SBs 231 and 240 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.