Jones introduces bill to ban e-cigarettes for minors

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones has introduced legislation to protect children from nicotine abuse in Michigan.

“Currently, there is a loophole allowing children under age 18 to purchase electronic cigarettes,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This measure would close that loophole and protect Michigan children from e-cigarettes. If an adult wants to smoke, that is their decision. However, I believe that it is irresponsible and dangerous for us to allow young people to be introduced to a culture of smoking before they can fully understand the gravity of choosing to smoke.

“And let’s make no mistake about it, using e-cigarettes can be just as addictive as smoking traditional cigarettes.”

Senate Bill 37 would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and nicotine cartridges to minors as well as ban minors from possessing these objects.

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

SB 37 has been referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.