Illinois Senate approves electronic cigarette ban for minors

2013-05-21T23:30:00Z Illinois Senate approves electronic cigarette ban for minorsHannah Douglas Lee Springfield Bureau
May 21, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD | Minors statewide would not be able to buy electronic cigarettes under a plan unanimously endorsed in the Senate Tuesday.

Senate sponsor state Sen. John Mulroe, D- Chicago, said this legislation updates state law to include new advancements in nicotine products.

“I think it’s a good product to help people off who are addicted to smoking, but it’s also something kids can do to put nicotine in their system that can lead to bad consequences,” Mulroe said.

To address any future nicotine product developments, the proposal would also ban selling minors any “alternative nicotine product,” such as a device or product that does not contain tobacco but allows for the ingestion of nicotine.

The measure now moves back to the House for further consideration.

E-cigarettes are marketed to adults as an alternative method for potentially reducing the health risks associated with tobacco smoke or for smoking cessation. Yet, the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are still being studied.

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device comprised of nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.

The legislation is House bill 2250.

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