The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 29, 2014

Lawmakers weighing ban of e-cigarettes to minors

Associated Press

DES MOINES — Lawmakers in the Iowa House and Senate are granting preliminary approval to bills that would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

Subcommittees in both chambers approved similar measures Tuesday, which will now move on for full committee-level review.

Currently there are no restrictions on selling e-cigarettes to those under 18 in Iowa.

Industry groups expressed support for the proposals. But public health advocates said that while they support barring sales to minors, they also want e-cigarettes to be classed as tobacco products, making them subject to additional restrictions and taxation.

Republican Rep. Chip Baltimore, of Boone, says e-cigarettes were not the same as tobacco products, because they typically offer nicotine vapor, and not the cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarettes.

E-cigarettes heat liquid and nicotine into a flavored, smokeless vapor.