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Bill would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors, current law only covers tobacco

The House Health & Welfare Committee has voted to introduce legislation from Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine to children. "The health districts around the state got together and talked about this issue, it's become quite a concern," Nonini said. The districts asked him and Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, to introduce legislation. "Idaho laws relating to tobacco products currently specifically address tobacco, and these electronic cigarettes are nicotine without tobacco," he said; so-called "e-cigarettes" allow a user to inhale a nicotine-containing mist, without smoke. The next step for the measure is a public hearing in the committee.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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