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Vapor cigs would be banned for minors

OLYMPIA -- "Vapor" cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the need to light up tobacco, would be illegal for minors in Washington under a bill that got unanimous support from a House panel this morning.

The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee voted 8-0 to put so-called vapor products under the same age restrictions as cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The products give the user a dosage of nicotine in a device designed to look like a cigarette that releases a vapor.

Committee members described House Bill 1937 as a "no brainer" in a state that doesn't even allow the sale of cigarette papers to minors, and a representative of RJR Tobacco said the company supports it. Chairman Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, said the issue is nicotine and "this is just different delivery system."




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