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Senate passes ban on selling vapor cigs to minors

OLYMPIA – Minors would be barred from buying “vapor” cigarettes under a bill headed for Gov. Jay Inslee.

In a 46-1 vote, the Senate approved a bill Thursday that would make it a gross misdemeanor to sell non-combustible tobacco products to minors. The products extract nicotine from tobacco without a flame.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said it’s important to keep the products from teens because nicotine habits can be formed early in life. Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, said banning their sale to minors is important but “this does not validate the use for adults.”

The bill passed the House unanimously last month.

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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