Senate OKs banning e-cigarette sales to minors

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Selling electronic cigarettes to minors would be prohibited under legislation that has unanimously passed the Michigan Senate.

Two bipartisan bills that passed Thursday would ban the sale and use of e-cigarettes and other devices that deliver nicotine if the buyer is less than 18 years old. Democratic Sen. Glenn Anderson of Westland says he is sponsoring the legislation because it’s “outrageous” that a minor can legally buy and use a highly addictive product.

Gov. Rick Synder’s administration and several health advocacy groups oppose the bills. They say the legislation would give e-cigarettes special treatment and protect them from standard tobacco regulations.

E-cigarettes deliver nicotine through vapor instead of the smoke associated with traditional cigarettes. The health risks of these newer products are still largely unknown.

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