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Senate panel: minors shouldn't "vape"

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Dec 3, 2013 5:42 PM

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An e-cigarette.

A state Senate committee has advanced a proposal to bring Pennsylvania in line with other states that have banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 years of age.

E-cigarettes produce vapor instead of smoke (leading the industry to call their use "vaping" instead of smoking), but they still deliver a rush of nicotine to their user. Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Allegheny) said says such nicotine replacement products shouldn't be sold to minors.

"There's 28 states that have done this already," Solobay said. "The key, obviously, is prohibiting the alternative nicotine products to youth."

Calls are mounting to restrict e-cigarette use. Dozens of state attorneys general have asked the federal government to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

In the meantime, the Pennsylvania Medical Society has urged state lawmakers to regulate the tobacco alternatives, saying nicotine has been linked to health problems, and point out that too little is known about the health effects of using e-cigarettes.

Other nicotine products, like gum, skin patches, and lozenges are already prohibited from being sold to minors under federal law.

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