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State Lawmakers Hope to Regulate E-Cigarette Sales
COLUMBUS (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- State lawmakers want to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of Ohio kids and teens.
The Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee passed a bill Wednesday that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18.
E-cigarettes -- which are billed by manufacturers as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes -- work by burning liquid nicotine into a vapor.
The legislation is intended to keep the products away from underage customers, according to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Staphanie Kunze (R-Hilliard).
E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, and can currently be purchased by anyone in Ohio.
"If you're 6-years old, theoretically you can walk into a store in Ohio today and buy e-cigarettes, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
DeWine is one of 40 state attorney generals asking the FDA to apply regulations currently imposed on traditional cigarettes to electronic varieties as well.
Many e-cigarette brands are advertised on television, and feature fruit flavors and cartoon mascots.
Ohio's bill will next move to a Senate committee, and if passed, will advance to the House and Senate floors.