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Malloy Proposes Ban On E-Cig Sales To Minors

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E-cigarettes (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Malloy says while the use of the nicotine delivery systems has been touted as a way to help some adults stop smoking, it also has been shown to be gateway for children to start using tobacco.

The e-cigarettes replace tobacco by heating a nicotine-solution into a vapor that is inhaled.

The state and the federal government currently do not regulate the practice, known as “vaping,” but 27 other states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to children.

The governor’s bill was approved Tuesday by the legislature’s Committee on Children. It also calls for a tiered system of penalties for violations of the state’s anti-tobacco laws, starting with a mandatory education program for first-time offenders.

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