A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a plan to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Monday to classify electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product and ban the sale of such products to anyone younger than 18. Anyone selling electronic cigarettes to minors could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Advocates of e-cigarettes say they can help smokers quit tobacco, but some health advocates believe the inhalers can get people hooked on nicotine just like cigarettes.
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