State Senate passes e-cigarette legislation

By Associated Press 10:29am, May 13, 2014 - Updated 6:00pm, May 13, 2014
The state Senate has voted to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes in Delaware to minors.

The measure was approved Tuesday on a 19-to-1 vote. It cleared the House last month and now goes to Gov. Jack Markell.

The bill treats electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco products under Delaware law, even though they contain no tobacco. More than 25 other states have similar laws.

A business could be fined and possibly lose its license to sell tobacco products for noncompliance. Minors trying to buy e-cigarettes would be subject to fines and community service.

Lawmakers are working on separate legislation that adds electronic cigarettes to the state's indoor smoking ban.

Electronic cigarettes heat a nicotine solution to produce an odorless vapor without the smoke and tar of tobacco.



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