E-cigarettes ignite debate over regulation, sales

E-cigarettes ignite debate over regulation, sales

By Emma Fidel, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.


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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to kids may seem like a no-brainer, yet Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and a number of health advocacy groups oppose legislation that does just that. They say it doesn't go far enough.

Players on both sides of the state's e-cigarette debate agree that the nicotine-dispensing devices should be kept away from minors, but opinions differ when it comes to regulating the relatively unstudied vaporizers.

Tobacco companies support two bipartisan Senate bills prohibiting the sale and use of e-cigarettes and other devices that deliver nicotine if the buyer is younger than 18 years old. The bills unanimously passed the Senate Thursday.

Snyder's administration and health advocates say those bills would give e-cigarettes a "special status" and protect them from standard tobacco regulations.

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