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Montell files bill to ban e-cigarette for minors

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There are no laws that address them

By Lisa King

State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is proposing that Kentucky regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes and forbid the sale of the nicotine-containing device to those under the age of 18.

Currently no Kentucky law regulates the sale of e-cigarettes, and on Monday Montell filed a bill in the House of Representatives to address that issue.

Montell said that the bill he’s proposing would set guidelines for the sale of e-cigarettes that would put Kentucky in line with efforts across the country.

“This whole talk of a statewide smoking ban made me realize that there’s no regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors,” he said.

An electronic cigarette is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales. Electronic cigarettes, also known as smokeless cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, are an alternative method of consuming nicotine,the addictive chemical found in tobacco.

Manufacturers often design e-cigarettes to look like regular cigarettes, but they contain no tobacco, although they do contain nicotine, and Montell said that was the basis of his objection.

 “Nicotine is a drug, and e-cigarettes deliver an addictive drug at a very potent level, and I think we need to make that available only to individuals who are mature enough to make the decision whether or not to use it,” he said.