NYS Ban on E-Cigs to Minors Starts Jan. 1 (12/26/12)
Starting January 1, a new state law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors goes into effect.
Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that produce vaporized liquid nicotine rather than tobacco smoke. Despite being packaged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, they are considered by some to unfairly appeal to minors using a variety of candy flavors.
Sen. Owen Johnson, a Long Island Republican who sponsored the measure, said it was needed to protect children and young adults because E-cigarettes have been unregulated “and have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.”
State law already prohibits selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and herbal cigarettes to minors.
Retailers can be fined from $300 to $1,000 for the first violation, according to the tax department.
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