Michigan may soon bar minors from buying e-cigarettes

May 8, 2014

There may soon be legislation on the governor’s desk that will make it against the law to sell e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan. The state House passed the bill today.   

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices produce vapor instead of smoke.

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking.  The devices produces vapor instead of smoke.
Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices produces vapor instead of smoke.
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State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, defends his legislation against critics who want e-cigarettes taxed like tobacco products, which this legislation doesn’t do.

“The angst against mine was that it didn’t go far enough,” says Outman. “I still don’t understand a vote against it because you’re voting against keeping it out of the hands of kids.”

Critics also complain e-cigarette users still risk developing nicotine addiction.