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.
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.