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Minors in Michigan wouldn't be able to buy or possess electronic cigarettes or nicotine cartridges under a bill recently introduced in the state Senate.

The legislation would add vapor products and alternative nicotine products to the Youth Tobacco Act.

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, says it would close a loophole that lets minors purchase e-cigarettes in Michigan.

E-cigarette ban goes into effect in Washtenaw County

Jun 18, 2015
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The use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine devices is no longer allowed in indoor public places in Washtenaw County.

That includes stores, reception areas, public transportation and other places that are already smoke-free.

Last March, commissioners voted to add electronic nicotine devices to the county's Clean Indoor Air Regulation and extend the regulation to county parks.

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It would be a $50 fine to sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.

Critics say the misdemeanor and fine imposed under Senate Bill 231 won’t go far enough to limit e-cigarettes sales.

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The state Senate could vote today on legislation that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. But Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against the bills and hopes lawmakers will adopt a different course.

Snyder says he’s opposed because he wants e-cigarettes to be regulated and taxed the same as tobacco. 

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Michigan would see a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol to anyone, under bills approved this week by a Senate committee.  

The bills also would prohibit the possession and use of e-cigarettes by minors. And the possession and use of powdered alcohol would be illegal for everyone regardless of age.

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Gov. Snyder has long said he's wanted e-cigarettes treated more like tobacco products under the law.

In his veto, Snyder said House Bill 4997, Senate Bills 667 and 668 would have kept e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products from being regulated as tobacco products under Michigan law.