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Legislators Push To Ban E-Cigarettes From DE Youth

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DELAWARE - New legislation may prohibit distributing or selling e-cigarettes to minors.

With the support of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) and the Delaware Division of Public Health, State Representative Deborah Hudson and Senator Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) reportedly introduced legislation aimed at protecting Delaware youth against the potentially harmful effects of mechanical tobacco substitutes known as "electronic cigarettes" or "e-cigs."

According to reports, under the bill, a person would be prohibited from selling or distributing these e-cigarettes, also defined as "tobacco substitutes," to minors.  The bill also reportedly prohibits minors from purchasing the products.  Reports say State Representatives Michael Barbieri, Paul Baumbach, Debra Heffernan, Joe Miro and Mike Ramone are also co-prime sponsors of the legislation, which was formally filed today.

Legislators say they are concerned that there is no definitive answer yet on the health effects of e-cigarettes, and sales for the product have doubled each year since 2008. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of U.S. high school and middle school students using e-cigarettes doubled between 2011 and 2012.

At least 27 states reportedly prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

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