Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Electronic Cigarette Sales Banned For Minors
WILLIAMSON CO. -- Beginning next year, electronic cigarette sales to minors in Illinois will not be allowed. Lawmakers and health officials say the ban is needed to keep kids from getting hooked on nicotine.
Frank Cantrell made the decision to not sell electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 when he opened his shop and while S.I. Vapors is only five weeks old the Herrin business owner chose to take a strong stance against it from the start.
"We never have and we don't want to be known as that person that sells to minors," said Cantrell.
Carrie Eldridge with the Bi-County Health Department says the FDA hasn't weighed in on what an e-cigarette can do to someone.
"E-cigarettes are still a fairly new product and with it being a fairly new product, studies are still being continuously developed because it is a new product," said Eldridge.
She adds that electronic cigarettes have similar traits to their counterparts and they should be avoided by kids.
"With it containing nicotine, it could possibly become addictive to where youth may want to try conventional cigarettes," said Eldridge.
Cantrell has his doubts about the ban because other things are illegal for minors but some kids still find a way to get them.
"There's plenty of minors out there smoking," Cantrell said.
More restrictions could be on the way for electronic cigarettes. Health groups want to see them banned everywhere cigarettes are banned Those groups may wait to bring that proposal to Springfield until after the FDA issues its regulations.
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