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Senator Pushes To Keep E-Cigarettes Out Of Minors Hands

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Charles Garwood works at a local smoke shop and sells e-cigarettes.

"Come on in and buy some e-cigs, 'cause it's way better than tobacco."

But he never sells to minors. "We treat it like tobacco. If they're under 18, we're not gonna sell, and that's just a store policy."

This smoke shop doesn't sell to minors, but that doesn't mean other's aren't. That's why new legislation pushes to change that.

"What we don't want to do as a society is make smoking cool, and unfortunately young people are heavily influenced by peers," said Senator Glenn Anderson (d), 6th district.

Senator Glenn Anderson, a sponsor of the bills says they've been hearing from schools about more children smoking e-cigarettes.

"They could lead children to, once they become legal age to purchase cigarettes, then it promotes smoking even."

So Anderson is pleased the bills passed unanimously in the Senate and hopes they'll get to the Governor's desk in a week.

"Children's health shouldn't be partisan, it should be bipartisan, and that's the way this all came together," said Senator Anderson.

Anderson understands that e-cigarettes have benefits for people quitting smoking. But he doesn't see a reason for anyone under 18 to smoke, even though some of the flavors seem to appeal to kids.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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