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Lawmakers Working To Make Selling E-Cigs To Minors Illegal

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - They're becoming more popular among smokers, but lawmakers worry that e-cigs are also becoming more popular among minors.

As 6 News Joe Khalil tells us state lawmakers are doing what they can to make selling e-cigs to minors illegal.

They're advertised as a safer alternative to tobacco and these vapor filled electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs are quickly gaining in popularity.

TV ads are even glamorizing e-cigs and state lawmakers are concerned with just who might be paying attention to them.

"There is no law in Michigan that prevents minors as young as 10-years-old from walking into a gas station or a shop and buying an electronic cigarette,” said State Senator Rick Jones (r), Grand Ledge.

State Senator Rick Jones has introduced legislation to change that.

The bill which passed the senate with overwhelming support would make it illegal for Michigan stores to sell e-cigs to minors.

Even though some stores refuse to sell e-cigs to minors, Jones says they're still showing up in a number of high schools. He says it's important to write that ban into law.

"We stop them at the door and card them. If they don't have an ID present then they can't be in here,” said Brian Shaeena, manager, Wild Bills Tobacco.

Reporter: "So they're physically not even allowed to be in the store?”

Shaeena: "Correct.”

That's the policy on minors for all Wild Bill Tobacco stores, including the Lansing location.

Shaeena says there are shop owners out there that will sell e-cigs to minors.

"Minors will walk into a gas station and some people won't even bother to card, they'll sell you anything because they're making a dollar.”

Until Jones' bill makes it to the governor's desk, those who do sell e-cigs to minors do so completely within the bounds of the law.

The bill passed the state house just before 5 p.m., but with a slight change from the senate's version, it'll go back to the senate for approval before it heads to the governor's desk.
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