Kentucky officials have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to
Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed the bill into law
on Monday that includes penalties for minors caught in possession of
e-cigarettes, and fines for stores that sell them. Ohio and Indiana
already have similar laws.
In our commitment to balanced news, those in favor of banning
e-cigs for minors say the devices contain nicotine, which is addictive. On top of that, they say they're being marketed to young people, with flavors
like Hawaiian Punch, bubble gum and cotton candy. Plus, they add, there
are few studies looking at the chemicals in e-cigarettes, or long-term side
On the other side, e-cigarette supporters say they are a less
dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes, and that many of the vapors for
these devices don't contain nicotine.
"You can't buy cigarettes
until you're 18, so I feel that should be the same law with e-cigarettes," said
Amy Cochran of Cincinnati.
As of Monday, Kentucky became the newest state with that law.
"Senate bill 109 prohibits
the sale of nicotine, and non-nicotine devices to minors. That makes it
clear that youth have no business with e-cigarettes of any kind," said (D) Gov.
Convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores all over Kentucky sell these e-cigs.
"It doesn't really come as a
shock to us. We've always did the 18 for tobacco, and we consider that
product as being strictly nicotine. That's tobacco as well to us," said
Eric Bollmann, an employee at D.E.P.'s Fine Wine in Fort Thomas.
Tobacco is Bollmann's
career. He's in charge of buying it for D.E.P.'s. They've always
checked IDs for e-cigarettes even before Beshear signed Monday's legislation.
"It's the same difference to
me, or most anybody else. It is a cigarette. It's nicotine for that
purpose," said Bollmann.
Health and safety is at the
forefront of this age-restricting law. Beshear says Kentucky has the
highest rate of youth smoking in the country. As part of an initiative
for the state's health and safety called "kyhealthnow," cutting smoking rates by 10% over 5 years is a big part of that.
are killing our people. They're hurting school attendance and worker
productivity, and they're substantially driving up healthcare costs," said
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