A bill aimed at banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors has cleared a Kentucky Senate panel.
The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Hornback, a
tobacco farmer. He says e-cigarettes are adult products and youngsters should
not have access to them. Shelby County
The bill was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It now goes to the full Senate. A similar House bill has been introduced.
Gov. Steve Beshear has urged lawmakers to take action to keep e-cigarettes away from minors. He has also proposed a tax on e-cigarettes. Hornback's bill doesn't deal with the tax issue.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes.
The legislation is Senate Bill 109.