House passes bill banning sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, sends it to Gov. Nixon
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House passes bill banning sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, sends it to Gov. Nixon

Date: May 12, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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If you are under the age of 18, a bill going to Governor Nixon's desk would prevent you from buying e-cigarettes
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Wrap: A bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and vapor products to minors under the age of 18 passed the House by a bipartisan majority vote Monday.

Columbia Republican Representative Caleb Rowden sponsored the bill.

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Description: "I think that's the motivation here to do everything that we can do to keep these products out of the hands of these minors. I think it's the right thing to do. I think it's the noble thing to do, and I think it's something that we should definitely be doing today."

The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk for his signature or veto.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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A St. Louis County Democrat is unhappy with a bill that taxes electronic cigarettes differently than tobacco products.
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Wrap: St. Louis County Democratic Representative Jill Schupp criticized a bill that does not subject electronic cigarettes and vapor products to the same taxes and regulations as tobacco products.

She said the bill that passed the House Monday night prevents future action.

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Description: If the FDA decides to put further regulations and restrictions based on the information we have when young people, if and when, they start to use these e-cigarettes and we decide that perhaps these need to be taxed as tobacco products, this puts into place an additional hurdle to prevent the FDA from doing so.

The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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