Indiana’s House of Representatives voted unanimously to apply cigarette laws to electronic cigarettes Tuesday.
The measure would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to anyone younger than 18 years old.
E-cigarettes are a non-tobacco, odorless product. They are identical to regular cigarettes except for the ash. With e-cigarettes, second-hand smoke is not a threat but they are harmful to the person smoking them. They still contain nicotine, the addictive drug found in regular cigarettes.
“E-cigarettes are marketed to a younger audience because of their variety of flavors including chocolate and strawberry,” said Rep. Lehman. “Given their addictive nature, I believe that e-cigarettes should be subject to the same laws as regular cigarettes when it comes to minors.”
HB 1225 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate.
The bill was authored by Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne. Its Senate sponsor is Sue Glick, R-LaGrange.