FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — A bill that would limit the sale of electronic cigarettes cleared the Kentucky Senate by a 36-2 vote Thursday.
Senate Bill 109, sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and vaporized nicotine to minors. The measure would put the electronic devices and alternative nicotine products under the same rules and regulations as tobacco products. Retailers would face the same fines and penalties for selling e-cigarettes to anyone less than 18 years old as they would for selling tobacco products to minors.
E-cigarettes have a battery, electric circuit, or other component that allows them to produce vaporized or aerosol nicotine.
“Since the FDA hasn’t taken a stance on these e-cigarettes and other types of vapors that are being used by a lot of people these days, this (would) protect our youth,” Hornback said.
SB 109 now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.
Legislation that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, House Bill 309, was approved by a House committee last month.