DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minors would no longer be able to buy or use e-cigarettes in Iowa under a bill approved by a legislative panel.
The Senate Human Resource Committee unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of the measure, which is now up for debate on the Senate floor.
The bill provides a clear definition of what an e-cigarette is and bars anyone under the age of 18 from purchasing or using the devices.
There are currently no restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes in Iowa. E-cigarettes typically heat liquid and nicotine into a flavored, smokeless vapor. They are frequently used by smokers trying to quit, but they are gaining popularity among teenagers.
Democratic Sen. William Dotzler, of Waterloo, says implementing a ban is important to ensure that Iowa's youth avoids nicotine addiction.