Health Groups Urge Veto of E-cigarette Bill

5 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, June 12 2014 Jun 12, 2014 Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:44:59 PM CDT June 12, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Health advocacy groups want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from other tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a flavored nicotine solution and create a vapor inhaled by the user. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports advocacy groups argue classifying them as non-tobacco product undermines other anti-smoking efforts.

The groups involved are Tobacco Free Missouri, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American Cancer Society.

Sponsoring lawmaker Caleb Rowden, a Republican from Columbia, says e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and should not be classified as tobacco products. He says vetoing the legislation would mean that teens could continue using e-cigarettes.

 

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