- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Electronic cigarettes couldn’t be sold to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana if the House agrees to a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-0 Monday for the measure by Ruston Sen. Rick Gallot. It would add e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that, like cigarettes, cannot be sold to minors in the state.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

Gallot described the prohibition as a safety measure, but health groups disagree on the risks of the products.

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Senate Bill 12 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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