- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is moving closer to banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted 144-0 in favor of a bill that prevents minors from purchasing an “electronic nicotine delivery system” and other vapor products.

Under the bill, which already passed the Senate, it’s also illegal to sell, give or deliver e-cigarettes to a minor. Violators face the same penalties for providing tobacco cigarettes to minors.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who pushed for the legislation, said Connecticut “cannot wait for federal action on this issue.” The Democrat contends that use of vapor products would lead to addiction to nicotine and encourage young people to use tobacco products.

The bill also imposes new fines against people who sell improperly packaged or individual tobacco cigarettes.