- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House is expected to vote this week on a measure that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children but exempts the devices from the laws that govern the sale of tobacco products.

The legislation is scheduled for a vote Wednesday.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee last year vetoed a similar bill. He said children shouldn’t be allowed to buy so-called e-cigarettes but noted the legislation defines them as “vapor products,” not tobacco products. That means they wouldn’t be regulated the same way regular cigarettes are.

Critics call the legislation toothless and say it eliminates important public health protections.

An e-cigarette bill pending in the Senate would require sellers to be licensed by the state health department.

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