- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation banning the sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors in New Mexico.

Sen. John Ryan’s bill also requires those containers to be sold in child resistant packaging and prohibits online sales to minors.

The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Republican says the products are dangerous.

He says nicotine is “addictive and harmful” and can be the “gateway to a lifelong addiction.”

Martinez singed the bill Wednesday. The Public Education Department has to revise its tobacco, alcohol, and drug free school districts rule to include the products by Aug. 1.

A violation is a misdemeanor. A seller would be fined up to $1,000 and children buying or attempting to buy face a fine of up to $100 or 48 hour of community service.

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