- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State senators have signed off on a bill that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes at all Rhode Island public schools and require child-resistant packaging for the liquid used in e-cigarettes and similar devices.

The Senate unanimously approved the legislation Thursday. A companion bill is pending in the House of Representatives.

State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin proposed the e-cigarette restrictions. He said that while the health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, the products should at least be kept out of the hands of children.

Kilmartin said he finds e-cigarettes and the liquids used in electronic nicotine delivery systems troubling, because they come in flavors that are appealing to children.

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