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The Missouri House is advancing a bill aimed at keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children and young teens.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that's inhaled.
The proposed legislation would bar sales to anyone younger than 18. The bill was approved by voice vote Tuesday and needs another affirmative vote before moving on to the state Senate.
The federal Food and Drug Administration has said it plans to set marketing and product regulations for E-cigarettes in the near future, but hasn't done so yet.
Smokers of electronic cigarettes will have to go outdoors like smokers of traditional tobacco products at one St. Louis area college campus. The Belleville News Democrat reports SIU-Edwardsville has banned electronic cigarettes indoors.
Campus officials told the paper that they felt the need to set a policy on E-cigarettes, since its the state's indoor smoking ban doesn't address them. Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine via water vapor instead of smoke from burning tobacco. University officials say there's not enough data on the safety of the water vapors to non-smokers nearby.
Under SIUE's new policy, E-cigarettes may only be used outdoors, at least 15 feet away from an entrance.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in Illinois by anyone under age 18.
Quinn signed the measure on Thursday. The new law applies to electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products. Electronic cigarettes don't contain tobacco, but do contain nicotine which is the addictive substance that makes smoking difficult to quit.
State Sen. John Mulroe of Chicago is the bill sponsor. He says governments ban minors from buying other forms of nicotine and electronic cigarettes should be no exception. Mulroe says the new law helps the government "keep up with the advancements" in the ways nicotine is being sold.
The law takes effect Jan. 1.