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.
Alton Fire Chief Rich Mersinger says a Bethalto man was burned on his face and heads when a cigarette he was smoking ignited his oxygen tank.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports the man, described only as in his mid-50s, was injured Wednesday.
Mersinger says the victim appeared to have suffered first- and second-degree burns.
The man was treated at the scene before being taken to an Alton hospital. His medical status is not immediately clear.
Mersinger considers the case a reminder that people should refrain from smoking when they're using oxygen or are indoors where it's in use. He says oxygen is a fire hazard.