Senate committee approves ban on sale of e-cigs to minors
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) -
A measure to prohibit the purchase
of electronic cigarettes by those under the age of 18 passed in a Senate committee Tuesday morning.
E-cigarettes sometimes provide
nicotine and are primarily used as a step-down aid to stop smoking. The
committee agreed with Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, the
author of SB 12, and voted to make it illegal for
minors to buy e-cigs. The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.
"My sole purpose in bringing this
bill is to ensure that minors are not able to purchase these e-cigarettes and
there are a number of people behind me who have expressed different ideas,
industry people, and I assure them as I assure you that I will continue to
dialog with them and work with them as we work to reach the ultimate goal that
we all support," Gallot said.
A constitutional amendment was also
discussed on the Senate side to give the legislature a supplemental pay plan to
fund emergency medical services. The supplemental EMS pay plan only applies to
those people who are employed by municipalities and are full-time.
Look for a full report later in the
day on a measure to get rid of the law forcing judges to step down once they
reach 70 years old.