Closer to Butting Out E-Cigs for
December 9, 2013- Tom
HARRISBURG. - Electronic
cigarettes would be added to the list of tobacco products banned for sale to
minors in Pennsylvania, under a bill that has just cleared the state Senate Judiciary
According to Democratic State Senator Tim Solobay, the bill's sponsor, despite
claims that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes,
they are by no means suitable for kids under 18.
"It is the nicotine that is the product that is most hazardous to
children, as well as anyone else," he said. "It is a substance that
you can become addicted to."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 2 million
kids in the U.S. tried e-cigarettes in 2012, raising concerns that prolonged
use could hamper brain development and become a gateway to using regular
cigarettes or other tobacco products.
Solobay charged that e-cigarette makers use slick marketing that many children
"They're becoming addicted to something because they think of the fun side
of the cigarette with the different flavors; they think it's smoking without
Next stop for the bill is the Senate Appropriations Committee. Solobay said he
hopes to see the measure pass both chambers of the General Assembly by spring
of next year.