House and Senate agree to outlaw electronic cigarette sales to minors

Both the Louisiana House and the state Senate have unanimously agreed to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana, similar to the state’s existing ban on cigarette sales to minors.

The House voted 88-0 Thursday for House Bill 1264 by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe. A similar measure, Senate Bill 12, has received the support of the Senate. One of the bills will need to get approval from both chambers to get final passage.

The bills would add e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that, like cigarettes, cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18 in the state.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.