Tuesday at the Louisiana Legislature

Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge. Show caption
Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.

A state Senate committee Tuesday will take up a measure that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Senate Judiciary C Committee, which meets at 10. a.m., is one of nine state Senate committees meeting during the second week of the 2014 Session of the Louisiana Legislature. The House has scheduled hearings in four committees.

The session must end by 6 p.m. June 2.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vaporizes, do not burn tobacco or produce smoke. But e-cigarettes contain a nicotine-laced vapor.

E-cigarettes were designed to help smokers wean off habit-forming nicotine and eventually quit smoking. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the product for smoking cessation.

Senate Bill 12, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, would define e-cigarettes as an “alternative nicotine product” that could not be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

“The advent of e-cigarettes, which are unregulated and growing in popularioty, has caused confusion among businesses and consumers,” Gallot said in a prepared statement.

The 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that use of e-cigarettes doubled in one year among U.S. high school students, Gallot stated.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 27 other states have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.