e-Cigarette ban OK’d by Senate

The Louisiana Senate on Monday night advanced legislation banning sale of e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to minors.

The Senate voted 37-0 for the heavily amended Senate Bill 12.

State Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, said the changes are the result of discussions with the state Office of Alcohol Tobacco Control and industry representatives. The changes better define the products covered in the ban.

“We are trying to catch up with the law the technology out there,” Gallot said.

State law already bans the sale of tobacco products to minors - those under age 18. The ban would be extended to alternative nicotine and vapor products.

SB12 now moves to the House for debate.