Louisiana Senate approves e-cigarette ban for minors

The sale of e-cigarettes to minors could soon be illegal in Louisiana.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed Senate Bill 12 with minor changes from the House, shipping that legislation to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

SB12 would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18. The legislation faced no opposition in the state House and Senate as it moved through the process.

State Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, and other supporters have argued that the ban is necessary because the law has not kept up with technology.

It does not affect people over the age of 18.

The legislation adds to a state law that bans distribution of sample tobacco products to persons under age 18. Added to the ban would be “alternative nicotine products,” which are defined as products that consist of or contain nicotine that can be ingested into the body by chewing, absorbing, dissolving, or inhaling, or by any other means. It includes electronic cigarettes.

At least 34 states have prohibited the sale of electronic cigarettes or vaping/alternative tobacco products to minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.