ABLE Commission Discusses Vapor Regulation Prohibiting Sales To Minors

Jul 19, 2014

An e-cigarette.
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Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission hear a presentation Friday on the agency’s preparation for enforcing a new law governing vapor products.

SB1602 passed by the legislature and signed into law places the products under the Youth Access to Tobacco Act for which ABLE is the lead law enforcement agency.

Under the new law, which takes effect November 1, it will be illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess vapor products, regardless of whether the product contains nicotine, explained ABLE Captain Maureen Shanta.

Additionally, retailers that sell the products will be required to provide additional training to their employees about the law’s prohibitions and notify their employees that it is illegal to sell the products to those under 18 years of age, Sahnta said.

The law requires employees of retail outlets that sell the products to sign an affidavit acknowledging it is illegal to sell the products to anyone under the age of 18, she added.

“(Vapor products) are not defined as tobacco products,” Shanta said, “But they still follow the rules under the Youth Access to Tobacco Act.”