Connecticut bans sale of e-cigs to minors, targets ‘loose’ cigarettes

Connecticut has banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. A bill passed unanimously by both chambers of the state legislature would ban the sale of e-cigs and other smoking devices to people under age 18.

The legislation, initiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, also contained measures to strengthen Connecticut’s anti-smoking laws.

“By prohibiting the sale of e-cigs and other vapor products to minors, we are preventing our youth from engaging in behaviors that may lead to addiction to nicotine, or use of other more conventional tobacco products,” Malloy said. “We cannot wait for federal action on this issue.”

Also targets sale of ‘loose’ cigarettes

The Governor’s Senate Bill No. 24: An Act Concerning the Governor’s Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Youth Smoking Prevention, seeks to enhance the state’s efforts to prevent tobacco use among minors by banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other vapor products to minors, implementing a tobacco prevention education program for first-time offenses by tobacco retailers, cracking down on the sale of loose (individual) cigarettes, and investing in tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

The bill passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 144-0, passed the state Senate by a margin of 35-0.