Ban on Minors Buying E-Cigs Passes Final Hurdle in Del. Legislat - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Ban on Minors Buying E-Cigs Passes Final Hurdle in Del. Legislature

Posted:
DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delaware is a signature from the governor away from banning minors from buying e-cigarettes.

The bill to do that passed the state Senate Tuesday afternoon. The House passed it last month.

Fines and other penalties could come to businesses who sell to minors and minors who buy in Delaware.

Tuesday morning Robin Ray was outside her house in Harrington shooting photos of birds. And while she did that, she's smoked her e-cigarette.

Ray and her husband gave up regular cigarettes for e-cigs two years ago.

"Health-wise," she said. "We definitely feel better. We're out on the trails, doing photography. We didn't do that before, didn't have the energy."

Despite her positive impression of e-cigs, she still doesn't think kids should be able to buy them.

"I do think there is of remaining addicted. Children should not be smoking them."

"The prohibition of e-cigarettes for minors is important because it's a new product," said Minority Whip Rep. Debbie Hudson, R-Fairthorne. "And it's unknown to what degree there could be damage to a child's lungs."

Rep. Hudson was the bill's prime sponsor. She says she hopes states passing bills like this will push the FDA to move faster on e-cigs. More than 25 states already have similar laws in place.

Delaware lawmakers have also been discussing a bill to add e-cigs to Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act. It's a move that would mean no using e-cigs in places like bars and restaurants.

While she supports the minor purchasing ban, Ray says she's not in favor of the second bill.

"If they're doing it for the reason that it offends people with no medical or health issues whatsoever, they've got a big job to do to take out everything that's offense to people indoors," said Ray.

The bill's supports say there are health concerns connected to being around other people using e-cigs.

There was one "no" vote on Tuesday's bill. Senator Minority Leader, Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, tells WBOC e-cigs could be an option preferable to kids taking up actual cigarette smoking.
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:05:19 GMT
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
  • Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:24:04 GMT
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
  • Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:27:14 GMT
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:45:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek.More
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek. More
  • Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
    Fire has destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church located on westbound Route 50 in Hebron.More
    Authorities are investigating a Tuesday fire that destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Route 50 in Hebron, Md. Preliminary damage is estimated at approximately $500,000.More
  • Stolen Hotel Painting Found

    Stolen Hotel Painting Found

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:28:53 GMT
    A portrait was stolen Sunday evening from the Dunes Manor Hotel, but it's been returned.More
    A portrait was stolen Sunday evening from the Dunes Manor Hotel, but it's been returned.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service