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UPDATE: Bill Filed that Would Make the Sell of E-Cigarettes Illegal to Minors

A local district attorney is looking to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
UPDATE: State Senator Rick Gallot has filed the bill. 
Click here to read the legislation.


WINNFIELD, LA. -- There could be changes coming to Louisiana law regarding minors and tobacco. A local district attorney is looking to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors.

"It's probably one of the most addictive substances on the planet," spoke Nevils. "And anything that i can do, anything that our legislature can do to make it somewhat more difficult for children to get that habit going... I think we would all be in favor of."

Just like some lozenges, mints, and smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes are a way to ingest nicotine. The current Louisiana law only prevents the sale of tobacco products to persons under eighteen.

"I did fail to find any law on the books that said they couldn't be sold to minors," Nevils mentioned.

So, Nevils has asked Senator Rick Gallot (D-Ruston) to propose legislature to amend the current 'tobacco law' to the 'tobacco or alternative nicotine products law.'

He says it would not affect adults.

"There's nothing in this legislation that intends to ban the selling of e-cigarettes to adults or the use in any way by adults," Nevils explained. "And it doesn't have any limits on where electronic cigarettes can be used or anything like that. It's just simply to put electronic cigarettes or alternative nicotine products in the definitions, in this particular act, so that they can't be accessed by minors."

Although it's still legal, a local vendor claims that they don't sell these alternative tobacco products to minors.

The proposed bill has not been filed yet. Senator Gallot hopes to have it pre-filed by next week.

The legislative session starts March 10th.
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