Senator John Eklund (R–Munson Township) today announced that House Bill 144, which bans Ohio youth from purchasing and using alternative nicotine products, has been signed into law by the Governor.

The legislation passed the Ohio Senate unanimously in February after being approved by the Senate Standing Committee on Criminal Justice, which is chaired by Senator Eklund.

“Today, any child with a few bucks can walk into an Ohio retail store and buy an e-cigarette,” said Eklund. Just like any other tobacco product, e-cigarettes release nicotine into the user’s body – a chemical just as addictive as cocaine or heroin. It is imperative that we keep these devices out of the hands of our children.”

E-cigarettes are battery powered to heat a solution of water, glycerin, a flavor agent, and nicotine to produce a vapor that can be inhaled.

House Bill 144 would take all of the provisions of Ohio law that are intended to keep traditional cigarettes out of the hands of minors and apply them to e-cigarettes as well. This would include a prohibition on manufacturers, producers, distributors, and retailers from giving or selling e-cigarettes to minors.

The legislation will go into affect 90 days from the Governor’s signature.

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