e-cigarettes

The Oregon Senate approved a measure Monday that would ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors as well as ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited.

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of Health John Wiesman say adults shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco products until they are 21 years old.

They spoke in favor of a bill that would raise the age for access to tobacco products from 18 to 21. While no states have done this, a few cities have. Weisman says Needham, Massachusetts saw a big drop in tobacco use among teens.

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A state senate committee will hear a proposal this week that would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and vaporizers to minors.

Last fall Senator Judy Warnick got a tip from a police officer from her district in Moses Lake. He noted students were buying e-cigarettes easily from one store in particular.

“…and then they were modifying them so they could use marijuana in those cigarettes,” Warnick said.

She said there wasn’t much he could do about it. There are no rules that prohibit selling e-cigarettes to minors.

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Some cities and counties around the Northwest are tightening up local rules on businesses that sell e-cigarettes. And shop owners in Washington state are bracing for a tax fight at the legislature in 2015.

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According to two new reports from the Washington Poison Center, the number of unintended marijuana poisonings in children in Washington state continues to go up. And now e-cigarettes are a growing concern.

In a report out today, the Washington Poison Control center says most of the cases of accidental marijuana poisoning are among older kids, ages 13 to 19.

But whether they're nine or 19, the results can be the same: When kids get into something they shouldn't -- like their parents' pot stash -- they can get sick.

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes.

Idaho E-Cigarettes Need Regulation

Oct 23, 2013
Lindsay Fox

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 39 of his colleagues want tougher regulations for electronic cigarettes. The group hopes the federal government will act by Halloween.

E-cigarettes, the rapidly growing alternative to traditional cigarettes, were the focus of a hearing in Salem on Tuesday.