DENVER (AP) – Electronic cigarettes are now illegal for minors in Colorado.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the age restriction into law Friday, making e-cigarettes off-limits for people under 18. E-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine inhalers advertised as cessation aids. Anti-smoking activists say the e-cigarettes appeal to youths with exotic flavors and shouldn’t be permitted for kids.
The new law lists e-cigarettes as a “tobacco product” off-limits to minors. E-cigarettes are available at mall kiosks and some gas stations. Manufacturers didn’t oppose the change because they say they already don’t sell to minors.
Colorado becomes the second state, after New Jersey, to limit e-cigarettes for minors. Arizona lawmakers are also considering an age limit this year.
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