E-cigarette ban to be discussed by lawmakers

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By Tim McNicholas


Updated: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:47:52 CST

8 years old or 18 years old--it doesn't matter how old your kids are.

There's no law keeping the corner store from selling them an electronic cigarette.

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a ban on e–cigarette sales to minors.

A hearing will be held at the state capitol on October 4th.

E–Cigarettes are not tobacco products, which makes them popular among smokers trying to quit.

They are nicotine based.

And some fear they will only get kids hooked on tobacco products.

Many e–cigarette creators restrict their product from being sold to minors.

As do many stores, like Smoker Friendly in Kearney.

"It’s basically the same as a regular cigarette as far as the nicotine content is concerned,” Smoker Friendly manager Stacey Lauby said. “We're not going to sell to minors. I don't want my child smoking them because of the nicotine base."

E–Cigarettes create flavored vapor from liquid nicotine.

The Legislature's General Affairs Committee will discuss the issue at the hearing.