Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.
The measure would prohibit minors from obtaining, possessing and using the products. The House approved Senate changes Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich. He’s expected to sign it.
Groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have questioned the legislation because it defines the items as “alternative nicotine products” rather than tobacco-derived products. The organization said the new category could exempt the products from taxation laws that govern tobacco.
E-cigarettes are batterypowered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.