SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children.
The bill would bar the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit their use in bars, workplaces and other public spaces where cigarettes are forbidden.
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson said Monday the proposal creates necessary regulation for the inhalant devices.
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulations for the device, but finalized federal rules are not in place. Forty-two other states have already banned selling e-cigarettes to minors.
E-cigarettes are often seen as a safer alternative for regular smokers who can’t or don’t want to quit.
The bill passed 22-8 and heads back to the House.