Ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors clears Ky. Senate panel - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors clears Ky. Senate panel

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is a step closer to becoming law after a bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Thursday.

Senator Paul Hornback, a Shelbyville tobacco farmer, is sponsoring the bill.

Sen. Hornback says e-cigarettes are adult products and minors should not have access to them. He wants to apply the same restrictions to e-cigarettes and hookah that apply to other nicotine products. He has also proposed a tax on e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered and resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes.

Sen. Hornback says he's confident about the bill's chances in the full Senate. A similar bill is being considered in the House.

Governor Steve Beshear has urged lawmakers to take action to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also wants to crack down on e-cigarettes and hookah bars as part of a plan to create a healthier culture.

Mayor Fischer tapped three Louisville Metro Council members to introduce an ordinance that would forbid the sale of e-cigs and hookah products to minors.

And back in Frankfort, the Senate Judiciary Committee also approved a bill that would allow people who have obtained emergency protective orders to carry a concealed weapon.

They would need a temporary permit from the Kentucky State Police and have concealed carry training within 45 days.

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