LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The American Heart Association wants stricter regulations on e-cigarettes.

The group says because the product contains liquid nicotine, the same laws governing tobacco should apply.

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.

The AMA also calls for new regulations to prevent access, sales, and marketing of e-cigarettes to minors.

Earlier this year, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a law making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors. The law placed e-cigarettes under the same rules and regulations as tobacco products.

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

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