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Senate committee advances bill banning minors from buying E-cigarettes

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Sen. Paul Hornback Sen. Paul Hornback

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation banning minors from buying electronic cigarettes or from going to hookah lounges.

Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, sponsored the bill, which is similar to another measure awaiting a vote in Kentucky's House.

"I don't think we need our youth to have the access – and this can be at any age – to have the access to these products," Hornback said. "I think they need to be adults to access these adult products."

The measure passed without opposition. It would levy a $50 fine against a minor caught in possession of electronic cigarettes, plus 20 hours of community service.

Stores that sell the products to people under the age of 18 would face up to a $2,500 fine per offense. The state would also do random inspections of stores, according to language within the bill.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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