Gov. Beshear signs bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

Gov. Steve Beshear
Gov. Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky has banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed the bill into law Monday which includes penalties for minors caught in possession of e-cigarettes and fines for the stores that sell them.

Supporters of the ban said it is impossible to know which E-cigs have nicotine and which ones don't. They also said e-cigarettes are a gateway toward regular cigarettes for teenagers.

"In Kentucky, more than half of all calls to the poison control center regarding e-cigarettes involved children," said Gov. Beshear.

Beshear said the law is part of a larger plan to cut Kentucky's smoking rate by 10 percent over the next five years.

Tobacco company representatives were there today in support of the e-cigarette bill but spent tens of thousands of dollars to kill a proposed statewide smoking ban.

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