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Ohio bill would prohibit sales of e-cigarettes to minors; products' definition raises concerns
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:23 AM EST
An Ohio Senate panel has approved a measure to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
The measure has raised some concerns from anti-smoking groups, such as the Ohio State Medical Association, because it defines the items as "alternative nicotine products" rather than tobacco-derived products.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate.
They have often been described as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes. But there are few studies exploring exactly what chemicals are in them, and in what concentrations, and whether those levels are harmful.