Panel OKs bill to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors has cleared a Kentucky Senate panel.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Hornback, a Shelby County tobacco farmer. He says e-cigarettes are adult products and youngsters should not have access to them.

The bill was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It now goes to the full Senate. A similar House bill has been introduced.

Gov. Steve Beshear has urged lawmakers to take action to keep e-cigarettes away from minors. He has also proposed a tax on e-cigarettes. Hornback's bill doesn't deal with the tax issue.

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

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