Buying Cigarettes
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Trying to Pull the Plug On Electronic Cigarettes

Stephanie Lemmons, Manager of Twin Stop #3 says, "I think we got them six months ago and we've gone through a couple of displays since then."

Electronic cigarettes are popping up on store counters throughout the nation. Instead of smoke being inhaled by the user, it's vapor.

"They are constantly looking at them. There are people wanting to quit, they are asking about them...people just want to quit for new years," says Lemmons.

Many cities and states have already gone ahead and banned e-cigarette use in public places.

Some have also prohibited the sale of these cigarettes to minors.

In the west those states include Colorado and California.

And here in Idaho, two legislators are trying to pull the plug on these types of sales.

South Central Public Health District Director Rene LeBlanc says, "The Panhandle Health District was successful in contacting a senator and representative up north, providing them the information they need that would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors."

LeBlanc says there's a concern that e-cigarettes are a "gateway" to cigarette use when children turn 18.

"Right now there is no prohibition for minors to purchase e-cigarettes," says LeBlanc.

For Twin Falls resident Jaycee Bond, she finds they're safer than cigarettes.

"Because of all the chemicals they put in the product for people to stay addicted," says Bond.

Whether you like smoke or vapor, they still contain nicotine and pose a concern for some legislators.



Published: Friday, December 30, 2011

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