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Lawmakers look to ban e-cigarettes sales to minors

As electronic cigarettes become increasingly trendy, state lawmakers are taking steps to keep the devices out of teenagers’ hands.

On Thursday, a Senate panel approved a proposal that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

“We don’t allow minors to buy cigarettes,” said Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers. “We should certainly not allow minors to buy these products, as well.”

Senate Bill 224 had already won the unanimous support of two other committees. It could likely be among the first proposals heard on the Senate floor when the legislative session begins March 4.

The House version, sponsored by Republican Reps. Frank Artiles, of Miami, and Doc Renuart, of Ponte Vedra Beach, won the support of its first committee earlier this week. It, too, is on a fast track.

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