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SD bill would ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

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

The Senate State Affairs Committee will discuss a bill Monday that would add electronic cigarettes to a state law that already bans the sale of regular cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone younger than 18. Anyone selling electronic cigarettes to minors could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Advocates of e-cigarettes say they can help smokers quit tobacco, but some health advocates believe the inhalers can get people hooked on nicotine just like cigarettes.

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