E-Cigarette Law Vetoed in Rhode Island
The governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, has vetoed proposed legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. The reason for his decision was not related to the question of children having access to electronic cigarettes, however. Chafee says that the way the bill was written was flawed; he says it would have exempted ecigs, as “vapor products,” from all of the laws that regulate tobacco, including taxation and enforcement provisions which govern the sale of regular tobacco cigarettes. The legislation was based on a similar proposal in Wyoming banning the sale of ecigarettes to minors, claiming that a law is needed to prevent children from becoming addicted to nicotine.