South Dakota lawmakers look to regulate e-cigarettes
PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -
Monday morning, a committee of lawmakers in South Dakota will vote on a piece of legislation aimed to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.
The bill, sponsored by Dakota Dunes Senator Dan Lederman, would ban the sale of these vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to anyone under the age of 18.
Attorney General Marty Jackley has already asked the federal Food and Drug Administration to limit the advertisement of e-cigarettes to minors. Jackley says he's concerned about e-cigarettes getting into the wrong hands.
"In the closed system there are two chips that would make it tamper proof so that you can only do the derivative of tobacco or nicotine, but in the open cigarettes they are open to put a different substance or drugs in and they help facilitate the illegal use of drugs,” said Jackley.
The bill will be debated in the Senate State Affairs Committee at 10 o'clock Monday morning.
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