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Neb. Lawmakers Consider E-Cig Age Limit For Buyers

Neb. Lawmakers Consider E-Cig Age Limit For Buyers

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - State legislators in Nebraska are looking into the possibility of restricting who gets to purchase E-Cigarettes.

Currently, there is no law on the books dictating an age limit for buyers, but several lawmakers want that age to be set at 18.  Some health experts agree.

"Smoking is a very difficult addiction to break," said Tammy Burns, a health research manager at Creighton University.  "That being said, it's better to never start and to never have to deal with trying to quit."

Despite the lack of an E-Cig age limit in Nebraska, several stores refuse to sell to minors anyway. 

"We're very careful about that," said Lisa Matthews, the owner of L&L Vapes in West Omaha.  "We treat it as though it is a tobacco product."

Matthews says the reasons for her age limit is simple: the products still have nicotine in them and on some of the packaging it says not to give to minors.

"There's grey areas now with the laws," said Matthews.

The General Affairs Committee will take up the issue on October 4th.  It could even lead to a proposed bill when lawmakers get together early next January.

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