New Mexico House panel OKs proposal aimed at banning e-cigarette sales to minors

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — A New Mexico House panel has passed a bill that would outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors.

The House Health Committee approved Thursday a proposal that would add electronic cigarettes to the state's Tobacco Products Act.

Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, sponsored the bill.

Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a liquid solution, usually containing nicotine, to create vapor that users inhale.

Supporters contend the proposed ban is needed because e-cigarettes are growing in popularity and children may consider them a safer alternative to tobacco. Although the nicotine used in the devices is addictive, health officials have said the risks of inhaling nicotine remain unclear.

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