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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