Senators vote to ban selling e-cigarettes to kids

Missouri senators have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation banning sales of electronic cigarettes to people under 18.

Wednesday’s vote sent the measure to the House, where a two-thirds majority vote is needed for the veto override to be final.

Nixon says he vetoed the bill because it also would exempt e-cigarettes from being taxed or regulated as tobacco products.

The sponsor, Republican Sen. Jay Wasson, of Nixa, said he included the exemption because of concerns that a tax could have hurt the bill’s chances for passage.

At least 38 states already have banned sales or possession of electronic cigarettes among minors.

Some physicians say electronic cigarettes could cause addiction and side effects similar to those of other tobacco products.

APNewsNow

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