Republican Rep. Brad Montell proposes regulations to electronic cigarettes

01/27/2014 03:48 PM

A Republican lawmaker is proposing Kentucky regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes and forbid the sale of the nicotine-containing device to those under the age of 18.

Currently no Kentucky law regulates the sale of e-cigarettes. And as Forbes is reporting, manufacturers are targeting teens.

Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, told Pure Politics Monday that the bill he’s proposing would set guidelines for the sale of e-cigarettes that would put Kentucky in line with efforts across the country.

“If you look at any device that delivers an addictive drug like nicotine, we want to make sure that individuals are mature enough to make those decisions before it’s placed before them,” Montell said.

In September, 40 attorneys general — including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway — signed a letter asking that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to propose regulations addressing “the advertising, ingredients, and sale to minors of electronic cigarettes.”

Montell said he “didn’t want to place any blame” on manufacturers for the advertising of electronic cigarettes. He said some manufacturers have self imposed age guidelines for the use of the product.

Gov. Steve Beshear also made a call in his State of the Commonwealth speech to place guidelines on e-cigarettes to keep them out of the hands of minors.

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