Bills to ban minors from buying or smoking e-cigarettes and to set tough new state standards for animal-abusing “puppy mills” were among the 23 pieces of legislation signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy Tuesday.
Electronic cigarettes have become hugely popular among younger smokers, and lawmakers were fearful the e-cigarette fad would encourage a new wave of nicotine addicts. The ban prohibits anyone under age 18 from buying or possessing any “electronic nicotine delivery system.”
E-cigarette advocates insist these products can actually help people quit smoking. But the fear from health activists is that e-cigarettes, which can come in many different flavors, would entice lots more kids into smoking.
The new law, which takes effect on Oct. 1st, will also crack down on sales of individual loose cigarettes.