Ban on e-cigarette sales to minors heads to Gov. Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that the Legislature has approved and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Senate had previously passed the prohibition and voted 28-2 on Monday to endorse changes the House made when approving it. Abbott's signature would make it law.

The proposal bans selling e-cigarettes to minors, as well as possession of the devices by Texans under 18.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices that vaporize chemicals for inhalation. The bill also directs state health officials to study c-cigarette use statewide.

Supporters pointed to federal studies indicating that children are now trying e-cigarettes more frequently than regular ones. Those opposed suggested the ban was "government overreach."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also is studying e-cigarettes, but doesn't currently regulate them.

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