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E-cigarettes up for debate at Montana Legislature

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes.

Democratic Sen. Diane Sands brought the bill before the Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee Monday on behalf of the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Senate Bill 66 would include e-cigarettes and nicotine under the state's definition of "tobacco products" that people under the age of 18 cannot legally access.

Sands and Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion said at least 40 other states have banned youth access to e-cigarettes.

A dozen people representing e-cigarette retailers spoke against the bill, saying that equating e-cigarettes to tobacco products is misleading. However, supporters of the bill agreed that the alternative nicotine delivery devices should not be available to minors.

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