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Legislature votes to outlaw sale of e-cigarettes to minors

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Both the House and Senate have unanimously agreed to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana, similar to the state's existing ban on cigarette sales to minors.

The House voted 88-0 Thursday for the bill (House Bill 1264) by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe. A similar measure (Senate Bill 12) has received the support of the Senate. One of the bills will need to get approval from both chambers to get final passage.

The bills would add e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that, like cigarettes, cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18 in the state.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

In other legislative action:

-The House unanimously agreed Thursday to create a new misdemeanor crime targeting prostitutes and panhandlers. The measure (House Bill 1158) by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, would allow police to arrest people for soliciting funds or transportation from another person. Violations would carry a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of no more than $200. The proposal heads next to the Senate for debate.

-The House voted 89-0 Thursday to keep hidden from the public any information considered "commercially sensitive" to a public utility authority. The protected information would include fuel costs, power pricing details, and customer billing and usage information. The measure (House Bill 1121) by Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, moves to the Senate for consideration.

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