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Bill proposal bans selling e-cigarettes to minors

PENSACOLA -- Florida could become the 28th state to ban the selling of electronic cigarette to minors if a proposed bill makes it all the way through the state legislature this year.  A Senate Committee approved the proposal this week. 
Apparently not everyone knows it can be easy for minors to get their hands on electronic cigarettes.

"Kids fewer than 18 shouldn't be smoking so shocking I guess because I didn't know" said Wes Gordon, Pensacola.

Amy Wasileski has been smoking for a few months.  She is a little more informed on the types of cigarettes available, and how to get them.

"I think it's one of those things that go under the radar that people really didn't realize it was nicotine but now more people are using it. 
Before there were limited places you can buy it, now you can buy it at any gas station, convenience store, anywhere you go" said Amy Wasileski, Smoker.

It's already against the law for those under 18 to buy nicotine based tobacco products.  The proposed bill calls for a ban on selling electronic cigarettes or E-cigarettes to minors.  It will put E-cigarettes in the same category as traditional cigarettes.

"If they're 18 and they're already hooked, that's scary they would even consider that kind of cigarette" said Judy Fisher, Pensacola.

E-cigarettes are often used by people who are trying to quit smoking.  Supporters claim that E-cigarettes have fewer chemicals, but the FDA says they can still lead to cancer.

"E-cigarettes still contain a portion of nicotine so if you don't want to sell nicotine to underage people, it makes sense to just quit selling e-cigarettes as well" said Wasileski.

A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control suggests a growing number of minors are using E-cigarettes.  From 2011 to 2012 E-cigarettes use increased among middle and high school students across the nation.  Supporters of the bill hope it will prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.  The bill will come up in the Spring legislative session.

Electronic Cigarette Use:
Middle School   (2011) 0.6%    (2012)  1.1%
High School  (2011) 1.5%    (2012)  2.8%
Source: CDC