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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 22, 2015 02:49 PM
From: Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting the Sale of Alternative Nicotine Products to Minors

To: All House Members

From: Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski

Date: January 22, 2015

Subject: Prohibiting the Sale of Alternative Nicotine Products to Minors

In the near future I plan to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale of alternative nicotine products to minors. Such products would include electronic cigarettes, nicotine gum, and nicotine patches.

Over the last few years, alternative nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes, have been growing in popularity. Although electronic cigarettes are tobacco-free, these and similar products contain nicotine, which should be kept out of the hands of children. Currently, 41 states and the Virgin Islands have enacted laws to prohibit the sale of such products to minors.

My legislation amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), section 6305 (relating to the sale of tobacco products) to include alternative nicotine products among items prohibited from being sold to individuals under 18 years of age. In addition to electronic cigarettes, my language includes liquid nicotine, nicotine gum, nicotine patches and related items as products prohibited from being sold to minors. This bill is similar to legislation that was introduced last session—former Senate Bill 1055 of 2013.

Protecting our children is a top priority. Treating the sale of addictive alternative nicotine products like sale tobacco products is another way we can ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s youth. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB587