Sellers Welcome Rule to Ban E-Cig Sales to Minors

PAW lisa ciarlone w ecigarette story.JPG cloneThe General Assembly in Rhode Island finally approved legislation to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors last week, but many electronic cigarette companies within the state have already implemented bans on e-cigs to minors within their stores. These companies have already been working hard to keep electronic cigarettes and its related products out of the hands of minors. The General Assembly clearly isn’t working as hard as its denizens.

Lisa Ciarlone, founder of Vaporetti, is one of the many companies that have policed themselves without the need for any law. They require customers to show a valid ID that they are older than eighteen. Any customer that does not comply with the ID requirement is immediately kicked out of the store. Some people do not need government intervention because doing the right thing isn’t hard. Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine to the user, and nicotine can be addictive. Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio believes “Getting kids hooked on nicotine through an e-cigarette is, as far as I’m concerned, no better than getting them started on regular cigarettes.” Mr. Ruggiero affirms that banning e-cig sales to minors is an essential step to protecting the health of young people.

But aside from the e-cig sales ban to minor, the legislation also requires that anyone selling or distributing electronic cigarette products must attain an annual licenses from the state of Rhode Island. To read more, visit for Sellers of e-cigarettes welcome rule banning sale to minors.’

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