A bill that would limit the sale of the notorious electronic cigarettes to children has passed the Idaho state house of representatives. The vote passed 68-0.
Steeped in controversy, the electronic cigarette has already faced FDA action. Although this was later overturned, the government agency said that much more needs to be studied regarding the devices. They found leaky cartridges, as well as chemicals that are used as food additives, such as polyethylene glycol, that were not necessarily studied and approved when inhaled.
The cartridges that are used in these devices have concentrated liquid nicotine, which in the past was used as a very effective pesticide, as well as other FDA approved chemicals and flavors. The element in the device warms the liquid to vaporize it so it can be inhaled. The sponsor of the bill, Representative Bob Nonini, says the flavors, like root beer, make it appear the manufacturers are targeting youth.
Health officials fear the E-cig could lead to an increase in tobacco use among minors. Idaho law currently bans the use of tobacco to minors, but not the E-cig.