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Minors in Nebraska could soon be banned from using e-cigarettes

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Locals are voicing their opinions about LB 863, which would prohibit minors from using e-cigarettes, and prevent stores from selling them to anyone under the age of eighteen. 

The proposal was voted 28-0 by lawmakers yesterday.

E-cigarettes are devices that give users a puff of vapor, typically containing nicotine and sometimes flavorings.

This bill would make it a misdemeanor offense for both the minors who buy or use the devices, and the retailer who sells it to them.

Senator Russ Karpisek introduced the legislation and says there hasn't been enough study to know if e-cigarettes are safe.

Under current law, vendors can legally sell these products to customers of any age, but it leaves some residents feeling uneasy.

Michelle Brannan, a Scottsbluff resident and mother of three children, is leaning toward the passing of the new bill.

"They shouldn't use them. If it's harmful to them, then why would you want to use something that is not good for them," she says.

If Nebraska passes the bill, it will be the 28th state to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

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