(MPRN-Lansing) A battle is brewing in Lansing between some lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder’s office over e-cigarettes.
Republican Senator Rick Jones has been trying for several years to pass legislation to regulate electronic cigarettes. His current bill would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18.
A federal law already does this, but Jones says it’s not enough. The governor’s administration wants to treat e-cigarettes like all other tobacco products, which includes a tax. Jones says that won’t work.
“That will never pass this legislature. So, in the meantime we’ve got children buying e-cigarettes at the unscrupulous stores and getting addicted.”
The Department of Health and Human Services says with the federal law, Jones’s bill is unnecessary.