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Sponsor of e-cigarette bill wants vaping products classified as tobacco

Arizona's existing law forbidding e-cigarette sales to youths is inadequate in curbing what has become a crisis in the state, says the sponsor of a new bill targeting minors' access to vaping products.

Surrounded by school and public health officials, state Sen.-elect Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, on Tuesday announced she would sponsor a bill this legislative session to reclassify e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

The bill would bring Arizona in line with federal law, which classifies e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

Carter's SB 1009 would make the sale of e-cigarettes and other vaping products subject to the same state law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors who are 18 years old and younger. Her co-sponsors on the bill are state Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, and state Sen. Sean Bowie, D-Chandler.

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2013, removing ambiguity about what vaping products are covered by the prohibition on sales to minors.

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