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UPDATE: Kyle Bans Minors From Possessing E-Cigs

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014, 04:33 PM CDT

UPDATE: Tuesday night the Kyle City Council unanimously passed this ordinance to ban minors from possessing e-cigarettes.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The City of Kyle is ready to ban minors from possessing electronic cigarettes. And that surprises at least one merchant who sells them. Bill Large from Pipe Lion says, "I just assumed it was already illegal anyway. I mean any tobacco product is meant for anyone over 18."

Pipe Lion says it already has some hard and fast rules when it comes to kids. Large says, "You don't have a valid Texas ID and you're not over the age of 18 you're not allowed in here in the store."

The idea to keep e-cigarettes away from young people actually started with the young people themselves at the local high schools.  

James Collins is a member of KAYAC -- the Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council. James says, "We found that minors shouldn't be smoking in the first place -- seeing as they can't buy cigarettes."

KAYAC took its concerns to Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson. She says, "It was shocking to me that any 12-year-old can go and buy an e-cigarette at a local convenience store and nothing had yet to be done about this."  

Nikolas Fisher, KAYAC's liaison to the Kyle city Council chimes in, "We found out that the FDA is maybe considering future action but there is no timetable scheduled, so we attempted to take action at the city level in the interim because kids would be using these anyways."

The Kyle City Council is expected to approve the ban next week since it's not finding much opposition, even from smoke shops. Large says, "I think it's entirely appropriate."

By Fred Cantu

UPDATE: Kyle Bans Minors From Possessing E-Cigs


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