Governor backs e-cig restrictions

Governor backs e-cig restricitons

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A bill to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of kids is getting support from the governor.

Gov. Susana Martinez has put HB15 on the agenda this session. It would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those 18 and younger.

Twenty other states already have this law in place.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Paul Bandy, says it’s important New Mexico joins in.

“Most of these devices contain nicotine at various other levels. So, it’s theoretically possible for a minor to be addicted to nicotine having never smoked a cigarette,” said Bandy.

The New Mexico Poison Center says the number of kids who’ve gotten nicotine poisoning from e-cigarettes jumped from just one case in 2010 to 23 cases in 2013.

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