Shop owners on board with new e-cigarette legislation

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A new bill was signed by Governor John Kasich that prohibits minors from obtaining, possessing, and using electronic cigarettes, which are now classified in the same category as tobacco products.

Tobacco stores around the Valley are on board with the new rules. Shop owners said the demand for the new e-cigarettes has grown since they went on the market about one year ago.

Lee Powell, senior associate at Cigarettes 4 Less in Struthers said he doesn’t think the new legislation will affect business.

“We follow the law. That’s why we do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to even come into the store,” said Powell. “The law for us is a moot point. But obviously, it seems like a good idea.”

But the measure doesn’t come without opposition. Some think it is a good idea while others would like to have the opportunity to vote on the measure or at least change the age requirements.

“We got judges, governors, and other people making our decisions and we don’t get the right to vote on it,” said resident Sam Infante.

“I feel it should be 21 because I think you should be an adult before you make that decision,” said George Chopp. “I don’t think they are old enough to know what they’re doing with it.”

Kasich signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

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