Should Iowa teenagers be limited to buy and smoke vapor products? It’s likely to be up for debate in the Iowa Statehouse this year.
A bill was introduced on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Shipley, a Republican from Adams County. The legislation, if passed and signed into law, would bump up the age from 18 to 21 for use and distribution of vapor products, otherwise known as e-cigarettes. The bill, Senate File 66, also has language that restricts the sale of vapor products in vending machines, giving away samples of vapor products to individuals below the age of 21 within a certain distance of a school or playground, and other restrictions.
If an employee at a retailer sells, gives, or supplies any vapor products to a person under the age of 21 that person would be committing a simple misdemeanor, according to the bill.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.