Rep. DeLauro reintroduces bill to curb vape, e-cig sales to minors

Posted: Updated:
MILFORD -

Lawmakers spread the word Tuesday about proposed legislation they say would help keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children.

United States Rep. Rosa DeLauro held a news conference at Jonathan Law High School in Milford Tuesday morning to discuss the Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act.

First introduced in 2015, the bill would require strong age verification for nicotine products ordered online.

DeLauro says vaporizer and e-cigarette use are becoming all too common in high schools.

"Teachers have said, and these are teachers all over the country, that their students even try to use e-cigarettes in the classroom," DeLauro said. "They cover their mouths to hide the white wisp of smoke and the blue light of the device."

Lawmakers say the marketing, packaging and fruity flavors of many e-cigarette products make them too attractive to minors.

Employees at the Mod House Vaporium in Milford say they often turn down kids who come in with fake IDs. Federal regulations require brick-and-mortar shops to ID any customer who appears to be under the age of 27.

But when it comes to online ordering, vaporizer sales don't have the same level of scrutiny that traditional cigarettes do, which DeLauro says is why she reintroduced the legislation.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards were held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

  • Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."