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

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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.

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