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NC law takes effect banning e-cigarettes to minors

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MITCH WEISS
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- At North Carolina smoke shops and other retailers, the warning signs are going up.

A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors takes effect Thursday.

Retailers now face the same misdemeanor charge if they sell e-cigarettes to a minor as they already did for other tobacco products. Penalties can be as high as a $1,000 fine.

So retailers say they'll be careful.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Some are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows.

Devotees tout them as a way to break addiction to real cigarettes.

But public health officials say the safety of e-cigarettes and their effectiveness in helping people quit regular smokes haven't been fully studied.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

7/31/2013 4:09:23 PM (GMT -4:00)

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i started using my e-cig

i started using my e-cig back in January and havent smoked since...as they arent fully tested i guess i agree with not selling to minors, but as i started back when i was 14, i may not have smoked for 30 years had i had that option...

The kids nowadays are

The kids nowadays are smoking way more than cigarettes. Heroin is cheaper than E cigs and more plentiful too.

You should know

We all knew you were smoking something.