Willis’ Bill to Prevent E-Cigarette Sales to Minors Signed Into Law

SPRINGFIELD- Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) banning electronic cigarette sales to minors.

“As a mother and an advocate for children, I believe this law will help keep a potentially harmful product out of the hands of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Willis said.

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that contains cartridges filled with a combination of nicotine, flavor, and chemicals that are turned into vapor which is inhaled by the user. Senate Bill 1756 would add electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products prohibited to minors. The bill also creates a petty offense that would be treated similar to the violations of the sale of tobacco products; $200 for first offense, $400 for a second offense in a 12-month period and $600 for a third offense in a 12-month period.

The Food and Drug Administration and physicians have warned against the use of e-cigarettes because of the nicotine and harsh chemicals found in the product.

“Unfortunately, for many years we have over looked the harmful chemicals and addictive qualities of e-cigarettes,” Willis added. “These cigarettes contain nicotine which makes smoking a difficult habit to break, and can above all lead to the use of traditional cigarettes. Senate Bill 1756 helps stop the addiction before it starts, and protects youths in our community from making unhealthy decisions at an early age.”

For more information on this bill or any other legislation, please contact Willis’ constituent service office at (708) 562-6970 or by email at repwillis77@gmail.com.