Connecticut lawmakers urged to consider tougher e-cig laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are being urged to impose tougher restrictions on electronic cigarettes and vapor products following a recent decision by federal authorities to subject them to the same federal restrictions as cigarettes.

Jennifer DeWitt, executive director of the Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council, suggested Wednesday that the General Assembly next year prohibit the use and sale of e-cigarettes to people under 21 years old.

She’s also suggesting the legislature tax e-cigarettes and vapor products the same as tobacco products and restrict efforts to market the products to minors, such as banning flavors.

A state law passed last year restricts where these products can be used. It also required the Public Health Committee to meet within 30 days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s determination on May 5.

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