MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - State lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling products like vapes and e-cigarettes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to sell alternative nicotine products to people under the age of 19.
Sen. David Sessions, R-Mobile, supports the bill.
“With these 13, 14, 15-year-old kids having vaping tools, that basically the parents don’t know what they are, they look like flash drives for a computer," said Sessions. “So this is basically what this legislation is doing. Trying to address this issue.”
It would also stop businesses selling these items from opening within 1,000 feet of the following places:
- A public or private K-12 school
- Licensed child care facility
- A church
- A public library
- A public playground
- A public park
- A youth center or other space used primarily for youth oriented activities
“Our superintendent association contacted us this morning, and they found a first-grader with a vaping device,” said Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile.
Two Montgomery vape shops told WSFA they already don’t sell to people under 19. One of the store managers said they don’t understand why there would be location regulations since they already do not sell to minors.
The bill also restricts which flavors they can advertise on billboards. The bill now heads to the Senate.
The version of the bill passed Wednesday is different from the House version in that it allows them to advertise everywhere besides. If it passes the full Senate, it will need to return to the House for approval.