NJ assemblywoman proposes new bill to stop underage e-cig use

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One legislator has come up with a plan to stop teens from underage use of electronic cigarettes.

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce is proposing a bill that would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to possess an electronic smoking device.

"I don't want to wait 20 years from now and all these young kids that are 10, 12, 13,14, up to 19, 20 years old, (and) we find out that the flavor and nicotine that their vaping is is going to kill them," says DeCroce.

The bill would impose a $25 fine to anyone under 21 caught with an electronic smoking device. She originally introduced the bill with a $500 fine.

"There was pushback that it was a lot of money, and look, there could be amendments to this bill and I'm a willing legislator to work both sides of the aisle," says DeCroce.

Mark Awad, owner of Vape Beast in Metuchen, says he is on board with the bill, saying, "Children should not have their hands on it. It's dangerous for them. They don't know the types of chemicals that they're looking at."

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