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Vaping has become a major concern nationwide with incidents of associated deaths and illnesses. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is heading up a taskforce that will eventually provide recommendations to lawmakers in the next legislative session on how to handle its growing use. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the Comptroller about what might be done about the e-cigarette phenomenon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law barring teenagers in Maryland from buying tobacco products including electronic smoking devices goes into effect Tuesday.

News outlets report the law will raise the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars and vaping products from 18 to 21 for all residents except active-duty military members. Legislators say the law covers all electronic smoking devices and their parts and accessories. Fourteen other states have similar legislation seeking to prevent young people from getting hooked on nicotine.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

House members voted 25-16 for the measure Thursday, with one Democrat joining Republican opponents.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney.

Retailers caught selling any tobacco product or tobacco substitute to someone under 18 would face criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would face civil penalties of similar amounts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

A bill was approved on a 14-6 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House.

The legislation would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Retailers caught selling tobacco to a person under 18 would be slapped with criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would be subject to civil penalties of similar amounts.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to sign the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

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The Delaware state Senate has voted to ban e-cigarettes from indoor areas with the exception of vape shops and has sent the measure to the governor’s desk.

Middletown Democrat Bethany Hall who sponsored the bill said that this will provide another level of protection for the public.

The legislation was approved on a 13-7 vote and saw a number of amendments turned down by the upper chamber.

Two would have exempted cigar shops as well as taprooms and taverns.

The state House of Representatives turned back similar amendments.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House of Representatives has approved legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill passed 29-to-11 Tuesday and now goes to the Senate. It adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The bill was amended to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes if 80 percent of revenue comes from such products and the business meets certain other conditions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has postponed a vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Conflicting amendments to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes from the ban forced the postponement of Thursday's scheduled vote until next week.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill being considered Thursday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Amendments added to the bill since its introduction would exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes may be the new thing.

But a Delaware legislative committee has approved a measure that would ban the new nicotine delivery devices in from being used in restaurants bars or other indoor public places.

The vote was 9-3 in the House, Health and Human Development  Committee.

The vote came after vape shop owners said that it would hurt their business not to allow customers to smoke indoors.

Oscar Gonazalez is a disabled veteran who told the committee that vaping helped him kick a 12-year smoking habit.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are introducing legislation to add electronic cigarettes to the state's indoor smoking ban.

The bipartisan bill filed Tuesday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act, a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

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Electronic cigarettes have become so popular that Ocean City has even considered restricting them on the resort's beaches and Boardwalk.

But, there is a danger to this smokeless habit.

Poison control centers have been reporting more than double the number of calls in 2014 about exposure tio e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith prepared this report.

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The Delaware House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The bipartisan legislation makes punishment for such sales the same as for those involving the sale of tobacco to minors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers were concerned that there are too many unknown health risks to the state’s minors from e-cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate them.

The use of electronic cigarettes has skyrocket among those under the age of 18.

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A Delaware legislative committee approved a measure yesterday that would bar minors from buying e-cigarettes.

And, that means it will go to the full state House of Representative.  

Currently, there is no reference in the law to e-cigarettes and minors.

WBOC reports that data shows there has been an uptick in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the First State.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, told the station that the state has seen a one year doubling in the use among middle and high school students.