Keep Ohio children away from e-cigarettes

A bill working its way through the Ohio Legislature would ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. An Ohio Senate committee approved the measure Tuesday.

E-cigarettes – not to be confused with smokeless cigarettes – use a battery to heat a liquid containing nicotine and flavoring. The resulting vapor is inhaled much like cigarette smoke.

Studies are examining whether e-cigs are safe, let alone safer than tobacco cigarettes. And the effect of secondhand “smoke” from the devices isn’t yet known.

What isn’t debatable is whether minors should be barred from access to the nicotine-delivery devices. The proposal should be approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor as quickly as possible.