Vape Shop Owners Affected by New Anti-Smoking Bill – Vaping Daily (blog)

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Two bills in the Illinois state legislature want to raise the legal age limit to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 making Illinois the sixth state to do so in the past year.

Only the bill classifies e-liquids – even non-nicotine versions – as “tobacco products” and would, therefore, put all manner of e-juices out of reach for some younger vapers.

The parallels being drawn between tobacco and e-liquids have left some vapers worried about their access to e-juices being restricted because of a false equivalency. Vape shop owners are also wondering whether their businesses will be affected by the proposed legislation.

Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), a sponsor of one of the bills, gave no explanation as to why e-liquids were being equated with tobacco products in the new bill’s wording. In a statement released to the press, the senator only spoke to the original intentions of the bill.

The bill wants to capitalize on the success that local municipalities, including Greater Chicago, have had with reducing the number of new teenage smokers. After Chicago passed a bill

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