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New Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

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Tobacco shop retailers are following a new law that keeps them from selling electronic cigarettes to minors. Many smokers use e-cigarettes as a replacement for tobacco cigarettes. The battery-operated devices heat small amounts of a nicotine solution. Smokers then inhale the vapors. 

Donnie Angelini runs a tobacco shop in Raleigh.  He says his policy has always been to market his store's products to adults only.

"Previous to the bill even being brought to the floor, I had signage near my point of sale that we will not sell to minors." Angelini says. "Since this bill has come to fruition, there's specific signage and what it states on there you can see from the General Assembly and we currently have it up right now in the store."

Angelini says there are teens who continue to ask him about the tobacco alternative. He sees that as an indication of its growing popularity.

"This last year has been the exponential year in the market," says Angelini. "The equipment has improved more vastly in the last year than any year since it's been invented. So I think with that and having better performing devices you can fill yourself, I've seen it become very popular."

He says he tells those who inquire that while some people use e-cigarettes to cut back on real cigarettes, no research says the devices are a healthier alternative. Retailers who sell e-cigarettes to minors could face a $1,000 fine.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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