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NC law takes effect banning e-cigarettes to minors

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 31 2013 10:13:28 PM CDT
CHARLOTTE -

At North Carolina smoke shops and other retailers, the warning signs are going up.

A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors takes effect Thursday.

Retailers now face the same misdemeanor charge if they sell e-cigarettes to a minor as they already did for other tobacco products. Penalties can be as high as a $1,000 fine.

So retailers say they'll be careful.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Some are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows.

Devotees tout them as a way to break addiction to real cigarettes.

But public health officials say the safety of e-cigarettes and their effectiveness in helping people quit regular smokes haven't been fully studied.