Starting on August 1st, electronic cigarettes and all tobacco alternatives will be banned for sale for people under 18 in Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal just signed the legislation into the law. E-cigarettes will thus be treated exactly like regular tobacco products.
The bill was brought by Senator Rick Gallot. Its main goal was to put on the exact same provisions for electronic cigarettes as on tobacco products. The new law includes alternative nicotine sources and the reason behind it was protecting children.
Gallot submitted this bill as a district attorney told him that there is a simple gap in the current law when referring to new nicotine alternatives like electronic cigarettes. Since they are recent products, they were not covered by the existing law.
Electronic cigarettes are currently surrounded by controversy as those that oppose them and those that sustain them keep trying to find proof for the claims made. Louisiana now bans the sale but other US states do not.