Anyone under 18 who's caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law.
Electronic cigarettes don't contain tobacco, but the vaporized solution users inhale does contain nicotine.
Senator Julie Morrison -- a Democrat from Deerfield -- says she doesn't consider them safe.
Morrison says she'd kept stories about young people puffing on e-cigs.
"They were openly and blatantly using these products publicly, because there was no reason they shouldn't.”
Morrison is sponsor of a new law that she says closes a loophole.
It has been illegal for minors to buy e-cigs and other smokeless tobacco products. Now -- as with regular cigarettes -- it's illegal for kids to possess them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.