New law imposes fine for minors possessing e-cigarettes

Feb 2, 2016

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.