New Law Prohibits the Sale of E-Cigs to Minors

The sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 is now against the law in the state of Texas. Senate Bill 97 went into effect on Tuesday.

A Bowie e-cigarette shop is glad the ability to sell e-cigs to minors has gone up in smoke.

On the door of Yellow Rose vapor a sign is posted that states, "We I.D. No sales to anyone under 18".

Charles Sporles is an employee of the store, who says the sign has been there since the store opened.

"It is a nicotine product, so yea it needs to be regulated," said Sporles.

Now that Senate Bill 97 is law, Sporles said that this is important.

"I feel it is a good thing.  Kids need to be kids.  We don't want to sell anything to minors that has anything to do with this," said Sporles.

In the past, Sporles said there have been multiple kids who have come in the store looking to get an e-cig fix.

"They come in you can tell they're not 18 and they try to pass themselves off as 18.  We try to I.D. anyone that looks under 18, or actually about 25 because it can stop them from trying to get it," said Sporles.

Sporles believes despite this new law being in effect, it will not hurt the e-cig industry in the least bit.

The sale of e-cigarettes or any vapor products to a minor is a Class C misdemeanor, which includes a fine up to $500.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6