Another key component of the bill would require all e-cigarette vendors to obtain a license to sell the product. The sellers would not have to get a new license if they already sold other tobacco products, but they would have to check an additional box on a licensing form that they intended to sell e-cigarettes.
The reason for this part of the bill is to make it easier to track where the vaping devices are coming from.
Unterman said the reason for the tracking is a safety measure.
“If you have a sudden admission to the emergency room with 12 people, you need to know why and how many shops are selling in the area,” she said.
SB 298 also would ban flavored vape pods, and require that schools educate students on the effects of tobacco use as part of their drug and alcohol education programs.