Alabama lawmakers propose bill to crack down on vape product sales

Baldwin County
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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A bill is in the works in the Alabama legislature that would crack down on vape and e-cigarette sales. The goal is to get these products out of the hands of kids and teens.

Representatives Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile) and Shane Stringer (R-Mobile) introduced the bill Wednesday afternoon.

This is putting our kids at risk, said Drummond.

The bill would make it a crime for businesses to sell vape products to anyone under the age of 19. According to Drummond, Alabama is one of only three states where this isn’t illegal. Selling the tobacco itself is illegal, but not the vaping tools.

However, multiple businesses in Baldwin County have told News 5 in the past they take it upon themselves to ask for identification.

Meanwhile, parents were happy to see any movement on the front of combating teen vape use.

I think it’s really horrible and it seems like because the vape pens are becoming more accessible people are just getting their hands on it a lot sooner than they typically would, said Ginger Birbaum.

Attached to this article is our investigative story on vaping in Baldwin County high schools.

The bill will now head to a judiciary subcommittee, with a public hearing set for April 1.

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