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New KS Law Bans Possession of E-Cigarettes by Young People

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Minors already weren't allowed to smoke real cigarettes in Kansas, and as of July 1 they won't be able to smoke the electronic ones, either.  Governor Sam Brownback recently signed the bill that bans minors from possessing e-cigarettes. Some companies that sell the electronic versions say they already limited sales of the device to people 18 and older, so the law won't have any impact on their business.  The Lawrence Journal-World reports that school resource officers in Leavenworth County expressed concerns about students who possessed the electronic cigarettes, including some that were designed to look like pens or flash drives.  State Alcohol Beverage Control director Doug Jorgenson says the e-cigarettes emit nicotine that can become just as addictive for young smokers as the real thing.

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