Counties and Health Officers: Fix State E-Cig Laws

MACo and the Maryland Association of County Health Officers both supported Senate Bill 7 before the Senate Finance Committee during its January 27 hearing.

The bill would extend current laws banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors to also include refills, equipment and related paraphernalia. The bill further modifies enforcement provisions, establishing a civil fine for offenders.

From MACo’s testimony:

As the use of electronic cigarettes among youths rises exponentially and the potential risks of using electronic cigarettes have not been fully studied, MACo supports closing this gap on sales to minors and the ability for local law enforcement and health officers to enforce the penalties against violators of this law. For these reasons, MACo urges a favorable report on SB 7.

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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties