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Published January 06, 2014, 07:14 PM

Fargo's City Commission stepping in to make sure minors don't become customers of e-cigarettes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When it comes to many teens, traditional cigarettes are a thing of the past, while the use of electronic cigarettes is skyrocketing. E-Cigarette shops are popping up all over town and Monday night, Fargo's city commission is stepping in, to make sure minors don't become customers.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When it comes to many teens, traditional cigarettes are a thing of the past, while the use of electronic cigarettes is skyrocketing.

E-cigarette shops are popping up all over town and Monday night, Fargo's city commission is stepping in, to make sure minors don't become customers.

Because they're not regulated, right now e-cigarettes can legally be sold to minors, but here in town, many specialty stores will stop you at the door if you're not 18.

Kelsey Eaton/Infinite Vapor Manager: “We don't sell anything to minors.”

They come in kid-friendly flavors.

Cody Bernhardt/Buying E-Cig: “Right now it'd have to be grape.”

And are quickly attracting area youth, one vapor-puff at a time.

Holly Scott/Tobacco Prevention Coordinator: “We're no longer looking at just a traditional camel cigarette or just chewing tobacco.”

In the last year, the percentage of US middle and high schoolers smoking e-cigarettes has doubled.

Bernhardt: “If I can just have the vapor and nicotine and have the calming effect, without all of the poisonous chemicals in a cigarette, it's kind of a win-win situation.”

But experts say without FDA approval, there's no way to tell how safe these things are.

So Fargo city commissioners are updating the city's tobacco ordinances to include them.

Scott: “That way we just ensure that all businesses are following the same set of rules, in that, kids can't have access to these products.”

Eaton: “Even though it's legal to sell underage, we don't want to set that standard. We are a smoking sensation product, there is nicotine in our liquid, and we're not about trying to get people to start.”

Anyone who sells to a minor or minor who tries to buy, will face an infraction including fines ranging from $50 to 100.

The city commission will be updating the ordinances at its meeting Monday night.

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