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Buying e-cigarettes could soon be a thing of the past for Iowa teens if some lawmakers get their way. A measure is moving through the Iowa legislature that would stop stores from selling e-cigarettes and other nicotine products to anyone under 18.  

Todd Smith with the Vaporosity Shop says," we don't sell to minors."  Smith says it doesn't stop them from coming in to try and buy e-cigarettes.  There's no law prohibiting that, but Smith won't do it.

"It's a morality issue. In the vaping community in a lot of states we don't want to sell the addictive products to someone under 18," said Smith.

Iowa lawmakers agree by saying e-cigarettes can be used as a gateway to cigarettes.   

"Research has shown that nicotine can be an addictive substance for some people and I think it's important that we keep those substances out of the hands of minors, " said Representative Chip Baltimore.  

Critics argue the proposed legislation doesn't go far enough.  It would only stop teens from buying e-cigarettes or other products that contain nicotine.  Jen Schulte with the American Cancer Society says if lawmakers want to keep teens from smoking they should create legislation that's been proven effective.

"There's nicotine and non-nicotine e cigarettes. house file 2109 only pertains to the nicotine ones and that causes grave concern for us," said Jen Schulte with the American Cancer Society.   "That is increasing funding for smoking prevention, having smoke-free laws and also increasing tobacco tax."

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