Health groups urge veto of e-cigarette bill

Health advocacy groups want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from other tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a flavored nicotine solution and create a vapor inhaled by the user. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports advocacy groups argue classifying them as non-tobacco product undermines other anti-smoking efforts.

The groups involved are Tobacco Free Missouri, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American Cancer Society.

Sponsoring lawmaker Caleb Rowden, a Republican from Columbia, says e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and should not be classified as tobacco products. He says vetoing the legislation would mean that teens could continue using e-cigarettes.