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Missouri lawmakers give final approval on electronic cigarette regulations

Holly crane opened Southwest MO Vape Shop with her husband one year ago. The downtown Joplin store offers ample seating for customers to try all the vaping juices on offer. It's a casual environment with one very strict rule.

"To just not sell to children," said Crane. "I wouldn't want someone selling my teenagers electronic cigarettes or cigarettes."

Crane and her husband's beliefs are now backed by the state. On Monday, the Missouri House sent a bill to Governor Jay Nixon that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and products to anyone under the age of 18.

An important decision, says Crane, as the product is made and marketed solely for adults.  

"It just doesn't belong in the hands of children."

Prior to picking up vaping, Mike Straughn used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. He believes e-cigarettes should be regulated the same as regular cigarettes. 

"That way it stays out of schools lets us keep our ability to do it," said Straugh.

Crane says the legislation will likely be welcomed by the other vaping shops in town. 

"Any of the shops that I know of around here, they've not allowed sales to minors from the beginning."

 Whether or not Governor Nixon approves the legislation, Crane says it is up to guardians to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors. 

 "It should be ultimately on the parents to make sure that they know what their kids are doing and to keep their own personal electronic devices away from their children."

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