BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 is getting its first legislative hearing.

Sen. Rick Gallot, a Ruston Democrat, is asking a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday to forward the measure to the full Senate for debate.

The bill would add e-cigarettes and other "alternative nicotine products" to the list of items that can't be sold to minors in Louisiana.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 27 states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

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