June 10, 2012 / Associated Press / Lawrence, KS — Kansas lawmakers have decided that electronic cigarettes should be just as off-limits to people younger than 18 as the real thing, so starting July 1 it will be illegal for minors to buy or possess the vapor-emitting version in the state.
The Legislature passed the ban last month, and Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed the measure. The law defines electronic cigarettes as a battery-powered device that can provide inhaled doses of nicotine through a vaporized solution.
Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County prosecutor, told the Lawrence Journal-World that school resource officers had expressed concerns about students who possessed e-cigarettes, some of which were designed like pens or flash drives.