The Mo. Senate stalled from voting on a measure which could ban them from electronic cigarettes.
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The Mo. Senate stalled from voting on a measure which could ban them from electronic cigarettes.

Date: April 16, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 841

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A tax on nicotine gum and electronic cigarettes stalled the Missouri Senate from voting on keeping these addicting products out of the mouths of children.
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Wrap: Democratic Senator Joseph Keaveny from St. Louis City agrees with the plan that minors should not consume vapor products but proposed an amendment that would increase the tax on them.

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Description: I think the most effective way not to sell to 17-year-olds is to make them unfordable to 17-year-olds.

Republican Senator Bob Dixon from Greene County agreed with Keaveny but said this was not time to tax these products.

There was no vote on the measure.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.

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Keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors brought on a debate about taxing these products, stalling the Missouri Senate enough to postpone the vote.
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Wrap: 

Most senators agreed with a plan that would keep electronic cigarettes and other vapor products out of the hands of minors.

But when Democratic Senator Joseph Keaveny from St. Louis City proposed an amendment that would tax these products, a debate started.

Republican Senator Bob Dixon from Greene County agreed with Keaveny that these products should be taxed, but not at this time.

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Description: I prefer that we wait so we can at least get the underlying bill through and make sure there is a restriction on them.

There was no vote on the measure.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I’m John Zupon.


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