House bill aims to toughen penalties for selling vape, tobacco products to minors

A bill being proposed in the Kentucky House of Representatives is aiming to toughen penalties for stores that sell vape or tobacco products to minors.

House Bill 142 was introduced last week and would strengthen the penalties for selling those products to minors along with requiring vape stores be licensed by the state.

The minimum legal age to purchase vape and tobacco products in the United States and stores are required to check photo identification for anyone who looks to be under the age of 27, according to the law.

As of now, Kentucky is one of just 10 states that do not require tobacco or vape retailers to hold a license.

Under the new law, retailers would lose their license if they are caught 3 times selling to minors along with fines starting at $2,000.

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