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Many teens and adults take up e cigarettes thinking they’re not as dangerous as smoking. But a new study from a Kansas City researcher shows that’s probably not the case. 

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine, which was authored by Kansas City doctor Chitra Dinakar at Children’s Mercy Hospital and her colleagues, highlights the problem vaping presents for scientists.

Vaping products come in so many varieties that it can be impossible to say what chemicals users are putting in their bodies.

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  Refillable containers for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes would have to be child-proof under a Missouri proposal that has initial approval in the House.

Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, said during debate Tuesday that children need to be protected from possible exposure to the potentially fatal liquid.

The measure faces another vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

The bill would not affect containers sealed by the manufacturer that are not intended to be opened by consumers.

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With the general assembly set to begin in early January, lawmakers are busy proposing new legislation.

Citizens share views on tobacco proposal

Oct 10, 2014

Members of the public shared their views on the Columbia City Council’s proposals to change certain tobacco ordinances Thursday.

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Of the numerous items Missouri legislators will consider during this veto session, Senate Bill 841 has state health advocates paying attention. The bill's main purpose was to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But these good intentions may have led lawmakers astray.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.

Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions. His rejection on Monday fell on the deadline for the governor take action on bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.