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Starter kits for e-cigarettes at Tobacco Row range from $39.95 to $69.95.

JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff/

HELENA — A bill that would ban minors in Montana from purchasing electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The House cleared Senate Bill 66 by a vote of 72-28 on Tuesday. The measure would include e-cigarettes, related paraphernalia and nicotine under the state’s definition of “tobacco products” that people under 18 cannot legally access. It would also require businesses to purchase a $5 license in order to sell the products.

Democratic Sen. Diane Sands of Missoula brought the bill on behalf of the Montana attorney general’s office. Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration has supported the bill, making him likely to sign it into law.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 42 states currently prohibit sales of e-cigarettes or “vaping” alternative tobacco products to minors.

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