House lawmakers defeated these same amendments when they passed legislation in early May. The only change they made was the one that exempted vaping stores, shops where people buy their electronic cigars and flavored liquids. Stores would be exempt if 80 percent of revenue comes from the sale of electronic cigarettes and the store does not share space with other establishments.
The bill also requires that they be forbidden from entering the vaping stores to minors and requires stores to post advertisements that anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed inside.
Electric cigars or electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce an odorless vapor that normally contains nicotine and aromas. Supporters of the law say that electronic cigarettes contain harmful chemicals. The devices are not yet regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of public health in Delaware, said during Thursday's hearing that the devices contain more than just water vapor. They contain many chemicals that may be toxic to humans, including nicotine, he said.