New law goes into effect Tuesday for e-cig businesses
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Dozens of new state laws are set to go into effect Tuesday including a new law that will further regulate e-cigarettes.
Iowa retailers will be banned from selling the alternative nicotine products to minors. Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in May. Tuesday, that law goes into effect.
The National Cigar Store in Waterloo has been around for 103 years.
Two years ago owner John Eveland did something he never thought he'd ever do and start selling e-cigarettes.
"No I didn't, but a lot of things have changed in the tobacco business," said Eveland.
Eveland says business has been good with the product because people can still smoke them anywhere they want unlike regular cigarettes. He says even doctors have sent their patients to the store to get e-cigarettes.
"They think it's a good alternative to real cigarettes. We feel they are better for you than a Marlboro of Camel," said Eveland.
On Tuesday, changes are taking effect. Stores like Eveland's won't be able to sell to minors or be within 500 feet of a school., but Eveland says he has no issue with that because his store already ID's everyone who comes in.
"I think if they want a cigarette they're going to get a Marlboro or Camel. I don't think it's been a big problem, but I don't have any issues with them you know carding people for e-cigarettes just like they do cigarettes," said Eveland.
The e-cig business doesn't come without controversy. In April, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a dramatic increase in e-cig related calls to poison centers.
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