New Mulroe law increases safety measures on e-cigarettes

mulroe-ecigA new public safety measure was signed into law yesterday that seeks to further protect children from the harmful effects of nicotine.  

The law, sponsored in the Senate by John G. Mulroe (D-10), requires that electronic cigarettes must be sold behind the counter of convenience stores or in sealed display cases to keep them out of the curious hands of underage children.

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco,” said Mulroe. “These other products must be contained behind a counter or in a sealed case, so it stands to reason that electronic cigarettes should be contained in the same fashion.”

As Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, Senator Mulroe has been keeping a close eye on the electronic cigarette trend. In 2013, he sponsored and passed a law that prohibited the sale of these alternative nicotine products to those under the age of 18. The law signed yesterday requires electronic cigarettes to be displayed securely and in the same manner as cigarettes and other nicotine products.

“Nicotine has been proven to be a harmful and addictive substance,” Sen. Mulroe said. “We have banned children from purchasing it in all of its forms. This law just helps restrict their access to it.”

The new law will go into effect January 1, 2015.

Sen. John G. Mulroe


10th District

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe