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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are introducing legislation to add electronic cigarettes to the state's indoor smoking ban.

The bipartisan bill filed Tuesday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act, a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

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Electronic cigarettes have become so popular that Ocean City has even considered restricting them on the resort's beaches and Boardwalk.

But, there is a danger to this smokeless habit.

Poison control centers have been reporting more than double the number of calls in 2014 about exposure tio e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.

Maryland News Connection reporter Debra Smith prepared this report.

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The Delaware House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The bipartisan legislation makes punishment for such sales the same as for those involving the sale of tobacco to minors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers were concerned that there are too many unknown health risks to the state’s minors from e-cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate them.

The use of electronic cigarettes has skyrocket among those under the age of 18.

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A Delaware legislative committee approved a measure yesterday that would bar minors from buying e-cigarettes.

And, that means it will go to the full state House of Representative.  

Currently, there is no reference in the law to e-cigarettes and minors.

WBOC reports that data shows there has been an uptick in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the First State.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, told the station that the state has seen a one year doubling in the use among middle and high school students.