Republican state Sen. Brandon Smith speaks to a legislative committee in Kentucky with some students from Johnson County Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The students asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would set up an anonymous tip line for students to report when other students are vaping or using e-cigarettes at school. After their testimony, Republican Sen. Steve Meredith vowed to amend the bill to ban all e-cigarettes and vaping products for anyone under 21. Right now, the smoking age is 18.(AP Photo | Adam Beam)

Students’ Testimony Revives Effort to Restrict Vaping

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A push to ban e-cigarettes and other vaping products for people under 21 has been resurrected in Kentucky after some heart-felt testimony from a group of middle school students.

The students attended the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. They testified about Senate bill 218, which would set up an anonymous hotline for students to report other students using e-cigarettes or other vaping products in schools.

The students, some as young as 12, told lawmakers about how students sneak the products into class and use them without teachers knowing. Their testimony prompted Sen. Steve Meredith to say he would amend the bill to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products for anyone under 21.

Meredith sponsored a similar bill that failed to get out of committee on Monday.