On Monday, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum proposed new legislature that would keep electronic cigarettes away from children and prohibit indoor usage wherever smoking is banned.

The proposed restriction is the result of researchpublished last year that showed electronic cigarette usage in teens nearly tripled from 2011 to 2013.

“Young people are increasingly being bombarded with e-cigarette advertising—in print, online, on television and on the radio,” said Rosenblum.

If approved, House Bill 2546 will ban everyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing e-cigarettes as well as ban their usage in the workplace and other non-smoking areas.

County commissioners will hold a final vote on the bill on Feb. 19.

Hana is currently pursuing an undergraduate English degree with a Spanish minor at Concordia University Portland. She loves creative writing and reading children's books and someday hopes to publish her own. Favorite hobbies include cooking, cleaning, eating ice cream, and singing Disney princess songs.