New regulations on sale of e-cigarettes kick in this week

New regulations governing the sale of electronic cigarettes in Massachusetts take effect this week. As of Friday, anyone under 18 years old is barred from buying e-cigarettes. The regulations also ban the promotional giveaway or free distribution of e-cigarettes and require that they be kept out of the reach of customers. Attorney General Maura Healey said the regulations also ban most sales of e-cigarettes except through face-to-face purchases; sales through vending machines are permitted only in adults-only establishments. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn nicotine-containing liquid into vapor that is inhaled. Though nicotine can be addictive, e-cigarettes lack the chemicals and tars of burning tobacco.