Tobacco bill dead

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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A bill that would restrict the sale of candy-like nicotine products has died in the legislature.

Under Senate File 154, only businesses with 90 percent of gross sales coming from tobacco products, and that only allow customers 18 and over to enter the establishments, could continue selling the “dissolvable” tobacco that looks and tastes like candy.

Representatives initially argued the products targeted minors because of their appearance and sweet taste.

Sen. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, said the bill has died for this year, but could be brought up again in another legislative session.

— by Hayley Bruce

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