CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - At North Carolina smoke shops and other retailers, the warning signs are going up.
A law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors takes effect Wednesday.
Retailers now face the same misdemeanor charge if they sell e-cigarettes to a minor as they already did for other tobacco products. Penalties can be as high as a $1,000 fine.
So retailers say they'll be careful.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Some are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows.
Devotees tout them as a way to break addiction to real cigarettes.
But public health officials say the safety of e-cigarettes and their effectiveness in helping people quit regular smokes haven't been fully studied.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.