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Sept. 4, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | By: AP
Gov. Jay Nixon is eliciting support from health professionals as he tries to persuade Missouri lawmakers to sustain his veto of legislation dealing with electronic cigarettes.
Nixon convened a panel of medical doctors and officials from the lung, heart and cancer associations Wednesday to highlight what they described as the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
Legislators are to meet next week to decide whether to override Nixon's veto of legislation that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to people younger than 18.
Nixon says he vetoed the bill because it also would prohibit the state from regulating or taxing electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. Health professionals on Nixon's panel said e-cigarettes contain nicotine derived from tobacco and can be addictive just like regular cigarettes.