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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines electronic cigarette store could be put out of business because of a new state law regulating those products.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that the law requires businesses selling e-cigarettes to have a tobacco license. It also bans selling the items to anyone under 18. Before the July 1 law, there were no restrictions on e-cigarettes.

Kelley Page, owner of Great Alternatives E-Cigs, says his store already didn't sell to those under 18, so he had supported the measure. But he learned only after it passed that his criminal convictions from 1993 to 2007 could keep him from getting a tobacco license.

Now, he faces having to shutter the store because the Des Moines City Council has denied him a license.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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