Electronic cigarettes have been banned from sale at a handful of Oregon stores including Central Point's Pilot Travel Center.

Electronic cigarettes have been banned from sale at a handful of Oregon stores including Central Point's Pilot Travel Center.

The Oregon attorney general's office says the ban on the "NJOY" brand electronic cigarette is the first in the nation for a product that U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve.

A settlement announced today prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes in Oregon until they are approved by the FDA, or until a court rules whether the FDA has authority to regulate them.

It bans the sale of the devices at Pilot Travel Centers, which has seven stores in Oregon, and TA Operating, which has four stores in Oregon.

Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that mimic a real cigarette. It contains a heating element and a replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine that is vaporized and inhaled like smoke.

— The Associated Press