Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chicago Tribune: E-cigarette technology is ahead of the laws

By Bryce Alderton
LA Times

SB 648 would amend the state's civil code and classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, meaning e-cigarettes would be outlawed where regular cigarettes are banned, such as public schools and day-care facilities.

State senators passed the bill, 21-10, moving it to the 17-member Assembly Committee on Government Organization.

The committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the bill Aug. 7, said Eric Johnson, a committee consultant. If committee members approve the bill, it would go to the appropriations fiscal committee, like any other proposed legislation, Johnson said.

An advocacy group that promotes smoke-free alternatives opposes any attempt to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco.

"E-cigarettes do not emit smoke and the vapor is nontoxic," the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Assn.'s website reports. "There is no evidence to support including e-cigarette use in smoking bans. E-cigarettes do not deliver tar or carbon monoxide because they operate using vaporization rather than combustion."

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