NEW INFORMATION: Electronic cigarettes bill clears hurdle

By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email
By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email

When asked if he has an opinion on the proposal during an event in Altoona Thursday morning, Gov. Scott Walker told WEAU 13 News "Not really," and that he hasn't followed it.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill allowing electronic cigarettes indoors has cleared a Wisconsin Senate committee.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday to pass the bill that would exempt the newly popular e-cigarettes from the state's indoor smoking ban.

Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, the bill's sponsor, says he's never smoked cigarettes but that he's tried the electronic devices and that he can't smell the vapor.

Smokers back use of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking conventional cigarettes.

Doctors and scientists say toxic particles in the nicotine-laced vapor could be dangerous to others. They say the state should wait for more research on potential hazards before allowing widespread use indoors.

The bill's prospects are uncertain as both chambers have just two days left this session.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would let smokers use electronic cigarettes indoors.

The bill is up for a committee vote Thursday and would need to pass both chambers before becoming law. Lawmakers are scheduled to work only two more days before the end of the session.

Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced the bill last week. The West Bend Republican says he's never smoked regular cigarettes but he's tried an e-cigarette and couldn't smell the vapor.

Doctors have opposed allowing the devices indoors before researchers can study potential hazards of e-cigarette vapor.

The devices use a heating coil to turn a flavored and nicotine-laced liquid into a vapor that users inhale. Supporters of the bill tout e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking.


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