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UPDATE: e-cigarette bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A bill that would allow the use of electronic cigarettes indoors in Wisconsin cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 3-2 vote on Thursday.

The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, would exempt e-cigarettes from the state's indoor smoking ban. The legislation's prospects in the full senate and assembly are uncertain, as both chambers have just two days left this session.

Grothman says he's never smoked cigarettes but that he has tried the electronic devices and can't smell the vapor.

Some smokers promote e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking conventional cigarettes.

However, doctors and scientists say toxic particles in the nicotine-laced vapor could be dangerous to others. They suggest lawmakers 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.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A bill that would let smokers use electronic cigarettes indoors is being considered by Wisconsin lawmakers.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Glenn Grothman, is up for a committee vote Thursday, but would need to pass both chambers before becoming a law. The end of session is scheduled to wrap up in 2 more days.

Doctors are opposing the use of e-cigarettes indoors until researchers study the potential hazards of the vapors released from them.

A heating coil is used 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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