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Bill Would Exempt E-Cigarettes From Smoking Ban

Publication Date: 12/17/2013
  • Author:Breann Schossow
  • Publication:Wisconsin Public Radio News

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill that would exempt "e-cigarettes" from the state's 2010 smoking ban.

He said he's pushing the bill after hearing concerns that the ban may include e-cigarettes. Grothman said that would be a shame.

"E-cigarettes provide a way for people to stop smoking, and it seems to me to discourage the use of these cigarettes by forcing people to go outside is not what we had in mind with our smoking ban," says Grothman...

Grothman said people who want to include e-cigarettes under the smoking ban want to control the way people live. "I mean, there's no harm that comes from e-cigarettes, like the harm that you have from regular cigarettes--not to mention there's no harm from secondhand smoke, so, why wouldn't you allow it?"...