Bill would treat e-cigarettes like other tobacco

Bill passed 21-10 Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California would treat electronic cigarettes like any other tobacco product under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Democratic Sen. Ellen Corbett of Hayward says some of the vapors emitted by the e-cigarettes may pose health risks.

SB648 would impose the same limits that apply to other smokers regarding where the devices can be used under California's existing smoke-free laws.

The Senate approved the bill 21-10 Friday, sending it to the Assembly.

Health organizations support Corbett's bill, but the Electronic Cigarette Industry Group objects. It says there is no proof the product emits secondhand smoke that can harm bystanders.

Republican Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine also opposed Corbett's bill. He said the e-cigarettes are a popular alternative for those who are trying to stop smoking.

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