Proposed California Law Would Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco

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A bill introduced Monday by State Senator Mark Leno would ban electronic cigarettes in the same places that traditional cigarettes are banned, including restaurants, bars and workplaces. A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that users of e-cigarettes can be exposed to high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. Supporters of e-cigarettes say they are far safer than regular tobacco products and help users kick their cigarette habits.


Mark Leno, California state senator

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, an advocacy group for e-cigarettes

Tim Gibbs, senior director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network