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.
Proposed California Law Would Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco
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