Electronic cigarettes bill clears hurdle
MADISON — A bill allowing electronic cigarettes indoors has cleared a Wisconsin Senate committee.
The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday to pass the bill that would exempt the newly popular e-cigarettes from the state's indoor smoking ban.
Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman, the bill's sponsor, says he's never smoked cigarettes but that he's tried the electronic devices and that he can't smell the vapor.
Smokers back use of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking conventional cigarettes.
Doctors and scientists say toxic particles in the nicotine-laced vapor could be dangerous to others. They say the state should 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.