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Comparison to tobacco not valid, e-cigarette proponents say

Users and retailers point out the differences as lawmakers worry about the use of nicotine

By Sarah Zoellick

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

~~<p>State legislators are looking for ways to regulate popular electronic smoking devices by treating them like the product they were modeled after: cigarettes.</p>
<p>But avid supporters of electronic smoking devices oppose that approach. Not only do electronic cigarettes not contain tobacco; they were created to be an alternative to cigarettes and have since garnered a nearly cultlike following of people who consider their use a hobby, supporters say.</p>
~~

State legislators are looking for ways to regulate popular electronic smoking devices by treating them like the product they were modeled after: cigarettes.

But avid supporters of electronic smoking devices oppose that approach. Not only do electronic cigarettes not contain tobacco; they were created to be an alternative to cigarettes and have since garnered a nearly cultlike following of people who consider their use a hobby, supporters say. Login for more...



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