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Measure sparks e-cigarette debate

A bill to prohibit flavored tobacco would have outlawed the electronic devices

By Sarah Zoellick

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 2014

~~<p>Supporters of electronic smoking devices gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday for the third time in less than a week to oppose proposed measures that would highly tax, regulate or ban the increasingly popular products.</p>
<p>Members of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection and Judiciary and Labor committees on Tuesday considered a bill that would ban the sale of any flavored tobacco product &mdash; including menthol products and electronic smoking devices &mdash; on the basis that tobacco companies traditionally market flavored products to youth. Most of the testimony, however, focused solely on the potential merits and/or dangers associated with electronic cigarette use.</p>
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Supporters of electronic smoking devices gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday for the third time in less than a week to oppose proposed measures that would highly tax, regulate or ban the increasingly popular products.

Members of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection and Judiciary and Labor committees on Tuesday considered a bill that would ban the sale of any flavored tobacco product — including menthol products and electronic smoking devices — on the basis that tobacco companies traditionally market flavored products to youth. Most of the testimony, however, focused solely on the potential merits and/or dangers associated with electronic cigarette use. Login for more...



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