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Steven Walters: E-cigarette popularity lights up state Capitol fight

March 30, 2015


March 30, 2015

by Steven Walters

Add one more controversy to the long list pending in the Wisconsin Legislature: e-cigarettes. It’s a three-sided debate: Republican Rep. Joel Kleefisch wants to tell local governments they can’t ban e-cigarettes. Democratic Rep. Debra Kolste of Janesville wants to add e-cigarettes to the statewide indoor smoking ban. Still others ask whether Wisconsin should follow Minnesota’s lead and levy a new tax on them?

A National Conference of State Legislatures magazine article defined e-cigarettes this way: “Electronic cigarettes—or personal vaporizers—may look like cigarettes, but they don’t contain tobacco, and they don’t require a match to light up. They run on batteries and convert liquor nicotine … into a vapor that is inhaled in the same way as smoke from cigarettes.”

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