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Delaware House Votes on Indoor Ban on Electronic Cigarettes

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill being considered Thursday adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to a 12-year-old law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

Amendments added to the bill since its introduction would exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

Chief bill sponsor Debra Heffernan, a Wilmington Democrat and environmental toxicologist, says e-cigarette emissions contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, including chromium and nickel.

Three states, North Dakota, Utah and New Jersey, already prohibit smoking e-cigarettes indoors, while many others prohibit sales to minors.

 UPDATE: The House decided not to look at the bill Thursday. House Majority caucus officials tell WBOC that it is because lawmakers are still working on how to best address concerns of vape shops.

Like Rick Lucchetta, the operations manager at EFactor Vape in Rehoboth Beach.

"So the bill itself, if banned in all public places pretty much forces somebody who's trying to quit smoking to a smoking section to use an e-cigarette which is similar to having somebody who is trying to quit drinking go to a bar to drink a soda," he said. "But if the bill does pass it's important to allow vape shops to continue to do what we do and allow people to try the product so that they can experience it first hand before they make a commitment."


There are currently three slightly different proposed amendments to the bill that could exclude e-cig stores from the ban, like one sponsored by Rep. Ruth Briggs-King (R - Georgetown).

"Generally the person that's going in there is going in there for a business related reason," she explained. "If you go into a restaurant there's other patrons, or a movie theater there's people there that may or may not want to be engaged or be around the vaping you know the e-cigarettes."

A similar bill to add e-cigs to the state's Indoor Clean Air Act passed the house last year, but the senate did not take it up.




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