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Del. House Passes Bill Banning Electronic Cigarettes Indoors

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DOVER, Del. - A bill banning the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, in indoor public places in Delaware has passed the State House of Representatives.

The bill adds electronic cigarettes to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places as part of the state's "Clean Indoor Air Act." That bill was passed back in 2002. The bill passed Tuesday includes an exemption for vapor shops which have popped up all over Delaware recently. 

According to the bill, smokers would still be able to use e-cigarettes in a vapor shop. A vapor shop is defined as a shop that gets at least 80 percent of its revenue for e-cigarettes and related products.

Conflicting amendments to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes from the ban forced the postponement of a scheduled vote last week.

Electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor. But the sponsor of the bill says e-cigarette emissions contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, including chromium and nickel.

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

The bill now heads to the Delaware State Senate.
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