Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public

E-cigarette regulation and taxes once again on the front burner at the Capitol

Still, Jamnick said he felt uncomfortable vaping (the e-cigarette term for lighting up). Its been, what, six years now since they passed the smoking ban in Minnesota? he said. You give it a funny look because you havent seen it in a while. Electronic cigarettes have been on a slow burn for years, but theyve recently caught fire. National sales jumped to $500 million in 2012 and are projected to clear $1 billion this year.
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Totally Wicked Responds to the European Parliament Decision to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes that Will Cost Lives

Like cigarettes, users get a nicotine fix. Unlike cigarettes, there is no smoke. During the final days of the Legislature’s last session, the House rejected a bill backed by Jackson to deal with the same issue on a 66-29 vote after nearly three hours of questioning and debate. At issue in the interim studies is how the devices are taxed and how their sales are regulated.
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E-cigarettes can only be considered medicinal if they directly treat a disease. E-cigarettes do not do this; they simply deliver clean nicotine without the tar, carbon monoxide, and volatile hot gases of cigarettes. For people who switch from cigarettes, they hugely reduce risk, while satisfying the need for nicotine and some of the behavioural aspects of smoking. Far from helping those smokers who want to switch, medicines regulation will add costs, impose burdens, apply restrictions, and hold back innovation.
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