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California legislature proposes to protect nonsmokers from e-cigarettes (just like cigarettes): SB 648 is a good idea

Submitted by sglantz on Tue, 2013-04-02 21:47

E-cigarette company v2cigs.com is trying to mobilize opposition to SB648, a bill in the California legislature that, quite sensibly, would protects innocent bystanders from e-cigarettes the same way that California protects them from cigarettes. According to V2cigs, the bill “declares that the use of electronic cigarettes is a hazard to the health of the general public” and proposes to regulate e-cigs “to the same extent and in the same manner as cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

If passed, the bill would: - Ban smoking within 25 feet of a playground, punishable by a $250 fine. - Prohibit the use of e-cigs in enclosed places of employment, punishable by a fine of as much as $500. - Prohibit the use of e-cigs on any railroad, bus or plane that provides departures from the state of California - Force landlords to prohibit the use of e-cigs on their rental property, including any exterior areas (balconies, patios, walkways, etc.)

As noted before, while e-cigarettes are not a polluting as (massively polluting) conventional cigarettes, there was still elevated levels of acetic acid, acetone, isoprene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, averaging around 20% of what the conventional cigarette put into the air. This is yet another example of how the e-cigarette companies are trying to have it both ways: They argue that they are cigarettes to avoid FDA regulation and argue that they are not cigarettes when it comes to things like nonsmoker protections. This bill is good public policy.