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Senate committee approves e-cigarette exemption from smoking ban

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate committee voted 3-2 Thursday to exempt electronic cigarettes from the state's public indoor smoking ban.

The judiciary panel referred the measure to the full Senate -- but its chances of final approval are uncertain, with only a few meetings left in the current legislative session.

West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman proposed the bill, saying the current smoking ban mentions nothing about e-cigarettes that emit chemical vapors. Critics say they want to learn more about the possible health hazards of the vapors.

The bill's supporters say e-cigarettes are helping them kick the addictive tobacco habit.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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