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E-cigarettes would be regulated like tobacco under new bill – 2 de marzo de 2015 – EEUU

CARSON CITY — Use of electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine would be regulated the same as tobacco under a bill introduced in the Nevada Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill 201 introduced by the Senate Finance Committee seeks to include e-cigarettes and “vaping” under Nevada’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which was passed by voters in 2006.

The law prohibits smoking in most public places, including schools, day care facilities, restaurants and indoor work places. There is an exception for gambling areas of casinos. Violations are a misdemeanor.

The popularity of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine has jumped in recent years. Supporters claim they are safer than cigarettes and can help people quit smoking.

But others, including some health officials, counter that the vapor produced by electronic devices is still harmful.

Maria Azzarelli, Southern Nevada Health District tobacco control coordinator, would welcome a statewide policy and regulation on e-cigarettes.

“These products are unregulated, so it’s a free-for-all,” Azzarelli said earlier. “Anybody can make them, anybody can sell them.”

She supports subjecting them to the Indoor Clean Air Act.

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