NJ Senate passes bill to restrict e-cigarettes

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2009 10:43 AM

The New Jersey Senate has approved a bill that restricts the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.

The bill expands the definition of "smoking" to include e-cigarettes and extends the ban on smoking by minors to include them.

Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing but don't contain tobacco. Instead, they employ a metal tube with a battery that heats up a liquid nicotine solution. Users inhale and exhale the resulting water vapor.

The Senate bill, approved Thursday by a 38-0 vote, prohibits their use in public places and workplaces. It was approved Monday by the state Assembly and now goes to Gov. Jon Corzine.

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