Snyder signals possible veto of e-cigarette bills

Jun 22, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is signaling he may veto legislation to prevent minors from buying electronic cigarettes because he doesn't think it would go far enough and regulate the vaporizers like traditional tobacco products.

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices produces vapor instead of smoke.
Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking. The devices produces vapor instead of smoke.
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The governor says he's "had issues" with the bills and they will get extra review.

The Legislature approved three e-cigarette measures that would prohibit the sale and use of e-cigarettes devices by those under age 18.

Tobacco companies and legislators say it's better to immediately stop sales to minors while letting the federal government study and sort out regulatory issues.

But the state Department of Community Health and health advocates say e-cigarettes should be treated like traditional tobacco, so they could be banned in workplaces or restaurants or be subject to other tobacco-control laws.