Ore. considers bills restricting e-cigs

Ben Arboleda blows a cloud of vapor into his hand after taking a puff from his electronic cigarette at Escape Vapor Lounge. E-cigs helped Arboleda quit smoking cigarettes. November 2013. (Portland Tribune/Jonathan House)
Ben Arboleda blows a cloud of vapor into his hand after taking a puff from his electronic cigarette at Escape Vapor Lounge. (Portland Tribune/Jonathan House)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is poised to join 27 other states that make it illegal to provide electronic cigarettes to people younger than 18.

The tobacco-free devices turn nicotine solutions into vapor to simulate smoking. A state House committee meets Monday to work on two competing bills that would regulate e-cigarettes and their components.

Both options would make it illegal to give or sell the e-cigarettes to minors. But one would go as far as banning their use in public buildings and workplaces, as Oregon now does with traditional cigarettes.

Supporters of the ban on public use are concerned secondhand vapor may pose health risks, but opponents say the evidence is lacking.

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