Created: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:02:00 PST
Updated: Wed, 01 May 2013 10:36:10 PST
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday moved to send SB 648 to the state senate. The proposed legislation would ban using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, the same places regular cigarettes are banned.
Lawmakers say it’s necessary because e-cigarettes have not been proven to be safe. But those who use them say “vaping” as it’s called, is safer and healthier and has helped them kick the smoking habit.
E-cigarettes deliver nicotine in a vaporized form and do not emit smoke.
Elizabeth Imbuzan says she started smoking cigarettes when she was 12, but once she started vaping she was able to kick the habit.
“The best part about them is when you use them you feel satisfied like you just smoked a cigarette and I don’t have the urge,” she says. She adds that she also doesn’t have that heavy feeling in lungs she used to have. “Ever since I started using these, I just feel like my lungs are better, I don’t get winded as much,” she says.
Currently the FDA only regulates e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes and the FDA says e-cigarettes have not been fully studied for safety.