Senator Files Bill To Update Clean Indoor Air Act To Include E-Cigarettes

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – An Arkansas senator has filed a bill to amend the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 to include electronic cigarettes.

Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, filed the bill, also known as SB 447, on Wednesday (Feb. 18), according to legislative records.

The bill changes the term “tobacco” to include cigars, cigarettes, pipes and e-cigarettes in already-existing Arkansas law concerning public smoking in medical facilities. It also amends language in the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 to include e-cigarettes under the definition of “smoking,” which the law bans in most public indoor areas.

If passed, the bill would also change the definition of “smoking” in the Arkansas Protection from Secondhand Smoke for Children Act of 2006 to include e-cigarettes.

SB 447 was referred to the Arkansas Senate Committee on Public health, Welfare and Labor, legislative records state.

Click here to read a copy of the bill.

14 comments

  • JC

    Wanting to ban the exhaling of water vapor. How stupid is this guy? I haven’t had a cigarette in two months thanks to the vaping technology. For the first time in over 30 years mind you. It’s clean water vapor. It doesn’t stink, it doesn’t harm anyone, and It just happens to be visible and that eases the transition. This is the first winter I can remember that my sinuses are clear and I don’t wake up hacking, coughing, and otherwise reaping the rewards of smoking.

    THIS IS NOT about public health. What we really have here is a money grubbing liberal worried a FUNDING source is drying up. So, they must equate this safer method to the old one so they can tax it just the same. They just can’t stand for not having other peoples money. I hope the conservatives in the legislature will see this attempt for what it is.

  • Jan

    SO STUPID! Another person trying to make a fast buck… these are NOT an alternative to real cigarettes! Have you seen a room after people smoke these things? You can’t even see the person sitting next to you! How is this healthy? Our Senator needs to be informed maybe HE should sit in these ‘heal holes’? Nothing you smoke is healthy!

    • nealnbob

      Liar! The vapor dissipates in seconds (less than 1 minute) and automobile exhaust is 10 times more prevalent than any e-vapor. This is about control and big tobacco/pharma don’t want anyone to quit smoking.

    • L.

      You’d get exactly the same carrier chemicals from walking through a haunted house utilizing smoke machines, and more nicotine from eating a plate of Eggplant Parmesan. And e-cigarettes work; I quit smoking 5 years ago using one, haven’t touched a tobacco cigarette since, and know hundreds of people with the same exact story.

  • Get Real

    As usual, a democrat/liberal is acting on impulse rather than fact. Of course, the potential for increased taxes is also a major factor for liberals. The best response to this bill (SB447) is contact your State Senator and let them know your feelings before it’s too late. Democrats have a tendency to sneak unpopular laws and rules through when no one is looking.

  • bobreal

    People wants something stuck in their mouth all the time that is why there is SO MANY FAT PEOPLE.. Need to make it where they CAN NOT SMOKE within 800ft from any entrance; DON’T LIKE IT?? Stay in Your vehicle and finish Your CANCER STICK before You get out..

    • nealnbob

      Get real BOB! We no longer have to “finish” anything. It’s not like it has to be lit or extinguished. BTW there’s nothing in any of my e-cigs that causes cancer. I make my own e-juice and know exactly what goes in it.

  • Waylon

    Electronic cigarettes are not combustable tobacco and shouldn’t be treated as such. This is just the first step in trying to goup it with tobacco so it can be taxed as tobacco.

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