California to Regulate E-Cigarettes
The state Assembly in California have banned the use of e-cigarettes in restaurants, theatres, and other public places where smoking is prohibited. The move also aims to limit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Senator Mark Leno, Democrat, says flavours like cotton candy, bubble gum and chocolate target young people. Fellow Democrat Rob Bonta fears that e-cigarettes, widely considered safer than normal cigarettes, could cause future generations to be addicted tobacco. Insanely, Bonta incorrectly defined an e-cigarette as a tobacco product. Matthew Harper, Republican, described the bill as an “absolute outrage”, and said non-tobacco products like e-cigarettes should not be defined as a tobacco product. Another change made is the raising of the legal smoking age to 21 from 18. Lawmakers cited the danger of tobacco as the catalyst for the six bills sent to state senate. Republican Chad Mayes was baffled by the move, believing that if you’re old enough to marry, enlist in the army and vote, you should be old enough to smoke. Similarly, Assemblyman Adam Gray opposed the legislation. “Eighteen-year-old adults who can enlist in the military and serve and have all the other privileges of adults can decide for themselves.” California is the second state to increase the legal smoking age to 21.