MADISON (WKOW) -- Electronic cigarettes could be used indoors, despite Wisconsin's smoking ban, under a proposal that's up for a public hearing.
The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee is scheduled to take testimony on the measure Wednesday. Committee chairman Senator Glenn Grothman is also the bill's sponsor.
The measure would effectively allow e-cigarette users to smoke where traditional smoking is banned. Wisconsin's statewide indoor smoking ban took effect in 2010. Grothman's bill would exempt the devices, which smokers use to inhale nicotine-laced vapors, from the law.
Four states currently treat e-cigarettes nearly the same as conventional tobacco products, prohibiting them where cigarettes and cigars are banned.
Alcohol and convenience store lobbyists support the bill while various health associations oppose it.
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