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Doctors oppose e-cigarette bill; smokers in favor

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Even as the nation's second-largest city is moving to ban electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is prohibited, Wisconsin lawmakers are considering doing just the opposite.

A Republican-sponsored bill clarifying that using e-cigarettes indoors is legal, despite a statewide ban on indoor smoking, drew opposition Wednesday from doctors, scientists and others who cited concerns over the safety of the devices. 

The science behind whether the vapors from the e-cigarettes are toxic to bystanders hasn't caught up with use.

Five states and dozens of cities have moved to treat e-cigarettes nearly the same as conventional cigarettes. The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban their use in workplaces and public areas.

Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman's bill would do the opposite, allowing e-cigarette users to inhale the nicotine-laced vapors indoors.
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