County Board Debates E-Cigarettes 21 Nov 13

The Brown County Board on Tuesday discussed the regulation of electronic cigarettes. The battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices simulate tobacco smoking using a heating element that vaporizes a liquid. E-cigarette advocate Matt Black says that users of the devices are being discriminated against by local governments and lawmakers who don’t have all the facts, and that e-cigs emit vapors, not smoke. Many cities have already banned the use of e-cigarettes, and at least one state lawmaker wants them added to the state’s smoke-free workplace laws. The Brown County Board took no action on e-cigarettes on Tuesday, opting to instead wait and see what tests show before moving forward with a possible ban.