County could change regulations on E-Cigarettes - WNEM TV 5

County could change regulations on E-Cigarettes

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

E-cigarettes have avoided most of the regulations that apply to normal cigarettes but that could be changing in Genesee County.

Genesee County has a history of closely regulating tobacco products. Now the county is looking at imposing more restrictions on e-cigarettes.

Traci Leone owns White Lion Vapor in Davison and she is also an e-cigarette smoker. Leone thinks they are a great alternative to regular cigarettes. Changes could be coming to when and where she smokes them.

That's because at a recent Genesee County board meeting, the commissioners asked the health officer to give ideas for possible regulations. Ideas such as treating them like real tobacco and banning their use in public places, including bars and restaurants in Genesee County.

"The real issue for me is that they're trying to ban electronic cigarettes in places where adults already congregate and that's the part that seems sort of silly to me," says Leone.

Electronic cigarettes heat a liquid that you can choose to have nicotine or not. That creates a vapor that's inhaled and exhaled. No flame, no tobacco and no smelly smoke.

Genesee County Commissioner Archie Bailey is the one who's spearheading the effort for the electronic cigarette regulations. According to the commissioner, there's no difference between a real cigarette or an electronic one.

"There's plenty of research that shows that the vapor has chemicals of all varieties in it that effect the human body and the research is continuing," says Bailey.

TV5 wants to know what you think about the proposal. Should e-cigarettes be subject to the same regulations as regular cigarettes?

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