Wyden Highlights GAO Report Showing E-Cigarettes Do Not Lower Smoking Rates‏

While E-Cigarette Use Spikes Among Teens and Others, Conventional Smoking Rates Appear Unaffected

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today highlighted findings from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) reportshowing the rising use of electronic cigarettes has not lowered the rate of conventional smoking, as measured by federal excise tax revenue.

Hass Works On Tobacco License Deal as Senate Bans E-Cigs for Minors

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The e-cigarette legislation puts the devices in the Clean Indoor Air Act, without anything but a temporary exception for testing the products in vape stores. That conflicts with a bargain being worked out between Sen. Hass and Sen. Boquist to license and regulate retail tobacco and e-cigarettes through the Department of Revenue.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly if belatedly Monday to ban e-cigarettes for minors and include them alongside most tobacco smoking in the Oregon Clean Indoor Air Act, but the passage of House Bill 2546 is unlikely to be the last word on tobacco control this session or the indoor air act.

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