The Vapor Spot doesn’t immediately conjure images of the Wild West. There’s a curved, neon-backed bar and full-length windows at the downtown Sacramento shop.
Two California bills aimed at curbing youth smoking by regulating e-cigarettes and boosting the smoking age to 21 have stalled in committee, with one lawmaker even rejecting his own measure after it was revised.
“I disassociate myself from it. It’s a very dangerous bill now,” state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told lawmakers after they voted to remove the provision that defined e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
he California senate passed a bill today that would raise the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old. Lawmakers are also going after e-cigarettes.
SB140 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would classify the devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor as tobacco products similar to cigarettes. That would prohibit Californians from using the devices in restaurants, buses, hospitals and other places they cannot smoke.
At the same time, a rapidly growing market for e-cigarettes and the possibility that the devices could be safer than regular cigarettes have some in the industry worried that regulation that’s too heavy-handed would stifle the technological innovation – and their businesses.
Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.
As e-cigarettes become more popular, cities are looking to rewrite their smoking regulations. In Rancho Cordova’s case, hookah lounges could be part of those new rules.