Oregon To Regulate E-Cigarettes Like Regular Cigarettes
People who use electronic cigarettes in Oregon will have fewer places to light up starting in January. That's because of a new law that takes effect with the start of the year.
From a distance, someone using an e-cigarette might be mistaken for someone smoking a traditional cigarette. The device heats up small amounts of a liquid that usually contains nicotine. The heat turns the liquid into a vapor, which the user inhales, then exhales.
That cloud of vapor is what is sometimes mistaken for secondhand smoke.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the potential risks of e-cigarettes have not been determined. Oregon lawmakers voted by a wide margin to classify the product the same way as regular cigarettes. That means people won't be able to use them indoors in public places such as restaurants, bars or other workplaces.
The law also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to people under age 18.