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Bill adding e-cigarettes to clean indoor air act in committee process

Kai Porter
March 03, 2017 05:23 PM

New Mexico law already permits smoking cigarettes inside most public places because of the dangers of second-hand smoke. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would add electronic cigarettes to the list.

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Senate Bill 318 would modify the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act so that where smokers can’t smoke indoors in public. If it passes, e-cig users wouldn’t be able to vape.

Vaping has become increasingly popular over the years. For example – according to the youth risk and resiliency survey – 24 percent of New Mexico high schoolers currently use e-cigarettes. By comparison, only 11 percent reported using cigarettes.

State Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, sponsored the bill.

"It’s simple," he said. "The scientific research is now starting to pile up showing that second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes is dangerous to people around them and that in small quarters in small quarters this has an effect on other people." 

During the committee process, an amendment was added to the bill that would also ban using marijuana products in public places where people can't currently smoke cigarettes inside. This bill is currently working its way through the Senate committee process.

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