Lawmaker proposes ban on e-cigarette use in public places

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SPRINGFIELD - A state lawmaker has proposed legislation that would classify electronic cigarettes with tobacco products, restricting the use of the devices inside public places in Illinois.

The legislation is sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Willis.  Willis says she thinks that e-cigarette vapor will prove to be dangerous like secondhand smoke, and that she wants to keep the state from repeating a mistake by waiting for lawmakers to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

E-cigarettes work by heating an oil-nicotine mixture into a vapor, which is then inhaled.  Most of the devices are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking.  However, scientific studies on the health risks of long-term e-cigarette use have not reached a consensus. 

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