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Gov. Snyder Uncomfortable With Current E-Cigarette Bill

[TCFamily comment: Gov. Snyder uses discrimination to protect children.]


Posted: Mar 20, 2014 11:58 AM EDTUpdated: Mar 27, 2014 11:58 AM EDT

By Tim Skubick - email

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Lawmakers are moving to ban e-cigarettes for those under the age of 18.

Governor Rick Snyder is opposed to the current bill as written. 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick looked into the Governor's opposition.

The state senate last week and a house committee this week moved to keep these e-cigarettes out of the mouths of those 18 and under. 

The reasoning is, young kids will get hooked on the e-cigs and switch to the real thing later on.

It's not that the governor is opposed to the ban, but he wants to classify the substitute smokes as a tobacco product.

Governor Rick Snyder: "Given the nature of the product shouldn't it just be treated as a tobacco product and wouldn't that be the best out come.?"

Reporter: "Why?"

Governor Snyder: "It's liquid nicotine and that's one of the key elements in tobacco, isn't it?"

The Michigan house could vote on the ban soon, but the chair of the committee that approved the measure thinks the American Lung Association and others want to impose the tobacco label on the product so it can be taxed.

Rep. Hugh Crawford says he wants no part of that, no how, no way. 

Representative Hugh Crawford: "Politically I'm not going to push the button to raise taxes. And that's another tax. When it's not truly a tobacco product. Some of it is derived from tobacco, but it's not like you use some leaves."

The Senate Sponsor Glenn Anderson refused to add the tobacco designation to the bill for fear any chatter about a tax hike would kill the bill.

Senate Sponsor Glenn Ander: "It definitely would not pass. It'll bog down the process and we'll still have children buying these products."

As for the Governor he is not backing down, but by the same token he has not threatened to veto the bill. As for wanting to tax the e-cigarettes, Governor Snyder said he would not speculate on that.

The ban for minors is expected to clear the house without the tobacco label in the bill.



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