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E-cigarette exemption bill up for public hearing Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Should you be able to smoke electronic cigarettes while you're out for dinner?

State lawmakers will explore that question Tuesday afternoon, when they hold a hearing on a bill to exempt e-cigarettes from the statewide indoor public smoking ban.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend first proposed the exemption late last year. Assembly Republican John Jagler of Watertown has drafted a similar bill in his house.

Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban from 2010 does not single out e-cigarettes, and Grothman wants them legalized before opponents can organize a bid to ban them.

The American Lung Association said in January it planned to oppose the bill.

The Assembly State Affairs Committee is holding Tuesday's hearing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)