The sponsors of the bill are Rep. Jeffrey Mursau, R-Crivitz; Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville; Sen. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere; and Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison. The proposed legislation would add vaping products and other electronic devices to the state’s existing smoking ban, which took effect in 2009.
The current law, which bans smoking in enclosed public places, applies to cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products but not vaping products. The bill sponsors cited the recent reports about a number of teens who have been hospitalized due to severe lung damage across the state, which local health officials are linking (despite the lack of evidence) to vaping.
The Bill sponsors are also pointing out that the proposal has the support of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, the Wisconsin chapter of the American Lung Association, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.