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Snyder Skeptical Of E-Cigarette Bill

Governor Rick Snyder has got concerns about legislation headed his way to regulate nicotine vapor devices – or e-cigarettes.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, the governor says a veto is not out of the question.

The bill would outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors. But Governor Snyder and state health officials say that’s not enough. They want e-cigarettes to face tougher regulations, including the same taxes that are levied on tobacco products. The governor typically does not say in advance whether he will sign or veto legislation. But, he says, in this case, it’s a tough sell.  

“I’ve had issues with that bill, so that’s something, one of those bills that’s going to have special attention,” he says.

The governor would not say what “special attention” means. But his top health policy advisors have suggested that, in this case, a veto may be in order.

Supporters of the legislation say stopping sales to minors is a good first step while the FDA researches the health effects of e-cigarettes.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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