Senate panel snuffs out e-cigarettes bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Senate committee has snuffed out a bill to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes in Utah.

The Senate Business and Labor Committee unanimously voted Friday against the measure, saying more study is needed over the next year about how best to regulate e-cigarettes

Sen. Curt Bramble of Provo says the fact that eight different versions of the bill were proposed is a sign that it needs more study.

But the bill's sponsor, Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, says he's "perplexed" because a revised version of the bill passed the House on a 72-0 vote last week.

He championed the measure as an effort to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of Utah's youth.

Electronic cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Users get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

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