SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A legislative panel has opted not to take up a bill aimed at curbing youth smoking by regulating e-cigarettes in California after a heated hearing.
A separate measure calling for the legal smoking age to be raised to 21 was pulled from the agenda just before Wednesday's hearing by the Committee on Governmental Organization.
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Committee members first amended the e-cigarette bill by Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, gutting its proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. That prompted the Democrat to urge a no vote on his own bill.
Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of La Puente pulled his measure to increase the smoking age, saying it lacked sufficient support.
The decisions mark a temporary win for tobacco companies that have lobbied lawmakers.
Both bills passed the Senate last month.
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