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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Taxing E-Cigarettes

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SALEM, Ore.- State lawmakers in Oregon are beginning to consider whether or not to tax electronic cigarettes. 

The state Department of Revenue told House and Senate committees on Tuesday that there are currently no taxes on the battery powered devices that contain nicotine but not tobacco.

E-cigarettes are growing in popularity, and some tout them as alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Democratic Rep. Phil Barnhart, chairman of the House Revenue Committee, says the state should look at taxing e-cigarettes because they contain nicotine, an addictive substance.

Others says lawmakers should tread carefully while researchers look into the potential dangers of e-cigarettes.

Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz says the state shouldn't create a reason for people to turn away from using e-cigarettes if they turn out to be a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.