Cancer advocates ask lawmakers to support bill to classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 19:34:57-05

BOISE — Cancer advocates gathered in the Idaho Statehouse to ask legislators to support a bill that would classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. The bill would require retailers to pay a fee and get a permit to sell them

An oncology nurse who is a 12-year cancer survivor says she wants to help protect the next generation of youth from becoming addicted to new tobacco products.

"As a parent, I think it's really important to let your children know that these products are not safe and it's not just the addiction that I'm concerned about. It's the effects on the cardiovascular system, the lungs, and the brain," said Kate Brusse, oncology nurse.

Advocates also asked lawmakers to consider legislation that would equalize out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy medicine and traditional intravenous chemotherapy medications.