United States

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes within the state on grounds that "if adults want to purchase and consume these products with an understanding of the associated health risks, they should be able to do so."[68] In 2009, New Jersey voted to treat the electronic cigarette in the same category as tobacco products by including under the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act. Assemblywoman Connie Wagner sponsored the legislation arguing that they "looked like the real thing"; she also objected to the potential appeal of flavored electric cigarettes to children.[69] The sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in New Hampshire was legal. A group of students and a group called “Breathe New Hampshire” were concerned that electronic cigarettes will serve as a gateway to smoking cigarettes through appearing to be trendy: one compared electronic cigarettes to “having a new cell phone. It’s cool. It’s electronic.” They launched petitions to the state government to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.[70] It is now illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors as of July 2010.[71] Arizona has a planned ban of selling electronic cigarettes to minors.[72] In Washington, the King County board of health has banned smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places, and prohibited sales to minors.[73] Neighboring Pierce County also prohibits sales to minors, but allows e-cigarette use in places such as bars and workplaces.[74] In Maryland HB1272 was introduced by Delegate Aruna Miller and was passed by the General Assembly that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. In Oregon in February 2012, Continental Airlines flight 1118 was diverted back to its airport of origin when an unruly passenger with unspecified mental disorders refused to stop using his e-cigarette. The passenger was detained by fellow passengers and later pled guilty to charges of interfering with a flight crew.[75][76] FAA had not ruled on E-cigarette use on airplanes at the time of the incident, but airlines were and are permitted to establish their own more-restrictive policies on E-cigarette use on planes; Continental (now Unit d Airlines) has a company policy banning them [77] In Iowa in 2012, the Linn County commissioners approved a decision to regulate the retail sale of electronic cigarettes like tobacco cigarettes. As a result of this decision, retailers who sell electronic cigarettes to persons in Linn County are required to have a retail tobacco license.[78] New York State banned the smoking of e-cigarettes within 100 feet of a public or private school entrance in September 2012, and banned e-cigarette sales to minors starting on January 1, 2013. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (pron.: /w?rts?n?r/; German: [?a?n?lt ?als va?ts?n?]; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. He was nicknamed the "Austrian Oak" and the "Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnie" during his acting career and more recently "The Governator" (a portmanteau of "Governor" and "The Terminator" – one of his best-known movie roles). As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis's term. Schwarzenegger was then re-elected on November 7, 2006, in California's 2006 gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2007. In 2011, Schwarzenegger completed his second term as governor, and it was announced that he had separated from Maria Shriver, his wife for the last 25 years, and a member of the influential Kennedy family, as a niece of the late Democrat US President John F. Kennedy.