The tobacco industry says it’s a far less harmful alternative to smoking.
But health advocates say it’s just another way for Big Tobacco to try to get people hooked on nicotine.
Both sides aired their views about “going smokeless” before an Illinois House committee Thursday.
Tobacco companies hope the state will adopt policies to encourage people to switch from cigarettes to alternatives like chewing tobacco or electronic cigarettes.
They say the change will save lives.
But anti-smoking advocates and doctors’ groups say the alternatives still cause cancer and keep people hooked on the tobacco companies’ products.