State Senator Glenn Grothman is pushing to make sure electronic cigarettes can be used in bars and restaurants across Wisconsin. Current law prohibits smoking in most indoor locations that are not private residences, including lodging establishments. Current law defines "smoking" to mean burning or holding, or inhaling or exhaling smoke from, any lighted smoking equipment containing tobacco including a cigar, cigarette, or pipe. Senator Grothman says the devices can help people drop traditional tobacco products, and he wants to make it clear that the statewide smoking ban does not apply to them. The Republican from West Bend is sponsoring SENATE BILL 440 a bill that would update the statewide smoking ban to make it clear that e-cigarettes are allowed in public places.. This bill specifies that the term "smoking," for purposes of the general prohibition against smoking in indoor locations, does not include holding, or inhaling or exhaling vapor or a vaporized solution from, an electronic device that does not contain tobacco. Grothman is hoping to have a hearing on the bill when the legislation resumes in January.