Golden Globes' sexy portrayal of e-cigarettes makes lawmakers smolder

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by CBS News

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

It was supposed to be a joke - a skit during the Golden Globes telecast showing actress Julia Louis Dreyfus puffing on a vaporized e-cigarette. In the skit, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler poked fun at Dreyfus, who was then shown looking very cool, in sunglasses, with e-cigarette in hand.

Some members of Congress, however, are not laughing, CBS News' Jan Crawford reports. They accuse the Golden Globes, which also showed actor Leonardo DiCaprio puffing on an e-cigarette during the broadcast, of glamorizing smoking.

"You're killing the next generation of fans in your movies," Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was one of them. He said e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking.

"There's a reason that Big Tobacco companies are buying the e-cigarette manufacturers, and that is they see a way to induce young people," he said.

Jason Healy, president of the company that made the e-cigarette Dreyfus was smoking, said the accusations are unsupported and not founded in fact.

"It's like saying energy drinks are a gateway to meth," he said.

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