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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • You asked about e-cigarettes

  • How does Minnesota law treat e-cigarettes?
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  • How does Minnesota law treat e-cigarettes?
     
    In Minnesota, e-cigarettes are taxed as a tobacco product and it is illegal to sell them to minors. Currently, using e-cigarettes does not meet the definition of “smoking” under Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act­–so using them in public places such as bars and restaurants is not against the law. Since Minnesota workplaces became smoke-free in 2007, clean indoor air has become the standard and 85 percent of Minnesotans support the statewide smoke-free law. Many businesses and localities are now taking action to limit the use of e-cigarettes.
     
    Communities across Minnesota are now taking action. The City of Duluth has banned the use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited, including bars, restaurants and transit stops. The city has also prohibited the sampling of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in retail stores and required that all e-cigarettes be sold behind the counter.
     
    The city of Mankato has prohibited e-cigarette stores from providing samples to customers and also requires sellers to get a retail tobacco license.
     
    Hennepin County has banned the use of e-cigarettes on county property. Housing and Redevelopment Authorities in St. Cloud, Eveleth and Worthington have included e-cigarettes in their smoke-free housing policies. Hennepin County Technical College has banned the use of e-cigarettes on its campus. Rock County has required that all e-cigarettes be sold behind the counter in retail stores. Scott County has included e-cigarettes in its smoke-free workplace policy. Target Field has prohibited e-cigarette use in the stadium.
     
    Although the FDA has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, it has yet to take action. As a result, many state and local governments and businesses are choosing to regulate these new products.
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