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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • E-cigarettes spark conversation in Sleepy Eye

  • Electronic cigarette use should be banned in indoor public places in Sleepy Eye — every place that smoking is banned — the Sleepy Eye City Council decided in a January meeting.
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  • Electronic cigarette use should be banned in indoor public places in Sleepy Eye — every place that smoking is banned — the Sleepy Eye City Council decided in a January meeting.
    Now the city is wrestling with the issue of how to regulate electronic cigarettes — battery-powered devices that resemble tobacco cigarettes but deliver a nicotine hit by inhaling vapor rather than smoke. Some are nicotine-free.
    According to Ann Christensen, tobacco program manager for the American Lung Association in Minnesota, the State Legislature passed a new law regulating e-cigarettes that went into effect July 1. The new law protects Minnesota’s clean indoor air by prohibiting e-cigarette use in many public places including health care facilities, doctor’s offices, most government operated buildings, any facility owned by the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities including dorm rooms and licensed daycare facilities including home daycares during hours of operation.
    The council looked at various other city ordinances that have been put in place recently as well as written information from the League of Minnesota Cities.
    “There are a couple of really good regulation ordinances out there as far as models,” noted City Manager Mark Kober. “What we’ve done is set a moratorium on e-cigarette use in public buildings.” 
    The council decided to bring a draft of a change to the tobacco policy for Sleepy Eye at the regularly scheduled August meeting. The council called for a first reading of the tobacco policy to include a change with the regulation of tobacco.
    The clean indoor air act will be decided on at a different date.

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