MN senate committee approves e-cigarette ordinance

By KBJR News 1

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth City Council President Linda Krug shared the city's experience with regulating e-cigarette use in front of a Minnesota Senate Committee Wednesday.

State lawmakers are exploring regulating the devices across Minnesota with a bill currently making the rounds at the Capitol.

The measure puts restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, where they can be used and penalties if they're sold to anyone under the age of 18.

The city of Duluth approved similar regulations six months ago and is now serving as a role model for other cities.

"The state can do better than each local community to establish a set of uniform standards, instead of patch work of local ordinances we created, to have a common set of rules and regulations," Krug testified.

The Senate Committee approved the bill in an eight to five vote. It heads next to the commerce committee.

Those in the e-cig industry stress there are no known adverse health effects from e-cigs and regulations could hurt many start-up businesses.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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