Minn Senate backs e-cigarette regulations, teen tanning bed ban

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Minn Senate backs e-cigarette regulations, teen tanning bed ban

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - On Thursday, Minnesota Senate lawmakers took actions to group e-cigarettes in the same category as cigarettes and other tobacco products.

In a 35 to 28 vote, the Senate approved a bill barring the use of e-cigarettes in places where regular tobacco isn't allowed.

Because of differences in language, the Senate-backed bill needs to be reconciled with the House companion bill.

The e-cigarette measure is a part of the omnibus health and human services bill, which also includes legislation banning teens under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

The Federal Drug Administration has not yet ruled on the use of e-cigarettes.