Duluth Adopts Amendments to E-Cig Ordinances

By KBJR News 1

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 11:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Duluth city council approved three ordinances pertaining to the sale and consumption of e–cigarettes Monday night.

About a dozen people spoke to the council both in favor and against the ordinances.

The first ordinance prohibits sampling of all tobacco products in retail shops.

The second prohibits people from using e–cigarettes in certain locations such as outside hospitals and places where regular cigarettes are prohibited.

The third regulates the sale of the electronic devices, stating vendors need a license to sell and people need to be 18 years of age to purchase electronic cigarettes.

Some say they help people quit smoking, while others say they are harmful to everyone who comes near them.

"Would we allow anyone to walk down the hall ways and 'vape' as they say, potentially noxious chemicals into our environment that may send me home ill many times in the future," said Donald Poe a concerned citizen.

"Yeah, they're very popular. They help a lot of people quit smoking which is the best part about it," said Leif Melby of Denfeld Tobacco.

Councilor Garry Krause proposed an amendment to the first ordinance which would allow people to sample electronic cigarettes not containing tobacco in stores where 80 percent of their sales is dependent on the device. However, that measure was voted down by the council.

The ordinances will go into affect next month.

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