St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Beginning on Tuesday, E-Cig use in the state of Minnesota is now under strict regulation.
Minnesota limits indoor electronic cigarette use.
The measure puts e-cigs behind the counter and requires child-safe packaging.
The new law prohibits e-cigarette use in several public places, including government buildings, public schools, and most health care facilities. Some residential health care facilities have smoking rooms where e-cigarettes can still be used.
Beginning January 1, 2015 the law will require child resistant packaging of e-cigarette liquids sold in Minnesota.
The law also prohibits anyone under 18 years of age to possess an e-cigarette nicotine dispenser on public school grounds.
Under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act e-cigarette use is now subject to the same prohibitions and restrictions as smoking in some locations, such as:
· Licensed day care, including family home daycare during hours of operation.
· Buildings and vehicles owned or operated by public school districts.
· Health care facilities and clinics, except residents of residential health care facilities or psychiatric units can still use e-cigarettes in enclosed areas, such as smoking rooms, that meet applicable regulations.
· Buildings owned or operated by the state of Minnesota, as well as Minnesota cities, counties, and townships.
· Facilities owned by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota.
· Facilities licensed by Minnesota Department of Human Services, and those MDH-licensed facilities subject to federal licensing requirements.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale vaporized liquid (e-juice), which may contain nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.
E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, and there is no body of evidence proving that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking or that the vapors are safe to inhale.
Nationally, e-cigarette use among youth more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Additionally, since 2011 child poisonings in Minnesota related to e-cigarettes have increased sharply.