New Minnesota E-Cig law takes effect July 1st

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New Minnesota E-Cig law takes effect July 1st

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM CST

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.