Duluth City Councilors Amend Ordinances for E-Cigarettes

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --Now that the city has regulated synthetic drugs, Duluth city councilors have E–cigarettes in their sights.

Councilors Jennifer Julsrude and Linda Krug want to regulator the sale and use of E–Cigarettes.

Venders would have to have a license to sell the electronic smokes, just like cigarettes.

They would also have to be kept behind the counter and sales could only be made to people 18 years of age and older.

Jill Doberstein from the American Lung Association helped councilors draft the amended ordinances.

Doberstein says, the use of electronic cigarettes would also be banned indoors or any place where normal cigarettes are now prohibited.

Another amendment to the city's tobacco ordinance would prevent the sampling of tobacco inside Smoke Shops.

Councilor Krug says the goal is to close a loophole in the Clean Indoor Air Act.

"Sixteen communities around the state have done the same thing, closed this loophole because they are seeing a rise in hookah bars that are stretching that loophole," said Krug.

"It really wouldn't impact any of our existing tobacco shops it would just say that you could not open a hookah lounge and call it sampling, you couldn't open an e–cigarette vapping lounge and call it sampling," said Doberstein.

There will be a committee of the whole meeting to discuss the ordinances on Monday, August 26 with a first reading of the amendments at the council meeting to follow.

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