Minn House approves e-cigarette regulations

By KBJR News 1

Minn House approves e-cigarette regulations

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 9:07 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a measure Monday to regulate e-cigarettes.

The bill adds e-cigarettes to current tobacco regulation and criminal statutes.

It also allows local governments to regulate e-cigarettes and makes selling e-cigarettes to minors a misdemeanor crime.

“These provisions are solely aimed at keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of Minnesota’s children,” said Rep. Halverson. “While e-cigarettes may not have the dangerous smoke that regular cigarettes have, the vapor does contain formaldehyde and other dangerous chemicals. E-cigarettes also come in candy flavors that appeal to children — a tactic the tobacco industry has historically used to target kids.”

A similar bill is making its way through the Senate.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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