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.