[MMA News Now, July 10, 2014]
As of July 1, e-cigarette users have fewer places to vape. The nicotine ingestion devices are now banned in schools, hospitals, clinics, most government-operated buildings, facilities owned by the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and licensed daycare facilities.
In addition, the devices must now be sold from behind the counter in stores and penalties have been increased for retailers who sell them to minors.
Increasing regulations on the devices was a top legislative priority for the MMA during the 2014 session.
On Jan. 1, 2015, additional restrictions will take effect. Manufacturers must package e-cigarette liquids in child resistant packaging in Minnesota. The law also prohibits anyone under 18 years old to possess an e-cigarette on public school grounds.
“This is a good start but there are more restrictions we want to see take place,” said Eric Dick, MMA’s manager of state legislative affairs. “The manufacturers are still able to produce these products in kid-friendly flavors such as bubble gum and cotton candy,” he said. “We’d like to see that change, so we still have some work to do.”
For more information on e-cigarettes, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.