[MMA News Now, Jan. 16, 2014]
Although the legislative session doesn’t start for another month, work is well underway on potential legislation dealing with e-cigarettes and second-hand smoke.
Reps. Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan) and Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) are introducing bills that would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes under the Freedom to Breath Act. Halverson’s bill would also place e-cigarettes behind the counter at retailers and penalize any vendors who sell them to minors, similar to tobacco products.
In addition, Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester) is introducing a bill that would require all Minnesota foster-care homes to be smoke-free.
“We’re glad to see that legislators are continuing their battle against Big Tobacco,” said Eric, MMA’s director of state and federal legislation. “It's important to protect people, especially children, from the harmful effects of nicotine.”