Minneapolis Passes Ordinance Limiting Flavored Tobacco AvailabilityThe Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance Friday morning cracking down on the availability of flavored tobacco products in the city. Beginning next year, flavor tobacco products will only be allowed for sale by tobacco-only retailers.
Study: High School Smoking Fell As e-Cigarette Use BoomedTeen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes tripled in one year — to more than 13 percent.
E-Cigs To Be Included In Hennepin Co. Smoking BanE-cigarettes will soon be included in the smoking ban in Hennepin County. The ban prohibits smoking at places of employment, restaurants and bars in Hennepin County.
Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk In Some E-Cigarette VaporUsing certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest. The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer.
Bloomington Passes Ordinance To Ban E-Cigs In Indoor Public SpacesWith the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes, many cities are taking action to ban the use of them in certain places. On Monday night, the City of Bloomington passed an ordinance banning e-cigarette users from lighting up in most public indoor spaces.
E-Cig Restrictions, Other New Laws Take Effect In MN TuesdayThe Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them take effect Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the more notable.
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Senate Votes To Equate E-Cigarettes To Smoking Minnesota senators have voted for a stringent set of electronic cigarette standards that would make their use unacceptable in any place regular tobacco is disallowed. The approach endorsed Thursday goes further than a House companion bill, so the two measures must be reconciled for any e-cigarette regulations to become law. A move to pare back the indoor air restrictions in the Senate bill failed on a 35-28 vote.
Wider E-Cigarette Curbs Survive Key Vote Supporters of defining electronic cigarettes in the same light as traditional tobacco products won a key round Monday in the Minnesota Legislature. By an 11-8 vote, lawmakers pushing for tough regulations on the fast-spreading devices defeated an effort to pare back their bill.
Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into CommitteeGov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.
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Poisonings From E-Cigarette Liquid Up SharplyMinnesota Poison Control System officials say they're seeing a sharp increase in the number of young people being harmed by e-cigarette liquid. In 2012, the poison center received five reports of e-cigarette-related poisonings for people under 20 years old. Last year, that number jumped to 50.