New MN E-cig Law Set to Take Effect Aug 1

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(Learfield News Service) On August 1st, a new Minnesota law goes into effect that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in most workplaces and all public places where smoking is already banned.

Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says this is a great step forward to protect Minnesotans from e-cigarette aerosol, it also sends a clear message to youth that e-cigarettes are not safe.

Smith says we know that e-cig aerosols the chemicals that come off of that and suspend in the air, it’s not safe and it contains things like nicotine, heavy metals, formaldehyde and other carcinogens and harmful chemicals

The new law expands the definition of smoking in the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act to protect the public from harmful e-cigarette aerosol in public places like restaurants, bars and stores.

Until now, only half of Minnesotans have been covered by local policies that prohibit e-cigarette use in those indoor spaces.

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