MN Governor set to sign e-cig bill


The Minnesota Legislature passes a bill restricting the use and sale of electronic cigarettes. It now heads to Governor Mark Dayton's desk for his signature.

The bill requires child-proof packaging for all e-cig liquids, prohibits their use in schools, prohibits their sale from mall kiosks and requires them to be kept behind the counter in stores. The law allows local governments to pass more stringent restrictions and ensures penalties for those who sell e-cigs to minors.

E-cig use is also banned in hospitals, healthcare clinics, doctors' offices, most government buildings, all facilities owned by the University of MN or MN State Colleges and Universities, including dorm rooms and licensed daycare facilities, including home daycare during operating hours.

The bill is a watered down version of an earlier bill that would have treated e-cigs the same way as conventional cigarettes.

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  • maybenot
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    ain't nothing but a thing.

     

    Long MO, LO
    16 May 2014, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • arthur_bishop1972
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    How is it watered down??

     

    Sounds standard issue to me. Now tax it and stop yer bellyachin'.
    16 May 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    Yeah, I like when they tax stuff, as an investor.

     

    It means the product is more legit, more entrenched, more stable, and the local government will not want to lose the revenue -- ensuring legislators will listen to that particular industry.

     

    Many wins for an investor.
    16 May 2014, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • arthur_bishop1972
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    Right on target as usual, maybenot.
    16 May 2014, 10:59 PM Reply Like
  • locutus49
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    Agree, MayBe. Tax them and move on.

     

    Long MO and PM.
    17 May 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • Hayesni
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    I wonder what they will do with all these restrictions when they recognize that the e-cig could be a very effective way to deliver many prescribed drugs. I do not see much difference in the e-cig and the equipment used to deliver respiratory therapy other than being less confining, less costly and I believe more effective if the patient is capable of using it correctly. We know it can be a very effective way to deliver medication into the lungs.
    16 May 2014, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • ScooterSC
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    I don't believe that you can blame Olaf and Sven for this. It is those other eggheads in Mn.
    16 May 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • mljackson1
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    Makes sense to me.
    16 May 2014, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • mljackson1
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    Mostly makes sense. Not allowing consenting adults to VAP in public colleges is over the top.
    16 May 2014, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • Occamsrazor
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    At the same time, Marijuana is about to be made legal. Hokay.
    16 May 2014, 06:44 PM Reply Like
  • A Newell
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    I don't smoke. I hate cigarettes. I think this is a good option to get people from moving smoke to others. What am I missing?
    16 May 2014, 10:58 PM Reply Like
  • locutus49
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    Human nature: fear what you don't understand. Then attack what you fear.
    17 May 2014, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • Nate P
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    You're missing the fact that the FDA, Big Pharma, and Big Tobacco run an entrenched and very lucrative legalized racketeering operation, one that's designed to keep smokers bouncing back and forth between Big Tobacco's cigarettes and Big Pharma's expensive, wildly ineffective stop-smoking aids until they die a nice, quick, premature smoking-related death when they're still too young to start collecting Social Security and Medicare. The FDA's role is to insulate the other two from free-market competition, since they've each paid billions of dollars in protection money to the government in exchange for de facto monopolies for their products.

     

    The e-cig industry, if left to its own devices in a free and open market, could potentially bring this whole arrangement crashing down. That's why you're seeing such a well-organized and well-financed disinformation/moral panic campaign designed to stoke a sufficient amount of unfounded public fear that nobody thinks twice about the need to crush the entire industry into oblivion.

     

    "Public health" policy has nothing to do with improving public health, and the last thing the government wants (federal and state governments alike) is for millions of people to stop buying tobacco all at once.
    17 May 2014, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • purpleboarder
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    I thinking banning e-cigs in public places (parks, sidewalks, etc) is rediculous. It's water-vapor, folks. Obviously banning it in hospitals, inside buildings, etc makes sense. But I've yet to see new legistlature that is just plain reasonable. People who want to vape in public will do so, discreetly, and guess what? The sky won't fall.

     

    Marijuana is on the verge of becoming completely legal and we are banning vaping for the outdoors? You get who you vote for. Crap in, crap out...
    17 May 2014, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • locutus49
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    We are into thought control. They don't care about the danger of e-cigs, which emit water vapor. But rather the image of young people walking around with what looks like cigarettes hanging out of their mouths.

     

    This image is a danger to the young (they believe), and could lead to real cigs, and then marijuana, and then heroin, according to the Harvard MBAs.

     

    Naturally there is no evidence to support this.
    17 May 2014, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • A Newell
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    Who is the "they" anyway? And how are they controlling my mind?
    17 May 2014, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • locutus49
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    "They" are the anti-tobacco lobbies. Very sophisticated. They are controlling your choices, and, for the susceptible, the opinions they hold.
    17 May 2014, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Seems very similar to what NYC did awhile back...rest of NY state is e-cig-free zone, so it seems.
    17 May 2014, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • jobehro
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    A Newell: "They" are your brothers keepers. They want to keep you healthy, keep our health costs down, and help prevent children from exploring adult habits. Interesting how our maker gave us a free will and placed consequences in our way for bad decisions. When will we learn?
    27 May 2014, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • A Newell
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    Well I am invested in MO. It has always been a healthy stock. That's what I learned.
    28 May 2014, 10:11 AM Reply Like
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