E-Cigarette Regulations Included in Health Bill

The health and human services omnibus policy bill includes a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in city-owned buildings.
(Published May 19, 2014)

Though the League-supported bill adding electronic cigarettes to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (MCIAA) did not pass this session, substantial work was done to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. The language was included in the health and human services omnibus policy bill (HF 2402), and the conference committee report was passed with bipartisan support by both the House and Senate on May 15. It now awaits the governor’s presumed signature.

The Senate was successful in keeping the language that added e-cigarettes to the MCIAA, but the House would not have had the votes to move the bill off the floor and to the governor. As a compromise and to ensure passage, the conference committee amended the provisions to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in:

  • Any building owned or operate by the state, home rule charter or statutory city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivisions.
  • Any facility owned by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota.
  • Any facility licensed by the commissioner of Human Services.
  • Any facility licensed by the commissioner of Health, but only if the facility is also subject to federal licensing requirements.

Use of e-cigarettes is also prohibited in daycare premises, health care facilities and clinics, and in public schools. E-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18, and can no longer be sold from kiosks. Cities retain their ability to enforce stricter regulations regarding both sale and use of electronic cigarettes with these changes.

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